Monday, December 31, 2007

New Art From SPECIAL FORCES 3!

I'm hard at work on Issue #3 of my hit comic series SPECIAL FORCES, which introduces the villainy of the AXIS OF EVIL MUTANTS! I'm so excited about this issue, I couldn't wait to share!


I'm also getting a lot of requests from fans wanting too see more of the character Zone! So here's some more!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Variant Edition's Book of the Week: SPECIAL FORCES #2

Variant Edition, the weekly video podcast covering comic book news, reviews and culture, selected SPECIAL FORCES #2 as "The Book of the Week."

Here is the link to the podcast

"Hi I'm Eddie and this week's book of the week: Kyle Baker's SPECIAL FORCES #2. Baker is no stranger to comics based on true stories but I think SPECIAL FORCES may be his most mainstream and approachable work. It's set in the Iraq war but because it's based on a true story of an autistic man being recruited in the army Baker's views on the war pack a punch. The story is both darkly amusing and macabre while the art is expressive and explosive. This is a brutal war that we don't see every week on CNN and Fox News. Whatever your take on politics is, war is hell, and SPECIAL FORCES isn't afraid to show it."

Blair Butler Berates Baker's Booties: BEHOLD!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

SPECIAL FORCES #2 in Stores Today!



From NEWSARAMA's Can't Wait for Wednesday

Chris Mautner's pick of the week: SPECIAL FORCES #2

"(Kyle Baker) does the best smackdown of Frank Miller’s oeuvre I’ve ever seen. I’m genuinely excited to read the next issue."

SPECIAL FORCES #2...the perfect stocking stuffer!

"Girls Talk" on ComicMix

Martha Thomases and Lillian Baker reviewed THE GOLDEN COMPASS on
www.comicmix.com

MT: What kind of daemon would you have? And your mom and dad?

LB: I’d have a bunny or a cat, because they have lots of energy, and I’m very active. My mom would have an eagle, because she’s very watchful.

MT: And your dad?

LB: What kind of animal is bossy?

MT: What would I be?

LB: You would have a dolphin, because they are smart and like to swim.

MT: Thank you. Would I have to stay in the water then? Maybe I should have an otter instead, so I could be on land sometime.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Robert Tinnell in NYC today promoting FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES

From Martha Thomases at Comic Mix

Tue Dec 11, 2007 — by Martha Thomases
ComicMixer Robert Tinnell near you
Feast of the Seven Fishes Mega-Tour

Our own Robert Tinnell, co-writer of both EZ Street and Demons of Sherwood, is on the road promoting his graphic novel, Feast of the Seven Fishes. He's a charming man, with great stories. Stop by and tell him ComicMix sent you!

Today, 12/11/07 in Philadelphia, PA

Fante’s Kitchen Ware’s 12:00PM – 3:00PM
1006 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Vesuvio’s Restaurant 5:00PM – 9:00PM
736 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

12/12/07 in New York, New York

La Ferrara Café 2:00PM – 5:00PM
195 Grand St
New York, NY 10013

12/13/07 in New York, New York

La Lanterna di Vittorio 12:00PM – 3:00PM
129 MacDougal St
New York, NY 10012

12/14/07 in Boston, MA

Boston BeanStock 4:00PM – 8:00PM
97 Salem St
Boston MA

Happy Birthday Kyle Baker!!!

We love you.

Liz, Lillian, Isaac, Jacqueline & Madeleine

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

WORLD WAR 3 Release Party




Kyle, who contributed SPECIAL FORCES art to this issue of WORLD WAR 3, will be there!

