Skyscrapers of the Midwest #4 Josh Cotter Interview @ The Pulse
There are those books that leave such an emotional impact behind that they keep me up at night. That's what kind of book Skyscrapers of the Midwest is.
I first discovered the work of Josh Cotter when he submitted his hand-xeroxed/stapled/folded mini-comic to the second annual Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics back in 2004. One perusal of his intricate linework and haunting first issue and it was clear to us all... Cotter is a genius, there's nothing else quite like Skyscrapers out there, and we needed to help get his book out to everyone in the comics industry.
Seriously. The book is that good.
Following up our award ceremony I couldn't have been more excited to see the universal applause Josh Cotter received when people started reviewing his work. It made my heart soar to hear how much other people liked discovering his work too. And I will never forget the tears that welled up in my eyes on the San Diego Comic Con floor when AdHouse Books publisher Chris Pitzer told me he was going to be publishing Cotter's comic.
Seriously. I love this book that much.
But without a doubt one of the single happiest moments in my comics career was earlier this year when I was an Eisner judge. Not wanting Josh's book to be overlooked in what was sure to be a tsunami of sequential art I decided to bring a copy with me... only to find that fellow judge Whitney Matheson had done the same! And another judge Chris Reilly was also a Cotter fan! When it came time for us to vote for Best Single Issue when Skyscrapers came around I offered to abstain from voting and told my fellow judges "This is one of my mini-comic award winners and I'm no doubt completely biased. I think this book is the greatest thing in the world and I'll give it highest marks across the board." My jaw practically hit the floor to discover that the other judges were already planning to do the exact same thing!
That was really a magical moment I'll take to my grave. And if it was that amazing for me, I can't even imagine how Josh must have felt when he got the news. Just, wow. Yeah!
Anyway... I was re-reading the preview of the up-coming issue we have at the store yesterday and now here I am up in the middle of the night writing about how much I adore it. Josh has a new issue coming out and a new interview up at The Pulse. Check them out.
Skyscrapers of the Midwest is a book that feeds my insomnia in the best possible way.