Hello, my dears!
Great news – up until now, my publication library (Bite Me!, Family Man Volume I, Danse Macabre 2.0, and Outfoxed) has only been available to retail stores and individual customers on request, mailed or delivered by yours truly, or in sold in person at conventions.
This means that plenty of great retailers, library systems and the readers they serve haven’t had the chance to get their claws on any of my work in print.
Now my work is finally available through Diamond, the premier distributor of fine comics to the North America and the UK. I didn’t expect to be listed in Previews, the publication Diamond provides to store buyers, until January, but I’ve made it in a month early!
If you’re a reader and you frequent a local comics shop and have been waiting to buy a copy of any of my books, now is an important and fabulous time to ask your retailer to order them! Tell your friendly vendor to place an order using these codes:
- Bite Me!: DEC141682
- Danse Macabre 2.0: DEC141683
- Family Man Volume I: DEC141684
- Outfoxed: DEC141685
If you’re a book-buyer for a comics retailer, you can find my books listed in December Previews under Toonhound Studios. Be sure to check out all the offerings from the Toonhound Studios artists – we’re a small group of independent creators who work together every day, and teaming up to distribute our creator-owned works is a no-brainer. Final order cut-off is December 27, and re-orders go into January.
If you buy books for a library system, school, or bookstore, you can now order my books directly through Ingram! Diamond partners with Ingram for nationwide distribution, so you can add us to your order along with that special movie tie-in edition of Shades of Grey.
This early release is a great holiday gift for me – I hope you all will enjoy it as well!
I have a new t-shirt design up in the PvP/TableTitans shop at WeLoveFine! Perfect for your favorite social activist/dungeon-crawler. If you missed it when it sold out at GenCon and PAX Prime, it’s available online!
Detail from Page 273 of Family Man.
That’s it for this scene in Family Man – I hope you all didn’t too much mind the brief detour. Next week we’ll see some protagonists again!
Happy Thanksgiving week to my fellow Americans; I recommend this unlikely vegetarian gravy recipe, which has beaten out meat gravies (even amongst committed carnivores) every year at the table since I started making it. It is terrible for you, and thank goodness for that.
Meanwhile, in book news! Last week I received some advance copies of the final books from the Kickstarter project. The rest are slowly steaming their way across the ocean, but here are some pictures in the meantime! The books will be on sale to the general public no later than the New Year.
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Just a little transition page! Good timing for me to have a simpler page this week, since I am pretty dang tired out from all the last-minute excitement of the Kickstarter project. It was a huge success – 808 backers for a total of $36444 (over 240% of the original $15000 I asked for).
I’m loopy with gratitude. It will take a good long while for those funds to translate from operating funds into any serious income, but being able to publish three books without major financial risk is quite a gift for a small businessperson like yours truly. And I’m excited for what it means for volume two of Family Man.
I’m grateful to Kickstarter for providing a clever, fun and intuitive platform. While I don’t think it’s the perfect system for every project, this has been a great experience for me and a wonderful way to play with longtime readers and attract some new ones, as well. And now I’m very much enjoying the newfound peace and quiet of my post-project inbox, and taking great pleasure in all the fiddly art and pre-press work that I have left before it turns into a whole bunch of books.
All the progress I make on that front will be restricted to backers of the project from here until I start getting physical proofs, but before the project finished I did post a single rough version of the first page from the new Bite Me! short story that will be appearing in the anniversary-edition (PDF and print). Posted below for your perusal and enjoyment!
It’s been desperately fun to revisit these characters, and the process of putting the grey washes down digitally – while figuring out how to retain the very hand-done character of the original – delights me.
A number of people have written to me expressing dismay that they didn’t come across the project until after it had closed. Don’t worry! I’ll be selling copies of the books produced for quite some time, and they’ll go on sale to the general public towards the end of October; the extras (prints, patches, bookplates etc) are the only things exclusive to project backers. I’ll let you all know when the new books are available for purchase!
I’ll see you all next week – when we find out what Ariana is waking up to…
What a busy week it’s been! Here’s a quick round-up of all the excitement.
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And, over in the Land of the Kickstarter, we’ve cracked $23.5k (less than $1500 to go until fox patches!) and an amazing 511 backers. That is beyond spectacular.
Here are some of the inked pages for the new Bite Me!
short story. This has been unspeakable amounts of fun! And it’s rare that I do a book-exclusive story (this sucker won’t go up on the regular internets) so I feel very mysterious.
I’m also finishing up design work for the Outfoxed print edition. One of the things I’m happiest about is a repeating pattern that will appear on the inside covers. It’s a whole panoply of laundry from the story!
You can download a desktop wallpaper of this pattern by visiting the Kickstarter version of this post.
And, lastly (for now), I’m putting together the spreads for the Danse Macabre 2.0 book! That means I get to write nasty little revenge ditties like this one. I live in Portland, so this one was especially satisfying.