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Illustrator, Cartoonist & Writer
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Introducing, the Spilt Ink Patreon!

Crossposting from SpiltInk.org

2014-12-14 13.28.55Hello 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.

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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.

PHASE ONE
WORKING TOWARDS
$1250 MONTHLY.

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.catheitalianmachine.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.

PHASE TWO 

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
considering becoming
my patron!

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Podcast Info:
Music in opening is a mix up of Nasa Space sounds https://soundcloud.com/nasa over Sadoceanspacebear again. http://sadoceanspacebear.bandcamp.com/releases
Mid-break is more from an earlier self titled album, called “Kitchen Song”. Sorry i talk over it, you can get the song without me talking over it here. http://www.amazon.com/Sadoceanspacebear/dp/B000QQWG78
The episode ends on the awesome “Keep On Knocking” by Death, from “For the Whole World to See”, http://www.amazon.com/Whole-World-See-Death/dp/B001RJWJ34/ref=tmm_msc_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=
I own none of that, if you dig it go buy their music!
Links to things mentioned!
Spilt Ink sites http://sequentialpulp.ca/ http://www.spiltink.org/ http://dd.salgoodsam.com/ http://www.theitalianmachine.spiltink.org/ http://www.spiltink.org/theMMCJarchive/ & http://www.salgoodsam.com/
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.
http://www.salgoodsam.com/animation/
The EN MASSE mural work is documented here
http://www.salgoodsam.com/tag/en-masse/
Jed Alexander asked the first Questions!
http://jedalexander.com/
https://twitter.com/jed_alexander
Past two episodes of the podcast are here
http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=1319018
http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=1188554

A visit to the Studio, and a Dracula Update.

Crossposted from SpiltInk:

newsealforclothsWBHere’s some Inking on Dracula! : Currently in production at Spilt Ink, for the next issue of Revolver Quarterly.

sod-015.inksSFSCThe 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.

The view ahead.

Vol three of the series will feature my first autobio work, and Dracula Son of the Dragon with Mark Sable!

Vol three of the series will feature my first autobio work, and Dracula Son of the Dragon with Mark Sable!

I have not been blogging enough. What with the raw deal on the new Facebook pay to play system, I should be smartening up!

So right this second I’m constructively procrastinating a bit before starting in on the last 6 pages of Dream Life. Check out some glimpses of that on Instagram here. The FB page could use more likes too. The last six are a final, all new scene I decided to add after a proofing of the book. And then it’s actually done. O_o

Looking ahead there’s going to be a lot I have to do still!

I start a new session of my Dynamic Drawing class as well, teaching once a week. Looking forward to it but an added challenge. Meanwhile I’ve got some back mater to curate and write for the backers edition for the indiegogo drive. Cover for that is already mostly done, and the template for the Launch edition. I’ve also got Revolver vol 3 completed, it’s going through final proofing and edits. I think I may rewrite the forward once again. But a lot of stuff is getting, done. It’s a nice big pile. Scary too sometimes.

The plan is to have them all printed and present at TCAF. A launch proper for Dream Life my latest graphic novel, along with a full suite of self published Salgood Sam, with Revolver one to three. Financing all that, definitely a challenge on the current income. Scratch that, probably not on.

I’m thinking I’m going to try the killer app that is a kickstarter style drive as pre-sale and focus point of a big promotional effort to get word out about the books. Have some number crunching to do and a lot of planning. Some quality time with a calendar too.  Probably have to do it in two months time latest! So while getting the packaging wrapped up and teaching! Hah. Ok, this will be fun. Hey anyone tells you self publishing is no trouble…punch them.

No not really, i’m not into violence. But kinda…

So no call to action for that just yet, but expect one. In the mean time, I would like to encourage to you pick up the first two Revolvers. And now to show off a little of the art from both Dream Life, and Revolver Three. Please share this with people, help raise the flag?

Back cover art for Dream LifeCover art for Dream Life book oneDream Life has been a really,
really long running labour of love.

The story of five friends. Dreams, drugs, & denial all failing to weather the arc of life unscathed. Each coming to terms with lives peter panned, and in danger of going off the rails.

