Friday, April 18, 2014

C2E2 next week! Then Free Comic Book Day the following week!

An exciting couple of weeks! 
C2E2 is coming up NEXT WEEK, April 25-27, in Chicago!

Farlaine the Goblin will be set up in Artist Alley at table V-9.

I'll have copies of Books 1-3, stuffed Farlaines, and prints!

You can see it on a map here:
http://c2e214.mapyourshow.com/5_0/floorplans/index.cfm?booth=V9&exhid=401646&hallid=A#mappage


Then, the following week May 3rd is Free Comic Book Day! If you're in the Massachusetts area, swing by New England Comics who should have signed copies at all stores!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Quick howdy!

First off, this is about a month out from C2E2, the Comic Con in Chicago happening April 25-27.  I'll be there for the first time, set up in Artist's Alley. I'll have copies of all 3 books and some prints and stuffed Farlaines!


Second, Studio Farlaine is excited to announce that we're going to be taking part in Free Comic Book Day on May 3rd! New England Comics, great bastion of Massachusetts comic-dom, will be the exclusive chain to get your Free Comic Book Day Edition of Book 3: The Racelands!

There will be 200 copies signed and numbered books and spread amongst the stores. 30 of the books have little doodles in them.



Here's a quick shot of my current workstation. To put it's location in context - this is midway down the living room wall in a 1BR. If this were a normal tenant, a family would be sitting on the couch here.



Saturday, March 8, 2014

Book 4 - The Drawing Begins

And so I begin...

It's been a while since I drew an issue of Farlaine.

The last page of book 3 was drawn around August/September 2012. Since then I've drawn the covers and published the book, but no other sequential pages.

Now I'm trying to do it with a full time day job and a 2 hour commute.

To say it's slow would be fair.

But after a few months hammering on the script, I finally started drawing again a week or two ago. I'm up to about page 3. About.

It's interesting having to re-learn all the tricks and approaches I'd used back then and haven't touched since. I forgot how I worked towards the end, doing lots of sketches on other paper first to establish poses and compose shots. The first page of book 4 I wasn't happy with, but next page I like. So I wouldn't be surprised if it was a dozen pages before I'd gotten back to form and remember all the other things I'm forgetting.





I'm also jumping around trying different inks and paper to start off with. I had some frustrations last time with different kinds. I'd tried Strathmore pads and Blue Line sheets and even some random pieces I found buried away. None of them were great. All had issues. I am trying some of the Eon boards now, and will try single sheet strathmore at different plys. Maybe I'll find something I like.

Inkwise I ended up using Speedball towards the end of book 3 and generally liked it, although for me it dried out and didn't rejuvenate well at one point, so the last cover I did involved lots of nib cleaning. I just bought two new kinds to try, a Japanese sumi ink, and a bottle of Perle Noire. Maybe one will be cooler.

The fourth issue is looking to be a bit longer than the others, currently around 40. We'll see how it goes. Could shorten or lengthen as I go!

Here are a few of the early prelim pieces and sketches I'm using to build up a panel.

OK, now back to work...








Saturday, January 25, 2014

Back to the writing board...

Haven't posted anything on here in a while and figured I should:)

Book 3, The Racelands came out in December and since then I've been back to working on writing Book 4 and getting back in the groove after spending the last year dealing with the publishing side of the comic world.

For anyone who wasn't clear, this is not a monthly title released by a huge conglomerate:) It's a one man show by someone juggling a day job.

The first 3 books were written and drawn in 2012 and then released in 2013.

So now it's 2014 and I'm back in the saddle. Once I finish writing Book 4 I'll have to draw it, and then the same with Book 5.

My current plan is to release both books a month or two apart like I did with the first 3, and once those are out I'll then go back to Books 6-7. Sort of like releasing the series in 3 acts.

My current hope is to have Books 4-5 on shelves for the fall of 2014, but I'm more interested in putting together the best book I can and not just hitting an arbitrary deadline. So we'll see how things go:) For now the focus is on writing a good Book 4!

I'm also trying to plan a few convention appearances this year. The current plan is: 

C2E2 (Chicago)
- April 25-27, 2014
Boston Comic Con
- August 8-10, 2014
Baltimore Comic Con
- September 5-7, 2014

Both San Diego and New York you have to apply for, and realistically I'll be rejected by both, but I still applied anyway. So I'd say it's a slim chance at both of those, but if I get in I'm going:)

San Diego Comic Con (if accepted)
 - July 24-27, 2014

New York Comic Con (if accepted) 
- October 9-12, 2014


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Book 3: The Racelands Hit Stands! AND a CGC'd Book 1! (9.8)

First off - Book 3: The Racelands comes out THIS WEDNESDAY, December 11th, 2013! Find it at your Local Comic Shop or order it through the site by clicking Buy the Comic above!




The second bit of news was that I received a fun package from CGC, the group who grades comics. I met them at the NYCC and asked about getting a book slabbed and they offered to do 3 for free! I just had to pay for shipping back. I got them in the mail today and was thrilled to find them all graded 9.8! Very cool indeed.


