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New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/17/2024

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/17/2024

Welcome to the New Number Ones!

Each week we bring you the list of new series and special editions coming this week. We are highlighting what you need to put in your cart at the comic shop or digital marketplace.

This week’s list has some very interesting new series and graphic novels as well as a massive collection of a something very small.

We have an alphabetical list with cover art and the official solicitation text from the publishers of some of the cool new comics that are coming out this week. Check below for our PCS NOTES to find out what we just have to tell you about the new comics in question.

We have books on this week’s list from:  Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Boom! Studios, Mad Cave Studios, Fantagraphics Books, Dynamite Entertainment, and Marvel Comics.

We will bring you reviews of these debut issues as they come out, and don’t forget to use the comments section to let us know what you think of this list.

New Series
New One-Shots and Special Editions


Blow Away #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Zac Thompson
Art by Nicola Izzo
Cover Art by Annie Wu

Unyielding wildlife photographer Brynne Brautigan, isolated in the remote cold of Baffin Island, sees something she can’t unsee.

An argument, followed by an outburst of intense violence between two nearby climbers-did she just witness a murder?

In a frantic search for the truth, Brynne discovers just what she’s looking for, but little does she know that more than the silent white of winter is keeping her company…

Hit writer Zac Thompson (Hunt for the Skinwalker, Cemetery Kids Don’t Die) and star artist Nicola Izzo (Buffy: The Last Vampire Slayer) team up for this neo-noir crime thriller rife with murder and paranoia, in the tradition of Fargo and Rear Window!

Release Date: April 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is exactly the kind of story I want to be reading from Zac Thompson. It goes on the pull list.


Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Jamal Igle, Juan Castro, & Chris Sotomayor
Letters by Tom Napolitano
Cover Art by Igle

From New York Times bestselling creators Scott Snyder and Jamal Igle comes this rollicking sci-fi adventure story about a boy, his dog, and a machine that controls time and space! What could go wrong?

Have you ever wondered why all the great figures in history had a pet companion, and if they were all running from the same mysterious threat? Such questions have never crossed the mind of Dudley Datson, a fifteen year-old with a penchant for invention. But when dastardly foes turn his world upside down, Dudley is going to have to start facing things beyond his wildest imagination in this modern day fable.

Release Date: April 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are finally getting the printed version of this Comixology Original. If you are unfamiliar with this book, you will be delighted by it. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/17/2024”

Brainiac On Banjo: History Never Ends, But…

Brainiac On Banjo: History Never Ends, But…

“Trina wears her wampum beads, she fills her drawing book with line. Sewing lace on widow’s weeds, and filigree on leaf and vine.” from Ladies of the Canyon,” written by Joni Mitchell in tribute to Trina Robbins in 1970.

Much has been written about the passing of Trina Robbins, and I stand behind every syllable I’ve read. I will not be joining that informative chorus, but instead I will be discussing one of her final works, Dauntless Dames: High-Heeled Heroes of the Comics, published less than eight months ago.

This remarkably oversized tome, roughly the size of a tabloid newspaper, is from Fantagraphics Books’ Sunday Press imprint. Trina had a co-conspirator on this one, strip historian, connoisseur and Sunday Press honcho Peter Maresca. It is a true gem.

As the title suggests, Dauntless Dames puts the spotlight on a wide-variety of adventure comic strips that star women. Many, such as Tarpé Mills’ Miss Fury, Dale Messick’s Brenda Starr and Jackie Ormes’ Torchy Brown (later revived as Heartbeats) were produced by women — and women cartoonists were hardly a common sight before the Vietnam War. Male cartoonists who employed women heroes include Frank Godwin’s Connie, Russell Stamm’s Invisible Scarlet O’Neil, Bob Oksner’s Miss Cairo Jones, and Jack Sparling’s Claire Voyant… not to be confused with the current drag performer of the same name. Continue reading “Brainiac On Banjo: History Never Ends, But…”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 3/13/24

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 3/13/24

Welcome to the New Number Ones!

Each week we bring you the list of new series and special editions coming this week. We are highlighting what you need to put in your cart at the comic shop or digital marketplace.

We have an alphabetical list with cover art and the official solicitation text from the publishers of some of the cool new comics that are coming out this week. Check below for our PCS NOTES to find out what we just have to tell you about the new comics in question.

March has hit the ground running with some great new books and the future look bright as well. Some highly anticipated books are on this week’s list. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Fantagraphics Books, AWA Studios, Boom! Studios, and Image Comics.

We will bring you reviews of these debut issues as they come out, and don’t forget to use the comments section to let us know what you think of this list.

