Joe will be appearing at the Baltimore Comic-Con, September 5 -7. At the show, they’ll be distributing a Yearbook with art by the guests. Those artists with creator-owned characters were asked to draw them interacting with Matt Wagner’s character Grendel. This is Joe’s contribution, with colors by Matt Webb, pitting The Blonde against Hunter Rose among the rooftops of Port Nocturne.
When the comic strip Annie was retired from the comics page in 2010, the story-line left readers with a cliffhanger with Annie in clutches of a war criminal known as “The Butcher of the Balkans.” The assassin promised he wouldn’t kill Annie, but she’d spend the rest of her days with him on his “deadly travels.”
Fast-forward nearly four years and Dick Tracy cartoonists Mike Curtis and Joe Staton are picking up the storyline. On June 1st the comic strips Annie and Dick Tracy are colliding as “Daddy” Warbucks hires Dick Tracy to pick up the trail and find his daughter.
According to Curtis, it turns out that after some time spent fruitlessly searching the world for his beloved adopted daughter, Warbucks has decided to enlist the help of the only man who can rescue Annie: Dick Tracy.
“As a lifelong admirer of Annie, I felt the need to unravel her disappearance,” says Curtis, who’s helmed Dick Tracy with Staton since March 2011. Curtis’ previous writing credits include Richie Rich and Casper the Friendly Ghost for Harvey Comics.
“Joe and I have planned Annie’s rescue for some time, and we’ll deliver action-packed, over-the-top thrills and chills as the two features combine their casts for what we hope will be the most historic tale in comic strip history,” Curtis says.
Here is the drawing I did for the charity auction at the New York Comic Con (October 10-13), honoring Moon Maid’s appearance in DICK TRACY. Crack Tracy colorist Shane Fisher is working on a color version and I’ll have posters of that one for sale at my table, B-3.
At this year’s Baltimore Comic Con, artist Joe Staton and Tracy consultant Jim Dougherty, on behalf of the entire creative team of Dick Tracy, were presented with the 2013 Harvey Award for “Best Syndicated Strip!”
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. The Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories, ranging from Best Artist to the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame. They are the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.
Have a question for Joe? This Friday, May 10th at 1:00 p.m. Central time, tweet your questions to @GoComics. See you there!
The Calling Dick Tracy e-book collection of Mike Curtis’s and my run on the Dick Tracy strip is available for purchase now. It contains our first four Tracy continuities from 2011 and will be a good way to catch up.
Here is a nice link for the e-book with a nice “Buy Now” button: http://www.rabbitholecomics.com/dicktracy
Can’t beat that.
The first eBook collection of Mike Curtis’s and my run on the Dick Tracy strip will be available in a week or two from Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes and Noble. It contains our first four continuities from 2011 and will be a good way to catch up.
This is a scan of the cards to plug it I’ll be passing out at the Gem City Con in Dayton this weekend. Updates on publication date from www.rabbitholecomics.com and you can follow current Tracy strips at www.gocomics.com/dicktracy. If you’re near Dayton, come by, say hi, get a card.
UPDATED 4/12: And now here is a nice link for the Tracy eBook with a nice “Buy Now” button. http://www.rabbitholecomics.com/dicktracy
Joe will be appearing at the Albany Comic Con on June 16, 2013.