RELEASE PARTY FOR WORLD WAR 3 ILLUSTRATED # 38
'FACTS ON THE GROUND’ ISSUE

Featuring multi-media presentations by:

FLY
SETH TOBOCMAN
MAC McGILL
PETER KUPER
CHRISTOPHER CARDENALE
REBECCA MIGDAL
PENNY ALLEN
with music by the I.E.D.s

Friday December 14th, 7:30 pm
at the
Time’s Up ! space
49 West Houston Street

admission is free

Monday, November 26, 2007

ComicMix Radio with Mike Raub


Kyle Baker Appears, Frank Frazetta Disappears
ComicMix Radio is in the air!
by Mike Raub
"The great thing about comic conventions in New York City is the fact you can literally run into anybody. Creators show up as guests and fans, too, so you never know who might be standing next to you digging into that long white box full of half-price Lois Lanes. On the floor of this weekend's National, we ran into an old friend who also is one of the most creative people in the business - Kyle Baker - and we'll share that comment here on ComicMix Radio..."
Click here for interview with Kyle on ComicMix Radio

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!




Here are photos of Madeleine Grace's first Halloween.
Love,
The Bakers
p.s. Kyle's shirt says: "Who are these kids and why are they calling ME Dad?"

SPECIAL FORCES #2 is DONE!




Issue #2 of Kyle Baker's best comic book ever, SPECIAL FORCES, has been completed and sent to the publisher, so it'll be in stores shortly!
Issue #1 is still available in stores now, or BUY IT ONLINE.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Kyle Baker at Big Apple Con!

Kyle Baker will be a surprise guest at Big Apple Con this weekend, November 16, 17 & 18 (Sunday 10 to 2 pm only)!

Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd Street (directly across the street from Madison Square Garden).

Kyle will be signing copies of his smash hit SPECIAL FORCES, and selling original art from the comic, also available below and at www.kylebaker.com

He will also appear on panel “Comic Book Superstars”, moderated by Danny Fingeroth, Sunday 1 to 2 pm

For more info visit www.bigapplecon.com

Thursday, November 08, 2007

ORIGINAL SPECIAL FORCES ART FOR SALE!

Adorn your walls with the actual one-of-a-kind artwork used to create Kyle's newest SMASH HIT Book! Large format drawings are ideally suited for framing. Highly collectable pages from the FIRST ISSUE. Shipped with certificate of authenticity.

Special Forces # 1 p. 2-3 double page spreadClick Image To Enlarge
Date: 2007
Size 17" x 22"
Media: India ink on paper
Price: $1000
OWN IT HERE

SPECIAL FORCES #1 p23 splash PageClick Image To Enlarge
Date: 2007
Size 14" x 16.5"
Media: India ink on paper
Price: $500
SOLD

SPECIAL FORCES #1 p24 splash PageClick Image To Enlarge
Date: 2007
Size 14" x 16.5"
Media: India ink on paper
Price: $500
OWN IT HERE

SPECIAL FORCES #1 p26 splash Page
Click Image To Enlarge
Date: 2007
Size 14" x 16.5"
Media: India ink on paper
Price: $500
OWN IT HERE

Monday, October 22, 2007

More New Original Art for Sale

New pieces have been added to the catalogue of our new ONLINE GALLERY. Click the images for a larger view. CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE ONLINE GALLERY and take ownership of some of this exquisite art today. The gallery also offers art from NAT TURNER, DICK TRACY, COWBOY WALLY, and more.
These large images (14" x 18") would look great framed on your wall.
Click Image To Enlarge

New Kyle Baker art for DC's COUNTDOWN

Kyle did a couple of pages for DC Comics' series COUNTDOWN. We don't know which issue it's for, but maybe the DC website does.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Special Forces #2!


While we eagerly await issue #1's arival in stores on Oct 31 (a Halloween TREAT!), Kyle is well into production on issue #2. Here's a peek at the new art. Am I nuts or is this stuff even better than the last one? Click the images to enlarge.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Cartooning Workshop For Kids with Kyle Baker October 25

From the Queens Library website

Thursday, October 25 @ 4:30 PM
Kew Gardens Hills Library
72-33 Vleigh Place, Flushing

Kyle Baker, a cartoonist who has worked for Marvel, DC, and Image Comics, recently published a "Goosebumps" graphic novel. He'll be teaching children to draw their own cartoons and telling funny stories about the characters in the pictures.

