Tuesday, February 27, 2007

My Daughter, International Salesperson

The Lillian Baker School Of International Marketing, lesson one.


Monday was the birthday of the super amazing Liz Glass! I would have posted this earlier, but I took a day off from work to make her an animated birthday card.
Liz loved it so much, she insisted we share it with the rest of you.

Thanks to everybody who came to New York Comic Con! We had a blast! Because it was in New York, my family was able to come and see that I do indeed have a job! Liz met Chuck D from PUBLIC ENEMY! Their NEW WORLD ODOR CD is terrific! PE's got a new comic, too, so cop it!

One of Lillian's four comic books sold out, and


People always ask me what comics I loved as a kid, and I have to say "It's EC for me!" I got my first TALES FROM THE CRYPT book at age 10, and from then on I was hooked. For me, it was the comic book equivalent of the Alfred Hitchcock TV show, which I also adored. I used to read TALES FROM THE CRYPT to my younger siblings, Cheryl and Edwin. Family entertainment for sure. My seven-year old brother especially loved "Foul Play", a Jack Davis illustrated tale of a murderous baseball player who is punished by dismemberment. His vengeful teammates play baseball with his body parts, using the arms and legs as bats to hit his head, which is pitched as a ball. Home plate was the guy's heart, and the baselines were his intestines. I read this to a seven-year old, and he grew up to be a Sundance award-winning screenwriter! TALES FROM THE CRYPT IS LIKE MOZART FOR YOUR CHILDREN! ORDER IT NOW!

Here's a cool one. Someone posted a cartoon I rewrote for Marvel recently.

Kyle Guest of Honor at the 2007 Glyph Comics Awards

(We'll have our 2007 NYCC coverage/photos posted asap.)

From The Beat:

ECBACC has announced the second annual Glyph Comics Awards, honoring the best in black comics and creators. The award will be presented at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) in Philadelphia.

Story of the Year
The American Way, John Ridley, Georges Jeanty & Karl Story
Bluesman Vol. 3, Rob Vollmar & Pablo Callejo
Day 8, Damian Duffy & John Jennings
Earthlight Vol. 1, Stuart Moore & Christopher Schons
Stagger Lee, Derek McCulloch & Shepherd Hendrix

Best Writer
Damian Duffy, Day 8
Derek McCulloch, Stagger Lee
Stuart Moore, Earthlight Vol. 1
John Ridley, The American Way
Rob Vollmar, Bluesman Vol. 3

Best Artist
Kyle Baker, The Bakers
Shepherd Hendrix, Stagger Lee
Jamal Igle, Firestorm
Georges Jeanty, The American Way
Christopher Schons, Earthlight Vol. 1

Best Male Character
Infidel, Astro City: Samaritan
Lem Taylor, Bluesman Vol. 3
Mr. Jenkins, Day 8
New American, The American Way
Stagger Lee, Stagger Lee

Best Female Character
Amo Tanzer, Lucifer’s Garden of Verses: Between the Devil and Miles Davis
Evelyn Prescott, Stagger Lee
Ororo, Storm
Sahara, Elephantmen
Thomasina Lindo, Welcome to Tranquility

Rising Star Award
Darryl Hughes & Monique MacNaughton, GAAK
Mark Page, Kana’s Island
Felipe Smith, MBQ
Spike, Templar, Arizona
Masheka Wood, What Masheka Did

Best Reprint Publication
Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda, First Second
Krazy & Ignatz 1937-38, Fantagraphics
Nat Turner Encore Edition Vol. 1, Kyle Baker Publishing
Never Made to Last: Stories of Suburban Folklore, Ourobor Books
Tokyo Tribes Vol. 5, TokyoPop

Best Cover
52 Week 14, J.G. Jones
The American Way #2, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story & Randy Mayor
Firestorm #23, Brian Stelfreeze
Stagger Lee, Shepherd Hendrix
Storm #1, Mike Mayhew

