Eximious Press


Eximious Press edited, wrote, and produced fine graphic novels and comics. The site provided all the information visitors would need to learn more about Eximious Press's work on past, current, and developing projects.
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This FAQ will be updated regularly.

1. What is Eximious Press?

Eximious Press started as a publishing company founded by me, Jason Rodriguez. We were going to publish Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened. But then Villard/Random House acquired the rights to the book and we were left asking ourselves, "What is Eximious Press?"

"Graphic Novel Production" is a nice way to describe what we do. The books we'll be editing, writing, and packaging are all given our full attention. I know I turned down a lot of editing gigs because I didn't feel the projects were that good. These are the books I want to see on the shelves - some of them are brought to us (like Elk's Run, The Broadcast, and Dream Compass) and some of them are started in house (like Postcards and Dear Santa, Let Me Explain...)

2. So, you won't be publishing?

I wouldn't say that. I believe in all of the books we're producing. If the stars align and I feel like taking a risk one day, we may add "publishing" to our list of services.

3. And who's this James W. Powell person?

James W. Powell is my assistant editor on Postcards. He started putting together his own projects and I started envisioning Eximious Press as a collaborative of people who's editorial vision I trust. Plus, I already made him a business card.

4. So I can be an editor aligned with Eximious Press?

I have to really, really, really like your editorial vision. Really like it. Or owe you money.

5. Can I bring my project to Eximious Press?

I'm always willing to hear a pitch to see if I can help you out but I've turned down my best friends several times. The project has to be something that's fun, beautiful, and something that I feel has a place in comics - preferably a niche not yet explored.



2008 POSTS


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Monday, September 29, 2008 by Jason
Just so you all know, I'm moving everything over to http://www.jasonrodriguez.com. So head on over and update your RSS feeds.


I'm Back!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 by Jason
3,311 miles in 9 days plus five days at Comic-Con. And I have pictures And I have articles.


Coast-to-Coast Comicdom: An Update

Monday, July 21, 2008 by Jason
I have downtime today! I slept 9 hours and gave myself 10 hours to take a 4 hour trip! I needed this slight break, I'm beat to fuck.

The road trip's been great. I'm in Grants, New Mexico now and driving out to Flagstaff today.I get to see the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, and Meteor Crater on the way - nice!  I'm going to see The Dark Knight today, too. There's been two articles posted on DCist so far so far and the third's going up today.

Everything's fine, I'm re-energized, I'm meeting tons of cool people, and I have no regrets.


Grounds-eye view of comics coast-to-coast

Monday, June 30, 2008 by Jason
So I have enough encouragement and interest in an article or a series of articles that feature a grounds-eye view of comics from coast-to-coast. I’m going to be doing it while on my San Diego road trip, making stops along the way to chat with fans, creators, and retailers to talk to them about how (and if) the comics’ boom is effecting them. Get a feel for how comics’ growth and mainstream acceptance is perceived outside of the East/West coast.

Although I can’t talk specifics about where this is going to be published, yet, I do have some interest and I need to start casting a wider net to bring folks in so I’m not doing it last minute. So here’re the major cities I’ll be cutting through:

Roanoke, VA
Knoxville, TN (Spending the night – July 15th)
Nashville, TN
Memphis, TN (Spending two nights – July 16th and 17th)
Little Rock, AR
Oklahoma City, OK (Spending the night – July 18th)
(Time Permitting) Tulsa, OK
Albuquerque, NM (Spending the night – July 19th)
Santa Fe, NM (Spending the night – July 20th)
Flagstaff, AZ (Spending the night – July 21st)
Phoenix, AZ (Spending the night – July 22nd)
Yuma, AZ
San Diego, CA (Spending four nights (July 23rd – July 26th)

If you know someone in those cities or situated between those cities, I’d love to see if I can squeeze them in. A little talk, grab a bite to eat with them, have a drink, take a tour of their comic shop, go see Dark Knight Returns (I’ll probably be in OK City the night it comes out), hook me up with some internet access, reading session…I’m open for suggestions. I already have some appointments in some of those cities but, as stated, I’m going to try to squeeze in as much as I can.


