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.
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.
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!
103 backers, $3,908 pledged over the initial $3,000 goal. $1092 to go to reach the next stretch goal! Pondering practical things I can do and asking for help…
Made a little clip calling for a hand getting the word out for the stretch goals. I might put up some more art, and I’m pondering if it makes sense to set up some specific retailer rewards now. But in general I think mostly what this needs is more eyes! I’m doing my bit to get those, and I’m asking for your help in that too.
I’ve got a good number of books left before we hit the caps, lots of art, and several affordable digital options including one that for just $10 gets you Dream Life, five issues of Revolver, and SadOcensSpaceBears’ Dream of a dark Dream in mp3 format! And that lets me print two copies of my book AND you’ll get all your files within a week of the end of the drive!
Why go for the stretch goals? well the 3k lets me print 200 copies and visit about 6 retailers along the Windsor to Montreal transit corridor. That’s great, but a modest launch. Already we’re looking at improving that, here’s what the goals represent.
$5000 = 500 books, and the tour goes to Ottawa, Quebec city, out to the east coast to make one or more stops there. Maybe even able to jump across the border a little to upstate NY and Vermont. Pop over to Detroit when I’m in Windsor.
$10000 = 1000 books, maybe a few more as they start to get a lot cheaper to print. And i can entertain taking the tour west of the great lakes, ideally all the way out to British Columbia! Possibly to Seattle, and other major american cities like New York City, Chicago?
This is a little speculative, I’m still working out the details but I travel on the cheap so at least some of that is doable if I can find retailers and accommodations to accommodate. I wish I drove, being a city boy and conscientious objector to fossil fuels most of the time I’ve never learned and get around via bike and mass transit. But it would be handy right about now. I will make due though.
So all to say, i’m very happy we passed the all or nothing line, but I want to do this right. And we’ve got the time left to get there. And we’ve gotten this far with really, not a hell of a lot of people when you think about it? 103 now, at this rate we could reach 10k it with probably 300 or so backers. So backers pass the word! Lets get more people on board!
Thanks for your pledges and support and all the things, l love you all to bits. Here are some relevant links: My twitter. The Facebook page for Dream Life a late coming of age, The official site, though it’s in a bit bare bones at the moment. The free preview on Issuu, embeddable and sharable.
Now here’s me butchering the only song I know all the words too, because I had a typo in one of the reward tiers promising a singing event.
Someone suggested this might be scaring off people!
har har! :)
Thanks to everyone who left comments on the old posts, it was really nice having some kind of feedback when i was posting them that way. It ended up being ill paced I think to the format, so I was not surprised it seldom got a lot of traffic, but some days a good 50 to a 100 people would come and read the whole story! And some of you left very encouraging and flattening notes. You guys helped me keep feeling positive about this project through many darker days and hopeful what I was doing would find a wider audience. Also thanks to Larry Cruz who helped me come up with a great way to describe the narrative style I’ve been trying to develop with this story. I’ll be continuing to use this for some time I expect! :)
“Dream Life is one of those weird comics … It’s more like an orchestral piece, only you allow the artwork, rather than the music, to buffet you through the emotional highs and lows of each movement.”
[link] – Larry Cruz – One Punch Reviews – 4 out of 5
I’m working on getting up a gallery of art that will be on offer as a reward to post in the next day or so. Already two of my 90’s era pages are taken! Encouraging.
I’m going to be working on the two covers so i can get dummies of each version of the book made soon, the limited run of 90 books for the Indiegogo backers, and the Launch edition for TCAF and beyond.
I’m going to be contacting some other shops including those that have stocked Revolver in the past, but right from the start I can say it will be available at The Beguiling, The Dragon, and Strange Adventures.
But that said I really hope I can entice to get the books direct from me via this kickstarter! You can get a full sweet of all three issues of Revolver, and Dream Life for just $50 and help get a nice handful of copies made for the big launch! The same set of books, and a couple more issues of Revolver, AND a downloadable copy of a really cool album [more to come in a separate post about that shortly!], are also on offer as a grand digital option!
Got in late/early today, sitting here as the sun comes up outside – travel always messes my sleep routine all up.
TCAF 2010 – big, lots and lots of books and i hardly got to see any of them, that’s a little disappointing.
