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.
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!
I’m thrilled to say that we reached the first stretch goal on our Kicksarter campaign this past weekend! We’ve already revealed what has been unlocked (unearthed?) to our supporters, but now it’s time to share the exciting news with everyone.
The talented guys of The Corpse Crew will be illustrating a brand-new story for The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe Issue 3! And, not only that, but it will feature an appearance by their cult favorite character, THE LIVING CORPSE!
If you haven’t pledged to our campaign yet, what are you waiting for? We have back issues of the first two books available if you missed them, so we’ve got you all covered. These special Kickstarter editions feature exclusive content that will never be available anywhere else and when they’re gone, they’re gone!
We will reveal the next stretch goal when we hit $3k. Will you join us and help spread the word to make it happen?
This is insanely awesome! We hit the ground running at 9AM yesterday and by 11AM our Kickstarter campaign was fully funded! Thank you to everyone who continues to support our little Poe book and to those who have just joined us: welcome! We are so pleased to have you along for the journey!
It’s 6:21AM here and I’m trying to get caffeinated as I write a new update for Kickstarter supporters that announces our fabulous first stretch goal. I am so thrilled and excited to share this marvelous news with them!
We’ve had quite a blast putting this campaign together! Getting to work with our long-time friends and fellow creatives again, The Corpse Crew, was a wonderful experience. Their interpretation of our story is the darkest thus far, but it is certainly a fitting tribute to the Master of the Macabre. They killed it! (Pun totally intended.)
To our returning supporters, thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for continuing with us on this journey! And to all who are just now joining the fellowship, welcome to the world of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe– a nightmarish journey through the mind of the the world’s greatest fantasist. Buckle in. It’s going to be a wild ride!
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:
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.
Since today is Flashback Friday, I was reminiscing about my early days as a comic creator. Of course, the first thing that came to mind was Deadlight Studios. It was 2006 and my first creator-owned mini-series, Dead Men Tell No Tales, had been published by Arcana Comics. It was a smash-hit, and I quickly gained a devoted (and awesomely crazy) following.
Around that time I was producing several webcomics, and I had signed one of them, Jim Reaper, to a deal at Silent Devil Productions (remember them?). I was also involved in several anthologies and had many comic pitches in production. I was thrilled to be making comics and I was anxious to reach out and connect with aspiring and established comic creators. But what I really wanted to do was to help newcomers break into the industry. If anyone had been through hell to get there, it was me. Surrounded by naysayers who were the closest to me, and living in a seriously messed up situation, I had done it. And I wanted people to know if they worked hard enough and didn’t give up, they could make it, too. What they needed, I knew, was positive people around them who would encourage and provide a bit of guidance–someone who had seen some success, had a critical eye, and would tell them the truth… even when it hurt.
Enter Deadlight Studios.
What a magical time that was! With my trusty partner in crime, Darrell Mogg, we created a visually stunning website with a lively and thriving community forum. A couple of times I even got my buddies, Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, to drop by and say hello!
My good friend, Amer Kokh, provided the art for the site together with friend and Dead Men Tell No Tales colorist, Michael DeVito. I never could have made it happen by myself. These friends caught my vision and helped me make it happen. It was a magical collaboration and I’ll never forget the experience of bringing it together and giving it life.
During the course of our conversation I brought up the idea of putting together a horror anthology titled Deadlight Theatre. The forums were abuzz and it was really a wonderful time as forum members put together teams and created several short horror stories for the anthology. Everyone was excited.
And then it was gone. People were shocked.
The truth of the matter is that I was being medically separated from the Army and at the same time, I assumed sole responsibility of my three young sons, so Deadlight Studios took a back seat to raising them. I was unable to keep it going and give my sons the care they needed, and as any single dad will tell you, they would have done the same thing. Some people understood, some people didn’t. But no one was more disappointed than I was.
Some people on the outside say it was a noble idea to create a community where comic creators help one other. I mean, there are others who have done something similar, but none of them were headed up by an industry insider. Some might say it was a dumb idea, that I should have concentrated on my own brand rather than worrying about other “schmucks” trying to break into the industry. Whichever camp you fall into is your prerogative. All I know is that I am still close friends with many fine people I met during the “Deadlight Years,” and I gained invaluable experience that I believe will ensure the success of Hocus Pocus Comics. So I will call it a WIN.
Rest in Peace, Deadlight Studios. You are gone but not forgotten.