Last strip before the Comic and Toy Expo here in Winnipeg. It’s a one day show at the Viscount Gort on the 7th of September. This one is truly about comics and toys, no celebrities, just a lot of opportunities to pick up those books you’ve always wanted. SUCH as the Death At Your Door collected works! I’ll have books there, buttons, original strips, and some other interesting surprises. Stay tuned this week as I blog about the cool stuff we are bringing to this show. Here’s one hint: fuzzy monsters.
Hello Fans and Friends.
My kickstarter campaign has officially launched which means you have 30 days to support me in this project to raise enough cash to get the collected works of Death at Your Door printed. There’s lots of great rewards for the various levels of sponsorships and you’ll be among the first people to get the book!
Kickstarter is a great way for independent creators to source funds for projects. Essentially, it gives people the chance to pre-order and support artists at the same time.
For me, it will also be a gauge of fan support for Death At Your Door. A successful campaign means I’ll keep going with this web comic and be able to attend more conventions, create more strips, and create more fans.
As a fellow independent creator tells me all the time, “Make It Happen”! I have, but now it’s up to you to send your love (and support) to this web comic. It’s been free online for four years now, hope you enjoy it every week as much as I do, and are willing to back up your support for it with actual funds. As in all Kickstarter campaigns, your patronage will only go through IF the entire campaign is funded, so check back often for updates to where we’re at with getting this book live.
I appreciate everyone’s involvement, I truly do, and thanks for all the support!
WE made our original goal. Thank you to all the people who generously sponsored this effort I truly appreciate it. To celebrate, I’ve add some stretch goals that everyone gets if we make it a little bit further. So check out the campaign and help if you can. So get a few friends participating and everyone gets a little more!
UPDATE 1: January 12: We’re 87% funded!! Holy crap! Awesome balls. Wooo hooo!!! Thanks everyone!
UPDATE 2: We made it! We’re above our goal. Thanks to Gregory for pushing us over the top and to FLEEN for the mention in today’s article (if you really want to know what’s happening in the webcomic world, sign up for the updates to Fleen, they tracks every independent comic effort out there). Thanks guys and gals!
It’s been a busy few weeks here at Death At Your Door so I thought I’d bring you all up to speed with what’s been happening under the pen.
First off, thanks to proofer extraordinaire Trent C. for putting together this little GIF from last week’s strip. It shows the time drifting away pretty well that I wanted to capture in that strip.
Next up, Kickstarter! Our Kickstarter campaign has ended and the payment processing has started to trickle in. Once complete, Kickstarter will release the funds that will be used to purchase the books and bonus prizes (thanks for playing along!). I’ve submitted my order to the printer anyway and expected the books to be in my hands before the end of the month with deliver shortly thereafter. Thanks again to everyone who contributed, it means the world to me.
Which leads into the next happening, Death is headed to Seattle! That’s right, we’re booked into Emerald City Comic Con’s artist alley. This will be our first foray into such a big con, any advice? Other than to say hi to Karen Gillan and Eliza Dushku, cause we’re totally going to do that (but only if Ms. Gillan’s hair has grown back, cause her bald look scares the heck outta me).
I can hardly believe it myself, but here’s a screen cap from their website to prove it. That’s right, I’m featured right between an National Society Book Illustration Award winner, and a writer that has worked on some of the largest comic franchises out there. No pressure.
And finally, one of the Death At Your Door coffee mugs made it to Germany this week. In one piece (thankfully). Here’s a pic of the mug in action but I’m assured the owner will send me a more “Germanic” picture of the mug in action soon.
Ok, this you have to see to appreciate. Adventure Time illustrator Mike Holmes drew a self-portrait of himself (and his cat) in the style of 100 different artists. From the perspective of someone like myself whose skin literally crawls at the very idea of a self-portrait this is just incredible. Here’s his blog, http://www.mikeholmesdraws.com/, but you’ll have to shell out $5 to see them all, and it’s worth it. If you want to see some, you can click 100 Self Portraits, but that’ll only give you a taste of them so go ahead, skip your latte today and support an artist.
Big shout out of thanks to Jamie Isfeld for including this sketch in the package of colouring books that I bought from her (psst, they are wonderful, go get your own as you’re not getting mine, that’s what I told my kids too).
Love it, it’s hanging in my studio for inspiration.
Another Winnipeg comic convention wraps up leaving behind remnants of poorly made cosplay costumes and the shattered expectations of fanboys meeting their heroes in person. All is not doom and gloom, though, and if you were nice enough to come by my table, you were greeted with enthusiasm and sales kids doing a great job.
This year, as is usual, my kids were with me manning the artist alley table. This year they took a more active role as I promised them all the proceeds from button sales and a quarter for everyone they got to sign up for the email newsletter (mental note, send one of these out soon). To say they took to this arrangement with enthusiasm is an understatement. I officially upgraded them from “booth babes” to “partners” for their stellar efforts. A sour note that eventually turned sweet, on Saturday their money bag went missing, presumably stolen, that left us all feeling quite down about the con experience. BUT a few days later Mark Buhr contacted me, and said if I could describe the bag and contents we could come get it. It was accidentally picked up when Mark bought a present for his daughter. And as he put it:
.. and while there’s lots that we’re all guilty of, when death comes to your door it better not be to take you to that special part of hell reserved for the takers of little girls’ monkey purses.
Thanks Mark, you’re one of the good one’s out there!
This year we found ourselves situated next to the incredibly talented duo of Anthony and Kat Hary. Their help and friendship and proximity was just awesome. We tried to tape an episode of Comic Crossover live at the con but unfortunately my parental duties and helping con attendees scuttled that plan. Thanks for the drawing for the kids Anthony!
Coolest dark moment of the con: the Autopsy Pathologist who said he loved my business cards but should include time of death on them to make them 100% accurate. Loved it! Scared me a little, but loved it.
Best costume of the con IMHO (besides ours, of course) was Jamie’s the Sister of Battle. Detailing was killer. This lady is so darn creative it blows my mind. If you haven’t seen her work, well your life is just sad, fix that by going to her new website documenting all the geek goings on in Winnipeg. A muse is someone who inspires you all the time, right? I think that’s her official job description.
Returning fans were great to visit with again. To all of you, thank you. It’s humbling to have people follow my work. Truly. And of course having a big giant bomb with nowhere to put it does help in clearing the crowds around my table so you can chat a little more.
Gotta go now, but these were some of many highlights of the weekend, and I wish I had time to tell you all about it but basically it comes down to this: go to a con, have fun.