I just wanted to reach out for two very special reasons. First, I want to let all of you know that issue #3 is nearing completion and it contains one of my favorite pages in the series so far. I'm doing the issue in color, which is a bit expensive, so we've had to do this in chunks when I have the extra funds. But we are getting there! I'll have a special preview link soon so you can take a look at the new book. Issue #4 is being written and it's got lots of great action and apocalyptic drama that I think will you will enjoy. The website will also be launching officially later this month.
Secondly, I want to announce that I just launched (we're talking minutes ago) a new project on Kickstarter. This is also a supernatural "genre" project I've been working on in my spare time. It's a graphic novel set in the 1950's called The Bargain. The Bargain will be a full color graphic novel. It's a blend of moody noir, action and adventure. If you are fan of the supernatural you will love this dark tale brimming with ghosts, hellhounds and hoodoo magic. It's about a man named Jackson Connolly who sold his soul and is trying to get it back. Here's a link: http://tinyurl.com/a7w3vce
I'm contacting you first with details about this project since I know it may something that some of you may be interested in learning more about and pledging. If you are able and you consider it a worthwhile project I hope you will consider funding. There are rewards starting at contributions of $2. I'm trying to raise $5,500 and I need a lot of contributions to accomplish this. I also want to let you know that anyone who contributes to this project will receive a free digital copy of issue #3 of The End Is Totally Nigh when it is complete.
Thank you for time and I hope you will consider spreading the word on twitter and Facebook!
Big news today folks. We're listed under the new and noteworthy section of the free Comixology app. This app is available for mobile devices and tablets like the iPad. It's a FREE app and probably the top digital distributor for comics. That means the comic you helped to fund may finally gain some visibility. Exciting, right? It also means you that everyone with a cameo can send their friends and family to Comixology to download the book ;)
Thank you for helping us make it this far. Issue #3 is at the colorist as we speak and we hope to have it completed by the beginning of October. I'm also starting a Kickstarter for issue #4 soon. That issue is going to take place in Louisiana and it's going to be AMAZEBALLS!
We have a new artist and we're doing the book in color! Great things are ahead and I hope you'll help continue to support and promote the series.
Here's a peek a new page! Those hell beasties look hungry, don't they?
NOW, GO FORTH AND TWEET, FACEBOOK AND EMAIL YOUR FRIENDS AND LET THEM KNOW!!
Hope you are all having a great week. I wanted to let you know that issue #2 will be officially released August 15th. For those of you who want to purchase physical copies or posters they are available for order at the little store we've set up. If you like these comics please share them with those you think would enjoy them as well. http://theendistotallynigh.bigcartel.com/
1. Did everyone get the most recent copy of issue #2? It's been pretty quiet out there. I hope you liked it. I've got some new surprises in store for you in HalesBells for issue #3! Things are getting more intense and a little darker. You can still download issue #2 here: http://www.ariacomics.com/issuetwo/issuetwo.pdf
2. I need some blurbs for the books/website. If you want to submit a few lines about the series or something positive you like about it, that would be a BIG HELP. Just message them back to me or send them to kbarrett23 [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!
3. International folk, have you gotten your rewards OK? Everything has been shipped at this point and I think you should be getting t shirts if you haven't already. Let me know if there are any issues. I want everyone to be sure and get their rewards. I'm particularly excited to think of copies of the book floating around places like Austria, the UK, Mexico and Australia :)
4. Big change is coming! I'm bringing in a new artist to work on issue #3. He's already working on roughs for the issue (those sketchy drawings that eventually turn into finished pages). His style is a bit edgier and he is a pro who has worked on many titles, so keeping up with the demands of creating a new book monthly or bi-monthly is not a problem for him. You can see one of his rough pages below. I'll post some finished pages when they are ready. I'm also posting a page he did for a spec project for me.
A new rough penciled sketch from issue #3
Here's a sample of a page he created for me for my graphic novel project
Okay, that's about it for now. I hope if you like the series you'll spread the word and pick up some merch from our store!