WE WON! Thank you to all of our amazing readers who voted for The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe! To Luis Czerniawski, Andrea Messi, Simon Robins, and Federico Luchetti, thank you for the amazing work you have done to bring our “baby” to life in such glorious fashion. And thank you for believing in us and this story!
You will find the announcement at the link below at the 6:56 mark:
Happy Poe Wednesday, friends! I just wanted to post a quick note to remind you that the Kickstarter campaign for The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #3 will launch on Friday, February 2nd. And I’m thrilled to share with you now that the cover for this exclusive edition will be illustrated by my good friends, The Corpse Crew: Ken Haeser, Buz Hasson, and Blair Smith! I’ve known these talented gents for quite a few years and have wanted to collab with them on a project, so I am over the moon that they agreed to provide a cover for the book that is my pride and joy. And it is a real stunner!
Without further adieu, here is a teaser image just for you…
I’m also happy to say that everyone who supported our previous two Kickstarter projects should have their packages by now and the last batch of Irving Rat mini-busts have been shipped out, so you should have YOURS very, very soon!
Thanks again to all of our wonderful supporters all around the world. We appreciate each and every one of your immensely. We will have more exciting news to share with you as the Kickstarter launch draws closer, so stay tuned!
The Raven Lunatics Web Show Will Premiere February 28th, 2018
Harvey-Nominated Comic Creator Joins forces with Poe Museum Curator
Lakeland, FL: Hocus Pocus Comics Publisher, Dwight L. MacPherson, is teaming with Author and Artist, Chris Semtner, to produce a weekly web show. The Raven Lunatics will launch on Youtube on Wednesday, February 28th. Together, MacPherson and Semtner will be discussing nineteenth century poet, author, and Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, his work, and his impact on popular culture. This announcement comes on a significant date: Edgar Allan Poe’s 209th Birthday.
For more information contact theravenlunatics(at)gmail(dot)com.
Harvey Award-nominated comic creator, writer, and editor Dwight L. MacPherson has been one of the most prolific writing professionals for more than 10 years. A longtime advocate of webcomics and digital media, his steampunk webcomic, Sidewise (DC Comics), won the June 2009 Zuda competition. He has also seen his creator-owned properties published by Image Comics, IDW Publishing, and many others. His publishing company, Hocus Pocus Comics, is an independent publishing company specializing in digital comics, webcomics, and graphic novels. They have three series currently available on ComiXology and Amazon Kindle The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe, Elevator, and I-TEAM. For more information: http://www.hpcomics.net
The Curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Chris Semtner has written, co-written, or edited several books about Edgar Allan Poe, art, popular culture, and history. He has provided articles for Biography.com, Crime Writers’ Chronicles, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, and Resources for American Literary Studies. His most recent book is The Poe Shrine: Building the World’s Finest Edgar Allan Poe Collection, which is now available at Amazon.com. Semtner regularly speaks to groups around the United States about Poe, visual art, horror, and dark history and has been interviewed for documentaries airing on PBS, C-Span, BBC4, Military History Channel, and other networks. An award-winning, internationally exhibited visual artist, Semtner has works in public collections including the Virginia Historical Society, the City of Baltimore, and the University of Maryland. He has also curates exhibits for museums, libraries, and art centers across the country with his most recent exhibit dealing with the scientific analysis of Edgar Allan Poe’s hair.
I am happy to report that Rebecca and I have nearly finished prepping the next Kickstarter campaign page and we will be ready to roll on the 2nd of February. We are hoping that everyone who has supported us thus far will continue the journey with us and also help us spread the word. We’ll be offering issues 1-3 in this campaign and we will continue offering back issues for new readers in our future campaigns. Our hope is that by word of mouth we can continue to grow our fellowship. That is why we have also made a PDF version of issue 1 available absolutely free to our amazing educators of the world (see this blog entry). My college major was Secondary English Education and I have always been passionate about passing along the great literature of the world to the next generation. I believe comics can be so much more than men and women in pajamas fighting super-powered gorillas… not that that isn’t wonderful as well. But I’ve always held up the comics medium as one of seemingly boundless potential that intermarries art and literature. That is why I’ve spent countless hours researching, reading, and consulting with scholars to ensure that I’m not merely giving readers stories that entertain, but also that motivate them to seek out and experience the great classics. That is, after all, where the “deep magic” is to be found.
The back matter for our Kickstarter Exclusive Edition third issue will illuminate the origin of our intrepid guide in Terra Somnium, Irving Rat. I am rarely asked questions by interviewers that allow me to speak about the formation of specific characters in my stories, so I am incredibly excited about sharing it with you in the pages of our book. And if you have any questions about characters, events, themes, or anything else in our story, feel free to send them on to me at info(dot)hpcomics(at)gmail(dot)com. They just may show up in a future issue!
We adore the fact that many educators have discovered our story and are not only personally enjoying the book, but they are recommending it to fellow educators for use in the classroom! Anyone who knows me is well aware of my love for educators and younger readers, so this knowledge has made my year! Special thanks to High School Social Studies teacher, Tim Smyth, for taking the time to share this wonderful public recommendation of our story. This has brought me great joy!
