Right now, all over the world - or at least in those countries that carry American comics - my art is being seen for the first time. Copies of Cyber Force #6, Aphrodite IX #5, and The Darkness #115 have a 4-page preview for my book in the back. It's my first ever professional appearance, the first time something I created is being published.
The fact that it's in the pages of books with names on the cover like industry legend Marc Silvestri, and prolific creators like writer Matt Hawkins and artist Stjepan Šejić is truly humbling and special. The fact that it has that iconic 'i' on the cover still blows me away. It doesn't quite seem real. Seeing my work on the page, I must admit: it looks good. Any self-doubt and worry about whether or not I'm ready has been washed away. I'm not the best by a long shot, but I'm competent. Capable. I can actually do this.
The months ahead are going to change my life, perhaps only to a small degree, or perhaps in greater ways than I can imagine. We'll find out. Either way, for the first time in 13 years, I feel like I have a future. There's something more out there for me than what I've lived through over this last decade. It all started yesterday, but Wednesday, November 20th is the real game-changer. PLEASE call or visit your local comic book shop and ask them to order a copy - the item code is SEP130501.
My first comic book is about to come out. I'm working my ass off to make sure it's only the beginning.
(An update on my chair and shipping. Medicare has denied me a new chair THREE TIMES in a row on the SAME stupid technicality. They insist I get a kind of seat I CANNOT get into, making the chair useless to me. I keep adding additional notes from my doctor explaining this, which they assure me will solve the problem, then they just rejected me AGAIN. Books ARE going to ship - about a third already have - and I appreciate your patience.)
I've had to change dates for my trip to SDCC this year - I'll be there Saturday and Sunday now instead of Friday. I'll be on the Top Cow panel at 11am in room 9 on Saturday, and selling and signing books at the booth from 5pm to 6pm Saturday. I'll be signing again on Sunday from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Any of the extra Kickstarter books I sell there will go towards shipping more rewards out.
I'm hard at work on more issues, and have some sample art to show you all. I've changed things up a bit, firstly by working at a higher resolution to get better detail and lines, and second by doing backgrounds in gray lines to help give more depth and dimension. I think you can see that the newest stuff is my best yet!
Also, I have a question for you guys. My friend Kayte Reed, the body model for Zoey, is going with me to SDCC. What if I got pictures of her 'killing' a bunch of my favorite creators and made an SDCC Art Book of drawings based on the photos? Zoey killing the best and brightest. Is an SDCC art book something people would be interested in? It would be a hardcover, with drawings of Zoey and various comic book writers and artists in fun, goofy 'murder' poses (not dark or intense), and some interesting notes about each one. Stories of the shot, basically.
I'll only do this if there's a real interest - 100 hardbacks will easily be as expensive or more to print and ship as all 600 trades. It would be a VERY limited run, and would probably cost around $40 a copy or so.
Anyway, thanks again for helping me make my dream come true and get the book a publisher! The best is yet to come!
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