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Firing squad

Is there a name for; when there's an event coming up you're both excited for it and a paranoid wreck simultaneously? I'm not asking for any particular reason, just curious. Everything is fine.

Moving on...

Gather your rotten produce

This Wednesday, October 12, Jon, Leo, Angel, and I will be at The International School of Comics Chicago to discuss Scratches as part of their Graphic Novel Book Club. Click here for more info.

I have absolutely no idea what to expect from this. Will I be waxing poetic and dropping some seriously insightful shit about the potential of horror? Will I be huddled in a corner while a crowd of angry people berate me about how I'm terrible and everything I do is wrong? Will I be sober?

Come down this Wednesday and find out!

-jsb

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

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


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