It’s received some recognition as a web comic, and support from both grants and crowdfunding! Damn I feel like I really milked a luck goat on this one. It is in fact, not even the whole book I had in mind. So I really hope people like it, so I can make the second half, or two-thirds almost I suspect! That would be wonderful.

The Launch edition will be a 161 pages of story, B&W, 8″x10″ trade paperback. My longest work to date, and most significant solo effort. Not necessarily important to anyone else but me, but I’m pretty pleased with that. :)

This spread comes from a scene in the later half I really like. It’s a work of contemporary fiction, with healthy doses of magic realism, & influenced by cinematic neorealism. There’s a Pulp Fiction inspired subplot, and several interwoven storylines. I hope it to be an engrossing and lush reading experience.

I'm so glad I drew Rob Ford into this shot a year ago or so, very fitting.

I’m so glad I drew Rob Ford into this shot a year ago or so, very fitting.

A bastards taleRevolver is an ongoing personal anthology series. I’m currently offering it in both print and digital modes from my site here. The first two issues are already live, and the third as I said is in the can.

So far Revolver has been a critical success, but slow seller, in part because there is only one me and I still have to spend most of my time drawing. Not to beat a dead horse but that’s something you could help with big time! Find me on twitter here, and RT about the books!

Revolver Three is going to be an exciting one for me, as it contains two all new stories, drawn mostly in just the last half a year.

I’m starting a new series of short works to collect, caled A Bastard’s Tale. Here on the left is a page from that. They run together but are meant to work as short stories too. Tailored to the anthology series format. It’s a memoir, about my father Lionel, and growing up in a counter culture.

My first attempt at something this intensely personal, and frankly scares the shit out of me eh? Hah. But I feel like having thought about it for a long time, I’ve finally found a way into how I would enjoy sharing some aspects of that story. I was thinking of it at first as JUST a book just about Lionel, my father. But I realized in the end my way into that story was via my POV, so that would be an honest way to do it and it provided me with a good starting point finally.  Often a big hurdle, that first step. A Bastard’s Tale is going to be fun as I have a more open pallet in terms boundaries on my drawing styles and techniques.

The bulk of the third vol of Revolver will be given over to something else, completely different

Dracula Son of the Dragon

Dracula Son of the DragonDracula Son of the DragonIn early 2013 Mark Sable and I had a successful  Kickstarter to finance the production of the artwork for a new story, Dracula Son of the Dragon. A 60+ page novella, first in a series of 4, that i’m serializing in B&W in Revolver in quarters as I complete it. Part historical fiction, part horror fantasy,  chronicling Vlad the Impaler’s transformation into the vampire Dracula. 

Revolver Vol Three marks the launch of the series with the first installment. Backers for the Dracula Kickstarter are digital subscribers for the most part, who get an early bird link for their digital subscriptions.  So i’m really keen for them to all get their first look at what their support helped get done.  That’s 300+ subscribers already! The final colour printed collection of Dracula Son of the Dragon is going to be late, but at least it will appear in some form at TCAF 2014 in Revolver three!

While the two projects are very different, there is also an interesting synergy between the these installments of both, featuring a young boys relationship with his father. Unplanned but cool. There’s also an assortment of pin ups and comic jams again, I really tried to curate an enjoyable reading experience. I want Revolver to be the best of me. Something I can hold up with unqualified pride of craft.

I included an informal query about the digital subscription when we started collecting info from backers, and so far i’m very pleased with the number of thumbs up! So thanks for that, and your amazing support!

So that’s what’s up with my comics and stuff! A lot eh? Tell me about it. And tell your friends too OK?

Like Dracula and Dream Life on Facebook, buy a digital or print copy of Revolver, and then review it!

Read the first 100+ page preview of Dream Life and then share it with your friends, with word of it’s pending release! I can’t do this stuff for long without you, the readers.

Thanks and cheers!
I’ll try to post more often.
max

carte blanche 14, the print on demand / digital edition!

Hi, I got news!

As some will know aside from being a cartoonist and intermittent blogger at sequential, for the last little while I’ve been editor @  http://carte-blanche.org, of graphic fiction [comics and other visual narratives, but basically comics].

Since I joined the magazine there has been talk of doing an print edition of some kind. We’ll here it is, least our first foray into it. We’re using HP’s print on demand service to publish our first hard edition, carte blanche 14: Obsessions. 