New Series
New One-Shots and Special Editions


New Series This Week 


Batman / Dylan Dog #1
DC Comics
Written by Roberto Recchioni
Art by Werther Dell’Edera & Gigi Cavenago
Cover Art by Cavenago

DC’S WORLD’S GREATEST DETECTIVE AND SERGIO BONELLI’S NIGHTMARE INVESTIGATOR UNITE! See how the fates of Batman and Dylan Dog intertwined in the past through their lethal nemeses: The Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime of Gotham City, and Professor Xabaras, a mad genius with a taste for bringing the dead back to life! Joker is in London to seal a hellish pact with Dylan Dog’s nemesis, the Mephistophelian Xabaras! The doorbell of Craven Road No. 7 screams, and beyond the doorway Bruce Wayne appears. For the Nightmare Investigator, an incredible adventure begins side by side with the Dark Knight. They’ll have to forge an uneasy alliance, putting aside their differences in order to successfully confront and defeat an evil that comes from the past…

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: A Batman book that is reaching out to Europe. Stuff like this is encouraging because it exposes Batman fans to other genres and different types of comic characters. We are hopeful for a good story.


Batman and Robin and Howard #1
DC Comics
Written by Jeffrey Brown
Art by Brown
Cover Art by Brown

To Damian Wayne, there is nothing more important than protecting the streets of Gotham City as Robin. But when he makes a critical mistake while out on patrol, Damian finds himself benched, on top of transferring to a new school. When his new classmate Howard offers to show him the ropes, Damian finds himself in a challenge he never expected…

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: Like the above book, we are getting another Batman related comic that is reaching out to other audiences than the usual denizens of Gotham fandom.


Black Widow & Hawkeye #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Stephanie Philips
Art by Paolo Villanelli & Mattia Iacono
Cover Art by Stephen Segovia & Jesus Aburtov

THE EYES OF A HAWK AND THE VENOM OF A WIDOW! Even when Black Widow and Hawkeye had no one to trust, they still had each other—even though their paths sometimes diverged. So when Clint Barton is accused of a rogue assassination attempt that puts the U.S. and Madripoor at odds, a symbiote-equipped Natasha Romanoff thinks nothing of coming to his aid. But as echoes of their past ripple into the present, it will take all their faith in each other—and the lessons learned along the way—to protect their futures. Join fan-favorite creators Stephanie Phillips (ROGUE & GAMBIT, CAPWOLF & THE HOWLING COMMANDOS) and Paolo Villanelli (CAPTAIN MARVEL: DARK TEMPEST, STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS) as they celebrate sixty years of Black Widow and Hawkeye with this new chapter IN the pair’s storied legacy!

Release Date: March 13, 2024

PCS NOTES: This looks like a cool new story for fans of these storied characters. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 3/13/24”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 3/6/2024

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 3/6/2024

Welcome to the New Number Ones!

Each week we bring you the list of new series and special editions coming this week. We are highlighting what you need to put in your cart at the comic shop or digital marketplace.

We have an alphabetical list with cover art and the official solicitation text from the publishers of some of the cool new comics that are coming out this week. Check below for our PCS NOTES to find out what we just have to tell you about the new comics in question.

March has brought us an abundance of New Number Ones. The quality of OGNs in the One-Shots and Specials section is especially impressive. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Oni Press, Fantagraphics Books, Massive Comics, Ablaze Comics, and Image Comics.

We will bring you reviews of these debut issues as they come out, and don’t forget to use the comments section to let us know what you think of this list.

New Series
New One-Shots and Special Editions


New Series This Week 


Aliens: What If…? #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Paul Reiser, Leon Reiser, Adam F. Goldberg, Hans Rodianoff, & Brian Volk-Weiss
Art by Guiu Vilanova
Cover Art by Phil Noto

WHAT IF… CARTER BURKE HAD LIVED? For years, fans of James Cameron’s legendary Aliens questioned whether Carter Burke, a company man more hateable than the Xenos themselves, had actually survived the traumatic events on the terraforming colony Hadley’s Hope. Now the actor behind the beloved villain, Paul Reiser, joins his son Leon and the star-studded team of writers and producers Adam F. Goldberg, Brian Volk-Weiss and Hans Rodionoff for a journey back to Hadley’s Hope and the twisted escape of a man who should have died.

Release Date: March 6, 2024

PCS NOTES: I am interested in seeing Paul Reiser’s take on the character he played in the classic Aliens.


The Bat-Man: First Knight #1
DC Comics
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Mike Perkins & Mike Spicer
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover Art by Perkins

WITNESS THE EARLIEST DAYS OF THE DARK KNIGHT! LEGENDARY WRITER DAN JURGENS AND SUPERSTAR ARTIST MIKE PERKINS TEAM TO RETELL ONE OF BATMAN’S MOST INFAMOUS CASES THROUGH AN ACUTELY MODERN LENS!

