Comixology

When it rains (blood) it pours (also blood)

I feel like that saying is so trite, I didn't want to use it as the title of this post. So I added the blood bit, but that doesn't really help. I'm sorry. Forgive me.

But it is accurate; I feel like this whole summer has been productive, but not really worth posting about. Just been working on Nowhere #3. That's about it. Not really post-worthy until it's actually done. Then BOOM! ALL THE SHIT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. So now I have a reason to post: to lay out ALL THE SHIT. Here we go:

1: Scratches

It looks like we're all looking at a September release date for Scratches. And we have a cover. By Menton3. Holy shit. If you don't know him, Menton3 is one of those artists who is so good they make me hate my own work by proxy. Here's a little teaser we've all been posting around:



I'll post more info about the release as I get it.

2: Nowhere #2 is on Comixology



CLICK THIS SENTENCE AND BUY IT. Like I always say, if you like it, give a good rating and - most importantly - share it with your friends.

3: Nowhere #3 is almost done

I've got like 4 more pages to draw. My goal is to have it printed and ready for my next couple shows. Speaking of which...

4: Holy fuck September is going to kick my ass

School starts back up in September. I don't wanna go. But I gotta. I've also got two back-to-back shows in September, so that'll be a thing I'm doing. Warm up your screaming faces and come see me at:

CINCINNATI COMIC EXPO on September 18-20 in whatever state Cincinnati is in. (I'm shit at geography.) Then the very next weekend I'll be at:

OTHER WORLD COMIC CON on September 26-27 in Aurora, IL.

I'll post maps, table info, all that stuff when I get it.

5: Princess Bear-Bear is a princess. Princess Bear-Bear will wreck your shit.



Context would probably help here, I bet. See ya later!

-jsb


Residuum

Tomorrow starts the last week of what has become to be the most involved semester of my academic career. So involved that my personal projects have ground do a standstill. To correct this, I've created something of a "Summer Bucket List" of projects to complete and goals to meet before class starts back up in September. So you can look forward to a bunch of stuff coming down the pipeline in the near future. Moving on...

I don't know how it's possible, but C2E2 gets better every year. I found myself just laughing and responding "This fucking show man." anytime someone asked how the show was going for me. It's genuinely surprising how good that show is and how well-received my work is there. Even though I had ordered extra stock, I was legitimately starting to worry that I was going to sell out of books and spend the last day of the show with an empty book rack. I guess that's a good problem to have, but yeah, supplies started running pretty thin.

During the second day of the show I was invited to pop by the Comixology booth to talk a bit about IT LOOKS BACK and horror in general for their podcast. I hope it went well, I tend to be nervous and terrible at spoken interviews, but it hasn't been put online yet. When it does go up, I'll link to it here so long as I'm not completely embarrassed by it. In the meantime, here's a 'preview' podcast:



So yeah, best convention ever; can't wait until next year. Looking ahead, I'll be at Motor City Comic Con this weekend. I can't remember if I've posted it or not already, but here's a poster:


If you're not there already, get your ass to Michigan. I'll be sharing a table with Patrick Trahey and randomly screaming Limp Bizkit lyrics.

I think that's everything for now. I do have a bit of a surprise for you, and you'll get to see it as soon as I return from destroying the Great Lakes State.

-jsb


Rowsdower saves us and saves all the world.

I've been watching a lot of MST3K during my nightly drawing sessions recently. Hence the poorly-shoehorned-in reference in the title. Moving on. Here's a random WIP from Nowhere #2:


Compared to the first issue, this one has been plagued by distractions all around - from school to other projects - but it's done now. Mostly. I mean, Nicole has to proofread it and check for any typos I've most definitely made, but the art and whatnot is done. So that's progress. My goal is to have Nowhere #1 and #2 ready in time for DanCon, which is coming up in March. This will essentially be Nowhere's official debut as - even though #1 has been done for a while now - odd scheduling has kept it from being available at the most recent shows I've done. Of course if you want to check out Nowhere #1 RIGHT NOW and don't want to wait for my next show, you're in luck because:

Nowhere #1 is now available on Comixology.


I submitted this book back in August, but it's just now becoming available today. (The process is pretty slow.) If you prefer your comics digital, click here and pick it up. If you like it, help an indie comic guy out and give it a good rating and (most importantly) tell your friends. I think this is the first time one of my books has released on digital before it showed up physically at a show. I personally don't have a preference in the physical/digital thing. Just thought it was an interesting factoid.

So yeah, that's some stuff. Two books are done, one now available on Comixology. The first show of 2015 only two months away. That's a lot of news, right? There couldn't possibly be any mor....

Holy shit there's more news. I'm working on an anthology.

Three new books. Good thing I don't sleep. I've hinted at this before, but since others have announced it, I think it's now safe to make my announcement. I've been working with Leo Perez, Jon Michael Lennon, and Angel Onofre on a collection of short horror comics called Scratches: A Horror Anthology.

Back in August, during the ill-fated Wizard World Chicago show, Leo approached me with the idea of contributing to a horror anthology he was thinking of putting together. I said yes because 1: I already had an idea for short story kicking around in my head, and 2: It's Leo. I'd curb-stomp an orphan if Leo needed me to. I told him to hit me up again when this idea started to become a thing and I'd draw up my pages and send them his way. He called me up a few weeks later and asked me to contribute my story AND write the other stories that him, Angel, and Jon would draw. I didn't exactly have a backlog of short stories cooked up and ready to go in my head, but I said yes anyway because I'm in deep, romantic love with Leo.