I'm not generally a fan of CGC books and think it's sort of comical to seal up the book and never be able to read it. A part of me just wants to rip it open!! But for your own book, it's sort of like hanging your first dollar on the wall. It's a trophy. A badge. A deserving item to preserve. And maybe to give to your mom.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Farlaine the Goblin Holiday Gift Set!

Just listed something new on the website...The Farlaine Holiday Gift Set!

Includes copies of Farlaine the Goblin #1, 2, 3 AND a hand-made crocheted stuffed Farlaine! The books can be inscribed or signed.

Only available until December 20th! Limited Supply!


Read more and order here:
http://www.farlaine.com/p/buy-more-copies.html



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Book 2 Out Today!

The Saltlands!

Book 2 of Farlaine the Goblin hits store shelves today!


This is what it looks like on the shelf, next to awesomeness.





Go buy it!

If your local shop doesn't have it, beg them for it!

Or buy it from us:)



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Post-New York Comic Con Wrapup!


Well, after doing conventions in Boston, Baltimore, and now the 4-day New York finale, I'm tired and our convention season is over:) It's time to get back to work on the next books.

Not sure yet what the next appearances may be


NYCC Notes:





It was a very hectic and crazy time, but also very good! I ended up selling more than 150 books over the 4 days, the majority of which were to people that hadn't heard of it.



For anyone that hasn't been to the NYCC, I'd highly encourage it. It's an amazing zoo of oddity and awesomeness and crazy cool people..


Some of the more surreal experiences for me:

- A couple of guys came by the booth and bought 4 copies of the first printing - this is the book that was sent out as review copies to stores over the summer, and which were for sale at Boston and Baltimore.

I only have a handful of these left. They paid me $40/each for them. Then a half hour later they returned with an authentication guy from CGC to watch as I signed them! So they're now going to be sealed in plastic cases and graded. Too weird!

- One guy came up on Sunday gushing about how excited he was that I was there since he couldn't find the book anywhere else. He was seriously all smiles:)

- One sweet girl came by asking me to draw in her sketchbook. So cool!

- My favorite was one girl came by on Friday I think(the days blend), liked the look of the book but didn't have any money, so I gave her a free copy and asked her to read it and let me know what she thought of it. She came back Sunday and said she liked it, then gave me money for the free copy and bought a copy of #2! Then she waved at me later as she walked by. It was so cool!!
 

- On Sunday a guy came by and was looking at my book. He asked if I'd trade? I said sure, and he started pulling out wands. How cool is this?? So I got a squid wand in trade for copies of book 1 & 2 plus a drawing of Farlaine. Score!


I also got a Totoro for myself, a limited Rancor ornament for my dogsitting friends, & a couple of gift Herobears






DON'T FORGET! Still time for people to order "Farlaine the Goblin: Book #3:  The Racelands" through Previews.

Book 2 comes out in stores October 30th!

Book 3 comes out December 11th!





Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A sold out first issue, a bunch of reviews, and the New York Comic Con!

So the book came out last week and seems to have done pretty darn well! I found it at 3 different local Newbury Comic shops, including downtown Boston, which is about as cool as could be in my mind.

Reports are coming in of the book being sold out in many locations and tough to find, with some crazy people already buying them on eBay for as much as $30-40!


A quick reminder that Farlaine the Goblin will be set up at the New York Comic Con next week, 8 days away, in booth 1261 in the Small Press area. We'll have copies of Books 1, 2, and a super sneak peek of 3! We'll also have 11x17 prints and even exclusive mini-prints!

Here's where to find us:
http://nycc13.mapyourshow.com/5_0/floorplan_link.cfm?show_id=nycc13&exhid=392275&booth=1261



And finally, a bunch of different reviews started popping up after the release:

Podcast Review on positivelynerdy.com.
These guys do two reviews per month and target 13 total comics - including Farlaine the Goblin #1! This is pretty cool since the other books included are things like Saga, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Mouse Guard, and Star Trek...so great company!
The Farlaine comments start around 5:45 minutes and last until 9:10. You can listen to the review here:
http://positivelynerdy.com/?p=1561


Podcast Review from Burnt Weiners - and they really seemed to like it! "Super charming", "Very, very awesome", "Great little comic"They talk about the book around 32:25 - 38:00
http://www.burntweiners.com/2013/09/29/burnt-weiners-episode-178-farlaine-the-goblin-ocean-master-bane/


Destroy the Cyborg - Very positive review! Seemed to really enjoy it!!
http://www.destroythecyb.org/farlaine-the-goblin-a-fairy-tale-about-finding-your-forest-book-1-13012.htm


Comic Geek Speak: 1:08:15 - 1:15:30
http://www.comicgeekspeak.com/episodes/comic_geek_speak-1741.php


A fun "package opening" video by Jerry Copeland from copies we sent him:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOYUa0J70vo


And finally, our Official Press Release:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/9/prweb10949163.htm

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Farlaine the Goblin #1 - In Stores Today!!

