I thought I’d mentioned this here, but turns out I completely forgot. Tomorrow, from 1-4PM on Saturday, August 27th, I’ll be doing a signing at Rogues Gallery in Round Rock. But I won’t be alone!
I’ll be signing alongside the stalwart Matthew Sturges and the debonaire Kristian Donaldson. That’s three, three, THREE Vertigo creators for the price of one! (Or, in other words, “free.”) Some come on by, why don’t you?
August 26th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
This coming Friday, August 19th, I’ll be doing a store signing for the good peopel of Captain Blue Hen Comics in Newark, Delaware. Joining me is the lovely and talented Chrissie Zullo, the artist who’s made the covers of both Cinderella miniseries look so fantastic.
Hey, remember when I used to update my blog more than once every two or three months? Yeah, those were good times.
Seems like these days I only post something new here when I’m announcing that I’m going to be at some convention or store signing or something. Sheesh…
Speaking of which, have I mentioned that I’ll be at Baltimore Comic-Con, August 20th and 21st?
I did the Baltimore Comic-Con for the first time last year, and it immediately became one of my favorite conventions. I have every confidence that this year will be just as good. If you’re going to be there, come by and say howdy. And if you’re in the area and aren’t already planning to go, then why the heck not?
I’m doing signings on Saturday and Sunday at the BOOM! Studios booth from 1PM-2PM, and Saturday from 3PM-4PM I’ll be on the Legion of Super-Heroes panel with a bunch of guys who have way more reason to be up there than I do.
August 13th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
I attend a fair number of comic conventions in any given year, but I have to say that HeroesCon is my absolute favorite. And it’s just a few days away! If you’re going to be there, come by and say howdy, why don’t you?
I’ll be set up at table AA-608 (right next to my collaborator on Starborn, Khary Randolph, as it happens!), and I’ll also be doing a panel on Saturday afternoon.
1:30 PM : Heroes Discussion Group #32—Cinderella-From Fabletown with Love Room 207BCD
Please schedule your weekend properly so you will have time to join writer Chris Roberson and cover artist, Charlotte’s own Chrissie Zullo as they discuss everyone’s favorite secret agent and shoe provocateur. At last year’s HeroesCon we discussed Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall. This will be the perfect follow-up.
Copies of the book will be available after the discusion for brief signing.
If I’m not at my table or at that panel, I’ll be in line at Starbucks, outside having a cigarette, or having a drink in the hotel bar, so come and try to find me there.
Many apologies for my long silence, everybody. It’s been… sheesh, two months since I last posted to my blog. Oy.
Well, I’ll try to be a bit more timely with the updates in future, and today I’ve got an update that’s especially timely. Tomorrow, May 7th, is Free Comic Book Day, when comic shops all over the place give out scads of new comics for free. Most of the free offerings are introductory issues, “jumping-on points” as they’re called. And there’s one point in particular that I hope you consider jumping on.
This summer sees the launch of a new 12 issue miniseries that represents a dream come true for me, Elric: The Balance Lost. As an ardent fan of the works of Michael Moorcock for the better part of three decades, the chance to add a tiny bit to the continuing story of the Eternal Champion and the Multiverse is, well, it’s a dream come true. And with art by Francesco Biagini and colors by Stephen Downer, the series is going to look amazing.
A 10-page prologue to Elric: The Balance Lost is one of BOOM! Studios offerings for Free Comic Book Day, so if you’re on the fence about picking up the series this summer, you can get the free prologue and try it on or size. Heck, you can even read the first few pages right now online and decide if you want to pick up the free thing tomorrow. What do you have to lose?!
And if you’re in the Austin area and want to get a free copy defaced by me, I’ll be signing at Austin Books & Comics from 10AM to 5PM. Come on by and say howdy, why don’t you?
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here, but I’ll be in Seattle this weekend for the Emerald City Comic Convention. I went last year for the first time and had a BLAST, so I’m really looking forward to it.
If you’re going to the show and are interested in tracking me down for any reason (unless, you know, I owe you money or something), here’s where I can be found.
While Kickstarter is an excellent tool to get great comics like Rocket Girlfunded and brought into the world, every once in a while, someone ruins the party and makes it harder to want to back projects.
This is the story of deantrippe‘s Something Terrible.
Something Terrible, by deantrippe, is an excellent story of why comics are important and save us with tales of overcoming great obstacles and doing our best to help each other out. It’s digital-only and 99 cents!
