Greetings and salutations! By now, you all should have your books. (Ohmigod, if you don't have your book email me NOW: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will figure out where it went... Read more
Soooomeday my prints will come
By now all of you should have received your books, or will be getting them in the next day or two. Keep up the unboxing and reaction tweets -- it's... Read more
All Books Have Been Sent
Yahoo! They're ALL in the mail. ALL.
How long will it take to get yours? Current timings appear to be 10 days to Australia; 4-5 days to Western Europe; 2... Read more
Only 115 Books To Go!
I got a whole bunch more books out this weekend than I thought. Only 115 more to go -- all non-North America. So, YAY! That's $3,500 worth of postage!
(And... Read more
Packapalooza Update: 250 to go!
I sent out 100 of the $30 books today. All retail orders went out yesterday (Thursday) and all $60 and up books went out earlier in the week. Which means,... Read more
Well, so apparently when a freight company says "the books will be there at 9am" they mean "if you badger us incessantly we MIGHT just pull our finger out and... Read more
IMPORTANT: Shipping Dates For Books! You'll Have Them Next Week!*
*give or take a few days for those outside the USA.
The books arrive at mine between 9am-11am on Monday (9/15), thanks to Dark Horse being super duper organised. I... Read more
Addressed! And, Pester Your LCS!
Just updated my spreadsheet with the change of addresses I've got so far.
I got messages from and updated addresses for: Len W, Milan K, Tim B, Angelo (Theo) M,... Read more
Have you moved? Please send me your new address!
Hey folks! I have a huge pile of shipping supplies against the wall of my garage, awaiting the books' arrival on or about 18 September. I have AWESOME 11x17 posters... Read more
I HAZ A BOX.
I wonder what is in the box?
Hmm, things wrapped in paper. NOT FOR LONG!
WHOA! It's my advance copies of the Smoke/Ashes cased hardback and... Read more
September is ALMOST HERE and so are your books!
Yeah, I just ordered $500 of shipping supplies (boxes for the books and bubble bags for the books to go in, inside the boxes). The neato new bookplates have all... Read more
The Bookplate Saga, Part 407
So a week after I spend $75 to send the newly-reprinted bookplates to Dan, guess what shows up in my postbox? That's right, THE OLD BOOKPLATES. Returned from Royal Mail... Read more
Howdy, folks! Well, there's not much to report. I've re-printed the artist signature labels that Royal Mail lost on their way to Mack Chater, and send them off to Dan... Read more
Brief Interim Non-Update Update
Hi all... sorry for the month of radio silence. I am just waiting on Dark Horse sending me the final design for the case and trade paperback so I could... Read more
Signing, signing, signing
It's the Friday of an unexpectedly stressful week. The nearest city to me is in lockdown because there's a crazed Caucasian running around. People are saying stupid things on social... Read more
Dark Horse Announced As Smoke/Ashes Trade Publisher
tl;dr: When will I get my printed book? MID SEPTEMBER. I've decided I want to read it digitally right now. Can you re send my Comixology code? SURE, MESSAGE ME.... Read more
OPINION TIME! BOOK COVERS
First, the tl;dr bit: All backer-only digital issues are out. Go, read! The print book will be a 450+ page cased hardcover containing both Smoke and Ashes, and you will... Read more
Well, THIS is embarrassing
Because NOTHING can ever go smoothly with this book! Seriously. ARGH. The people at Comixology in charge of posting Ashes (which is a rather tricky post, given its subscribers-only nature)... Read more
So, uh... what did you think?
Those of you who are following the book digitally and have read the final issue (Ashes 7, out yesterday), I'd love to hear what you thought of the book &... Read more
Issue 7 live on Comixology on 27 Feb!
Hola! Our lovely friends at Comixology confirm that the final, climactic, you-didn't-see-THAT-coming issue of Ashes, with the magnificent art of RM Guéra (coloured by Tim Durning) and Bill Sienkiewicz, will... Read more
VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE OF AWESOMENESS
PLEASE READ THIS! IT IS GOOD AND IMPORTANT! This post entails shipping details for the book and other important announcements.
First: Ashes is finished and with the publisher. I have... Read more
Wednesday It Is Done
I have all the pages. Tim is finishing colouring Guéra's, and I'm almost done lettering Bill's. (Guéra's are lettered, just waiting to slip the colours in). So Wednesday the whole... Read more
We're getting there. All of Bill's pages are in. Rajko's are still coming in -- about six to go, but now he's doing Ashes rather than Django. I have a... Read more
The Last Issue Will Come Out By Christmas Even If I Have To Kill Someone
Meanwhile, please enjoy Issue 06 (on Comixology). The cover is by Richard Pace, who kindly stepped up to paint this one weekend recently. Issue 07 is the Guéra / Sienkiewicz... Read more
The Wait Continues. But! Issue 6A Out Soon!
