Paul and I were lucky enough to be asked to join the fifth show of comics art to visit Eastern Michigan University, this time called KAPOW! Comics Return to Eastern! Professor Rubenfeld, whom I first had for Art History twenty years ago (cough) is still extending his generosity to us after all this time, and he’s also managed to get art from lots of other talented artists, including David Petersen and Jeff Smith.
The show runs from March 10 through April 16, 2014 in the University Gallery at Eastern Michigan University, located in the EMU Student Center at 900 Oakwood Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. You can visit the show Mondays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
It’s also not too late to take in ‘Demented Detroit: Contemporary Cartoons and Comics from the Motor City‘, the show put together by Sean Bieri that’s being hosted at Henry Ford Community College. Its last day is Friday, March 21st, though, so hurry if you want to see lots of art by some great artists!
When I was still in high school, one of the coolest things I could think of to do in Ann Arbor — after going to Dave’s Comics and Dawn Treader — was to hang out in one of the two big art stores, Ulrich’s and Michigan Book and Supply. I’d stay in there for hours, picking out Prismacolors and wishing for fancy sketchbooks. I never left without a copy of The Metro Times, the free weekly newspaper that introduced me to alternative radio, Matt Groening (before The Simpsons, that’s how old I am, guys), and best of all, Lynda Barry. So you can only imagine how excited I was when I got a call from one of the editors at The Metro Times asking me to contribute a comic for an upcoming issue. It arrived this Wednesday, and I’m still on cloud nine about it. Big thanks to Walter J. Sports and Runway Photography, Colin Johnson and DB Family Photography & DJ who all generously allowed me to use their photos for reference for the comic, and to all the skaters who volunteered their words and likenesses!
One of my kind Kickstarter supporters just emailed me to let me know that he sent word about Clockwork Game to an editor at Bleeding Cool, who liked the book enough to add it to her weekly roundup of new Comixology Submit reviews! Thanks so much, Nicholas! I am very lucky to have such generous readers like you, who are willing to give me such great word-of-mouth recommendations. I literally couldn’t do it without you!
Additionally, Clockwork Game is now available on Comixology, and I hope to have the Vögelein books up there soon, as well.
Clockwork Game is now available on Amazon, Powell’s, Barnes and Noble, and Chapters/Indigo — and is also on GoodReads! If you liked the book and would be willing to do so, a review at any of these sites would be an enormous signal boost for the book. Thanks go out to Kickstarter backer — and fellow EMU alumni Stewart Tame for my very first review!
Brigid Alverson, writing for School Library Journal, was also kind enough to give Clockwork Game a nod in her recent article on new teen-friendly graphic novels for Spring 2014. Thanks, Brigid!
It’s also coming up on the last chance for comics stores to order Clockwork Game in the February 2014 PREVIEWS catalog from Diamond Comic Distributors! If you know any independent-creator-friendly comics stores that you think might be interested in stocking the book, please let them know about it in the next week or so. It’s Diamond Order # STK635961, and is on page 334, right between Fantagraphics and First Second in the green Comics and Graphic Novels section. I’m really grateful to all the folks who’ve already emailed me to let me know you’ve already helped spread the word. Thanks, you guys! You all know who you are, and you’re awesome.
I’m super excited to announce that I’ve been invited to be a guest at this year’s Wizard World Chicago (aka Chicago Comic-con)! The show will be held from August 21-24 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, just north of the city. This is the first time I’ve ever been granted this honor at a comic convention, so I’m really feeling blessed right now. Hope to see some of you there!
Hey you guys, want to see how the Clockwork Game Deluxe Hardcovers are going to be made? Check out this tour of Bessenberg Bindery that I posted as an update on my Kickstarter! Jon Buller was gracious enough to let me completely geek out all over his workshop and take a ton of pictures. I have always been fascinated by seeing how things are made, so this was a real treat, and I’m excited to share it with you.
I’m excited to report that Clockwork Game is appearing in the February 2014 PREVIEWS catalog from Diamond Comic Distributors. It’s on Page 334, right between Fantagraphics and First Second in the green Comics and Graphic Novels section.
If you shop regularly at your local comics store, I would be so grateful if you’d let them know — word of mouth is what always drives my sales. I’ve sent copies to the stores who’ve supported me throughout the years, but it makes a huge difference whenever someone introduces my work to a new store. Thanks in advance!
While I was signing books at Green Brain Comics, a reporter from a local newspaper stopped by and did this nice interview with me, complete with video. Thanks, Dave!
Man, there’s so much great stuff going on with Clockwork Game right now that I’m having trouble deciding what parts to talk about first.
So let’s start with the time-sensitive information: Unless the weather suddenly rises up and makes the roads impassible (again) I’ll be making two appearances in the Metro Detroit area this Saturday, January 18th!
The first will be at Green Brain Comics from 11am-3pm. Dan and Katie Merritt will be hosting me while I sign books and talk comics — there’s even a Facebook page for the event if you’d like to let us know if you can make it. We’d love to see you there!
