Unit 44 #2: Review Roundup

Since the release of Unit 44 #2 on ComiXology, Kindle, Nook and ComicsFix, we’ve been treated to some wonderful review of the the silly sci-fi so far.

Below are a sampling of the kind words reviewers have shared. Haven’t read it yet? Grab the issue on ComiXology for just $1.99!

“This is a fun book and I have no problem giving this to my kids to check out.” – The Gravy Age

“Locher maintains the slapstick-style comedy of buddy agents Gibson and Hatch, which easily keeps the pace of the comic moving and this reader chuckling incessantly.” – FanboyComics.net

“There’s a real story being told and it’s a good one. It had me in stitches by the third page.” – Small Press Comics Review

“Unit 44 remains an out of this world story that offers up a lot of laughs.” – ScreenGonzo.com

“Unit 44 #2 manages to take the joke-a-minute style of the first issue and streamline it into an engaging story.” – CC2KOnline.com

Click the links provided to read the full reviews! If you’ve read our second issue, be sure to share your thoughts with myself and Ed! We’d love to hear what you think.

Issue #3 of Unit 44 hits ComiXology on Wednesday, May 27!

Free Comic Book Day – Saturday, May 2

Each year since 2002, the first Saturday in May is also known as FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

In an effort to thank current readers and draw in new ones, publishers big and small give out thousands of comics at shops across the world to show what this amazing medium is capable of. Whether readers are into superheroes, cartoons or fun indie books, there’s always something for everyone.

To further support the comic industry, many shops welcome creators, both big and small, to their shops for signings, commissions and meet and greets. Once again I’ve been invited to spend Free Comic Book Day with the fine folks at Arena Comics and Gaming in Panama City, FL.

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I’ll be joining my pal, writer/artist Jayson Kretzer to celebrate the event. He’s celebrating the release of issue #2 of his (hilarious) series Wannabe Heroes and sketching up all kinds of fun stuff. I’ll have all of my leftovers from MegaCon 2015, which will include physical copies of Unit 44 #1 & #2, The Undoubtables graphic novel, the Chambers trade paperback, and my black and white one-shots, The Temporal and R.D.S.L. Chronicles #1. While our comics won’t be free, Jayson and I will engage you in polite conversation and those always-entertaining “who would win in a fight” arguments.

If you’re in the area, come say hello this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Central Time. Grab some free comics, take advantage of the store specials, and meet some folks who work hard to create the funny books.

You can RSVP for the event on Facebook if you’re into that by clicking here!

Unit 44 #2 arrives on ComiXology today!

The second issue of the sci-fi comedy comic book Unit 44 is rocking digital shelves today on ComiXology!

Readers can check out the second issue of the four issue miniseries for just $1.99 by clicking here!

In this installment readers will find out where the contents of Unit 44 went, what the Freedahken Crystal is all about, and why everyone is totally terrified that it’s out in the open. Meanwhile, a new threat reveals itself. Action! Drama! Laughter! Loud noises! We have it all!

A huge thanks to our publisher Alterna Comics for supporting artist Eduardo Jimenez and I in this silly series. We hope you laugh until it hurts! (Though, if it doesn’t stop hurting after several hours, please see a doctor.)

Did you give it a read? Drop a comment and let us know what you thought!

(Of course, if you didn’t read issue #1 yet, you may want to start there. Grab that by clicking here!)

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Unit 44 issue #2 arrives Wednesday!

Because one time just wasn’t enough.

Unit44_Issue2_CoverKeep your eye on ComiXology on Wednesday because Unit 44 #2 will be hitting digital stands courtesy of Alterna Comics!

What happens in part 2? Here’s the sitch:

Agents Gibson and Hatch catch up with Chester and Ike, the men who purchased the contents of unit 44, but the items have disappeared once again. Just what was inside the locker and why is Senior Agent Ballard so desperate to get it back? In the midst of the chaos a new threat reveals itself.

The world is about to get a little bit bigger!

A huge thanks to everyone who took the time to read issue #1 of my silly sci-fi/comedy series with artist Eduardo Jimenez. We’re pleased to have unleashed it upon you and from what we’ve heard, people are digging it!

