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UPDATED: NYCC and Sundry

7 Oct

I LOVE NYC!

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve felt at home in the city, which is one of the reasons I’m so excited to go to NYCC for the first time. You put me, the con junkie that I am, in my favorite city on the planet and a con together…pure bliss.

But enough about me and my love of NY.

The real point of this post is to let you know where you can find Chris and I during the con.

We fly into JFK around 6PM on Thursday and hit the ground running.

UPDATE 10/11/11: We make a mad dash from JFK to the CBLDF Party.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 13TH

7PM to 8PM CBLDF VIP hour at Hudson Terrace at 621 46th St. (we will probably be a little late)

8PM to 10PM CBLDF Party at Hudson Terrace at 621 46th St. Everyone is welcome. A $10 donation is recommended. 

COME ON OVER, HANG OUT WITH US AND MANY COOL PEOPLE!

And help the CBLDF defend creativity, today and tomorrow!

FRIDAY OCTOBER 14TH

11AM to 12PM Chris will be signing at the DC/ Vertigo Booth #1254. Come by and get stuff signed and hang out!

3:45PM to 4:45PM Vertigo Panel…

Vertigo Visions – Room 1A22: Join the writers and artists behind the acclaimed and award-winning brand for a panel about the weird, the wild and the always unexpected with all-star talent including Jason Aaron (Scalped), Brian Azzarello (Spaceman, 100 Bullets), Rebecca Guay (A Flight of Angels), Phil Jimenez (Fairest), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE), Douglas Rushkoff (A.D.D.), Marzena Sowa (Marzi), Sylvain Savoia (Marzi), Scott Snyder (American Vampire), and introducing some new Vertigo blood!

SATURDAY OCTOBER 15th

10:45PM to 11:45PM Vertigo Panel…

Vertigo: Scary Sh*t – Room 1A22: Join Vertigo’s monthly writers as they discuss vampires, zombies, the apocalypse and more, with top creators including Brian Azzarello (Spaceman), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE), Scott Snyder (American Vampire), and introducing some new Vertigo blood!

3PM to 4PM Chris will be signing and signing and signing at the DC/ Vertigo Booth #1254

SUNDAY OCTOBER 16TH

1:00PM to 2:00PM Chris will be signing his little heart out trying to stay awake at the DC/ Vertigo Booth #1254

And now for the “sundry” part.

I recently commissioned some art from the very fabulous JK Woodward for Chris’ birthday. And I think it turned out really great.

In case you’ve been under a log, I wanted to show it off here for your viewing pleasure.

Allison is Saturn Girl! by JK Woodward

And don’t forget Star Trek/ Legion of Super-Heroes #1 from IDW hits the stands on October 19th!

Star Trek/ Legion #1 cover by Phil Jimenez

And it includes 11 preview pages of MEMORIAL. Bonus!

Memorial #1 cover by Mike Kaluta

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EPIC New Comic Book Day!

6 Jul

Today is new comic book day. WOOOHOO!

So head on down to your LCBS and pick up some kick ass comics!

But wait, there is more…

Buy Elric: The Balance Lost #1 from BOOM! Studios today in print AND in digital.

Pretty killer RIGHT?!

Head on over to the Elric website to read more about the title or buy the first issue digitally.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

iZombie #15 Cover by Mike Allred

Starborn: Volume 1 Trade Paperback cover by Humberto Ramos

iZombie #15 and the first Starborn trade ALSO come out today!

IT’S AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES!!!

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Eisner Nominee Linky Dinks

9 Jun

I decided yesterday after writing my post about digital comics, to post as many links possible to Eisner nominees who’s publishers have put up FREE content for voters to read.

Award nominations are perfect marketing opportunities and I wanted to reward those companies utilizing the marketing potential of  their nominations and promoting their creators!

BEST SHORT STORY

Hamburgers for One, By Frank Stockton, in Popgun vol. 4 (Image)

BEST HUMOR PUBLICATION

I Thought You Would Be Funnier, By Shannon Wheeler (BOOM!)

Afrodisiac, By Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca (Adhouse)

Prime Baby, By Gene Luen Yang (First Second)

BEST SINGLE ISSUE

Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom #1: Sparrow, By Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)

Locke & Key is also nominated for BEST CONTINUING SERIES, Joe Hill for BEST WRITER and Gabriel Rodriguez for BEST PENCILLER/ INKER

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM REPRINT

Tumor, By Joshua Hale Fialkov and Noel Tuazon (Archaia)

BEST DIGITAL COMIC

Abominable Charles Christopher, By Karl Kerschl

The Bean, by Travis Hanson

Lackadaisy, By Tracy Butler

Max Overacts, By Caanan Grall

Zahra’s Paradise, By Amir and Khalil

I want to congratulate all the companies and creators listed above with online content for Eisner voters. You guys are already winners in my opinion.

