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

Hocus Pocus Comics is in the House!

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Rebecca and I had a super busy week and the weekend was no walk in the park, either. But, hey, self-publishing is totally worth it. We have invested our blood, sweat, tears, time, money, and hearts into HP Comics, and I hope our love and dedication shines brightly in every story we tell.

Thank you for your continued support, friends. We couldn’t do this without our amazing patrons and readers!

-Dwight

An Edgar Allan Poe Double Shot

As the title of this entry states, we have TWO Poe-related updates for you today!

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First, you can check out brand new Terra Somnium by artist, Louise Fitzpatrick, and yours truly, RIGHT HERE! We are now 16 pages into the first chapter of the prequel to The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe, and things are getting weirder by the second!

And please, when you check it out, like it, subscribe, and share it with your friends. I can’t tell you how invaluable this is to the folks who lovingly produce webcomics.

 

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Cover by Mark Harmon

 

Second, The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #2 is now available for purchase HERE ON COMIXOLOGY and HERE ON AMAZON KINDLE!

If you’ve read issue 1, you can see just how different it is from the graphic novel that was published by Image Comics. The reviews we’ve received confirm my long-held opinion that it needed to be revised both script-wise and artistically. The addition of artists, Luis Czerniawski and Andrea Messi, bring so much life and energy to these characters and environs–wouldn’t you agree?

 

In other news, we are wrapping up production on ELEVATOR #3 and we will soon send it to ComiXology and Amazon Kindle. Elevator artist, Randy Valiente, has really knocked this series out of the ballpark. Issue 3 is a real gut punch, so you’ve been warned!

-Dwight

 

 

Support Indie Comics (For Real)

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“I supported him/her, so why isn’t he/she supporting me?”

Every indie comics creator has or will think it at some point in their career. It makes me sad to say that there is not much reciprocal support in indie comics between creators. Now, before you jump on me, allow me to explain. The reason for this problem may not be what you think.

Making comics is hard.

The amount of time, money, and marketing that is required to be a successful indie creator is insane. It can eat up your every waking moment. For those in the know, it’s a full-time job. For this reason, many indie comics creators only tweet and share posts about their own properties. It’s not that they don’t want to support fellow indie creators (for the most part), it’s the fact that they feel they don’t have the time or will to do it considering how tiring it is to manage and market their own projects.

What’s in it For Me?

I loathe this way of thinking, but it’s the way of the world. If one mentions “The Golden Rule” nowadays, most people have no idea what one is talking about. But if every indie comics creator would learn and practice it, we would have a stronger industry and a greater sense of community. We all benefit from a healthy industry.  We all benefit from a strong community. But getting there will require all of us to be active participants.

Be Intentional 

Before you accuse me of being all work and no play, feel free to examine my social media accounts. Sure, I share about what I’m watching or reading, but I also make sure that I share some social media posts by fellow creators every day.  I make a point of it. Indie comics are the lifeblood of the comics industry, and I realize that if I want to help the industry–and not just myself–I’ve got to be more aware of what I post. I have to make sure that I share and support the work of my peers as well. This is not to say that I spend hours every day sharing fellow creators’ work, but I do something every day as often as I can. I understand how important it is. I also know that it’s very easy to feel like Robinson Crusoe on the island of indie creators. In my 10 years of making comics, I’ve felt this way several times. But you know what I realized? There are enough of us out there that no one should feel this way for very long. All it requires is a simple share, like, or word of encouragement to “rescue” them, so why wouldn’t I do it? It’s not really hard. But it does require me to look outside myself.

So there you have it.  Be intentional. Take some time to support fellow indie creators every day. I started #IndieComicsAlliance on Twitter a couple of years ago because I saw this problem, but when I stepped away for personal reasons, it completely evaporated. That should not have happened. Someone should have stepped up and taken the lead. Others should have come alongside to help. The more shoulders, the lighter the load, and the more we can accomplish.  So if we all want a strong industry and community, let’s come together and make it happen. Are you with me?

-Dwight

Gordon & Tricia Martin of Lucid Frame Joins Hocus Pocus Comics!

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The Hocus Pocus Family is growing! We are pleased to announce that Gordon and Tricia Martin have joined the team as our Media Relations Managers. The Martins are the owners of Lucid Frame Productions, a multimedia company which specializes in marketing videos, animation, professional photography, editing, graphic design, illustration, and VO recording.
Gor and Tricia have been friends and supporters for several years! We first met them on the Steve Niles forum (best forum ever!), and we are so thrilled to welcome them onboard as fellow creatives within our collaborative community known as HPC. Tricia illustrated and recently printed the delightful Midnight, Me & Bob Macabre, and Tricia and Gor are extremely talented in all areas of media and promotion, so they will be valuable assets for our team. We’re excited to share that we already have them quite busy creating PR videos (wait till you see the ELEVATOR trailer!) and upgrading our YouTube channel, so stay tuned for some incredible updates in the very near future!

-Dwight and Rebecca