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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.

Shipping update and Spilt Ink dot Org

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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….

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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 AmazonComiXology, & 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!

max

Places you can Buy Dream Life!

Jennifer me and Robert at the Dragon, after hosting the first event on my tour! :) You can get all my books there.

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!

The Dragon
55 Wyndham St. North, Unit T-19B, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1H7T8

The Beguiling
601 Markham Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6G 2L7

Paradise Comics
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

Librairie Omnibus 
625 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal, Quebec, Canada H3B 1B8

Studio 9
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.

Librairie Millenium
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

The Strand
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

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Photos from the NY shows and my wanderings while there.

Photos from the NY shows and my wanderings while there.

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The NY shops!. The Strand, Midtown, and Carmine Street!

I’ll be updating this post as new stores stock the book! Cheers! – max

Dream Life! Going out to backers & available for general order now!

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.

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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!

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

Author Biography

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.

Blog update: The Dream Life kickstarter is Live!

It’s alive! I just launched a new 28 day kickstarter to finance my new Graphic Novel,
the long awaited Dream Life | a late coming of age.

I had it up as a web comic for a long time as part of the TX comics group, it earned me a Webcomics Creator nomination in the Joe Shuster Awards a couple times - 

For the new book launch, I have a 61 page preview for download or viewing via Issue.

The old pages have been edited and such, so I’ve taken them down on the main site but you can still read them here on Facebook and here on Google+. I kind of like the full screen experience on those pages better anyway.

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!

Dream Life, and Revolver One - Three

What Are You Reading? with Salgood Sam

Was invited to write up some books for Robot 6′s regular piece, What Are You Reading?”.

Decided to cover some books by friends that I had just read for awards or had been picking through over the summer. I don’t apologize for being biased.

Tale of Sand‘, ‘Suddenly Something Happened‘, & ‘Traumstadtdenken‘.

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand.

Multi-award winning Art and Adaptation by Royal Academy heavyweight Ramón Pérez.
Award winning packaging by Eric Skillman.
Archaia

Ramón’s a friend, and it’s been inspiring to watch him become deservedly highly sought after. It may be laying it on a little thick calling this book one for the ages, but I just did. I will have no choice but to cop to being bias. But I’m confident you will agree.

A year or so ago it was while loitering around the Toronto studio he shares with the rest of the Academy gang that I first saw pages from this rather brazenly epic realization of a reputedly esoteric rich early script, by one of my all time heroes. The Muppet Man. Mr Fraggle. When he said what the spreads he was inking were for, I think I cursed under my breath for an extended period.

You could already see this was a gorgeous project. Leaning over Ramón’s shoulder when he’s working tends to be routinely rewarding, but all the more so in this case.

Reading the book myself this summer finally was an almost-unadulterated pleasure. I was initially thrown by the strange lettering phenomenon associated with old Melrose Mernly [his friends call him Sven]. But after it reoccurred a couple of times I got it, and recognized it for the bit of fun inventive surrealism it is, an echo of Henson’s own penchant for psychedelic audio phenomenon.

This book is filled with playful formalistic inventions that for me put it on par with Asterios Polyp and the like. I think many are fairly novel, but despite and often because of it, all still a fabulously smoothly reading, rolling, kinetic comic.

A race meant to take 10 minutes to Eagle Mountain takes a wrong turn into a maylay of chaos.

The large wordless sections can be pored over, but I encourage you to read it all at least once, in only the time it takes to get the story point and move on.

The ease at which you can register what has been drawn narrative wise is remarkable. Storytelling as sharp as you will find here, for a story so surreal is an impressive accomplishment. Ramon makes it look easy. I also happen to know it was completed in an impressively short time, too.

This is a jealousy inducing book. His discipline is always impressive, and it’s on full display here. What it brings to a quite recognizably worthy bit of the Henson legacy is worth every cent and minute.

You must read.

Suddenly Something Happened

by Jimmy Beaulieu.
Translated by Kerryann Cochrane
Conundrum Press

Jimmy Beaulieu is the founder of Quebec publishing house Mécanique Générale, and an autobiographical cartoonist with a penchant for romantic angst. This was how I first encountered him.