Harvey Awards!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 by Jason
Man - I completely ignored the Harvey's this year. Didn't do a "get out the vote" campaign and, honestly, didn't even vote. That whole process was during my "fuck comics" phase...

Nice to know someone likes us - two nominations. Best Anthology and Special Award for Excellence in Presentation. The former is great, of course, the latter chokes me up a bit. As all of you know - I watched over the design process of that book like a fucking hawk and Matt Kindt and Jason Hanley busted their asses to do it right...nice to see the recognition.

If you're eligible, please consider POSTCARDS in your votes.

Anyway, the rest of the noms...


Ed Brubaker, Captain America, Marvel Comics
Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amulet Books
Grant Morrison, All Star Superman, DC Comics
William Van Horn, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, Gemstone
Brian K. Vaughan, Y: The Last Man, Vertigo/DC Comics


Gabriel Ba, Umbrella Academy, Dark Horse Comics
John Cassaday, Astonishing X-Men, Marvel Comics
Guy Davis, BPRD, Dark Horse Comics
Frank Quitely, All Star Superman, DC Comics
William Van Horn, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, Gemstone


Darwyn Cooke, The Spirit, DC Comics
Matt Kindt, Super Spy, Top Shelf
Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amulet Books
Bryan Lee O'Malley, Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together, Oni Press
Vasilis Lolos, Last Call, Oni Press
William Van Horn, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, Gemstone


The Arrival, Scholastic Books
Donald Duck: The Case of the Missing Mummy, Gemstone
Exit Wounds, Drawn & Quarterly
Laika, First Second
Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together, Oni Press


The Annotated Northwest Passage, Oni Press
Antiques, Volume 1, Gemstone
Captain America Omnibus, Volume 1, Marvel Comics
Damned, Volume 1, Oni Press
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born, Marvel Comics


Complete Peanuts, Fantagraphics Books
Complete Terry and the Pirates, IDW
EC Archives, Gemstone
Popeye, Fantagraphics Books
Walt and Skeezix, Drawn & Quarterly


Eduardo Risso's Tales of Terror, Dynamite Entertainment
Exit Wounds, Drawn & Quarterly
Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, Abrams
Moomin, Volume 2, Drawn & Quarterly
Witchblade Manga, Top Cow/Image


Chris Eliopoulos, Franklin Richards series, Marvel Comics
Nicholas Gurewitch, Perry Bible Fellowship, www.pbfcomics.com
Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amulet Books
Bryan Lee O'Malley, Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together, Oni Press
William Van Horn, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, Gemstone


Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney, www.wimpykid.com
EZ Street, Robert Tinnell and Mark Wheatley, www.comicmix.com/title/ez-street/
Penny Arcade, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, www.penny-arcade.com
Perry Bible Fellowship, Nicholas Gurewitch, www.pbfcomics.com
Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo, Dwight L. Macpherson,
Thomas Boatwright and Thomas Mauer,


The Annotated Northwest Passage, Scott Chantler, Oni Press
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney, Amulet Books
EC Archives, Various, edited by John Clark, Gemstone
Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened, edited by Jason Rodriguez, Villard
Super Spy, Matt Kindt, Top Shelf


Alice in Sunderland, Dark Horse Comics
All Star Superman # 8, DC Comics
Captain America # 25, Marvel Comics
Donald Duck: The Case of the Missing Mummy, Gemstone
I Killed Adolf Hitler, Fantagraphics Books
Immortal Iron Fist # 7, Marvel Comics
Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen # 1, Oni Press


Blah Blah Blog, Tom Brevoort, http://www.marvel.com/blogs/Tom%20Brevoort/
The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth and Michael Dean, Fantagraphics Books
Meanwhile...Comics!, John, Jason and Scott, http://www.meanwhilecomics.com
The Naked Artist: Comic Book Legends, Bryan Talbot and Hunt Emerson,
Moonstone Books
Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, edited by J.C. Vaughn, Gemstone
Reading Comics: How Graphic Albums Work and What They Mean, Douglas Wolk,
Da Capo Press


