- Colleen Coover is a comic book artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her comics include the adult title Small Favors and the all-ages Banana Sunday. She has been published by Dark Horse, Top Shelf, Marvel, and many others. She works with her husband, writer Paul Tobin, on the Eisner Award-winning series Bandette.
A new Urchin Story is now available FREE! Go read it!
“And then…” stars Belda, the littlest Urchin, who we met briefly in Bandette #5! With art by superstar Erika Moen!
As always, you can read ALL the Urchin Stories HERE.
So this past Friday night, Paul and I went to the Eisner Award ceremony. And when the award for Best Digital Comic was announced, it went to Bandette! They gave us these awesome trophies, and while we were up there accepting them, I was so breathless I could barely speak. So I’m going to take the opportunity now to thank some people I didn’t have the capacity to mention then!
Chris Roberson and Allison Baker, publishers of Monkeybrain Comics. It is no exaggeration to say that Bandette would not exist without Monkeybrain.
Comixology. The free app that makes it all happen! Comixology has not only provided a format that makes Bandette look beautiful, whether you read it on you smart phone, on your tablet, or in your browser; they’ve also given Bandette a great deal of marketing support over the last year, including promotional giveaways that helped spread the word about our baby!
All the artists of the Urchin Stories. We have awesome friends who do awesome things, and we’ve managed to get some of them to draw short pieces which are posted on the Monkeybrain site for free between issues of Bandette, and we cannot thank them enough! The artists so far are:
Future Urchin Stories are in the works by a number of other great, talented people! Go HERE to see all the Urchin Stories available to date!
Dark Horse Comics. In large part due to editor Brendan Wright’s enthusiasm, Dark Horse is going to be making the first story arc of Bandette available as a beautiful hardcover book you will be able to hold in your hands!
Everyone who voted for us. You know who you are.
Our fellow nominees. The categories in the Eisner Awards this year were incredibly deep in nominations, and Best Digital was no exception. We are profoundly grateful to have been singled out among these excellent works, and I encourage everyone to go, read, and enjoy them:
- Ant Comic by Michael DeForge
- It Will All Hurt, by Farel Dalrymple
- Our Bloodstained Roof, by Ryan Andrews
- Oyster War, by Ben Towle
Paul Tobin. Because everything.
Receiving this award was truly one of the most thrilling moments of my life. I am so honored by it, and by the other three nominations for Bandette. Thank you, everyone.
Available from Comixology TODAY! (And every day for the rest of time!) It’s Bandette number FIVE!!! Check out a preview of this and fellow Monkeybrain Comics title Skybreaker (third issue also available today) HERE.
Buy Bandette HERE!
Did you know that Comixology now has SUBSCRIPTIONS? I know, right? I’ve subscribed to several comics, including Batman 66 by my homies Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case! Why don’t you go ahead and subscribe to Bandette?
MEANWHILE, there is yet another Urchin Story up on the Monkeybrain Comics site! Matadori stars in “The Bite Of The Blade” by Paul Tobin and Mitch Gerads!!
If you’ve missed any of them, be sure to see all the previous Urchin Stories HERE.
FINALLY, I’ll be going down to San Diego for the old comic book get-together next week, and yes, I am nervous about the Eisner Awards! But I’m super-pumped, too! In addition to the award ceremony Friday evening, I’ll be appearing at the following events:
Thursday, July 18 • 8pm – 9pm: Monkeybrain Comics Anniversary Celebration. Room 28DE.
Friday, July 19 • 1pm – 2pm: Bandette signing at Dark Horse Comics. 2615 in the Exhibiter’s Hall.
It’s official! The first five issues of Bandette are being collected into a spiffy hard-cover BOOK by Dark Horse Comics! The actual ship date
has not yet been released, but is November 6: it will be pretty, and it will include a number of the extra Urchin Stories, and a new prose story written by Paul with illustrations by me, and other goodies!
As you may have already heard, Bandette has been nominated for four Eisners this year! The voting is now open to comics industry professionals. If you are eligible, your support would be appreciated. There is a deep pool of brilliant comics in the running this year, and people are gonna have to make some tough choices! If you haven’t read Bandette yet, the first issue is available for free from Comixology during the voting period, so if you want to make an informed decision before filling your ballot, go HERE and give it a read!
Bandette is nominated for:
- Best New Series
- Best Digital Series
- Best Penciller/Inker
- Best Coloring
There are a lot of other great comics nominated, too! In particular, Cow Boy for Best Publication for kids and No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics for Best Anthology. Both are worthy publications, deserving recognition. There are many, many others, but I just wanted to mention those two.
To be eligible to vote, you must be one of the following:
- Comic book/graphic novel/webcomic creator (writer, artist, cartoonist, penciller, inker, letterer, colorist)
- A nominee in any category
- Comic book/graphic novel publisher or editor
- Comics historian or educator
- Graphic novel librarian
- Owner or manager of comic book specialty retail store
The following are NOT eligible:
- Comics press or reviewers (unless they are nominees)
- Non-creative publisher staff members (PR, marketing, assistants, etc.)
- Readers and the general public
For more information go to the Eisner Awards FAQ page.
To vote, go HERE, get registered, and get voting! If you decide you want to change or add to your votes later, you can do so by logging in again. So don’t wait around trying to make the perfect choice until you forget all about it and end up waiting too long!
Just being given the nod in the Eisners is an honor and a thrill for both me and Paul. If we win one of the awards we’ve been nominated for, it would be great. But no matter what happens at the awards presentation in July, we couldn’t be more proud of Bandette, and we would like to thank everyone who loves her the way we do. Thank you.
Don’t forget! In celebration of receiving four Eisner Award nominations, Bandette #1 is FREE on Comixology until the night of the awards ceremony!
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND READING!
Battle in the midnight gloom of the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery! Bandette, the world’s greatest thief, accepts a challenge to duel the deadly assassin Matadori! But unknown to either light-footed combatant, the criminal organization FINIS is maneuvering to make sure Bandette suffers a fatal defeat! Can Bandette avoid falling prey to their schemes? Meanwhile, who is the mysterious figure lurking amid the tombstones, and what plot does she have in store for Bandette’s rival in larceny, Monsieur?
And just in case you know someone who still hasn’t read Bandette, in celebration of being nominated for FOUR EISNER AWARDS, Monkeybrain Comics and Comixology are making the first issue FREE until the night of the awards ceremony!
Speaking of FREE, don’t forget to read all the bonus Urchin Stories now up on Monkeybrain’s web site, and check back in the future for more guest artist goodness!
That’s FOUR issues of Bandette, PLUS the Urchin Stories, all available NOW for a grand total of…
Best Penciller/Inker: Colleen Coover, Bandette (Monkeybrain)
Best Coloring: Colleen Coover, Bandette (Monkeybrain)
Best Digital Comic: Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)
With the release of Bandette #4 imminent, CBR’s Robot Six Cheat Sheet has several pages up for preview!
Like what you see? The issue is NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER on Comixology for the everyday low price of 99 cents! And of course, the first three issues are always in stock, so if you’re haven’t read all the adventures of the world’s greatest thief, you can get caught up with the click of a button!
Announcing! The fifth bonus Bandette: Urchin Stories!
I recently got my hands on the new Manga Studio 5 software, and Benny here is the first dip of my toe into its waters. There are definitely some interesting new features, especially the color tools! It’s going to take some getting used to before I feel comfortable diving in.