What do you think of my new pull up Con banner!
Been putting off getting one of these for a long time, the standing banners everyone has now for their convention appearances!
This one incorporates bits of art from 5 stories, some of my favorites. Top is from A Bastards Tale, bottom is from Dream Life. And the small insets are Sea of Red,Dracula Son of the Dragon, and Therefore, Repent!
Found a good rate as it turned out with my regular go to copy shop too, going to take it in to get printed for next week’s appearance at the Toronto Comic Con!
I’ll be at table P23A!
Look for it there, right between Marco Rudy & David Cutler, two tables from my mentor Ty Templeton and in spitting distance of the infamous Rob Liefeld! Say what you will about the guy’s art but I hear he’s a gent, so look forward to making the acquaintance. If nothing else I owe him thanks for his part in the invention of Image comics! There will be a bunch of other freinds and roll models there so looking forward to it!
I’ll have Dream Life with me, and Therefore Repent! Along with prints and some original art. My Con sketches will go for between $40 and $80 or so, subject to and depending on complexity.
Friday, March 18, 20164:00pm – 8:30pm
Saturday, March 19, 20169:30am – 6:30pm
Sunday, March 20, 20169:30am – 4:30pm
METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE
South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON
I’ve totally fallen behind on updating my blogs!
Things have become pleasantly busy with drawing,
and teaching, keeping me more than occupied.
But still, overdue!
I submit my messy studio
as proof of business.
How is everybody? I’m well. I’m planning an event in Montreal – sign up here to get news about that – There will be news very soon hopefully re guests and things, things are falling in place. It’s to be a night of Jamming and Jawboning for cartoonists and lovers of the form in Montreal.
In other news, The Patreon got off to a nice start but a year in has held stable for a while. Partly due to my intermittence in promoting it I fear. And a recent shift to mostly lower level pledges means the total has gone down a bit in fact, slightly offset by the dramatic decline of the Canadian Dollar recently.
Patreon is in USD, so I get a nice boost from the exchange rate.
Still though, I’d like more pledges for sure. The current goal is to get to $350 a month, most of my rent. That means about a 175 pledges at $2 each. Could take fewer if folks pledge more and I have a few reward tiers for that to encourage it. I’ve taken out formal “teaching” as I find that hard to do online. I teach privately at my home though, contact me if you’re interested. But there’s still the option to get postcards or convention sketches!
I did this fantasy illustration as a commision for one of my patrons recently. I’d be glad to do something for you if you pledge too! Once a year you’ll be able to request something like this for yourself or another for a consideration of $15 a month. That’s just 180 a year, a pretty good deal for original art to your specifications.
Even without more of those though, still 175 patrons giving just 2$ pledges monthly seems like a reasonable number to hope for in my audience? Certainly from some of the stats I’ve looked at, many can afford it! So I hope I can entice a few more in time! And I think it’s well worth the deal. Free access to a digital library of all my independent comics and bonus patron’s only content shared to the patreon blog!
I think getting a bit more focused about my posting regularly on my site blogs again would help for sure, both comics but other things too. I’ve probably been spending a disproportionate amount of time with the community on Facebook and neglected these platforms. Partly it’s due to mostly working on comics I’m sharing in the rough–lots of process but have to hold back final work on for now. Ironically if you are a patron, you get to see that all sooner. But for now only Kickstarter and Patreon readers get to read Dracula first.
I’m doing a fair bit of posting and instagramming for my classes, and editing my teaching sites for Dynamic Drawing, and Making Comics. And there’s other stuff I could share too, work on commissions and things or just a bit of Blogging. But time is the shortage. I fear it’ll be sporadic this summer at best.
A Bastards Tale is currently holding up Revolver Four, I got it started but then hit a problem….basicly involving how to represent myself, and my dead father in the story! That sounds more dramatic that it is, but it was a tough problem and I ran out of time to get it done, had to get back to drawing Dracula some more, get a big chunk of Dracula done if not rap it all up before I can go back to it! Probably the latter as really, it’s much too late already.
Frustrating but making comes is often about deferred pleasure and keeping and eye on the long game.
So that’s it for now, I’ll post about my thing in April in a week or so…check in here or sign up to the list if you want to come to my MTL comix Salons!
Art here is from it. First three of eight pages and a peek at a bit inside me! Read it and a whole mess of other great things by pre-ordering the book here! It’s going to be pretty gorgeous I think, a little oversized, full of awe and exploration! Check out the site here to get a look inside!
psst, also, if you were my Partreon, you could read it now! And the first half of Dracula Son of the Dragon, Dream Life, and all three issues of Revolver digitally! ;) Some of the rewards for pledging on my Patreon page!
Starting to plan for my packing, and considering which prints to make for the show!
Here’s where to find me at VanCAF next weekend, the 23rd and 24th of May! I will be in the back of the front room in the Round House, at table B7! Looks like I have it all to myself, so i’ll be sure to bring some art to spread out, i’d like to sell as much as I can, it’s an expensive trip! If you have something specific you’d like to buy from me let me know before Wednesday! And if anyone wants to order a commission in advance, let me know!
I sent Dream Life on ahead via Can-Par [ouch, new prices…!], and i’m going to pack a handful of older titles, a few copies of Therefore, Repent!, and random Revolver’s, though i’m really switching to push that as a primarily digital and POD book. Will be making some prints and postcards.
Hey folks! i’ve been busy and haven’t updated this site in a bit! goodness, where to start. Ok, HEADLINE NEWS FIRST!
