3 Days Left To Fund Adamsville 2 On Kickstarter

We have just over 3 days left to fund the printing of Adamsville 2.  If you haven’t backed the campaign yet, PLEASE DO!  I need your support to make this book happen, and it won’t without your pre-orders.  There’s lots of options in the reward tiers for you all to get original art, sketches in your books, you can even be in the final book of the series running from monsters!

Please hop on over and give the campaign a look.  Thank you all so much and let’s do this!

 

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Adamsville Book 2 Kickstarter Launched!

Hey everyone!  Just a quick note that Adamsville book 2 is up on Kickstarter!  Please consider backing the campaign and helping me get this thing into print!   You can get to the campaign by going to WWW.GETTHISCOMIC.COM!

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Also, book 2 starts serializing on Webtoons next Saturday, November 7th!  I’ll be sure to post an update here, but Webtoons also has RSS built in now as well as a way to subscribe to the book through their system.  It updates every Saturday morning at 12AM EST.  Thank you all for reading my book and your support!  See ya soon!

Adamsville Business Phase No. 2 Begins

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.

Adamsville Part 9 Is Up Online! Plus Buy Book 1 On Sale For Next 2 Weeks!

page104ADAMSVILLE PART 9 is available to read online now!  Lots of big reveals in this part of the book.  Be sure to check it out!

And in celebration of the update, you can get buy a copy of the book as a PDF or a physical copy for 20% for the next two weeks only!

So if you haven’t gotten your copy yet, please consider swinging by and picking up a copy of it!

Thank you all so much for your support and remember you can also buy an unsigned copy through Amazon and receive FREE shipping through your Prime account!

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MegaCon And Adamsville Available On Amazon!

First and foremost!  You can now buy Adamsville on Amazon and you can get it through your Prime Account!  Free shipping through them you guys!  If you can, please a review for the book as well on the main product page.

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These copies are unsigned, so if you want a signed copy with a sketch you can get those through my online store!  Please spread the word and thank you so much for all of your support on this series.

Secondly! MEGACON!

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My friends Josh Ulrich, Stephen McCranie, Brian Russell and myself all went down to Orlando for MegaCon 2014!  It was a fantastic time.  The book did very well and it was so amazing to finally be on the other side of the table  at a convention.  I have been going to MegaCon since I was 15 or so and to finally be there and be an exhibitor was awesome.  All of us did well at the convention and got to spend some great time with our friends and talk about stories and comics.  Altogether a great time.

I didn’t get to take many pictures because I stayed very busy, but here are just a few shots from the weekend and a commission I did!

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Did you go to MegaCon?  If so did you have a good time?

First Convention/Book Show And NEWMAN!

So I’ve had my first show with Adamsville!  A couple weeks ago I attended the Amelia Book Festival!

It was a great day and we sold a number of copies of the book, actually making a profit on the day! Which is always awesome.  My daughter Story, who wrote our other book The Dragon Book & Other Stories, even came out and signed copies of her book that we gave away to every kid we could get them to.

It was  great experience and has me even more excited for MegaCon in Orlando, FL that is just a couple of weeks away.  If you happen to be in the Orlando area March 21-23 come to the con and say hello!

I’ve been getting so many kind emails and messages from you all, telling me how much you’ve enjoyed the book and your kids as well.  It’s been so encouraging.  And honestly agonizing as kids keep asking me when the next book will be out.  I am now in production on book 2, but it’s still very early in that process… I’m doing everything I can to get it out to you all as soon as I can.  I’m even considering ways I could raise the funds to help hire a colorist so I can essentially cut the work in half for me personally.  The idea of a Kickstarter this early in the process  kinda makes me nervous, since I tend to like to have my projects finished when I run these campaigns.  I wonder what your thoughts are though, so please share them with me!

NEWMAN KICKSTARTER FOR JOSH ULRICH  

Many of you might have remembered, or came here because of my friend Josh Ulrich and his project Jackie Rose.  Well he’s got a new campaign up and running!  It’s a pay what you want campaign to help him produce his digital comic NEWMAN. It’s costs as little as a dollar to get a ton of comics and it’s an awesome story.  So if you can, consider checking it out!

Book 1 Big Update and Upcoming Appearances

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This is a fantastic poster commission of my Kickstarter backers wanted for his school library.  I absolutely loved working on this and now I need to talk with him about using it for promotions myself! Lol

Well this post is coming on the end of fulfilling the first Adamsville Kickstarter.  It’s gone great so far.  The reaction the book has gotten has been very encouraging and so far the process itself, while exhausting, has gone smoothly.

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I sent out the last major shipment of books for the campaign today.  It took me all weekend to get everything in order and ready to go, but I worked like crazy and have this thing almost finished.  Just a few copies left to ship because I’m still needing responses from the backers.

