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Hey kids!

So today is a pretty big milestone for the Amazing David Brame and myself.

After several years of conception and writing and editing and rewriting and drawing and everything that goes into making a comic, and, then, everything that goes into pitching that comic to publishers, waiting, waiting some more, getting rejection letters, crying, drinking, then manning up and throwing the whole book on the web for free, one page at a time, we have finally reached the one hundredth (!!!) page of Punch-Up!

We’re nearing the halfway mark of the story but, looking forward at what’s to come, man, it feels like we’re still just getting started.

For the moment, though, we’re going to pause here and celebrate our achievement. And, what better way to celebrate than to give away free shit to the people who got us this far?

(That would be you, by the way. Our readers.)

But we’re not just gonna give you awesome prizes. No, you’re gonna have to work for it! Which is why, here today, we’re starting…

THE FIRST EVER (and probably only) GREAT PUNCH-UP SCAVENGER HUNT GIVEAWAY EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

THE RULES

The rules are pretty simple. I’m going to give you five riddles/clues and you tell me which person, place, or thing I’m talking about. And this is very much an open book contest and our entire archive is at you disposal.

DO NOT list your answers in the comments section. Instead, send your answers, along with your first and last name and where you’re from (city/state – or city/providence/country, if not from the US – is fine enough), to: patrick@punch-up.net, with “Punch-Up Contest” in the subject line.

Those who answer correctly, will have their names added to a hat and three winners will be drawn at random.

The scavenger hunt starts today – Friday, December 9th – and ends at midnight on Saturday, December 17th. Winners will be notified and announced on Monday, December 19th.

THE CLUES

1. Though I may already be a comic book character, I assure you that I do not have super powers nor do I run a school. Who am I?

2. I’ve been in music for 40 years and now I’m in pictures. (Don’t mention me to Jessie. It’s a sore point.) Who am I?

3. We are two who are one. We can speed things up, or we can slow things down… for the ladies. Who are we?

4. Some say that I am a mythical beast. But I’m always hanging around… at least on paper. What am I?

5. I was originally written by the Italians, but made famous by felt. And I’m always just a phone call away. What am I?

THE SWAG

Well, this is what you’ve all been waiting for, huh? What do we wiiiiin???

Well, I’ve thought about this a lot and I think we’ve got some pretty cool prizes to throw your way.

The Third Place Winner will receive a copy of the 40-page Punch-Up minicomic, which covers the complete first act up to the first appearance of Kendra, and some Punch-Up postcards and stickers.


The Second Place Winner will receive a copy of the Punch-Up minicomic, Punch-Up postcards and stickers, AND an awesome Patrick Punch-Buddy ™ made by my good friend, Abigail Kokai.


AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a copy of the Punch-Up minicomic, Punch-Up postcards and stickers, the Patrick Punch-Buddy ™, AND will be DRAWN INTO A PAGE OF THE BOOK, BY THE AMAZING DAVID BRAME, AS ONE OF PATRICK’S CLIENTS!!!


The Grand Prize Winner gets to BEAT THE SNOT OUT OF PATRICK!!! How AWESOME is THAT?!

Once again, the scavenger hunt starts today – Friday, December 9th – and ends at midnight on Saturday, December 17th.

GOOD LUCK! And thanks again for reading!

No purchase necessary. One entry per reader. Void where prohibited. Other small text that makes this look official.


That is all.

Frankie

Hey kids,

I don’t normally do this sort of thing but, what the hell, you’ve been good, right? Cleaned your room? Ate all your vegetables? Didn’t give your mother a hard time while I was at work?

Well, alright. I guess you deserve a special treat.

Here’s a sneak peek at the Amazing David Brame’s art for page 52 of Punch-Up!


Confused?

I almost posted the full lettered version which — even though was only five words — unfortunately, still gave away just a little too much of the story. Sorry about that.

But if everything goes according to schedule, all will be revealed on Wednesday, June 15th, when this page is posted.

Until then, I hope to see you all every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday over at Punch-Up.net!

Frankie

Hey kids,

I want to talk to you today about the immediate future of Punch-Up. But, to talk about the future, first you need to know a bit about its past.

Y’see, Punch-Up was never really meant to be a webcomic. The plan was always to produce the story as a graphic novel and release it through some comics publishing house or another.

The Amazing David Brame and I had roughly fifty pages of work completed and — even though most publishers’ websites’ claim that they only need to see five to ten finished comic pages in a pitch — we collected the first thirty-seven pages, the complete first act or chapter or whatever you want to call it, and sent that out along with our pitch. We also printed up extra copies to sell at cons and in local comic shops, to self-promote and generally try and boost some reader interest in our little tale.

