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Jonboy Meyers Covers Poe!

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May 1, 2018 10:00AM (EST). Cover reveal for The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe issue 4  art by superstar artist, Jonboy Meyers!
June 1, 2018 10:00AM (EST) Kickstarter campaign for issue 4 launches.

Save the dates.

Dwight and Rebecca

Poe, Lovecraft, and the Inspiration of Young Readers!

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16 hours to go on our Kickstarter campaign, and we are already starting promotion on issue 4! We are pleased to announce that comics superstar Jonboy Meyers is our cover artist for The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe issue 4! If you’ve been reading Marvel or DC Comics, you will surely recognize his name! We will reveal his stunning cover on May 1 at 10AM (EST), and we can’t wait to show you this amazing piece of art which is out-of-this-world fantastic! To say we are excited to see him cover a book featuring our Little Poe and Irving is an understatement! Jonboy is a great friend and we are huge fans of his work!

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In other news, our next podcast for The Raven Lunatics promises to be special! Our guest will be none other than New York Times Bestselling author,  Matthew Pearl! Pearl is the author of The Poe Shadow (which we loved!) which centers around the mysterious death of the famed poet and author, Edgar Allan Poe. Chris Semtner, Matthew, and I will be discussing the various theories surrounding Poe’s death, so you will not want to miss this episode! The podcast will drop on March 14 at noon(EST)! Be sure to subscribe and leave a comment! You can do that RIGHT HERE.

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I will be a guest on The Lovecraft eZine podcast  July 22nd! I will be discussing my upcoming eldritch comic, Lovecraft’s Typewriter, as well as the Howard Lovecraft trilogy that I created and co-wrote with Bruce Brown.

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This is why we do what we do here at Hocus Pocus Comics! Matthew Laskavy is part of our next generation of readers, and being able to inspire him and young readers to explore new worlds through the medium of comics is exhilarating and deeply humbling!

As you can see, there is a quite a bit going on at Hocus Pocus Comics, so keep watching! 2018 started with a bang and we don’t see us slowing down anytime soon! As always, thank you for the tweets, retweets, shares, pledges, pre-orders, and likes! You guys rock!

Dwight and Rebecca

 

In Case You Missed It…

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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.

You can catch the replay HERE

Dwight and Rebecca

UNLOCKED: Stretch Goal #2!

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?!

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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!

With much gratitude,

Dwight, Rebecca, and The Poe Family

The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe Issue 3 is NOW LIVE on Kickstarter!

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WE ARE LIVE! The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe Exclusive Printed Kickstarter Edition Issue 3 campaign has just launched on Kickstarter!

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE!

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!

Dwight, Rebecca, and the Poe Team

The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe Wins Award!

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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:

WATCH VIDEO HERE

-Dwight

 

COMING SOON: The Raven Lunatics

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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.

author_photoHarvey 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

chris_semtnerThe 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.

What One Educator is Saying About The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe!

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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!

-Dwight

 

 

 

Rockin’ and Rolling Into 2018

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…

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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…

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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.

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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!

Warm regards,

Dwight & Rebecca