John Cassaday, Astonishing X-Men, Marvel Comics
Marko Djurdjevic, Daredevil, Marvel Comics
James Jean, Fables, Vertigo/DC Comics
Mike Mignola, Hellboy, Dark Horse Comics
William Van Horn, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, Gemstone


Chris Eliopoulos, Daredevil, Marvel Comics
Jared K. Fletcher, The Spirit, DC Comics
Willie Schubert, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, Gemstone
Douglas E. Sherwood, Local, Oni Books
Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library, Acme Novelty


Susan Daigle-Leach, Uncle Scrooge, Gemstone
Jamie Grant, All Star Superman, DC Comics
Matt Hollingsworth, Daredevil, Marvel Comics
Matt Kindt, Super Spy, Top Shelf
Laura Martin, Thor, Marvel Comics


Stefano Gaudiano, Daredevil, Marvel Comics
Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amulet Books
Steve Leialoha, Fables, DC Comics
Mark Morales, Thor, Marvel Comics
Kevin Nowlan, Witchblade, Top Cow/Image


Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau, Universal Press Syndicate
Get Fuzzy, Darby Conley, United Feature Syndicate
The K Chronicles, Keith Knight, Self-Syndicated
The Mighty Motor-Sapiens, Mark Wheatley, Daniel Krall, Robert Tinnell, MJ Butler,
Craig Taillerfer, Matthew Plog, and Jerry Carr, Self-Syndicated
Mutts, Patrick McDonnell, King Features Syndicate


All Star Superman, DC Comics
Captain America, Marvel Comics
Damned, Oni Press
Daredevil, Marvel Comics
Umbrella Academy, Dark Horse Comics
Uncle Scrooge, Gemstone Comics


Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amulet Books
The Order, Marvel Comics
Resurrection, Oni Press
Thor, Marvel Comics
Umbrella Academy, Dark Horse Comics


Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amulet Books
Jeff Lemire, Essex County, Top Shelf
Vasilis Lolos, Last Call, Oni Press
Robbi Rodriguez, Maintenance, Oni Press
Christian Slade, Korgi #1: Sprouting Wings, Top Shelf


Flight Volume 4, edited by Kazu Kibuishi, Ballantine Books
Mome Volume 8, edited by Gary Groth and Eric Reynolds, Fantagraphics Books
Popgun Volume 1, edited by Joe Keatinge and Mark Andrew Smith, Image Books
Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened, edited by Jason Rodriquez, Villard
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, edited by John Clark, Gemstone


The Quickest Ditch

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 by Jason
I was going through one of my storage drives looking for some old files and same across a folder called "Mantis." The only thing in the folder was a script dated October 2005. Here's everything that was in that file:

PAGE 1 (x PANELS) – This story is going to really capture the feel of Yuruban minimalism – heavy influence of African tribal art.

I think I took the whole Yuruban minimalism thing a bit too far, having abruptly dropped the project after writing that sentence. I vaguely remember what this story was about...I think it paired the Yuruban creation myth with modern anthropology and kung-fu. It was a weird story, and I guess I just never got my head around it. I love coming across ditched projects.


Writers: Finding Artists

Thursday, May 29, 2008 by Jason
In case anyone is interested I started a thread over at DC Conspiracy on how writers can find artists and how to work with them once they've found them. Like I said in the thread, I'm not claiming to be an expert on this but I have my methods and I think they've been working so far.


What Could Have Been II

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 by Jason
Tony Fleecs' pages are below, as promised. Only two pages are finished, the rest are rough, and the postcard was never integrated into the art. It was based on a postcard that something like, "I have this really irrational fear of traffic lights falling on my car." Tony decided to juxtapose someone's real fear of commitment against something irrational.




Tuesday, May 20, 2008 by Jason
A couple of things to link to.

