Interviews, previews and a review.

Greg Hinkle and I have been on the promotional warpath for the upcoming Image release of THE RATTLER and it's been a lot of fun seeing how journalists respond to the book. A common question is why did we create such an unpleasant protagonist? It must say something about Greg and I that we find Stephen Thorn relatable, even amusing.

Another question that comes up often is how we made the transition from publishing through Kickstarter to getting picked up by Image Comics. The short answer is Greg Hinkle and the longer is that we didn't fuck up our Kickstarter. It doesn't matter if you have ten backers or a thousand, every one of them needs to walk away feeling positive about the experience. I'm not saying I deserve a cookie for delivering what I set out to do only, that the experience was rare enough to garner us more attention. 

Greg and I speak with JK Parkin at Smash Pages "What I hadn’t anticipated was how emotional running a Kickstarter would be."

We both took part in a longer format interview with Nicole D'Andria at Comics Front Line. I get into the true story that inspired THE RATTLER "Oh, yeah…he also just happened to be traveling with some very thick rope."

Greg and I also talked with original Kickstarter supporter Nick Nafpliotis at Adventures In Poor Taste about Kickstarter, sequels and our inevitable Super Hero reinvention "My childhood dream was to be a comic book writer, it wasn’t to be a grown man making excuses for himself."

We had a great conversation with Leo Johnson at Multiversity Comics. "Greg and I we would jump at the chance to return to this world. We have a lot of options on where we could go next. "

And finally we were treated to an advance review from Elizabeth Lotto at The Outer Haven. "Nancy-Grace-With-A-Penis goes absolutely nuts and it’s wonderful."

 

The Rattler comes to Image Comics this March

Pleased to announce The Rattler is being published by Image comics this March! The 104 page graphic novel is gorgeously illustrated by Greg Hinkle (Airboy) and will be presented in grayscale with bursts of red throughout. We released a limited run through Kickstarter in 2014 and are very excited to finally have a mass market edition available for new readers to discover. 

10 years have passed since Stephen Thorn’s fiancée vanished without a trace, and he has grown into a prominent, if bitter, victim’s rights crusader. Despite the cold trail and lack of leads, he stubbornly refuses to give up the search. And then…he begins to hear her voice in the strangest of places.

 

The Martian Confederacy serialized on Go Comics

My sci-fi comedy series The Martian Confederacy is currently being serialized on Go Comics. A collaboration between myself and Jane's World creator Paige Braddock, the book follows the adventure of three outlaws living on Mars in the year 3535. The entire first volume has been posted and you can read from the beginning here

The second storyline, FROM MARS WITH LOVE, recently began on the site and starts here. 

I've dusted off my treatment for the third and final storyline, STEAL THIS UNIVERSE. With any luck it will be serialized when the current storyline ends. 

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Rattler Kickstarter: Prepping for fulfillment

Since the Kickstarter ended I have been working with our vendors to get the Rattler rewards produced. The majority of these assets were created before the campaign went live and it's mostly a matter of paying an invoice. The big exception to this was the extra material generated by the campaign for the print edition of the Rattler. To save time we took a risk and started illustrating the art for the high level backers before the campaign was over.  We realized that these rewards were going to more time consuming for Greg to create than we anticipated. So in the third week of the campaign we reduced the new art assets available and instead offered more sketch rewards that could be created after the book was printed.  This allowed us to get our primary asset, the printed book, into production as soon as the funds cleared. 

 

We decided to go with an American printer for quicker turnaround and customer satisfaction. After a small snafu with bleed lines, the book has been approved and is in production. In the meantime I've assembled the boxes, bagged the postcard sets, packaged the posters, and sleeved the prints. Greg is coming for a visit next week and hopefully, if they've arrived, we'll start sketching and signing books. We could conceivably start shipping out rewards June 23. Two months ahead of schedule. 

We might actually pull this off. 

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