HP Comics is Kicking Booty!

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What a morning! Woke up to an email from one of my favorite writers, Kurt Busiek, saying The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1 is “quirky and magical, a pell-mell adventure into nightmare, and I’m not afraid to say so!” I’ve been a fan of Kurt’s work since the ’80s, and Rebecca’s become a fan of his work though the most excellent Astro City, so this really made our day!

And then…

We found out a graphic novel illustrated by our artist for The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe, Luis Czerniawski, won a Bram Stoker Award! (Congratulations, James Chambers!)

And then…

We found out we’d received a glowing review of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1 on Amazon!

If you haven’t purchased your copy of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1 yet, you can download it on KINDLE or COMIXOLOGY!

So I think it’s fair to say our weekend is going pretty well. Hope yours is, too!

-Dwight

 

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The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1 NOW AVAILABLE on ComiXology!

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PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE! 

What a crazy journey! When I first began writing this book in 2006, I had no idea that it would become my magnum opus. I’d been a fan of Poe’s work since childhood, but there are several authors who have inspired and shaped my work over the years. So why Edgar Allan Poe?

When I first decided to write this book, it was sort of a gag. A reviewer had commented that one of my books had “too many poop jokes,” so my response was to create Edgar Allan Poo–complete with outhouse “birth.” What this story has become surprises no one more than it surprises me!

As I’ve already said, I grew up reading Poe’s stories and poems and watching Roger Corman’s film adaptations of his work, so Poe has definitely been a major influence on my work. No doubt about it. But it wasn’t until I began studying Poe’s life that I felt more than mere admiration for his work; I felt an unexplainable bond to Poe himself. A man of sorrow and loss, he would never taste the fruit of success; never enjoy the level of notoriety and renown that he so richly deserved. At first this merely moved me. But as I read his work again in light of the incredible sadness, loss, and marginalization he experienced in his lifetime, I developed a strong bond that goes far beyond respect and admiration. I felt as if we were kindred spirits; brothers from out of time, somehow linked by this madness called “writing.”

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The “Birth” of Terra Somnium 

The inspiration for the land of Terra Somnium comes from a lifelong love for the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum, and J.M. Barrie. But I would also have to thank Homer, Virgil, and Dante as well. When considering what one of the greatest literary minds would dream about in a time of crisis–I imagined–it would be more lofty and nuanced than what an average man would dream of. So what may Poe have dreamed of? Well, I thought, he would have certainly dreamed of death, his disappointments, and his own work, but he also loved mythology, nature, and classic literature.  And so, by combining all of these elements, Terra Somnium was born.  And it’s only blossomed and grown as I continue to view its breadth and depth in my mind’s eye. As you will see over the course of the series, it only becomes richer and more exotic, and, yes, more disturbing, as the epic journey continues.

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And speaking of Terra Somnium, artist Louise Fitzpatrick and letterer Marco Della Verde and I have posted a BRAND NEW page for your viewing pleasure at Line Webtoon! Please do check it out:

READ IT HERE! 

An Epic Adventure

If you have joined us on this journey already, then you have my sincere gratitude. If you have not, I ask you to take a risk, purchase the book, and unite with us. Whether you love Poe’s work or just enjoy a good story, I’m certain you will enjoy the ride!

-Dwight

 

NOW LIVE: The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe trailer!

Please share this like crazy, my friends, and let’s see if we can make it go viral!

And then, TOMORROW, make sure you download your copy from ComiXology! We’ll share the link as soon as the book goes live!

Thank you for your continued support! We couldn’t make this crazy comics dream come true without you!

-Dwight

Support Indie Comics (For Real)

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“I supported him/her, so why isn’t he/she supporting me?”

Every indie comics creator has or will think it at some point in their career. It makes me sad to say that there is not much reciprocal support in indie comics between creators. Now, before you jump on me, allow me to explain. The reason for this problem may not be what you think.

Making comics is hard.

The amount of time, money, and marketing that is required to be a successful indie creator is insane. It can eat up your every waking moment. For those in the know, it’s a full-time job. For this reason, many indie comics creators only tweet and share posts about their own properties. It’s not that they don’t want to support fellow indie creators (for the most part), it’s the fact that they feel they don’t have the time or will to do it considering how tiring it is to manage and market their own projects.

What’s in it For Me?

I loathe this way of thinking, but it’s the way of the world. If one mentions “The Golden Rule” nowadays, most people have no idea what one is talking about. But if every indie comics creator would learn and practice it, we would have a stronger industry and a greater sense of community. We all benefit from a healthy industry.  We all benefit from a strong community. But getting there will require all of us to be active participants.

Be Intentional 

Before you accuse me of being all work and no play, feel free to examine my social media accounts. Sure, I share about what I’m watching or reading, but I also make sure that I share some social media posts by fellow creators every day.  I make a point of it. Indie comics are the lifeblood of the comics industry, and I realize that if I want to help the industry–and not just myself–I’ve got to be more aware of what I post. I have to make sure that I share and support the work of my peers as well. This is not to say that I spend hours every day sharing fellow creators’ work, but I do something every day as often as I can. I understand how important it is. I also know that it’s very easy to feel like Robinson Crusoe on the island of indie creators. In my 10 years of making comics, I’ve felt this way several times. But you know what I realized? There are enough of us out there that no one should feel this way for very long. All it requires is a simple share, like, or word of encouragement to “rescue” them, so why wouldn’t I do it? It’s not really hard. But it does require me to look outside myself.

So there you have it.  Be intentional. Take some time to support fellow indie creators every day. I started #IndieComicsAlliance on Twitter a couple of years ago because I saw this problem, but when I stepped away for personal reasons, it completely evaporated. That should not have happened. Someone should have stepped up and taken the lead. Others should have come alongside to help. The more shoulders, the lighter the load, and the more we can accomplish.  So if we all want a strong industry and community, let’s come together and make it happen. Are you with me?

-Dwight

The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1 Early Review!

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Our first review for The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1 is back and it is OUTSTANDING! Take a bow, Luis Czerniawski, Andrea Messi, and Marco Della Verde! And special thanks to Ryan McLelland for the A+ rating! I appreciate you very much, my friend!

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE!

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It’s Poe Wednesday!

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Happy Poe Wednesday, my friends! Every Wednesday we will be posting a new page of the prequel to The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe, Terra Somnium, on Line Webtoon! So please go check it out, like it, subscribe, and share! And, hey, if you enjoy what me and artist Louise Fitzpatrick are doing, please become a patron and help us to continue making it!

READ TERRA SOMNIUM HERE! 

-D