Best Comic Strip
Candorville, Darrin Bell
The K Chronicles, Keith Knight
Templar, Arizona, Spike
(th)Ink, Keith Knight
Watch Your Head, Cory Thomas

Once again, fans will be able to vote for their favorite black comic in the poll for the Fan Award for Best Comic. This year’s nominees are:

Black Panther: The Bride, Reginald Hudlin, Scot Eaton & Klaus Janson
Crisis Aftermath: The Spectre, Will Pfeifer & Cliff Chiang
Firestorm #28-32, Stuart Moore, Jamal Igle & Keith Champagne
New Avengers #22, Brian Michael Bendis & Leinil Francis Yu
Storm, Eric Jerome Dickey, David Yardin & Lan Medina and Jay Leisten & Sean Parsons
write-in choice.

The poll will go up at the ECBACC website (www.ecbacc.com) for the month of March.

ECBACC 2007 will take place May 18-19 at Temple University’s Anderson Hall in Philadelphia. For more information about the GCAs, e-mail Rich Watson at cptsisko318@aol.com.

The nominess were chosen by the following judging panel:

- Rich Watson, GCA Committee Chair and writer for PopCultureShock.com
- Johanna Draper Carlson, founder of the review website ComicsWorthReading.com
- Pam Noles, professional writer and former Eisner Awards judge
- Calvin Reid, senior editor for Publishers Weekly and former Eisner Awards judge
- Hannibal Tabu, online comics reviewer and professional fiction writer

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Kyle Baker at New York Comic Con February 23rd to 25th, booth #953

Be sure to visit Kyle Baker at booth #953 at NYCC this weekend. He'll be debuting new animation, selling original art as well as his award-winning books.

For more NYCC info click here

BRING THE KIDS! Kyle will be drawing complimentary caricatures for children! Booth #953!

Lillian Baker, age 8, will debut her book "The Dumb People Convention", as well as a few other funny mini-comics.


Kyle will be on the panel "Make Me Laff: The Craft of Humor Comics" on Saturday 2/24 12:00-1:00 PM in Room 1E04.
Description: Comics used to be called the funnies, but today, precious few cartoonists have the skill to make their reader laugh out loud. We’ve gathered four of the field’s funniest practitioners for a discussion of what makes humor comics work.
Speakers: Michael Kupperman, Kyle Baker, Bob Fingerman & Tom Hart.

Kyle will be signing with IMAGE COMICS on Sunday, 12:30-1:30 at Top Cow Booth #217

Also on Sunday (10:30-noon in room 1E04) Arie Kaplan and Eddy Friedfeld are co-hosting a panel "History of Comic Book Movies." From 11:50AM until Noon, Kyle will join them to sign copies of Arie's "Masters of the Comic Book Universe Revealed!" (Kyle is one of the creators profiled).

THE BAKERS: DO THESE TOYS BELONG SOMEWHERE? has been added to the KIDS LOVE COMICS featured reading list. KIDS LOVE COMICS is "a groundbreaking nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and growth of children's comic books in North America." Be sure to visit KLC founder and AMELIA RULES creator Jimmy Gownley at booth 939 (Lillian loves Amelia Rules!).

Save the Date:
Kyle will be a guest at NYC's first KIDS' COMIC CON Saturday April 28
Click here to read about KCC in Publishers' Weekly

Daddy Bling

By Jackie, Age 3

Saturday, February 03, 2007


I just completed work on the final installment of the Nat Turner saga today. It took longer than I expected, but it's only THE MOST IMPORTANT GRAPHIC NOVEL OF ALL TIME BY THE GREATEST CARTOONIST EVER! Yeah, I said it. What! We'll be putting together some preview pages and interactive e-goodies with our new publisher, Image Comics, over the next weeks in order to prepare humanity to withstand my wonders! Then when you're so excited you can't take it any more, when the anticipation reaches its peak, when you're breathlessly begging for that intense book release, Image Comics and Kyle Baker will give you what you want! Not yet. We're almost there.