Oh, and by the way, issue #7 came out this week!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
(from Wizard #218)
CHEW #6 came out last week, as did the first CHEW TPB, "Taster's Choice." Here's what some people are saying:
"Combining comedy, intrigue and action is a proven recipe for a decent law enforcement drama, but "Chew" sweetens the pot with the most original, if disgusting, twist a comic has cooked up in some time." --MTV Splash Page.com
"This book continues to find new ways to laugh in the face of all social mores while simultaneously developing one of the more compelling and twisted narratives to be found on comic stands today." --IGN.com
"The wacky concept draws you in and the fun stories and satire keep you entertained, but it’s the well-rounded characters that will keep us coming back again and again." --Mania.com
"“Chew” is a comic worth reading, one that I plan to read monthly now, and that’s a pretty great thing. If, like me, you avoided this book for whatever reason, go buy this issue and join me in hopping on the “Chew” bandwagon... better late than never, right?" --Comic Book Resources.com
"Layman and Guillory are in top form in CHEW #6, an issue which is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud and tell your friends about one of the funniest books on the market today." --Comics Waiting Room.com
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Two men. Four States. Six signings. 32 Days!
Will they be able to keep the pace?
Presenting the Taster's Choice Mini Tour, celebrating the release of the first CHEW TPB, "Taster's Choice" and the release of issue #6, the first issue of the five-issue "International Flavor Storyline."
Tour Dates and times are as follows:
Layman in Arizona:
From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
At the Paradise Valley store
and later at
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
at the Chandler store
Rob Guillory in Massachusetts
Larry’s Comics Comic Book show
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
at the Westford Regency Hotel
Layman AND Rob in Round Rock, Texas, outside Austin:
Starting at 7 p.m. until close.
Layman in Puyallup, Wa:
(Signing with professional comics douchebags Brandon “The Shield” Jerwa and Mark “Rotten” Rahner)
Noon to 7 p.m.
Layman back in Arizona:
Drawn to Comics
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
This Saturday, Sept. 5th, from Noon to 3, Layman will be signing at World's Best Comics in Sacramento on Watt Avenue. A week later, on Sept. 12, he'll be at Isotope in San Francisco from 8 p.m. to midnight.
World's Best Comics
Saturday, Sept 5th, Noon to 3
2608 Watt Ave
Sacramento, CA 95821
Saturday, Sept 12th, 8 p.m. to midnight
326 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hope to see you there!
Thanks to Mike Smith who was the first to correctly translate the mysterious Russian dialogue from CHEW #4. If you haven't read the issue yet, you may want to avoid this for now.
Page 17, Panel 1
“Nadya, No! Damn, what are you doing?”
Page 17, Panel 2
“My name is not Nadya, you disgusting little man.”
Page 18, Panel 1
“We made mistakes my dear. I do not think that these are our enemies.”
“The master warned us about the fat one. He is dangerous. “Savoy.”
Page 18, Panel 2
“Who is this little fool?”
Page 19, Panel 1
“What’s happening? Why are you doing this? “
“I will say no more. I serve the vampire. He is my master.”
Page 19, Panel 2
"We are looking for The Truth."
Page 19, Panel 4
"I don’t think so. Your government is interested in everything but the truth."
Page 19, Panel 5
“I am not my government. I am my own master.”
Monday, August 24, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
PRESS RELEASE – CHEW BITES THROUGH SELL OUTS. MORE REPRINT COMING, ONE FOR THE FINAL TIME!
First three issues of CHEW all sold out, reprinted in time for fourth!
August 15, 2009 (Berkeley, CA) – Since CHEW’s release, John Layman and Rob Guillory’s ongoing crime series with a disgustingly delicious twist has faced a series of distribution-level sellouts despite extremely healthy reprints. Next month, Issues One, Two and Three will each be reprinted in time for Issue Four's release, with Issue One reprinted for a fourth (and final!) printing, a ‘Last Bite’ edition for people who are still hungry for a copy of one of the most talked about debuts of the summer.
“I continued to be stunned and staggered by response to this book, and I don't understand it one bit.,” Layman said. “CHEW is about a cannibal cop, set post bird flu alternative reality. Nobody should want to read it, and, yet, it continues to sell out. I’m told we’re now three times as successful as THE WALKING DEAD’s initial launch and, even better, the fans and retailers I’ve heard from are excited for more. So I'm not even going to try to understand it, I'm just going to be grateful to all the readers and retailers and reviewers who have responded so, so, so positively. Thanks!"
CHEW's star, Detective Tony Chu, is a cop with a secret. As a Cibopath, Detective Chu gets a psychic impression from whatever he eats. While it means he's a hell of a Detective if he can stomach the evidence, once his secret gets out the government makes plans for him, whether he likes it or not. CHEW blends horror, mystery and the strangest ability of them all in an ongoing series of horrific crimes solved in the most horrific way possible. With the sell outs continuing on a regular basis, Image will be once again increasing each printing’s quantities in hopes of keeping them available. The fourth printing of issue one will mark the final time the comic will be reprinted in a special ‘Last Bite’ edition.