I was solo this year, so maned the table most of the time. Had thought i’d try to find time to got walkabout and make trades with the new Dream Life book, but never got it together to do it. Mostly due probably to being a bit frazzled from all the preparations getting ready this year.
Sequential Pulp 2 was a hit, though if we keep it up i’m going to have to double the run next time. I was down to just a 100 copies of the 500 run by day two, and those last ones went pretty fast, leaving me short of comps for some of the contributors. Will have to print up a handful for them to mail off! Nothing for it but to add a few more ads and expand the run some.
Did my bit it seems in making the case for Canadian cultural protectionism with Dustin Harbin, hah! Great post there by him. More good round up posts collected by Bryan on Sequential here too.
James and Walter I’ve known for a while, and Abby too, met her years ago in NY, after a comic jam she led me to one of the best little pastry shops in Manhattan while telling my girlfriend at the time how to make home made pepper spray.
Was the first time meeting Jim and Dave. Later at the final wrap party Jim and i geaked out on Noir films and comics stuff to the point of driving Cecil Castellucci away :P :) And yes Jim, feel free to write with odd questions about tools and stuff. :)
Also had the pleasure of a long chin wag with Chris Pitzer, something about the southern pace makes for a relaxing conversation. Just the thing when your so run down you feel like a noodle.
Also spent a long time catching up with big Tom Fowler, met Kwanza from DC and gained a little insight into the possible fate of a project i submitted to them just before things changed there [there is indeed hope i think] – he seems like a cool guy too. Talked tons as always with the TX guys, spent a lot of my spare time with Kalman, Torie, Eric, and Andrew Wheeler, who I’ve met a few times now, and ended our night out Monday with an excellent impromptu reading of one of my fathers bit’s of prose over dinner clip. He plans to do podcast novels some time, i look forward to it.
Was able to pass several hero’s copies of my new book, including Evan Dorkin and Jim Woodring, both of whom traded me back something of theirs in return.
Spent a dinner with Dave Howard, Ed Brisson, Shannon Gerard, and other Toronto friends [sorry, blanking on who else was there – there were several of you!]. Despite my faulty neurons, that was a nice wind down before the Awards.
After the Doug Wrights, I found myself invited along by Tania Gallant, and joining Jim Woodring and James Strumm for supper, along with Seth and Bryan, Dan Clowes and Peggy Burns. When not just being a Fly on the wall, spent much of the night again talking Nior films, prosses, and metaphysics with James and Jim. Really interesting evening.
To top it off, had a nice short catch up talks on the TCAF floor over the table with Don McKellar, who i met at the first Wright Awards. And Ron Mann who i think i had not talked to since he made Dream Towner, and used some of my fathers photos for the film. Both are quite pleasant guys, nice to see them wandering around diggin’ on comics.
There’s more to mention but i really can’t keep track of it all, a bit amazed just to see all that written down now. What a weekend.
Also met with a possible client while in town, gig is not for sure yet but sounds pretty cool, video related stuff. hope it pans out. And there’s other news, but that i’ll save for next month!
And, i sold a good number of books. Not crazy, but i’m in the black. Really really good show. kind of amazing really in terms of time spent with other creators. Wish i could do this sort of thing all the time. TCAF is kind of like Burning man. I went to that in 1999, and as i walked around the desert i thought it would be totality impractical, but i wish life could be like this every day.
Along the way i heard Frank Frazetta passed away, great talent lost there. But if nothing else TCAF illustrates just how healthy the medium is these days. As Seth said in his awards speech, it was not that long ago that people were sure comics were going to die. Hah! no chance dude.
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Some footage from this years MoCCA. http://www.moccany.org It was hot, huge, and packed. I really only shot a tinny part of it, overwhelmed by the humidity and all the people & books, i just kind of frazzled out after walking one and a half isle. There was just so much stuff to see.
Good panel from MoCCA 2009 in New York City, with Alvin Buenaventura (Buenaventura Books), Mats Jonsson (Gallago), Tom Neely (2007 Ignatz Winner), Brett Warnock (Top Shelf), Julia Wertz (www.fartparty.org), Dylan Williams (Sparkplug Comics). Chaired by Heidi MacDonald (The Beat).