AdHouse Books

AdHouse Books is an independent comic book publisher based in Richmond, Virginia. It was founded in 2002 by graphic designer Chris Pitzer.

Adhouse is known primarily as a publisher of graphic novels, beginning with 2002's Pulpatoon: Pilgrimage, traditional comic book series, and art books, including James Jean's Process Recess;

AdHouse Books
FounderChris Pitzer
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationRichmond, Virginia
DistributionDiamond Book Distributors (books)[1]
Publication typesGraphic novels, Comic books

Graphic novels and one-shot comics

  • Project: Romantic (2006) Anthology, edited by Chris Pitzer
  • Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain by Debbie Huey
  • Noble Boy (2006) by Scott Morse, published by Red Window and distributed by AdHouse Books
  • The Preposterous Adventures of IronHide Tom (2006) by Joel Priddy
  • Project: Superior (2005) Anthology, edited by Chris Pitzer, Dean Haspiel and Scott Morse
  • Mort Grim (2005) by Doug Fraser
  • Bumperboy Loses His Marbles (2005) by Debbie Huey, distributed by AdHouse Books
  • Salamander Dream (2005) by Hope Larson
  • The Collected Sequential (2004) by Paul Hornschemeier
  • Return of the Elephant (2004) by Paul Hornschemeier
  • One Step After Another (2004) by Fermin Solis
  • FREE Comic Book Day Comic Book 2004 (2004) by Scott Morse, Joel Priddy, and Chris Pitzer
  • Southpaw (2004) by Scott Morse
  • Monkey & Spoon (2004) by Simone Lia
  • Project: Telstar (2004) Anthology, edited by Chris Pitzer
  • My Own Little Empire (2003) by Scott Mills
  • Pulpatoon Pilgrimage (2002) by Joel Priddy

Ongoing series

Art books

  • Pink, Vol. 1: GRRR! (2004) by Scott Morse
  • Pink, Vol. 2: Cheese (2004) by Jay Geldhof and Rob Ullman
  • Process Recess (2005) by James Jean


In 2004, AdHouse's Project: Telstar received Domtar Paper's Kudos Award for Excellence. The anthology was also nominated for several other awards, including Best Anthology and Special Award for Excellence in Presentation by the Harvey Awards, and Best Anthology and Best Publication Design by the Eisner Awards.

AdHouse's first publication, Pulpatoon Pilgrimage, won the 2002 Small Press Expo Ignatz Award for Outstanding Debut and the 2002 Ninth Art Lighthouse Award for Debut Book, and was nominated for a 2003 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel.


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Dean Trippe

Dean Trippe (born 24 September 1980) is a United States-based comic book artist and illustrator. Trippe graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Sequential Art in 2003.Trippe's early published work includes contributions to several comic anthologies, including You Ain't No Dancer and the 2005 FLUKE Anthology, as well as coloring for various publishers, including Viper Comics' The Middleman and Oni Press's Ghost Projekt. His primary work to date is the webcomic Butterfly, started in February 2005, the title character of which made his first print appearance in April 2006's Superior Showcase #1 from AdHouse Books.

Along with Jamie Dee Galey, Trippe was also one of the instigators of the 2005 Batgirl Livejournal Meme, which grew into a phenomenon of over 1000 artists contributing their own unique renditions of DC Comics' Batgirl. Following in this event, Trippe has become known for his stylish redesigns of popular American superhero characters, and went on to co-found with writer Chris Arrant, Project: Rooftop, a website devoted to original redesigns of classic American comic book characters.

Trippe collaborated with fellow comics creator Jason Horn on the short story, "Merman," for Image Comics' Comic Book Tattoo, the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning anthology graphic novel inspired by the songs of musician Tori Amos. His most recent published work was the graphic novel Power Lunch: Book 1: First Course, with writer J. Torres, for Oni Press.

Dean also started a very successful Kickstarter campaign early 2014 to publish his Something Terrible autobiographical comic on child abuse and sexual violence. After raising over $48,000 (the initial goal was set at $6,400), the project was distributed by Iron Circus Comics.

Doug Wright Award

The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning (established in December 2004) are literary awards handed out annually during the Toronto Comic Arts Festival to Canadian cartoonists honouring excellence in comics (including webcomics) and graphic novels published in English (including translated works). The awards are named in honour of Canadian cartoonist Doug Wright. Winners are selected by a jury of Canadians who have made significant contributions to national culture, based on shortlisted selections provided by a nominating committee of five experts in the comics field. The Wrights are handed out in three categories, "Best Book", "The Spotlight Award" (affectionately known as "The Nipper"), and, since 2008, the "Pigskin Peters Award" for non-narrative or experimental works. In addition to the awards, the organizers annually induct a cartoonist into the Giants of the North: The Canadian Cartoonist Hall Fame.

The Wright Awards are modeled after traditional book prizes, with the intention of drawing attention to the comics medium from a broad range of demographics inside and outside of its traditional fanbase. The Wrights have garnered acclaim as well as earning the support of a diverse range of participating artists and jurors including Scott Thompson, Don McKellar, Bruce McDonald, Jerry Ciccoritti, Bob Rae, Andrew Coyne, Sara Quin, Greg Morrison, Chester Brown, Lorenz Peter, and Nora Young.

Duncan the Wonder Dog

Duncan the Wonder Dog is a graphic novel by Adam Hines. It is the winner of a Xeric Grant and the 2011 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize. Duncan the Wonder Dog has garnered generally positive reviews since its release, with the New York Times calling it "ambitious, beautiful, [and] mystifying."It is the first of a planned nine-book series.