CHEW #1-4, all 32-page full color comic books for $2.99, will be available in-stores on September 2nd, 2009.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Here's a look at a few of the many sketches busy ol' Rob did during the course of the con.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Yes indeedy, we will be at San Diego Comic Con, at Image Isle at booth #2729. We've got a table and both Rob Guillory and Ol' Layman will be parked there as often as humanly possible. Be sure and stop by and get your books signed, find out about what's coming up in future issues, see preview pages for Issues #3 and #4, and hear long boring stories about how Layman lost his leg in the war and how kids today aren't as good as when he was young, way back in the early days of the 20th Century. Rob will have some original art, and will be doing sketches and commissions. We should have issues #1 and #2 for sale, unless disamster strikes (but don't hold your breath for any very sold-out first editions-- it's possible, but don't count on it.)
Fri 1:00 – 2:00
Sat 4:00 – 5:00
Sun 10:00 – 11:00
And be sure to check out Layman at the Image Panel on how to pitch an indie comic (where Layman will have no advice whatsoever except "If you want a hit comic, hire Rob Guillory," followed by a litany of obscene threats and invective against anybody who actually thinks about trying to hire Rob Guillory.)
Anyway, here's information on the panel:
4:30-5:30 PM Workshop - Creating Creator Owned ComicsThe Image Comics Way
Want to bring your own vision to comics? Learn how from the people who do it best! Join Image Founder Jim Valentino (Shadowhawk) with Image luminaries Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants), John Layman (Chew) , Jimmie Robinson (Bomb Queen) Steven T. Seagle (Soul Kiss), and Richard Starkings (Elephantmen) for a very special, unprecedented workshop with an insider look at the creative process and tips on perfecting your pitch. This will also include a question and answer session giving you the chance to directly talk to many pros who have made their dreams their reality! Room 7AB
Anyway, hope to see you there! And keep an eye out for the special "booth beef" male-model we've hired to help represent CHEW. Prepare to behold the glory of "The Chew Bear," the absolute personification of handsomeness, style, and raw sexual power.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
For those of you who missed out on Chew #1, and don't want to get gouged on eBay for an original printing, Robert Kirkman and Image Comics have allowed us to piggy-back with The Walking Dead, to create a B&W flip book special edition at no extra price!
It goes on sale today, so if you are wondering what the CHEW fuss is about, here's a great way to check out the book --and get you monthly dose of Walking Dead survivalist horror mayhem!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
From the Image press release:
CHEW KEEPS BITING ITS WAY THROUGH MULTIPLE SELL OUTS!
John Layman and Rob Guillory's cannibalistic crime thriller, CHEW, faces yet another sell out on its first and second issue!
Immediately upon release John Layman and Rob Guillory's CHEW has experienced an immediate sell out for both issue #2 and the second printing of issue #1.
"I'm shocked, pleased and flabbergasted by the enormous positive response we've gotten from CHEW," Layman said. "I can't put into words how gratified I am for the readers and retailers who have helped spread the word about this strange and unique little book. I'm also grateful to Image for taking speedy action to help get this book into as many readers' hands as possible. Thanks, everybody! The best is yet to come!"
CHEW's star, Detective Tony Chu, is a cop with a secret. As a Cibopath, Detective Chu gets a psychic impression from whatever he eats. While it means he's a hell of a Detective if he can stomach the evidence, once his secret gets out the government makes plans for him, whether he likes it or not. CHEW blends horror, mystery and the strangest ability of them all in an ongoing series of horrific crimes solved in the most horrific way possible. Since its release, the book has been receiving an immense amount of buzz, with many retailers directly contacting Image for as many copies as they can spare in light of the first issue's now multiple sell outs. Even Layman's fellow creators continue to talk up the book.
CRIMINAL writer Ed Brubaker said, "CHEW is one of the most original and intriguing new comics I've seen in years."
Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson added, "The last time we saw such a tremendous response to an all-new title was when we launched THE WALKING DEAD. By all indications, CHEW is on its way to becoming the next monster hit from Image Comics."
CHEW #1 Third Printing, #2 Second Printing and #3, all 32-page comic books for $2.99, will see a simultaneous release on August 5th, 2009.
Friday, June 26, 2009
On Sale July 1st: CHEW #2 and CHEW #1 (second printing.) PLUS: Layman signs at Illusive Comics in Santa Clara
Live in the Bay Area or near the Silicon Valley? Old Layman will be signing from 6:30-8:30on July 1st at:
2725 El Camino Real Suite 105
Santa Clara, CA 95052