I posted this sketch of Catwoman playing with her favorite toys and it was so popular I’ve decided to post the high-res version here for download so people can have a good print out for their own deviant office space use. I did the same with my Zen Hulk drawing a couple of years ago and now it’s probably posted in every bathroom in the world. 🙂
So here is a 400 dpi JPEG of the 9 X 12 ” original. Seize is 9MB. Not too bad, eh? Click the little picture icon and it will take you to the hi-res art and just download that.
Do not sell your print! None of us own Batman. This is free fan stuff for fun. If you sell it you will be exterminated. Have a nice day. 🙂
Here’s a new, thoughtful interview (audio only) about my creative process and what it’s like to live with these wonderful characters, with Russ Burlingame. I’ve known Russ for years and he knows my books inside out, so the conversation was very easy and organic. It also happened this week while I’m in hibernating-writer mode, so my answers were more introspective than during times of convention travel and pr chats. Hope you enjoy it.
And here’s a first look at cover #2 for Five Years. Don’t worry, you haven’t missed #1. The series hasn’t even started yet but I have to make these covers many months in advance for the distributor, so I might as well share them!
With the XXV series complete, you know two things are going to happen. 1) We’re going to put out a trade paperback of the last half of the series. 2) And we’re going to collect the entire series in an omnibus.
So issues 6-10 have been collected into a second TPB titled Hide And Seek. It’s 120 pages with an art gallery in the back. Hide And Seek will be in stores early March. Price is $15.99. And dare I say… HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 🙂
If you’ve been Omnibus-Waiting, the time is nigh! The entire series has been collected into a 232 page book with an art gallery in the back. There are two versions coming to stores in April, a softcover and a hardcover. The covers are different so you can tell them apart.
$29.99 softcover (above)
$39.99 hardcover (above)
We also made an Abstract Studio Limited Edition Omnibus. This is not for retail, no ISBN was assigned, no price on the cover. They come with a signed and numbered bookplate and an exclusive print of Francine and Katchoo. We’ve done this for all our series so now there are folks who are collecting these special editions. Man I love that. This edition was limited to 600. Price $45. It went up for sale on our website store and sold out in 3 days. If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, you probably saw the commotion. I don’t know how else to reach readers, so I hope you saw it and got one if you wanted it. I’m very grateful for the support of readers who buy any of my books. If you haven’t been following me on one of those social media sites, please consider it so I can keep you up to date on things like this. Sometimes things happen so fast they come and go in one day, like sketches for sale or special offers.
$45 Limited Edition (above)
With the Omnibus wrapped up and headed to customers and stores, I’m now looking forward. Tuesday I will announce the next series, and it’s the biggest project I’ve ever taken on.
Strangers In Paradise XXV issue 10 comes out tomorrow (Valentine’s Day Eve) and brings this one-year story to a frightening conclusion. I can’t say much more than that until it’s been out long enough for you to read it, but let’s just say if I fall off a cliff and don’t write the next series, you’re going to be very upset with me. Why? Because the end of SIP XXV has a terrible revelation that affects not only the SIP characters, but all my characters in all my books, aka The Terryverse! The ending begs for the story to continue, one way or another. And I’m happy to tell you—Spoiler Free—that it does. I will announce the new series next week, after everybody’s had a chance to read XXV 10 and digest the story.
So grab issue 10 this week. You have to read it to know why the next series is a mega bombshell!
When I finished issue 10 a few weeks ago, I left the next day for France. In Paris, I did some interviews at the offices of my publisher Delcourt and a wonderful public interview alongside Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead) at one of those beautiful old buildings on the Seine. Then we took a train to Angouleme and I got to meet the French fans and creators face to face for three days. It was a great week, punctuated by delicious food and good times. Everybody was so kind to me and when I thought about it and looked around me I noticed it was just that way at the show… and on the streets of this little town. They allow the show to completely take over the town and I never saw a local who seemed to mind one bit.
I found some great books and decided they were so good they were worth lugging home in my backpack. Also, I was fortunate to sit for a major photographer for a portrait, my first ever by a serious pro. That’s me below, in such rare focus that I can’t hide a single flaw.
I came home from France a happy camper and immediately assembled the 2nd TPB for SIP XXV, collecting issues 6-10. Sent that to the printer. Then I made the SIP XXV Omnibus collecting the entire series with a lot of miscellaneous art. Sent that to the printer. I’ll give you the details on those books in the next blog post.
Glad to be home. Happy I was able to complete the SIP XXV series. Looking forward to starting the next series immediately. Details on that next week!