I think it was at a Comic Jam hosted by Rupert Bottenberg, or a BD festival perhaps. He’s an extremely likable geeky guy who loves pop music, pop art and sexy ladies unabashedly. A fastidious editor and designer and easy maker of many friends.

He and a group of said friends were publishing great inventive self-published B&W comics when I first moved to Montreal. Several were even wordless so I could enjoy them without issue. I really loved checking out their latest stuff, and was always frustrated by my hopelessly poor language skills when it came to reading Jimmy’s auto bio work.

BDANG is a sub imprint of Conundrum Press, a small but prolific Canadian publishing house. Under it publisher and author Andy Brown is translating and publishing several French books

In 2010 one of them was the collection and translation of two of Jimmy’s extended works, Quelques Pelures and Le Moral des Troupes [winner of the 2005 Prix de l'Espoir Québécois], They document his life between the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. Additional pages were added to the collection, and Jimmy played with parts of the text of the second part to try to round out the story and smooth out his sophomore spots.

I’ve read it in fits, it’s got scope! Coming in at an impressive 250 pages of comics. It’s hard to read in a sitting, but perfect I think for browsing through on transit or keeping by the throne.

Jimmy adopted early an easy, fast, light-handed style of art, well-suited to a personal journal comic. It evolves visibly over the body of work, going from pleasantly naive to deceptively skillful. He often apologizes for his drawing, but I find it enjoyably expressive and his girls are adorable! Being so often the subject of his attention, this pays off for an appreciative reader. He captures people’s pantomime well. The tones and textures lend themselves to a gauzy soft focused nostalgic story about the coming of age of a shy cartoonist from Quebec City who slowly falls in love with Montreal, and moons over hot cupid-like young mothers and full-figured redheads.

There are many small gems, like one of the short, newer epilogues to act one. An entry titled ‘rocket man’ where Jim shares an internal monologue about waiting for his employer at a book fair in Autumn of 2000. Withdrawing from caffeine and suffering a night of poor sleep, on a day he marks as his 2977th of celibacy! Oh dear. He talks about the city landscape while imagining Mecha Kaiju destroying a Montreal industrial park, then that the underwear models on the billboards are there to distract him from the urban destruction. It’s subtle in execution and quite poignant.

I think one great target audience for this collection would be young adult and romance readers looking for sprawling, ranting, romantic, sometimes silly stories of transplantation. Finding love in lots of the wrong places, but finally one right. Feeling inadequate. Facing death for the first time. Raging over pop culture and ranting about popular culture. And being in love with the making of comics. I also know for a fact at least one American comics editor has confessed to having used this book to seduce a girlfriend.

Jimmy has matured a lot since this early work. You’ll find a lovely recent example of his work in Carré Rouge, a romantic fictional story set around the recent protests in Montreal, published in multiple languages online.

But this early material is still quite charming.

Traumstadtdenken – Comix + Images

By Rupert Bottenberg
Editions Trip

Traumstadtdenken

Rupert and I first met at a comics jam in Montreal in the ‘90s when i worked at Marvel and was chafing at constraints. Another cartoonist friend and I were talking during a NY convention, and he gave me a zine of Rupert’s, saying I should meet him. This is also when I first heard about Comic Jams, spectacular incarnations of which Rupert hosted in a svengali fashion at the time.

You may have noticed a trend in my book selections? Yes, well, it’s what I’ve been reading of late. Catching up on the work of many friends.

The title Traumstadtdenken is a German neologism, meaning “Dream-City-Thinking.” A reference to a painting by Paul Klee, “Traumstadt,” that had a significant impact on Rupert.

The book is a collection of comix, drawings and odds ’n’ ends spanning 10 years stitched together with bits of connective symbolically narrative sequences. My one complaint is that the packaging of the book seems to have been been poorly proofed, with the margin’s feeling too close cropped on some pages for my comfort.

It’s informative to know he also paints highly designed abstract art, collects and fabricates pop art sculptures and toys, and recently has been globe-hopping as a founding member of the breakout art collective EN MASSE which i’ve had the honor of being a guest member of.