OK, today is the day Farlaine the Goblin #1 finally hits store shelves!! 

There were more than 1300 copies ordered so there's a good chance it should be available at a large variety of comic book shops around the country, as well as a bunch overseas. I can't speak for interplanetary, but we did send free copies to Jupiter Two and Betelgeuse, so there is a chance they'll be available if you live out there a ways, but no guarantees(expensive shipping).

Luckily, for anyone that can't find a copy near them, you can order it direct through the website! We'll even sign it and doodle in it for you!

We've had some good word of mouth and plenty of people looking forward to the book, so hopefully people are happy with the final product!

And most importantly, if you buy the book and like it, tell you your local comic shop! Ask them to order the next books!

If you don't, they won't, and everyone ends up sad!

Book 2 will be on stands October 30th and Book 3 will be out December 11th!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Farlaine the Goblin is coming...SEPTEMBER 25TH!

OK, heading into the final lap on Farlaine the Goblin #1 finally hitting the streets next week on September 25th, 2013!!

I know there is a huge, endless mass of people anxiously awaiting the book...all four of you...but you'll need to wait patiently! The book is successfully with the distributor now, and unless they too have a fire, the book should finally get out there soon. (Highly recommend people to form Harry Potter-like lines awaiting it's imminent release).

Book 2 is scheduled to follow it seemingly quickly, hitting stands either October 23rd or October 30th(depending on printer shipping dates).

Book 3 is scheduled to trickle along in early December.

That's the main comic stuff at least.



In other Farlaine news we were set up at the Baltimore Comic Con last weekend and it was another positive convention. We sold about the same # of books as we did at Boston, but again, to a new group of people who hadn't even heard of the book before! I take that as a good sign.


I also did a convention drawing for someone, which was fun  > >


Finally, we will also be set up at the New York Comic Con as well, October 10-13. We will be set up in the Small Press Area, in sight of Marvel Comics(assuming their setup is bigger than ours).

Friday, September 6, 2013

Reviews, Conventions, and Reprints, oh my!

A handful of interesting things worth mentioning this week in the world of Farlaine news!

First - Farlaine the Goblin will be set up at the Baltimore Comic Con THIS weekend, September 7-8 in booth A143.

Second - Mega awesome Farlaine review came out today: http://comicbastards.com/review-farlaine-the-goblin-book-1-the-tinklands/

We also got a cool little mention in a YouTube video today from Hoknes Comics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlEDfUYixSk

And somehow we showed up as #51 on TFAW's "hotness" list, ahead of such unknowns as Walking Dead and Atomic Robo. Clearly some people find goblins hot: http://www.tfaw.com/Pre-Orders/Comics

And Third - Finally got in copies of the "Fire Printing" reprint of Book #1 that was destroyed at the printer - and I'm happy to say that they came out even better than the original first printings! Yay silver lining from fire destruction! This edition is what will finally hit stands worldwide on September 25th!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Fire and a Delayed First Issue...

In the realm of 'News I Wasn't Expecting to Hear Today', I've been informed that due to a fire at the printer, all the copies of Book #1 in stock have been destroyed and we will miss the release date of September 4th.

We will be doing a reprint and will have the books on shelves September 25th!!


Obviously, this stinks.


It upsets a lot of the marketing plans in the works and makes the Baltimore Comic Con a lot less cool of a stop! But oh well. These things happen and there's nothing we can do about them.


Apologies to anyone anxiously awaiting the release.

For anyone who already has a copy, can you say 'collector's item'? :)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ain't It Cool News Review!

Today Ain't It Cool News posted a cool review of the first issue of Farlaine the Goblin:

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/63687

It's a decent review, honest and fair, with lots of positive stuff to say mixed in with some of the expected "slow start" kind of talk. After all, the first book is very much intended as that! Chapter 1 of a 7 issue story people.

But it's still a good review that encourages people to read it, so what more could I ask??

Hope you enjoy it!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Book #1 orders come in!

OK, so today I finally got back my order numbers for Farlaine the Goblin #1.

They came in at 1,344 copies.

I'm not sure how to feel about this.

On the one hand, my original expectations were lower than that, figuring a minimum of 700 and ideally 1000, which makes 1,344 seem downright spectacular!

On the other hand, my original expectations were based on 2 year old sales data that showed a comic crawling in at the bottom of the charts would sell about 700 copies. Using present day figures it looks like the numbers would be more like 2,400, hence why I'm not sure how to feel about this.

What makes this doubly frustrating was that some of my marketing efforts were lost in the shuffle of paperwork. The book was supposed to be listed as 'Buy 5, Get 1 Free' and to 'Overship', which in effect meant that some stores would have received additional copies beyond what they ordered. It appears neither of these actually happened, which certainly would have improved numbers. Oh well.

On the positive side though, I sent off 300 free copies to retailers in advance, sold 60+ last weekend at the Boston Comic Con, and when combined with the books I sent off to family, friends, reviewers, and random strangers, that means there will be ~2000 copies of the book in circulation by September.

So it's not all bad:)


Now to try to improve on those numbers!