Comic-Con International Recap – We’ll Be Back!

As an independent book publisher in the West with mostly nonfiction titles, there’s never been a reason for us to go to Comic-Con International. Until now. Last weekend I had the privilege of being Fulcrum’s first-ever representative at San Diego Comic-Con International 2011. Aside from witnessing the spectacle and the cosplay of the show (it’s like Vegas meets Halloween meets Saturday morning cartoons meets BEA on crack), I was there to support Fulcrum author Matt Dembicki, editor of Trickster: Native American Tales.

Trickster Cover, Native American graphic novel

Comic-Con San Diego

Matt and Trickster contributing artist Andrew Cohen both made the trip out to San Diego for several reasons. One was a signing at an event across the street from Comic-Con called, coincidentally, TR!CKSTER.

Trickster Signing

Of course, another big highlight was walking the show floor and seeing an endless, chaotic parade of crazy costumes and talking to creators, fans, and publishers. Take a look at Matt’s blog for more pics of the show and his personal rundown.

Snoopy at Comic-Con International

But our main reason for attending Comic-Con was an Eisner Award nomination for Trickster in the anthology category. The ceremony was Friday night, and while we lost out to Mouse Guard, the three of us still walked away feeling extremely honored by the nomination and the chance to attend the gala with some of the industry’s finest.

Eisner Awards at Comic-Con

This honor became even more evident as I walked the show floor on Saturday. I ran into a few people I recognized from the awards gala and said either “Congrats on the Eisner” or “Congrats on the nomination last night.” They’d inevitably ask who I was with and what book we’d been nominated for, and after I’d explain, they’d still have a blank look on their face, or rather a look saying, Who the hell is Fulcrum? So I’d jump in and say that Trickster was our first foray into comics/graphic novels, that we’re not at all known in that world. One guy’s reaction to this really gave me some perspective: “This is your first graphic novel and you got an Eisner nomination? Ahhh, screw you guys.”

Yep, it’s our first, but it won’t be our last. Matt’s hard at work on a new anthology, tentatively slated for Fall 2012, and it’s going to give Trickster a run for its money.

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Fulcrum Friday Round-Up

Fulcrum’s editorial and production manager, Haley Berry, is headed to San Diego this weekend to attend Comic-Con International 2011 and TR!CKSTER. She’ll be there supporting Fulcrum’s Trickster: Native American Tales at both a Comic-Con-sponsored event (Eisner Awards) and a TR!CKSTER-sponsored even. For comic buffs, Comic-Con San Diego is one of the most important and exciting weeks of the year. We are honored that Trickster can to be a part of the festivities with an Eisner Award nomination. Here’s what Haley will be up to this weekend (besides geeking-out on all the amazing exhibits):

Friday, July 22, 7:30 pm

Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony. Trickster, edited by Matt Dembicki, is up for an award in the anthology category, so keep your fingers crossed!

Saturday, July 23, 12–2 pm

Trickster: Native American Tales signing with editor Matt Dembicki and contributing artist Andrew Cohen, located at TR!CKSTER, a comics gallery and symposium spot across the street from Comic-Con.

Check back next week for photos and ramblings from the show and, most importantly: did Trickster win the Eisner?

Another event that we’re excited about this weekend is the Harvest Days cooking demo hosted by the Denver Public Library. Head over to Fresh City Life, the DPL’s blog, to learn more about this great summer event, but it includes sampling some delicious food (beet green and walnut pesto and roasted Kohlrabi with Parmesan Cheese), a mini-farmers market, and a giveaway for a CSA Season’s Egg Share and one Veggie Box pickup. I’m there!

Enjoy your weekends, and don’t forget to check back next week to hear more about Comic-Con!

Fulcrum’s Friday Roundup

Happy Friday! Here’s to a warm, sunny weekend after days of cold and rain!  (Fingers crossed.) And, cheers to another great week of Fulcrum publicity!

First up: Our latest book to hit bookshelves is garnering some great publicity… Modern Homestead: Grow, Raise, Create (ISBN: 978-1-55591-748-7, $26.95) by Renee Wilkinson. Wilkinson was interviewed last weekend on the Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio about her blog, HipChickDigs.com, her homesteading philosophy, and her first book.

Wilkinson (above, with a bantam chicken), will be joining us at BEA next week to sign and give away free copies of her book on Thursday, May 23, and we’re sure she is going to be a huge hit! Look for Modern Homestead in bookstores and gardening centers near you to learn some great tips on raising ducks and chickens, to gardening on a small scale and with a small budget!

And… some more great publicity to end the week… Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth (ISBN: 978-1-55591-717-3, $22.95) by Larry Schweiger was named the First Place Grand Prize Winner for Non-Fiction books of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. What an honor!

Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation (above, in Alaska), speaks about the causes and effects of global warming on our wildlife, ecosystems, and human life, not just as a conservation leader, but also as a parent and outdoor lover. Last Chance is witty and engaging (e.g., “What Happens in Greenland Will Not Stay in Greenland”), while still being inspiring in the face of some daunting environmental science.

If you’re not familiar with the work the National Wildlife Federation, check them out here: http://www.nwf.org/. You can learn how to help wildlife in your own backyard and around the world by donating your time, money, or by becoming a member.

Congratulations to our inspiring authors and happy weekend!

Fulcrum’s Friday Roundup

Happy Friday, and happy Friday the 13th at that! We are rounding out the week with a re-cap of the recent happenings worth mentioning in the Fulcrum world.

