we live in the age of kickstarter and patreon....
people are supporting all sorts of projects...
NO! I'M NOT SETTING UP A KICKSTARTER OR PATREON!
i don't have the patience not the focus to handle all that... but it did get me thinking...
if teasers for projects can get people to fund it... what aout the full thing?
i don't do crowdfunding. i make comics.
i publish comics. if people love and buy my comics... i get to make more comics.
so with that in mind. i will post the entirety of death vigil here.
from there on it's in the hands of the readers. if you want to support the book being made, i will post the comixology links, and image digital links, as well as trade preorder links.
so if you feel this is your kind of comic, and it's something you want to see made in it'y entirety..and can afford to support it by buying it...thank you.
if not, i still hope you like it. so with no further a do... this week i will be uploading issues.
starting today with issue 3. enjoy
death vigil on comixology
death vigil on image comics digital
death vigil amazon
also available for preorder on other versions of amazon and in online comic book stores
death vigil issues
issue will be finished tomorrow
but that will mean about 30 more days till it hits the stores... i can't have that.
so tomorrow... i will put the future of my comic in your hands
i will post it online.
sales have been steadily dropping so ... i guess it can't get much worse. and i don't want my readers and fans who supported the book to
have to wait any more. book will be printed and published. and if you want to buy and support it still, i will appreciate it of course.
but i refuse to let everyone wait for 30 more days.
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
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
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 stores
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 account.
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 format
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 out
and comixology link
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 interested
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 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
so i officially have to make peace with the fact that death vigil will be late
family health issues derailed my schedule through december and january, and even with my best efforts, there is no escaping this
even though , luckily the health issues were for the most, resolved, my schedule was inevitably affected.
i refuse to allow my problems to affect the work for hire stuff i accepted to do so i will have to prioritize rat queens and generation 9
and ultimately push death vigil 7 and 8 for april
it is a painful decision but one i had to make
my sincere apologies for the delay. this delay was very much a case of life making a mockery out of my best laid plans...
so to all my fans and readers, my sincere apologies for the delay.
i may or may not have been trolling her for a while now XD she missed it in the weekly loottable from a vendor in game that sells exotic weapons XD
aaand i remingd her from time to time
well...you get the idea XD
so...time to talk ravine
the book tanked...
and i mean the book tanked hard.
we are talking about 5000% losses on effort versus profit XD
on book 2 i received profits that would usually pay for me making 5 pages of a comic. ravine was a 160 page book
so... where do i take it from here
do i quit?
the book is good. i have no doubts about that. book 2 is far better than book 1 and book 3 will surpass them both
but the facts are simple. the book never found an audience.
so i have made a decision
i will apply to ravine the same approach i have done with sunstone
true, i never had any intention of publishing sunstone and it was the fans demand that made me make that decision. and you know what?
fans stepped up!
in fact the way things are going there is a good chance i will in late 2015 onward focus on sunstone very intensively. fans have more than earned it, and for that they have my most sincere gratitude
and now, i am going to do the same with ravine.
ravine is turning into a webcomic first format
don't get me wrong i have no delusions of making any big money from this book but it is a labor of love... looots and looots of love XD
same quality, same style, just, starting in 2015, book 3 will be posted page by page online first and as each book is finished it will be subsequently published in printed format
so there it is.
this is going to be my third deviantart account now XD it will take some time till i upload the first 2 books as i am reformatting them for an easier read
and please, don't think this is a bad thing.
i can't even describe to you the love that i have for the webcomic format.
it is a far more immediate format that lets me interact with people more often and far easier
well..actually, no, not for some reason , i know the reason. after stores stocked on issue 1 which many stores do just in case, and for speculators who buy issue 1s of anything just in case the series becomes big and the issues rise in value
and then people thought the stores would order issue 2 copies...
this is often not the case. for independent books, preorders and pull lists are pretty much the only guarantee to get those issues. ,
thank you all who visited, it was a blast and great seeing every one of you!
2 death vigil 5 is coming out tomorrow
and...i worked through how i will be able to tell all three story arcs and the several bonus character stories so...
So schedule of things to come from me is as follows
1 sunstone book 1 is coming out in december
2 death vigil first arc ends in february
3 january to may i will do the next arc of aphrodite 9 written by matt hawkins
4 february onwards i will be spamming out issue of teen witchblade to stockpile a lot of work ahead of time so that during summer i can have death vigil 2 start with some luck
5 alongside all of that i will be working on ravine book 3 which with its style will serve as a perfect pallet cleanser
6 and for those curious about sunstone my priority is to finish chapter 4 by the end of this year and then wrap up chapter 5 till may.
i think this covers everything for now, and now... off to work! XD
do not hesitate to visit us
unfortunately we were unable to get any prints made because croatia....
so for those of you who really want a print to sign, we'll post some printable pics you can have printed yourselves and bring them for signings
and even that is broken!
will keep this list updated
so if you are curious there it is
also first review for ravine book 2 rolled in XD
aand another one
aaand back to work, ugh this is gonna be an insane month, as i have to send both death vigil 5 and sunstone book 1 to print...
well...i said it before and imma say it again, sleep is overrated XD
it was most unusual for him to ask that, and usually i am shit at even promoting my own stuff... if it wasn't for my fans and readers...whoo boy XD
so i stood baffled as to how do i even do this... and then i looked at the files he had sent me...
f&/k it! i know exactly how to go about this!
if you want to have an ultimate tool of ever mastering the art of painting values, whether you like comics or not, this is your friggin book!
not kidding! this dude, Adrian Smith, wipes the floor with my value skills and composition skills XD
brilliant designworks, graphic novel is not of the wordy variety as he allows the art to tell the story, and genres and stories being very personal taste based i can't tell you whether or not it will be your cup of tea. it definitely has the vibe of lim hensons dark crystal to me , and that is a great thing to me
but, personal preferences in stories aside, if for nothing else, you want this book if you want to have a masterful source of inspiration on how to improve your values in painting!
i mean, look at this stuff!!!
and more of a preview here
this is what labor of true love looks like and i would hate to see this effort go unrewarded
and believe me the previewed pages are far from the best stuff in the book.
it can be ordered in comic book stores i think, and it is available on amazon, so... well here you go.
i'm off to study the damn book XD