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RevolveЯ 3.0 – $15 or ¢99 digital
A personal anthology project.
[ See sub site for the book here to keep up on developments regarding the series. ]
I first attempted to launch an early iteration of RevolveЯ in 2004.
It was sold at Expozine and TCAF and a few cool comic shops. A handmade zine with screen printed covers. Nice little book if I say so myself & It got lots of positive attention. But even with a well received proof of concept I was unable at the time to get the publishers I approached to take it on and was too swamped to distribute and publish it myself. Work and life kept me busy and RevolveЯ stalled. It did not help that a lot of the talk these days is how the personal anthology comic is dead. But after reading that TCJ post this past year, I became even more determined to make my book a reality. A little wiser [or not] and with far far better tools at my disposal, I’ve relaunched it. So here’s what i’m doing.
A Quarterly comics anthology.
All stories will be written or drawn by me.
A focused central venue to publish in print and digital formats, whatever I’m working on at the moment.
That’s what RevolveЯ will be. New issues available Quarterly, 32-64 pages.
Order RevolveЯ One from Amazon CreateSpace [ i get the best royalty from this link by the way ], this site directly through me, and in finer participating bookstores and specialty shops.
Suggested cover price between $10 and $15, depending on the issues page count. Digital!: I’m offering directly from my site, high quality PDF & CBR DRM free digital Editions for between
$2.50 & $2 ¢99!
If you would like your local comic shop to stock it please let them know about RevolveЯ! I’ll have a printable ordering coupon for them soon, that you can download and present to help make that happen yourself! I also plan to try to get it in local libraries. If you are a librarian, contact me about procuring a deeply discounted wholesale order for your collection! I very much believe Libraries are the perfect setting for RevolveЯ, and plan to make it extra easy them to stock it.
Digital Subscriptions will be forthcoming, and print ones available in time as well, once i’ve delivered on more than one issue.
In Praise of RevolveЯ
“Best First Issue!”
CBG’s Year end round table: The Best of 2004
Best” Emerging Talent”
Salgood Sam nominated for the 2005 Doug Wright Award
4.5/5 : “RevolveЯ 1 is a compact package … packed with 52 pages of stories, sketches and a thoughtful text piece that closes out the issue. I was intrigued from the cover alone, a black and gold image of a cityscape that wraps around to the back cover, where someone is seen drowning in the immensity of it all.”
“Douglas’s drawings of buildings are magnificent things, and thankfully much on display throughout the issue, although not to the detriment of the storytelling. The cartoonist clearly has spent a lot of time in a city environment and has been hugely successful in translating what the weight of all that architecture feels like when pressing down on the people below — heavy, imposing, all-dominating and yet strangely liberating in its majesty. The two-page spread that occupies pages 8-9, of a character entering a diner on the first floor of a large building, is the most impressive drawing in the issue, and one of the most well-realized images I’ve seen in a comic this year.”
Alan David Doane @ comicbookgalaxy.com
“Throughout this issue, you can feel Max Douglas’s joy in experimenting with line, tone and page design, in a way that is simpatico with other big names of the small press like Tomer Hanuka or Farel Dalrymple. This is the kind of comics I unashamedly love, dense work by a creator following his vision and sharing the journey with his readers. The paper stock, cover design and overall production values show Douglas cares deeply about his work and how it is presented, and it’s work worth caring about. RevolveЯ 1 is one of the best titles to debut this year, and it could very well change how you think about comics.”
John Martz from his blog robotjohnny.com
“All the mini stories are told from the perspective of lonely characters reflecting on their place in the world. … Max is clearly someone who is passionate about what he does, and is one of those people who tries to blur the lines between comics and literature … The artwork is wonderful and has a lively loose feel to it that makes it easy to miss how well planned and creative the layout of the panels are. RevolveЯ is a refreshing change of pace from the usual batch of men in tights and frogs with boners.”
” … the layouts in RevolveЯ are consistently thrilling, playing with the frames, the gutter, the entire page. They pull the reader on swoops that S down a page, or simulate the vertigo of a big city by distending the horizon or dangling skyscrapers from above. Here is a pro exalting in his craft.”
Guy Leshinski in a Eye magazine review [a now defunct Toronto free weekly]
Sequential tectonic shift: RevolveЯ by salgood sam
“Salgood’s drifting vision has an incredible sense of space and freedom. Your eye moves across the page continuously, an angel floating through worlds. Usually the dynamic movement of the images themselves direct your vision, like little signposts that bounce you around the worlds Sam has created. The narratives sometimes unmoor themselves from everyday reality, moving into poetic or existentialist territory, but never loses its grounding in very concrete images. RevolveЯ plays with how we perceive things, and where we anchor ourselves. This is reflected in the way panels bleed into other panels, if there are panels at all. It suggests that sometimes the dream world or the worlds we create in our narratives appear realer than our actual lives, that the membrane between the world we live and the worlds we see ourselves living in is very thin.”
First impressions by Sherwin Tjia
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