Friday, March 20, 2009

Wormwood just made the New York Times bestseller list

Wormwood: Deviant Edition Volume 01

Bloody hell, I don't know what it is about my little book Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse but it just doesn't seem to die. It's into it's technical 5th printing now of volume 1 ( with that basically sold out now too and hopefully a new one coming ) and we just did a hardcover version. Now that the New York Times is nice enough to give comics some love and respect with their own bestsellers list, I've made it onto there for the first time, which is super nice. It's actually one of the books I'm most happy with too. Gave it a complete redesign, lots of extra material/ really, this is just icing on the cake.

Huge thanks to all of you who've ever checked out Wormwood. It really is a labour of love for me. Been through so much with that little book. Had a bunch of award nominations, some from completely unexpected quarters ( like the International Horror Guild ) but really, what makes it most worthwhile is meeting the fans that dig the book and tell me it actually makes them laugh. So cheers. Here's to more Wormwood in the future. Look for a new miniseries and then TPB next year, probably called "Bingo Night in Valhalla "

Graphic Books Best Seller List (Hardcover)

1 WATCHMEN, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. (DC Comics, $39.99, $75.) This epic tale from 1986 signaled a new maturity in comic books.
2. JOKER, by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. (DC Comics, $19.99.) The Joker, newly released from Arkham Asylum, deals with the rivals who have carved into his territory.
3 BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. (DC Comics, $17.99.) This critically acclaimed story from 1988 offers a possible origin for the Joker.
4 ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. (DC Comics, $19.99.) These stories, free of the barnacles of continuity, include an encounter with Zibarro, the only sane resident of the Bizarro world.
5 BATMAN: R.I.P., by Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel. (DC Comics, $24.99.) Thomas Wayne, the father of the caped crusader, is cast in a sinister light.
6 HUMBUG, by Harvey Kurtzman and others. (Fantagraphics, $60.) The 11-issue run of this satirical magazine from the 1950’s receives the hardcover treatment.
7 TARZAN: THE JESSE MARSH YEARS, Vol. 1, by Gaylord DuBois and Jesse Marsh. (Dark Horse, $49.95.) Witness the Golden Age adventures of Tarzan.
8 EERIE ARCHIVES, Vol. 1, by various. (Dark Horse, $49.95.) The gruesome magazine, following in the steps of its cousin Creepy, in a hardcover collection.
9 WORMWOOD: GENTLEMEN CORPSE, by Ben Templesmith. (IDW Publishing, $24.99.) Humor and horror team-up in this series about a maggot that animates corpses and solves supernatural problems.
10 THE COMPLETE PEANUTS: 1971-1972, by Charles M. Schulz. (Fantagraphics, $28.99.) Sally Brown is the cover girl in this latest collection of newspaper strips.

Want a signed one?

And now for the shameless plug. If you want a copy, I personalize/sign them for free ( since I'm currently in the IDW offices, ) over at the IDW online store. It just costs a bit for shipping is all.


Anthony Duncan said...

Congrats Ben! I have to say that you're probably my fave artist right now. I go through phases, but this one just may last! Good job!

Anthony Duncan said...

Congrats Ben! You're my fave artist out there right now. Keep up the good work!

Clarence Dass said...

You've done a lot of great work Ben, but Wormwood is my super-awesome-favorite.

The humor really does it for me... that damn worm is just too gosh darn likable.

For the future I'm thinking... Batman/ Wormwood cross over! Now that would sell.