Signed Chambers Trades!

Over the weekend I celebrated a birthday that was complimented by the delivery of a box of CHAMBERS trade paperbacks!

To celebrate the release of the collected edition, I decided to offer up a SUPER limited number of these trades to the public. If you’re interested in picking up a signed copy of the 100+ page trade paperback, this is the only way to do it! They’ll come directly to you, from me, with love. There are still a few copies remaining, and you can click here to grab one from my web store.

What’s Chambers all about?
Narcotics Officer Denise Chambers comes from a family of law enforcers. Now, someone is picking them off one by one, and she’ll have to figure out who’s taking an axe to her family tree before it’s too late.

The crime-fiction graphic novel collects Chambers issues #1-4, originally published 2013 by Arcana Studio. The book is “Rated R” and suggested for readers ages 17+.

Story & Letters: Wes Locher
Art: Kristian Rossi
Colors: Kefas Armando

Thanks for all of your support! Funds from these sales will go directly toward creating something new that I know you’ll dig.

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Innovation Update #15

Sometimes you have to take a step back to see what works and what doesn’t. When I dove into my sci-fi webcomic INNOVATION (which you can read for absolutely free by clicking here), I didn’t know if we’d ever get more than five pages completed, and here we are, six months later boasting two issues and 41 total pages with 21 more en route to your eyes soon.

To date, the eight available shorts fit together to tell the story of what happens when the mysterious R.D.S.L. Corporation decides to push the boundaries of technology into questionable areas. While I was making the rounds last year, handing out copies of the first issue at the New York Comic Con, there was one question that came up that made me think a bit.

People asked me, “Why isn’t there any art on the cover?”

My first instinct was to run away and pout at the criticism, but as the question popped up again the short answer became, “Because I want people to be intrigued by the cover and want to open the book.”

As great as it sounded, I succumbed to the true marketing facts that a person likely isn’t going to take the time to reach down, pick up a comic and thumb through it, so just like in everything else, the first impression was crucial.

Thinking forward to some upcoming conventions where I’ll be sitting at a table and trying to sell my wares, it made me realize that the covers did need a little more somethin’ somethin’ to draw potential readers in, so I went back to the drawing board and decided to re-brand the series with a new look and new attitude.

Actually, the attitude didn’t really change, but you know what I mean.

You can check out the new Innovation covers below and I’ll soon reveal the cover and contributing artists for our third issue. Personally, if I saw these covers on a convention table, I’d snatch them up. Hopefully comic fans feel the same way. We’ll find out soon, I suppose!

What Ever Happened to: Unit 44

There’s been a ton of fun stuff happening behind the scenes with my comedy/sci-fi comic book UNIT 44 that I’ve been working on with the talented Eduardo Jimenez and I wanted to take a moment to catch everyone up on the action.

You remember that comic, right? The one where Area 51 employees forget to pay the rent on the facility’s off-site storage unit, and the secret contents are sold at public auction.

In September of last year Ed and I took to Kickstarter to fund the first issue of the series, which we did successfully, thanks to the support of more than 100 awesome people who tossed us both words of encouragement and funds to help kick off the project. In January we completed that issue and within the last month fulfilled all rewards, shipping more than 100 copies of the book all over the world.

Previewing the first issue was awesome because it allowed is to get instant feedback from readers about the beginnings of the series, intended to run four issues.

In fact, check out what some of our backers had to say about issue #1:

“I read it a couple of weeks ago and I thought it was great. I really like Agent Hatch and the banter between Gibson and him. I’m looking forward to what’s coming up next.”

“Just finished reading issue #1 and I really enjoyed it! Can’t wait for the next issue to come out.”

“I read your comic last Friday at work and it had me cracking up quite a bit. That was the most fun comic I’ve read in recent memory so thank you for that, and if you ever do other projects know you’ve got a guaranteed backer. Thanks again for the laughs and best of luck to you.”

“I love it, Every page and every panel exceeded my expectations. You and Ed did a standout job. Now begins one of the toughest things that I have ever done, waiting for the rest of the series.”

“I’ve read Unit 44 Issue #1, and I enjoyed it very much! I am looking forward to purchasing the rest of the series. Thanks to you and Ed, for your hard work.”

“I just got done reading my digital and I’ve gotta say it was hilarious! I’m looking forward to the next issue. You guys did some great work. Congratulations!”

“I went through unit 44 without a break, I like it a lot. I can’t wait to see the rest of this series.”

“Just read the first issue and it was fantastic. Loved the humor and the artist did a great job. Seriously great job on this. I can’t wait to read the rest.”

