Saturday, March 25, 2017

Convention Appearances for 2017

Convention season is about to get underway, so on the off chance people were saving up rotten fruit to pelt me with, here's my list of potential appearances for 2017! A few are awaiting acceptance still, but this is the potential list schedule if everything came through.
  • August 11-13 - Boston Comic Con (sent in application and check, awaiting confirmation)  
  • September 22-24, 2017 - Baltimore Comic Con (still deciding)  
  • October 21-22 - MICE(Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) (applied, seems 50/50 acceptance)  
  • September 28 - October 1 - Cartoon Crossroads Columbus(applied, but not expecting to get in)  
  • October 5-8 - New York Comic Con (applied, but not expecting to get in)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Book 5 is in Previews! Book 6 is written and being drawn!

OK, I'll admit it, I'm horrible at updating the website!

Between the website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Kickstarter there are a lot of things to do that take away from the actual producing of a book! And being a one person(and one pug) act, there's only so much time and lots to do!

But enough with the excuses - this is an exciting update!!

Why, you ask?

Because Farlaine the Goblin ~ Book 5: The Vaultlands is solicited in the March issue of Previews!

I have a spiffy ad on page 407 that makes mention of the coolest part of this book too - I have a variant cover by epic-cover-god and iconic-hat-wearer Skottie Young!!

This took me 3 years of bribing and cajoling to get, so hopefully it helps sell a couple of extra books(it's mixed in at a 1:3 ratio with my cover, so it should be easily attainable for Skottie's fans!).

Check out the awesome job he did and the equally wonderful coloring by Jean-Francois Beaulieu:

So please please please, if you dig the series and want to support it, contact your local comic shop and ask them to order it for you! The Diamond Code is MAR172021 and every issue helps!

I'm also hard at work on Book 6: The Winglands! I wrote the script in January and started drawing it mid-February. I'm inking page 5 right now and hope to keep this book a little shorter than the last, maybe around 35 pages. So far so good!

Here are a couple of fun images from the new book:

OK, now back to the drawing board(literally!).

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Book 5: The Vaultlands is complete!!

Howdy gang!
OK, I'm a bit late on this update, but it's because I was determined to finish Book 5 before writing again, and I'm happy to say it's finally done!   
44 pages before editing, so it came out a bit longer than I'd expected. I'm working on getting it into InDesign today and then printing off and reading a copy with first-time eyes to see how bad it is. I expect much editing will still be needed(like all the previous books), but at this point it shouldn't slow down the release of the book!

Book 5! 44 Pages of Farlaine!
Book 5! 44 Pages of Farlaine!
So here's the plan going forward...
I'm working on the cover right now, trying to come up with the right layout and design, then I'll draw it. I hope to finish it and get it off to the colorist so I can make the mid-January distributor cutoff date. If I do, then it would appear in their Previews catalog in March and hit stores in May. Horribly long lag, I know, but it's also why I wanted to have the book done before I started. 
My hope from here is that I will solicit Book 6 and 7 before they're complete, so ideally the books all come out in 2017. Sorry I wasn't faster, but I didn't want to rush something subpar out!
Once the cover is done, I'm jumping right into writing Book 6 over the holiday. I'm not yet sure if I'll write just 6 or 6-7 together to make sure all the loose ends tie up, but the idea will be to hammer the script into shape. I may have rushed the script on Book 5 a little to get to the drawing stage, which meant I ended up drawing scenes I may have cut with more time writing. So we'll see, but the idea is I'm in editing and writing mode for the next 6 weeks:)

Book 5! An inch thick of inked pages!
Book 5! An inch thick of inked pages!
So that's where I'm at! 44 pages done, 2 books to go. Money is running lower, but I have a plethora of duplicate organs that I expect should be easy to sell, so no worries, Books 6-7 are coming!!
I'm hoping Book 6 comes in a bit shorter, maybe a 30-35 page yarn, but book 7 I honestly don't know what to expect. It could be 35 or 55, I'm not sure! 