On January 3rd, 2014, Trippe launched a Kickstarter project to fund both a hard- and softcover print edition. Fans excitedly threw money at their screens and the project was backed in a single day, eventually reaching 1,768 backers and pulling in nearly 8x the goal ($48,269).
This post raises important issues. I’m a backer of ST, and all my interactions with Dean Trippe have been good ones (disclosure - we follow eachother on twitter, though I dont know if we’re mutuals on tumblr). I get that delays happen, I get that life happens. I happen to believe Mr. Trippe when he says there was an emotional toll to hearing people’s stories. The thing is, though, you need to update people. Frequently. Openly. And if folks want refunds…you need to give those to them, out of pocket if necessary. (I think a good financial disclosure model is Erika Moen’s Oh Joy Sex Toy! kickstarters - she and her husband released detailed reports after they were funded explaining exactly where every dollar was going, all in the name of transparency. Like Trippe, Moen’s project was a print version of existing webcomics, with some bonus supplemental material; i think all projects should do that, there should not be any of this “it’s my discretion to spend your money on X” bullshit especially if you aren’t delivering your product on time).
FWIW, I reached out to Mr. Trippe just yesterday to ask about ST and when he thought it would arrive. He said he’d hired a fulfillment company to handle shipping and that things would start moving again in a couple more weeks or so. It was a very prompt and polite response.
I shouldn’t have to reach out and ask. And the experience has made me wary of which kickstarters I back. For sake of comparison, Greg Rucka did a KS a couple years ago for the first print edition of his webcomic, Pirates of the Iaeffable Aether. It was super hella delayed. Literally, everything that could go wrong went wrong. issues with the printing, overextending themselves with the stretchgoals, then when all the materials were finally correct and together, his father passed away and he had to deal with that. Shipping was carried out by him, his family, and some friends, so it took a long time. It was frustrating for backers, but through it all, Greg was very forthcoming with frequent updates, very apologetic, and very responsive to fans.
For every 5 good KS’s I back, there seems to be a bad one. I’ve become more discriminating in what to look for. If other people are paying you for a product, essentially paying you to make your dream happen, you owe them. They’re your stakeholders. There’s zero incentive to do future business with you if you can’t be transparent, especially about mistakes. It’s upsetting to hear that Mr. Trippe has not delivered on fan commissions, and been unresponsive to people. As I said, I got a response from him just yesterday. He’s a very nice man, and my conversations with him at conventions have always been very pleasant. But this article raises legitimate questions and points about the way KS operates in general, and the way people should treat their backers.
As someone who has been duped by Dean Trippe, so deceived we allowed him and his family to live in our house for 8 months so he could get back on his feet and not be homeless. Our generosity was repayed with him not doing the work that was commissioned and sleeping all day. So I doubt this will have a happy ending for the supporters of this Kickstarter.
This is not a man to be trusted. I wouldn’t believe anything that he has to say.
âSo, thereâs a couple reasons. The first is that itâs literally my job, and I am very, very lucky that âoverthinking thingsâ is something that I get to do every day - for both fun and to, like, pay for food that goes in my body. So that is rad as hell.
The second is that - I mean, Idea Channel has tons and tons of goals, I want to do many many things with it - but one of the things that I get really, really excited about doing is deepening your experience of the world. And I think we have a fair amount of common understanding that it is useful and worthwhile to deepen our experience of media and culture; thatâs a familiar idea. Itâs one that doesnât have as wide purchase as the understanding that knowing about science or mathematics and all those related things will deepen your experience of the world, but it is one that is familiar.
I think that there is less of a widespread understanding that everyday things like hotels, transportation, road trips, manufacturing, design, etc etc, are worthy of critical thinking, that they repay deep thought. But I think that they really do, because of the [very] reason they are everyday things, that you interact with stuff like hotels, you know, if not constantly, then pretty frequently; you interact with technology all the time. And if you have a deep understanding of those things, if you are able to have critical thought, or think deeply about them, then you can have such a deep experience of your everyday life. And man, that is so much fun, and itâs really powerful.
I promise that with practice, what you perceive as overthinking eventually just becomes thinking. And when that is the case, when you can move through the world, and you can have this experience of it where youâre just pushing back the layers of things that you think of as being natural, or obvious, the world becomes a different place. And it becomes an awesome place.