“You’ve created content for all audiences but not “baby-fied” (I didn’t make that word up, just the spelling of it)…I appreciate that I can enjoy the area 51/mother-in-law kind of humor…and I can pass this on to anyone in my family–including my 13 year old son–for them to read. In fact, I intend to force my 13 year old son to read it because I think he’ll dig the offbeat humor!”

“I loved it! If you’re deciding to kickstart the the next issue, just send me an email and I’ll back the next one!”

“I just read the digital version of your Unit 44 comic! I really liked it! I liked the humor in the comic! I think the writing was clever and the artwork was awesome!”

If I could give all of those people a hug and a high-five, trust me, I would.

Kickstarter allowed us to complete a “proof of concept” on the comic and though we haven’t found a publishing partner for the book, Ed and I decided not to let that stand in our way.

Whereas the initial version of the comic was very Kickstarter-centric, I recently completed work on a retail version of the issue that we will use to officially launch our first issue for public consumption. It will be emblazoned with a new cover and some new back matter, so even if someone has read it, it might be worth a second look.

We’ve submitted the inaugural issue to the ComiXology Submit program, a digital launching pad for self-published comics and are waiting to hear back when it may see the light of day. Not to sit around and wait, we’ve begun production on the second issue and hope to keep down the wait time between installments.

So, for the moment, we’re playing the waiting game, but we’re eager to share our first issue with you. If those stellar reviews above are any indication of how the book will e received by the general public, I think Ed and I are in for some fun.

Most of our updates on the project went directly to our Kickstarter backers, but with the campaign behind us, I’ll be sure to bring them back home to this site and we’ll continue sharing the process!

If this is your first time hearing about Unit 44, do yourself a favor and read the first five pages for absolutely free by clicking here or on the image below.

Enjoy!

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The Undoubtables Update #12

After more than two years of work, I’m so absolutely thrilled to make the announcement that my action/heist comic book, THE UNDOUTABLES, is complete!

For this project, I had the joy of co-creating a four-issue miniseries with the talented Emre Ozdamarlar, an artist hailing from Sweden. We originally linked up through a post I made on Digital Webbing where, at the time, I was seeking several artists for shorts I had written in the genres of crime, superhero, heist and sci-fi.

I was putting together a small anthology to promote my work and Emre, along with several other talented artists, came on board to toss some comics into the world. We completed a five-page pitch that featured a colorful cast of thieves robbing a bank and paired with a pitch/synopsis for a four-issue miniseries, it went off to various publishers.

Two days later, one of those publishers emailed me back expressing an interest in the property and we jumped on the phone to discuss what he liked about the comic, his plans for promoting it, and what we as creators could expect from him if we decided to sign on the dotted line. As someone who never expected anything to develop from the pitch, it was a pretty surreal moment for me, and I greatly appreciated that the head of a company would take 30 minutes out of his day to chat with me about my silly comic book.

After considering all of the opportunities, Emre and I decided to sign with that same publisher. It was a big moment for me personally, and The Undoubtables will always hold a special place in my heart for being the first comic to be welcomed on a bigger level.

Since we had basically gotten in an order for an 88-page miniseries and only five pages currently existed, I did what anyone would do… I put my butt in the chair and started writing. I had spent plenty of time day dreaming about the story and had written outlines, but to sit down and hammer out all of the scripts was its own rewarding experience. I can recall sitting at my kitchen table in the middle of the night clacking away at the keyboard. I do remember writing the first 22-page draft of our third issue in under 24 hours, an accomplishment I’m still proud of because it might be my favorite installment of the series.

As scripts were completed, Emre sat down at the drawing board, sending me storyboards, pencils and inks as he progressed. With every delivery of new pages the project became more and more real. Once all inks were complete, the pages went off to colorist Kefas Armando and I lettered furiously as they came back in, sending them off to publisher each time we had finished an issue.

As of this morning, the final pages have been turned in, and it feels pretty amazing. The individual issues will hit ComiXology monthly with a printed trade paperback to follow once the series has completed. Stay tuned on how you can get your copies and I look forward to being able to share an official announcement from the publisher soon.

A huge thanks goes out to Emre for all of the time, energy and hard work he put into creating the art for the book. He’s a very talented collaborator and I’m privileged to have gotten to work with him over the past two years. When you get to see the art that I’ve been looking at, you’re going to be thrilled.

We’re just getting started!

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10 reasons to pick up the Chambers TPB

As you may have heard, this Wednesday, March 26, my crime comic CHAMBERS will be released in trade paperback from Arcana Studio.

Chambers is the 4-issue crime-fiction miniseries that was released September through December of last year and this 100+ page collection puts all for issues under one cover. In addition to my words, the art was brought to life by the wonderful and professional Kristian Rossi with colors by Kefas Armando.