I’ve used the service a couple of times now, it’s really good, commercial quality printing on good paper, I kind of wanted to do perfect bound but we wanted to make it cheep. 12.99.

I’ve ended up all over this thing, in a good way I hope. The theme-one of several suggested–the first thing out of my head and seemed to end up resonating the most with Ed in chief Maria Turner and the rest of my fellow editors. Not to take credit for it but then it became a bit of a obsession/preoccupation of my own as I took on the  job of designing the magazine.

I enjoy this kind of work in general but it’s rare to have so much, i think quality material to work with. When i sat down with the full contents to read through them in full before starting the layouts, I was pretty blown away with it all. In part to satisfy my notions for the magazine & in part in response to reading the stories, I did 9 new illustrations for the issue to accompany the design. They join a short comics story A Sunrise by  Daniel Ha. Pieces, another comic, by Ainsley Olsen. Paired by photographer Aurora Ira. Cover art and design elements by Billy Mavreas. And writing by Jaclyn Watterson, Clint Walker, Kathleen Winter, AC Fraser, Donna Caruso, Cynthia Dockrell, Janet Smith, Kathy Page, Rusty Morrison, Julie Mahfood, Lesley Pasquin, Priscila Uppal, Michelle Barker, Gillian Sze, Pablo Strauss Translating Raymond Bock. John Taylor Translating José-Flore Tappy. And a Q&A with Kathleen Winter!
12.99 + shipping, comes with a free digital edition, which if you like you can buy for $5 on it’s own.

Max

Press release from: carte blanche
editors@carte-blanche.org 

Subject: carte blanche introduces new formats

A look at what’s happening at carte blanche.

You asked for it and now we’ve delivered. carte blanche is very excited to announce the launch of our print-on-demand and digital magazine!

Purchase a digital copy and enjoy our Fall Issue (#14) on the reader of your choice, or get a print copy mailed directly to you and peruse it at your leisure.

Available via MagCloud(When you buy the print magazine, you’ll also receive a digital copy free.)

As a special bonus, you get beautiful illustrations by our graphic fiction editor Salgood Sam, and unique cover art by Montreal artist Billy Mavreas in addition to all of the wonderful stories, poems and essays from Issue 14.

And our exclusive audio content is still online at www.carte-blanche.org. Let us know what you think!

Happy reading,

The Editors, carte blanche
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52 pages, published 2 MAR 2012

$12.99 us + postage for print, $5 for digital only.

carte blanche Issue 14: Obsessions
The Montreal-based literary magazine of poetry, graphic fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, literary translation, fiction, and interviews. This is a pilot project of our first print/digital version of the magazine. It features cover art by Billy Mavreas and original illustrations by Salgood Sam.
Go to carte-blanche.org for exclusive audio content.

I posted a story, now you go vote!

Ok, so this is a blatant bribe, I’ve been behind on posting new work the last two weeks, been busy preparing for TCAF and getting Sequential’s special coverage material together, and absorbing some huge good news i’ll mention in a few lines.

To make it up to you, i’m posting this story, a nice colour 5 pager that i think has some rousing sociopolitical tones. If you poke around you’ll find a link to the song it’s based on too.

In exchange for it I ask all my Canadian readers to get out and vote today! Obama got Osama, yep it’s true, done and done [some interesting details about how here for the news hounds].

The big news is as of the latest polls, the NDP are within 3 points of the Conservatives!

Holly crap. But that could all be vapor if people don’t get out and vote.

If you enjoy the art I share with you then know this, I’ve directly benefited from arts council suport, once in the past, and big news, i just got accepted for a new grant last month. Which means i’ll be able to keep working on Dream Life without interruption, and in my spare time do some more comics for RevolveЯ too!

This is the kind of funding to give you the kind of art Harper and Co would not think is worthy of support probably, if given a free hand he’d have cut far more.

So keep democracy, and the arts, vibrant in Canada. Take some friends out for breakfast or lunch today, and stop at the polls. Make sure to scoop up the lazy ones with you, all they need is two bits of ID. And don’t forget, a strategic vote could be for NDP!

Canadians go VOTE today! Give Harper a swift kick if not the full boot!

Another new Dream Life page today!

