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Mark Bertolini
05-22-2010, 09:38 PM
Aren't you worried about bird shit on the books? I know I would be.

05-23-2010, 12:01 PM
You gotta give a brutha more of a heads up with these things big guy!

I got the email the day of. Store looks good btw.

And nice playoff beard. I'm feelin it.


chris stevens
05-25-2010, 10:04 AM
we'll be throwing a little party wednesday at 7 --that's tomorrow night, the 26th-- to celebrate the release of 'sons of liberty', a 4 book series from random house illustrated by local artist and good dude steve walker. steve will be signing and sketching and there will be wine, women and song.


come join us if you're in the area!

chris stevens
05-27-2010, 09:29 PM
farel dalrymple's spider-man...

By cstevens181 (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/cstevens181) at 2010-05-27

and here's my copy of the second part of pop gun war 2...

http://img532.imageshack.us/img532/9351/004ug.th.jpg (http://img532.imageshack.us/i/004ug.jpg/)

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/5254/005chi.th.jpg (http://img168.imageshack.us/i/005chi.jpg/)

http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/3958/006xrs.th.jpg (http://img718.imageshack.us/i/006xrs.jpg/)

there's a lot of reasons to get one of these, not the least of which is it's the only place the percy story is printed...

farel is selling these at his site, get one.



i finally had a chance to watch some of the video of my reading at penn back in april. i will admit i amused myself.



05-28-2010, 09:51 AM
Nice Spider Man!

You did great with the reading. Funny and endearing. :)

chris stevens
05-29-2010, 11:08 AM
thanks, tara.

box art, courtesy of jimmy comey...


http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/1346/008mb.th.jpg (http://img534.imageshack.us/i/008mb.jpg/)

the saj...

http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/58/009ler.th.jpg (http://img690.imageshack.us/i/009ler.jpg/)


http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/7187/007va.th.jpg (http://img41.imageshack.us/i/007va.jpg/)

http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1016/010ge.th.jpg (http://img227.imageshack.us/i/010ge.jpg/)

and speaking of boxes...

By cstevens181 (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/cstevens181) at 2010-05-29

party for box brown's new book. that enough head's-up for you, mr. robinson?

chris stevens
05-30-2010, 01:09 PM
here's some classic meep for you, dave...

By cstevens181 (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/cstevens181) at 2010-05-30

http://img176.imageshack.us/img176/5081/001bq.th.jpg (http://img176.imageshack.us/i/001bq.jpg/)

http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/1129/002xuj.th.jpg (http://img20.imageshack.us/i/002xuj.jpg/)

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/8560/004wfi.th.jpg (http://img94.imageshack.us/i/004wfi.jpg/)

http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/8586/006mz.th.jpg (http://img263.imageshack.us/i/006mz.jpg/)

chris stevens
06-30-2010, 02:01 PM
i love when people bring good stuff to the shop...

one of the more iconic superhero spreads of the last few years. it was great seeing deodato's stuff up close.

http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/673/006jhf.th.jpg (http://img684.imageshack.us/i/006jhf.jpg/)

what can you say about ed risso? his stuff is even more amazing when you see the originals...

http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/2945/012ul.th.jpg (http://img641.imageshack.us/i/012ul.jpg/)

i had never seen this particular dark knight hardcover. the girl who brought it in wanted to sell it. if my partners weren't around i would have bought it...

http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/2503/016axj.th.jpg (http://img693.imageshack.us/i/016axj.jpg/)

http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/1314/014sye.th.jpg (http://img684.imageshack.us/i/014sye.jpg/)

chris stevens
07-03-2010, 04:14 PM
had a grand time last night at the shop with shawn alleyne and the xion crew.

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/4485/003bh.th.jpg (http://img266.imageshack.us/i/003bh.jpg/)

i had a blast with this dude, eric, who turned out to be arthur suydam's art dealer...

http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/5830/002owq.th.jpg (http://img43.imageshack.us/i/002owq.jpg/)

oh hatter...there's some unresolved sexual tension between the hatter and me. this guy is the artist of the alice in wonderland story in the fairytales in the future book. i told him he can't have me until he finishes his pages...

http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/1416/001cmfg.th.jpg (http://img340.imageshack.us/i/001cmfg.jpg/)

doctor richards...

http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/696/008ei.th.jpg (http://img84.imageshack.us/i/008ei.jpg/)

dave and jamar...

