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COMMON GROUNDS TPB (Nov 2004) Image Comics

cover:  Rodolfo Migliari
Date: Nov 2004
Cover Price: $14.99


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    News: Troy Hickman Writes City of Heroes

    May 25, 2005 05:35 am
    Troy Hickman Writes City Of Heroes
    Posted: Tuesday, May 24
    Posted By: Mike Storniolo

    Troy Hickman (Common Grounds) has been selected by Top Cow Productions to write the next story arc of City of Heroes, the comic book co-venture with NCsoft and Cryptic Studios based on the massive online multi-player computer game. Hickman's run starts with City of Heroes #4 in August, following Mark Waid's three part story arc.

    "Troy's Common Grounds stories took the superhero genre into new directions. His City of Heroes pitch was amazing, and added incredible humanity and depth to our characters," says Jack Emmert, creative director of Cryptic Studios and lead designer on City of Heroes.

    "I've been playing the City of Heroes online game for a while now," said Hickman. "And it's absolutely addictive! It allows me to do one of the things I enjoy in comics: finding a new way to bring out the nuances of a character and really delve into their humanity. I think that's what is at the heart of my Common Grounds stuff, and hopefully I'll be bringing the same sensibilities to City of Heroes."

    Hickman and Common Grounds were also nominated for two 2005 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, and the acknowledgment for Hickman's story-telling gives Top Cow, NCsoft and Cryptic great confidence for the future of City of Heroes in the comic book form.

    Common Grounds was collected in trade paperback form in December 2004 by Top Cow Productions. Common Grounds is written by Hickman and boasts artistic talents of industry greats including: Chris Bachalo, Dan Jurgens, George Perez, and Ethan Van Sciver, to name a few. "It's really gratifying to see the kind of life these stories have had, going from my obscure photocopied mini-comics to being drawn by the biggest names in comicdom, to being nominated for a couple of Eisners," says Hickman.

    News: 2005 Eisner Nominations Named

    April 15, 2005 07:19 am
     From Newsarama, thanks to Troy Hickman
    posted 04-14-2005 04:54 PM by MattBrady

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    DC and its various imprints racked up the most company nominations, with 22 full nominations and shares of several others. The nominations for Ex Machina and Planetary give DC’s WildStorm imprint 7 full nominations, while DC’s Vertigo line has 11 full nominations, including multiples for Y the Last Man, Fables, WE3, and the graphic novel It’s a Bird. Dark Horse, boosted by the four mentions each for Powell and Sakai, has 16 full nods plus several partial ones. Image did well with 10 nominations, including two each for Doug TenNapel’s graphic novel Tommysaurus Rex and the Troy Hickman anthology Common Grounds.


    Best Short Story
    “Eve O’ Twins,” by Craig Thompson, in Rosetta 2 (Alternative)
    “Glenn Ganges: Jeepers Jacobs,” by Kevin Huizenga, in Kramer’s Ergot 5 (Gingko Press)
    “God” (story on wrap-around dust jacket) by Chris Ware, in McSweeney’s Quarterly #13 (McSweeney’s)
    “The Price,” by Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli, in Creatures of the Night (Dark Horse Books)
    “Unfamiliar,” by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson, in The Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft (Dark Horse Books)
    “Where Monsters Dine,” by Troy Hickman, Angel Medina, and Jon Holdredge, in Common Grounds #5 (Top Cow/Image)

    Best Anthology
    Common Grounds, by Troy Hickman and others, edited by Jim McLauchlin (Top Cow/Image)
    The Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft, edited by Scott Allie (Dark Horse Books)
    The Matrix Comics, vol. 2, edited by Spencer Lamm (Burlyman)
    McSweeney’s Quarterly #13, edited by Chris Ware (McSweeney’s)
    Michael Chabon Presents The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, edited by Diana Schutz and David Land (Dark Horse)

    News: Product Update For Common Grounds TPB

    November 22, 2004 08:19 pm
     From Diamond
    Product Updates
    week of 11/22/2004


    The Common Grounds TP (SEP041574), solicited and invoiced at a cover price of $19.99, shipped with a printed cover price of $14.99, which is the book's correct price.

    News: Hickman Writing On Common Grounds

    November 12, 2004 06:14 pm
     From Pulse
    posted 11-12-2004 01:59 PM


    THE PULSE: The story with Blackwatch and Commander Power had one of those endings that makes you immediately want to read it all over again. What inspired you to write it?
    TROY HICKMAN: That story, "Time of Their Lives", is a really pivotal story in the Common Grounds mythos. The events in it have major repercussions throughout CG continuity. As far as the inspiration, I've always had an interest in aging heroes and villains, and in stories like this and "Glory Days" I try to explore what that would have to be like. It's also a story about perceptions, and about how a single moment, a single mistake, can unravel the fabric of our lives.

