September 18, 2010
Some of you knew this was coming. Partly because
of Diamond dropping most of the independents. There's
no way for us to get into stores, no guarentee we can
give a printer, so we can't print a lot because my day
job has to cover gas, rent and food.
But one thing I have always hated is when a series
ends on a cliffhanger, with loose ends. Like Hepcats,
Space Wolf and so many others.
I have lived with Shanda for 20 years next
year. She deserves a conclusion.
So she'll get one.
We have five comic books in production, and will
Katmandu 37 has been postponed twice, but
it is now at press. It is the last issue of KAT but
Carole is writing a short conclusion to the series that
will run as a backup in Shanda 49 along with
the conclusion to Kitt Mouri's serial in KAT.
Believe it or not, Richard Thatcher has gotten busy
and a new issue of Morphing Period will hopefully
debut there as well.
We are going to try for Dallas in February.
If so, Shanda 49 and Shanda's Bedtime Blowout
should be there. The adult title may have 100 pages
and be squarebound.
And I want to have Shanda the Panda 50 for
either Anthrocon or Memphit in 2011.
Michele Light has done the cover for My Big Fat
Panda Wedding, and Benjamin Rodriguez will do the
lead story in which Shanda gets married. The backup
story will conclude the series and feature art by original
Shanda artist Mike Sagara.
We'll still have all our back issues available on
the web, and still make some furry cons.
But Carole and I are both getting close to 60. It's
not as easy anymore, and the insurmountable struggle
to get into stores now is just too much. As it is, we'll
lose money on all 5 comics.
I'm still very busy in comics, with the www.plainclothescomics.com
project, and recently covered the Dallas opening of
the Superman musical for several websites and
We may have a wild hair and do an occasional comic
book after that.
Truthfully, I would like to do a webcomic of Quinn
the Raccoon, with her in college and with her cast
and several of the Shanda characters.
We'll miss it.
We have met so many people and made so many friends
through the comics.
Their successes made it possible for us to publish
books like Extinctioners and Albedo, In
the Zone and many others.
But we believe that a circle must be closed.
And that it should be done with dignity.
Mike and Carole Curtis
Curtis Farm - Shanda
Fantasy Arts HQ
Sorry there's been no SFA news for a while, but we'll
make up for it now.
COMICS: As many of you know, Diamond Distributing
has dumped most of the smaller independent publishers.
That's us, Radio, and many others. That not only means
we aren't in your local comic shop, but it also cuts
off a baseline for printing. Before this, we could count
on a minimum print order, and therefore print accordingly.
Now this means we have to print having no idea how many
we can sell, but more importantly, it means we have
to scare up the print bill even before that. So we've
not been doing as many comics, as SFA doesn not produce
enough income to cover that. It has to come out of the
household budget (which covers our rent, electricity,
etc.) We published Atomic Mouse vs. Power Jack
in July, and we have Katmandu 37 slated for late
January. So it looks like we can managed two comics
a year right now.
ONLINE PROJECTS: Besides our regular
website (where you're reading this) we are also working
with several talents for a Dick Tracy tribute
site to debut in late January. This will feature
articles on Tracy's history by Bruce Dettman, Jim Doherty,
prose fiction by Tracy Kazaleh, and lots more. Including
a new Tracy tribute adventure drawn by Joe Staton
and writtien by Mike Curtis. It'll also have an
unpublished comic story prepared for Disney
Adventures by Staton and Tracy/Mystery writer Max
CONVENTIONS: We'll be at Mephit Furmeet and
are on the waiting list for a table at Furry Fiesta
THE USHER SAID TO THE LADY IN KING KONG, IT'S KIND OF
IN THE NATURE OF A PERSONAL APPEARANCE."
This piece of news really threw me. Many years
ago, while running a theater in Tupelo Mississippi,
I knew a young man named Mike McCarthy. Years
later he became a comic book talent with Fantagraphics
(Cadavera) and then an independent film maker.
(Teenage Tupelo and many others)
Well, many years there was a man named Watson Davis,
who hosted old horror movies in Memphis. His show
was called Fantastic Features and he hosted under
the name SIVAD. Mike is putting on a special tribute
event in 2010 called The
Sivads of March.
