Brand-New Terra Somnium: Counting Down to The End

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!

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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.

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Limited edition magnet

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!

CLICK HERE FOR THE IMAGINARY VOYAGES ISSUE 3 KICKSTARTER! 

-Dwight

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First Stretch Goal REVEALED!

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!

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Irving and The Living Corpse by Buz Hasson and Ken Haeser

 

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?

-Dwight

(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

 

Can We Count on You?

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MONDAY is the day, my friends! Monday, July 31st, we will be launching our campaign for the Kickstarter-exclusive PRINTED Special Edition of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1! This special edition will only be available in this form on Kickstarter, so you will want to make sure you get your copy! It features a beautiful new cover from David Hartman (see the teaser image above) and a special Making-Of section that is being designed by artist and HP Comics Production Manager, Tricia Martin. It is going to be gorgeous! We will also be including special prints produced exclusively for this project along with an Edgar Allan Poe t-shirt designed by series artist, Luis Czerniawski, and Tricia Martin. Trust me: you’re going to want one of these!

One of the (hard) lessons I learned about Kickstarter is that you need to have supporters pledge as early as possible. If there is a mad rush to pledge on day one your project has a much better chance of being noticed by Kickstarter staff and receiving additional promotion on their site. So I’m asking you to pledge as soon as you possibly can. Hit it hard and we’ll let Kickstarter know that we love a little Poe! And be sure to spread the love on social media as well. That helps us big time.

As soon as the project is live I’ll be all over social media breaking the news. And if you FOLLOW ME ON KICKSTARTER you’ll find out even before they do. So that’s definitely the best option.

We love you guys and thank you for helping us make comics! We very literally couldn’t do this without you!

-Dwight

Hocus Pocus Comics is Attending New York Comic Con 2017!

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Pro badges have been approved, and I am thrilled to announce that Rebecca and I will be attending New York Comic Con this year! We hope to see you there!

FIND OUR MORE ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON HERE

– Dwight and Rebecca

David Hartman Meets Houdini’s Silver Dollar Misfits!

ART OF MONSTERS – Check out this breathtaking process video of the creation of the cover art for Houdini’s Silver Dollar Misfits by über-talented artist and HP Comics Production Consultant, David Hartman!

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the February 1st launch of Houdini’s Silver Dollar Misfits on Kickstarter!

***Be sure to watch this video in HD with sound!***

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-Dwight

The Story Behind Houdini’s Silver Dollar Misfits

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I’ve always enjoyed reading the stories behind the stories that I love. Taking a look behind the curtain, if you will, to glimpse the process, struggles, and sacrifices that writers have made to create stories that have influenced and inspired me throughout my life. Reading The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, for instance, was nearly intoxicating. I was amazed, delighted, encouraged, moved to tears in some cases, and affirmed by the intimate details I read. The collection of the Professor’s letters still stands as a cherished work that I return to time and time again. And so, in the spirit of Tolkien’s letters and the many behind-the-scenes records that authors have left behind for us to enjoy, I have decided to share the story behind creating Houdini’s Silver Dollar Misfits. It’s nowhere near as grand, I know, but I hope you will find it enjoyable nonetheless.

Several years ago while I was writing The Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo Book 2 for Image, I was struck with what I believed was a fantastic story idea: a modern-time group of friends who find a magical silver dollar that had belonged to Harry Houdini. Together the ragtag friends would use the strength of their friendship, teamwork, problem solving, and the magic of the coin, to solve mysteries and help people. My head said I didn’t have the time to develop the idea due to a heavy college workload, the challenges of being a single dad of three little boys, and the pressure of writing a sequel to a successful book, but I did it anyway, because, hey, sometimes you have to make time when inspiration strikes.

After a couple of weeks I began my artist search. Now, for those who don’t know, artist searches are fun, but they can also be arduous and a bit depressing. If I had a dime for every artist who turned me down over the course of my career I’d have Alex Ross covers on all my books.

But that’s another story for another time.

After several days of searching I came across a charming webcomic by cartoonist Worth Gowell. I really liked his style and thought it would work perfectly for the story I’d fleshed out, so I sent an email and pitched the story to him. Honestly, he wasn’t thrilled with the story, so he suggested that a teenage Houdini would be the star, the story in the late 1880s, and his friends would be circus performers. My gut said no, No, NO. A period piece starring a beloved historical figure? I was already doing that in Edgar Allan Poo. And how would an audience respond to a cast of strange and unusual characters that were referred to as “freaks” in their time? I tried to reason with Worth, but, considering the fact that I believed he was the right artist for the book, I eventually conceded. Even so, I am still extremely proud of Kid Houdini and the Silver Dollar Misfits. Next to E.A. Poo, it is my favorite book I’ve created. I even intended to make a continuing series of adventures, but, sadly, that did not work out. In fact, I’m sad to say that the book went largely unnoticed. The lesson I took away from the experience was to stick to my guns when I felt strongly enough something.

So here we are. I am now a publisher, and I can tell the stories I want to tell, how I want to tell them. The beauty of the whole situation is that Kid Houdini and the Silver Dollar Misfits now serves as a prequel of sorts to Houdini’s Silver Dollar Misfits! I say “of sorts” because it is not necessary that one read the old book to “get” the new book, rather it serves as an introduction to the man (the myth, the legend) behind the silver dollar. That’s it. So one need not comb the internet to find the first book…unless one wants to. Hey, I am still extremely proud of Kid Houdini and believe it is a wonderful story that is well worth seeking out.

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this project. Mathieu and I have worked extremely hard to bring you something that we believe is magical! We can’t wait to share it with our friends (yes, that means YOU)!

-Dwight

PS – Don’t forget to mark your calendars for February 1st when the project goes LIVE on Kickstarter!

Hocus Pocus Comics Artist Search

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Hocus Pocus Comics is searching for a reliable artist to draw a 4 issue mini-series! If you are interested in being considered, please send 5 sequential pages to info(dot)hpcomics(at)gmail(dot)com. The genre of this epic tale is fantasy/historic fiction.

We look forward to seeing YOUR submission!

Awesome developments happening around the studio this morning with all of the amazing submissions we received! We are set with a team on this incredible project! Thank you for your submissions, we will definitely keep you in mind for future projects!

-Dwight

Exclusive Content on Patreon!

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I just posted some exclusive content on the Hocus Pocus Patreon page for partons’ eyes only! If you haven’t joined the movement yet, now is the perfect time to get on board! Act now and you’ll be able to say you were an insider from the beginning!

BECOME A PATRON TODAY! 

-Dwight