Archive for January, 2013

Save the Best For Last

Generally speaking, 2013 hasn’t been that fun thus far. Well, until a little under a week ago. Lot’s of fun developments on the comic writing front, on the C2E2 front and on the dreaded “day-job” front. I’m waiting for some t’s to be crossed and i’s to be dotted but I will say that I’ve gotten a deal to publish a comic I’ve been working on digitally from a small publisher that distributes on Comixology. That in and of itself is enough to make January a late in the 4th quarter win. As for the rest, more on them stories as they develop. As I write this it’s 60 degrees in Chicago in January so hopefully my good luck extends to the rest of the planet so that it doesn’t crack like a pan going from hot to cold rapidly.

I’ve been working on a couple of things for Panels on Pages, including a review of the first volume of Terry Moore’s excellent horror series Rachel Rising. There are two volumes out right now and as much as I want to jump out and grab the second one I kind of want to wait so that I don’t just gobble it up. It’s a monthly comic but I almost feel like it’d read better in trade. Comics are getting kind of weird for me now. I’m possibly buying more superhero stuff than I have in a while and even though it’s all mostly good (with some really great standouts, like Batman, Hawkeye, and Daredevil to name a few) I find myself a little unenthusiastic about them. Even the non-superhero stuff I see that looks interesting I find I only want to pick up in trade if its a miniseries. Makes me think a lot about how I want to present the comics that I like.


Speaking of buying comics, I’ve begun a new feature on PoP! called Counter Culture where I do a profile of a different comic shop each month and then ask a group of comic shops the same 6 questions to try to get a barometer of where the market is at right now. The first shop to be profiled is Super-Fly Comics & Games (naturally) and in February we’ll hear from Challengers Comics + Conversation here in Chicago. This week the first 6-pack of questions will be answered by the group, so that should be fun.

Speaking of PoP! 6-packs, I also wrote about six creator owned comic series to watch out for in 2013. I’m sure that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to awesome creator owned stuff this year. I love that comics as a medium are breaking out everywhere and exploring lots of genres and concepts and aren’t really seen as just superhero stuff anymore by the general public.

I may have missed a couple weeks, but as always a new Super-Fly podcast went up on Monday so check it out. Big things are coming in February and I’m pretty damn excited. Hell, for the first time since December I’m excited for the rest of 2013.

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The Super-Fly Podcast Episode 135

This week, First Aid Comics‘ own Kenny Taylor sits in with the gang and talk comic movie announcements, Rob Liefeld writes an Image: The Early Days script and casts awesomeness, the mystery that is the Dr. Strange and Ant Man movie and more talk about grills and Homeboys From Outer Space than any other podcast. It’s true.

The Super-Fly Podcast: Image Comics could have been Death Row Comics if Rob Liefeld meet Suge Knight instead of Easy E.

Opening music: Childish Gambino – “Backpackers”

Closing music: Monster Island Czars – “Make It Squash”

Note: This and every PoP!-Cast is earmarked by iTunes as “explicit” and is intended for mature audiences. The rest of Panels on Pages is reasonably safe for all-ages.

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The Illusion of the Insurmountable

I’ve been spending a lot of time these past couple of days sizing up everything that I want to do this year and finding a way to turn them into easy to accomplish goals. It’s frustrating when things seem to be going slow and not moving as fast as I’d like but I’m also constantly battling my own tendency to put a lot of stuff on my “to do” list and then freak out as to how much is on there, leading me to not do much of anything at all.

That’s changing a bit, I think. One of the things I have to bear in mind is that in many cases things move relatively slowly so small steps are better than no steps at all. One of the hardest things to overcome is the feeling of working very hard on something and feeling like it just…vanishes when I put it out there. There’s only been one sale on Smashwords of AN EQUAL SHARING OF MISERIES since it came out, which was very disheartening since it was the longest Winston & Churchill story to date and a lot of time and work was spent on it. Yes, a few copies of it sold in the collection on Amazon and the free copy of NEVER LET GO gets about twenty or so downloads a month on Amazon but other than that there hasn’t been any movement with the series and it bums me out tremendously. It shouldn’t and I should just keep plowing through because I have so many ideas for these characters and their world but the idea that people don’t seem to be responding to them (aside from the occasional retweet or Facebook share) is exceptionally disenchanting.

I need to be better at not needing that reinforcement. It’s not as if I don’t get it from those that I know and love, but I still cling to this need to see my work be discovered by some stranger and have them really enjoy it and share kind words about it. The fact that things like that haven’t happened tends to shake my confidence as a writer. I mean, if I can’t get my friends and family to write positive reviews on Smashwords or Amazon what hope do I have for anyone else to do it? The sad thing is I know this kind of thinking is a trap and I need to get past it but at times it’s pretty difficult. I realize it takes just as much time promoting and finding new outlets to do so as it does to write (and any suggestions for places to promote my work would be lovely) but time is something that’s been in short supply lately. Then again, time management is one of the things I need to work on this year.

All of that having been said I feel like thus far I’m setting up a good foundation for 2013. I have some stuff in the works that’s making me pretty excited, I have some new stuff coming up on Panels on Pages as well as some big plans for the Super-Fly podcast. Stay tuned as I tease some of these developments, but for right now let’s have a listen to this week’s Super-Fly Podcast.


The Super-Fly Podcast Episode 132

It’s time for the monthly Previews Preview show, where we talk about Pop! Vinyl figures, misprints in the book, comics that sound like video games, Travis has snaps and what we did for New Year’s. It’s a stacked show. Fresh for 2013, suckas!!

The Super-Fly Podcast: So Ratchet, we swagged all over our YOLO.

Opening music: Milo – sweet chin music (the fisher king’s anthem)

Closing music: Milo – post hoc ergo propter hoc (for Schopenhauer)

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Feel free to leave comments either here or on the official Super-Fly Podcast thread on the forums.

Got a question you want answered by Super-Fly? Send us an email at SuperFlyComics@gmail.com Talking about us on Twitter? Use the official show hashtag #SuperFlyPodcast

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