"Is that a typo I see two paragraphs up?"

PS - I stole this post mostly from my Kickstarter:)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Book 5 - Nearing Completion! MICE!

Wow, where does the time go! I kept meaning to post a blog update but lost track of time, so apologies about that!

Before I forget, I got a late invite to MICE, the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo in Cambridge October 29-30! This is a show I've always wanted to go to since it seems ideal - indie self-published comics only! Sorta like a smaller version of APE(Alternative Press Expo) or SPX(Small Press Expo), but within driving distance!! So please swing on by and say hi if you're in the area!

With family time and conventions behind me, September and October have been prime drawing time! I'm trucking along nicely and up to page 32 into Book 5, with another 10-12 to go. The climax of the issue is ahead of me so I'm hoping it means I'll be giddy and draw faster...but honestly I half expect instead I'll just stuff a lot more detail in:)

As soon as that's done I'll need to draw the cover, send that off to the colorist, and then start writing Book 6!

The original plan for my year off was to release the books as soon as they were done, but a part of me is now questioning whether I may do better getting a bit further into Book 6 so I don't leave too big of a gap between the final issues. You see, they sorta run together a little more than the previous books, so I don't want to leave readers hanging too badly:)

Book 6 I'm hoping will be a little shorter than the last two books. I was getting a bit indulgent in my writing and world building and tried to stuff a lot of things into Books 4-5, but I think Book 6 will be closer to the 30-40 page range. Book 7 clue how long that'll be!

Getting back to Book 5 though, one interesting thing I find funny is the extreme difference of working on a comic in your living room vs a typical office job. Your life formats very differently I find, and you don't even realize some of the strange office habits you establish. It makes it strange to change that rhythm sometimes(at least for me).

When I drew Books 1-3 I had had time to settle into whatever schedule worked, which eventually morphed into a strangeness of working until 4-6am every day and then going to bed. Somehow I've always been more productive late at night. When I went back to a desk job my body never really liked it, and I was constantly exhausted no matter what time I went to bed and would find my creative spark igniting just as I went to bed most nights.

I'd expected that when I went back to full time comic work I'd happily slip back into that schedule of staying up until 4-6am every day...but sadly I haven't. I'm still generally up until 2-4am, but those last two hours have eluded me. Maybe this is age catching up! I still find it interesting though. I expect over time I'll shift later and later, just in time for running out of money and having to go back to an office job:)

But for now, things are happily moving along on Farlaine and all the folks who have patiently been waiting for the next book should have one on the horizon! And then two more! Exciting times are afoot in the land of Farlaine...

To tide you over, here are a few more in-progress tidbits from Book 5: The Vaultlands!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Convention Season/Family Time

The last month has been a nice trucking along on Book 5, doing some big rewrites of the script as I progress through the drawing. I had some new character designs that took some time to figure out and some new locations and plot points that needed hammering and polishing, but at this point things are looking pretty good. Book 5 should clock in around 40-45 pages long and I'm targeting the end of September to be done.

Part of the reason for the later September date is that the month of August is being largely lost to unproductive time. I had two conventions to deal with, the Boston Comic Con that was this past weekend(and awesome as usual!) and then the Baltimore Comic Con coming up September 2-4. Wedged in between them is a family vacation where I can't bring my drawing table so I'll be reduced to pencils and layouts for a bit.

I'll also be at the Hartford Comic Con September 24-25, which will be the end of my convention season for 2016. I'm hoping to hit more shows in 2017 as I get closer to the end of the series:)

I need to finish some inking before I leave for vacation later today, so I'll leave you with a couple of pages from Book 5 to wonder about:)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Heroes Con, Book 5, Boston Comic Con

The last month was the start of Book 5!

The first 6 pages are inked and scanned in and I'm burning through pages 7-9 as I type( I work in bundles). It's a bit slower of a start than I'd hoped but solid nonetheless! Hopefully over July I crank through a lot of pages.