I’m a guest at VanCAF this year, but I don’t have the means to buy a plane ticket! I need to raise about $700 asap, I’ve been adding a lot of new art to the store for sale, and have set up a coupon code deal. Enter VANCAFDEAL at the checkout, and get %10 off. I’ll post the current selection below the rest of the post.
It’ll help me get to BC a lot faster, but if you generally don’t want orriginals or feel it’s out of your price range, have a look at my prints and merch at Society6! I’ve been updating the line there too lately. Lots of cool new ways to get my art now, on T’s cups carpets and even shower curtains even! Crazy, and a decent cut works its way back to me too. Have a look see here.
Other things new!
There’s been four episodes of my podcast since the last one I posted here. You can subscribe using this rss for your feeder, or via Mixcloud. Also lots of new posts on YouTube too! Nearing 1500 subscribers!
Things on Patreon have been improving! Slowly, but we’re up to $130 a month now, with only 15 patrons! It’s hard not to like that ratio. I’ve added a couple of new reward tiers, and created a new dedicated patron pitch vid. You can watch that right here!
Didn’t have one before, made a few attempts but never liked them. It not easy, this asking business. This is the first one I’m good with. Had fun with the B&W filter, think the graphic look goes with my comics imprint brand of Spilt Ink! Let me know what yout think?
Patreon is a great direct way to support the creation of my comics and art, even a basic pledge of $2 a month can help, and the more people that do the more and better comics I should be able to make!
Ok, here’s ALL the art currently for sale. Don’t forget, Enter VANCAFDEAL at the checkout, and get %10 off.
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Crosspost from spiltink.org:
This episode of the podcast I take a question from Andrew J. Hawthorn, who asked about “Narrative techniques or figurative tricks you can only do in comics?”
Tricky question to answer with JUST words. I’ll give it my best go but for sure this podcast will have a youtube version shortly, with some visual aids. And check out the description texts here for links below. Right off the top, you’ll find page Page 89 of Dream Life, “The roots of violence” on the left, and “A last dinner”, page 68. Both typifying two very different approaches to unconventional page layouts, structurally, and thematically. But each applying the kind of non linear collagen like sequences that do away with conventional panels altogether.
I name-dropped the following scribblers and geniuses in this episode, If you’re not familiar already, go check out their stuff: Bill Sienkiewicz! Dave McKean! Neil Adams! Barron Story! Sergio Toppi! & Diego Rivera! Check out the astounding DIA installation of the Detroit Industry fresco cycle here! And, Chris Ware’s Building Stories too!
As always, you can become a patron of the arts and subscribe here! Great news, the Patreon campaign has gone over $100 a month! Very encouraging to hit that mark at two months! I’ve just cleaned up the page a bit and set up a custom video playlist of my best stuff for the first page on patreon.
The Spilt Ink Podcast 009: “Like moving pictures, but not.” by Sequential Radio on Mixcloud
Music is, SadOceanSpaceBear & NASA in the opening. Diggin’ On Comix by Dr. John. Which some will recognize from the wonderful Comic Book Confidential, by Ron Mann. Closing out with Montreal’s The Unsettlers, “Disco Junkie”, off of Blood. And then Oscar Purrs!
Thanks again to Andrew Walsh & Troy Carlson, my newest patrons, along with Michelle Darwin, Emil Underbjerg, Tim Moerman, Ian Hodgkinson, & Shannon Becker! Plus, two secretive souls who will take no public thanks, but have it most assuredly. Merci beaucoup to you all!
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Crosspost from SpiltInk.org!
This is the fifth episode of my regular podcast project. The plan is to keep them short, and topics will be partly whatever i’m thinking about, partly requests from listeners. Mostly about making and reading comics for now but not exclusively.
You can stream the series from here: subscribe. Or listen to the episode via MixCloud, or on Patreon directly. Or watch the YouTube version, posted at the bottom, which includes footage of me working on the latest page of Dracula Son of the Dragon, along with some examples of work I talk about in the podcast!
The Spilt Ink Podcast 005: Details, texture, and simplicity! by Sequential Radio on Mixcloud
First podcast of the new year!
Music in opening is a mix up of Nasa Space sounds, over Sadoceanspacebear. A bit of Diggin’ On Comix by Dr. John closes out the show. Performed by Mac Rebenault, Richard Crooks, Wilbur Bascomb and Steve Burgin
I had a chat with a fellow cartoonist on NYE, thought i’d do a short distillation of some of my thoughts from that here.
Also welcome and thanks to my newest Patron, an old friend, Tim Moerman! :D Tim and I go way back to the old days of The Monthly Montreal Comix Jam!
Thanks again to all my patrons, get a few more notes and check out the patreon here!
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Fakk2 Julie Strain concept art
Crossposted from spiltink.org/Patreon
Here’s the fourth edition!
I wanted to get one more in
before the end of the year.
I get into more detail answering one of Jed Alexander’s questions from the last episode.
I skirted over a bunch of stuff I did in other fields of the arts from comics. One I mentioned in passing, was animation. I get into more detail about how I got involved in the work and some highlights of my experiences.
I mentioned Rock & Rule, Heavy Metal, and Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.² which I worked on. Also Waynehead, Eek! The Cat, Sam & Max, Manga Latina [a version of it got made!].
Also Doddle clips, and Honour Bound – The Exile of Adolf Busch.
Music in opening is a mix up of Nasa Space sounds
over Sadoceanspacebear again.
And the clip at the end comes from an old CD I picked up in NY in 93.
“Weird” by Kicking Giant, off of ‘Halo‘.
