Friday, October 18, 2013

The Art Of Paul Hoppe Update

This is a brand-new image drawn specifically for my upcoming big show. It depicts the Consulate building with some creative license.

Here are the details:
Opening reception is November 5th, 6-8pm
871 United Nations Plaza

(1st Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets)

New York, NY

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required on this site:

The show will be on display through Nov 29th, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New York Comic Con Artist Alley 2013

NYCC came and went, like a whirlwind! It was a very successful fest for me, I sold just under 200 mini-comics and made more than twice as much as last year in $$. The people were very enthusiastic again, there was a lot of positive energy, and so, so many people!

I took the opportunity to snap some pictures, but nothing can do justice to it except being there in person. Yes, if you are afraid of crowds it might not be your cup of tea, but everybody is nice and friendly, so you just need to have some patience and a bit of stamina.

My table was, as usual, divided into a few sections: First there are the books for younger audience with publishers such as Chronicle Books  and Random House and the brand-new Last-But-Not-Least Lola. In the middle I have my illustration work, the various prints that I tend to to have at these occasions. And finally the BEHOLDER books, my gonzo-superhero tales for very immature mature readers. I also gave out a lot of cards for my upcoming show at the German Consulate.

For me personally it's very gratifying that some readers / customers from last year came back for more. I hope the  new people from this year will come back next year as well!

As usual, I got some signatures from some old-school artists, for example Chris Claremont on a German edition of the X-Men, and chatted with inker Bob Wiacek, who I had met last year.

A special event for me was the PEANUT signing I did at the Random House booth on the show floor. I was impressed how many people came and did a little drawing for each and every one.

Thanks again to everybody who came and made this so successful and so much fun for me! See ya next year!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

New York ComicCon 2013

Last year I had a truly great time at New York ComicCon Artist Alley, so I'm back again this year! It's going down next week, Thursday through Sunday, Oct 10-13th.

This time I'm bringing some reinforcement. I had this large banner made of Dr Brain (from Tales To Behold), so you can easily find me. But just in case: I'll be at table BB5 of Artist Alley.

I'll have many goodies for you: For the young ones, there will be PEANUT and THE WOODS, and for the very first time LAST-BUT-NOT-LEAST LOLA.

For the more aquired taste, I'll have all my self-published BEHOLDER mini-comics, so you can complete your collection.

And for art-lovers, there will be three finely crafted prints to purchase:
DestinationsRuins, and Ruins Girl.

Something for everyone!
And besides my own table, I'll also have a signing at the Random House Booth on the Main Floor, Sunday 2-3pm.

New York Comic Con is being held at the Javits Center (655 West 34th Street) in Midtown Manhattan,  from Oct 10-13th. This year NYCC Artist Alley will be returning to the North Pavilion of the Javits Center.

Publishers Weekly reviews Last-But-Not-Least LOLA

Thanks very much to Publishers Weekly for reviewing the first book of Last-But-Not-Least Lola! I especially love that they call my illustrations feisty.

Last-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green
Christine Pakkala, illus. by Paul Hoppe
Boyds Mills, $15.95 (192p) ISBN 978-1-59078-935-3
Outspoken second grader Lola Zuckerman is tired of being last in her classroom, where alphabetical order rules the day. She’s also tired of former best friend Amanda, who used to live next door but has upgraded homes and friends. School isn’t all bad, though: there is the environmentally focused “Going Green” contest that Lola is eager to win. Of course, the students’ ideas are shared in alphabetical order, but Lola manages to come out on top. Winning doesn’t bring Lola the glory she’d hoped for, however, since her brother outshines her by getting an award on the same day. Along the way, Lola comes to recognize her own role in her falling-out with Amanda, navigates family problems, and learns to control some of her more impulsive tendencies. Debut author Pakkala handles sibling rivalry and the pain of losing a friendship with intuition and a light touch, while Hoppe’s feisty b&w spot illustrations subtly enhance Lola’s overall enthusiasm. Deadpan humor and a charming heroine carry this breezy read, first in a planned series. Ages 7–10. Author’s agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. Illustrator’s agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Sept.)

If you'd like to get this for your little ones, you can get a signed copy from me personally at New York Comic Con next week! My table is BB5 in the Artist Alley, October 10th-13th.