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Dissonance

Hoo boy, lotta shit to cover. Let's skip the intro stuff and jump straight into it.

VOID is done.

For the past month, I've been posting parts of a weird little comic I made up on the webcomics section. It was a fun project and I hope everyone enjoyed it. Perhaps "enjoyed" may not be the right word considering the bizarre nature of the story, but you get my point. If you haven't already, you can check it out here. If you dig it, do me a solid and share it around.

I plan to do a full post just about VOID, but that'll have to wait 'cause I got other shit to cover.

Indy brought the ruckus.

In my post-C2E2 2016 entry, I wrote the following:

"This show was so good that I'm suffering a crisis of pessimism. To everyone that came out: thank you for that crisis.

The question I'm asking myself now is can I maintain this momentum. Next month is Indiana Comic Con - a show I've never done before - so I guess I'll find out there. Come on down if you want to check out my work and watch a man be delightfully confused."

If Indiana was any kind of indicator, it's starting to look like this isn't a fluke. I'm going to try to stop doing this sappy shit in the future, but oblige me here, this shit is still new to me. I extensively prepare myself for failure to the point where it's practically expected. The problem with this approach, however, is I've never prepared myself for success. The amazing reception I've been getting at these shows is forcing me to face a reality I've never contemplated before and it's legitimately fucking me up. There's an initial shock that I'm still reeling from, but I've gotten my shit together for the most part and I'm starting to form an idea of where this needs to go next.

tl;dr: These shows are getting better and better and now I'm scheming.

I will be at Flashback Weekend.

This August I'll be throwing comics at people at Flashback Weekend. This will be my first horror convention. I suspect this is way overdue, and I should have been doing horror conventions since the start, but now I'm working on making up for that oversight. If it goes well, it'll open up a whole new genre of conventions for me and I'll find myself a significantly busier goon. I'll post more info as the show gets closer.

I don't know how to store.

It was brought to my attention that I had a bunch of stuff missing from the Store, so I'm working to fix that. I've added all five issues of Wayward (how the hell did I forget that?) and The Orphans print series. Go check it out and buy stuff maybe if you want to, I dunno.

-jsb

F5

Indiana Comic Con is coming up in a few weeks and I'm all stocked up and ready to go. This is my first time doing this show, (hell, my first time doing a show in that state) and there's always a strange sense of anticipation with a new show. I feel like I'm going in blind to a group of completely new people and I can't wait to see if they dig the horrible things I've drawn.

I'll be at Artist Alley table F5. To help you remember my table number, here's a handy GIF:

I've heard nothing but good stuff about this show, so I'm looking forward to hopefully becoming a regular there. If the Hoosiers like indie horror comics, of course.

Void begins next week.

During the Scratches Kickstarter, I put together a weird little comic called Void. It eventually became a stretch goal for the campaign, but I always created it with the intention of making it available to read here. The first part will go up this Monday, with each following part going up each consecutive Monday.

I really hope you all dig it. Here's a teaser:

Housekeeping

Everything is officially back in stock over at the Simon Store. Whether or not that'll still be the case after Indiana Comic Con is currently up to fate.

So come back next Monday, warn your friends, check out the store, and get your ass to Indy.

-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