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Yesterday, I took a little five-hour road trip around the city of Columbus. I made a list of every comic book store listed in the Yellow Pages – eight in all – marked out my route on a map of the city, and drove out to each and every one of them to sell them copies of Punch-Up and Skottie Rocket, Gay Space Pirate.
As it turns out, two of the eight comic shops are no longer open. Three of the others don’t support or work on consignment with local comic book creators, and will totally look at you like you were a leper when you have the audacity to suggest that they carry a book that wasn’t listed in the Diamond Shipping Lists – or worse – one that was created by a local indie comic creator. (I won’t mention which shops because I’m a bigger man than that. *coughcoughComicTowncough*)
Anyway, I was able to sell three copies of both books – along with a complimentary Skottie Rocket poster – to a few local shops, so if you live on the west side of town, you can pick up copies of Punch-Up and Skottie Rocket, Gay Space Pirate at:
(I probably shouldn’t say anything yet, but I will be doing an in-store book signing at Dave’s Clubhouse sometime in the next month or two. We’re making plans for the signing now and it’s promising to be a pretty fun time. I’ll post more on the signing as decisions are made, so stay tuned for more details.)
Don’t forget, this Saturday, May 1st is the most wonderful day of the year: Free Comic Book Day! Unfortunately, I didn’t plan ahead and have to work this Saturday, so I won’t be able to take park in any in-store promotions. But you should definitely head out to Packrat Comics, The Laughing Ogre, Dave’s Clubhouse, or Comic Heaven and pick up some free comics! (Don’t be greedy! Support your local comic shop and buy some non-free comics, too!) While you’re there, why not pick up your own copy of Punch-Up and Skottie Rocket, Gay Space Pirate?
Pimpin’ actually is pretty easy,
…has a pretty amazing show going on right now at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH.
I’m thinking about heading down there to check it out this Sunday. Anybody want to go with?
I meant to post this before S.P.A.C.E., but I only received and printed the poster the night before the convention.
This poster was drawn by the Amazing David Brame and sold at the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo. If you didn’t get a chance to buy one at the con, we still have some left over. Let me know if you’d like to purchase one and I’ll send a copy your way.
Hope ya dig.
As those who read the blog — or are constantly bombarded with my Twitter and Facebook update — know, I’ve written a couple of comics (Punch-Up and Skottie Rocket, Gay Space Pirate) and I’ll be debuting both of those books this weekend at S.P.A.C.E. this weekend in Columbus, OH.
Well, I have a special treat for my friends in Cleveland who might not be able to make it to the convention.
I’ve been buying my comics at Comic Heaven for the last fifteen years! They’re a great group of guys over there and the owner, Jim, is a good friend.
So, if you live in the greater Cleveland area, head on over to Comic Heaven and ask for a copy of Punch-Up and Skottie Rocket, Gay Space Pirate. My artist on both books, The Amazing David Brame, and I — and the guys over at Comic Heaven — would appreciate it.
Also, make sure that — if you do buy a copy of the book — that you take a picture of yourself holding the book and email it to me. After the convention is over and the book has been in comic shops for a while, I might do a random drawing and send a signed Skottie Rocket poster to the winner!
Columbus friends, don’t panic! I’ll have copies of both books in local comic shops next week after S.P.A.C.E. is over and done with. I’ll post another blog next Wednesday letting you know which stores you can pick them up from.
So go buy a copy of my books and be sure to let me know what you think of ‘em!
Hope ya dig!
So here we are, just a few days away from S.P.A.C.E. – the Small Press & Alternative Comic Expo – and I’m here to give you all of the details you need to know about my involvement in the con.
First of all, S.P.A.C.E. will be held Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th at the Ramada Plaze Hotel at 4900 Sinclair Rd, near Morse Rd and I-71, in Columbus, OH. There is a $5.00 admission fee at the door.
Mr. Brame and I will be debuting two of our highly-anticipated new books at S.P.A.C.E. – Punch-Up and Skottie Rocket, Gay Space Pirate. Punch-Up is a 40-page black and white digest-sized book – about a guy who gets beaten up for a living – and will be sold for $4.00. Skottie Rocket is a 32-page black and white digest-sized book – about a gay space pirate who tells the tall tale of how he saved the universe – and will be sold for $3.00. We’ll also be selling a Skottie Rocket collectable poster.
David and Michael will be putting their magic crayons to paper and drawing awesome little sketches for a couple of bucks each. Unfortunately, I will not be doing sketches at S.P.A.C.E. but – if you ask real nice – I’ll write some swears words on your book.
Several of my other friends – and even some professional comic creators – will also be attending the S.P.A.C.E. convention. Be sure to stop by their tables and pick up copies of their books, too. You can find:
- The Mutant Cactus crew (Danny Cooper, Derek Watson, & Rob G) at Table 112.
- Victor Dandridge at Table 106.
- Joel & Melissa Jackson at Table 57.
- Max Ink at Table 16.
- Ray Tomczak at Table 17.
- Jonathan Riddle at Table 30.
- Bob Corby at Tables 24 & 25.
- Mike Carroll at Table 18.
- Michael R. Neno at Table 101.
- Mason Johnson at Table 29.
- Kel Crum at Table 124.
- Jim Rugg at Table 126.
- Nate Powell at Table 65.
- Sean McKeever at Table 84.
- Paul Hornschemeier at Table 128.
- Guy Davis at Table 48.
- Thomas Williams at Table 76.
Now, if you can’t make it to S.P.A.C.E. – don’t panic – you can still pick up copies of Punch-Up and Skottie Rocket, Gay Space Pirate. After the convention, both books will for sale in several local Columbus and Cleveland comic book shops – as well as online – but I’ll post more details on that later.
Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about the S.P.A.C.E. show. It’s should be a lot of fun.
Hope to see you there!
As some of my readers may know, I was born and raised in the Cleveland, OH area – specifically, a suburb called Euclid – and, when I turned 18 years old, I escaped and ran 150 miles south to Columbus, OH, where I’ve lived for the past ten years.
I usually make it back home once every month or two but, since I’m not home all that often, I usually spend that time with family stuff.
Well, ever since my grandfather died, I’ve been traveling back and forth between Columbus and Cleveland pretty often and, the way it’s looking, I’ll be up in The Land of Cleve quite a bit over the summer, too.
Which is why I’m writing to you today.
Seeing as I’ll be spending most of my summer weekends up North – and there’s only so much time I can spend with the folks – I need my Cleveland peeps to help me out a bit. Where do you kids hang out these days? Which bars should I frequent? Which restaurants should eat at? What’s the art scene like in Cleveland? Any comic nerds out there I can hook up with?
Convince me. Sway me. Tell me that hanging out in Cleveland isn’t going to be as bad as I think it’s going to be.
I eagerly await your testimonies.
Fun times in Cleveland again,
“Stand By Me”
No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid,
APRIL FOOLS! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!
That jokes on me, isn’t it. *frownyface*
The April fool,