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!


Sunday, August 4, 2013

The First Convention - Boston Comic Con - Plus, an interview with The Longbox Project!

So this past weekend was the Boston Comic Con! This convention was originally scheduled to happen in April, but was canceled last minute due to the bombings and rescheduled to August.

This was always intended to be the first public appearance of the book since I'm Boston-based, and this new date oddly worked out better for me with the book not being on stands until September. In a way, this turned out to be an advance copy weekend for anyone who found it.

And find it they did! We sold more than 60 copies of the book over the two days, which I'm told is pretty good for an unknown book. I was expecting to sell 20-30 if I was lucky!

And the overall response from people was wonderful, with plenty of kids and adults liking it!! I even had a couple of people that had found those early review copies come up and tell me how much they enjoyed reading it. A very cool and humbling experience.


And then for the cherry on top, a new interview popped up online! After Unleash The Fanboy did an amazing review of Farlaine, I was asked to do a little Q&A for The Longbox Project. They published it this weekend for anyone who's curious about the inner workings of making a goblin:

http://thelongboxproject.com/creator-blog/farlaine-goblin


OK, now I'm off to finish some convention wrap-up work and get back to work finalizing rewrites on issue #3!

And then getting ready for the Baltimore Comic Con in early September!!