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The Classified Editions of the book proved to be the biggest hurdle in general.  I had to write new pages of content which was actually super hard!  Because the packet contained spoilers for the rest of the series, but the challenge was I couldn’t give away anything TOO important!  In general I think it’s a pretty cool little packet with fun details for the those looking for a hint of what’s to come.

You can buy a Classified Edition of the book in the store as well! Just choose Classified Edition in the drop down.

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And lastly convention season is upon us!  Now that the Kickstarter is wrapping itself up, I am turning my focus to work on book 2 production, which should be getting much more fast and furious, and convention season.  I ordered a giant banner to sit behind me at the tables.  It was so cool to unroll that thing and see it!  Felt my professionalism go up like 19 notches, lol.  Whatever that means.

I created a page where you can view my appearances for this year.  For the most part I will be staying in Florida.  With the baby on the way this summer, I will be hanging close to home when the height of the convention season is in full swing.  But here’s where I will be over the next few months.  More will be added as I shore up the details.

2014 Appearances

Amelia Island Book Festival
Amelia Island, FL
February 22nd – 9AM-4PM
Admission is FREE
http://ameliaislandbookfestival.com/

University of North Florida Sequential Art Class
Museum of Modern Art – Jacksonville, FL
March 10th – 6PM-8:45PM

MegaConvention
Orlando, FL – Orange County Convention Center
March 21-23
Visit sire for Admission Prices and times
http://megaconvention.com/

More To Be Announced…

Well that’s it for my big update!  I hope you all have been doing well and THANK YOU all so much for your support and making this book a reality.  I hope you all join me as I launch into book 2.  Lots more fun stuff a coming.

Creating Chloe: Thoughts On A Girl’s Appearance

For those that are new to this comic, the central hero of book 1 in Adamsville is Chloe Johnson.  She’s a 12 year old basketball star. She’s popular at school and adored by the other hero of the story, Todd Frederick.  Here’s her being awesome:

page012I love her character.  She’s smart, brave, makes hard decisions and in the end she’s exactly the person she needs to be.  But one of the only things I have ever been criticized on with the art for Adamsville has been Chloe’s appearance.  Every so often I am given feedback from someone on how boyish she looks.  Or that she should be prettier.  I’ve had people tell me that if I dolled her up more I might sell more copies of the book or it would be more popular.

For a long time I took these comments to heart and would feel bad about it.  Mostly I would take it as an affront on my art and ability to draw.  I would feel like “maybe I just can’t draw a pretty girl.” And I mean, I’m just a humble artist trying to make his way in the world, what if I did maker her prettier?  Maybe I WOULD make more money. It made me feel very self conscious of myself and my character.  It’s hard to have someone call a character, you feel so fondly for, ugly  basically.

I don’t know what that means for “the success of my book” or if it “turns away readers.”  I would have no way to quantify that, but what it has done is make me think very soberly about the thing I see behind comments like this.  What I really feel when someone comments on her like this is “what kind of message are we sending our girls?”  What is going on that I should feel pressured to make Chloe a character that looks a certain way to help me sell books?

A friend of mine posted this up on Facebook and I was really touched and moved by its message. It really helped me see what this sort of message does to these beautiful young ladies and women in general:

 

This is a serious problem in general within our society.  I am a father to two young girls and they will be growing up with all sorts of insecurities about themselves and their appearances.  Every movie they see, or show they watch, and magazine on the store self screams at them THIS IS WHAT PRETTY IS!  It scares me frankly.  As I know it does many parents.

The funny thing is, I designed Chloe very specifically.  I designed her to be a bit boyish in her appearance, because she’s a tomboy!  It’s an essential part of her character. I designed her taller than Todd because she’s a basketball player, so she’s lankier and more stretched out in her design. I didn’t sit down to design her and think how I could make her the most attractive 12 year old I could think up.  I had a character that I saw very clearly in my head, and frankly the way she appears in the book is exactly how I want her to look. I tried to design a character who is a person, not some sort of strange 12 year old sex symbol.  And I think she’s very pretty the way she is, thank you very much.

All this to say…  I love Chloe Johnson and who she is as a character. After thinking on this criticism, it’s actually made me proud of  what she represents to my readers.  I love the way she looks, because to me she is a normal person…  Though fictional.  So I used to feel very self conscious about her, but now… I embrace this bit of feedback.  Because 1) it means my character design came through and 2) I’m not out to reinforce these stereotypes.  Maybe Chloe can help break some of that down.

I hope in some small part she encourages other young female readers of my book to be brave in scary situations.  To believe in something bigger than themselves.  To be themselves.  And that they’re pretty awesome, the way they look and the way they are.

Pick up your copy of book 1 today.