Question, once again, from Jed Alexander!
Happy New Year all, and thanks again to Shannon Becker, Ian Hodgkinson, and all my patrons!
Past episodes of the podcast are here:
Crossposting from SpiltInk.org
Hello friends, it’s been hectic as I’ve been focusing on Dracula and trying to get Revolver Four out asap, and getting the final batch of Dream Life books out the door? Taking too long, not helped by nasty cold bug last month. Back at it now, playing catchup… sooo late late late.
The only upside of being sick is I got a lot of writing done, including a workable draft of the Patreon page text I’d been meaning to attempt to write since signing up in the summer. Important bit of business as it’s planned to be a key aspect of the market presentation of Revolver Four. The issues will still be available as individual downloads, but with #4 I wanted to offer subscriptions of some kind, and then had a better idea.
It was a good call. Just a few days in I’m already up to $30 pledged a month from my first three patrons! I look at this as a slow and steady thing, that does not need huge numbers to work. So that’s an inspiring nice early start for me. Already time to thank some Patrons!
One wished to be anonymous. Thanks very much for your patronage. Shannon Becker. A long time fan from back in the days of Saint Sinner [she had proof!]. And Ian Hodgkinson! One of my Dracula Kickstarter backers in fact! Thanks for the faith in me Ian!
Thanks to all of you! :)
I have one in the works. But no pitch video so far. I noticed a number of comics related patreon pages without them and doing fine. So not rushing that. I am doing a regular patreon podcast, and the 3rd episode is mostly a discussion of the campaign, you can listen to that here.
Here’s pitch text!
Welcome to The Spilt Ink Patreon!
Hi. My name is Max, aka Salgood Sam. An artist and storyteller. For the last 20 years I’ve primarily made comics and drawn for a living. I also sometimes work as a Designer, Editor and part-time Art Teacher.
I’m developing a patreon clip for my youtube channel, but for the moment I’m just going to post a trailer for my latest book. Dream Life | a late coming of age, above. For the significance of that, read ahead to“The First Goal is $350 monthly”. And for an audio version of some of this, I’ve posted a launch episode of the podcast! I explain in text below and in the podcast what I’m hoping to accomplish.
For those of you new to it, Patreon lets you support creative types like me via a pay-what-you-can sliding scale financial considerations–You can change or cancel your pledge at any time.
A lot of the content I’m posting is already free to read or watch online.
Check out the activity blog to see what I’ve been up to over the past year I’ve been posting content to it pretty frequently and plan to keep the Patreon blog here, current with content I post across the web from Youtube clips, webcomics, sketchbooks, tutorials, my fathers photos and words, to blogging & blogging! I keep busy.
The very short pitch is I’m looking for patrons from as little as $2 monthly, to as much as you feel comfortable pledging! You can even pledge less than $2 if you just want to help out at a minimum with a monthly tip. I’ve set up a range of rewards to accommodate a lot of possibilities. All limited in availability to keep fulfilment from swamping or profit from obscuring the core goals of making and publishing great comics and other creations! And if enough of you choose to support my work in this manner, everyone will get to read all of it, digitally for free!
Ok, here’s a slightly longer version.
Over the last couple of decades I’ve financed my personal projects* via grants, investing portions of my freelancing income, selling a decent number of books and art now and then. And in the last few years crowdfunding has become a serious factor with three modestly successful endeavors so far. More than 20 years and I’m still learning, especially since I’ve been pursuing self publishing more.
*I should note, my personal projects don’t JUST include comics, though most of it is comics or comics related now!
I’ve also been experimenting with formats, webcomics and other digital modes, attempting to move with the changing market and find what suits me best. A diverse range of platforms seem to be the road to go, but what’s missing still is a bit more stability and a simple way to get my content to readers without paying too much of my two bits in fees. I could get a lot more done I think if I could just simply resolve that set of problems. It’s in that hope that enough of you choose to pitch in a cup of coffee’s worth a month on this page, and make it happen!
A few years back I started working on re-booting Spilt Ink–a boutique self-publishing imprint first launched back in 2002 for websites and small press zines and active ever since–as a more focused, dedicated venture to publish my own serialized solo anthology Revolver Quarterly, and possibly all my future books!
Why Revolver Quarterly? I think a print ready, digital anthology series is best suited to my style of comics. It’s a format and strategy I’m passionate about. And Patreon seems a practical and appealing alternative to traditional subscription models, and includes a viable distribution platform for patrons as well.
If you dig it and want to help keep it all happening,
pledging $2 monthly will make you my Patron!
Only $24 a year!
[All prices on Patreon are in $US dollars.]
I have two Phases of Goals planned.
For the minimum pledge Patrons will get digital subscriptions to Revolver Quarterly, and be members of The Spilt Ink Patrons club! The club will grow to be an extended suite of digital & print ready publications. Not just my own comics, but also publications related to the websites sequentialpulp.ca, theitalianmachine.spiltink.org, and dd.salgoodsam.com. From the start it will include Revolver Quarterly Vol One, Two & Three, and Therefore, Repent! And free to read online already is Sequential Pulp Vol One, Two & Three. I hope you stick around for coming issues of Revolver and more, but out of the gates you’ll have 260 pages of comics waiting for you to read!
The First Goal is $350 monthly! When we reach it, my newest graphic novel Dream Life | a late coming of age will be added to the library of books patrons can download anytime!
The Second Goal is $650 monthly, and if we achieve it, along with getting more comics done faster thanks to seriously taking care of most of my expenses, I’ll make the 20 min patreon podcast bi-weekly.