Also some jawboning about lucid dreaming there for you in the blog.

Just two more left for this dream sequence to go.

That’s right, i wanted to open the story with a nearly wordless, twenty one page dream sequence! You can see how it might have been a little hard to convince a publisher to go for that without seeing it all done :)

By the end of chapter one though, i hope to have made my case. Colored 20 last night and working on some pencils for 40-46 today.

max

salgoodsam.com

gots’ ya’ comics right here…

Psst,

hey buddy…

So I’ve been wanting to add comics to Sequential.spiltink.org for a while, and was wondering how to go about it.

Then i realized, hey, i draw comics! duh. Been working on a graphic novel called Dream Life for the last while, and it’s been begging for a better site.

To be honest I’ve been reluctant to use Sequential to promote my own work, feel a bit funny about it. But it increasingly seems the best way to continue doing both, and truthfully it was while working out how to get my own work out there that i realized there was a need for something like it in the first place, so of course i should be using it.

Over the last 6 months I’ve been trying to remind myself of that. I’ve Just added a new area to the site, a WordPress webcomics page, hosted at sequential.spiltink.org/comics [rss] – for now the main attraction is Dream Life. I had been publishing it on Live Journal but it’s needed a new easier to read/follow site for a while.

For the last week there’s been a new post each day, after page 9 I’ll have new updates every Wednesday.

I want to expand from there, eventually to be a fully online version of RevolveR. I’m still working out how WordPress works, when i get it sorted I’ll be adding an index for other stories of my own….

But if you draw comics, then consider this -

Sequential is looking for creators to publish on site.

If you’re interested contact me about publishing your comics on sequential.spiltink.org/comics Directly. Ongoing and short stories are both welcomed submissions. I want to leave the subject open on subject matter for the moment, but looking for good story telling and consistent work and i do plan to be picky. It would be great to have s traditional style strip to post right on the main Sequential blog too! Canadiana is very welcomed. Cheers – max.

Popgun 4

It was dropped on Bleeding cool, so this is post seepage, but here’s the beutiful cover by Ben Templesmith of the next book to have my art in it! Popgun 4!


For those of you with ink on your fingers, Ben has a cool proses post on the creation of this here on his blog.

Popgun 4 is in the December diamond previews.

My story “Honolulu Lorie’s” was suposed to be in #3 but along with a whole lot of stuff got bumped back to 4 when they realized they had over sold the seats. Some awkward moments there when i found out and i’ve been sitting on my hands till now to make sure it was for sure going to be in this one – “cut due to too much goodness” is generally not quite the message editors probably want to send if you like a story. But bygones, all’s good now, and i’m excited to see how my baby looks in print and the company it’ll be keeping. The Popgun series is damn impressive, very proud to have something in one now.

If you liked that proses post by Ben you’ll maybe want to look at this Flickr set for Lorie’s, documenting the creation of the art for the story. The script was first written in a bar years ago in the mid 90’s on a napkin hanging out with some drunken scumbags and dear friends. Funny because i don’t drink but they could never tell they say.
Sadly i can’t get to LA for the launch party at Meltdown, but if you’re in the area you can keep up with the news about that probably here on DJ’s site.

POPGUN is back with another eclectic collection of established fan favorite creators and rising stars coming together for a new edition of the Harvey Award-winning graphic mix tape! From high-octane action to heart-tugging drama to laugh-out-loud comedy, this collection has comics you’ll love: over 500 full color pages of them!

popguncomics.com

featuring JOCK, JEFFERY BROWN, ERIK LARSEN, TOM SCIOLI, JM KEN NIIMURA, FRANK STOCKTON, JESSICA FINK, SALGOOD SAM, MATTEO SCALERA, CHRIS MORENO, MARK ANDREW SMITH, DEREK MCCULLOCH, JEREMY TINDER, ELIZABETH GENCO and more!
edited by D.J. KIRKBRIDE, ANTHONY WU & ADAM P. KNAVE
cover BEN TEMPLESMITH
FEBRUARY 10
512 PAGES / FC
$29.99

K, MoCCA and Awesome 2: Awesomer – gone fishin’

Ok, about to take the weekend off and head south for a few days, got some drawing to do tonight and a few errands to run, then catch a train in the am. A quick weekend trip to NY to check out MoCCA for the first time! Woohoo.