What I would love to do now is link to my own Eisner nominee, my husband Chris, who’s work is nominated in two categories:

BEST LIMITED SERIES

Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love, By Chris Roberson and  Shawn McManus (Vertigo/ DC)

BEST NEW SERIES

iZombie, By Chris Roberson and Mike Allred (Vertigo/ DC)

But I can’t. You can’t even buy these titles digitally.

Super lame right?

You will just have to take me at my word these are both really great books, along with all the other books on that very long Eisner list that you have to buy to get a glimpse of.

Maybe next year we can do a little better.

If you know of other links to Eisner nominated content, please let me know and I will add it.

And if you are eligible to vote for the Eisner’s, please make sure you cast your vote by June 13th. (Vote here)

Happy voting!

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The Press is Your Friend or Don’t Piss Off the Marketing Dept.

19 May

I LOVE me the press. And a good marketing department team can be your best friends.

Sometimes I think the people working in comics don’t realize just how great they’ve got it. Prose writers don’t have nearly the number of accessible press outlets to help promote their work. Not to mention immediate feedback in the form of reviews and discussion forums.

But while the immediate and accessible venues are clearly a boon to the comics field, they can also get you in trouble if you are doing it wrong. So today we will talk about how to do it the right.

Here we go.

INTERVIEWS AND PODCASTS ARE A GREAT WAY TO PROMOTE YOUR WORK

There are really two main factors to finding new readers: distribution of the work and promotion. A lot of people don’t even know you exist and it’s YOUR  job to tell them.

In written interviews, try to tease your projects without giving too much away, make sure your answers are interesting and thoughtful. And make sure you mention all the titles you are currently working on so the audience can make the connections.

For podcasts, try to have fun.  Try to be a podcast guest that you would like to listen to.

RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE’S TIME AND DEADLINES

The comics press has deadlines, just like you do.  Try to get answers back in a timely fashion.  If you hit a snag and just can’t get it to them when you said, let them know.

This part of your job is no different than that page you need to draw or script you need to get in. And your behavior should be the same as with your editor when dealing with these professionals.

RESPECT THE OPINION OF OTHERS OR DON’T USE TWITTER AS A WEAPON

This might be the hardest thing I ask you to do. And you can totally NOT feel this way in private, just don’t go public with it.

Not everybody responds to art in the same way.  And that’s okay.  You are going to get reviews that you don’t agree with. You are going to read message board postings that are completely misguided and wrong.  You might even see someone on twitter say the issue of “X-Whatever” you wrote was the “worst comic ever written.”  It happens and  it makes you feel like poo.

But if you can’t handle the criticism, if it just eats you up, don’t ever write a high profile book.  The bigger the profile, the more people who see it, the more people will complain. That’s just math and a part of the business.

I’ve heard some creators don’t look at reviews at all and that’s certainly a way to go.  However, sometimes there can be criticism that rings true, a problem you might have overlooked, and knowing about it can make you better.

But for crying out loud, DO NOT freak out on twitter and attack someone for a bad review.  You just look like an asshole.

NO MATTER HOW BADLY YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT UNANNOUNCED PROJECT…DON’T

Good marketing teams have a plan to roll out your book with all the fanfare they can muster. But you just had to post that art or talk about it on your blog before the announcement. BAD MOVE.  I know it’s hard people. You get all excited and you just want to share. I get that. But you are shooting yourself in the foot and messing up someone’s hard work by doing this.

So this is what I want everyone to do.

If you have a new project and you aren’t sure if you can talk about it, ask your editor or the publicist/ marketing dept when the announcement will happen and if there is anything you should be aware of so that you don’t accidentally screw it up.

Let’s say that again. ASK SOMEONE AND DOUBLE CHECK. DO NOT ASSUME ANYTHING.

And if it gets leaked by someone else, don’t jump on the bandwagon.

LET’S REMEMBER: IT’S A TWO WAY STREET (or three way, hmm.)

The comics press need content, so they can have web traffic, so they can eat. You need to promote your work so that it sells, so you can eat. The marketing department wants your book to sell, so they can keep their job, so they can eat. It’s a symbiotic relationship. Nurture it and feed it. Don’t abuse it or mistreat it.  Treat them all with respect and they will do the same to you.

Later.

A

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