Panama City Creative Con 2014 wrapup

A huge thank you goes out to Jayson Kretzer and the rest of the staff at the 2014 Panama City Creative Con held over the weekend at Gulf Coast State College.

I was fortunate enough to spend the day behind a table meeting area folks who shared a love of creativity of every shape, size and form. For a city without a big comic “scene,” people came out to spend the afternoon immersed in the culture and I appreciate everyone who stopped by my booth to chat or explore the books I had available for purchase.

An extra big thanks goes out to everyone who picked up a copy of Chambers, The Undoubtables, or Unit 44.

The fact that someone would spend their hard-earned money on something I created (along with some talented artists and colorists) means the world to me.

If you missed out on the event, I’ve restocked signed copies of Chambers, The Undoubtables trade paperbacks along with the self-published copies of Unit 44 issue #1 in my web store. Copies are very limited, so get ‘em while they last!

Below is a photo of my booth from the event. It was my first chance to fly the banner designed by Unit 44 artist Eduardo Jimenez. Ed offered to draw the amazing image of our characters Gibson and Hatch to help promote our book. It was appreciated by many and I found it to be the perfect segue into telling passersby about our silly comic.

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GrayHaven Comics sale

One of my favorite indie publishers, GrayHaven Comics, is having a huge sale in their web store and you should totally take advantage of their generosity.

In addition to helping more than 200 writers, artists, colorists and letterers get their start in the comic book biz, they’re practically giving away books and you can pick up some of my published comics work for very cheap!

Check out what they’re offering!

The Gathering: Crime – 32 pages for just $0.99!
Crime was one of the most requested themes for an anthology and GrayHaven heard the call! This volume features my 5-page short, YOU MAY ALREADY BE A WINNER with art by Jacob Warrenfeltz.
Get it here: www.grayhavencomics.com/comics/the-gathering-crime/

The Gathering: Sci-Fi 2 – 38 pages for just $0.99!
This was the follow up to one of the publishers most successful anthologies and features my 3-page comic, TIMELESS, with art by Michael Nigro and letters by Amanda Kent.
Get it here: www.grayhavencomics.com/comics/the-gathering-sci-fi-2/

The Gathering: Spies – 36 pages for just $0.99!
The Spies edition of the long running Gathering anthology covers the quiet to the fanciful and all areas in between in the world of espionage. The volume features my 3-page short COMPROMISED with art by Tomas Witaz.
Get it here: www.grayhavencomics.com/comics/the-gathering-spies/

The Gathering: Public Domain – 32 pages for $1.99!
For years, hundreds of creators have come to The Gathering to tell tales of their original characters but in this volume they put their spin on existing characters in the public domain. The volume features my 4-page Robin Hood story HOODWINKED with art by Kristian Rossi.

In case you weren’t counting, that’s 138 pages of comics (and 15 pages of Wes-written comics) for just $5!

Looking to bulk up your cart a little bit more? You can’t go wrong with any of the books the publisher has to offer, but MOTHER AND SON, SPARKS and LIVING WITH DEATH all get my seal of approval!

Act fast as the sale will only last a little bit longer!

The Undoubtables review round-up #1

It’s been a few months since The Undoubtables, my action/heist comic with Emre Ozdamarlar, hit print and roughly 30 days since it went live digitally and a steady stream of reviews are starting to flow in.

I wanted to take a moment to share them with you in case you were still on the fence about purchasing the 96-page comic!

“…Locher has something really neat on his hands. Undoubtedly, this is one you should pay attention to.”
Cody “The Thorverine” Ferrell @ Comic Book Therapy | Read full review

“If you’re looking for a fast-paced, intriguing crime comic, than look no further than The Undoubtables. Wes Locher keeps the pedal buried and doesn’t let up until you flip that last page.”
Brad Gischia @ Bag and Bored | Read full review

“If you are a fan of crime thrillers with an interesting cast of unique characters, look no further than this 96-page, action packed graphic novel.”
–  Daniel Celabu @ FA Comics | Read full review

“Billed as “Ocean’s Elven” meets “Payback” the Undoubtables is an interesting story of crime and revenge.”
– Chuck Suffel @ What’cha Reading? | Read full review

Don’t forget that we have a FREE 7-page preview of the graphic novel that you can check out right here. If you like what you see, do me a solid and pick up the book from Amazon or digitally from ComiXology, for your Kindle, on your Nook, and if you look hard enough, I’m sure there’s a website that will inject the comic directly into your brain. Technology is amazing.

