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Over the MOON

The nominations for the 2012 Eisner awards were released yesterday and Gabe and Jay Fotos and Chris and me were pretty much pissing ourselves to see LOCKE & KEY: GUIDE TO THE KNOWN KEYS nominated for Best Single Issue.

That would be the issue featuring “Open the Moon,” which is, for Gabe and I, just about the happiest we’ve ever been with any one LOCKE & KEY story. Our thanks to the Eisner judges for inviting us to their party.

I believe with all my heart that the most creative people in the world work in comics… it’s a field where everyone seems to have six brilliant ideas before breakfast. There’s so much talent, no awards ceremony can ever do more than scrape a little ice off the tip of the proverbial iceberg. There are a lot of amazing creators on the ballot, and there are a lot more who aren’t, but should and probably will be next year, or the year after. I’m just happy to be a part of a wonderful, crazy, happy, weird community.

Here’s a link to the full ballot.

On a vaguely related note, I’ve got piles and piles of LOCKE & KEY back issues lying around, and need to make some space in my long boxes. So I’m doin’ a thing with my friends at Jetpack Comics. Here’s the deal: the first 50 people to order a trade paperback, hardcover, or luxury edition of LOCKE & KEY from Jetpack will get a free signed issue… probably the Jetpack exclusive of HEAD GAMES #1, or CROWN OF SHADOWS #1, but I’ll throw some other issues in there, just to keep it interesting. Not only that, but the first 10 people to order the luxury edition of LOCKE & KEY will also get a free signed chapbook, selected at random out of my collection. At least one of ‘em is gonna be the “Voluntary Committal” chapbook I did a gajillion years ago with Subterranean Press, way before I managed to get a book published.

Here’s a link to the Jetpack site. This the very definition of a limited offer: 50 orders or so and we’re done. If you want, they got. Do I need to tell you they ship?

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9 Responses to Over the MOON

  1. Brandon says:

    Just bought my LE of Locke & Key from Jetpack. Fingers crossed that I’m one of the 1st ten. Thx!

  2. Tinker says:

    While Joe Hill has masterfully written characters who feel as real as you and me, and Gabe breathes life into them by effectively capturing each subtle emotion through his drawings, I feel Jay Fotos’ distinct coloring is as important for the series as the shadow-filled low-key lighting was for those movies in the Film Noir era. Sets the mood.

    A lot of times I find myself so absorbed in the story, it’s easy to flip pages and not pause to appreciate the coloring. However, I found myself open-mouthed shortly after starting Clockworks #5, drooling over a panel shot of Keyhouse. No words, no characters, just a beautiful exterior shot as dusk was fading to night (page 4, I think). Heh, the job he did on the cover of “Open the Moon” isn’t too bad, either.

    Anyway, congrats all around on the nomination, guys!

  3. dparkernc says:

    Just bought mine! Joe, you’re the best!

  4. Mick Sylvestre says:

    You both make a great team, and I love how the story is unfolding. I look forward to seeing more of it.

  5. Phill17Larry33 says:

    Ya baby!!!! I ordered the special edition. Awesome for me and your new book sounds very cool. A 140 year old an driving a Rolls Royce Phantom I can see in my minds eye. I do not know how you writers come up with this stuff and honestly think you are all crazy, but in a good way. I guess I would call writers good crazy. Thanks buddy I hope I’m not to late. Again thanks.

  6. i sat in my work truck and cried as i read this comic issue. i called my folks and told em they should read it and that i loved them. i guess this issue and field of dreams are what gets me teary eyed heh.

    good luck, but even if you don’t win this comic is stellar

  7. Betsy Boo says:

    I’d pay really good $ for the “VC” chapbook. Is there anyplace I could order it?

  8. dparkernc says:

    Anyone received their Jetpack shipment, yet? Just ask’n.

    DP

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