The Energizing Art of Joe Staton

Hey Joe Staton fans, you don’t want to miss out on the current issue of the COMIC BOOK CREATOR which includes a very, very, very lengthy interview with both Joe and his wife Hilarie covering all manner of topics from their family and early inspirations through Joe’s many works including Green Lantern, Scooby Doo, The Huntress and of course Dick Tracy.  This interview is not a page or two of questions and answers you might see elsewhere.  Joe and Hilarie really spend their time with CBC and we are graced with roughly 40 pages of discussion complemented by Staton pictures and a well chosen samples of his artwork.

COMIC BOOK CREATOR is wise enough to provide a shareable sample of their interview, which you can read below.  At the end you is a link to buy a copy of the full issue, in paper or digital (which is only $3.95).  Cheers all!

 

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

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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 comicsalliance.com 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!