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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

SPECIAL FORCES: COMING SOON


This is the first artwork for the upcoming Image series. Inspired by this true event. More to come! Click the art to enlarge.

More art here!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Two More Reviews Of NAT TURNER VOL.2: REVOLUTION

"As a whole, Nat Turner is the most evocative illustrated book in the modern medium."

-Graig Kent, CHUD.com: Cinematic Happenings Under Development

"Taken together, Baker's pair of Nat Turner volumes make for a damn fine piece of comic art – a remarkable achievement that definitely deserves to be collected in a single handsome well-bound hardback..."

-Bill Sherman, Blogcritics Magazine


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Goodbye Arnold Drake

Our deepest sympathies to the Drake family.

From Liz Glass:
Mr. Drake was our neighbor. When I went to his Manhattan apartment to run an errand about two years ago, I was not familiar with his comic book work. His well-ordered duplex had books, photos, antiques, but nothing to give away his comic book reputation.

I had meant to just drop off something and then race to the next 15 errands, but he invited me in to chat. His apartment was decorated in the charming "1950's-First-Generation-in the-New-World" style. Every decoration/memento had a story! And like my grandparents always did for first-time visitors: the requisite living room tour. In all honesty, I really enjoyed it, which is why I am writing these words. He was a very sweet man.

He showed me some of his recent cartoons to get my reaction; he was going to send them to a magazine for seniors, I think.

His wife had recently passed away. Her absence was omnipresent but Mr. Drake clearly had not given up on the years left to him. He kept busy. His office - overflowing with stacks of paper and open filing cabinets - had a life of its own.

When I had heard Mr. Drake was in the hospital, I really did mean to send a card or flowers. But with three small children, I am just terribly busy.

I sincerely regret not doing so.

Monday, March 12, 2007

A Day to Believe: Autism Awareness Day at Shea, April 22, 2007



There are still some $10 tickets left!
Reply to liz@kylebaker.com for this unbeatable price.

Join Kyle Baker and family for A DAY TO BELIEVE: AUTISM AWARENESS DAY at Shea Stadium, New York Mets vs Atlanta Braves, Sunday, April 22, 2007.

Pre-game ceremonies and festivities begin at 12 p.m.; game time is 1 p.m.

Most seats will cost LESS (only $12) than what you would normally pay, and the proceeds will be donated to organizations and schools helping children living with autism, like Autism Speaks.

This is a great way to see the game and support a wonderful cause. As one first-timer said of last year’s game: “We’re not into sports, but our family and friends had a blast. The Mets - the whole experience - was amazing.”

For best seats, the earlier you order the better. If you know any Mets fans, please feel free to forward this information to them.

To be a part of Kyle Baker's group (still some $10 seats left!) or for more information please contact Liz Glass: liz@kylebaker.com or 212-260-1712/646-287-3036

To buy tickets directly online or to make a donation:

1. Go to http://aaday.qsac.com/ (Tickets purchased at mets.com will not be credited to these charities/schools.)
2. When you type out the form online, after you entered your credit card number to pay, at the end of the order it will ask you to fill out your affiliation.
3. Please type in "NYCLI". Thanks!

The ticket prices are:
Upper Level Reserved - $12 each
Upper Level Box - $45 each
Mezzanine Reserved - $50 each
Exclusive VIP Tent Party ($250 & up)
(Adult)- $250 each
Exclusive VIP Tent Party
(Child under 12) - $125 each

Thank you.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

King David Animated Trailer

The beloved Bible tale springs to miraculous animated life in this enchanting and inspirational Kyle Baker cartoon.


Share this video. People will think you're cool.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

NAT TURNER VOL.2 IN STORES NOW!




Yes, children, no more shall you cry in the wilderness, "How long, Lord, How long?" For Kyle Baker has descended from the mountaintop bearing the second and final paperback in the Nat Turner series! This book contains the previously unpublished 3rd and 4th chapters of the comic book, and is now available from IMAGE COMICS.

Subscribers copies are being mailed out this weekend from Kylebaker.com, so let me know if you've moved!

Check out the first online review we found of NAT TURNER Vol.2: REVOLUTION here, from Don MacPherson at eyeoncomics.com

For those fans who wrote in asking if the individual single-chapter comic books were still available, they are not. Here's why;

See, the first two issues were originally published in an affordable format which provided 48 pages to readers for the unheard-of price of $3.00. That's more than twice the page count of your average DC or Marvel book. I thought it was a good value for the reader, even though it meant less profit for me...but I've learned never to second-guess the fans. Fans disliked the $3 format.
It wasn't just that one guy, either.
Here's another. Fans everywhere were demanding that I publish the book in a more expensive format, on better paper. Well, folks, the customer is always right, and I quickly changed the format to a better quality paper and binding, and ceased production of the cheaper edition.