Whatever he is drawing on–in a comic, on a wall or canvas–his rendering is always superbly skilled and highly graphically attractive. This book is filled with perfect cartoony chiaroscuro pages that often invite you to project your own meaning or interpretations. Rupert has always been a fan of wordless art that can be read by anyone. Several sequences here are examples of that. He provides rich symbolic visuals that suggest lots of ideas, and are just really fun to look at. There is no attempt to present an over-arching story here, page numbers are consciously dropped. There are times where narrative is very strong, a story can be found with ease. Is even clearly intended. But where words appear, it’s usually to cloud the issue and add new silly twists to things.

When I first saw his work I fell in love with his lines. We’ve shared an appreciation for improvisational doodling and abstraction. I hope more people can discover his work as I have. This collection is an excellent place to start.

You should also check out his webcomic with author Claude Lalumière, Lost Myths.


I publish my own comics Quarterly in Revolver.
$15 for print ~ $2 digital

About Design

I don’t get asked to do it as often as i like,
so i’m going to talk about book design a bit now and then…

Don’t get me wrong,
I like both of these.
But still…

Was going to post about Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis on my personal Facebook profile this morning, a fascinating and scary recently diagnosed illness. But then noticed this looking up details and thought it a good opportunity to mention something i’ve observed before.

This is a great example of a lack of innovation in book design, and as a designer the value adopting habits to help both your work, and the items you are designing stand out.

So you have two titles, of very similar wording, in this case about two very different things.

One was just released November 13, 2012. One published in 2010. It seems to me a basic best practice would be to research the tittle, and see if something like it exists already, and not repeat any design notes if one does, if you can help it. Make sure one book is distinct from the other with a similar tittle? So, no red band with B&W images for Susannah should have been a no brainer…ahem. Sorry.

I suspect that didn’t happen here. Not identical of course, but so close. A bit too close branding wise and so easy to avoid with a simple google search on the part of whomever was putting the packaging together for Susannah Cahalan’s book.

Given the older book also owns the URL one would likely look up for promoting Susannah’s new book, it’s hard to imagine you would not have seen this coming either, as a publisher or author or someone on the decision making chain. So I have to wonder if it was a case of just not caring. Or maybe they did, and decided to try to get a lift from people looking for a popular self help book? I don’t know but it gives me an excuse to mention; you get a commission to do a cover? Search the title and subject and be aware of what has gone before.

Something to think about the next time you’re asked to work on a job.   

Ok, with that, i did just listen to Susannah talk about her ordeal, and it’s fascinating stuff, possibly the origins of many cases believed to have been possession in the past. Listen to her talk about it here and try not to get paranoid the next time your hand feels numb.

Just because a thing has not been explained, does not mean it never will be. As a skeptic that was one of the things I came away thinking about after listening to this. A newly named disease humans have probably suffered from since there were humans, and before most likely. Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. In the past too many were probably diagnosed as mad, or possessed. 80+% of known cases have been women, and before 2002 no one new about it at all.

Links

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness & Brains on Fire: Igniting Powerful, Sustainable, Word of Mouth Movements

http://www.brainsonfirebook.com/ - http://www.susannahcahalan.com/

And last, I like design so much,
I publish my own comic to get an excuse to do it.
Ok, maybe an exaggeration, might be the comics i’m more hyped about.
But it is one of the perks of putting out my own books…

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.

It’s here, and can be yours this weekend!

Hard to put into words how it feels to have this printed. New books are always good feeling to have done. And this project is no where close to being totally done, just about 10% or so. And i’m finding little glitches already i’ll have to fix. But i’ve been working on this thing for a long long long time. So many things have gotten in the way of getting it done sooner, so to have anything completed now, oh man… I just hope i can sell as many of this edition as possible because, all my capital this month is tied up in it! :P So hey, come buy a copy! :)
Dream Life
By Salgood Sam
self published – spilt ink
$8

First run of 100 to be made available at TCAF 2010
Dream Life is the story of five friends, Charlie, Lionel, Lucy, PJ, and Dan. Each coming to terms with lives unplanned; in danger of going off the rails, or peter paned.
A biker named Garry Greenberg, a big blue tarpaulin wrapped box, a dog and a red head with no hair will force them each to choose a new path.
Part coming of age, part pulp crime novel, part odd to Charles Schultz.
This 48 page booklet collects the first chapter of the ongoing web comic including pages not yet posted online.
Dream Life site
Salgood Sam dot com

Stuff is going on…

Hey all! So did you have a good free comic book day?