The Third Goal is $950 per month, and I’ll be so happy when this happens I’ll throw a Comix Jam Party! You’ll all be invited virtually.
WE REACH THE 1250K MONTHLY GOAL!
At which time, Revolver and the ENTIRE Spilt Ink digital line,
will go PBS, or if you rather, Open Media!!
100% digitally free!
It will take just 625 generous patrons
$2 a month to unlock this goal.
Obviously the main reason for charging for my work is simply to make a living – it is already how i do it generally as a freelancer. But doing it on my own terms and just for my own projects is what Spilt Ink is all about. And my experience with books like Sea of Red, Therefore, Repent! & now Dream Life, Is that I think i have at least that many potential fans and readers out there? Maybe…
Fingers crossed. I think people enjoy the idea of helping make cool things happen and introducing others to something we like by making it easy to get at.
I’ve never really liked adding adds to my sites to try to make it all pay for itself. We tried it on Sequential for a while but were never happy with the results either financially or aesthetically. So I don’t take that seriously as an option. It’s a lot of work, a whole job, getting The Right advertisers and managing that. And it looks so much better without all that noise on my sites.
A lot of the culture of the web is built around the idea of open media. And at the same time, my experience from crowdfunding is there are also lots of people who are willing to put a couple of dollars on something they like. A tool to address that dynamic is exactly what Conte and company have built here with Patreon I hope, which is potentially pretty amazing.
If my Patron base can become a viable solution to earning a living, you’ll make it easy to give it all away online so everyone can enjoy it with you!
I’ll still be selling print copies of things, after all I like paper and getting to sign books! But I’ll be more than happy if this works In the long run and a large portion of my readers are digital. You could help make that happen by pledging and joining The Spilt Ink Patrons club.
The Patrons blog includes exclusive video & blog posts, zines of comic jams, live drawing sessions, sketches, and deals on material goods I sell on my site. Premium rewards Include postcards, physical copies of mybooks, handmade things? Art lessons, original art & commissions!
There’s more info here about
the planned contents
of Revolver Quarterly,
check out the rewards
and goals, and thanks for
I own none of that, if you dig it go buy their music!
Links to things mentioned!
That last is of course my personal site, there’s a lot of work up in there. Animation design work is documented in this set of galleries. I only mention one job on the episode but then thought better of listing it all off. You can find pretty much everything here.
The EN MASSE mural work is documented here
Jed Alexander asked the first Questions!
Past two episodes of the podcast are here
Here’s some photos of the work in progress! Think that was the most standing i’ve done in a while. Been some time since I worked on a mural or painted. This time was three days, two full and a half wrapping up the work. Your legs get a good workout!
Also was nice to get to know the other artists a little bit. Would love to work with them again. Reminded me of the old monthly jams. It all came out really amazing & fun to do. When you’re up close to it it’s hard to say, but after the drop sheets came away, it all looked pretty great. I can see why Ruppert loves doing this work so much. The whole crew were pros.
For me it was nice to make it through the whole thing physically well. I’ve worked on something with them three times now.
First jumping in for a few hours during Henge, the En Masse project @Nuit Blanche 2011, which happened to be the night before I went under the knife for cancer! That was good for the mind and I knew I wanted to do it again.
And I did a year later as part of a huge team that worked together on a room at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. That time unfortunately I was wrecked from a severe bout of gastro and probably the onset of diabetes. It was hard to even hold my arm up for long! Ug.
This time? My stamina held out pretty well! All three days. Yay! And 48 hours later nothing to terrible has happened so it’s officially not a jinx.
Oh and I’ve confirmed I was using stupid brushes before, having picked up a proper set this time. So much better. Loved laying in the big lines with a freestyle paddle brush! Makes me want to prime something. And remember i’ve got a couple unfinished things hidden away…
Must stay on things with Dracula, just working on a new page now. But for sure up for doing it again too.
Hey, by the way. There’s a Patreon campaign for Spilt Ink in the way.
UPDATE: I have my table number now, I’m going to be at booth 2738! And look for the school I teach Dynamic Drawing at, Syn Studio, at table 2629 in Artist Alley. The floor plan is here on the Con’s site, and posted bellow is one with our spots highlighted!
Good news for Dream Life, we moved a nice chunk of books at the show in Toronto, including adding three new retailers to our distribution efforts! Hope to match that in Montreal at least in part. I have some home court advantage maybe, so that might help? Any rate, It’ll be primarily Dream Life, and prints on hand. Thinking about making some coupon code/gift cards for my digital comics? We’ll see if i can spare it the brain cells in the next few days.
If you want to buy some art from me, check out this page and order in advance, to pick up from me at the show? I’ll have some art there as well for sale. And if you’d like to pre-order a copy of my book to pick up at the show, buy it via this link and in the special instruction, mention you’ll be at the show, between now and the 12th, and i’ll make sure to have one ready for you there! I’ll be doing personalized portraits in the copies at request.
I’ll be up for doing commissions too, if you’d like to reserve one in advance the limit will be 4 done before the show! Contact me about the details.
I mentioned that I was able to utilize the closing hours of FanExpo, to present Dream Life to a few retailers in the Toronto area and persuade them to stock a hand full of copies of the first [Launch] editions! Here’s the list of my new good friends. :) Thanks for taking a chance on my book guys!
The venerable and recently reborn Silver Snail! Had a nice brief face to face with George about doing things in store in the near future. This would be fantastic. And with the copies he took from me that means i’m stocked at both stores now, assuming Ottawa still has one left.