First there's an interview I did for The Pulse:

I think the thematic “spine” helped get Postcards in people’s hands, yes. It made for a very easy pitch. When I hand sell it at conventions it goes very fast because I put a quick pitch out there, people dig the concept, and they come on board. Now that’s not what makes a successful anthology, that’s the first step, I think.

As far as steps two, three, etc…I’m still theorizing on that one. I’ll get back to you.

Then we have Artifact and Artifice; a work blog for the University of Washington's Introduction to Cultural Studies course. Four students analyzed stories in Postcards. They put their mental energies towards Quarantined, Time, Homesick, and A Joyous Eastertide.

And finally we have Sarah Sammis' review of the book:

From this diverse list, my favorites are "Blue" for its magical take on an old memory, "Send Louis His Underwear" for its gory counterpoint between the humorous text and the pictures, and "A History of a Marriage" for its bittersweet look at widower's recollection of his marriage.

As the postcards used in the book were all very old (mostly dating from the 1910s), the stories frequently deal with death and loss. It's only natural to see ghosts in ephemera.

I do want to point out, however, that both Harvey and Joyce are still alive - no widowers in "A History of a Marriage."

Remember folks - if you have anything to say about the (ahem) Eisner-nominated Postcards, please feel free to post it.


Rory Root Updates

Monday, May 19, 2008 by Jason
> Shit - I just read off Warren Ellis' Twitter feed that Rory Root passed away. This is not a good thing - my prayers go out.


Rory Root...

by Jason
Rory Root, owner of COMIC RELIEF, is in a coma today after complications resulting from a hernia operation. We love Rory over here - before POSTCARDS was even released he let fifteen of us mob his booth at San Diego for two massive signings. He invited us back this year (provided we had a Volume II) but politely asked if we can cut down on the amount of people present.

The guy loves comics and does what he can to promote the little people. My thoughts are out to him.


What could have been...

by Jason
I think enough time has passed (about a year?) and I can now share these pages. I have to share them, honestly, because it's a shame they're hidden away on my hard drive in a folder labeled "PostSecret Project"; they're just too good.

A while back Frank Warren of PostSecret fame and I were toying around with the idea of taking the Postcards concept to PostSecret postcards. I got some friends together and put together a couple of pitch pages for the project. The result was something magical but, sadly, it just didn't work out.

Well, bellow is the story Micah Farritor illustrated. Tony Fleecs put some pages together as well and I'll show them tomorrow...



It's Eisner Voting Time

by Jason
Comics professionals should head over to http://www.eisnervote.com and vote for this year’s Eisner recipients. I’m not going to beat around the bush – my book Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened has been nominated for Best Anthology and any votes that can be thrown my way would be appreciated. I really don’t want folks to blindly vote for the book, however – I want you to know what it’s about, see if it’s your thing, and, if so, give it a vote. Therefore I’m reposting all of the reviews and features with artwork or full-stories from the book. Give it a look if you have the time, pick up the book at your local comic shop, bookstore, or library if you feel so inclined, and then make up your mind

1 – The first page of every story in Postcards
2 – Publisher’s Weekly preview of Stuart Moore and Michael Gaydos’ Tic-Tac-Bang-Bang
3 – Comic Book Resources’ preview of Tom Beland’s Time

And then go vote in the Eisner’s. Even if you don’t vote for Postcards there are a still a lot of nominees that deserve your love.


And in case you wanted to see some of our bigger reviews, head on over to USA Today, Daily Candy, Ain’t it Cool News, Bookslut , Washington Post, and the 2007 Kirkus Reviews’ Graphic Spotlight.



Friday, April 18, 2008 by Jason
I want you all to go check out the production blog for Postcards' creator Matt Dembicki's new anthology, Trickster. The book pairs Native American storytellers with comic artists to tell traditional trickster stories and the resulting book is looking absolutely amazing. Some images below:





Thanks Again...

Thursday, April 17, 2008 by Jason


Well, that was a nice surprise.

