Our first Kickstarter live chat happened last night and it was wonderful! We had a lot of fun connecting with our readers and sharing more insight into the history of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe.
Friends, I am thrilled to announce that my first self-published trade paperback, ELEVATOR, is now for sale on Amazon.com! This special trade collects the entire mini-series (issues 1-4) and includes a brand-new, never-before-seen epilogue that will blow your mind! It also features a foreword from my new friend, Jeff Mudgett! Jeff is the author of the critically-acclaimed Bloodstains which chronicles his personal journey after discovering the shocking secret that he is the great-great grandson of America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. He is also the co-star of History Channel’s thrilling mini-series, American Ripper, in which he and co-host Amaryllis Fox, a former CIA analyst, attempt to prove Jeff’s controversial theory that his ancestor is also the mysterious killer known as Jack the Ripper. I am certain you will find what Jeff has to say about the story quite enlightening!
Please leave a review and tell your family and friends about the book after you read your copy. And tell your local comic shop and bookstore about the trade, because it can be ordered directly from Amazon.com. These are the very best ways you can support indie comics!
Thank you once again for all of your support and happy (bloody) New Comic Book Day!
We did it! Thanks to you, friends, we have busted right through that $3k stretch goal! I’ve been dying to share this brilliant piece with you, so here goes…
You have unlocked this magical pin-up by internationally-acclaimed children’s book artist, Aristotelis Falegos! Aris’ work caught our eye on Instagram and we just knew we had to see his take on our Little Poe and his faithful guide, Irving Rat. Isn’t it glorious?!
We still have 22 days to go, so please, if you know someone who might love our Little Poe, tell them about us and direct them to our campaign page. We would be thrilled to welcome them on our incredible journey! The more the merrier!
Happy Poe Wednesday! We are counting down to the final page of Terra Somnium on Line Webtoon. It’s been a wonderful experience working with artists Louise Fitzpatrick and Federico Luchetti, and letterers Marco Della Verde and Pietro “Pitt” Rotelli, and I’ll be sad to see it end. But, as you know, it’s not really ending. Terra Somnium is merely a prequel to The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe. A prologue, if you will. The good news is that we had a fantastic time creating 2 solid chapters of Poe-related content that has been viewed by more than 8,000 people. And if it has pointed even one reader to the work of Edgar Allan Poe, it’s totally been worth it!
Simply click on the image of the mysterious cat below to read today’s installment of Terra Somnium!
Speaking of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe, our Kickstarter campaign for the exclusive printed edition of issue 3 is going wonderfully! In fact, we are 294% funded at the moment! Thank you to everyone who has pledged and supported us and the project with wonderful notes, Retweets, and Shares. You all have been a tremendous help to us and we appreciate you immensely. If you haven’t pledged yet, no problem. We have all 3 issues and some awesome limited edition incentives that are available for our amazing supporters. Remember: these special items will only be available now on Kickstarter. Once the campaign ends, they will be gone.
If you like what you see, simply click on the link below to join us. And thank you in advance for your support! We truly appreciate YOU!
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!
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!