The guys at Gotham Central in Mississauga seem really enthusiastic about supporting Canadian creators! Got a lot of interests I intend to follow up talking with them about, and they took 4 copies from me for their shelves.
And, I sold a pair to Doug Wright Spotlight Award winner, Steven Gilbert. One for him and one to try out at Fourth Dimension Comics in Newmarket! The man obviously has excellent taste!
That brings the number of stores that are or have stocked Spilt Ink books, Including Dream Life | a late coming of age, &/or physical issues in some cases of Revolver Quarterly, up to 30 since the relaunch of the imprint!
For independent distribution, via a one man operation done when I have time over the summer, so too bad! A solid start anyway, in a long game.
So, i’ll see you at the Montreal Comic Con? Watch my twitter for the announcement of my table number, and i’ll be around the Syn Studio table as well at some point, and they will know where to find me too.
Steven Gilbert with his personalized copy of my book! Thanks Steven!
I have a floor plan now! Here’s how to find me @ FanExpo 2014!
When you enter the main hall of the South building, after going down all those elevators as I recall, the artists are all in the far left side of the room. And I’m in the back row against the far wall, at P6B. It’s behind the artist ally. Just after the Raid Row and around the bend. I’m bringing prints and original art with me to sell, and some of my books, mostly just Dream Life | a late coming of age. I may have a few Revolver‘s with me but not many. I am going to have an offer to take an order of a bundle of them from me direct if my square works — need to look into that — and i’ll ship them to you no cost! I’ll be there Friday and Saturday for sure, Sunday if those two go well. Watch my twitter feed for updates! Cheers! See you there PS: you can still make sketch request reservations still, I take Paypal!
Hey so I’m a guest at Fan Expo this year! Learned a bit last minute, hence the late announcement.
I’m going to be at table P6B, Friday Aug 29th, Saturday the 30th, and if things go well Sunday the 31st.
I’ll be presenting mostly Dream Life, the late notice means I don’t have time to re-stock Revolver Three for the show. I might have a few but to keep things simple I’ll focus on the new Graphic Novel. I will have my prints though, and art!
I usually get a hand full of sketch requests at the show, so I thought i’d also put out there the option to pre-reserve up to 8 sketches.
It’s a good option for you as I tend to do better work at home in my studio too. Contact me if you would like to commission a convention sketch. I’m charging $40 for each.
Also you can pre-buy some of my art here, purchase here on the site and we’ll arrange for you to pick up the work at the show.
I’ve been pretty active on the new Spilt Ink blog, and generally trying to be regular about updating. The old home site is overdue for a catch-up though!
First I want to remind everyone, I have a lot of art up for sale, and take requests as well.
Generally always interested in selling it but right now it would be especially helpful, so check it out and if you order something, I’ll throw in a copy of my comic Revolver vol 3 with a sketch and thank you! In most instances shipping is included in the price, for sure in the US, EU and Canada.
Also, if you don’t have ALL my books already, why not?! You can order them here from Spilt Ink!
Speaking of my books…
Posted on spilt ink originally: There’s a listicle by Alison Lang called “How to Crowdfund a Graphic Novel (without Losing Your Mind and Alienating People)” [pg 22], that came out of a nice long chat I had with Alison the week of TCAF 2014 about fundraising for Dracula and Dream life.
I was expecting that, but was pleased to find a review of Dream Life in my comp copy as well!
Joel W. Vaughan gave me some high praise with the understandable caveat that being a ‘book one’, it really needs it’s mate to conclude and deliver on any promise. Something I fully intend to do.
“This latest work by the legendary Montreal-based artist Salgood Sam has been called “neo-realist,” but it might be more accurately referred to as “honest.” It follows the seemingly unrelated lives of five young adults in contemporary Canada, detailing everything from call-centres to drug-smugglers. It’s a stellar graphic novel…”
Read the full review in Broken Pencil #64!
As a way to partake in Throwback Thursdays and promote my fathers work, i’ve started posting weekly new photos of his. Right now it’s a series of shots from the The Toronto Pop Festival! The first two posts feature shots of Chuck Berry, Sly & the Family Stone, Tiny Tim, Ronny Hawkins, and a 17-year-old Jeanne Beker!
Sketchbooks with Salgood Sam
Posted on Dynamic Drawing originally:
I’ve been recording tours through old sketchbooks for my students recently,
I’ve posted two so far, and probably will make about ten in the end. Here’s the first!
I’m in the midst of inking between every spare moment right now.
Want to get the next Revolver out to early subscribers in September!
Here’s a look at the pages in progress, don’t peek if you don’t want spoilers!
Read Dracula Son of the Dragon in Revolver!
Crossposted from SpiltInk:
Here’s some Inking on Dracula! : Currently in production at Spilt Ink, for the next issue of Revolver Quarterly.
The current main feature, my collaboration with Mark Sable, “Dracula Son of the Dragon” is on my desk. Mark needs an update from me for our Kickstarter backers, so here’s the news of the moment: I’m aiming to get 15 to 23 pages done for this next installment, along with a short 10 page entry for A Bastards Tale. I’m giving myself about 60 days to do that. Most the Dracula art is penciled and ready to ink as of this post, so this feels pretty comfortably doable.
On the left here is a new take on the Seal of the Order of the Dragon. Based on historical examples, but not by any means Orthodox. Been making my Dragon’s more serpent like for one thing. Doing a lot of research for the era but also taking liberties for dramatic value & my own amusement.
