Silver and Sprocket Nitrate Going to Print

FilmPiratesComicTime to tune the car and find a map Dick Tracy fans.  Mike Curtis dropped fantastic news today that he and Joe will be producing a comic book featuring the first story of Silver and Sprocket Nitrate which the pair plan to give away at their appearances.  The comic book will likely debut when Mike and Joe hit the stage at the Baltimore Comic-Con where we are hoping the duo will win their third Harvey Award.

According to Mr. Curtis’s remarks on the Dick Tracy Fan Club page,

“…Joe and I have wanted to have some of our TRACY work in print for years. Those of you who know me, know that Carole and I were comic book writers and publishers for 15 years.”
“It will have several pinups and new art, and a new poem by the noted Poet Laureate of Go Comics Tracy page, Pequod!”

The pinups sound interesting and I wonder if we might have a nice one that looks a bit like this.  The Depot is also super happy for Tracy poet Pequod getting recognized for his frequent skillful contributions on the Go Comics Tracy forum and here at the Depot as well.   Congratulations Pequod!  Now if some of you are like me and live nowhere near Baltimore, keep your eyes peeled for conventions closer to home so you can get a copy.

Curtis makes the Funnies


Happy belated Father’s day to Dick Tracy readers.  Fresh off having attended the Lum and Abner festival in Mena, Arkansas, Tracy writer Mike Curtis finally made the funnies with Snuffy Smith’s John Rose in last Sunday’s Father’s Day edition of Lum & Abner.  Even better, you can listen to an audio adaption of Mr. Curtis with Sam Brown, Tim Hollis and John Rose reading the above comic strip here.  Now we know the voice of Dick Tracy!

The above visual and audio comic strip come courtesy of the Lum and Abner Society.

Catch “Dick Tracy” at Lum and Abner Festival

LumAndAbner2Time for a road trip.  Our very own Mike Curtis will be a special guest at the 38th annual Lum & Abner Festival in Mena, Arkansas June 5th and 6th.  Mike will be joined by “Snuffy Smith” cartoonist John Rose and Lum & Abner cartoonist Donnie Pitchford at the Ouachita Little Theater from 12-2 on Saturday the 6th.

These special guests and others will help perform a new “Lum and Abner” radio script with several famous characters joining the Lum and Abner cast.  It should be a laugh and Mike will be joining the likes of Ned Wever, Matt Crowley and Bing Crosby in voicing our favorite detective.  Also of note, Vitamin Flintheart’s adviser, Coffee (who has shown up in Lum and Abner and Gasoline Alley), will be played by the real life Coffee Jeff Sinsley.  So if your in the area, mark you calendars.

And, if you need to remind yourself about Lum and Abner, let the experts help….



Stepping Up

ShelleysSundayHopefully Joe Staton won’t mind if I boost one of his comments regarding today’s Sunday (1/18/2015) strip.  I found it pretty cool and goes to show the talent working for Team Tracy with inker/letterer Shelley Pleger it stepping up.

“Secrets of the comics revealed. Mike Curtis and I had some problems with the original version of this Sunday and we were running out of time.Shelley Pleger, our resourceful inker/letterer sprang into action. “Here’s a sketch, guys, maybe this will work,” she said. “Perfect!” we replied, and I inked her sketch and it was done. We’re sure she could go on without either of us if the need ever arose.” – Joe

Let me add my voice to chorus, well done Shelley!

Also check out the Ask Chris series on where Chris explains the recent Dick Tracy and Little Orphan Annie crossover to the lay person, describing it as the weirdest crossover of 2014.  It’s a humorous yet very accurate piece!

Congratulations Team Tracy on 2014 Harvey Award!

HarveyAwardsLogoThe Depot sends out heart-felt congratulations to Joe Staton and Mike Curtis for winning their second straight Harvey Award for “Best Syndicated Strip or Panel”.  The win was announced at the Baltimore Comic-Con where Mike, Joe and the rest of the team have been in attendance.

Here’s a full list of the 2014 Harvey Winners:

  • Best Letterer: Terry Moore for Rachel Rising, Abstract Studio
  • Best Colorist: Dave Steward, Hellboy: The Midnight Circus, Dark Horse Comics
  • Best Syndicated Strip: Joe Staton and Mike Curtis for Dick Tracy, Tribune Media Services
  • Best Online Comics Work: Battle Pug by Mike Norton,
  • Best American Edition of Foreign Material: Attack on Titan, Kodansha
  • Best Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger, All New X-Men, Marvel Comics
  • Best New Series: Sex Criminals, Image
  • Best New Talent: Chip Zdarsky, Sex Criminals, Image Comics
  • Special Award for Humor in Comics: Ryan North for Adventure Time from KaBoom
  • Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers: Adventure Time from KaBoom
  • Best Graphic Album Previously Published: Mouse Guard Vol #3: The Black Axe, Boom! Studios/Archaia
  • Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award: Won posthumously by Stan Goldberg and received by Dan Parent.
  • Best Anthology: Dark Horse Presents, Dark Horse Comics
  • Best Domestic Reprint Project: Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Comics Went Underground, Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse
  • Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
  • Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic  Presentation: The Fifth Beatle: The Brain Epstein Story, by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker, Dark Horse
  • Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Comics Went Underground, John Lind, Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse Comics
  • Best Graphic Album, Original: The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, Dark Horse Comics
  • Best Continuing or Limited Series: SAGA, Image Comics
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hero Initiative: This award was given to a very deserving Herb Trimpe whom many might know for his defining work on The Hulk and Wolverine
  • Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, SAGA, Image Comics
  • Best Artist: Fiona Staples, Saga, Image Comics
  • Best Cartoonist: Paul Pope, Battling Boy, First Second
  • Best Single Issue or Story: “Pizza is My Business“, Hawkeye #11, Marvel Comics

In addition to the above award winners, the very first Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Awards was presented to “Peanuts” creator Charles M. “Sparky” Schulz.  Karen Johnson, director of the Schulz Museum and Research Center accepted the award on behalf of the late cartoonist and his family.

“Jeannie Schulz’ suggested a quote from Sparky,” said Johnson when accepting the award. “Sparky said I want to be remembered as EB White remembered James Thurber: “He wrote like a child who could skip a rope.

“Peanuts,” is without a doubt one of the greatest comic strips since the dawn of the art form and Schulz’s characters and we applaud the committees choice for their very first Hall of Fame winner.