Take An Advance Look…

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The fine folks at USA TODAY have put up an interview with yours truly, including a 5-page preview of ASTRO CITY#1.
So if you want to get an early look at the Broken Man, American Chibi and some of what’s going on in the book, click on over and take a look:
Busiek Takes Fans on Another Trip Through ‘Astro City’
You can see the rest tomorrow, at finer comics store evvawhere…!

Out This Week!

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Ain’t it purty?
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Brilliant design work!
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Cracking story and art!
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A gallery of sketches by Stuart Immonen, Alan Davis, Paul Ryan and (ulp) me!
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More nifty design!
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Bitchin’ endpapers!
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Dogs love it!

SUPERSTAR: AS SEEN ON TV
Kurt Busiek (w) Stuart Immonen (a & c)
Meet Superstar, a hero for the media age: the more popular he is, the more powerful he is. With the public behind him, he can work miracles—without them, he’s nothing. Superstar’s made a deal with his father, an international media tycoon, to promote him and keep him powerful enough to save the world. But now he walks a fine line between staying famous enough to do the most good, and becoming just another “property” in his father’s portfolio.
HC FC $14.99 80 Pages ISBN: 978-1-60010-889-1
Bullet Points:
Contains the complete saga of Superstar, and behind-the-scenes text and art detailing the development of the character with never-before seen art, including character designs from Paul Ryan and Alan Davis.
All the action, suspense and characterization you expect from Kurt Busiek (Astro City) and Stuart Immonen (Fear Itself) plus, an incisive look at superheroes and celebrity in a world where fame literally is power.

In your grocer’s freezer—er, on the shelves at finer comics shops—this Wednesday!
Don’t miss out!

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Coming Your Way!

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Look for this cover in your local comics store in March, because that’s when IDW’s new Superstar: As Seen on TV hardcover hits the shelves!
Or, if you’re in one of those shops that displays books spread-eagled, you’d be looking for this:
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Click on the image for a larger view.

And as a Special Added Super-Bonus, click here for an 8-page preview! Are we nice to you, or what?
The new Superstar HC is another gorgeous, gorgeous book from the fine folks at IDW. Like their recent Shockrockets HC, it’s designed by the affable and ingenious Bill Tortoloni, with me looking over his shoulder and saying, “No, wait, let’s change page 80 again!”
And it’s full of pretty much all the Superstar stuff there’s ever been. Here’s how IDW describes the book:

SUPERSTAR: AS SEEN ON TV
Kurt Busiek (w) Stuart Immonen (a & c)
Meet Superstar, a hero for the media age: the more popular he is, the more powerful he is. With the public behind him, he can work miracles—without them, he’s nothing. Superstar’s made a deal with his father, an international media tycoon, to promote him and keep him powerful enough to save the world. But now he walks a fine line between staying famous enough to do the most good, and becoming just another “property” in his father’s portfolio.
HC FC $14.99 80 Pages ISBN: 978-1-60010-889-1
Bullet Points:
Contains the complete saga of Superstar, and behind-the-scenes text and art detailing the development of the character with never-before seen art, including character designs from Paul Ryan and Alan Davis.
All the action, suspense and characterization you expect from Kurt Busiek (Avengers) and Stuart Immonen (Superman) plus, an incisive look at superheroes and celebrity in a world where fame literally is power.

Special note to online sites, blogs and what-have-you: If you’d like to showcase any of this art (including the preview) on your site, feel free—Stuart, IDW and I would be glad to have you spread the word!

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Incoming!

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So THE WIZARD’S TALE looked gorgeous. And now I have in my hands (or more accurately, I have on the desk to my right) an advance copy of the SHOCKROCKETS: WE HAVE IGNITION hardcover from IDW. And as I said to editor Scott Dunbier, earlier today, “Damn, every time IDW reissues one of my books, it winds up looking better than before.”
Scott immediately demanded that I Twitter and blog that comment. So here you go, Scott.
And for the rest of you, here’s a look at the book that’s making me so happy this afternoon, which should be in stores soon. Click on any picture to see it bigger.
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An Advance Look

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Art’s been coming in, and I’m more than a little bit head-over-heels about it. Above, the cover to THE WITCHLANDS 1 by the ineffable Zachary Baldus.
And as long as I’m showing off the cover, how about a peek at some interior pages, by the beguiling Conner Willumsen?
Consider it a look ahead at something off on the horizon, but headed this way, just a little closer every time you forget to look. If I can match up to what these guys are doing, it’ll be an amazing book.
Click on images to see them bigger.
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