Well, not much I can say here. The wait continues for pages. Guéra has turned in up to 224 (eg his first 10 pages) but still has 15 to go.... Read more
Still Waiting For Pages, But Some Good News
Mediocre News 01: So, I still have no more pages from Guéra beyond the original five, and Bill hasn't done any more because he's been wrapped up in a gig... Read more
Ashes Part 05 NOT Up, But Coming Soon (& Print Book ETA)
So I totally updated without checking with Comixology. As you can imagine from a business in Lower Manhattan, they have power issues and their staff have getting-into-work issues (NYC transport... Read more
Ashes Part 05 now up at Comixology!
Below is Coop's gorgeous cover. We are still without power in SE NH so if you have been waiting for me to do, well, anything, I'm afraid you'll have to... Read more
Nice review of Ashes on BleedingCool
"There is a dedication to expanding the language of comic books..."
Warning: contains spoilery images for those who haven't been following the book digitally up to now.
Part 04 Out Today!
Go, Take, Read! This chapter is pretty special to me... I just feel it's really strong and interesting. I'd enjoy hearing what you think of it!
At the end of... Read more
Guera Guera Guera (& Part 04 out tomorrow!)
Just a quickie. What's on my desk today: a Guéra page, coloured by Tim Durning and lettered by me. Now it's also in your inbox! (Font nerds, the font is... Read more
No Witty Title Just Content
Oh, hey. Below is a panel from Part 05 that I just lettered. I really like it.
We're still on track and speeding up as we approach the home stretch;... Read more
Part 03 Out Today!
And here is the gorgeously, uncompromisingly minimalist cover, by the 3D paper artist Nicole Aptekar (photo of work by Audrey Penven). It's a work called "it's no longer safe here",... Read more
Part 02 Out Today!
Go to "My Comics" in Comixology, and voila, it will be there AS IF BY MAGIC. Here is the gorgeous cover by Laurenn McCubbin and I know ALL our art... Read more
More Cover Spoilers, Revised Print Date, Quentin Tarantino, NYCC, etc
Part 02 of Ashes out tomorrow (Weds 10 Oct) on Comixology! It'll just magically appear in "My Comics". Art by the wonderful Scottish artist Dan McDaid. I just adore his... Read more
SHOPPING UPDATE! AND COVER SPOILER WARNING
ATTENTION! CLOSE THIS UPDATE NOW if you want the covers to remain a complete mystery.
I hope you are all enjoying Part 01 of Ashes! Part 02 is out on... Read more
Dearest, I Am Exiled Nigerian Diplomat. I Am Seeking Your Help--
Never, ever attempt to send 523 emails in a day. Do not do it. Ever. Honestly I want to write back to African spammers expressing my sympathy for their plight. ... Read more
Martin Costello's Very Good Question: Mail Order Swag
If you can't get to NY Comicon you will TOTALLY be able to buy swag via mail order from me. We will NOT sell out of the posters or stickers... Read more
Super Brief 6 things.
1. I have 126 pages of Ashes lettered.
2. My eyeballs HURT.
3. Richard called, he had to stay a week longer with his mom at the hospital but GET... Read more
October 3rd! October 3rd! Look out for your codes in email!
HELLLOOOOOO. I have lettered up through page 115 of Ashes. The first two chunks (up through page 90) are with Comixology and they will be available to read starting October... Read more
The Theme To "Dambusters" Is Playing At My House!*
(*With apologies to both LCD Soundsystem and fans of classic British war films.)
(Erm, if you don't know the Dambusters theme, just... Yankee go here.)
I have lettered the entire... Read more
My Balloon Hell
This is what I am doing RIGHT NOW: replacing the blah balloons I had with sexy, sexy hand drawn Euro-balloons. The problem is, I had ALL of Issue 1 lettered... Read more
I SENT THE SURVEYS!
Please check your inboxes. They are VERY IMPORTANT. They take but a moment to answer. I would dearly love it if you could! Those of you with rewards of $200... Read more
So, so close!
We are just colouring the last few pages of the first instalment. I have Dan Panosian's gorgeous cover; everything else is good to go. I was also donated a wacom... Read more
Almost Ready With First Instalment!
Ashes totaliser: 63 pages out of 252 in. James Smith is flatting/colouring his 20-odd, and Dan is uploading a big batch to me tonight. Colleen's working away on hers, too.... Read more
Beautiful sketch by Alem Cúrin for the medieval/horror short section...
There you go. Yes it is gorgeous. Yes Alem is amazing. I'd love to be able to do a medieval graphic novel or series with him...
In other news, we... Read more
More Free Comics! David Marquez & I do "NecroComicon"
The bad news is, we did it back in 2006, so it's, um, rough on all sides. But it's kinda funny and about SDCC and only 8 pages so here... Read more
Quick Hit: Some Nice Panels By Mack Chater
Our heroes, at a window... whatever can they be looking at?