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/3663/009mr.th.jpg (http://img18.imageshack.us/i/009mr.jpg/)

a younger, chubbier art adams sneaking out...

http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/3424/011cn.th.jpg (http://img84.imageshack.us/i/011cn.jpg/)

chris stevens
07-17-2010, 11:20 PM
i don't know if i've ever, in this grown-up world, doubted myself more as a writer. to the point where writing this takes on, in my mind, the act of panning that spotlight across the stage, hoping for something to rest on.

chris stevens
09-17-2010, 12:15 PM
bryan glass tonight at locust moon, 4040 locust, 215 921 8530.

we'll be bbq'ing and drinking wine and other libations. if you're in the area, join us!

j giar
09-18-2010, 11:55 AM
bryan glass tonight at locust moon, 4040 locust, 215 921 8530.

we'll be bbq'ing and drinking wine and other libations. if you're in the area, join us!


chris stevens
03-17-2011, 12:10 PM
my poor journal, sorry i've neglected you but i've been busy.

if you're in the philadelphia area tomorrow night come by locust moon and hang out with jg jones and john arcudi. gonna be a fun night!


i keep meaning to get back here and add my thoughts as a shop owner to the creative side...

chris stevens
04-07-2011, 11:54 AM
approaching a year here at locust moon, although given the fact diamond jerked us around and we didn't start getting new books until august, it really doesn't feel like a year yet. and yes, if you're wondering what opening a new comic shop without new product is like, well, it sucks, but we're still standing.

it was a quiet year for me in terms of making comics. i still work regularly with andrew 'ace' carl on getting ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE (the book a lot of folks around here probably know as 'dwpff' or something like that) finished and out there. we've got close to 400 finished pages and it's a damn fine looking book.

the work i have done on my own stuff since we opened is mostly refining and tightening up, not so much creating. i've written a couple of JUNGLE JANE scenes and, as far as actual writing goes, that's about it. but it looks like the projects&work of the last 5 years will come to fruition this year. you've got to have a certain mentality if you're trying to produce the kind of stuff i am, and in-between driving myself nuts i think i'm holding my own.

i despise the agent-game and it seems like even the best of them still have the nature-of-the-beast ingrained in them. at the end of the day, they're businessmen, and, in the words of guitar hero john frusciante, 'i don't do business.'

one aspect of owning the shop that i'm still coming to grips with is the fact that you become a sort of public figure. it's harder to be honest sometimes. i hold back more, especially online, where i've basically limited myself to our facebook page. but any drawbacks are far outweighed by the joys of doing what we're doing here. my pal farel said to me the other day, 'it's awesome what you guys are doing, you're building a scene.' cheers to that.

there, journal, i feel less guilty now. and i'll leave you with a look at a night at locust moon, featuring superstar gentleman jg jones...


chris stevens
08-23-2011, 05:40 PM
how's everybody feeling tonight? long time no see.

08-23-2011, 07:24 PM
Hey Chris. I haven't been to the shop in a while, really been meaning to. I'll be sure to get over to West Philly soon.

I'm doing good though. My webcomic just launched: zicomic.com (http://www.zicomic.com) . I hope to be in print and in an awesome store like Locust Moon one day.

chris stevens
07-01-2014, 10:25 PM
hey folks. i haven't been around dw all that much since opening up our comics shop in philadelphia, locust moon comics--a labor of love but an all-consuming one at that . but dw, whether a little or a lot, has been in my life for a decade. time flies, right? or crawls, at times.

i wanted to visit my old journal and update it with the biggest project i've taken on to date, LITTLE NEMO : DREAM ANOTHER DREAM.


for anyone out there grinding away on projects that leave them feeling lost sometimes, keep at it. if making comics is what you want to do, and you hone your craft, and put in the work, and treat people with respect, you can get there. the most important thing is determining where your 'there' is. recognize it, mark it, and set out after it. and enjoy the journey; love what you do.

now, i'm going to go check out what's new in the forums here.

07-02-2014, 01:06 PM
Good to see you back, Chris! I'd heard about the Little Nemo book, but didn't realize you were involved. I'll check it out!