(Un)Happy Poe Wednesday

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)!

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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.

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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)!

Sincerely yours,

Dwight & Rebecca

 

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Poe Takes Over ComiXology!

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Okay… maybe not.

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!

Happy New Year!

-Dwight, Rebecca, and the HP Comics Crew

The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #2 Kickstarter Campaign Ends 382% Funded!

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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!

Dwight, Rebecca, and the Poe Team

Elevator 4 Drops December 6th on ComiXology!

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Back in January of this year, when Dwight L. MacPherson and I were talking about where we wanted to go with Hocus Pocus Comics, one thing we agreed on was that we wanted to have one completed series by year’s end. We hit the ground running with our Poe books/Kickstarter campaigns, and in between we released ELEVATOR, one of our most poignant stories thus far. We were not sure if ComiXology’s schedule would allow this to happen, but we just learned that issue 4 drops next Wednesday, 12/6. A complete book by year end! We have a lot to be proud of and to be thankful for, but none of this would have happened without the incredible team of friends that has joined us on this journey as indie publishers. Randy Valiente, Petro Rotelli, and Dr. Amy H. Sturgis… you all made this happen. We love you guys. If you want to catch up on the story before issue 4 launches, click on the link to purchase issues 1-3:

http://bit.ly/2Ambx4I

Rebecca and Dwight

The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #2 Live on Kickstarter- Fully Funded in 3 hours, 9 minutes!

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Wow! What an awesome first day for our Kickstarter campaign! Thank you so much for your support! We are so thrilled by the response and we are still taking it all in. We can’t wait to see what happens on our second day!

Rebecca and Dwight

Roman Dirge to Cover Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #2

dirgeI am thrilled to announce that my longtime friend, Roman Dirge, is providing a cover for the Kickstarter-exclusive printed edition of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #2!

I don’t often tell the story of how I became friends with this brilliant creator and artist, but I would like to share it with you here because it is such an uncommon story.  Especially in the comic industry.

jim reaperBack in 2006 my black humor comic, Jim Reaper: Week One, was released by the now-defunct publisher, Silent Devil Productions. Around that same time I discovered the brilliant comic from Slave Labor Graphics called Lenore. Of course, I recognized the title immediately as an homage to Edgar Allan Poe, so I picked it up from my local comic shop. What I found inside was gorgeous art and spot-on comedic genius. I was an instant fan. As I said, Silent Devil had released Jim Reaper–which has a similar tone to Lenore–so I decided to contact Dirge, send a digital copy of Jim Reaper: Week One to him, and ask if there was any possibility that artist Mathieu Benoit and I could make a Lenore meets Jim Reaper strip for a future issue of Lenore. To my surprise, Dirge loved my comic and agreed to it right away. This was at the end of 2006.

Fast forward to early 2007. Dirge was busy in the animation field (including writing Invader ZIM with his buddy, Jhonen Vasquez) and artist Mathieu Benoit I had created the Jim Reaper spin-off, Lil’ Hellions: A Day at the Zoo, which was also published by Silent Devil Productions. In addition, I was embroiled in several comic and webcomic projects, including a little webcomic titled “The Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo.” In other words, Dirge and I were both extremely busy doing other things. Mathieu and I had completed the Lenore meets Jim Reaper strip several months earlier, but it was just sitting in a folder on my computer. It had basically been forgotten. Or so I thought.

lenore_13In June of 2007, however, I saw Dirge post an update on his Facebook page that basically said, “Hey, who is the guy I promised a strip in the next issue of Lenore? I need the strip ASAP.” Of course, I quickly responded, and Lenore Meets Jim Reaper was published the next month in Lenore #13.

Since then, Dirge and I have both been extremely busy, but we’ve managed to stay in touch. I’ve never told him how much I appreciate him and the fact that he kept his word. Over the course of my decade+ in the comics industry I’ve been promised lots of things by a lot of people and been left holding the bag more times than I’d care to admit. But not by Dirge. And for that, I will always be one of his biggest fans.

So there you have it, folks. My ode to Roman Dirge. That’s why I am absolutely over the moon that he is illustrating the cover for The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #2. He’s a super talented guy, yes, but he’s also a man of integrity, and a friend that I value very much.

-Dwight

 

BREAKING: Kickstarter Campaign for The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #2 Launches Nov. 3rd!!

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We are pleased to announce the Kickstarter campaign for The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #2 will launch Friday, November 3rd! Mark your calendars and tell your friends, family, and your enemies, too!

You don’t want to miss this next campaign as we will have some incredible incentives! You thought the t-shirt was great? Wait till you see what we have in store for you this time around!

Rebecca and Dwight

Poe Kickstarter Love from Our Supporters!

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James Caudill, and his dog named Poe

These are just a few of the photos of our amazing Kickstarter supporters showing off their Poe t-shirts and The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1 exclusive printed editions. We love getting these posts, so keep them coming! And we are super thankful that you enjoyed the book. You guys had this campaign fully funded in under 30 hours, and we can’t thank you enough for your love and support for us and our little Poe. Be on the lookout as we’ll be announcing the launch date for issue 2 very, very soon!

Rebecca and Dwight

Memories of Deadlight Studios

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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-Dwight

Kickstarter Success and More Poe-centric Goodness!

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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:

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And here is the link to Terra Somnium:

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We truly appreciate each and every one of you, and we are so thankful you’ve decided to join us on this incredible journey. It’s only just begun!

Rebecca and Dwight