Copies of the trade paperback arrived at my door a few days ago! I’ll be selling them at the 2014 Panama City Creative Con this weekend and they’ll hit my web store shortly thereafter. Publisher Markosia Enterprises did a beautiful job on these!

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Innovation Update #20

Have you found yourself yearning for a new installment of my bizarre, wacky, and slightly confusing web comic INNOVATION?

Well yearn no more, friends, because Chapter 13 is now available for your reading pleasure!

In this edition, we pick up where Chapter 10 left off and as everyone’s favorite android, Sondra, finally meets her maker. Literally.

Previously we watched her undergo emotion testing and watched as she said “no more!” and escaped one prison only to find herself in another. What’s wrong with that demented fella who runs the R.D.S.L. complex? This might help clear up a few things!

Our latest comic, Complexity, is a 6-page short, drawn by regular contributor Stan Chou.

Click here or on the image below to read the comic. As always, Innovation is free to read.

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Upcoming Appearance: Panama City Creative Con

In just three weeks I’ll be a guest at the 2014 Panama City Creative Con, to be held at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida.

The event will be held on Saturday, September 13 and the one-day show will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Central Time.

If you’re in the area, come out and celebrate comics with creators that include, but are not limited to, Jayson Kretzer, writer/artist of WANNABE HEROES, one of the funnest comics I’ve ever read, Chris Arrant, who has written backup material for countless Marvel trade paperbacks, Erica Heflin, Editor-in-Chief of GrayHaven Comics, and writer of Zenescope’s WONDERLAND series (among other and numerous awesome books), K. Michael Russel, colorist of HACK/SLASH, Amanda Rachels and Kevin LaPorte of Inverse Press, and countless others. Check out the full lineup by clicking here.

And of course, I’ll be there with the remaining copies of the self-published run of UNIT 44 issue #1, the collected edition of CHAMBERS, and maybe…just maybe…something else! That all depends on the speed at which the U.S. Postal System works.

For those in the Florida panhandle, I encourage you to come out and say hello. Tickets for the event are available for just $8.50!

See you there.

Monster Day update #3

That’s a wrap on my short, MONSTER DAY, with art by Randy Z. Ochoa and some slick new colors from Jeremy Treece!

The all ages short, which will appear in early 2015 in GrayHaven Comics’ LIL KAIJU anthology, has been approved and begins its process from our screens to print.

Based on the preview art that I’ve seen for this edition, it’s shaping up to be an amazingly awesome volume, spearheaded by Editor-in-Chief Erica J. Heflin. She’s brought on some amazing talent and I hope that any of you comic book readers with kids will consider picking it up for them. I’m proud of the short we contributing and I’m impressed with the creative team for both their timeliness and professionalism. It was my first time working with Randy and Jeremy, and I can’t wait to do so again.

For those writers or artists looking to get some work published, I can’t say enough good things about working with GrayHaven. Artists — send them your portfolios and consider doing a few free shorts for one of their anthologies. Writers — send their pitches their open submission periods (coming again in September). If you truly want to make comics, then even tackling a 3-5 page short will help you understand and respect what goes into the craft. You’ll work with supportive and amazing people and you’ll treasure the print versions you ultimately get to hold in your hands.

Until the LIL KAIJU volume debuts, here’s a final sneak peek at the panel I teased last update…but in color!

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Unit 44 – Coming this fall from Alterna Comics

Well, folks…we did it.