Kyle Baker Headlines Academic Conference at Library of Congress

From The Comics Reporter

ACADEMIC CONFERENCE DISCUSSES INTERNATIONAL CARTOONS, CONTROVERSIES

Malaysian Artist Lat, American Kyle Baker Headline Conference

EVENT: Twelfth Annual International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF)
WHEN: Thursday, October 18 – Saturday, October 20, 2007

WHERE: Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress

COST: Free and open to the public

BACKGROUND: The International Comic Arts Forum, an annual conference devoted to the study of comics, returns to the Library of Congress this October for a three-day event of panels, keynote speeches, artist talks, and exhibitions showcasing work by comic artists and scholars from around the world.

SPECIAL GUESTS: ICAF is proud to present the legendary Malaysian cartoonist Lat (Mohammed Nor Khalid), whose acclaimed graphic novels Kampung Boy and Town Boy have recently been published in English by First Second Books. Lat will speak from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19. Original drawings by Lat will be on display in the Asian Division Reading room from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18.

Harvey and Eisner Award-winning comics artist and animator Kyle Baker, creator of Nat Turner and The Bakers and illustrator of Birth of a Nation (written by Aaron Magruder and Reginald Hudlin) and Truth (written by Robert Morales) will speak at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20.

Noted comics scholar Ian Gordon of the National University of Singapore, author of Comic Strips and Consumer Culture, 1890-1945, will deliver a talk about the history of Superman at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday.

ICAF will also feature eighteen academic presentations by comic art scholars from around the world.

SPECIAL EVENT: ICAF is proud to present a roundtable discussion examining the publication of the Danish Mohammed cartoons and other cartoon controversies around the world. The roundtable will feature cartoonists Lat and Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher (of The Economist), and Robert Russell of Cartoonists Rights Network International. The roundtable takes place at the George Washington University’s Gelman Library at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 19.

SPONSORS: ICAF is pleased to work in collaboration with the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division and the Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, and with the support of the Embassy of Malaysia. Other sponsors include the Gelman Library, Andrews McMeel Universal, and Jean Schulz and the Charles Schulz Museum.

INFORMATION: For more information, including schedules and sponsors, please visit our website, http://www.internationalcomicartsforum.org/icaf, or contact Marc Singer.

Liz's post on The Beat

Heidi sure knows how to get people all worked up, but she is no puppy-killer

Here are Liz's comments:

Ask yourself: Which of these books (remember: graphic novels are books) will people still be reading 100 or 500 years from now? Look at history: Shakespeare, Twain, Dickens. Their books were not only masterpieces, they were entertaining.

Also: does it not matter that the comic book creator can draw? I am amazed that these “Best” lists consistently include mediocre artists telling uninteresting stories.

They should get ME to edit a “BEST OF” book! Ha! There you go! Problem solved. Title: THE TRULY BEST AMERICAN COMICS EDITED BY A MOTHER WITH FOUR CHILDREN UNDER AGE NINE.

Forget “Calgon take me away”…if I am going to read a graphic novel or comic, not only do the pictures have to be nice to look at, but it better make me laugh or profoundly move me in some way. Otherwise, as my children say: “BOOOOOOOOOORRRINNNGGG!”

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

THE BAKERS: BABIES & KITTENS is Finished!

Wow! I finished TWO books this month! The New BAKERS color hardcover BABIES AND KITTENS is finally completed and sent to the publisher, Image Comics!
I thought you might enjoy a literal behind-the-scenes look at the new family epic. Here's some of the incredibly detailed backgrounds that went into this ALL-NEW book-length adventure. Have you ever seen background art like this in a COMIC BOOK?
I'll post some pages from the book in a few days. Enjoy!



Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Kyle Baker at Autism Fundraiser

Join Kyle Baker & family at
The Tenth Annual Autumn Dinner Dance
Sunday, October 21st, 2007 at twelve o'clock in the afternoon
Gargiulo's Restaurant
2911 West 15th Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Benefiting children living with autism.
Tickets: $95

If you would like to attend, or make a tax-deductible donation to the silent auction or raffle (gift cards, gift baskets, electronics equipment, services, jewelry, etc) please contact Liz @ liz@kylebaker.com or 212-260-1712.

Thank you!

P.S. One of the silent auction items: a Kyle Baker illustration (!).


