Comic artist at book signing at Neighbors Bookstore
August 5, 2004
Chris Wisnia is celebrating his self-published comic book, “Tabloia Weekly Magazine,” which is distributed nationally by Diamond, the distributor of Marvel and DC Comics. He will make an appearance and sign copies from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Neighbors Bookstore, 4000 Tahoe Blvd., Suite 23 in Village Center.
Wisnia grew up at South Lake Tahoe and graduated from South Tahoe High School in 1990. He received a degree in studio art from the University of California, Davis, in 1996, and has been a resident of the central California valley ever since, where he teaches guitar lessons to 60 or 70 students a month.
The book’s main story, “The Lump,” is a horror story in the film noir tradition, surrounding the discovery of severed body parts on the freeway. The reader will meet tattoo artists, coroners, private investigators, drug dealers, a hand-transplant specialist and homicide detectives as they attempt to unravel the mystery. The comic also features a number of supporting stories including “Doris Danger Seeks – Where Giant Monsters Creep and Stomp,” a Kirby-style “giant monster” story linked by Dick Ayers, a comics legend who was involved with the first issues of the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, The Avengers and more. Some of the biggest names in the comics industry have contributed pin-ups of giant monsters for this feature, including Mike Allred, Sam Kieth, Gene Colan, Los Bros Hernandez, Russ Heath and John Severin.
Another back-up story is “Dr. DeBunko, Debunker of the Supernatural.” Dr. Michael Shermer, publisher of “Skeptic Magazine,” director of the Skeptics Society and author of “Why People Believe Weird Things” and “The Science of Good and Evil” said this about Dr. DeBunko, “Until I make an appearance on The Simpsons, your honoring me in your comic book is just about the coolest thing anyone has done to honor me and my work. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this.”
Also arriving at stores in September is the second issue of “Ojo,” published by Oni Press, written by Sam Keith (creator of “The Maxx,” which was made into an MTV cartoon in the 1990s, with art by Sam and Chris.
For more information visit Wisnia’s Web site at http://www.tabloia.com.