After I’m done at Green Brain, I’ll be swinging by Legendary ConFusion where I’ll spend the evening hanging out in the lobby and hopefully running into lots of old friends. I won’t be on any panels, but I will be around. Drop me a line if you’re going to be there and would like to hang out!
One of the nicest things about wrapping up an enormous, time-consuming project like Clockwork Game is finally having the time to visit with folks again, instead of being stuck in front of the grindstone for months on end. I’ve got the box of Kickstarter rewards packed up and ready to deliver to my generous Metro Detroit Area backers, and I look forward to seeing you all again and getting the chance to catch up. Yay!
Missed the Kickstarter and want a download of Clockwork Game before the physical version hits stores? Good news – it’s now available as a PDF at the Fiery Studios Scribd Store! It’s high-quality at 200dpi, and costs $12.95, which is $7 less than a print copy will be. Enjoy!
Sorry for the long delay between updates, but I’ve got great news! I’m pleased to announce that the Kickstarter PDFs are ready, and best of all, they’re done ahead of schedule! If you’re a backer at a level of $10 or higher, check your inbox and get ready to download your copy.
In other news, all the proofs are approved and the book is headed for press. I should have the copies in hand within the next two weeks or so. This part of the process always makes me super nervous.
I’ve sent out the surveys, and while I’m waiting for the books to be printed, I’ll be doing things like signing the Vögelein books in the FIERY STUDIOS LIBRARY backer levels, filling out customs forms, and chewing my nails down to the quick.
Till then, I wish you all the happiest of holidays, and send hopes for lots of tranquil time with your loved ones.
Not a lot to report yet on the Clockwork Game Kickstarter progress — not enough to merit a proper Kickstarter Update anyway — I’m mostly getting all my ducks in a row so that when the books arrive I can get them to the post office with as little trouble as possible.
So far, I’ve:
- Sent files to the printer (YAY!)
- Ordered 300 cardboard mailers and stuck return labels on them
- Slotted over 200 acid-free boards into their bags
- Started drawing the pencil sketches in the Vögelein hardcovers
- Matched all the original art with its prospective owners, bagged and boarded and labeled
So if you’re a backer, definitely know that the wheels are turning. I should have a more formal update for you soon!
I took the plunge this week and made PDF copies of the Vögelein books available on Scribd. To get the ball rolling, from now through the new year you can get them for only $7.99 each — so if you’ve ever wanted eBook versions, now’s your chance!
The Clockwork Game Kickstarter has been fully funded, and at a higher level than I ever could have dreamed — at 242%! Thank you all, so much, for your generous support and belief in me as a creator.
Three stretch goals were achieved, and a fourth is possible provided that there aren’t too many dropped backers. I’m going to be hard at work in the next few days to get the files out to the printer.
Thanks again to everyone who backed this project! I’m really excited to get the printing process underway.
We’re down to the last four hours of the Kickstarter — and we’re so close to the fourth stretch goal! Thanks to everyone who’s already backed the project — I can’t wait to get the ball rolling on the printing.
We’ve hit the third stretch goal and are within striking distance of the fourth, and at the time of this writing, there’s only 40 hours remaining. I am so blessed to have so many generous fans!
Remember, if you are interested in a hardcover, this is your last chance to order! They’re too expensive for me to make many extras — this will be an extremely limited run, the only one of its kind. Prices on the PDF are also likely to increase once I have to share profits with another company, so get yours soon!
Since the last time I posted, the Clockwork Game Kickstarter has flown past its second stretch goal — which means that thanks to my (very) generous readers, I’m able to keep increasing the quality of the books! Now every printed book gets a paper upgrade, from 60-pound to 70-pound paper, which will make the books feel more substantial.
We’ve also crossed the $10,000 mark, and are rapidly closing in on the next stretch goal! There’s only five days left, so if you’re considering backing, please do soon! The deluxe hardcovers will never be made again, and a the good pages of original art are going fast!
Hey, are you in Wisconsin? Are you into Steampunk? Are you going to TeslaCon?
My buddy Jeff Berndt and his friends have a new Steampunk-themed candy-selling venture called Sweet Steam.They’ll be selling their chocolatey wares at TeslaCon this weekend, as will my other buddy Rollande Krandall with her Singing Lemur Jewelry.
If you’re in the area, you should check them out!
Paul will be sharing the stage with Thomas Dolby this weekend at The Magic Bag in Ferndale this Sunday. If you’ve got the time and are in the area, please consider coming out to see him! The show’s going to be amazing, and includes a live sound effects artist.
Check out the trailer for the North American Tour to get a taste of what the show will be like:
The Clockwork Game Kickstarter just passed its first stretch goal! This means that all the trade paperbacks will get a cover upgrade — thicker stock, and a shiny spot gloss treatment on the red band at the bottom, and the hardcovers will now have a ribbon bookmark sewn in.
I’m so excited! I love making beautiful books, and thanks to all of your generosity, I can!