New Kickstarter Launching February 2nd

 

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I am happy to report that Rebecca and I have nearly finished prepping the next Kickstarter campaign page and we will be ready to roll on the 2nd of February. We are hoping that everyone who has supported us thus far will continue the journey with us and also help us spread the word. We’ll be offering issues 1-3 in this campaign and we will continue offering back issues for new readers in our future campaigns. Our hope is that by word of mouth we can continue to grow our fellowship. That is why we have also made a PDF version of issue 1 available absolutely free to our amazing educators of the world (see this blog entry). My college major was Secondary English Education and I have always been passionate about passing along the great literature of the world to the next generation. I believe comics can be so much more than men and women in pajamas fighting super-powered gorillas… not that that isn’t wonderful as well. But I’ve always held up the comics medium as one of seemingly boundless potential that intermarries art and literature. That is why I’ve spent countless hours researching, reading, and consulting with scholars to ensure that I’m not merely giving readers stories that entertain, but also that motivate them to seek out and experience the great classics. That is, after all, where the “deep magic” is to be found.

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The back matter for our Kickstarter Exclusive Edition third issue will illuminate the origin of our intrepid guide in Terra Somnium, Irving Rat. I am rarely asked questions by interviewers that allow me to speak about the formation of specific characters in my stories, so I am incredibly excited about sharing it with you in the pages of our book. And if you have any questions about characters, events, themes, or anything else in our story,  feel free to send them on to me at info(dot)hpcomics(at)gmail(dot)com. They just may show up in a future issue!

-Dwight

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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

Marco “ET Dollman” Della Verde Joins Hocus Pocus Comics!

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Hocus Pocus Comics has added comic veteran, Marco “ETDollman” Della Verde to their team! Marco has been writing and lettering comics for 20 years. His work has been published by Comics Experience Publishing/IDW, Image Comics, AC Comics, 21 Pulp, McFarland Books, Markosia, Arcana, Moonstone Books, Metal Magazine, AC Comics, and Stache Publishing. He is totally metal and we love him for that!

I’ve been friends with Marco for several years and his love for comics is contagious. That’s what really impressed me about him and cemented our relationship. There are many who make comics, but there are precious few who understand that without a love for the medium, they will not endure. Hey, it’s hard work making comics, and only the most tenacious and dedicated will make it. Marco has proven himself to be a warrior, and I want him on my side when we go into battle.

-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!

SIDEWISE Commentary Page 27 (Thursday, February 11th)

Full Steam Ahead!

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening, Lords and Ladies, and thank you for joining us for another page of SIDEWISE commentary! If you have not already read the newly-posted SIDEWISE Page 27, please do so now.

We’ll hold the dirigible until you return.

Me

Page 27 Commentary

Sometimes there is no choice but to trust. Especially when hope is fading and the immensity of a situation begins to sink in. Adam is in such a situation. Despite what he has learned about Nikola Tesla–which will remain a mystery for now–Adam appears to have an insoluble problem. Even with the assistance of one of the greatest scientific minds the world has ever seen, can he actually repair the device in 1902 London?

And what has Wells and Hopping–well–hopping?

We shall see.

Nikola Tesla – El Mago Olvidado (The Forgotten Magician)

Check out this wonderful Tesla mini-documentary sent to me by my friend Juan Felipe Salcedo.

I’m always on the lookout for cool Tesla videos and pictures, so please feel free to post cool links on my blog.

MacPherson Media News

I can’t share much… yet, but here are a few (of the many) things I’m currently working on:

  • * A secret project with my lovely wife and writing partner Rebecca MacPherson and phenomenal artist Michael Stearns.
  • * A project with good friends and Zuda alum Juan Felipe Salcedo and Gus Higuera.
  • * My first novel (with Rebecca), which shall remain nameless for now.
  • * A comic book project with (my big brother and) co-writer Bruce Brown, artist Randy Valiente and colorist Erik Fokkens.
  • I Believe It’s Time For Me To Fly

    Sorry for the REO Speedwagon reference, but I’m old.

    *AHEM*

    Thank you for reading! See you next week with a brand new commentary post.