I Feel The Need To Say "Thank You", Again
Hey people. I know this is like the bazillionth update this week and you're probably like ARGH JUST SHUT UP AND MAKE THE DARN COMIC. But given the kerfuffle recently... Read more
I Forgot To Tell You! Short Sections Also Have Artists
It's hot here and we have no AC, and obviously my brain is too hot to remember everything I wanted to tell you. We have artists for the two short... Read more
We're On Our Way!
Coloured pages finished: 25 (of 252)
Covers finished: 1 (of 7)
Dan McDaid is busy on his section (Chapter 3). Felipe and Milton Sobreiro are like a week... Read more
Clearing up format misunderstandings
I just got a panicked email going OMG YOU ARE PRINTING ISSUES AND CHANGING THE FORMAT TOO WTF.
Ladies and gentlemen, the format of the book remains EXACTLY the same... Read more
Monthly update time, Ashkickers! We've had another artist change-- Greg Smallwood has landed himself an ongoing creator-owned series, which is AMAZING, but it also means he won't have time... Read more
Boring Update Is Boring
Hi folks! It's been a month since we last spoke. What's happened? Well, let me tell you:
* Valentine is confirmed for SEPTEMBER from Image. I still don't have a... Read more
Pages, Release Date News, etc.
Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay in updates; we've been really busy here at Château Ashes and many exciting pieces of art have come in the door. Felipe and Milton... Read more
Sunday Service w/c 4 March (and Monday Survey!)
Hola all. The Ashesteam has been working away on Boring But Important stuff like character sketches, contracts, and so forth, but we are at last almost ready to begin... Read more
Some work in progress today. From the Valentinetrade: Steven Belledin's cover painting-in-progress (he's doing a wonderful job blogging the process, too -- go see!) and, at bottom, Cassandra James' ... Read more
Last Artist Slots On Ashes: Filled
No more TBCs. Dan McDaid will be doing the London chapter and Bill Sienkiewicz will be doing the painted section. Folks, this book is going to look fine.
All... Read more
It's On Like Donkey Kong
Greetings. I've been busy lining up artists for Ashessince I last wrote a week ago. The good news is, we're 95% there. As you will see there are still... Read more
Exciting News! Old & New Artist Friends
Hey everyone! Apologies for silence. I was on a crushingly exhausting 10-day roadtrip/film shoot with pretty much zero internet access. It was quite an adventure driving from NYC to Mexico... Read more
It's Over! But Also Just Beginning. Where Ashes Goes From Here!
We did it! The Kickstarter is over. 531 of you backed us, we raised $32,455 in all. We are, for now, the 6th most funded comics project on Kickstarter ever.... Read more
Ashes Publishing Schedule & More!
We are well past our funding goal but have some books left in our 1,000-book run so if you still have friends, favourite retailers, or really want to... Read more
WE DID IT!
Congratulations, beloved backers/true believers! ASHES will happen! We reached our funding goal shortly after noontime today (6 December), with 12 days remaining in our Kickstarter.
Thank you to everyone who... Read more
Even More Test Art!
More art! Links and art do NOT show up in the emails so please come over to our project page and check out the Updates tab for everything in four-colour... Read more
78% of the way there! New art! General celebration!
Thanks to a lot of cool media coverage (see our links at the bottom of the main story page, the FP International, 3Quarks Daily and Loudpoet interviews are especially good)... Read more
More Character Sketches!
Jimmy has been moonlighting, doing a few more character sketches. We thought we'd share them!
This is Sebastian "Stinky" Flynn, a man told all his life by his father that... Read more
Over Halfway There! New Art, Free Comix, & More!
As they say in Boston, we are WICKED excited. Over halfway to our goal with over 30 days to go. We're so excited that even though Jimmy is flat-out on... Read more
Crocodiles in Colour
It's been an exciting week. Alex has been without power until yesterday due to a storm kicking the New England area. Jimmy coloured some of the jungle warfare pages for... Read more
Boring Update Is Boring (But We're 33% of The Way To Our Goal!)
I just wanted to make a list of all the press we have received so far, in case you were interested in hearing me witter on about Ashes and/or comics... Read more
New: Cover! Coloured pages!
After a certain point for a writer (eg when the script is finished), making a graphic novel is like having Christmas every day as beautiful pages arrive in your inbox.... Read more
Retailer Bundles, or Yes, Virginia, You CAN Sell Digital In Your Store (The Majors Are Just Too Lazy To Sort It)
We love comic book shops. Some of our favourite books we've ever read have come from a nice person in a store saying, "Hey, have you seen this?". And one... Read more
New Art: Pages 54-55. Splash! (Quite literally)
Jimmy's art for the climactic end to Chapter 2. This chapter is half flashback to some ugly jungle warfare in Africa, and half Those In Peril On The Sea (the... Read more
Spoilers Ahoy! (Not Really)
Hello lovely people who are making Asheshappen! Less than 24 hours in, we are close to 10% of our funding goal -- but we still have a long way... Read more