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 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!
Hocus Pocus Comics now has a Ko-fi page, so you can buy us a “virtual cup of coffee” when you stop by to look at our work. We love the format of this site as it lets you tip creators if you like their work without the hassle of a set monthly payment. This is much better alternative to the surcharge now in place on Patreon. Check out our page and let us know what you think!
You guys! We ended the campaign this morning at 10:00 AM and funded three times the amount we asked for! Now the fun part begins for us as we get final numbers to our printers and send the PDFs out to our amazing supporters!
Thank you for believing in our project, and for returning to continue the adventures of Edgar Allan Poe and his faithful guide, Irving Rat. We have a lot more fun stuff planned for the next campaign, which launches February 2, 2018. Until then, we will busy fulfilling orders and spending time with our families during this Christmas season.
From all of us at Hocus Pocus Comics, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
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.
What an incredible end to an epic journey! When our Kickstarter campaign for The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe Kickstarter-Exclusive print edition #1 launched on July 30th, we could not have dreamed that we would find our project more than 500% funded when all was said and done. While we were quite surprised to find our project fully funded within 30 hours of launch, we had no idea that our awesome supporters would obliterate all of our expectations, pushing us to create new stretch goals to accommodate the overwhelming outpouring of support. It was crazy! I want to thank my dear friends, David Hartman, Juan Ferreyra, and Dave Youkovich, for coming through with such a crazy tight deadline despite being completely swamped with work. I love you guys, and I owe you big time!
And here we are… 528% funded! The next month will see us sending PDFs to our supporters, files to the printer, getting art prints made, and ordering more Poe t-shirts than we ever dreamed we’d sell! And we couldn’t be happier to do it! Seriously, we can’t thank you enough!
But the good news doesn’t stop there! Today on ComiXology and Kindle, the digital-first copy of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #3 drops, and we make a special announcement over on Line Webtoon for our weekly Terra Somnium (the companion book to IVOEAP) update! And we really want to thank all of our subscribers on Line Webtoon as well. It is going to get a lot crazier in the Land of Dreams, so check it out, subscribe, rate it, and help us spread the word.
Here are the links for the digital-first copy of The Imaginary Voyages of EAP #3:
Our Kickstarter campaign for the exclusive printed edition for The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1 is going strong thanks to you! We met our initial funding goal in the first 30 hours (!), but now we are working towards unlocking the next stretch goal of 3k so we will be able to include Dave Youkovich’s incredible 3-page story. If you have already pledged, we thank you so very much– if not, please consider pledging so we will be able to include this fantastic additional content. I’ll be sharing some art from the story in the coming days and let me tell you…it is magnificent. Definitely something you’ll want to see in the book! Dave illustrated a cover for issue 3, so he’s no stranger to this property. The cover image hasn’t been released yet, but here’s a little teaser just for you…
One of the most delightful things that can happen to a creator, in my opinion, is to see your beloved characters come to life through fan art. The page I have included here is from talented artist, Pablo Fernandez! I love it!
Something tells me Pablo and I will be collaborating very soon…