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.

Innovation Update #19

If you found yourself clamoring for more sci-fi webcomic goodness, then you’ll be happy to hear we’re back with a new installment of INNOVATION.

In this edition, we pick up where Chapters 2 & 3 left off and start tying some threads together. Previously we saw worker bee Lee Masterson and Cygnus, the android who just wants a little bit of adventure in his life, rounded up by the mysterious Mr. Faust. What does R.D.S.L. have planned for these two? Only one way to find out!

Our latest comic, Fortuitous, is a 5-page short, drawn by regular contributor Damon Threet.

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

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Interview: Vodka O’Clock Podcast 2

A week ago I made my triumphant return to the Vodka O’Clock podcast where I chatted with host Amber Love about my new heist graphic novel THE UNDOUBTABLES, published in July by Markosia Enterprises, and my upcoming sci-fi/comedy comic book UNIT 44, to be published soon by Alterna Comics.

If you’d like to hear us gab for an hour about our favorite real life heists, writing for graphic novels and the inspirations behind the story, click here to give the episode a listen.

We’ll make your commute that much sweeter. You can also download the podcast from iTunes or Stitcher radio.

 

 

 

Unit 44 to be published by Alterna Comics!

I want to share with you some amazing news that been happening behind the scenes since artist Eduardo Jimenez and I completed the first issue of the sci-fi/comedy comic book UNIT 44 earlier this year…after much discussion, we’ve signed a deal with publisher ALTERNA COMICS to release Unit 44 as a digital-first initiative this fall.

 

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What does this mean?

It means that each issue of the series will be available via ComiXology and then be packaged in a 90-something page trade paperback for print in early 2015 that you’ll be able to pick up (or order) from your local comic shop.

Since Unit 44 has been a labor of love, we have to kick it into overdrive if we want to get the book out by our target time frame. While Alterna will help us market, promote and distribute the book, it’s up to Ed and me to finish the series. To do so, we’ve launched a new Kickstarter campaign to raise $2,400 that will allow Ed to focus solely on the Unit 44 for the next few months. This way, we can complete the series by October and get the comic to your eyeballs ASAP!

Check out our new campaign: http://kck.st/UcqcIr

We appreciate anything you can do to help us fund the project or even spread the word of the campaign. Remember, we brought in $2,700 for our first issue, so we’re hoping our new goal won’t be a huge roadblock. Did you miss getting drawn into the book last round? Guess what? We’re giving you another chance!

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