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Stephen Robson On Fanfare/Ponent Mon at CCI (PR)
posted July 17, 2009

Well everyone,

From this side of the pond it looks a mighty long way away. But on my calendar it's next week!!

Just to let you know that Fanfare / Ponent Mon will be exhibiting in the Independent Press Zone at San Diego Comic Con on booth 2102. Enter by the first door "C" (nearest the "B") and it's just over on your right, second booth up aisle 2100!

If you are fortunate enough to be attending then swing by and say hello, look at the new books and some future titles. Details below. I will definitely be there personally all Wednesday evening from 5 - 9pm and every morning from opening at 9am until noon. After that I will be there when I can but must attend to other business that I will have also traveled so far to do!!

If you prefer to make a specific appointment time then just drop me a line and we'll sort it. Remember I'm there for you guys just like you've been there for me many times over.

Showcasing will be this year's Eisner nominee The Quest For The Missing Girl by Jiro Taniguchi in which a mountaineer comes to Tokyo to search for his dead friend's daughter. Come and cheer us on at the awards Friday night - or pass by Saturday morning with a hangover cure - whichever way the vote goes!

Our other banner title is a future release Years of the Elephant by Willy Linthout. This one is particularly close to my heart. Willy, totally unknown in North America, is an award winning comic artist in Belgium with over 130 titles in print and more than 10 million copies sold, mostly from a series about the zany adventures of a real-life stand up comic Urbanus. But this isn't what we will be publishing - you know us better than that!

In 2004 Willy's only child, a 21 year old son, Sam, committed suicide. Although fictionalised, this is the story of how Willy attempted to cope with the event and the rift it caused in his marriage.

Willy is scheduled to appear at SPX in September if you're in the Bethesda area and will be signing copies there.

I will have a copy of the Ponent Mon Spanish edition for you to look at and touch plus some photocopies of Chapter One to take away so please remind me!

We have a new printer who we suspect will have done a stunning job of the first two titles entrusted to them. Because of the delay caused by losing our original printer, we are running a little behind our original schedule for 2009 and will only be able to bring a very small quantity in by airfreight for SDCC. These are:

A Distant Neighborhood vol. 1 by Jiro Taniguchi and
The Summit of the Gods vol. 1 by Yamemakura Baku and Jiro Taniguchi

These are two of the most amazing books I have worked on to date. Come and see why!

Hope to see you there or another show soon!