Thursday, October 06, 2005

And So It Goes

Ahh, the life of an independent comics writer...

I have, to date, over a dozen projects in the works. Some, I know have a home, others, I wait, with a jittery patience, while the artists pull together sample art, so that I can pitch to various publishers. The bitch is, most of the publishers that I want to pitch to now have posted on their sites that they are no longer accepting submissions.

So I have a bunch of work that need homes, but what to do? Where to send them? I keep reading about new projects being published from all sorts of publishers, but have no idea how to get their attention (the publishers, that is).

And so I find myself looking at other avenues in which to present my work. Self-publishing is an option, certainly, but not a very good one; I don't have the wherewithal (aka $$$) to make as big a splash as I'd like. I could try to put some of this work online at Komikwerks or one of the other online comics sites, but will my artists agree to it? I could try to put the books together and offer them on cafepress, but there again, the marketing problems arise. And my current publishers are jammed with books from various creators that they are putting out, and have no room for another of my titles.

Maybe I should hit Europe? Will Italian or French publishers, whose titles I feel an affinity with, be more receptive to the kinds of stories I want to do?

I know there's an answer somewhere, just gotta figure it out...

Anyone else out there in the same boat? Share!

Monday, October 03, 2005

It's a hard knock life

Morning, all!

Am at my day job, a lovely place that inspires me to absolutely nothing! My boss and my co-workers are great, though, and the boss knows my bent; that is, he knows I'm a comic book writer, and he is quite cool about letting me do some of my writing here.

I wanted to let you know about an interview I did recently with a Spanish blog; Toni Boix, a Spaniard, wrote to Moonstone, one of my publishers, to praise my work on Damnation Game, my two-part Phantom story. Moonstone forwarded the email to me, and I wrote Toni back, thanking him for the kind words. Toni then asked me if I would agree to an interview. Requests like these come very seldom for me, so I readily agreed.

The questions arrived via email, in Spanish, and I translated 'em, using Babelfish. I then responded in English, which Toni translated back into Spanish.

The interview, as well as a little bio of me, ran last week, and garnered a lot of favorable responses, including a couple people offering to head up a petition to DC demanding I write a Superman story, and some others sending the interview to Spanish publishers, in hopes of them reprinting some of my work in Spanish!

It was, and is, a great experience, and I'm very grateful to Toni for the interview and all that's resulted from it. You can find the interview at

along with my bio at

Keep in mind two things, though: 1. the interview and bio are in Spanish, so if you don't read it, you should translate it via Babelfish. 2. zona negativa, or negative zone, the blog, has some rather interesting and naughty pop up windows that show up at absolutely the worst time! So be very careful where and when you open these bad boys, okay?

I hope to have an English version of the interview up on the Hyperthetical site in the next couple weeks, for those of you interested enough to read it, but no so much that you'll tackle the espanol version.

That's all for now, excepting to tell you that you should definitely check out the links for the Hyperthetical site, as well as the blogs for my friends Antonio Maldonado and Juan Arevalo, found over to the right there.