Was just at the publishers office, K2: Le dep’ eclaire a des milles a la ronde is on the stands! There’s also another introductory video on the site with author Sophie Bienvenu!

This is the interior BD i did for that, it printed pretty nicely i think.

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Was at TCAF, the Canadian version of this, but i’ve wanted to go to MoCCA for a while, haven’t seen the museum since the early 90’s, and the festival seems to promise much! But you know at TCAF i really only got to have real fun in the evenings, the days were work. Didn’t want to do too of those in a row so didn’t think I’d go this year either. But then i decided i had earned a hobo’s weekend.

This time it’s strictly for kicks, see some freinds and look at comic books. Not sitting anywhere or have a single thing planed. Looks to be fun. May spend a lot of time in panels.

Will post stuff if i have the time, photos and such, and probably use the excuse to play reporter a little on sequential. Good way to shift from the TCAF coverage mode.

One of the things I’m really excited to see is the Indy Spinner Anthology i have a story in with Rantz Hoseley, AWESOME 2: AWESOMER. It’s pretty amazing looking, here’s the specks!

Edited by Indie Spinner Rack’s Charlito and Mr. Phil!
Preview



You can’t keep a great indie anthology down! The boys at Indie Spinner Rack have been producing the premiere indie comics podcast for over three years, and in 2007 produced the aptly-titled AWESOME anthology. Now they’re back, along with a few dozen of their friends and favorite guests… who happen to be some of the greatest cartoonists in the industry!

AWESOME 2: AWESOMER is edited by Charlito and Mr. Phil, hosts of Indie Spinner Rack, and designed once again by Eisner nominee Jon Adams. Contributors include Chris Duffy, Sarah Glidden, Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey, Jeff Lemire, Alex Robinson, J. Chris Campbell, Robert Goodin, Alex Cahill, Chris Schweizer, and MANY more — with a cover by the legendary Jeff Smith!

What’s more, half the proceeds from every book sold will go to fund a student scholarship to the Center for Cartoon Studies! What are you waiting for!? Pick up AWESOMER today! — Softcover Graphic Novel (Anthology) with inserted mini-comic, 200 pages, 6″ x 9″

SHIPPING MAY 2009!
Awesome 2: Awesomer
$14.95 (US)
Diamond: MAR09443
ISBN: 978-1-60309-039-1

The set from Flicker for my story in that is here.

Cover art for Popgun 3

Just saw this, looks sweet! nice one by Tara McPherson.

Here’s the blurb:

POPGUN VOLUME 3 by ERIK LARSEN, DAN BRERETON, PAUL GRIST, SHELDON VELLA, ED KWONG, JUAN DOE, TONCI ZONJIC, SALGOOD SAM, MIKE DAWSON, ANTHONY WU, CHRIS MORENO, MAXIMO LORENZO, DEREK MCULLOCH, CONNOR WILLUMSEN, and more!

edited by MARK ANDREW SMITH & D.J. KIRKBRIDE

cover by TARA McPHERSON

The Harvey Award-winning graphic mixtape returns for a third round with a new generation of cartoonists teaming up with some of the industry’s most celebrated names to produce nearly five hundred pages of all-new, full color comics! Always exciting, unpredictable, and bursting at the seams with unhindered creativity, POPGUN keeps getting better and better!

MARCH 25th * 448 PAGES * FC * $29.99

You can preorder it on Amazon, [the listing shows the wrong cover] And you can also order it from your local comics retailer (Diamond order code JAN092368)

popguncomics.com

Here’s a peek at my stuff in the book.

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See you @ EXPOZINE 2008 | Sat Nov 29 & Sun Nov 30

stock for Expozine 08


So I’m going to be at Expozine, along with much of the alternative comix scene for Montreal and many from all over Canada and the US!

Expozine has evolved into the biggest zine fair in Canada now, it’s been amazing to watch; I’ve attended every year so far.

This year I have lots of books. Not as many copies of Therefore Repent as I’d have liked it looks like, just 10!

Ordered more but unless they show up Friday I think they got held up with thanksgiving in the US.

That kind of sucks because i can probably sell 3 times as many as I have. But what you going to do?

