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2013 Could be a Magical Year

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

It’s New Year’s Day 2013 and a lot of people are out there working on their New Year’s resolutions. Personally, when I hear the word resolution all I think of is dpi. (dots per inch for those of you who don’t dabble in pixels) I do, however, look at the New Year as a fresh slate and I make every effort to jump in, feet first, with a positive attitude and lots of ambition which uses up enough energy to have me exhausted by the end of week one.

This year, of course, has everyone staring down that infamous number “13″ as their triskaidekaphobia sets in, but after surviving the end of the world as predicted by the Mayan calendar, what do we have to worry about?

In truth the number 13, though widely considered unlucky, has a long history of mystical powers supported by astrological and geometric significance.

If you would enjoy having your eyes burned out of your head by green type on a black page you can read an otherwise fascinating and informative web page about the sacred powers of the number 13 as it refers to the Holy Grail on the site The Vessel of God. www.thevesselofgod.com/thirteen

The number 13 has worked for me over the years. My mother and daughter were both born on the 13th, my daughter actually on Friday the 13th!

The number 13 has also had a significant impact on CO2 Comics. I’ve written often about DUCKWORK the newspaper that Bill Cucinotta and I published while in college at the Philadelphia College of Art in 1980-1982. This is where we first became involved with Matt Wagner, Mike Leeke, Joe Williams, Tina Garcaeu, Joe Matt, and Dave Johnson, all Comico and/or CO2 Comics collaborators.

DUCKWORK had an office, a lowly, tiny room that we had, literally, abducted from the security guards who had previously used it as a locker room. The DUCKWORK office sat on the south side of the ARCO Building on the corner of Broad and Spruce and was on the 13th floor! Those of you that have been in high-rise buildings know that, for superstitious reasons, most buildings do not have a 13th floor. This made our scrawny, little DUCKWORK office all the more magical and exciting place to be every day.  To compound the mystique, the entire floor had been abandoned, relegated merely for storage, only two rooms saw human involvement, our office and the new security locker room. We were in No Man’s Land and we loved it!

Duckwork Covers 1-6

The elevator ride to the office was usually a hectic and congested adventure which I personally avoided each morning by using the stairs. My trek up each of those thirteen flights was compounded by the thirteen city blocks I would walk after being dropped off by my neighbor’s father, who worked near the Franklin Institute. I counted each flight with labored breath, diligently anticipating the last step leading to door that opened to the 13th floor! Needless to say, going down was a lot easier!

Life on the 13th floor with the DUCKWORK crowd was the highlight of my college career that led to many comics publishing experiences and a lifelong friendship with Bill Cucinotta, my partner here at CO2 Comics.

Yup! The number 13 works for me and I am looking forward to a great 2013. I hope you are too!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Gerry Giovinco

Ready to Launch!

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Paul Zdepski makes a big point to regularly mention that he was born during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Can you imagine coming into a world during a fleeting moment of international distress instigated by impending Armageddon?! Paul’s first experience with raw emotion was the collective anxiety of the entire world! Thankfully for us Paul has channeled that empathy through his comics and illustrations where he is able to focus on the distinct reactions that his characters have when faced with the challenges of life whether they be unusual or mundane.

Emulating that threat to our national defense Paul Zdepski has managed to fly under the radar of Bill Cucinotta and myself, hovering on the edge of our social and professional careers for over thirty years, waiting for the opportune moment to strike with his unique brand of creative genius.

Paul toured the periphery of our college escapades as we published DUCKWORK at the then Philadelphia College of Art. Classmates with Matt Wagner, Mike Leeke, Dave Johnson and Joe Matt, he held a pass to our social network that also included me, Bill, Joe Williams and Tina Garceau all would eventually have an impact on either  Comico and CO2 Comics or both.

During the heyday of Comico one of the most vibrant studios that produced work for us was Philadelphia based Bain Sidhe Studios, the creative realm where Matt Wagner, Bill Willingham, Rich Rankin, Joe Matt and Bill Cucinotta along with others, generated works for Comico, DC and Marvel. Paul was a welcomed guest in that circle as evidenced by the Comico swag he posts on his own blog.

When Bill and I began resurrecting our comic careers with CO2 Comics, Paul was one of our earliest followers, commenting on posts and chiming in on facebook pages. Now down in the Washington DC area Paul is a member of a productive group of indy comic creators called DC Conspiracy. A quick visit to his website will show what a busy and accomplished illustrator and educator Paul is.

The missile finally hit home when Paul announced that his mini comic SING-SING was awarded best Mini Comic/Short Story category of the year by S.P.A.C.E. Now in it’s 13th year, S.P.A.C.E. is the midwest’s largest exhibition of small press and creator owned comics. Sponsored by Back Porch Comics, the show’s held in Columbus,Ohio. This years presentation of S.P.A.C.E. will be held April 21 and 22.

Bill and I have always taken pride in our ability to spot and cultivate talented comic creators but somehow Paul managed to stealthily remain undetected while being in our own back yard the whole time. Now, much more than a blip on our screen, we are hoping the Paul Zdepksi will become a popular regular contributor to CO2 Comics, starting today with our proud presentation of his award winning mini comic SING SING!

Celebrating Thirty Years of Comics History!

Gerry Giovinco


Wednesday Weekly Update | Skrog Whacked And Wicked

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

New Skrog Whacked And Wicked page
by Bill Cucinotta & Joe Matt with letters by Gary Fields.

SKROG Update

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Wednesday Weekly Update | Skrog Whacked And Wicked

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

New Skrog Whacked And Wicked page
by Bill Cucinotta & Joe Matt with letters by Gary Fields.

SKROG Update

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Wednesday Weekly Update | Skrog Whacked And Wicked

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

New Skrog Whacked And Wicked page
by Bill Cucinotta & Joe Matt with letters by Gary Fields.

SKROG Update

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Wednesday Weekly Update | Skrog Whacked And Wicked

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

New Skrog Whacked And Wicked page
by Bill Cucinotta & Joe Matt with letters by Gary Fields.

SKROG Update

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Wednesday Weekly Update | Skrog Whacked And Wicked

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

New Skrog Whacked And Wicked page
by Bill Cucinotta & Joe Matt with letters by Gary Fields.

SKROG_update

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The Gutter | Skrog Whacked And Wicked

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Skrog Whacked And Wicked begins today
by Bill Cucinotta & Joe Matt with letters by Gary Fields.

SKROG Update

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The Gutter | Welcome Joe Williams

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Joe is a friend from way back in our days at the Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) currently named The University of the Arts (UArts.) He was an illustration major with a penchant for comics like all of our pals who had gathered together to work on a publication called

Duckwork which was more of an excuse to draw comics and create mayhem around the school than anything else.

 

We were a prolific group that, besides Joe Williams, included myself (Slaughterman), Bill Cucinotta (Skrog), Matt Wagner (Grendel, Mage, Trinity), Mike Leeke (Robotech, Elementals, Fathom), Dave Johnson (Robotech), and Joe Matt (Jam, Peepshow) just to name the guys who went on to work in comics.

deadlineJoe presents us with a fun short story called Deadline that was originally created as a promotional tool and does a great job displaying Joe’s talents as an illustrator with a comic flair. We expect to see more of Joe’s stylings on future projects but for now, kick back and enjoy the pressure that every professional artist endures when it comes down to the dreaded Deadline!

Gerry Giovinco


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