What's this book about?
Farlaine the Goblin, along with his magical tree Ehrenwort, have spent years searching the very many Oddlands of Wug for a forest to call his own. He only has 10 lands left.
How is Farlaine pronounced?
Far-Lin. It rhymes with goblin.
How long is the series?
The series is 7 books.
How many books are out?
The first three books come out in the fall of 2013.
When will books 4-7 be out?
The plan is to have books 4 done for 2015, Book 5 for 2016, and Books 6-7 for 2017. I have a day job.
Is the book kid friendly?
Yes! It's a very kid friendly series, no serious violence, no blood, no nudity, no foul language. Very similar to things like Bone, Wizard of Oz, Donald Duck, Asterix, etc.
Is this a comic strip? Is it a webcomic?
Nope and nope. Farlaine the Goblin was created for printed comic books. There's no webcomic and there are no strips. It is simply a 2 tiered horizontal comic book.
Is there a digital version available? Can I buy this on Comixology?
Yes! You can find the series on here: Farlaine the Goblin
PLEASE NOTE: I still believe this is a book meant to be held, not read on an iPad or smartphone, so while digital may be more convenient, it's still more enjoyable in print.
Who colors the covers?
The Amazing Jean-Francois Beaulieu - http://johnnybleuart.blogspot.com/
Why isn't the inside of the book in color?
Coloring is expensive.
Why is it sideways?
1) Farlaine and his tree are a wide pair. Putting them in a vertical comic would mean I'd often be breaking them apart, and they wouldn't like that.
2) I was inspired by Asterix and Donald Duck and the European 4-tier story albums. I simply cut those in half and printed it a little bigger.
Why is it anonymous?
I think the focus should be on Farlaine and his story.
Do you attend conventions?
We did Boston, Baltimore, and NY in 2013. We did C2E2, Boston, and Baltimore in 2014. We'll probably repeat some selection of these most years.
Do you sell the original art?
No. But I'll do drawings at conventions.
What were the print runs of the books?
The First Issue had an original print run of 1500 copies done in April 2013. That was our original estimate for how many books we would need.
Of those, 300 were sent to retailers as advance review copies. 400 were sent to Studio Farlaine to send off to family, friends, neighbors, bribe politicians, and to be brought to shows(Boston and Baltimore Conventions).
The remaining 800 copies were destroyed in late July due to a fire at the printer(mob hit?), the same week we got orders from Diamond for ~1350 copies.
Since we had no copies left in stock we had to do a full reprint and we took the opportunity to fix a few things off with the first printing - namely the margins, removing the page numbers, appeasing the mob, and the final page of the book, which now displays a B&W version of the cover.
The "Fire Printing", in effect the second printing, was for ~2000 copies and is what everyone that ordered the book or picked it up at their comic shop received. Those 2000 took care of Diamond's orders and left us with copies for conventions and website orders.
The Second Issue was printed twice - 1000 copies each time - both with the identical files, so in theory there should be no difference. 400 copies were sent off to retailers for review copies but arrived after the order deadline and missed their chance to influence things.
The Third Issue we tried to print early enough to have for the NYCC but missed on. This was a print run of 2300 that was intended to avoid having to do a second printing for a while. Book 3 was the first chance stores had to order Farlaine since book 1 hit the stands. They had to order books 1-2 blind. And with book 3 they finally got to order with the incentive Buy 5, Get 1 Free.
First Printing - April 2013: ~1500 copies printed (300 sent as review copies to shops, 400 to Studio Farlaine for shows, website orders, family, friends, reviewers, etc) (-800 destroyed by fire)
Fire Printing - August 2013: ~2000 copies printed (1350 solicited through Diamond, 250 Diamond reorders, 400 to Studio Farlaine)
First Printing - July 2013: ~1000 copies printed (400 sent as review copies to shops, 600 to Studio Farlaine)
First Printing(2nd Time using same files) - September 2013: ~1000 copies printed (865 solicited through Diamond, 135 to Studio Farlaine)
First Printing - October 2013: ~2300 copies printed (950 solicited through Diamond, remaining books to Studio Farlaine)
What is the "Fire Printing"?
The Fire Printing is basically the second printing of the book, but the first one the public saw. We did our first printing when we submitted to Diamond, and we left most of our books in inventory at the printer. When we got the order from Diamond, we found out there was a fire at the printer and they'd have to reprint them. Because we wanted to correct a few mistakes and make the first public viewing the best we could, we fixed some issues to make the book better, before they reprinted it and sent it to Diamond.
How can I tell the difference between the First Printing and the Fire Printing?
- Flip the book over and look at the dates for the upcoming issues. The First printing says September/October, whereas the Fire printing was updated to October/December.
- It also is indicated on the information page in the indicia.
- The First printing of the book had page numbers.
- The Fire printing has a B&W copy of the cover as the final page.
- The margins are much wider in the Fire printing.
I'm a teacher/librarian/avid-purchaser-of-large-quantities-of-books and am curious about bulk. Do you do bulk?
Yes! Contact us and let us know what you have in mind:)
Who/what are your inspirations?
Asterix by Albert Uderzo, Big in Japan by Seth Fisher, Amazing Spider-Man by Todd McFarlane/David Michelinie, Uncle Scrooge by Carl Barks and Don Rosa,
Red Nails by Barry-Windsor Smith, X-Factor by Whilce Portacio, Akira manga by Katsuhiro Otomo, Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind manga by Hayao Miyazaki, Lone Wolf & Cub by Kazuo Koike/Goseki Kojima, New Mutants/X-Force by Rob Liefeld, Bone by Jeff Smith, Winsor McCay, Norman Rockwell, Moebius/Giraud
Hayao Miyazaki's movies: Kiki's Delivery Service, Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky/Laputa, Spirited Away
Why does the cover to Book #3 seem faintly familiar to me?
The cover is an ode to one of the greatest racing photos ever - the famous Bob Coglianese photograph of Secretariat and jockey Ron Turcotte winning the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown:
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