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Video: Batton Lash’s Pre-Release Party for New ‘Supernatural Law’ Book

Comickaze Hosts San Diego Cartoonists Book Signing

Above: Batton Lash at his SUnday book signing.

Yesterday, Comickaze hosted a pre-release party for San Diego-based artist and writer Batton Lash, who signed copies of his new "Supernatural Law" book, "The Monsters Meet at Court Street."

This is Batton Lash's first new "Supernatural Law" book in four years. "Supernatural Law" is a comic strip, comic book, and web series. In addition to "Supernatural Law," Lash, wrote "Archie Meets The Punisher," and many Simpsons projects for Bongo. COmics are such a large and growing part of the entertainment industry that I thought it was appropriate to cover comics new here on Cinema Junkie -- even though "Supernatural Law" has yet to make it to the big screen. But Lash did have some tales about Hollywood's attempts to bring it to the big and small screen. Renne Russo was one of the actresses he mentioned but the comic remains unfilmed as of yet.

Here's a video from the event.

Evening Edition

Above: KPBS arts reporter attended Batton Lash's book signing for "The Monsters Meet at Court Street" at Comickaze.

Robert Scott of Comickaze hosted the event on Sunday, "We're here today to celebrate the release of the "Monsters Meet on Court Street," which is Batton Lash's first new "Supernatural Law Collection" in four years."

Aired 9/12/12 on KPBS News.

Yesterday, Comickaze hosted a pre-release party for San Diego-based artist and writer Batton Lash, who signed copies of his new "Supernatural Law" book, "The Monsters Meet at Court Street." Check out the video.

Michael D. Hamersky of ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com was there as a fan: "I'm here at Batton Lash's release party for his newest book, it's the sixth book in the "Supernatural Law" series. It looks pretty good and it's a good turnout here today."

Batton Lash explains the low down on his comic: "'Supernatural Law' is about my two lawyers, Alanna Wolff and Jeff Byrd, who are counsels of the macabre and their practice consists of the supernatural and the supernaturally afflicted. So who's scarier than Dracula, his attorneys. 'The Monsters Meet at Court Street' is exactly what it says, there's a lot of monsters in here including a mad scientist who finds the perfect woman but in another dimension, the only problem is the zoning laws are preventing him from continuing this relationship so this is where Wolf and Bird come in. And here, everyone loves a talking gorilla, here is Wolf and Bird have a gorilla client, the proverbial 800 pound gorilla, who's unhappy with the legal services, and the name of that story is 'The Appeal of the 800 Pound Gorilla.' So as you can see we have a lot of fun with the series."

Scott adds, "I think it's really important, one for the creators to meet the public and see who's reading their work. It's also I think important for the fans to be able to put a face to the names on the credit pages. A lot of people still think that comics are made automatically from computers or something like that so it's nice for them to actually see all the people that are doing the hard work."

Lash agrees, "Events like this are very important and I think we hooked in a few newbies."

Batton Lash with fan and blogger Michael D. Hamersky.

Beth Accomando

Above: Batton Lash with fan and blogger Michael D. Hamersky.

"It brings in people that normally would not go into a comic book shop, that are buying these basically online, it helps bring people into the local comic bookshops," says Hamersky.

"It's great to be able to put a hometown hero spin on things where people don't realize that maybe their next door neighbor is working in an industry that they enjoy," says Scott.

Lash concludes, "The comics industry it's very much what Dickens once said, 'It's the best of times, it's the worst of times,' I think there's probably more quality material out there in comics than ever before that's the good news. The bad news is sales are just not what they should be everyone, I think people, cartoonists, whether they are writers or artists, are compelled to create so they do what they can to get going but it's an industry that's been hanging by its thumbs for years now and I think personal events at comic book stores and conventions are very important because when the general public comes in they just see the wealth of material that the comics medium offers, I mean there's a comic for every stripe, every age, I mean every topic, and the more people find out what a really wonderful medium this is, I think they'll be hooked."

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