I will have other books though, lots of RevolveR‘s, a few copies of Comic Boot Tattoo, Sea of Red, old jam zines and some other older books i’ve done. Also going to bring a long box of old books from my personal collection, stuff i’d like to start divesting myself off. Also, i had some cool new 1″ pins I had made up too, hear they come out well, going to pick them up tomorrow!

The books are above, bellow is the art from the pins! See you at the show! Drop by and say hi if you read the blogs. :)

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We Invented Someone

Rantz on ISR on about CBT

Been catching up on my comics pods.

Listening to lots of stuff while i fling ink madly at this.

Finally got to my friends at Indy Spinner Rack! Done some editing for their show in the past and got to press the flesh in NY a few weeks back. Really enjoyed sitting with them at the Con, and all the rest. didn’t have enough time to hang out, i Will be back.

Wish I’d bloody gone with them to Hero Con as almost planed! darrrr! That would have been so much better than staying at home and breaking up with my girlfriend. I am such a dummy sometimes, it amazes me.

In episode #134 Charlito and Mr. Phil talked with our editor and facilitator for the massive Comic Book Tattoo. Mr Rantz Hoseley.

I had to blush, I had not heard the ‘reasoning’ for our story being chosen to preview on MySpace before. And I’m not above sharing it with you here.

Clip of Rantz embarrassing me along with many others in the book is here bellow, and you can catch the whole conversation on the ISR site here.

 


Hear he’s back at the just regular insanity of getting Displaced Persons wrapped up! Hope he’s getting a bit more sleep now after the wild success at the SDCC!

Last week we were also told the book was the #2 bestseller on Buy.com, #15 on Amazon’s graphic novel bestseller list & #35 on Bookscan’s!

Glee.

 

Gett your Tattoo here.


Cheers!

The Big Launch – Comic Book Tattoo.

Been inking, and writing, and doing a lot of walking still.

Up side to the insanity of visiting Toronto is all the exercise, reminds me to keep it going at home. With the always present list of things to do when your freelance, it easy to forget to get off your ass sometimes.

And of course the net always calls to be fed. To bad it doesn’t take walks and crap itself. Been contemplating getting a dog friend lately.

Didn’t get to the big SDCC this year. Had thought I would but changed my mind. Timing was just not suitable – need to get a lot done this month.

But Damn, it would have been cool to have been there for the official big launch of Comic Book Tattoo, Tori Amos’s monster anthology book!

The photo here of a panel is by the K-Squared: They have a nice full report posted about the panel at the con, with Amos, Rantz, and 6 of the contributors. And the Tori Amos signing later. And there is a clip of the panel posted here on Flicker by comiquero.com, dug up by Russell Lissau.

There’s also some cool shots up on Rantz flicker stream. And K. Star St.Germain posted the first page from what looks like a stunning story here. And i love this shot Sarah Jaffe took of herself with the book. There’s a set here of one of the signings. And bellow is Rantz with some folks who posted this on their feed, proud owners of a limited edition. I believe word is everything that went with them to SDCC is gone, all sold out! There’s a lot of buz on this thing.

Quite excited to see this thing, been kind of holding out in an act of perverse denial of reward i suppose. :)

I hope my story printed well. Kind of afraid to see how it looks along side some of the other stuff in the previews!

ED: New Stuff.
1st Review of the book.

Posed here on Bust. Dug up by Derek.

And CBR has, a TV channel…? First i’ve here of this…


In anticipation of the debut of Comic Book Tattoo at Comic-Con International in San Diego, CBR TV, in association with MySpace Comic Books, caught up with Tori Amos at Amoeba Music in Hollywood for an exclusive one-on-one interview about the new massive Image Comics anthology, which features new work by a host of sequential art’s brightest and most innovative talents, all turning in new work based on the songs of Tori Amos.

There’s that link to Star’s work, and mine & Mark’s up on Myspace, you also get this sneak peek on CBR, these on undented.com, this with Jennifer M. Contino on the the PULSE, a publisher’s weekly article here, and aintitcool.com does it’s thing here with more lovely art, AOL/Spinner has a huge interview and article with Rantz, Tori, David Mack, Colleen Doran, and Ted McKeever here. And finally from newsarama this is the FULL line up, feast the eyes.

