Readerfest and award for Crowsong?

Hey everyone,

 

I’ve got some great things going on coming up and I’ll lay those out below.

 

ReaderFest

I have a table in the indigenous arts tent. For information on the fest, please follow the link below or click the readerfest link above.

Find out about Reader fest Sept. 9th

 

Signing at Arcane Comics

Arcane comics will be dual wielding creators! I’ll be with my pal Miles Greb and we will be signing copies of our books, have coloring pages and maybe, be playing Mario Kart with our friends and Fans! Click the link above and come out and see u s September 16th from 4-8.

 

Ghost City Comics

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My Crevice is a finalist for 1-page comic.

You might be wondering what the image here is. Well, my 1-page comic “My Crevice” is a finalist in the Ghost City comics competition. Miles’ comic Clovis was nominated for best single issue comic too. WOW! Jason Aaron is one of the judges and this thing is for real. Super excited for that. The winners will be announced September 16th. Go by the site and find out about all of the contestants.

 

Deluxe publisher version of Vile: Legends of Thunder Valley

Thanks to Enjoy Comics for publishing Vile: The complete Tale. Bryan is in Hawaii and is doing great things for hi indie publisher. He’s come to the rescue of me and Vile so go by and pick up a version of the trade of Vile.

Sorry if I’ve missed anything. Remember to add my on Facebook and or Twitter. Be well everyone.

 

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Tales from Lilac City

Hey all,

 

Just recovered from my 2-day trip to the eastern most lands of Wa. Spokane was a fine city and the convention center was a good host. There was a lot of extra room though. Way too much elbow space, as if they were trying to make up for the lack of vendors and artists.

Anyway I had a good time with the guy and met some new folks. I also ran into Miss Haley’s bombshell Boutique folks and they knew how to party like it was 1999. We even made a little jaunt over to Idaho to get some Turkish food. I didn’t take nearly enough pictures especially with those that bought the book, but I do have a few that I’ll add here.

Leave a comment! Thanks

Crowsong

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These little beauties are our handmade stickers and bookmarks that we put together before the Con.

The complete Vile tale is here tomorrow

That’s right everyone. Although the printing hit a snag a few months ago, the complete tale is here and will be in my hands in time for Lilac City comic-con. I’ll be with my pal Miles Greb from ATGR comics. 60 plus pages of story and some other nice goodies.

 

I’ll have some goodies for that convention and I hope to see some folks out. There is more news to come. In the mean time, enjoy some interesting teasers from my next project “Ded-Head Made of Lead.

 

PS. Although Vile is finished, until we set up a publisher, the only way to get the complete tale is to write me through the website or through conventions. They are coming to your local seattle store soon however.

Lilac City Comic convention here.

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Todd Mcfarlane’s birds

Hello darlin’

It’s been awhile, but not as long as before. Just celebrated another Santa Claus holiday. Lots of goodies for lots of good boys and girls. I was pretty proud of some of my gifts too. I got Kris a keychain with a scorpion inside because she’s a scorpio. I also ended up picking her out some magical healing crystals. Boy was that a funny story. I got a pretty sweet Israeli paratrooper messenger bag and a blue tooth lamp that has sound! I did TOO need it! You don’t know me at all.

 

 

Lost 3 dear people this past few days. George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. So many others this year.

What’s next?

In addition to finishing Vile, and getting ready for the next project “Ded-Head, Made of Lead”, I’ve been working on my coloring and drawing skills. I’d love to be a good flatter and save a colorist time. I draw well enough, but not good enough for comics, so I’m trying to go from being able to plan-out a rough storyboard, but I want to help conceptualize and better relay what’s in my head to the fine readers. What about coloring though?

 

Living Colour

I started flatting Kirby pages a couple months ago. I started by inking and then coloring a Blackbolt pinup, and now this week I’ve decided I need something more complicated. I decided I’d find an old Mcfarlane Spidey page and give it a shot. Let me just say-holy crap he liked drawing birds. In one page of Spider-man there were like, 12 birds. And that beautiful webbing that he changed. Oh goodness, it is magnificent. Until you have to color it however…(my grumpy face here). Love the way it looks once it’s done, but Todd’s pages are SO full of information. The dude must never sleep.

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Pretty proud of this little bad boy. Jack Kirby drew this for Thor 158 and these are my flats.

Dr. Feelgood

We’re running a kickstarter starting January 3rd to raise a few more dollars for printing. As it stands now, we are clear to print 3000 copies and have that revenue from publisher. If we can raise 2000 more though, we can get a better deal with the printer and get the price down to less than a dollar. Anyone that knows anything about business can understand the cost and margins concepts. It’s creative and it’s artistic… but it’s still a business. I want to find a way to tell more of my stories because I think they help and people like them. Anything we raise over $2000.00 will go to paying back the expenses of creating the comic itself. Anyway, I hate hocking my stuff, but that is coming up.

Get a look at the Kickstarter before it goes live.

The “process stuff

P.S.

So, a little bit about process. My little Post Script area I just conceived of. So, with any comic book, or book, or work of literature, there is a long and arduous and on-going process known as editing. Or proofing. Or checking. Or all of those. We check and test and read and let others read. It helps to catch mistakes and to round the edges so to speak. When I decided to finish Vile, and get a new team together, I wanted to say FUCK it and do things punk rock. I was paying to have it made anyway, so why not do it how I want?

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This is a great example of what I meant. The colored bubbles look fine to me, as do some of the sound effects, but seeing it all cleaned up, I am happy with the results.

I’m the fucking boss, ain’t I?

I made some decisions early on to be edgy and experiment with speech and text and SFX. I wanted to be full of shit is what I wanted, HAHA. I found a partner in Dyan Johnson who decided to experiment. Anyway, I got a list of changes from the editor, and it included all my edgy ideas. Ugh. What an ego hit. So, anyway, knowing how close I was to this thing, know what I decided to do?

 

Sendin’ out an S.O.S.

I decided to ask someone for help. Anyone close to me, within arm’s reach, knows that I don’t take critique as well as I should. So, knowing myself and knowing that I needed to breathe, to do things the right way and to stop sabotaging: I reached out to two of my comic book friends. I asked them to look at the edits and the story and to give me their honest opinions. They both did and it was so helpful. Thanks so much Frank Mula and Miles Greb. Anyway, I made sure that we would make the deadline of November and I’m proud to say that. I didn’t want to potentially delay the book, but in the interest of it, I was willing to do that if it were the right thing. My point here? …

Check out Frank’s Comics here.

Check out Miles’ work here.

 

Come see how good I look!

… Is that I am awesome. Yeah, I have some swagger and confidence. I should. I’ve fought and lost and won a couple times too. I finished up a 2-month training regimen, and I killed it. I was beating myself of over not making better progress, but that’s just silly. You can’t beat yourself up because it wasn’t. You can be proud for what it wasn’t and then became. Yeah contemplate THAT one kiddos. Talk soon.

 

Crowsong

Vile issue #1 available via INDY PLANET

That’s right. Vile issue #1 is available to order via Indy Planet. IT’s available via Amazon Kindle already, but not physically. I’ll add the link below. We will also have it available in shops in Seattle WA and Portland Oregon. Don’t ask me why I abbreviated WA and not Oregon either.

 

The first store to physically carry Vile #1 will be Mighty Moose Comics in Bellevue, WA. at the Factoria mall.

Thanks to Ka-Blam and to Sara Machajewski for the late late help.

Order physical copies of Vile via this nifty highlighted sentence.

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