In other news Heroes Con was this past month in Charlotte, NC. I'd never been and heard good things. It was a solid show and certainly worth going back to, and there was some tasty food too:) Not sure it can be an annual trip because of the expense, but could be fun to do alternate years!

The Boston Comic Con is coming up August 12-14, my next likely destination. That's my local show so I should have comics, trade, prints, and all the other goodies.

OK, short but sweet update so I can get back to work inking and drawing. Here are a couple of shots of some of the new stuff being worked on for Book 5:)

Friday, June 3, 2016

Book 5 Begins...

It's been an exciting and busy last month and a half !

The Kickstarter did wonderfully, raising $12,000 towards printing the final books and getting them in front of people! Thanks to everyone who helped out and supported the series; I really hope you enjoy what comes out of the final books:)

Since then I've been working on sending out the early rewards I promised people and finishing up the day job, which I've now been free from for a couple of weeks. It's amazing how set in that routine you can be, so it's taking some time to transition into a more productive schedule. So far so good though!

I'm trucking along on the script for Book 5 right now and hoping to have the first solid draft done soon. Luckily the beginning is mostly set so I'm able to start drawing while I work out the later kinks of the story. There are definitely some fun and interesting ideas in this book, so hopefully people enjoy it!

I also got in hand just this week the alternate cover painted by Larry MacDougall and let me tell you - it's spectacular!!! I'm not sure yet what book this will be used on but when it does it's gonna look amazing!!

Oh, I'm also going to be at Heroes Con in Charlotte June 17-19! First visit to this convention that I've only heard amazing things about and can't wait for!!

OK, back to work on that script now...

Monday, April 18, 2016

Farlaine the Goblin - Year off to finish the series! Kickstarter Now Live!

OK, so there's some big news!

I've decided to take another year off from the day job to finish the series! Books 5-7 are coming over the next 12 months!

I've saved up enough to do it if I live cheap and focus. Three stories to tell, and a year to do it. Should be a fun year:)

To help start with, I'm launching a Kickstarter to raise some funds to cover printing costs.

Launched today, April 18th, 2016, and runs for a month. 

Lots of great unique rewards like original pages of art, stuffed Farlaine dolls, first printings of Book 1, and more! Loads of great choices to support the book.

I'm finishing the series even if nobody supports the KS...but it sure would be nice if I could presell some of the books to cover the costs:)

 Thanks a heap everyone!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What I've been up to for the last 3 months...

Wow, it sure has been a long time since I updated the site! Sorry about that! I'd meant to a few times and either got distracted with something else or posted to Facebook instead. Oops!

Quick catchup time...

I spent much of the fall dealing with the release of Farlaine the Goblin ~ Book 4: The Twistlands. With juggling a day job it takes longer than expected to deal with the legwork. I hit a few conventions, sent tons of copies off to be reviewed, and tried my best to get Farlaine in front of as many eyes as I could. In the end there were more reviews for Book 4 than any of the others, and it was positive across the board with a few really great ones. My favorite might have been Graphic Policy who said "Farlaine The Goblin #4 is, in all honesty, and without any exaggeration, probably the best comic I’ve read all week.". Woohoo! A few of the others were equally glowing, and all are linked from the Reviews & Press section of the site!

In November/December I decided to try Amazon marketing to help move the book, which led into some great directions and a lot of books moved. I then got it into my head that I really needed more of Farlaine on Amazon, so I spent a few weeks setting things up, making digital versions, and getting that side of things up. So as of 2016, ALL of Farlaine is on Amazon! You can order any of the 4 single books or the TPB, all in print or on Kindle! We even put Farlaine in the Kindle Unlimited bucket, so anyone that's already got that can read Farlaine for free:)

The last month has been spent on a fun little side project with someone who wanted to pitch Farlaine as an animated series. We needed to put together a show bible, so a lot of time was spent on getting that set, boiling down the plot, digging into the backstory, adding some new characters and drawings, and hammering out some of the future plot wrinkles that hadn't been put down on paper yet. It seems a longshot for anything to come of it, but why not try?