I hope the local shops did well. I’m kind of trapped by work right now and had to stay in.

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Not sure if it has anything to do with it, people looking at more comics today maybe – but a good turn from a friend was the main thing. About 1200 new readers from reddit clicked on Dream Life and did a fair bit of page turning, thanks to Keiren ‘MrsComics‘ Smith who first listed it! I suspect it might be that Mrs Comics. ;) Merci Keiren.

New page went up today by the way [as seen here].

Added the social network links to the site from it’s birth a few months ago. My Facebook Group as been the work horse, 400 on it as of today, and a lot of daily visits through them. I have a fan page too here if you’re looking for one. Digg has been anemic, i enjoy their vodcasts, but i think i can see maybe why a web comic hasn’t been to the site’s taste yet. More of a trailer and gag oriented scene i’m thinking. Stumble upon has been sending fair bit of trafic to me now and then, but i think reddit blew them away with one click. Clearly a superior web-comic listing is on Reddit! Looking at close to or more than 2500 page views in 48 hours. hope some translate to ongoing readers.
:)

TUNES
And a couple of days ago I added the first track in the ‘sound track’ of the comic, go to the cover, open the youtube link in a new page, hit play and give about 4 bars per page.

PRINT
I also just wrapped up Sequential Pulp, sent it off to the printers – god speed! – 30 pages of awesome in the end, already spotted a few typos including the one the bottom of the cover. oh well. Hundreds of collective man hours in it, think we did good. Thanks to everyone who submitted both that got in, even just under the wire, and those that did not. There was a surplus of potential content which is pretty amazing news in of itself. And to our sponsors. We had a surplus there too. feels like people are feeling bullish about comics and TCAF, bodes well. :) It’s super tight on Dream Life, I’m optimistic but it’s a race to the line.

PIXEL
Something kind of interesting going on at Zuda. I just submitted something to them with Mark Sable, he sent me the link last night – this is big news for us. I kind of think it’s going to be good news. In general for creators.

The way i see it, this probably means you’ll be able to put more time into the work itself and a little less into anxiety expended in a pubic popularity contest. It sounds like maybe they will be moving towards an editorial board model or something? Which i have a lot of experience with. Used to those terms in general.
Interesting indeed.

Well, i have a crap tone of inking to do this weekend so out and over!

SEA OF RED SLIPCASE COLLECTION

Nice. Only 1000 copies, so get you’re orders in now me hearties.

Story RICK REMENDER & KIERON DWYER

Art KIERON DWYER, SALGOOD SAM & PAUL HARMON

Cover PAUL HARMON

MAY 10 - $39.99 - LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES

The year is 1533. Deckhand, Marco Esperanza’s shipping vessel is sunk in the dead of night leaving him, the sole survivor, left adrift in the Red Sea. His prayers are answered when a strange ship impossibly cuts through the night fog saving him a watery grave. However, his elation soon turns to horror when he discovers he has been brought aboard the dread pirate ship, The Black Galleon. There is more to Captain Lesser Blackthroat and his evil crew than mere piracy, these men are damned — these men are vampire.

The year is 2004. Since being turned undead by Blackthroat, Marco has spent the past 400 years tied to the bow of a sunken vessel, clinging to unlife in the dark, briny, deep. His confinement at the bottom of the sea ends when film director Joel Cameron’s submarine discovers him while location scouting. Hungry to film a live vampire battle, Cameron agrees to aid Marco in seeking out the eternal monsters responsible his fate that he might have his revenge.

COLLECTS SEA OF RED, VOL. 1-3

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

Tainted Love

When does Ghostbusters: Tainted Love Come out in comic book shops?

The guys at IDW tell me it should hit the stands on the 10th. That may vary in some Canadian locations but I’m assured it will make it. I’m crossing my fingers and things.