Wedding at Gargiulo's Circa 1940

Monday, September 24, 2007

SPECIAL FORCES #1 is finally finished!

Who could have predicted that a story about the Iraq war would become an overlong, overbudget quagmire with no end in sight? Well, the first issue is finally finished and delivered to the publisher, Image Comics! I took a little extra time on it, because I wanted it to be my best comic ever, and it is! Chock full of fights, explosions, and babes! Also, every page is packed with lots of tiny details and lines! Look at all the detail and realism! It's not cartoony at all! This high level of quality takes time! But you fans are worth the extra effort it's taking me, because I love you all. It should go to the printer this week, and then I'm sure Image will announce a release date. Look for it in a couple of weeks at your store, and buy it!
Here's a link to all the art I've posted so far.

I'm finishing the new BAKERS color hardcover BABIES & KITTENS today as well, so that'll be available in store and through this website, too.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

SPECIAL FORCES: Apache Crash


More art from the comic. This is my coolest book yet! Look at all those lines! This comic's got more lines than an L.A. club toilet stall! Click art to enlarge.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Congratulations to the Harvey Award Winners!



Walter Simonson, Kyle Baker, Dean Haspiel and Jeff Newelt at the ceremony. Photo by Michael Gezsel.

Brian Heater commented: It's like the Justice League of comic visionaries.

Harvey Award Winners on Heidi MacDonald's BEAT

Any good Kyle stories from the Convention/Harveys? Leave a comment!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Kyle Baker in the News...



Many of these links are being posted late. We've been a bit distracted at kylebaker.com recently (see contents of bouncy seat above).

For those of you in the Baltimore area:

Kyle Baker is slated to appear on Fox News Channel 45 between eight and nine a.m. on Friday September 7 to promote the Baltimore Con, as well as the Harvey Awards (which Kyle will be hosting for the second year in a row).

Be sure to visit Kyle at his table during the Baltimore Con. Lillian Baker will be selling her minicomic/legal comedy DRAMA A LA COCOA (Saturday afternoon only).

LINKS:

SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN
You're in the army now
Cartoonist Kyle Baker teams up with Berkeley's Image Comics for Special Forces, a tale of misfits at war
BY ARI MESSER

NEWSARAMA
Kyle Baker on Special Forces and More
by Zack Smith

"Whether it’s his hilarious observations on family life in The Bakers, the wild satire of such graphic novels as Why I Hate Saturn, The Cowboy Wally Show, or his dark look at slavery in Nat Turner, Kyle Baker has constantly proven to be one of comics’ most diverse and idosyncratic talents. Now, the multiple Eisner-winner will take on the U.S. military in Image Comics’ new miniseries Special Forces, about an autistic boy recruited by the Army....a tale that’s based on an unfortunately true story.

A casual chat with the multitalented Baker soon proved as entertaining as his comics, as he covered everything from his decision to go with Image after years of self-publishing, the problems he faced writing and illustrating DC’s award-winning Plastic Man series, and where you might soon find The Bakers in animated form. With opinions on everything from the comics industry to the animation industry to the state of American newspapers, it’s easy to see why Kyle Baker is one of the busiest men in comics."

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Kyle Baker Goes to War"
by Will Moss
"In the spring of 2006, many Americans were surprised to find the U.S. Army had recruited an 18-year-old boy with autism. As usual, cartoonist Kyle Baker quickly saw the humor in the situation. The Eisner award-winning cartoonist—who’s done everything from romantic comedies (You Are Here) and superheroes (Plastic Man) to historical epics (Nat Turner), crime (The Shadow) and family life (The Bakers)—used that story as the basis of a new satirical miniseries on the Iraq war called Special Forces. Starting this month from Image Comics, the six-issue series follows an autistic recruit and a batch of other misfits from basic training to the battlefield. “In the end, [the real-life autistic kid] didn’t have to go to war,” Baker said with a chuckle. “But in my story, he goes.”

In an interview with PWCW, Baker, father of a brand new baby girl, discusses America’s interest, or lack of interest, in the Iraq war, and the war comics of his idol, legendary EC Comics and Mad magazine editor Harvey Kurtzman."