And now, finally, in February, I can begin to move on to Book 5!  Since Books 5-7 tie into each other a bit more than the others I wanted to get everything else out of the way before I dive in, and then hope to produce them one after the other. I've been gathering ideas and thoughts for a while now so it's about time to sit down and write it all out:) Wish me luck...

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Farlaine the Goblin ~ Book 4: The Twistlands is out now!

OK, it's been a weird week, but here's the deal - the distributor split the book between hitting stores on September 23rd or September 30th. So in some places Farlaine In The Twistlands is out and on stands. In other places it will be out this coming Wednesday.

Apologies to everyone who's as confused as I am:)

But, since it is already released in some places, that means we're going to start selling it through now! Just head over to Buy The Comic at the top of the page.

Farlaine the Goblin ~ Book 4: The Twistlands 
$5 - 56 pages - All Awesome!

Gorgeous alternate felt cover by Charles Paul Wilson III is also available! 

"The most amazing alternate cover ever made." - Everyone Who Touches It

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Twistlands hits stores in 11 days! NYCC October 8-11!

The last two months has been full of all the 'other parts' of doing a self published comic while having a day job.

Getting the books printed, dealing with complications and tweaks to files, changing inks to get the blacks to look better, sending the book off to reviewers, trying to find new reviewers, and all of the marketing prep and misc stuff you need to do.

The New York Comic Con is also right around the corner and there'a s lot of prep work needed for that, so there's a fun overlap. It's expensive to go to NY, but you can make it back easily. I went 2 years ago when I only had Book 1 and 2 and came out ahead, which was good for NY being my 3rd ever show:)

I skipped last year, but figured the timing with Book 4 was too perfect not to come back. I got a nicer outside corner that should get a good amount of traffic. Got a nice new 7'x7' banner, new t-shirts, little backpacks, and there will be Books 1, 2, 3, 4, TPB, and the alternate cover 4 by Charles Paul Wilson iii. A lot more stuff to offset costs and introduce more people to the book!

And now that I finished ordering gear and getting things en route for the show, reviews and press are starting to roll in for Book 4: The Twistlands!

Here are the first 3. I'll post more in the Reviews & Press section as they appear!

Graphic Policy: "Farlaine The Goblin #4 is, in all honesty, and without any exaggeration, probably the best comic I’ve read all week."

The Pullbox: "This is a must have for readers of all ages!!!"

Positively Nerdy Podcast: Starting 3:40 in:

The book hits store shelves September 30th worldwide! If you can't find it at your local comic shop you'll be able to order it through!

I'm also going to be set up at the New York Comic Con this year in Small Press at Table 1341! Swing on by!

Oh, and on a final note, the physical books arrived yesterday. They came out AMAZING.

My cover was a bit darker, but it really pulls the eye into the inner drawing and helps set the mood.

Charles' cover was amazing. Off the charts amazing. I got a felt paper used on this that wasn't glossed over or anything, so it's all tough and starchy. Combined with the painting Charles did and the texture of the paper, this looks and feels like one of the coolest alternate covers ever. Very 90s. Anyone who ordered 3 copies of this book is gonna smile when they see and feel how cool this is.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Book 4: The Twistlands - Available for Pre-Order!!

OK! This is it!
Book 4: The Twistlands, is finally available for pre-order! 
This is when it matters the most, when the orders roll into the distributor!
If you like Farlaine the Goblin then please pre-order a copy or five! Give them away to random people if need be!!
You can pre-order it at your local comic shop or online at places like Midtown Comics, which has it discounted to $3.25/book, so with shipping only $3, you end up paying $6.25 delivered for a $5 book!