If you haven’t had the chance to check it out yet, you can download it on ComiXology for just $1.99: https://www.comixology.com/Unit-44-1/digital-comic/208170

In a previous post I shared some of the nice, kind words reviewers have shared about the comic. Here’s a few more than we’ve spied online:

“The artwork has a lot of manga elements and influences, and the writing is laid out with tongue firmly lodged [in] cheek.”
– Paul at ThePullBox.com

“We’ve all seen the reality TV shows where people find treasures in abandoned storage lockers. Combining this with whatever is happening in Area 51 is a stroke of genius.”
– Reviewer Janneke de Ronde at Small Press Comics Review

“Looking for something fun to read instead of The Secret Convergence Of Crisis Wars or whatever the heck is going on over at The Big 2? Good news, Unit 44 is on ComiXology.”
– Kris at TheGravyAge.com

Also, I stopped by the Booked Comic Podcast for Episode #50 to chat with host The Stevil Dead about Unit 44 and how it came to be. Catch that 30-minute conversation here: http://leagueofmanchildren.com/booked-50-extraterrestrial-storage-wars/

Additionally, I chatted with my regional newspaper the Panama City News Herald about the comic and they actually gave me an entire page to help promote it. How cool is that? A big thanks to writer Tony Simmons, a fellow creative writer and comic lover for making it happen. Give that right here: http://www.newsherald.com/entertainment/area-51-meets-storage-wars-in-psj-writer-s-comic-1.465050?tc=cr

Those with a ComicsFix subscription (it’s like the NetFlix for indie comics) can now read Unit 44 #1 on the platform. Let me know what you think! https://comicsfix.com/books/unit-44-1

With all that said, thank you for your support of the silly series. I sincerely hope you’ll consider picking up the first two issues if you haven’t yet. You look like someone who enjoys laughing. I can help with that.

Want to check out a 3-page preview of the second issue? Surf over to www.unit44comic.com for a sneak peek!

Unit 44: Review Roundup #1

Below you’ll find some links from the past week that Unit 44 #1 has been on digital shelves.

(Have you read it yet? Check it out on ComiXology for just $1.99 from Alterna Comics!)

A huge thank you goes out to the following reviewers not for just reading the silly comic by me and artist Eduardo Jimenez, but also for taking the time to write about it. And yes, that even goes for the reviewers who didn’t totally love what we were doing. We still love them.

Click the links below to check out the full reviews!

“The comic is definitely a fresh of breath air from the dark dystopian comics we see today or the never-ending crossover events involving iconic superheroes. Anyone can just pick up a copy of Unit 44 after a long, perhaps bad, day and get a feel good laugh.”
– Laura Hong, Reviewer @ CC2KOnline.com

“Unit 44 provides readers with a quick and entertaining read that will leave you laughing and begging for more.”
– Barbra Dillon, Managing Editor @ FanboyComics.net

“It does everything an introductory story should while still being inventive and interesting. Unit 44 is a really fun series well worth your attention.”
– Cody Ferrell, Editor @ ScreenGonzo.com

“As with any comedy, mood and timing is everything when delivering the punch line. Wes Locher and Eduardo Jimenez worked well together setting up those opportunities in Unit 44.”
– Review @ ComicCrusaders.com

“In Unit 44, Wes Locher and Eduardo Jimenez really try to put the comic into comic book.”
– Jarrod, Reviewer @ Project-Nerd.com

I also took some time to stop by the Vodka O’Clock podcast with host Amber Love. We spent an hour chatting Unit 44, comics, the industry and more. You can listen to that here.

The talented Leo Johnson, a writer at MultiversityComics.com, was kind enough to do an interview with me about Unit 44. Find out how that went here.

More to come! I can’t thank the folks above enough for giving Unit 44 a chance.

If you have a comic book to promote, I highly recommend getting in touch with these fine people.

Unit 44 launch trailer

Unit 44 #1 hit digital stands yesterday on the ComiXology platform!

If you somehow have yet to get the gist of the comic’s plot, here’s a friendly video trailer we made to help you out.

The first issue is available for just $1.99! Don’t miss out!

Unit 44 #1 arrives on ComiXology today!

The day has arrived!

Thanks to our publisher Alterna Comics, Unit 44 #1 is now available on the ComiXology platform for just $1.99!

(That’s 22 pages of fun for less than I spent on coffee yesterday.)

If you like laughing, you should totally check out this comic. If not for my funny words, then definitely for artist Eduardo Jimenez’s amazing art.

Come join the party. We’d love to have you.

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Unit 44 #1 hits ComiXology tomorrow!

Wow…time flies!

It seems like only a few months ago that I was having the initial idea that sparked my comedy comic book miniseries Unit 44.

It seems like only a few weeks ago that artist Eduardo Jimenez and I started working on the series after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

It seems like only a few days ago that Alterna Comics offered to publish our series.

It seems like only a few hours ago that I sent them the finalized pages for production.

And yet, here we are…the comic that started with a single laugh in 2012 based on an idea about Area 51, storage units and rednecks is now on the verge of a monthly release from March through June of 2015 through the ComiXology platform.

It’s been a real whirlwind and Ed and I are ripe with anticipation over finally being able to share our silly comic book with readers.

