A year ago, I “published” THE BLACK WELL. To commemorate that oh-so-fateful day, and because it’s vaguely horror-themed (happy Halloween, folks), you can now download it free, because why not. Pay what you want, if you want.
You can still read it online for free, too. Or buy it cheap from pretty much anywhere; Comixology, Print-on-demand, etc.
It’ll be free all day today. Or until next week, or whenever I remember to change it back. But grab it if you like, and throw a few dollars my way if you care. Thanks!
You know using tumblr has been worthwhile when The McKittrick likes your post. Best notification ever.
Ample enough justification for a return visit, right? Right.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the good fortune to attend this year’s XOXO Festival. It was fun and fascinating and others have written far more eloquently about it than I could, so I won’t even try.
Above, though, is my contribution to XOXO Makes a Book, one of my favorite parts of the conference. Though I was a relatively early Kickstarter adopter, I missed the first "Makes a Book" project, but have always loved the idea — pledge to contribute a page, get a copy of the book. This time the whole thing was made over the course of the conference, assembled in the on-site Kickstarter Lab, and contributors could pick up the book at the closing party. Really fun. I’d love to do a similar sort of anthology project specifically for comics someday.
It was an enjoyable challenge to write and draw a full comics page in a day, while watching the conference talks, then run to a copy shop to scan & clean it up before that evening’s deadline. I took a little extra time this week to clean it up some more and add some XOXO-appropriate color. Enjoy…
This Weekend: SPX!
Above, the cover(s) of a new mini-comic I’m in the midst of inking, which I’ll have on hand at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD (or North Bethesda, more accurately). Haven’t been to SPX in a few years, and haven’t exhibited in even longer. It’s my favorite small press comics show, so I’m excited to be back behind a table there again. I’ll have that new mini-comic, my book The Black Well, some prints, and maybe a few other odds and ends. Sharing my table will be one Mr. Fred Chao — come on by, why don’t you?
Special note to cartoonists in attendance who are interested in creating a Kickstarter project: I’d love to talk to you about it! I work at Kickstarter as a Project Specialist (fancy title, right?), and would be happy to answer any questions you might have, offer advice if you’d like it, or just generally chat about comics and Kickstarter (and whatever else, really). So please do come by table F3 and say hello…
After what seems an eternity, I’ve finally finished a whopping one new page of comics. I think it took about two months. Yikes.
Anyway, it’ll be in this incredible-sounding Little Nemo tribute book, coming next year from Locust Moon Comics. I’m in unbelievable company in this book (just look at that list of contributors!); a million thanks to Locust Moon for inviting me to join them.
Above, a few tiny glimpses at what my strip contains, along with some in-progress pencils I’d posted on twitter along the way, just for fun. Tried something new with this strip, sort of a mashup (if you’ll pardon the term) of Nemo, my own comics, Hitchcock / du Maurier, and current semi-obsession Sleep No More. I have no idea if it amounts to anything in the end, but it was pretty fun to draw.
Is that all there is? For the moment, yes.
Psst! Hey, Canada. Want to start a Kickstarter project? Soon, very soon!
I know there are loads of great cartoonists in Canada, and I can’t wait to see all the new Comics projects I’m hoping will make me even busier at work…
If you’re in NYC on June 6th and thinking about possibly running a Kickstarter project, come to the second Kickstarter Open House! Kickstarter staff and successful project creators will be around to hang out and chat about whatever project ideas you have, big or small. Our first event in February was a blast, so we’d be thrilled to see you in June!
I’ll be there! How about you?
THE INFINITE CORPSE launched this week, and I’m honored to have a strip in there (that’s it up above). So many incredible cartoonists contributed to this sucker. I’m looking forward to reading ‘em all. The website is pretty terrific, too — this may be the first responsive online comic I’ve seen. So good.
Go on, see what Corpsey is up to…
Hey, Portland! Do you like independent comics and Kickstarter? I’ll be moderating a panel on that very subject at the Stumptown Comics Festival on Sunday, April 28 at 2pm. Come hear what Matt Bors, Dylan Meconis, and Spike Trotman have to say — it’ll be a fun and fascinating discussion.
I’ll be walking around the festival all weekend, so if you’d care to talk comics and Kickstarter with me, your friendly neighborhood Comics Project Specialist, just look for the awkward bald dude with the Kickstarter tote bag and say hello!
THE BLACK WELL — Now on Comixology!
Been reading some comics on the Comixology iPad app lately, and it’s a pretty nice experience, so I’m glad to have my little book available there now. It’s available for just about any digital platform you like now — Kindle, iBooks, Nook, or straight from me. Print versions, too, should you prefer paper.
Thus ends this Thursday morning spam session. Now go read some comics!