I then spent the next few weeks of studio time laying on my futon therapy-style grabbing ideas, developing them, and scrapping them until I had four scripts that I was proud of. It was honestly a pretty grueling but fun exercise, like a writer's marathon/boot camp/...thing. I'd love to do it again at some point. It's also been interesting because although comics are traditionally a collaborative writer/artist thing, this is the first time I've ever worked with other people on a comic.


I've seen some of their working pages and it's awesomely surreal to see a page I've scripted and laid out illustrated by another artist. Like "This is my brain as seen through the Jon Lennon filter". I suppose this is common for other comic creators, but this is a first for me, so I'm gonna enjoy it.

So, yeah. Scratches: A Horror Anthology. Four short horror stories written by me and illustrated by three of the coolest indie comics guys I know. And me. We don't have a cover or an official release date yet, but I'll post that info as soon as I get it.

That it? Yeah, I think that's it. I think.

-jsb

ArachnoLord

As I was unlocking my bike to head to work today, I noticed it had become a makeshift spider-town seemingly overnight. This is an absolute in my life; any mode of transportation I exclusively own, be it car, truck, van, or fucking bicycle, will inevitably be occupied by spiders.

I have come to the obvious conclusion that I am the Spider King. I didn't ask for this.


IT LOOKS BACK #4 is now on Comixology


CLICK HERE TO BE MAGICALLY TRANSPORTED ACROSS THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY AT THE SPEED OF YOUR LOCAL INTERNET PROVIDER and check it out. Be sure to rate, share, and whatnot because us indie comics guys need as much free marketing as possible.

If you are allergic to digibytes or are otherwise opposed to digital comics, you can get a print copy at Wizard World Chicago. I still don't have a table number yet, but I'll post it when it's available.

Nakama Toys is opening a store very soon


which will ultimately be destroyed by massive amounts of party during the grand opening. Here's a flyer:


Get your digital ass to nakamatoys.com for details. If you HAVE to get your hands on Nakama's wares and ABSOLUTELY CANNOT WAIT until the 19th, you can hit them up at G-Fest this weekend, 'cause doing conventions while simultaneously building a store is just how they roll.

Nowhere #1 is almost done


And I'm pretty sure I just jinxed myself by writing that, but whatever. I've only got a few pages left to draw, then I gotta knock out the lettering, proof it, and get it to the printer. PROGRESS Y'ALL.

-jsb

Oh my God so much crap

is happening right now I've got a bunch of shit to cover and there's a feral raccoon gnawing on my shin but I'm afraid to kick him away because I might forget something so I'm gonna try to ignore it and just type through the pain and impending infection here we go:

IT LOOKS BACK #3 is now on Comixology


You can buy it here. I've said it before and I can't stress it enough, but if you do pick it up, maybe take a second to give it a rating and tell your friends. The more books I sell, the easier it'll be to feed my family of feral raccoons.


The short one on the left there? That's Gorrack, he's on the honor roll. The one next to him is Duuuuuuurgh, he's doing a nickle down at state for armed robbery. I'm rambling. Moving on...

IT LOOKS BACK #4 is pretty much done

And it's the last issue, which actually means...

IT LOOKS BACK is pretty much done


I finished the art and lettering last night/this morning. All that's left is to have Nicole proofread it, fix anything she finds, and get it off to the printer. Once I get everything back from the printer, I'll send it off to Comixology as well.

I have no idea what my next project is going to be once this is done. I have a few options, but I haven't decided on anything yet.

Unfortunately, I don't think IT LOOKS BACK #4 will be available in time for C2E2. The process of sending the files to the printer, getting a proof copy, looking it over, making revisions, and ordering stock takes a while, and C2E2 is coming up fast. But #3 will be there. I just got stock for that issue the other day. Speaking of C2E2... 

The Simon Corporation (sans raccoon army) will be appearing at several physical, real-world locations where you can say hi or something

You already know about C2E2, which is only about a month away. But a few weeks after than I will be hitchhiking Bill Bixby-style to Minnesota to attend SpringCon. Just about every comic-making friend I've met has recommended this show, so I'll be there. Possibly drunk. Probably drunk.



I've gotten into the habit of making posters for each convention I do for some reason, so here's one for SpringCon:


Speaking of posters I made...

I cannot stress this enough, Nakama Toys is bringing giant-monster pro-wrestling to Chicago

I wrote in an earlier post about Nakama Toys bringing Kaiju Big Battel to Chicago for a show in June. Since that post we've had a party at the Squared Circle to promote it. It went off well and there will probably be at least one more promo party before the big show. Along with serving as an excuse to talk wrestling, drink, and party with Cycloptopus, that promo event was also the date Nakama unveiled the poster I made for the event and - more importantly - when tickets for the show went on sale.

Here's my poster:


You can get the poster (exclusively at Nakama Toys) by going HERE.

You can get tickets for Kaiju Big Battel (also exclusively at Nakama Toys) by going HERE.

If you don't ever use the internet but are somehow still managing to read this post, you can also pick up the poster and the tickets (along with a variety of other awesome KBB merch) in person at any Nakama live event. I know for certain they'll be at C2E2 and ACEN. I'll post more info as I get it.

Holy crap I think that's everything. I'm out.
-jsb