The book is completed and then the rest of the book’s life starts. Getting it produced, printed and to the retailers is an entire slew of jobs in itself. Without the help of a lot of people along the way, I’d just be laboring away all day putting a book together that no one sees. Marketing, advertising, and getting the word out is just as important as every other step. This is something I realized from the beginning when I was just doing photocopied mini comics that were hand stapled and delivered to local comic shops. If nobody has heard of it or you, it’ll just sit there. That’s great, especially for those first 3 or 4 mini comics I did because I’d die of embarrassment if anyone saw them today. That was my training ground.
As I progressed and I began to find publishers who would help get the word out I always wanted to have a hand in that process as well. After all, what’s the point of making this stuff if it doesn’t actually do anything? And for me, what it does is create a dialogue. It forces me to overcome my desire to become a hermit in my house and go out and meet new people. Talk to strangers. Learn about different cities and countries. And talk to those who share a common interest in comics and movies and art and music. I put all of myself into all of my books so chances are, if you like what you see on the page, we’ve probably got a lot in common.
As a sort of “thank you” to retailers I did 45 original water colors to include with books that would go out to the shops that ordered the most copies. It seemed like a lot of work before I started but by the time I was done I was really relaxed. It was the first time in a long while that I’d just done pure drawing and mark making for the joy of it. Nobody expected anything. There was no story to tell. Just ink and color and a few afternoons. It reminded me of what art is and can be. Fun.
Here are photos of the books and some of the art that will be going out to retailers in the first shipment. Thank you – and thanks to everyone that reads the book. Hope you enjoy it!