    THE PULSE: Yeah, "Glory Days" was really well done. George Perez's art was truly amazing!
    HICKMAN: Amazing is the word for it. Isn't that the most beautiful thing you've ever laid your eyes on? Ha, I realize I sound gushy, but y'know, I started reading George's stuff when he started doing it professionally, back in Creatures on the Loose #33, I believe it was, and since that day, there's probably not a artist in this business I would have rather had draw one of my stories. It is, and will always be, one of the great joys of my life. Within a year, I went from a guy folding and stapling his own mini-comics to one with a comic on the stands drawn by Mr. George Perez! Geez ... life, y'know?

    News: Common Grounds on Diamond List

    November 09, 2004 12:01 am
     From Diamond

    Image Comics
    Shipping This Week: November 10, 2004
    Monday, November 08, 2004 11:14:12 AM

    The following products are expected to ship to comic book specialty stores this week. Note that this list is tentative and subject to change. Please check with your retailer for availability.

    SEP041574 COMMON GROUNDS TP $19.99

    News: Common Grounds TPB To Hit Stores Nov 10

    November 05, 2004 07:21 am
     From Pulse, thanks to Troy Hickman
    posted 11-03-2004 09:40 PM by PulseJenC

    Dear Comic Reader of the World,

    Hey. All apologies for not making this a “formal” kinda press release, but… waitasec. Why should I apologize for that? Who really likes press releases? They’re the speed limit signs of life. They’re just kinda “there,” and nobody really pays attention to ’em, right?

    Anyhoo, a word or 417 about Common Grounds. The paperback collecting the acclaimed 6-issue Top Cow mini-series written by Troy Hickman hits Your Local Comic Store on Nov. 10. How acclaimed? Hey…

    • This is the book that Guillermo del Toro called “Endearing, moving, and painfully human!”

    • This is the book that Mark Waid called “Very clever, very sharp, and surprisingly poignant!”

    • This is the book that caused Joe Quesada to say, “You guys are on to something with this Hickman cat—he could be the surprise hit of the year!”

    • This is the book that caused Troy’s own mom to ponder, "So what is it you do with these comic books? You type the words into the bubbles above their heads?"

    Aside from that, Common Grounds is an artistic tour de force. Thirteen stories reside within the pages of the paperback, illustrated by George Pérez, Ethan van Sciver, Chris Bachalo, Carlos Pacheco, Sam Kieth, Michael Avon Oeming, Angel Medina and Dan Jurgens. A veritable galaxy of stars!

    But more than anything, this is a passion project, both for myself and Troy Hickman. I first encountered Troy in Artist’s Alley at Wizard World Chicago, hawking hand-stapled issues of Kinko’s-copied mini-comics. Troy’s stories were—and still are—told with passion. And depth. And feeling. And above all, humanity. It’s been a pleasure to bring these stories to life in Common Grounds. Many have already tasted of this heady brew in the original issues. Word-of-mouth has spread, as fan has told fan. Now, it’s your opportunity to get ’em all, in one place at one time. I suggest you do.

    Okay, promise kept: This wasn't your typical press release. But then, Common Grounds is not your typical comic book.

    Jim McLauchlin
    Editor-in-Chief, Top Cow Productions

    News: Diamond Covers Common Grounds TPB

    September 14, 2004 12:00 am
     From Diamond
    Common Grounds Comes Together for New TP
    week of 9/13/2004

    Troy Hickman's Common Grounds mini-series may be over, but the coffee-&-doughnut shop where good guys and bad guys take their time off is still open, and readers can order a hefty helping of heroes and villains this month in the Common Grounds TP (SEP041574, $19.99) from Image Comics/Top Cow Productions.

    Hickman began exploring the off-hours of super-beings in his original mini-comic Holey Crullers, which won him numerous admirers among critics, readers, and fellow creators. Common Grounds has expanded Hickman's readership base dramatically, and readers who haven't already done so should take advantage of this opportunity to examine the human sides of these superhumans.

    Written by Hickman and illustrated by a stellar line-up of superstar artists -- including Dan Jurgens, George Pérez, Carlos Pacheco, Ethan van Sciver, and others -- the 144-page collection will include all 13 stories from the mini-series, featuring memorable heroes, villains, monsters, and other beings in stories loaded with humor, heart, and poignancy. From Speeding Bullet to Grondar the Unbelievable Monster from Planet X, Common Grounds' menu of heroes and villains offers something for every readers' taste.

     August 26, 2004 01:39 pm | Common Grounds TPB
    From Comic Book Resources, thanks to Troy Hickman

    Image Comics
    by Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer
    Posted: August 25, 2004

    Image Comics has provided CBR News with covers and solicit information for product shipping November, 2004.

    Common Grounds Trade Paperback
    (W) Troy Hickman (Art) George Pérez, Carlos Pacheco, Ethan van Sciver, Dan Jurgens, Angel Medina, Sam Kieth. Chris Bachalo, Mike Oeming.

    You're read the 5-star reviews-now read the book! Writer Troy Hickman welcomes you to Common Grounds, where superheroes and villains kick back in their off-hours. A total of 13 tales of triumph and tragedy are lavishly illustrated by a galaxy of star artists!
    Full color 144 pages $19.99 trade paperback