Monday, April 14, 2008 by Jason
I got the news of the nomination on Friday and I’ve been dying to talk about it. I told a few people, of course. My parents, Robin, and my friends Gennaro and Marcelo. Some of my DC Conspiracy crew. Some of the guys from the book. And I called up Tony Fleecs’ mom to tell her the good news, as well.

Feel free to listen to that little exchange. Oh, and I guess I also told Robin’s family. And some of the other people I’m currently working with on other projects. And I might have mentioned it to everyone that was sitting at a bar in Boston on Saturday. And Sunday. And a couple of my friends in DC. Like, all of them.

Ok, so I guess I didn’t really wait to talk about it. At least I didn’t post anything online.

But, look, I’m excited. I mean, really excited. This book started as a labor of love over two years ago. I got folks on-board quickly and they put a lot of energy into their stories. I put a lot of it together intending to self-publish it. Random House came along and picked it up but instead of simply handing it off I shook a lot of hands and did a lot of press and tried to get folks excited about this book.

It’s just nice, at the end of all that, to be nominated for the crème-de-la-crème of comic awards. I now know why people say it’s an honor to be nominated.

The other anthologies nominated this year are all top notch. Best American Comics, 24Seven, 5, and Mome. You know it’s a good year for anthologies when Popgun, Flight, and Hotwire Comix didn’t get a nomination. So, I’m honored – thanks to the judges and to all the folks that supported the book. See you all in San Diego!


The Drunken Wine Critic: The Website

Thursday, February 14, 2008 by Jason
Completely smashed video and text reviews of the wines you could actually find in your local shop. Check it out, link it, love it, pass it around. Here's just a taste of what you should expect to see...


Counter Culture

Monday, January 21, 2008 by Jason
Saturday was our third annual Counter Culture Festival and it was quite the success. We had 35 vendors selling their wares between 4 and 8, followed by the Cheeky Monkey Sideshow, Belladonna the Belly Dancer, and six live bands. The place was PACKED and it seems like everyone sold well.

There was some drama, of course, as Dremo's started charging a cover at 8PM. We weren't happy about that, obviously, but what does Dremo's care? They're closing in a week. Anyway, we heard some fantastic little quotes from the manager justifying the cover and we just had to let it go. It's too bad too, I loved that place.

But, that aside, I think most people had fun and I'm in the process of putting together a little video from the show (UPDATE: Now with the final video)

We're officially homeless now - The DC Conspiracy and the Counter Culture Festival begins looking for a new place to host us starting next month. Hopefully we can find a place with the same combination of ambiance, size, and metro-accessibility that doesn't mind the fact that we bring in around twenty to thirty people once a month for a full night of eating and drinking and 500-1000 people once a year for more of the same.

Oh, and I had happy customers:


Washington DC Counter Culture Festival is Tomorrow!

Friday, January 18, 2008 by Jason
Who: Local artists from all media, sponsored by the DC Conspiracy.

What: Selling wares throughout the day and following it up with the Cheeky Monkey Sideshow, Belladonna the Belly Dancer, and live music (American Sinner, Stupyd Cow, Boats to Tangier, Lucky Dub, Blondsai, and Schaffer the Darklord).

Where: Dr. Dremo’s (http://www.drdremos.com)
2001 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington VA 22201

When: Vendors from 4-8PM
Sideshow and belly dancers from 8-9PM
Six live bands starting at 9PM

Admission: Free, must be 21+

More info: Check out the DC Conspiracy website (http://www.dcconspiracy.com) for a full list of who’ll be attending. Also, it’s important to note that this is the NEXT TO LAST weekend that Dr. Dremo’s will be open. So please come by and send it off right.


Eximious Critique

Thursday, January 17, 2008 by Jason
Robin registered me in a wine class for my 30th birthday. I'm making an honest effort to become more comfortable with commenting on wines. It started off just fine but by the time I got to wine #7 my thoughts on the wines I were tasting moved further away from the traditional.


It makes me think I should run my own wine blog but only critique the 8th or 9th wine I drink...