What’s more is that Comic Book Resources is offering a 7-page preview of the inaugural issue! Click here to check that out and don’t forget to pick up the digital comic tomorrow, March 25 on ComiXology for just $1.99. A small price tag for something Ed and I spent two years of our life on.

You know what? You’re going to love it.

…if you like to laugh.

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Interview: Vodka O’Clock Podcast 3

With my comedy comic book miniseries Unit 44 set to hit ComiXology this Wednesday, the press train has begun rattling down the tracks. My first stop on that crazy train? The Vodka O’Clock podcast to chat with my pal Amber Love, of course!

It was my third time on the show and what a homecoming it was.

We spent a fun Saturday morning chatting about the production process of Unit 44, talked about the plot, the characters, the art and many other nooks and crannies. Additionally we caught up on good comics, bad comics, television, breaking into the biz and lots of other fun stuff.

I really appreciate Amber being both a gracious host and someone who’s always been willing to talk about my projects and help get the word out. If you’ve never heard her podcast before, don’t just listen on my account! She’s spoken to many great indie comic writers, artists, letterers, publishers and more. Her archives are a who’s who of up-and-coming talent. If you can, consider supporting her on Patreon too and help keep the great content coming.

Click here to hear us chat for an hour. We’ll keep you company on your commute.

You can also subscribe to the Vodka O’Clock podcast from iTunes or Stitcher radio.

 

Unit 44 #1 arrives in one week!

The first issue of my sci-fi/comedy comic book Unit 44 will arrive on ComiXology in one week, on Wednesday, March 25.

As I type that sentence I feel like I’m hyperventilating.

While part of the feeling comes from excitement, part of it also comes from nerves. It’s nothing new. I always feel this way right before I unleash a new piece of art on the world.

Unit44_Issue1_CoverThis silly book about inept Area 51 employees who forget to pay the rent on a storage unit, leaving government secrets to be sold to a couple of rednecks at public auction? It’s important to me. I spent the past two years working with Eduardo Jimenez, an amazingly talented artist and friend, putting together a project that I love, adore and am so excited to share with the world.

So here we are, one week away from the inaugural issue hitting the digital shelves alongside thousands of other great indie comics, not to mention stiff competition from Marvel, DC, Image and countless other awesome publishers putting out high quality content. I can’t help but wonder…will anyone drop the $1.99 on a hilarious digital comic that I’ve been working on in some capacity since 2012? More importantly…if they buy it, will they actually read it? And even more important…if they do read it, will they like it? Will they tell a friend about it? Will that friend purchase their own copy of the comic and repeat the cycle?

See? There’s a lot on my noggin.

I’ve spent the past weeks reaching out to reviewers, both friends and strangers, trying to garner interest in the comic to help build buzz. Will those reviewers dig what Ed and I have put together? Will they feel compelled to write about it online? And if they do, will they trash it? Humor is so subjective…what if they don’t get it?

4It’s enough to drive a person crazy.

Having published graphic novels, comic book miniseries, shorts and books in the past, I know exactly how this pattern goes. This intensity, self-doubt and panic will continue to cloud my brain until Wednesday morning when the book is available for purchase on ComiXology. Yep, right up until the point that I can no longer do anything but sit back and watch what happens.

It’s at that time that I will suddenly be overtaken by a strange feeling of relief and confidence, remembering that more than reviews, more than internet chatter and more than the fact that our publisher Alterna Comics signed us because they believe in our book, it will hit me that I wrote this book for me. I created something that I wanted to read. I didn’t do it for anyone else, and in essence, it’s a complete success in its own right.

Ed and I created something that we wanted to see in the comic book marketplace and over the course of a year and some change, I was able to collaborate with an awesome human who doesn’t even live in the same country as me, building a great friendship and sharing laughs that transcended cultures, time zones and international borders. Between you me, and wallpaper…it was the most amount of fun I’ve ever had creating a comic.

Despite how Unit 44 does on the shelves as the issues are released in March, April, May and June, I’ll always be able to look back on the experience of creating it and remember it as the most amazing “summer camp” experience I’ve had to date.

Of course, this personal success won’t stop me from telling every single person I encounter about the comic. If people do buy, read, enjoy and spread the word on this series, then there’s always the potential Ed and I could create a sequel.

Oh, geez…I might start hyperventilating again.

So do me a solid…if you like to laugh (if you say you don’t, you’re a liar) consider grabbing Unit 44 #1 when it hits digital shelves on March 25. You’ll be in for a real treat. Want to see what we have in store? You can read the first 5 pages of the comic for free over at Unit44comic.com. Enjoy. And thanks.

 

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