David Mack
Josh Hechinger, Matthew Humphreys, Kristyn Ferretti (L)
Jonathan Tsuei, Eric Canete
Jason Horn, Dean Trippe
Sara Ryan, Jonathan Case
Rantz A. Hoseley, James Stokoe
Tristan Crane, Atticus Wolrab
Kako
Nikki Cook
Drew Bell, Kevin Mellon, Mark Sweeney (C)
Jeff Carroll, Mike May
Jeremy Haun, Amber Stone (C)
Leif Jones
Elizabeth Genco, Carla Speed Mcneil, Mark Sweeney (C)
Kelly Sue Deconnick, Andy Macdonald,Nick Filardi(C),Kristyn Ferretti(L)
Cat Mihos, Andre Szymanowicz, Gabe Bautista(C), Kristyn Ferretti(L)
C.B. Cebulksi, Ethan Young, Joey Weltjens & Lee Duhig For Guru Efx (C)
Omaha Perez
Irma Page, Mark Buckingham
Rantz A. Hoseley, Ming Doyle, Mark Sweeney(C), Kristyn Ferretti (L)
Mike Maihack
John Ney Reiber, Ryan Kelly, Kristyn Ferretti (L)
Alice Hunt, Trudy Cooper
Jonathan Hickman
Matthew S. Armstrong
Neil Kleid, Christopher Mitten, Kristyn Ferretti(L)
Stephanie Leong, Sonia Leong
Peov
Kelly Sue Deconnick, Laurenn Mccubbin
John Bivens
Hope Larson
Emma Vieceli, Faye Yong(C)
Chris Arrant, Star St.Germain
Mike Dringenberg
Paul Maybury
Jim Bricker, Craig Taillefer
Dame Darcy
G. Willow Wilson, Steve Sampson
Neal Shaffer, Daniel Krall
Adisakdi Tantimedh, Ken Meyer Jr.
Mark Sable, Salgood Sam
Tom Williams
James Owen
Seth Peck, Daniel Heard
Ivan Brandon, Callum Alexander Watt
Leah Moore & John Reppion, Pia Guerra, Mark Sweeney, Kristyn Ferretti
Jessica Staley, Shane White
Ted Mckeever, Chris Chuckry (C)
Jimmie Robinson
Lea Hernandez
Derek Mcculloch, Colleen Doran, Jason Hanley (L)

wOW!

Exclusive preview of Upside Down for COMIC BOOK TATTOO!

So as i was saying, here we go.


Thanks to Tori and Rantz, we are very honored to present Mark and I’s upside down interpretation of Upside Down [vid]
.

It’s been posted on MySpace Comic Books site today as a preview for the book. You can read it all there! :)

Mark and I are working on an interview with each other to be posted soon to go with this.

This was a great short story to work on, I’m very happy with how the collaboration with Mark tuned out, very excited about this one.

Comic Book Tattoo is going to be an amazing showcase book, i haven’t read the other stories yet, but i’ve seen lots of the pages here and there – the book looks amazing!

This is the first of three anthologies I’m going to be in between now and December, what a way to kick things off.

The last thing i finished.

So if you read here often you’ll maybe remember in the spring i postponed work on Dream Life a bit to do something exciting that had come up. Over Due to follow that up. I did a short story with Mark Sable [GROUNDED, FEARLESS, HAZED] that rifted of of Tori Amos’s song Upside Down, for her latest project – a huge 12″ x 12″ 480-page comic anthology titled COMIC BOOK TATTOO.

Here’s some highlights of press circuit so far-

SHE’S YOUR COMICS:
Tori Amos’ “Comic Book Tattoo”
on CBR, with art!

Tori Amos’ “Comic Book Tattoo”
to debut at SDCC with signing session on CBR

Here’s a scan of a page from the Jan edition
of SPIN magazine that announced
Comic Book Tattoo, posted on chrisarrant.com

And Tori Amos anthology due from Image
posted on THE BEAT.

Here’s a picture of the Hardcover Edition taken by our Editor extraordinaire, Rantz Hoseley. Some shots of the inside on the other side of this link. The cover art is by Jason Levesque of stuntkid.com.

Soon I’ll be able to show you some of my own work, and Mark and i are sloted to do some interviews soon too. Stay tuned!