Awards season is upon us, and several of Fulcrum’s titles and authors were honored with awards this week. It’s always a nice feeling when hard work pays off, so congratulations to everyone that was involved in the creation of these books!

Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary (ISBN: 978-1-55591-719-7, $22.95) by Steve Friesen, was selected as a finalist for the 2011 Colorado Book Awards, in the Biography/History category. The winners will be announced on Friday, June 24th, during the 20th Annual Colorado Book Awards ceremony during the Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Tickets can be purchased for $10 online at the Colorado Humanities website.

Endangered: Biodiversity on the Brink (ISBN: 978-1-55591-721-0, $27.95) by Mitch Tobin tied for Gold in the Environment/Ecology/Nature category of the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth (ISBN: 978-1-55591-717-3, $22.95) by Larry Schweiger was named the Winner in the Science/Nature/Environment category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Tattooed Lady: A History (ISBN: 978-1-93310-226-1, $27.00) by Amelia Klem Osterud also received recognition from the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, as it was named a Finalist in the Historical Non-Fiction category.

Our newly released Modern Homestead: Grow, Raise, Create (ISBN: 978-1-55591-748-7, $26.95) by Renee Wilkinson has already won an award! Modern Homestead took First Place in the Gardening category of the San Francisco Green Book Festival.

And last but not least…

Buffalo Unbound: A Celebration (ISBN: 978-1-55591-735-7, $16.00) by Laura Pedersen received two awards this week. Buffalo Unbound was selected as a Finalist for the International Book Awards in the Humor category and was also a Winner in the Humor/Comedy category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Cheers to everyone on this great week of awards! Head over to the Fulcrum website or your favorite bookstore to pick up any of these award-winning books.

Trickster Gets a Nod from the Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards

Fulcrum received some very exciting news last week when we were notified that Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection, edited by Matt Dembicki, was nominated for a 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. Trickster was nominated in the “Best Anthology” category of this prestigious comics and graphic novel industry award. Everyone on the Fulcrum team and the Trickster team is buzzing over this wonderful honor. Named for acclaimed comics creator Will Eisner, the awards are in their 23rd year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels. The Eisner Awards are presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.

Trickster was chosen by a panel of veterans in the comic industry, but the final voting is done by you—comics writers and artists, publishers and editors, librarians, and retail store owners/managers. By voting in the Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, you have a say in who is recognized and honored. Ballots with this year’s nominees have gone out in packets to Comic-Con’s mailing list. If you’re eligible to vote but don’t think a ballot is headed your way in the mail, a downloadable PDF of the ballot is available on the Eisner Awards website and a special website has been set up for online voting. The results in all categories will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 22 at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Ballots are due by June 13th, so vote now if you love Trickster as much as we do!

Round-up: This week in books

Lots of news in our little corner of the bookverse this week.

Richard Hetzler’s The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook won the Gourmand “Best in the World” award in the Best Local Cuisine category. It’s the one cookbook to rule them all!

Native Citizen News Network posted this wonderful video featuring Walter Echo-Hawk and his new book, In the Courts of the Conqueror.

This week also marked the national celebration of Read Across America Day. Read Across America Day was created by the National Education Association as an annual reading motivation program that calls for every community to celebrate reading and children’s literacy on March 2,  Dr. Suess’s birthday. You can read President Obama’s official proclamation of the holiday here.

On March 2, Congress and President Obama eliminated funding to Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). The program provides free books to over 4 million children who don’t have adequate access to public libraries. As a foreign services/military brat, I spent most of my childhood with my beak buried in a book supplied to the local base by the RIF program. I was very disappointed to see the loss of a program that gave me and millions of other children access to quality books.

That’s all the news that’s fit to blog for this week. Have a great weekend, and happy reading, everyone.

Awards, Awards, Awards!

Congratulations to our authors and designers! This past week we got great news about four of our recent titles and wanted to share the excitement.

logo_name_horizontal.aiThe Long Knives Are Crying by Joseph M. Marshall III (a sweeping tale of the Battle of the Little Bighorn from the Native perspective) has been named a finalist for the 2009 Spur Awards in the Best Long Novel category.

logo_name_horizontal.aiLines from a Mined Mind by John Trudell (a powerful poetry anthology by the acclaimed musician and Native activist) and designed by Jack Lenzo has been awarded a Silver Medal in the Publishers Association of the West 2009 Book Design Awards in the Short Story/Poetry/Anthology category.

654-6The Principled Politician: The Ralph Carr Story by Adam Schrager (the inspiring story of Governor Ralph Carr and his fight for Japanese-American rights in Colorado) has been announced as a finalist in the 2009 Colorado Book Awards in the Biography category.

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Democratic National Convention 2008: Obama’s Mile High Moment by The Denver Post (a photographic tribute of convention in Denver) has been announced as a finalist in the 2009 Colorado Book Awards in the Pictorial category.

Nicely done, everyone!

And the winner is…

The Gonzo Way

The Gonzo Way

We were excited to receive notice yesterday that The Gonzo Way: A Celebration of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson has been announced as the grand prize winner of the 2008 London Book Festival.
Anita Thompson (Hunter’s wife) wrote The Gonzo Way to share 7 lessons about life which she learned from Hunter. She also gives an inside perspective on the man so many admire. The book has been a great success for us, and this latest award is very deserving.
Congratulations, Anita!
Another of our top titles, A Solitary War: A Diplomat’s Chronicle of the Iraq War and its Lessons by Heraldo Muñoz (Ambassador of Chile to the United Nations) was also awarded an honorable mention.
Here’s the link to the London Book Festival announcements: http://londonbookfestival.com/portal/