Kyle Baker was featured in the THE ARTIST WITHIN by Greg Preston (Dark Horse Comics)
"The culmination of more than fifteen years of photography by renowned photographer Greg Preston, this book is a living history of the men and women who have shaped the imaginations of countless millions of people around the world through their work in the fields of animated cartoons, comic books, comic strips, and editorial cartooning."

The first print issue of THE COMIC FOUNDRY featured Kyle Baker

The Greatest Cartoonist Of All Time
By Joakim Gunnarsson
My vote goes to Kyle Baker. I've read a lot of his graphic novels and his cartoon collections, but it was a while ago. But I just found his website and was reminded of how great this guy is. And he can draw like the devil. ...

Comics in the Classroom reviewed THE BAKERS: DO THESE TOYS BELONG SOMEWHERE?
"A review of the most dangerous book on the shelves today!"
by Scott Tingley

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Harvey Awards Dinner Tickets Available! Guests, Dinner, Gift Bag Exclusives Featured!




For the second year in a row, Kyle Baker will be hosting the Harvey Awards...

BALTIMORE, MD (August 27, 2007) – The Harvey Awards dinner and presentation ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 8th, at the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. Tickets are now available for the event, which will begin at 7:00pm with a cocktail hour, to be followed at 8:00pm with dinner and the awards ceremony.

The Harveys, named after the legendary MAD founding editor and master storyteller Harvey Kurtzman, recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.

"Last year, we were very pleased with the response from the industry and specifically from our community regarding the Harvey Awards coming to Baltimore. We were eager to increase their profile and the recognition of their standing. Based on the feedback received, we made a very good start. This year, we're looking to build on that, and we hope as many fans of the comic arts as possible will join us,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Guests for dinner and the awards ceremony will enjoy a full banquet style dinner of filet mignon and Baltimore style crabcake. For the second year, we are pleased to have Kyle Baker to act as our Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Sergio Aragonés, co-creator of Groo and MAD artist, will serve as keynote speaker. In addition, the 2nd Annual Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented.

New this year is the gift bag available to all dinner guests. The first 300 attendees will receive The EC Archives: Two-Fisted Tales - Volume 1 which features work by award namesake Harvey Kurtzman and many other greats, as well as a complete base set of the soon-to-be-released Jericho Season One trading cards from Inkworks, an exclusive cloisonné pin from AdHouse Books, a Comic-Con exclusive edition of 30 Days of Night: Red Snow #1 from IDW Publishing, a Toon Tumbler drinking glass from Popfun merchandising, and an exclusive Harvey Awards keychain from LaserMach.

Harvey Awards tickets are on sale now. Tickets to the event, which includes the full cocktail hour (cash bar), full service dinner, and awards ceremony, are now available for $75. For those who wish to attend the ceremony only, tickets are available for $10 or free with a two-day pass to the convention. The hall will be opened for those ticket holders at approximately 8:45. Attendees who purchase a ceremony-only ticket are not eligible to receive the gift bag.

Tickets are available by calling Cards, Comics & Collectibles in Reisterstown, Maryland at (410) 526-7410. Major Credit Cards will be accepted for payment. The two-day convention tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster, accessible from www.comicon.com/baltimore.

Named Sponsors of the 2007 Harvey Awards include Geppi’http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifs Entertainment Museum, DC Comics, Top Shelf Comix, Painted Visions Comics, Cards, and Games, and Top Cow Productions. Without these sponsors, the event would not be possible and the Baltimore Comic-Con expresses their gratitude to them. While time is short, there are still sponsorship opportunities available.

For more information about The Harvey Awards, visit www.harveyawards.org

For more information about the Baltimore Comic-Con, visit www.comicon.com/baltimore

For additional directions to the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, click here

Saturday, August 18, 2007

NEW BATTLE ACTION!




Check out the debris! I've been looking at a lot of Wally Wood, Joe Kubert and Frank Bellamy lately. Also Jack Davis, George Evans, and Will Elder inking John Severin. Who are your favorite war cartoonists? Leave a comment!