Are there any educators out there who would be interested in reading a PDF version of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1? Simply drop us a line at info(dot)hpcomics(at)gmail(dot)com and we will be happy to send it to you free of charge along with our sincere gratitude for the amazing–and oftentimes underappreciated–work you do for the next generation. You are all heroes in my book!
Happy Poe Wednesday, friends! I’m thrilled to say that we’ve just posted a brand-new page of Terra Somnium for your viewing pleasure on Line Webtoon. You can view it by clicking the ghostly teaser image below (if you dare)!
And now the unhappy news: I’ve decided to end Terra Somnium with the completion of Chapter 2 (Page 24). While it has certainly been fun to further explore the magical land in the mind of Edgar Allan Poe, we have decided to call it quits–at least for the foreseeable future–and concentrate our efforts on The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe. The good news in all this is that Terra Somnium artist, Federico Luchetti, will be joining Andrea Messi to assist with color art on issues 5-12. While it saddens me that one chapter of Poe’s story is ending, I’m happy that Federico is joining the team to ensure that we continue to deliver our flagship title to you, our dear readers, in a timely manner. Not to say that we’ve been slacking! No, sir! But with the larger part of the story remaining to be told, adding a valuable member to the team who can contribute right away will no doubt help us in the long run.
The last bit of news is a reminder that the campaign for the Kickstarter-Exclusive Printed Edition of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe issue #3 will launch on February 2nd. So mark your calendars, save the day, or insert the current marketing catchphrase here. The 2nd is swiftly approaching and we hope that you will help us spread the word and “bum rush” the campaign on the first day to get this issue funded. We thank YOU for making this happen with issues 1 and 2 and thank you in advance for your assistance with issue 3. With wonderful supporters like you, we have no doubt that we will make this happen (again)!
Happy New Year, friends! We have definitely started off the new year with a bang!
My interview is now live and available for your perusal on Culture Vultures. I believe it is exceptional and packed with behind-the-scenes tidbits and I thank interviewer Cassie Parkes (and our friend, James Caudill) for making it happen. You can read the interview in its entirety by clicking the image below…
We have also been selected as one of 2G1‘s “Favorites of 2017!” Special thanks to our friend, Ryan McLelland for his kind words and support over the years. We are thrilled and thankful for the shout-out! You can read Ryan’s extensive article about Hocus Pocus Comics by clicking the image below…
Finally, voting for the 2017 BareBones Awards ends on Friday, January 5th! If you were not aware, The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe has been nominated in the comic book of the year category, and we’d really like to win it! Thank you to everyone who has already voted, and if you haven’t voted yet, it only takes a couple of seconds and you can vote anonymously, so why not do that now? If you click the image below it will take you directly to the voting page.
Finally, Rebecca and I would like to thank each and every one of you for an amazing first year. We honestly didn’t know how a new publishing company would be received. Sure, I’m not Ricky Random, but one can never know about these things unless one first takes that big step. With such an explosion in the comics market, it was a risk. A big one. But, thanks to you, we are so glad we stepped out and took a chance. Here’s to you, and here’s to a glorious second great year for Hocus Pocus Comics that exceeds all expectations!
But The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe issue 4, released on the last New Comic Book Day of 2017, has been featured on ComiXology’s main page! We are so thrilled and thankful! You can now read the entire first chapter of our epic tale by downloading issues 1-4 on ComiXology or Amazon Kindle, so we are chuffed to pieces about that!
This week we received a wonderful note from the mom of a reluctant reader gushing about how much her son loves our book and can’t wait for the next issue. “I’ve never seen him so excited about reading,” she said. That, my friends, is what it’s all about!
One last note: please don’t forget to vote for The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe for Comic Book of the Year on BareBones Entertainment’s site! Voting is only open until January 5th, so please do that now if you haven’t already done so. It only takes a few seconds and you can vote anonymously, so it’s pretty painless. There is one vote allowed per IP, so make it count!
The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe has been nominated for a BareBones Award for Comic Book of the year! Voting is now open! Please vote for us and show your support and love for this special story and our amazing creative team! Voting ends January 5th, so don’t delay!
From Bare Bones Entertainment:
Welcome to the 2017 BareBones Awards! We are very excited to welcome you to the 6th annual awards. It blows my mind that we have been hosting these awards for 6 years now and all of the amazing talented bands and people we have had the opportunity to honor! This year we are bringing you even more talented bands that have been nominated for awards. Take a look below and cast your votes!
How awesome is this?! We launched our book in May of this year, and it is already up for an award! We can hardly contain our excitement! Everyone is jumping around fist-bumping each other right now. Thank you SO much, BareBones Entertainment, for enjoying our book enough to nominate it in your 6th year running the awards! We are so honored!
Patreon has announced that they will not be implementing their changes which threatened to drive many creators from their platform. Yay! A wise decision, and one that displays the power of social media to effect change.
Because of the decision to roll back the controversial changes, we will be staying on Patreon… BUT there will make some major changes in the coming year. We’re excited about the total revamp of this page and we think you are going to love our new direction!
Thank you to those who have been with us from the start and to those who have recently joined us. We cannot express how much we appreciate each and every one of you!