The year is 1939. The world, still reeling from the horrors of the First World War, is on the brink of tipping into an even more gruesome conflict, as fascism is on the march—and gathering strength in America’s darkest corners. Against this backdrop, a series of violent murders has begun in Gotham, and the recent emergence of the mysterious vigilante known as The Bat-Man has the power brokers of the city living in fear of institutional collapse. All of the evidence in the murder investigation defies logic: the perpetrators are all men who died in the electric chair. But when the Bat- Man comes face to face with one of these sickening anomalies, he barely escapes with his life—throwing into question his ability to survive in a world that is brutally evolving around him! Legendary writer Dan Jurgens and superstar artist Mike Perkins return to the earliest days of the Dark Knight, retelling one of his most infamous cases through an acutely modern lens, depicting a world paralyzed by anxiety and a desperate populace crying out for release!

Release Date: March 5, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is a new Batman book that we are excited to see from a creative team we trust to  deliver high quality storytelling. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 3/6/2024”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/28/2024

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/28/2024

Welcome to the New Number Ones!

Each week we bring you the list of new series and special editions coming this week. We are highlighting what you need to put in your cart at the comic shop or digital marketplace.

We have an alphabetical list with cover art and the official solicitation text from the publishers of some of the cool new comics that are coming out this week. Check below for our PCS NOTES to find out what we just have to tell you about the new comics in question.

Again this week is light on New Number Ones, but what is here looks fun. One of the things that we have been noticing is that some of the non-Big2 books have been generating longer runs and we are definitely happy to see that. We have books on this week’s list from: Marvel Comics, Dark Horse, Titan Books, Band of Bards, and Fantagraphics Books.

We will bring you reviews of these debut issues as they come out, and don’t forget to use the comments section to let us know what you think of this list.

New Series
New One-Shots and Special Editions


New Series This Week 


Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Ray Fawkes
Art by Gabriel Guzman & Michael Atiyeh
Letters by Michael Heisler
Cover Art by Aniekan Udofia

A six-issue miniseries based on all-new Ubisoft’s AAA PC/console video game Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora! Meet So’lek, a Na’vi warrior who must go on a transformative journey across Pandora. While the battle of the Hallelujah Mountains is over, the trauma of war is never-ending. So’lek finds himself alone, stricken with grief and desperation. Only through Eywa can he find a path to heal-and though danger, doubt, and pain await him, it’s time for him to answer the call. This story introduces readers to new characters and clans, and is the origin story of one of the key characters in Ubisoft’s forthcoming game!

Release Date: February 28, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is a great creative team for fans of this franchise to generate this series.


The Savage Sword of Conan #1
Titan Comics
Written by John Arcudi, Patrick Zircher, & Jim Zub
Art by Max Von Fafner, Zircher
Cover Art by Joe Jusko

THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN IS BACK from Heroic Signatures and Titan Comics!

Featuring a new CONAN epic from John Arcudi and Max Von Fafner, the rousing return of SOLOMON KANE written and drawn by Patch Zircher, an electric prose story from Jim Zub, spectacular art pin-ups, and more, the SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN Issue #1 heralds a new era of adrenaline-fueled adventure.

Release Date: February 28, 2024

PCS NOTES: This title has a lot of history and we are glad to see Titan Books bring it back with this terrific cast of creators on the first issue. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/28/2024”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/14/24

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/14/24

Welcome to the New Number Ones!

Each week we bring you the list of new series and special editions coming this week. We are highlighting what you need to put in your cart at the comic shop or digital marketplace.

We have an alphabetical list with cover art and the official solicitation text from the publishers of some of the cool new comics that are coming out this week. Check below for our PCS NOTES to find out what we just have to tell you about the new comics in question.

February is in full swing and we are getting more new and interesting books this week. It feels like the publishers are finally coming out of the end-of-year / beginning-of year hiatus for new titles. So let’s hit the comic shops and get some books. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, Titan Books, Fantagraphics Books, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Ahoy Comics, and Image Comics. Oh Yeah, and Penthouse too?!

We will bring you reviews of these debut issues as they come out, and don’t forget to use the comments section to let us know what you think of this list.

