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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