Graham Annable

Graham Annable (born June 1, 1970) is a Canadian cartoonist and animator. He is the creator of Grickle, published by Alternative Comics, and one of the founders of the Hickee humor anthology (also published by Alternative Comics). Annable has created works for the television, film, video game, and comic book industries.

Hope Larson

Hope Raue Larson (born 1982) is an American illustrator and cartoonist. Her main field is comic books.

Ignatz Award

The Ignatz Awards are intended to recognize outstanding achievements in comics and cartooning by small press creators or creator-owned projects published by larger publishers. They have been awarded each year at the Small Press Expo since 1997, only skipping a year in 2001 due to the show's cancellation after the September 11 attacks. As of 2014 SPX has been held in either Bethesda, North Bethesda, or Silver Spring, Maryland.

The Ignatz Awards are named in honour of George Herriman and his strip Krazy Kat, which featured a brick-throwing mouse named Ignatz.

James Jean

James Jean is a Taiwanese American visual artist, known for both his commercial work and fine art gallery work. He is known in the American comics industry as a cover artist for various books published by DC Comics, as well as for his work for Prada, ESPN and Atlantic Records. His work, which has been collected in numerous volumes, has been compared by The New York Times to that of Maxfield Parrish.


JetCat is a young female superhero who "flies like a jet, and fights like a cat", created by Jay Stephens (of Tutenstein and The Secret Saturdays fame), who first appeared in the weekly comic strip "Oddville!"beginning in 1994. The character resurfaced as the star of the 1997 Dark Horse Comics mini-series, "The Land Of Nod", which was later collected as the multiple Eisner-Award nominated 'The Land Of Nod Rockabye Book'. Jetcat next appeared in four animated shorts that aired in the third and final season of Nickelodeon's KaBlam!., which was nominated for an Annie Award. In 2001, Jetcat starred in a new comic book miniseries for Oni Press titled 'Jetcat Clubhouse', and returned to her original town of Oddville in the weekly comic strip series, 'Welcome to... Oddville!', which ran in the Toronto Star's Brand New Planet from 2003-2007. This was later collected into the complete 'Welcome to... Oddville!' book by Adhouse Books.

Jim Rugg

Jim Rugg (born February 1, 1977) is an American cartoonist and illustrator from Pittsburgh known for his tongue-in-cheek evocation of 1970s-era comics and pop culture. His graphic novels and comics collections include Street Angel, Afrodisiac, The P.L.A.I.N. Janes and Janes in Love, One Model Nation, and The Guild.

Rugg has also produced short comics for VH1, New York magazine, True Porn, Meathaus, Cinema Sewer, Strange Tales, the SPX Annual, Project: Superior, Dark Horse Presents, and the Next Issue Project.

Katie Skelly

Katie Skelly is an American comics artist and illustrator. She is best known for her graphic novels Nurse Nurse and Operation Margarine.

Mike Dawson (cartoonist)

Mike Dawson (born 1975) is a British-American cartoonist, known for his work on books such as Freddie & Me, Ace-Face and Gabagool!

Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier (born October 27, 1977) is an artist, author, and director based in Pasadena, California. He is known for his thought-provoking explorations of the layered complexities of human life in his work.

Paul Pope

Paul Pope (born September 25, 1970) is an American alternative comic book writer/artist. Pope describes his own influences (listed in his book P-City Parade) as Daniel Torres, Bruno Premiani, Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, Tony Salmons, Hugo Pratt, Silvio Cadelo, Vittorio Giardino, and Hergé.

Project Superior

Project: Superior is a comics anthology published by Adhouse Books in 2005 devoted to superheroes as done by cartoonists who specialized in non-superhero work.

Organized by AdHouse Books publisher Chris Pitzer, it was co-edited by Dean Haspiel and Scott Morse. Contributors include: Dean Haspiel, Scott Morse, Nick Abadzis, J.W Cotter, Mike Dawson, Farel Dalrymple, Jamie Tanner, Jeffrey Brown, Paul Hornschemeier, Gregory Benton, Joel Priddy, Paul Pope, Paul Rivoche, Ronnie del Carmen, Brian Wood, Tony Consiglio, R. Kikuo Johnson and Scott Campbell.

Ronnie del Carmen

Ronnie del Carmen (born December 31, 1959) is a Filipino animation writer, story artist, story supervisor and production designer. He co-directed and was one of the story writers for the 2015 Pixar film Inside Out, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He was the story supervisor on Pixar's tenth full-length computer-animated film, Up and directed its accompanying short film, Dug's Special Mission.

Salamander Dream

Salamander Dream (ISBN 0-9721794-9-6) is an original graphic novel by Hope Larson, her first, released by AdHouse Books in 2005. The story about a young girl and a magical salamander was inspired by Larson's youth playing in nature, and it was originally released as a webcomic.

Scott Campbell (artist)

Scott Campbell (born December 28, 1973), known professionally as Scott C., is an American artist and production designer, known for his work for LucasArts and Double Fine Productions.

Scott Morse

Scott Morse (sometimes known as C. Scott Morse or C. S. Morse) is an American animator, filmmaker, and comic book artist/writer.

Much of Morse's published work consists of stand-alone graphic novels, although he is perhaps best known for his 1997 epic series Soulwind, a story serialised in a sequence of graphic novels, which was nominated for both the Eisner and Ignatz awards.

THB (comics)

THB is a comic book series by Paul Pope.

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