You can order the collection from your local comic shop or purchase it online. Heck, you can even pre-order it by clicking here and it will be at your home in a matter of days!

Since everyone on the internet likes a good list, I thought I’d list out 10 reasons why you should consider purchasing the book and thereby help support my writing career.

Let’s get going, shall we?

10) This.

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9) This.

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8) And this.

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7) Seriously, this.

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6) Dude… this.

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5) Yep… This.

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4) Or this.

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3) Even this.

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2) Some of this.

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1) And finally, this.

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Convinced yet?

Narcotics Officer Denise Chambers comes from a family of law enforcers. Now, someone is picking them off one by one, and she’ll have to figure out who’s taking an axe to her family tree before it’s too late.

Order here: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=693

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Chambers Trade Paperback Pre-Order: Last Call

We’re so close!

A week from today the trade paperback (print edition) of my crime-fiction comic CHAMBERS will be released!

There’s still time to pre-order from publisher Arcana Studio and the beautiful 100+ page collection will be shipped to your door upon release on March 26.

As this is my first trade collection that I’m not paying to print, so obviously I’m very excited. If you haven’t read the book, this will be the best way to do it. Along with artist Kristian Rossi and colorist Kefas Armando, I crafted a gut-wrenching tale of dirty cops and bloody revenge. If you’re a fan of noir or gritty stories based in the real world, then this comic will be right up your alley.

Do you like the movie Die Hard?
Trick question! Who doesn’t like Die Hard?
Loved that? You’ll dig this.

If digital is more your speed then you can currently pick up the individual issues or the collected edition from ComiXology for $1.99 or $5.99, respectively.

Click the image below to head to the order page. Just $19 will get you the book and will help support my writing career. Go ahead… encourage me. I dare you.

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Innovation Update #14

If you’ve been following along with my sci-fi webcomic project INNOVATION, which you can read for absolutely free by clicking here, I sincerely hope that you’re enjoying what myself and the team of amazing artists are doing.

If you haven’t had a chance to enjoy the story, which centers around events inside the mysterious R.D.S.L. Corporation as they push the limits of science to questionable levels, then you can now download the first two issues for free via ComicBlender.com.

You can read issue #1 and issue #2 directly from the website or download the books in PDF, CBR or CBZ formats and take them on the go to enjoy on your favorite e-reader!

While you’re visiting Comic Blender, be sure to give a few other comics a chance. There’s some really fun free titles just waiting to be discovered.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing Panel

In a recent post I detailed my recent trip to Orlando where I was invited to speak on the panel, A Beginner’s Guide to the World of Self-Publishing, held in February at Full Sail University as part of their annual Hall of Fame Week events.

Alongside authors Matt Peters, Bill Thompson and Kim Craft we shared our experiences and answered questions for the student body. The panel and experience was a ton of a fun and now it’s available on YouTube!

I spoke mainly on my experiences self-publishing my humor book, Musings on Minutiae, and discussed the advantages to working with indie comic book publishers.

Check out the video below if the topic is of interest to you. Maybe grab a snack first. Runtime is an hour and fifteen minutes.

Innovation Update #13

Today, we officially bring issue #2 of the sci-fi webcomic INNOVATION to a close. Swing on over to the website to check out the eighth installment!

Our latest comic, Communication, is a 6-page short drawn by the super-talented Jay Hernandez that introduces readers to the mystery man behind the R.D.S.L. corporation, gives a peek into Lee’s past and a glance into the future of a certain robot. It’s like we’re actually providing answers for once!

Click here or on the image below to read the comic. As always, it’s being offered for absolutely free.

We’ve begun work on issue 3! Stick around for more techno-shenanigans from the R.D.S.L. family.

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The Undoubtables Update #11

I’m not gonna lie… these are my favorite type of announcements to make.

The third issue of my upcoming action/heist comic book THE UNDOUBTABLES, co-created with artist Emre Ozdamarlar, is complete and has been turned over to the publisher!

Kefas Armando is currently putting the finishing touches on the colors for the fourth and final issue of the series and after some lettering, the project, which began back in 2012 will be complete! It’s been a lot of work, but this has been one of the most satisfying projects that I’ve had the pleasure of working on to date.

With three issues now in the hopper, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a publisher announcement soon, along with info on how you can get the book digitally!

I sincerely hope that you’ll give The Undoubtables a chance, especially if you enjoy heist movies or comics with a large, colorful casts.

I always get bummed out that I can’t show any art from this book due to our NDA, but as soon as we get the go-ahead, rest assured you’ll be the first to see it.

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