Speaking of amusement, Revolver is going to host quite a contrasting set of narratives for the next 3 issues! A fictional coming of age for the historic Vlad Tepes, and a memoir of my own childhood, raised by bikers and artists. As the kids say, LOL! Byzantine vampire fantasy, and a child’s memory of the ’70s has been making for some wonderful visual research work.
I’m enjoying it. Exactly what I started the Revolver series to do. [the first instalments of both are available now in Revolver 3]. It’s a challenge, but i’m much happier working on different things over the course of a year, than a singular project for one or more.
As I mentioned, Right this second I’m inking Dracula stuff, and twice a week I teach. My Dynamic Drawing course, and filling in for my comrade Kelly Tindall for his Making Comics class.
I record what I do sometimes at the desk, and post it to youtube to share with students in a drawing class I teach. This clip is one of those done earlier this week.
Starts with a look through an old suitcase I used to use at zine fairs as a display stand for my books, that i’ve now stuffed with all the zines i’ve collected over the years that I still like and keep.
Thinking i’m going to start having Jam parties at my house, and I might bring it out for those for fun. Maybe take it to events in the future. :) A traveling zine library.
Then I get into some inking panel borders and one of the drawings. My hand gets in the way a lot, sorry about that. used the wrong camera angle.
The current proposed Spilt Ink publishing schedule for the rest of this year looks something like this:
Revolver 4 in September; Revolver 5 in December; And Vol.6 by the end of February 2015.
That will bring us to the end of the first arc of the first Dracula story line! Three more novellas like it are planned in the future, so be assured the Voivode of Wallachia will return to Revolver. But that first book/arc will then be collected and released to the Kickstarter backers who financed the production.
Plans are not final but it’s probable a version of the first book will then be made publicly available too, likely via Digital formats.
For Revolver Quarterly Vol.7: Nothing more to say publicly about the story that will follow Dracula in vol 7. But I will say i’ve been itching for a while, to do some Sci Fi. A Bastards Tale will probably continue for several more issues as well.
And I plan to bring back The Rise and Fall of it all again as well at some point–first seen as a short in Vol.1. Dream Life book two will also probably start being developed around then. But I don’t really expect to return to the story until late 2015 at the soonest. When I do, it will also be serialized in Revolver as well.
Still feel like I’m playing catch up after the trip to NY last month, closed out the first leg of the Dream Life tour.
I had some slow weeks after recovering from a pretty intense cold I picked up on the road. We were having a heatwave too, that didn’t help. And here in Montreal a lot of people went on the traditional summer “workers vacation” so not much was getting done outside my studio.
I just heard back from Lounak earlier today that the first batch of books I left with them–that were waiting on a passport renewal. and then the drivers vacation–will now head out this Wednesday! Yay. Was getting worried there.
Good news. Going to want to see the invoice from them for this batch, but this means the next batch should head out soon as well. I have classes to teach mid week, but probably next monday i’ll plan to make a run up to Lounak.
Though it would be nice to sell more books to help wrap up the last bit of shipping! unfortunately due to NY having been a bust when it came to sales at the shows – both cons there in June were super DEAD I found. Sold about 3 copies of Dream Life between them along with a few other bits and bobs. Most the other folks I talked to at both had the same story too pretty much. Bombs.
I ended up coming away $200 in the hole rather than with the average $500 profit that had come from many of the other shows/weekends on the tour. New York, Ottawa, and the second weekend in Toronto were all poor sales wise, but with NY being the worst especially, when you factored in the much more expensive tables and travel! I still came out in the black for the other two duds with just a few books sold, but not NY.
That was not good for the budget. It could have been worse — I was able to sell two thirds of the books I had on me to local retailers for decent wholesale rates sunday and monday before coming back. Covered most the losses and bumped the store listings for Dream life nicely in the process too! So I was happy about that. But fiscally it hurt my plan a bit. The shipping budget it just about $400 now, so coming out of NY -$200, not cool.
Covering the latest short fall will be doable, it’s not huge. As it turned out last week I learned I’d be covering for my friend and co-teacher at Syn Studio, Kelly Tindall. Doing a semester of his comics class as well as my regular semester of Dynamic Drawing.
The hours for that, selling some more books locally, and some freelance work in the works, i’ll be able to work it all out. But yeah, selling a LOT more books would be great for that and, just, in general.
It was over all good on the road, but online there’s been little pick up. I’d like to do more to get things going. Been writing retailers, have a few orders in the works. Also have some requests for books in town too at shops. Also been entertaining finding a way to set up in downtown Cafe’s, to sell the book during festival season?
I’m offering a summer reading sale right now, for the US editions. Need to get the word out more in general though!
[reminder kickstarter backers are getting signed first Launch Editions, printed on premium paper in Montreal. The books sold now from my site are the US editions, POD copies printed on good but coarser paper in the US, from CreateSpace.]
I’ve been reluctant to ask before everyone got their copy, but I’d really appreciate any help you can give me spreading the word about the sale, [ 0 shipping for physical copies and 10% off digital ] and generally sharing stuff about the book. To that end….
In other related news I had a chance finally to do some over due web work.
I moved my comics news blog Sequential to a new server, and back on the old one got my publishing imprint Spilt Ink’s home site up and running after years of just having a placeholder there. It’s pretty focused on selling my books, including Dream Life.
Thoses of you who’ve gotten your copies, I’d love to collect your reactions to Dream Life, to post on the site. Even if they are relatively short I’d appreciate it!