New Series
New One-Shots and Special Editions


New Series This Week 


Blue Book: 1947 #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Michael Avon Oeming
Letters by Tom Napolitano
Cover Art by Oeming

This ambitious, non-fiction comic book experience depicts true stories of UFO abductions with an eye to capturing the strange essence of those encounters. In 1947, Kenneth Arnold flew his Call-Air A-2 over the skies of the Pacific Northwest when all of a sudden he saw a blinding flash of silver light. What followed was a bizarre and difficult to explain encounter with several flying objects that would change the course of his life forever. Tiny Onion Studios and Dark Horse Comics present a line of upcoming creator-owned work from the mind of James Tynion IV across a broad spectrum of his interests. Also includes a True Weird backup story by Zac Thompson, Gavin Fullerton, and Aditya Bidikar!

Release Date: February 14, 2024

PCS NOTES: This creative team absolutely picked the perfect genre for their combined talents. We are excited about this book.


The Cabinet #1
Image Comics
Written by Jordan Hart & David Ebeltoft
Art by Chiara Raimondi
Cover Art by Raimondi

Mini-Series Premiere.

In this vibrant, tongue-in-cheek adventure series, atypical teen Avani and midwestern jock Trent teleport across a post-Cold War landscape to collect bizarre relics. Why? Well, because they need to summon the arcane powers of a resplendent 17th-century cabinet to fix a teeny-tiny mistake the last time Avani used it… unleashing an ancient evil from its prison and accidentally slaughtering her parents. Courtesy of Eisner-nominated writer Jordan Hart (Ripple Effects) and co-writer David Ebeltoft, and introducing the technicolor wizardry of artist Chiana Raimondi! Each issue features a variant interconnected cover by artist Marguerite Sauvage!

Release Date: February 14, 2024

PCS NOTES: This looks fun. We will definitely check it out.


The Displaced #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Ed Brisson
Art by Luca Casalanguida & Dee Cunniffe
Cover Art by Casalanguida & Cunniffe

The city of Oshawa, Ontario has vanished without a trace. Even worse, nobody remembers it or the 170,000 missing residents that disappeared along with it.

As the survivors also fall into the forgotten, they must seek each other out, if they hope to have any chance of surviving in a world where no one believes they exist…

Highly acclaimed writer Ed Brisson (Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Predator), rising star artist Luca Casalanguida (Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body, James Bond), and red hot colorist Dee Cunniffe (Barnstormers, Crossover) pose the question… how can you feel connected to reality or each other if by all veritable means, you don’t exist?

Release Date: February 14, 2024

PCS NOTES: This has a intriguing premise and we love the work of everyone involved with this book. Add it to Pull List. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 2/14/24”

With Further Ado #216: See You at San Diego – A Review

With Further Ado #216: See You at San Diego – A Review

This weekend a Central New York comics show promoter, Teddy Hanes restarted his long-running Syracuse Comic Con series. It had been about two years since the last one. Hosting comic artists like Joe Jusko and Luke McDonnell as professional guests made it great fun for all, but I think that the fans and dealers were even more excited to just see each other and search for treasures in long boxes. There were so many smiles and so much laughter; it was lovely to get this convention “back on its feet” and for folks to gather amongst their tribe again.

The smiles, laughter and comradery of geek culture and conventions comes through loud and clear in Mathew Klickstein’s new book: See You At San Diego: An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture. It was just published by Fantagraphics, and it’s a treasure too. This oral history is about the size of a phone book (anyone remember what those were?), and it’s packed full of stories and photos telling the birth, and perhaps adolescence, of the San Diego Comic-Con. (Now also called Comic-Con International).

Mat Klickstein spins his tale using the oral history format. This allows the folks who were there from the beginning to share their memories of it all. It’s great fun, and although the format is new to me (I did just interview author Ed Gross about his excellent Star Trek oral history here), I just love it. It’s kind of like reading, instead of watching, a documentary. Continue reading “With Further Ado #216: See You at San Diego – A Review”

New Number Ones: New Comics Coming in May 2021

New Number Ones: New Comics Coming in May 2021

This month we give our readers a list of the exciting new comic book series debuting in May. We have compiled an alphabetical list with cover art and the official solicitation text from the publishers. Check below for our PCS NOTES to find out what we just have to tell you about the new comics in question.

There are a bunch of great new and interesting series starting this month from AfterShock Comics, Boom! Studios, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Vault Comics, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, Fantagraphics Books, and Dynamite Entertainment.

There are a few one-shot comics on this list. We usually stay away from those and stick to ongoing or mini-series, but these are too good to ignore.

We will bring you reviews of most of these debut issues as they come out, and don’t forget to use the comments section to let us know what you think of this list.

You will find the books listed below in the order of when they are released.