However, the best laid plans of mice and men and all that. Yeah, turns out, trying to get a book published is actually pretty tough. Who knew? Amirite?

So, rather than wallow in self-pity and drink ourselves into oblivion — I mean, we did that, too, but… — the Amazing David Brame and I decided to throw the entire thing up onto the web for free and, hopefully, get it collected later. Better the story be read for free than never read at all, right?

‘Course, complainers always complain, even when they’re getting shit for free.

But I already read all of this in your stupid book!

Why can’t you just start the webcomic where the book leaves off?

How long is it going to take for the webcomic to catch up with the end of the book?

Three months?! That’ll take for-ev-er! GAWD!

And then a couple of people who weren’t the Amazing David Brame voiced some concerns, as well.

Which brings us back to the present.

Today, I’ve posted Page 35. Next Wednesday will be Page 37, the last page of the collected preview book. Which means that, next Friday, May 13, 2011, one week from this very moment, the first brand new never-before-seen Punch-Up page — the mythical and elusive Page 38 — will be posted.

So all of you people who have been dodging the webcomic because you’ve already read the story in the collected preview book, all you people who have been asking when the new pages will be up, all you people — you know who you are and, more importantly… So. Do. I. — I expect to see each and every one of you at Punch-Up.net, bright and early, next Friday morning.

Boom, bitches.

Frankie

Have you ever thought about living the glamorous life of a Booth Bitch?

Do you dream of getting into a small press and alternative comic convention for free? Do you wish that you could carry a comic creator’s shit from his car to the convention floor and set it up for him? And vice versa? Do you long to walk through aisles crowded with nerds, collecting comics printed and stapled together at the local Kinkos, while getting a comic creator a cup of coffee? Do you yearn to sit behind a table, selling comics and merchandise, while the creator of those comics takes a break to walk around, network with other writers and artists, buy some comics, pee?

If you have answered “yes” to any or all of these questions and desire to live the life of a Booth Bitch, but never thought that you could ever aspire to that level of pure awesomeness, then you’re in luck!

The 12th annual Small Press & Alternative Comic Expo is in two weeks and I am in need of a Booth Bitch! I can get you into the convention for free, saving you the whopping $5 entrance fee, and will even possibly buy you lunch! Maybe!

We are an equal-opportunity organization and accept applications from all genders, races and creeds. Must be 18 years of age or older and legally permitted to work in the United States. (This organization does not employ minors as that is, like, super creepy.)

If interested, there are like a brajillion ways to let me know: leave a comment below, gimme a call, send me an email, or shoot me a message on Facebook or Twitter. (If — somehow — more than one person in interested, we can always divide up the days. One person goes Saturday, one on Sunday.)

I look forward to having you work for — I mean, with — me.

Frankie

In one month, I will be inside of you once again!

You have been warned.

…I posted an awesome new Punch-Up illustration, by the Amazing David Brame, featuring my favorite character to write, Kendra.

Today, I received an awesome new Punch-Up illustration, by the Amazing David Brame, featuring Andy, Patrick’s roommate and best friend.  Check it out:

These are just “warm-up sketches,” by the way.  New Punch-Up pages are being drawn now and the webcomic debuts in twelve days!

Getting pumped!

Frankie

Hey kids,

I am very please to announce that Punch-Up.net will go live on February 14th!

Aside from resizing some pages for the web and a few minor tweaks on the site, the comic is ready to go!

So why push the launch back until Valentine’s Day?

Because I love you.

Frankie

Hey kids,

So I know you’re thinking to yourself “Self, I really do wish I could purchase a copy of Punch-Up and/or Skottie Rocket, Gay Space Pirate.  But where could I find such literary treasures?”  Or maybe you’re thinking “Man, I should hang out with Frank for a bit before he moves a hundred and fifty miles away.”  Or maybe even “Jesus, I would kill for a burrito right about now.*”

If you’ve recently though one, two, or even all three of those things, you’re in luck!  Because I will actually be at the Mid-Ohio Con this very weekend!

If you don’t have a copy already, I’ll be selling copies of Punch-Up (for 4.00) and Skottie Rocket, Gay Space Pirate (for $3.00)!  While you’re there, take a look at the Han Solo stipples I did and, if you’re interested, I’ll also be taking stipple commissions!  I’ll also be talking about the upcoming Punch-Up webcomic AND mention that you read about my con appearance on the blog and I’ll give you a FREE FIST BUMP!

So come on down to the Mid-Ohio Con this weekend — Greater Columbus Convention Center, Hall E, 400 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215 — and say hi!  I’ll be located at table CC46 in the Creators’ Common!  I’ll be the guy who looks like this:

Hope to see you there!

Frankie

*I actually cannot help you out with this.  I suggest you just go get a burrito.