okay so i keep getting questions on my current stuff , how and where to get them, so if you are one of the people who asked, this is my answer
my comicwokrk currently consists of 3 basic branches of work
writing and art done by me
art done by me
and covers done by me
before we get to the books themselves i would like to offer bit of an insight for anyone interested in getting their own stuff out there.
i am not covering crowdfunding as i personally stay clear of it.
this is a bunch of experiences i had, and since i got through this and am now doing fine, i thought some might find them useful
now, as i work predominantly for independent companies, my work can be a bit hard to get.
reason for this is a simple one. comic book stores buy their supplies from diamond. the main distributor.
they buy stuff they know will sell. comics aren't a huge profit business so they have to choose the winners on their own.
it is a harsh system but comic store owners have bills to pay as well. so don't take this as me harping on them in any way
it's more of an explanation of how things work for those interested in getting into creator owned/indie market.
some stores will stock on indie stuff, most will stock on issue 1 and judge on people preordering issue 2 onward, whether or not they will keep ordering the book.
unfortunately this is how good books often die. customers don't really know this process. i certainly didn't.
we enter a store pretty much expecting the store to hold the product that is relevant to their business and our interest. it is a given to us.
unfortunately this doesn't work with comics. preorders and pull lists are what makes or breaks an indie book, so if you plan on making and publishing a comic, keep this in mind. this nearly killed death vigil.
it is a vicious cycle.
it is a road to failure and here is how it goes
1 publish a book and people like it- you are in 7th heaven...
2 people don't know about preorders so they count on the store to keep ordering and they'll keep buying. this isn't so. store orders significantly less copies of volume 2 and 3 and publisher regulates the printrun accordingly
3 you start realizing that the initial profit melts away after issue 1 with alarming rate, and by issue 3 you find yourself struggling to keep your head above the water...
4 this is when you take on sidegigs to help finance the book you are passionate about. while you are trying to make ends meet, your book starts suffering delays...and the interest in it wanes
5 orders catastrophically drop with delays as readers more and more start trade waiting. ironically trade at that point might be a very optimistic idea...
6 misery and despair
many books vanished this way. my personal solution to this is-
1 inform people interested in your books about how this works
2 promote the good books.
way too much time i see spent on people discussing stuff they hated in books or stuff that offended them.
way too rarely do we enthusiastically speak about the stuff we love. often we take the good entertainment for granted. hell just look at youtube. majority of successful channels and up being the ones shitting on the bad stuff. we thrive on cynicism nowadays.
it is the lifeblood of the internet.
also for a more detailed experience of creating indie comics
i highly recommend www.jimzub.com/creator-owned-e…
jim zub is a veteran indie comic writer at image comics, currently writing skullkickers and wayward.
KEEP THIS IN MIND! DON'T BE DISCOURAGED! this is merely here to show you the pitfalls, now you can work on avoiding them. i was told a lot of this from other industry professionals so now i'm passing it forward
so good luck to all your dream projects becoming a reality
anyhow, my little rant aside, here are the books
and for european people who want to get my books there are online comic stores and physical ones. the one i cna presonally recommend is www.archonia.com/mangashop/en/
they are professional, and get the job done and usually stock up on my works so, they are a good bet
also, all the books stated below with amazon links you can find at archonia as well.
so, let's get this started. i will provide suggestions and amazon links for some as people found those useful so far
1 writing and art done by me
,y series about a bunch of death knights fighting necromancers under the leadership of bernardette the reaper. it is a series based on character development, and comedy as well as dramatic and action
you can reed the first 2 issues of the first 8 issue arc here
for easy digital verions you can find 3 to 6 on comixology.
soon death vigil first trade will be out. over 200 pages of comic+ a lot of bonus content
amazon preorder available here, and you can also ask at your local comic book storeswww.amazon.com/Death-Vigil-Vol…
also for those curious, in may we are releasing a death vigil tshirt and a print , so if you're into that then there it is
sunstone is my webcomic erotic romantic comedy dealing with fetishism, relationships, sexuality...stuff like that.
online it is published under my
it is an adults only book as is the account
book 1 is the expanded and improved chapter 1 of the webcomic with additional bonus content and has been out for a few months now.
book two will be out late april, early may depending on where it was preordered, or pull listed
and as i know there are people who really like comixology formatwww.comixology.com/Sunstone-Vo…
then there is
my first adventure in writing, and as suck starts off a bit clunky and heavyhanded, but as my writing improved , so did the flow of these books.
so far only two have been published and due to it's catastrophic finantial failure, i will for now turn the series into a webcomic format first and publish as each chapter is finished.
it can hardly do worse than it did so far XD
my co writer on ravine is ron marz who has helped me tremendously to streamline the boook and offered wonderful ditorial consulting .
anyhoo, book 1 you can read for free here
it's high fantasy stuff, dragons magic ansd so on. after april i will upload this and book 2 to my 3'rd account
and there i will continue the story
and then this fall, i will be starting off twitch,
however for legal reasons series will be renamed to switch.
anyhoo, it's a re imagining of the top cow universe. an out of continuity different take on top cows main franchises of witchblade darkness angelus and so on...
BOOKS THAT I DRAW ONLY
among the recent stuff there is
aphrodite 9 and generation 9
written by matt hawkins and drawn by me
so far first two trades are outwww.amazon.com/Aphrodite-IX-Re…www.amazon.com/Aphrodite-IX-Re…
and comixology linkwww.comixology.com/Aphrodite-I…
written by kurtis wiebe, and currently drawn by me
first trade and the first three issues of the second one were drawn by roc upchurch, and there is a bonus story about a character braga drawn by tess fowler
first trade link for those interestedwww.amazon.com/Rat-Queens-Sass…
i recommend the book it is a fun story about four work for hire mercenary women causing a shitstorm of epic propotions in a fantasy setting
i stepped on as the artist with issue 9
comixology link for rat queenswww.comixology.com/Rat-Queens/…
and recently i did some dc sidegigs , nothing really important, a fun short poison ivy story in secret origins 10, 2 pages in harley quinn annual...
i won't go into covers because i spam way too many of those to list XD
i think this covers it