Farlaine the Goblin - Book 4: The Twistlands
Diamond Code: JUL151594
ISBN: 978-0-989-00584-5
Street Date: September 30th

Here's the regular cover art by myself, with gorgeous color added by the great Jean-Francois Beaulieu

And here is the very cool and amazing alternate cover, done by the great and powerful Charles Paul Wilson III! He'll be on a third of the covers, so you *should* be able to order 3 copies and get the CPW3 variant cover, but confirm it with the store/site - I can't control if they snag them because of how awesome it is!!

Thanks again to everyone who likes the books and orders it! 

Thank you!! I hope you enjoy it:)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Final Stretch of Book 4

Long story short, Book 4 has taken a while, but the end is in sight!

When I first started the series I drew for 9 months straight, treating it more than a full time job, living off unemployment and savings. I produced books 1-3 in that time and got in a rhythm. Then I ran out of money and had to get a job again.

Book 4 has taken 17 months.

A combination of reasons behind this, mostly not finding enough time to devote to the book. Some weeks I'd get less than a page done. Tough to finish a 50+ page book at that rate!

So it has taken a long time, but it is almost done, and the urgency is on since it'll appear in Previews by the end of this month!

I have 8 pages left to draw, and my goal is to be finished by the end of the 4th of July weekend. It will have been listed in Previews for almost 2 weeks at that point. I'll have a few weeks to polish it before it'll go to the printer in early August, hitting store shelves sometime in September.

Oh, and if I hadn't mentioned, it's got an alternate cover by Charles Paul Wilson III. It's gonna rock.

I have the Boston Comic Con coming up July 31- August 2, and will then be at a small press table at the New York Comic Con October 8-11.

Then I'll need to start writing #5!

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Joke That is Comixology

Yup, I found Comixology to be a complete and utter joke.

At least for self-publishers looking to it as a revenue source(excluding superstar SPs like Jeff Smith and Terry Moore).

Let me backtrack a little...

I held off on going digital for a long time. Farlaine the Goblin was meant to be held and seen large and flipped through. It was meant to be read in print.

Going digital provided one large draw - availability. No longer were there shipping costs or printing costs. You were never out of stock. People around the world could find and read the book easily.

But there is also the reality that as soon as you go digital your work will be stolen and spread. People will be able to get it for free. It is a guarantee. People will always be too lazy to scan the printed book, but if they can download a torrent of the PDF and repost it in 30 seconds? Of course people will do it.

So I gave the idea of going digital a lot of thought, and after two years, I finally decided to do it. The potential growth of my audience, both to digital readers and overseas, seemed a fair trade-off.

But the idea was still that you’d expect it to sell.

That you'd expect in exchange for worldwide piracy you'd sell a bunch of copies. You’re already discounting it dramatically($4.99) from the printed version($13), so you’d think the people who'd heard about it would give it a try. Even impulse buy it to read later.

Well, don’t look to Comixology for that.

My book first hit their site on January 28, 2015 via Comixology Submit.

Within 10 minutes of going live it was appearing on torrent sites.

Yes, that quickly.

A lot faster than I would have thought. I rolled my eyes at how little protection they offered, and their empty claim to "inhibit unauthorized distribution of your book".

But I still hoped that the piracy was a good sign. That it meant people were buying the book on the first day. Having no experience with Comixology and their sales numbers always unpublished, I had no idea how many copies were likely to sell in a day or month.

And this is where Comixology fell to utter-garbage.

Although my book went on sale in January, it was a complete blackout of information until mid-May. They tell you nothing. Silence. I could have sold ten copies that first day or a thousand and I wouldn't have known.

This made me a little suspect about the honor of the company. This is a website. Everything is stored and easily accessible in a database. There is no reason not to let publishers see how their sales are doing. To tie marketing strategies to results. Even a weekly or monthly number would be helpful, but honestly, there's no excuse not to have it live and instantaneous.

Yet they don’t. It’s a complete secret. You need to wait until May to find out how you did. Four months of silence.

