Hey everyone. I thought it would be a good time to sort of give a State of the Union on the comic and where things are headed next.
First off the Kickstarter is completely finished. Which has been nice to get that off the plate and give much more attention to book 2’s production. Overall, that process went very smooth and everyone got their books and commissions in one piece.
The comic conventions and book shows have been fun to be a part of and the book has been well received at every show I’ve attended. It’s been one of my greatest joys in making these books in seeing kids pick up my book right in front of me, excited and tearing right through it. Getting emails weeks later from them saying how much they enjoy it, has been pretty surreal as well.
Sales of the book have been good over that time period, with us moving close to 100 copies sold separately from the Kickstarter campaign. But things have been pretty much dying out for the time being… The main issue being that the people who know me and my work for the most part have already purchased it. So I’m starting up the next phase of this whole process, centered around putting the book in front of more people.
The next area of focus for me is going to center on libraries and schools, and in general getting books into the hands of kids as much as possible. I have an announcement that I can make very soon that is very exciting for the book, which will make long strides in getting the books to kids nationwide. The remainder of my shows for the year are focused on book stores, book fairs and school visits, with one small local comic show thrown in.
I’ve mostly been learning that my primary audience are kids and I want to be in front of them as much as possible. My experience with comics specific events have not had quite the excitement around them that I find when I’m in a more book centered event.
And so for some news on book 2 progress. It’s coming along slowly but surely. I have had to pretty much slow down all work on commissions to be able to focus on my work with the book. Once all of the commission work is off my plate, hopefully I’ll see a very steady process of putting work behind me start to happen. Lots to share with on that in the coming months as things pick up. So stay tuned.