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Examiner attends Stumptown signing party, talks with Greg & Matthew

Photo by Christian Lipski

Photo by Christian Lipski

Missed the festivities at Bridge City Comics? Fear not: Christian Lipski of the Examiner was on hand, and posted pictures and a recap of the event today. Here’s a tiny peek:

Speaking with fans, Rucka spoke a little about his upcoming take on Marvel’s Punisher character: “He’s exactly the Punisher you expect him to be.”

Greg to sign at Bridge City Comics’ Stumptown release party

Art by Matthew Southworth

Art by Matthew Southworth

Greg and artist Matt Southworth will be at Bridge City Comics today to sign the new hardcover collection of Stumptown, just out this week. Bridge City will have copies on hand for purchase, as well as artwork specially created for the event. Here’s the press release:

Bridge City Comics is proud to announce our Stumptown Release Party w/Greg Rucka and Matt Southworth on Friday, March 25, 2011 from 6pm – 8pm! This event is free to the public.

Award-winning author Greg Rucka and rising superstar artist Matt Southworth will be on hand to sign copies of Stumptown, the brand new hard cover graphic novel collection of their four issue miniseries of the same name. Stumptown is a hard-boiled detectiv…e story about a female P.I. in Portland. Copies of Stumptown will be available for purchase during the signing.

In addition, Bridge City Comics is teaming up with Stumptown publisher Oni Press to produce a limited edition print, featuring brand new Stumptown artwork (created by series artist Matt Southworth), for sale only at this event!

For more information, see our appearances page!

Greg talks Punisher with Newsarama

Art by Marco Checchetto

Art by Marco Checchetto

Greg talked with Newsarama about his upcoming work with Frank Castle, dealing with the character in a super-hero universe, building on the work of previous Punisher writers, and working with Marco Checchetto. Here’s a taste:

Nrama: Yeah, I think that Greg Rucka on Punisher seems like a natural choice on one level, but for whatever reason, I don’t think it’s something that people necessarily expected.

Rucka: Yeah. I think it’s more a throwback to Gotham Central-era writing for me. It’s very street-level, and it’s very human. The emotions involved are very restrained in a lot of aspects, and very real in a lot of aspects, and I always find it more comfortable for my own purposes to write “on the ground,” for lack of a better phrase.

See the rest of the interview at Newsarama.

Greg to relaunch Punisher with artist Marco Checchetto in June

Rumors have been swirling this week, and now that news has officially broken, we can confirm here that Greg and artist Marco Checchetto will be the creative team behind the relaunch of Punisher this June as part of Marvel’s Big Shots initiative. From the Marvel press release earlier this month:

A brand new initiative, Big Shots spotlights three major launches of all-new ongoing series for the Marvel Universe’s hardest hitting heroes, by the comic industry’s top creative talent! Kicking off with MOON KNIGHT #1 in May, the Eisner Award-winning team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev delve deep into the psyche of the titular hero and embark on his greatest adventure yet. Then, the world’s most feared vigilante–Frank Castle–returns to clean up the streets of Marvel Universe this June in THE PUNISHER #1, from a blockbuster creative team that will have everybody talking. Finally, Matt Murdock returns to New York this July in DAREDEVIL #1 to reclaim his place in the Marvel Universe. But where does the man known as Daredevil belong?

“Fans are going to love what we have in store with Big Shots,” said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “We’re taking some of the best Marvel characters that we all know and love and sending them in a brand new direction with some Grade-A talent. We want to reach a whole new set of readers, while at the same time appeal to long time fans of these great heroes, and Big Shots is how we’re doing it.”

Last Run nominated for Spotted Owl

The Last Run

The latest adventure of Tara Chace was nominated for a Spotted Owl Award by the organization Friends of Mystery!

Friends of Mystery is a non-profit literary/education organization whose aim is to, “promote the study and understanding of mystery literature.” For more on the organization, and a list of other Spotted Owl nominees, see the Friends of Mystery website.

Reminder: Greg(s) signing at Dragon’s Lair in Austin, TX

If you’re in Austin for SXSW, or you’re just generally in Austin, make sure to go see Greg sign at the Dragon’s Lair Austin location today. As an extra bonus, you can also meet Planet Hulk writer Greg Pak! Here’s the write-up on the event from Dragon’s Lair:

If you can stand all the South by Southwest noise, make the Austin roadie to meet stellar comic writers Greg Rucka and Greg Pak. The two Greg’s will be at the Austin Dragon’s LairSaturday, March 12 — Rucka from 2 to 5 p.m. and Pak 4 to 5 p.m.

They’re well worth the trip. Rucka’s the Eisner-winning scribe behind Batwoman: Elegy (which you know I love) and other notable DC works like 52 and Wonder Woman, as well as Marvel works and novels. You can bring one item from home for Rucka to sign, though Dragon’s Lair will have plenty of his stuff for sale, too.

As for Pak, the guy who gave us Planet Hulk and Phoenix: Endsong will not only sign goodies but also give away FREE copies of his Vision Machine graphic novel, which he’ll sign as well. Nice!

You can RSVP at the Dragon’s Lair Austin Facebook page.

For directions, and more information on where Greg will be in the future, see our appearances page.

Greg hits SXSW

If you’re one of the many in Austin this weekend for South by Southwest, be sure to check out Greg along with filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Howard Gertler as they talk about adapting comics to film:

As the film industry digs deep into the world of comics and graphic novels for source material, how do writers, directors and producers assess the best way to get it to the screen to entice fanpeople and newbies alike? For some of the indie, more idiosyncratic books, how do you retain that uniqueness while broadening access to it? Director/writer/producer Robert Rodriguez (“Frank Miller’s Sin City”) and comics creator/writer Greg Rucka (“Whiteout”) will discuss the challenges and pleasures in going from panel to screen.

And while you’re in Austin, be sure to attend Greg’s signing Saturday at Dragon’s Lair Austin. For more information on both of these events, see our appearances page!