Can We Count on You?

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MONDAY is the day, my friends! Monday, July 31st, we will be launching our campaign for the Kickstarter-exclusive PRINTED Special Edition of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1! This special edition will only be available in this form on Kickstarter, so you will want to make sure you get your copy! It features a beautiful new cover from David Hartman (see the teaser image above) and a special Making-Of section that is being designed by artist and HP Comics Production Manager, Tricia Martin. It is going to be gorgeous! We will also be including special prints produced exclusively for this project along with an Edgar Allan Poe t-shirt designed by series artist, Luis Czerniawski, and Tricia Martin. Trust me: you’re going to want one of these!

One of the (hard) lessons I learned about Kickstarter is that you need to have supporters pledge as early as possible. If there is a mad rush to pledge on day one your project has a much better chance of being noticed by Kickstarter staff and receiving additional promotion on their site. So I’m asking you to pledge as soon as you possibly can. Hit it hard and we’ll let Kickstarter know that we love a little Poe! And be sure to spread the love on social media as well. That helps us big time.

As soon as the project is live I’ll be all over social media breaking the news. And if you FOLLOW ME ON KICKSTARTER you’ll find out even before they do. So that’s definitely the best option.

We love you guys and thank you for helping us make comics! We very literally couldn’t do this without you!

-Dwight

Hocus Pocus Comics is Attending New York Comic Con 2017!

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Pro badges have been approved, and I am thrilled to announce that Rebecca and I will be attending New York Comic Con this year! We hope to see you there!

FIND OUR MORE ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON HERE

– Dwight and Rebecca

An Edgar Allan Poe Double Shot

As the title of this entry states, we have TWO Poe-related updates for you today!

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First, you can check out brand new Terra Somnium by artist, Louise Fitzpatrick, and yours truly, RIGHT HERE! We are now 16 pages into the first chapter of the prequel to The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe, and things are getting weirder by the second!

And please, when you check it out, like it, subscribe, and share it with your friends. I can’t tell you how invaluable this is to the folks who lovingly produce webcomics.

 

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Second, The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #2 is now available for purchase HERE ON COMIXOLOGY and HERE ON AMAZON KINDLE!

If you’ve read issue 1, you can see just how different it is from the graphic novel that was published by Image Comics. The reviews we’ve received confirm my long-held opinion that it needed to be revised both script-wise and artistically. The addition of artists, Luis Czerniawski and Andrea Messi, bring so much life and energy to these characters and environs–wouldn’t you agree?

 

In other news, we are wrapping up production on ELEVATOR #3 and we will soon send it to ComiXology and Amazon Kindle. Elevator artist, Randy Valiente, has really knocked this series out of the ballpark. Issue 3 is a real gut punch, so you’ve been warned!

-Dwight

 

 

I’m Bringing The 80’s Back!

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Photo Credit: Dwight L. MacPherson. All Rights Reserved.

We took some time off in the middle of a busy week to catch the U2 Joshua Tree show in Tampa on June 14th. Rebecca goes back a long way with these guys, from her time living in Dublin, Ireland, through her years of working in the music biz and hanging out with the band–which is another blog post in itself, one I have been trying to get her to write for ages!

The show was phenomenal in every way! I’ve always been told that U2 is a band you have to experience live, and they were right. This was my first time seeing the band I’ve loved since I first saw the video to “Sunday Bloody Sunday” on MTV when I was a teen, so it was really a special experience. Rebecca and I danced and sang along as the band played a grueling set that lasted more than 2 hours. We were in the pit, so we could see the sweat dripping from Bono’s hands. At one point Bono remarked that it was “Muy caliente!” And it was. Hot and humid and Bono was–well–classic Bono, dancing and gesticulating through the Joshua Tree set (and especially during the encore). We were spent after the show, so I’m sure the band was as well! We are now all much older. This isn’t the ’80s, after all!

This experience was made even more awesome because I’m working on a comic that takes place in the 80’s–a time Rebecca and I feel very nostalgic for as pop culture and music was so unique, fresh, and fun. I am having a blast writing the story and I’m sure you are really going to really dig it. Especially if you are a child of the 80’s.

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Speaking of my ’80s superhero team, we are sharing our awesome artist’s, Emiliano Correa‘s, I-TEAM character designs exclusively with our patrons. So if you’d like to become an HP Comics insider, you can do that  RIGHT HERE! 

Dwight

 

Meet The I-TEAM!

logo_low_resWant to meet the I-TEAM before anyone else?! For as little as $1 a month you can meet the team and get some cool stuff and exclusive videos and art! Join the Hocus Pocus Comics Fam and you’ll have access to all of our TOP SECRET updates!

JOIN US HERE! 

-D

Breaking News: I-Team Announcement!

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COMING THIS FALL FROM HOCUS POCUS COMICS!

If you love classic X-Men and Teen Titans like I do, you will find this most excellent nostalgia blast just what the Professor ordered! (See what I did there?)

More news to come very soon, so be sure to stay tuned to this blog and hpcomics.net!

-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!

-D