And what makes this troubling is that there is no “digital inventory”. No way of knowing anything beyond what Comixology wants to tell me. For all I know maybe the book sold 50 copies on its first day and Comixology lost the data in a power failure. Or maybe they deflate sales numbers and play accounting games.

The point is, there's no visibility...and I think it's pretty clear why - they don't want you to know how weak the numbers are.

After four months of silence I finally heard from them last week. Before I opened the email I wrote down some numbers. What I was expecting and thought I’d be happy with.

I knew how many copies my books sold through Diamond. I knew how many I sold at a convention. I knew how many I sold on my website.
This was four months of sales, a $5 price tag, worldwide digital, wide-screen friendly, and posted on Comixology, the biggest digital comics publisher out there, owned by the mighty Amazon.

My breakdown:
< 25: Complete waste. Don't put anything else on there. You gave my book away for free. Butthusks.
25-50: Still a waste, but maybe post the other TPBs eventually. People read it at least.
50-100: Worth putting up single issues, starting with Book 4.
100-200: Pretty cool. Worth doing.
200+: Awesome! I love digital!

Want to guess how this turned out?

It sold 5 copies. 5.

I got a direct deposit of $11.85. Not even the retail of one physical book. Not even worth the time to put together the PDF and submission.

To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. This is a joke.

At this point the damage is done, so it'll stay up. We'll see how sales of the digital TPB goes after Book 4 appears in Previews. Maybe that will trigger some orders. But I doubt I'll be putting Book 4 up on Comixology anytime soon.

And I do need to leave a little bit of hope here - that there will be a longterm impact on growing the audience not measured in sales; that the free books were read and enjoyed. Maybe hundreds or thousands of times.

Or maybe 5.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Anyone who's chatted with me knows I wasn't a huge fan of putting Farlaine in the digital realm. There's something about paper that I find to be so much bigger and crisper and better to read.

But that's my opinion, and I realized I should really embrace anyone who wants to read Farlaine, no matter the format!

So in that vein, Farlaine the Goblin is finally on Comixology starting today!

If you like digital comics(or their cheaper prices), go buy yourself a copy of the first trade for a bargain basement price of $4.99

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Book 4 is inching closer...

OK, it's been ages since I posted and time somehow got away from me. Apologies!

During August and September I did the Boston and Baltimore Comic Cons, both very fun shows with tons of cool fans and guests! I tried and tried to get into the New York convention, but was shot down on the waiting list up until the day before. Just not well known enough to win a table. Oh well.

Farlaine is chugging along on Book 4 still. It's a longer book than any of the others and things are sadly slower working around the day job. I hope to be finished in early 2015, at which time I'll solicit it through Diamond - so probably April-June for a release date?

Sorry for the wait, but I'm trying to do the story right, around a job distracting me.

I also find I go through surges. I'll create 5 pages of layouts and prelims one weekend, and then ink through all of them in a week and a half, feeling full-time productive.

Then I'll fall out of the groove, things don't line up the same, and suddenly it's a month later and I've only gotten 2 pages done when i expected to have 6.

I'm not a machine. I can't just sit down and work for an hour and pick it up later. Sometimes I can, but not as a habit.

The point with all these excuses being to explain why Book 4 isn't out yet. I'm still working on it:)

I had hoped to solicit it in December for an April release but didn't have a cover done, which is needed, so I'm trucking along on the interiors while keeping ideas going for covers. Then hopefully one of these days I'll fit that in. Once the cover is done and colored I'll solicit the book.

On the positive side of things, this was one of the bigger humps. Books 4-5 were the unknowns...the ones that needed to be built out more...whereas Books 6-7 were mostly in place, the rough concepts already hashed out.

So one of the tough ones is almost done!

Monday, August 18, 2014


The first trade paperback of Farlaine the Goblin, Books 1-3 hits comic shop shelves in 2 weeks and just popped up for pre-order on Amazon for $10!

So if you're an Amazon Prime couch buyer you no longer have an excuse not to pick up the book!