SDCC 2019 Report

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

Five Years #2 and SDCC

Five Years issue 2 is out now and available at your local comic shop and on Comixology. This one finds us in freezing cold Russia with Rachel and Zoe and things go swimmingly. The first issue was Katchoo and Francine in Hawaii, second is Rachel and Zoe in Russia… the third issue opens on Tambi, Julie and Ivy (Echo) in Washington DC. This thing is global!

If you’ve read Five Years and like it, please help spread the word about the series. Online support is a powerful thing. The more people that read the books, the longer I can keep doing what I love most, making comics!

At the moment I am working on issue 3 and getting ready for SDCC, which means drawing sketches. We always take original art to sell at SDCC, and I also like to take pencil sketches that are more affordable than the inked story pages. Plus, they give me a chance to draw different ideas and that’s fun for me. 90% of the sketches are my characters, but there might be a few different things in there too, like this sketch of Red Riding Hood, rancher Katchoo and… something you probably shouldn’t be looking at.

Okay, so back to the drawing board. Follow me on @TerryMooreArt on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for daily news and new sketches.

Videos, finally

Something new up top:  we’ve added a video tab on the top of this home page. Click it to see new videos and timelapse captures of drawing and inking. Only four up at the moment but I’m looking forward to making more now that I have somewhere to put them.

Inking Five Years art

Inking Five Years art

SIP Hardcover Omnibus is back!

The Strangers in Paradise Omnibus began life as three hardcover books in a slipcase in 2009. The entire story was collected in two 1,024 page books while all the covers and assorted pinups were collected in a third book, the Cover Gallery. The print run was limited to 1250 copies and they all sold before most people even knew it existed. Before the year was over copies of this mythical unicorn were selling on eBay for way too much money. Ever since then the number one request we hear is from readers is to bring that hardcover back into print. So we have!

This is a new printing of the exact same book we issued in 2009. The only way to tell them apart will be the legal indicia inside, and the color of the book numbers on the spine was changed from red to blue. That’s it. Every page and image is identical to the original because it was just perfect. We’re very proud of this definitive edition and this is the book I recommend to read the series.

The SIP HC Omnibus ships in November, but I recommend you preorder your copy now to insure you get one. Ordering from us directly gets you some nice perks like signatures and an exclusive print, personal attention to your order, and those always priceless bragging rights as first on your block to have it. This book will be offered to retail stores after the preorders ship, but a wait-and-see approach isn’t advised for this 12 pound beast, it has a reputation. 😉

I’ll post more behind the scenes details soon. Meanwhile, to preorder your copy now, click this link.


SIP XXV trade paperbacks in store now!

Just a reminder the story of Strangers in Paradise XXV is complete and collected into two trade paperbacks that are now available on our store. Dare I say it… Highly Recommended! 🙂

Click HERE to order.