The Guest of Honor (although really Watson's wife
and son are the real GOH) is the former Jackson Tennessee
TV Horror Show host Count Basil. He'll
receive an award that Thursday night, make a speech
about SIVAD, and then throughout the weekend appear
in his TV makeup and costume to introduce old scary
I was Count Basil, back in the 1970's. If you
visit the site, you'll learn more about Sivad and see
some of the collectibles I'll be bringing to the art
June 24, 2009
CAROLE TO MAKE FAREWELL APPEARANCE
AT ANTHROCON JULY 4TH WEEKEND
Carole and I will be in the Dealer's Room at Anthrocon
July 4th weekend. Joining us will be Richard Thatcher,
Boyce Kline and Chris Pesl. This will be Carole's last
AC appearance (maybe mine too) as travel is getting
too hard. We will be debuting Atomic Mouse vs. Power Jack and The Lost Menagerie,
which arrives here at SFA Central this Friday afternoon.
It's available for $7.00 which includes p&h
Labor Day we will be debuting Katmandu 37
at MEMPHIT FURMEET with special cover art by Joe Staton.
Mike and Carole
May 5, 2009
While Atomic Mouse vs. Power Jack and The Lost Menagerie
is being printed, the newest issue of Katmandu
is in production, with plans to debut it at Anthrocon.
Carole is writing the script, while Jerry Loomis is
doing the inside art. Noted artist Joe Staton
will be doing the cover. Carole will debut Katmandu
issue 37 with her return to Anthrocon in July.
March 13, 2009
Atomic Mouse vs. Power Jack and The Lost Menagerie is now at press, and
here's your LAST sneak peek- art by Louis Frank.
Mike and Carole
February 2, 2009
Well, we're getting ready to go to press with Atomic Mouse
vs. Power Jack and The Lost Menagerie.
One artist that's doing a chapter we haven't talked about
yet, because we couldn't find him. But now we have. It's
CHARLES ETTINGER, the first artist on Atomic Mouse. Here's
the pencils for one of his pages. Legal constraints are keeping
me from fully discussing what's happening here, but basically
the bank robber MISTER SIX is meeting two of the LOST MENAGERIE.
But I do recommend you view this
You Tube video before viewing the page, and you'll learn
who Mister Six is.
Coming in March 2009
The 1950's superhero Atomic Mouse comes to the rescue
of a dimensionally displaced funny animal superhero team in
this epic parody adventure!
With the talents of:
- Shawntae Howard
- Louis Frank
- Ron Murphy
- Jerry Loomis
- Mike Curtis
- Charles Ettinger
and input by comics legend Roy Thomas
Cover by Dr. Comet
Please note this time Atomic Mouse is general readers,
not just for kids only!
FLASH! We just located some copies of Extinctioners
4 & 5.
Supplies are limited, $10 each (which includes p&h).
Buy these in the Shanda Fan Mart.
We're still cleaning out the Vault and ran across ten
of these mini posters reprinting the covers from Katmandu
16, 17, and 18 as they were designed - a tryptch scene.
Ceremonies are each signed by creator Carole Curtis,
with art by Shawntae Howard and color by Shane Fisher.
Actual image size is 7 1/4" x 16 1/8".
$17.50 each plus 2.50 which pays for the mailing tube each
is shipped in.
WHEN THESE TEN ARE GONE, THERE WILL BE NO MORE.
Buy these in the Shanda Fan Mart.
This next piece is news is hard to write. Carole and I have
had what is called a "Perfect Storm" over the past
few months, beginning with the death of her younger brother
on her birthday.
Those who have read my occasional posts know that we have
over 20 "barn cats" we inherited when we moved here
ten years ago.
Basically we've weathered most of this "Perfect Storm"
but now we are facing the tightest time in our life financially.
We can't even afford to feed the barn cats today.
If you've ever wanted to order anything
from our site, now would be a great time. Heck I'll throw
in a free comic to anyone that orders anything right now, just
to show our thanks.
I'm sorry that I had to write this today.