Week of 5/5/21
Week of 5/12/21
Week of 5/19/21
Week of 5/26/21


Week of May 5th


Becstar #1
Mad Cave Studios
Written by Joe Corallo
Art by Lorenzo Colangeli
Cover Art by Sweeney Boo

Becstar is a star hopping mercenary-gone-full time-gambler light years away from Earth. Leaving her old life behind with the help of her magical luck dagger and her fan-turned-regret filled-friend Sally Soolin, Becstar ekes out a living under the nefarious Shadow Syndicate’s radar. But when a mysterious girl appears with grim news and an urgent quest where the fate of the universe hangs in the balance, Becstar has no choice but to join… and regret it immediately.

Release Date: May 5, 2021

 


Eden #1
AfterShock Comics
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Dalibor Talajic
Cover Art by Talajic

Tattoo artist Niles lives his life in a kind of daze. Minute after minute, he muddles through the repetitive moments of his job, his life and his guilt. All that changes when Eden walks through the doors of the tattoo shop. She’s looking for something…different…and she finds it with Niles. But Eden is a woman surrounded by deep mysteries…not the least of which is how and why her new tattoos vanish after only a few days. As Niles learns more about Eden, he is driven to fathomless depths of both love and horror.

A prestige format “One-Shock” featuring top creative talent, EDEN is a harrowing horror/romance conceived and written by Cullen Bunn, drawn by Dalibor Talajic and colored by Valentina Briki. Be prepared to accompany the notions of love, creation and heartbreak to terrifying places.

Release Date: May 5, 2021

PCS NOTES: We are lucky that the fountain of ideas in Cullen Bunn’s brain is everflowing. This is a one-shot, but damn do we want to check it out.


Eve #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Victor LaValle
Art by Jo Mi-Gyeon
Cover Art by Ario Anindito

For fans of Undiscovered Country and Little Bird comes a new adventure series from award-winning author Victor LaValle and rising-star artist Jo Mi-Gyeong about a dangerous journey across a future dystopian America to save the world.

When the ice caps melted, most of humanity was lost to the hidden disease that was released.

Now, a mysterious girl named Eve has awoken in secret and must deal with a world that’s nothing like the virtual reality she was raised in.

In order to save her real father, Eve must embark on a deadly quest across the country, but she has no idea of the threats that await her – or the price she will pay to restore life to a dying planet…

Release Date: May 5, 2021 


The Good Asian #1
Image Comics
Written by Pornsak Pichetshote
Art by Alexandre Tefenkgi
Cover Art by Dave Johnson

Writer PORNSAK PICHETSHOTE’s long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed INFIDEL with stunning art by ALEXANDRE TEFENKGI! Following Edison Hark-a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective-on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown, THE GOOD ASIAN is Chinatown noir starring the first generation of Americans to come of age under an immigration ban, the Chinese, as they’re besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes.

Release Date: May 5, 2021

PCS NOTES: This is a heavily anticipated and already critically acclaimed book. You will want to see what the buzz is about. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Coming in May 2021”

With Further Ado #135: Comics (M)Ad Men

With Further Ado #135: Comics (M)Ad Men

I don’t think this week’s review will be at center of a firestorm like last week’s review of Abraham’s Riesman’s The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee.  As you may have read, the “controversial” biography  is another deep dive Stan Lee biography.  And in this arena with so many passionate fans, everyone has an opinion. It certainly has generated heated discussions.

On the other hand, Fantagraphic’s Comics Ad Men by Steven Brower is also the type of book that I’m eager to read, but somehow had escaped my notice.  It came out in 2019, but I just learned about it and I snagged a copy last month.

Stan Drake Art

Many comic professionals don’t do just one thing.  In the up-and-down world of creatives, it’s generally important to be able to work on different types of assignments, sometimes in different industries. When one thing gets slow, there’s a need to work on another.

Neal Adams Ad Work

Steve Brower has assembled a top-notch showcase of comics artists that produced traditional (and some non-traditional) advertising.  There’s wonderful examples of from artists like Neal Adams, C.C. Beck, Stan Drake, Creig Flessel, Noel Sickles, Basil Wolverton, and so many more.

Brower also provides some background to help readers understand those halcyon Mad Men days of advertising firms.  There are fascinating stories about DDB, Young & Rubican, McCann Erickson, Leo Burnett and Johnston & Cushing. This informative look into the past is peppered by industry luminaries like Joe Kubert and one of his students-turned-pro, Thom (Love and Capes) Zahler.

Frank Robbins Art

In that classic age of ad agencies, Westport, Connecticut was a bedroom community for Madison Avenue . But I also learned here that there was an artist’s drop off spot in that town. Illustrators could drop off their work late at night. It would get to the agencies by 10 am., and then they’d get their next assignments later day.  Who needed email, Dropbox or Slack?