Time to remind you the infamous Strangers In Paradise Omnibus is being reprinted and shipping in early November—wow, that’s not that far off—and you can preorder yours now to get the exclusive print. This is the deluxe hardcover box set that includes two 1100 page books containing every page I made for SiP from 1993 to the series conclusion in 2007. This includes the off-shoot stories like the Xena parody, Molly & Poo, Freddie’s super-hero dream issue, Francine & Katchoo shopping at the mall… just lots of fun outtake stuff that was made over the years. It’s all in there. Some of it is in color because I decided black and white characters dream in color. You get to do things like that when you’re an indy cartoonist and don’t have to talk your editor into it. 😉
I have to tell you, for sure this is the only reprint we’ll ever make. The cost is too scary big for an indy pub. But the first printing sold out within a month in 2009 and people have been asking for it ever since so this reprint was important to us. The new edition is identical to the original except for one identifying tell: the red ONE and TWO and COVER GALLERY on the covers has been changed to blue. That’s it. The rest is the same. If you missed out on the first printing, this is your chance. Don’t miss it twice!
September already?! Okay, if you say so. Wow! We still have a lot of days to go before we’re done with this year and here’s what I have lined up for you.
My cons for the rest of 2019:
My books for the rest of 2019:
9/18 Five Years #4
10/23 Five Years #5
11/27 Five Years #6
December: Five Years TPB #1: Fire In The Sky
San Diego ComicCon 2019 has come and gone. We had a great show thanks to Robyn’s careful planning and the immeasurable help of our teammates, Fernando and Mike. The four of us are like a band now, and that’s a good feeling. So my hat’s off to my Abstract Studio band and here’s hoping we have many more adventures to come.
Some changes this year in the show:
The DC booth was gone. It was always across the aisle from us, a large pavillion that fans strolled through and met their favorite creators. I heard that it was moved to the WB booth on the other side of the room but I never got a chance to go see it. We share our endcap space with Cartoon Books and the new setup placed Scholastic, who publishes Bone, across the aisle from us. So I thought the new layout was good for both of them.
The crowd was noticeably lighter during the week, inside the halls and out on the streets. Everybody noticed it. There were fewer Hollywood promotions that usually canvas tha area, like the elevators in the Omni were not wallpapered with some hot show imagery, and that’s been the case for a number of years in a row. I really didn’t see it pick up until Saturday and Sunday, then it was the usual shoulder to shoulder crowd.
Even with the lighter crowd, we had a good show. I sold a lot of sketches and books. We did something new where I would record a timelapse video of drawing a sketch then post it on Twitter. The first person to come to the booth and ask specifically for that sketch got it for $100. I did one of these in the morning signing stint and another in the afternoon. I think people enjoyed it but it drove a few folks crazy who saw the tweets but weren’t at the show. If a sketch wasn’t claimed the same day, I raised the price to $1,000,000. Unless you asked for it by name. All told, I sold maybe 8 of these and several were discounted from millions to the promised $100. It really pays to be in the know at these shows. Follow those Twitter updates.
So we’re back home now and FIVE YEARS #3 comes out next week. I’ve been off the book for 2 weeks dealing with SDCC and now I have to make up for that so I’ll be drawing like a honey badger! Thanks to everybody who came to see our band at SDCC. We’ll see you again next year!
Here’s one of the timelapse sketches: Timelapse Sketch Vid