Also tell your favorite comic book or book retailer about it too! I can supply books to most places on the glob via the CreateSpace system!
Also the book is on Amazon, ComiXology, & Goodreads. If you can rate it there as well it would be a HUGE help boosting it’s visibility! Please help me pop it up the ranks?
And lastly, do you do a podcast or write for blogs? Chat me up about appearing on your show or check out the Footnotes section of Spilt Ink, and then write me some interesting questions? Some past interviews and reviews for my books can be found here on thepress page.
Ok, that’s the big ask for today.
Be my Street Team?
Thanks a lot!
I couldn’t have done this without you all!
Dream Life a late coming of age.
Read it in the parc under a tree!
Life is connections and causes
you never see coming.
“I couldn’t put this down. Seriously. It’s a keeper.
Salgood Sam has one of the most interesting,
unique voices in comics today.” – Mark Waid
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For a limited time, buy the book
directly from me via my site store,
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Jennifer me and Robert at the Dragon, after hosting the first event on my tour! :) You can get all my books there.
Hey my comic is in stores now!
Over May and June, while Launching Dream Life and touring a little, I used the opportunity to get started with stocking the book in various brick and mortar retail outfits. 16 stores in 7 cites have the book in stock now, or did when i left them last!
And about 150+ copies have sold at events and cons – I’ve been bad at keeping track at those so might be give or take some.
In all with the stores and copies to backers so far, we’re coming close to 300 copies distributed? Good start but I want and need to sell more! Sorry i’ll settle down now, but that’s just the way it is.
Retailers who would like to have Dream Life on their shelves can get it from me direct, i’m offering 50% wholesale for US stores and 40% in Canada. Shipping included for the US Trade paperback edition. Yep.
First editions of Dream Life book one – the books printed with funds from kickstarter – are available as well, but shipping is extra for those and for the most part won’t start until i’ve gotten the last backers copy shipped out. They also optionally can be personalized with sketches in the book plate and signed though. Write me to get a quote for either!
To my dear friends and readers. Hey, if you know about the book and have a favorite comic shop, tell them about it and this post! Show them yours if you’ve got it already or send them a link to see the preview? Help me get them to try it out! Seriously with the limited resources I have, this isn’t going very far without reader recommendations!
In a couple days you’ll be able to get it on ComiXology, it drops July 2nd on their site. And you can get it right now as a download here on my site – Use #CouponCode SPILTINK10 to get 10% off!
And last, for those who just have to hold the real thing, and don’t want to take me up on my Launch sale offer, here’s a list of the fine shops stocking as of this date [will update as new ones are added]. Several more in Montreal and BC to come soon!
55 Wyndham St. North, Unit T-19B, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1H7T8
601 Markham Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6G 2L7
3278 Yonge St. Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4N 2L6
The Comic Book Lounge + Gallery
587A College St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6G 1A9
4-Colour 8-Bit Comics & Games
208 Wellington St, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 5R2
625 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal, Quebec, Canada H3B 1B8
5835, rue Saint-Hubert. Montréall, Quebec, Canada H2S 2L8.
Librairie le port de tête
262 ave du Mont-Royal est, Montréal, Quebec, Canada H2T 1P6.
451 Marie-Anne est, Montréal, Quebec, Canada H2J 2M8.
Librairie Crossover Comics
3568 Notre-Dame ouest, Montréal, Quebec, Canada H4C 1P4
Comic Book Shoppe 2
228 Bank Street Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2P 1X1
Silver Snail Comics Ottawa
391 Bank Street Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2P 1Y3
Strange Adventures Comic Bookshops
Not sure which ones they put my books in but three locations –
5110 Prince St, Halifax, NS B3J 1L3 | 68 York St, Fredericton, NB E3B 3N5 | 101 Portland St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1H7
Midtown Comics NY
Again a small chain, I think all three locations will have the book – 64 Fulton Street corner of Gold St. New York, NY 10038 | 200 W. 40th Street corner of 7th Ave, New York, NY 10018 | 459 Lexington Avenue corner of 45th St. New York, NY, United States 10017
828 Broadway, Manhattan, NY, United States 10003-4805
Carmine Street Comics
34 Carmine St West Village Manhattan, NY, United States 10014
Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY, United States 11217
Photos from the NY shows and my wanderings while there.
The NY shops!. The Strand, Midtown, and Carmine Street!
I’ll be updating this post as new stores stock the book! Cheers! – max
So far so good!
The Launching of Dream Life has gone ok, if not quite in the order i’d hoped! I expected to have more books shipped to backers by now – just about a quarter are so far, lots to go still. They came from the printers a week later so overlapping with my tour dates and travel. On the upside the travel has helped get a lot of books out to the cities I had the most backers in – Toronto and Montreal. And sales have been encouraging.
TCAF was pretty good. I think I sold about 50+? And lots of Revolver & Therefore Repent! too. We kept track day one when Ange was helping but I forgot to entirely on Day two. It’s nuts now at the show, so many people! And if I can I definatly need to spring for a bigger spot next time. Got too many books now! Would have sold lots more prints had I another few feet. Not such a bad problem to have unless you do.
Noticed Gawker user profiles have blogs today, so I thought i’d try exploiting that. Go comment, favorite or share it or something! :D Did a TV interview, will say more about that when i’m sure it’s going love. I was run down that morning, hope I didn’t come off as tired as I felt. I’m not too polished at answering things succinctly these days. Need to work on that. Reminds me I have two episodes of a show to edit soon as I can find a moment!
Hey, you can buy Dream Life now!
