Comic-Con International 2011 is this weekend, and if you thought we were resting on our shiny legginged behinds these past few months as the largest comic book convention in the world creeped up, you thought wrong! We have so much comicy stuff in the works that we can feel the speech bubbles exploding over our heads.
First off, we’re throwing a welcome party with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund on Thursday night at the Terrace Under the Stars at Westgate Hotel. There, we’ll release Volume 2 of our Comics-On Tees series. This all started in the mind of Warehouse Director & Comic Book Czar Lance Curran, who had the great idea to merge comics and tees to make comics ON tees. Last summer we released the first Comics-on Tees series. Just like last year, we’re releasing four comic shirts designed by four different artists. And also like last year, Jill Thompson curated the series.
Inspired by the theme “Noir” and titled “Sorry Babe...,” the collection includes artwork by Lee Bermejo, Dave Johnson, Eduardo Risso and Matheus Lopes, whose design was chosen for the Threadless Loves Noir Challenge. Each tee from the series follows a script written by Brian Azzarello.
Here’s a sneak peek of the story the shirts tell:
FRONT: We open on Lila, a super hot femme fatale in a red dress. She’s crying-- but in a confident way-- like she knows that death has been her fate all along. And let me stress again that she’s hot-- a hot chick on a t-shirt. She’s drinking from a bottle of Devil Pig tequila.
Lila: I DON’T WANT TO DIE.
Caption: IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE EASYâ€¦
BACK: A man’s arm, a gun in his hand. It’s pointing down. He’s wearing a suit.
Caption: â€¦BUT THEN SHE WENT AND MADE IT HARD.
FRONT: We see Lila, and more importantly Joe. He’s a hitman, and Lila’s his target. He’s got the gun in his hand. Looks like time’s up for Lila. They are close to each other-- like they’ve been having an affair and they are moments away from their last embrace. They’re face to face.
Joe: SORRY BABE. BUT IT’S MY JOB.
Lila: THAT EXPLAINS THE GUNâ€¦
BACK: Lila’s arm hanging down, the bottle of tequila in her hand.
Lila: â€¦AND WHY I’M LOADED
FRONT: Close-up as Lila smashes the tequila bottle across Joe’s head.
BACK: Three shots of the gun: Panel 1: Joe drops the gun. Panel 2: The gun fallsâ€¦ Panel 3: Into Lila’s hand.
FRONT: Lila fires the gun-- at us.
Caption: I DON’T WANT TO DIE. BUT THAT’S THE STORY OF MY LIFEâ€¦
BACK: Joe’s dead on the floor. Lila steps over him.
Caption: â€¦I NEVER GET WHAT I WANT.
You can buy each shirt separately for $24, or the whole set for $79.
Also, keep your eyes open for some Tony Moore stuff. You know, one of the creators of The Walking Dead comic series, the one that inspired the show? Yeah, that Tony Moore. At our welcome party, we’ll be premiering an interview that Threadstaff (aka Craig and Lance) shot with Tony Moore at his house in Indiana. And and and, Tony Moore also gave us some signed prints that we’re giving away on Facebook. Head on over to enter to win one of three signed prints or one of 10 sets of the “Sorry, Babeâ€¦” Comics-On Tees series. The sweepstakes ends July 25.
Did you get all that? A Comic-Con welcome party. “Sorry, Babeâ€¦” Comics-On Tees designed by four comic book artists, written by Brian Azzarello and curated by Jill Thompson. A Tony Moore video. And a Tony Moore giveaway.