With the support of 94 amazing people, artist Eduardo Jimenez and I raised $2,800 via the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform to bring our sci-fi/comedy comic UNIT 44 to digital shelves this year from Alterna Comics.

In a campaign designed to provide strictly digital rewards, which helped us keep our asking amount very, very low, comic and humor fans still supported us in the endeavor and personally, I can thank everyone enough.

Art for issue #2 is complete and design on the interiors and back matter has begun. We hope to soon share a release date of when you’ll be able to pick up the book through ComiXology and other fine retailers. We’ll also be releasing a physical trade paperback in early 2015, so if you’re waiting until you can hold the book in your hands, it won’t be too long a wait!

I shared this with our Kickstarter backers, but it bears repeating…I wrote the story and script for UNIT 44 in November/December 2012, and nearly every day I have been thinking about the characters and their zany world. Words can’t describe what it means to finally be able to bring it to life in 2014.

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The Undoubtables hits ComiXology

After being released in paperback and Kindle formats last month, my action/heist comic THE UNDOUBTABLES has debuted on ComiXology courtesy of publisher Markosia Enterprises!

Myself and co-creator, artist Emre Ozdamarlar, are super excited for you to check out the book and share your thoughts with us. ComiXology has the full 96-page graphic novel available for just $3.99. How can you pass that up??

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Once you’ve read it, don’t forget to return to ComiXology and rate the title (or do so from the iPhone/iPad/Android app).

To whet your whistle a bit, Emre and I are bringing you a free 7-page preview of the book! Click right here or on the image below to see how the adventure begins!

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4 More Days to get UNIT 44 out this year!

For the past 30 days, I’ve been dumping heart and soul into promoting the Kickstarter campaign for my upcoming sci-fi/comedy comic book series UNIT 44 that artist Eduardo Jimenez and I will (hopefully) release this fall from Alterna Comics.

Well, we’re almost at the end of our run with just 4 days left and approximately $560 left to raise. If you haven’t given it a look, I encourage you to do so by clicking the link below.

UNIT 44 on Kickstarter!

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Even though we completed the first issue of our series last year, we’re on course to publish all four issues by the end of 2014. The money raised from the campaign will allow Ed to set aside commission work and several other projects to focus solely on completing the remaining issues of the series.

Since the comic will be released through the ComiXology platform as a digital-first initiative, we aren’t offering printed copies, but we hope you’ll help us do the most important thing, which is to finish the comic book. (We will release a physical collected edition in 2015, though!)

We have some amazing rewards from a digital copy of the first issue for $3, to a digital subscription to all of the issues for $15. You can even pay $35 and get digital downloads of every comic I’ve ever released to date or splurge a little bit and get yourself drawn into the comic for $100. There’s plenty of other good stuff, too!

Thanks to all of my readers who have already supported the project, and as the clock winds down, I hope you’ll consider donating a little bit of money to help Ed and I bring this project to life!

We get it…times are tough and spare change isn’t as plentiful as it once was. Even by sharing a link to our campaign on your social media sites, it would help us get the word out, and that is hugely appreciated.

Thanks so much for reading and considering our project!

Monster Day update #2

Previously, I teased some of artwork from Randy Z. Ochoa on our 4-page short, MONSTER DAY, for release next year in GrayHaven Comics’ LIL KAIJU anthology.

Though Randy has completed his art for the short and I was able to letter them up, we recently received some great news from the publisher. Due to recent success on a GrayHaven Kickstarter campaign, word came down from on high that this particular issue will be printed in color, so we’re super excited to bring our all-ages adventure to life with a new dimension of flair.

Color wunderkind Jeremy Treece will be lending his talents to the art and we look to have everything submitted by the end of September. Based on some other preview art I’ve seen from this anthology, it’s going to be a ton of fun, and something I would buy even if I wasn’t directly involved. Keep an eye out for it!

Take a sneak peek at a panel from the (currently) black and white short below, and know that next time you see it, it’ll be presented in technicolor!

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We’ve also gotten a sneak peek at the work in progress cover for the anthology with art by Donal DeLay.

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