I’m setting up the items in the store in my site here,
and you can get it via the new Spilt Ink site as well.
Check out the trailer and previews and buy my books for all your friends! :) FYI I have enough titles on CS now there that you can order yourself a whole set of my independent Spilt Ink publications there and get free shipping in the US I believe? go for all 4 titles! Dream Life, and Revolver Vol:One, Two, & Three! A quadfecta!!
Click the tour poster to read a free 61 page preview!
Murder in BC leads to an inuksuk in Ontario.
Charlie’s childhood friend is about to die.
Hitchhiking in BC PJ’s luck runs out.
Lionel is in crisis, time for love?
Leslie is a therapist and part time drug dealer.
It’s just occurring to her that she hates her job.
Dan’s six year old daughter thinks he needs to
grow up. She may have a point.
First in a two part story, 161 pages of cinematic, neorealist comics by Salgood Sam. Exploring identity, destiny, and life in a possibly ambivalent universe.
“Salgood Sam is a gifted draftsman. In Dream Life you can see he’s enjoying himself immensely drawing every page of this sprawling story. Beautiful stuff.” – Joe Ollmann
“Those who love and cherish our involuntary interior rambles can enjoy more of a good thing, by diving into Salgood’s universal trance adapter. Those who like to stretch out on the couch and become immersed in a compelling story terrifically told and beautifully drawn can scratch that particular itch as well, via Salgood Sam’s powerful virtuosic graphic novel Dream Life.” – Jim Woodring
“I recently read Salgood Sam’s new graphic novel, Dream Life, and it is sensational. The story is thrilling, heartfelt and heartbreaking. And the way Sam presents his narrative, weaving events, past and present with a large cast of characters is evocative of a dream and a tour de force of comics storytelling.” – Batton Lash
“I couldn’t put this down. Seriously. It’s a keeper. Salgood Sam has one of the most interesting, unique voices in comics today.” – Mark Waid
Max Douglas (born 1970). Since approximately 1996, he’s worked under the pen name of Salgood Sam which is derived from a reverse spelling of his name.
His recent work includes the graphic novels “Dream Life | a late coming of age”, “Therefore, Repent!” with Jim Monroe, and “Wonder Woman versus The Red Menace!” A holiday special of Ghostbusters, “Tainted Love” with Dara Naraghi, A story with Mark Sable in the Eisner winning “Comic Book Tattoo”, another of his own in “Popgun 4”, and work in both “Awesome 2: Awesomer”, and “Sea of Red”. To name a few.
He lives and works in Montreal, with three cats and his partner and teaches art part time. teaches art part time.
I’ve been active on the instagram twitter and facebook, but clearly i’ve put off updating my main site too long!
So, things that have happened: The Kickstarter was a general success! Books got printed, i’ve had a number of launch events and started to get backers copies out to them.
As all kickstarters to there was a small budget issue, made the mistake of thinking my printer was quoting me the price with tax. Didn’t catch the problem until the Kickstarter was half done, my bad. But I mostly just printed a few less books to take the bite out of that. Still was a bit of a problem, the discrepancy wasn’t insane but started looking for ways to run things on less $. Was already planning to talk to them about it but it motivated me to get in touch, so i’m pleased to be working with my friends at Studio Lounak to ship out the books via their infrastructure, that’s going to let me do a lot more with less. Will be taking them the first batch of books to go out next week.
I’ve also used the problem as an excuse to try to get as many copies out in person as I can, one on one or at small gatherings. Something made more possible by the fact about a quarter of my support in the crowdfunder came from Montreal and Toronto. My home town and current city of residence. That’s worked out quite well, putting a more personal touch on things for some supporters. Wish i could do that for all of them really. Money saved on shipping aside it’s really great getting to meet people. Sometimes just in passing, on other occasions my visits have lasted an hour or so as we talked about whatever.
The tour portion of this adventure is about half way thought as planed so far. Earlier in May I had my first official launch event at The Dragon in Guelph. Then there was the madness of TCAF 2014, followed by events in Kingston and Montreal.
All wen’t pretty well all things considered. Though i’m acutely aware I could use at least one if not two assistants to help plan and promote all this stuff.
This coming weekend [the 24th and 25th] I’ve got an in store event at The Paradise comic shop in Toronto, and then i’m tabling at the Toronto Indie Arts Market Small Press fair at the Gladstone.
The following weekend I’m Back in Montreal tabling at FBDM, which will be my first time exhibiting at the home town comics festival. Also nice as it’s just blocks from my home. The FBDM runs the 30th to the 1st of June, but i’ll just be tabling the 31st and 1st.
Then the 7th, i’m in Ottawa. I’ll be at the Comic Book Shoppe on Bank street, and i have a table at the small press book fair that i’ll check in at for the last couple hours. My friend Liliane Menard will be taking care of things for the first half of the small press show there.
And then on June 14th and 15th, Mark Sable and I have a table at the ReedPOP NYC Special Edition show. He’ll be there both days and I’ll join him at the table on Sunday. Saturday, to maximize exposure for Dream Life, i’ve got a small half table at the New York Comic Fest. Bit nuts doing two shows the same weekend but I found out about the festival after and suspect from the guest list it’s the kind of event I NEED to have Dream Life at so he ho, lets go!
Late June I’m going to try to make it out to the east coast of Canada, but nothing is finalized and I think after doing shows ever weekend till mid June, i might need to stay home for a couple of weeks to recover first!
I’ve done a couple podcasts in the midst of all this. Tired and rambly, I think I talked too much but you can catch them here, and here.