To Comic-Con 2004:
less than ten days until "The San Diego Show"
(we work to keep Mr. Chaykin happy...), the press releases
are a-coming to tell us who we should be looking for on
years ago at Comic-Con, Mike Kunkel got the Eisner for Best
Title For a Younger Audience (he got it in 2003, too) for
his amazing Herobear and the Kid. It was good timing for
Penny-Farthing Press, because Kunkel and Courtney Huddleston
had teamed up for a cross-over between the super-powered
polar bear and Huddleston's alien shape-changer, Decoy.
But Kunkel has been a busy man, and it's taken two years
to get to the long-awaited second issue of Field Trip --
which Penny-Farthing Press will have available at the Con
this year. With a twist...
Press (PFP) announced recently that 1000 attendees of the
2004 San Diego Comic-Con International will be able to purchase
the special Decoy and Herobear and the Kid in Field Trip:
Exclusive Convention Edition. Fans will also be able to
watch the creators/artists render custom-drawn covers from
July 22 through July 25.
Trip, Part 1 debuted at Comic-Con in 2002,” Decoy
creator/penciller and Field Trip collaborator Courtney Huddleston
explained. “With two years in between the two parts,
we wanted to do something special for the fans who have
waited so long to see the story’s completion. We’ve
left the cover blank so that every fan will receive a different
book. No two books will be alike.”
and Herobear and the Kid in Field Trip, is a crossover
project combining the characters and talents of Huddleston
and Mike Kunkel of Astonish Comics. The story chronicles
the meeting of two separate comic worlds in an effort to
uncover the mystery of an old house and a frightening old
woman. Field Trip, Part 1 met with critical acclaim
after its 2002 release and combined the fan groups following
the works of Huddleston and Kunkel.
Mike and I first proposed the idea for a crossover,”
Huddleston continued, “we discovered that we really
had the same audience in mind for our work. Both books centered
on buddies, humor, and justice.”
creation, Decoy, follows a shape-shifting alien
on his adventures with a rookie cop, and since its appearance
in 1999, the book has become a fan favorite. In addition,
Kunkel’s title, Herobear and the Kid, has
won numerous accolades including the 2002 and 2003 Eisner
Award for Best Title For a Younger Audience.
Trip, Exclusive Convention Edition will be limited
to a print run of 1000 and will feature a blank front cover
for original art by creators Courtney Huddleston and Mike
Kunkel. Also included in the book are black and white versions
of parts 1 and 2 and developmental sketches by both artists.
The book will be available at both the Penny-Farthing Press
and Astonish Comics booths.
book really is a jewel,” Penny-Farthing Press publisher
Ken White explained. “We are excited about the collaboration
with Astonish Comics and we are excited about the product.”
final edition of Field Trip will be available later
in the year for all fans of Decoy and Herobear and the Kid
and will showcase the spot-color presentation of Part 1.
Press publishes The Victorian, Decoy, Captain Gravity,
PARA, Zendra, and The Loch, the first hardcover
book in its Mythics children’s imprint. The company
is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
and the Kid is © of Mike Kunkel and Astonish Comics.