It was made with love, and can be yours just in time to be a gift for that special geek in your life. :) Along with the art here below, you can catch a preview of the book on brokenfrontier.com, and a few words from Dara about his story!

$3.99 – Diamond Code: DEC09 0906

Also pretty cool, is you can get this book as an App for you’re IPhone, Touch, or Pad eventually, just $1.99 for that. My first app, didn’t have much with formating it, will have to get my girlfriend to get it so i can see how it reads.


Fist post of 2010

Starting a few other new projects this year, web comics fully, & i have some Dream Life pages long awaiting inking. Hoping 2010 is better than the last one, dang ’09 sucked.

I wrapped up the Ghostbusters book for IDW, bumpy ride but came out well. It’s inspired me to do some work cleaning up my cleaner B&W work, look for that in the web comics i mentioned. Here’s the press blurb and Diamond code for Tainted Love, there are two covers but that’s not a gag, i asked to do one after they already had commissioned one from Nick. Click here for all my Ghostbusters related posts.

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Story: Dara Naraghi – Art: Salgood Sam

Love is in the air-literally!-as Winston befriends an attractive woman with a ghostly problem in her apartment. But trapping the love-struck apparition proves to be more complicated than the Ghostbusters originally thought. Can Winston step up and save the day? Just how far will Peter go to find a date? And do Ray and Egon ever stop to think about girls, or is it always about trans-dimensional ectoplasmic anomolies with those two?

FC – one-shot – 32 pages – $3.99 – Diamond Code: DEC09 0906

Here’s page one, the silly gangsters are not really a big part of the story, but Dara thought it would make a fun taster for you all. There’s a little more art here.

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GHOSTBUSTERS : TAINTED LOVE

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It’s been a while since i did a WFH deadline driven gig, good to be back at it though i’m a bit rusty with the time management it seems.

Word has been getting out so it’s safe for me to post about it, doing a comic for the franchise of another one of my childhood favorites, Ghostbusters!

Re watched the movies of course, that was fun. Unlike many they hold up well today, really great films. Least i think so.

Hope i can do the comic version justice. we’re not useing likenesses but i am trying to chanel the feel/type for the orriginal cast. The plot is a punchy fun short story, a valentines, with a hint of horror and cutie for Winston in it! Working with Dara Naraghi for the first time on this, with IDW. It’s going a bit slow but the art i think is coming out looking good, eh? A long time collaborator Bernie Mireault is going to be doing colors for the interiours. I also got to go to town doing an alternate cover seen here. spent too long on it but it was worth it. Bellow i’m posting some other rough art and the group shot that got me the gig.

GHOSTBUSTERS HOLIDAY SPECIAL: TAINTED LOVE
Written by Dara Naraghi, art by Salgood Sam.
Covers by Salgood Sam [seen right] and Nick Runge.

Love is in the air – literally! – as Winston befriends an attractive woman with a ghostly problem in her apartment. But trapping the love-struck apparition proves to be more complicated than the Ghostbusters originally thought. Can Winston step up and save the day? Just how far will Peter go to find a date? And do Ray and Egon ever stop to think about girls, or is it always about trans-dimensional ectoplasmic anomolies with those two?

32 pages, $3.99.

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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

Episode 3: Ce genre de fille-la & Thinkin’ Chicken’

KpostersBook 3 of K is out!


you can preview some of it here, and this is the main site for the
book where there’s another Vid by the lovely Sophie Bienvenu to see. 6 days till 4 if you’re counting!

Saw posters for the series walking home from a fringe play – this is the second i’ve seen. The other was of book 1′s cover announcing the series. Atlas for the chicken brain pencils wtext

Due to give Sof a call, and get copies of K4 from the publisher. Will have to ask how it’s doing, get some numbers. Hope it’s good. Happy with the way the art’s coming out. Need to get more of it done faster this month, but yeah.

Also this week worked on the first of a new short format comic series, seen here on the left.

This is just a rough draft with only crude sketch art, but i’d be curious about how it strikes people, please let me know by writing or commenting here or on flicker.

The theme is to try to help re-frame the way people see science and how it can apply in a non-dogmatic way to understanding their own worlds and lives.