IT LOOKS BACK

The Moose Post

As you all know, a while ago I made "The Moose Post" on Facebook and Instagram, hinting at some big news:

Vague Moose is vague.

Vague Moose is vague.

Well, I've been dragging this on long enough waiting on things to be finalized, so let's get on with it: 

I have signed a publishing agreement with Caliber Comics. 

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What does this mean? Well, a lot of things, I suppose, but I'll try to break it down: 
1 - Single, digital issues of Nowhere and IT LOOKS BACK will be available online in a lot more places.
2 - I've been getting requests for trades for years now. Those will now be available in print and digital. 
3 - Nowhere and IT LOOKS BACK will be listed on Diamond, so they should potentially be available at your local comic shop. 

As of right now, this agreement only pertains to Nowhere and IT LOOKS BACK. Wayward was originally part of the initial agreement, but we discovered that Image Comics has already put out a (completely unrelated) book called Wayward, so there's possibly some legal issues there. It sucks and no one's at fault, it's just an unfortunate coincidence. What that means for Wayward is it's gonna need a new title. I figured that would be a good opportunity to revisit that book and do some updates. I'm proud of the story, but it was my first comic and I'm not sure how I feel about the art anymore. So, look forward to a new, updated version of Wayward (with a new title) in the near future. 

So yeah, I'm officially published. I'll post updates on the process, the new trade covers, when the books will be available, etc. when I get that information, so stay tuned. Oh, and massive props to Andrea for "discovering" me. Y'all should do me a solid and check out his book. None of this would have happened if not for him. 

To be honest, even though I've been setting things up with Caliber for a few weeks now, the reality of the situation hasn't quite hit me yet. As I've stated here time and time again, I'm a phenomenal pessimist. I've spent my entire life expecting and preparing for worst-case scenarios, so when something outrageously good happens, I find myself unequipped with the skills needed to process it. Wins are alien to me, so I'm still processing. 

-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

Crotchpocalypse

C2E2 is this weekend. Just a few days away. I'm stoked. You're all stoked. We're all so stoked that the word "stoked" has lost all meaning and doesn't really sound like a word anymore. What more can be said about C2E2 that I haven't already said on Facebook?

It's depressing how proud I am of this post.

I'll be there (artist alley table #D7). Nakama Toys will be there. Jon, Leo, Kyle, Donovan, Angel, and a whole bunch of other awesome people will be there. And a lot of us will probably be drunk.

Aside from my usual swill, you can pick up a copy of my newest release, IT LOOKS BACK #3 and check out my experimental short run of IT LOOKS BACK posters. I've had a lot of people say they wanted posters of the ILB covers, so I'm gonna try it out.

Speaking of posters, you can also get your hands on my Kaiju Big Battel poster I designed for Nakama Toys, but you can't get it at my booth. For that one, ya gotta swing by the Nakama Toys booth (in the Block #663) and get it there. While you're there, you should probably go ahead and pick up a ticket for Kaiju Big Battel: Triskaidekaphobia along with five of everything else they have for sale. After you've successfully procured a poster, bring it over to my table and I'll sign it. To summarize:

Go here:



Get this (and a ticket):

Bring it here:
And I'll write my name on it.

Elsewhere

IT LOOKS BACK is done. I just got the proof copy for issue 4:

Unfortunately, I have to make some minor edits to it, and there's no way I can get stock from the printer in time for C2E2. But I will be submitting it to Comixology soon and it should be ready in time for my next convention.

Finishing ILB had me stuck in the weirdest mindset for a while concerning C2E2. Because I wasn't actively drawing a book as the con started, I didn't feel like I should be there. That's right: even though I've got nine books and two runs under my belt, I felt like I was going to the show empty handed because I'm not drawing a book RIGHT NOW. Yes, I am aware that this is ridiculously stupid and highly illogical, but it was happening. I'm working on some new stuff now, so that illogical mental loophole is gone.

I've got three main ideas bouncing around in my head: a quick little short story comic that I would just stick up on this site, a new mini-series that'll be slightly larger than Wayward and IT LOOKS BACK, and a possible webcomic idea. At this moment they're all in the scripting phase and nothing is concrete so I don't want to say anymore until I actually have something to show. 

TL;DR: I am working on stuff and I'll show you soon.

See you at C2E2!
-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

Ectoplasm

The title of this post has absolutely nothing to do with the content of this post. Nothing. I was trying to think of a clever title and the word "ectoplasm" randomly popped in my head out of nowhere. So that's that. Moving on...

First off, this thing:


In case you didn't already know, Kaiju Big Battel is one of the greatest things ever. Pro wrestling + giant monsters. They're based out of New York and the Nakama Toys crew have been working with them to bring their show to Chicago. That'll be in June. Let me restate that last bit for emphasis:

Nakama Toys is bringing giant monster pro wrestling to Chicago. 

To celebrate, they're throwing a launch party this Wednesday, March 12th at The Squared Circle, a wrestling-centered restaurant owned by WWE-and-TNA-alumn Lisa Marie Varon. They'll be selling tickets to the show, giving away prizes and Kaiju Big Battel merch, and possibly getting destroyed by giant monsters. They also commissioned me to do a poster for the show, which you'll be able to check out at the party. I'm not going to be posting it here for a while, so if you're in Chicago and you just HAVE to see a thing I drew, get your ass down there. Click on the minefield of links back there for more info.

This next bit doesn't concern giant pro wrestling monsters, so it's completely unimportant to me; but I recently did a brief interview with CNBC about Comixology and digital comics as an indie creator. You can read it here. BE WARNED though, it doesn't concern giant monsters.

Speaking of Comixology, I'll just go ahead and shamelessly remind you all that IT LOOKS BACK #1 and #2 are both available here. #3 has recently been approved as well, but it's not available yet. Of course I'll let you know when it goes up.

-jsb