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This is how I die

I came in to work today and had this waiting for me:

What you're looking at is three massive boxes filled with copies of Scratches and VOID from the printer. There's a lot of them. Now the funny thing about comics, books, or basically any kind of thing with pages is they tend to be very light by themselves, but when you pack a box (or three) full of them, they get surprisingly heavy. Now a couple things:

1: I got these shipped to my work because I've had packages disappear from my apartment lobby.

2: As you can see, there are three of these boxes, and they're massive and heavy.

3: I don't drive. During the summer I bike to work, during the winter (like now) I walk and take a train.

First thing this morning I took this picture and sent it to Jon, Leo, Angel, and Nicole. They all asked "how are you going to get that home?" to which I replied, "that's a good question". So far, I have two possible solutions: take a taxi, or carry them home, one per day. Right now I'm leaning towards the latter option cause I'm poor and it'll give me a good justification for skipping the gym this week, as I'll be getting my workout through alternative methods.

Once I get these home I'm going to get together with the rest of the crew to do have a massive sign, pack, and get-everything-ready-to-ship party; and then I will slumber for a thousand years.

INDIE COMICS YO!

-jsb

The Horrors of Victory

So this happened yesterday:

I'm not going to play the false humility thing and act surprised that the book was funded; we kept our goals humble and we have awesome readers. (Thank you all, again and again, by the way.) I am, however, surprised by how successful it was. I was expecting us to hit our goal sometime around the zero hour, but we got fully backing halfway through the campaign. So we added stretch goals, then we hit those. And it kept growing up to the final minutes. I wasn't expecting that part.

Now that I can take a minute to look back at it, I have to say I really like Kickstarter as a word-of-mouth tool more than anything else. Yeah, having the project funded is nice, but I think the real value in Kickstarter was the ability to turn four guys putting out a comic into something of an event; which is an aspect I want to build on even more if I ever do another one of these.

Now that the campaign is over, the real work begins. We're waiting on the final funds to come in (Kickstarter takes a cut and some backers don't follow through, so the amount it says on the site isn't accurate to what we actually have to work with), but in the meantime, I'm trying to get the books ready for the printer, plan a pin-up, and figure out a bunch of logistics. Again, the final, final numbers aren't in, so there's a bit of "hurry up and wait" going on, but I'm trying to get to the place where once the waiting is over, everything runs as smooth as possible.

Oh, and I'm also squeezing in time to work on Nowhere #4 and plan for this year's conventions.

Ad Victoriam,
-jsb

Blood Drive

You know, I really thought the rest of the year was going to be pretty chill. After Cincy and Other World, my schedule was clear and I fully planned on spending the rest of the year just making comics and playing a lot of Fallout 4. Turns out that's not the case and there are a few more vile machinations to play out before we close out this year. First off:

Nowhere #3 is now available.

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Just got the first batch in from the printer and they're good to go. You can order your own signed copy over at the store. I've also submitted the digital version to ComiXology and it's been approved, but it always takes a while for it to actually go up on their store. I'll let you all know when it becomes available.

If you hate online shopping, are terrified of your mailman, or just HAVE to get the book from me personally, you're in luck because...

I will be showing at Full Bleed 2: A Comic Art Showcase

Officially the last show of the year. I'll be showing a bunch of my work and slinging comics at a gallery show dedicated to sequential art. A whole bunch of my indie comic homies will be there as well, so it will be where the happenin' be happenin'. It's December 5th, at the International School of Comics in Chicago. Or just click this sentence for more info.

And finally ... we're launching a Kickstarter for Scratches

I've been nervous about the idea of launching a crowdfunding campaign for my work before, mainly because I'm a self-loathing bastard, but Leo, Angel, Jon and I thought this would be the best way to help get the word out about the book. The art is wrapping up and the goal of the Kickstarter will be to fund the first print run. We've got a bunch of awesome rewards planned including original pages, extra books, and commissions from the four of us. Basically we want to get people excited for the book while keeping our financial goals humble. We just shot a bunch of footage for the pitch video last weekend. It was bloody.

The video is being put together as I write this and we plan to launch the Kickstarter in the next week or so. I mainly want to let you all know about it in advance because 1) There's a bunch of limited rewards, so you're gonna want to get on that early. And 2) if we can get as many people jumping on this as early as possible, it'll greatly improve the chances of our campaign succeeding.

So yeah, heads up on that. I'll be posting an official launch date once we have it locked down, so keep an eye out for that.

Stay tuned,
-jsb