Next year, we're planning an even more expensive edition, so you may want to buy the paperbacks now, since it's the last time you'll be able to get this story at this price. That's a promise from the owner.

Speaking of ownership, I LOVE the little TM symbol that now appears next to the NAT TURNER logo. I've trademarked a human! You might even say I've (ahem) RE-BRANDED Nat Turner.

Bakers food fight cartoon

I stumbled across this image on the net, and since I own it, I'm posting it. Enjoy.

Kyle on Toon Zone's One-Minute Interview at 2007 NYCC

Don't miss Toon Zone's "The One-Minute Interview" at 2007 NYCC.

Besides Kyle, other queried professionals include animation genius Bill Plympton, as well as Danny Fingeroth, editor of WRITE NOW - essential reading for professional (or aspiring) writers of comics, science fiction and/or animation.

Here's Kyle's answer to question #3: "What can the con organizers do better next year?"

KYLE BAKER: "I think a statue of me in front of the Javits Center would be perfect. A big statue of me made out of Legos would have made this perfect."

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Jackson State University Walls Crawling with Other Heroes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Damian Duffy + John Jennings
Eye Trauma Comix
PO Box 761
Champaign, IL 61823
Phone: 217-355-8569
http://www.eyetrauma.net/brain/curation.htm

otherheroes@gmail.com

Jackson State University Walls Crawling with Other Heroes

Jackson, MS – April 4, 2007— Other Heroes will be joining Spider-Man on the walls this spring.

Other Heroes: African American comics creators, characters & archetypes is an exhibition of comics and comics-inspired artwork. It will be on display April 4-25, 2007 in the Jackson State University Art Gallery, Dollye M.E. Robinson School of Liberal Arts Building, Jackson, MS.

The show features an unprecedented group of African American comics creators. From industry veterans Denys Cowan and Trevor von Eeden, to critically acclaimed graphic novelists Kyle Baker and Lance Tooks, to renowned editorial cartoonist Keith Knight, to pioneering cartoonist Jackie Ormes, the list of over 40 participating artists contains a who’s-who of famed African American sequential artists past and present.

In addition to showcasing the work of outstanding African American comics professionals, Other Heroes brings to the JSU Gallery a vast and diverse array of talented artists working in a variety of media, (comics, photography, painting, and installation) to make art that portrays and investigates African American issues. “The show is centered around the empowerment of Black creators, characters, and stories, the depictions of the Black image in popular culture, and the reclamation of our images,” Other Heroes co-curator Professor John Jennings said in a recent interview with UVC Magazine.

“We hope the exhibit and catalog will provide a positive space to discuss the social, economic, psychological, and philosophical impact of positive and negative racial representations,” added co-curator and Eye Trauma Comix editor-in-chief Damian Duffy.

Other Heroes also represents an effort to raise funds for the local community. All profits from the sale of the Other Heroes catalog, soon to be published through print-on-demand website Lulu.com, will be donated to Scholarship America for the charity’s Disaster Relief Fund, which provides tuition support to low income Gulf Coast students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Other Heroes is made possible by The Jackson State University Art Department, The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign Research Board, The UIUC African-American Studies and Research Program, and Eye Trauma Studios.

For more information on Other Heroes and a full list of artists go to http://www.eyetrauma.net/brain/curation.htm

Contact: otherheroes@gmail.com

Phone: 217-355-8569

For more information on Scholarship America visit: http://www.scholarshipamerica.org

Sunday, March 04, 2007

COMIC BOOK TRIVIA CONTEST!

Last week, I announced that my favorite comic of all time, TALES FROM THE CRYPT was returning with all-new stories! I mentioned one of my favorite old tales, "Foul Play".

CHERYL BAKER wrote...

"Okay! If you're so smart, Mr. Memory -- what was the name of the story set in a vampire nightclub that served blood which came pouring out of faucets that were stuck into the neck's of vampire victims? HUH? HUH???"

Well, I know the answer, but I thought it would be fun to make a contest of it! So, the first twenty people to e-mail me the TITLE of that classic story, and the name of the ILLUSTRATOR will receive their choice of either a PDF comic book, or their favorite KB animation in IPOD format, or some nice wallpapers for the desktop. I'll post the answers next week. The contest entry deadline is March 10, 2007. e-mail your answers to me at kylebaker@kylebaker.com , along with your prize preference. Don't post your answers on this blog, because it'll ruin the game for everyone. Have fun!