Posted on

CXC2.0 – Updates & Site Changes

CXC2.0 – Updates & Site Changes

We’re excited to announce that this past weekend ComixCentral was updated and a few changes have come into effect.

So what does this mean for you?
Some old and rarely used features will be removed in order to bring you a cleaner, faster and more relevant user experience. More mobile friendlyMore clear focus on buying and selling Comics and promoting your skills as creators.
Let’s expand a bit!
Over the last 2 years, we at CXC have been watching creators and buyers make use of our site; asking pointed questions, requesting feedback and making notes. And with all this data in hand, we’ve been quietly planning and developing CXC2.0. 

This revamp focused on Buying & Selling Comics!

Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll continue to tweak and add little features. There were simply too many things to get done in just 3 days.

The #1 feature we saw you use and love was the Vendor dashboard & Indie-only Marketplace. These are going nowhere and will get an upgrade with a few new features we know you’ll love.

Our marketplace will stay pretty much the same, while we introduce a Library feature, so you can easily see all the Comics you’ve purchased and downloaded them at your leisure. (We also have a cool announcement in the Reader department coming soon.) 

The Forums which we have watched swoon and die are being removed and we will be encouraging our community to gather and connect via Discord https://discord.gg/ZHFTqNK. A wonderful third-party app with tons of cool features you will love!

Many of the Social Media Features have been removed. This, we know, will piss off about 4 of you. We’re sad to see them go, but unfortunately, they were underused by legit folks and often became the host for spammers and jerks.

With our focus shifting to sales and promotion of the media we love, we think we’ll leave the Social media to Twitter! 😀

Our Blog, as you may have noticed is being replaced by our sister site CXCBUZZ.com. We’re excited about this new site which will focus on Indie only content and give us access to a wider audience as we also chat about ‘Mainstream indie”. We believe this cross over will bring in new fans, and help us open the market in new and exciting ways while keeping ComixCentral clear of confusion.

Removing Portfolio and Comics in Progress. Unfortunately, this feature has been underused and abused by spam. With our clear focus of selling and buying Comics, this feature will be removed and all the uploaded content to it, deleted from our servers. We’re sorry if you loved this one! We certainly thought it had a lot of potentials, but alas. 

Upgrades to mobile view and a full site Makeover!
That about does it!
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out info@comixcentral.com and we’ll do our best to answer them!

Thank you all for your continuing support and excitement! The community we’ve built together is in a strong position to make these changes and move forward with the Indie Comics revolution!

See you on the flipside!
Posted on Leave a comment

ComixCentral Presents – The Best of Indie: Anthology 2019: Cover Artist Contest


Cover Artist Contest

Enter here: Entry Form  | Entries close: March 15th, 2019

We are requesting submissions for Cover art for our upcoming Anthology- The Best of Indie: Anthology 2019.

This contest is open to all artists of all types! The details for entry are below.

  • We are requesting submissions for Cover art for our upcoming Anthology.
  • The theme is Family. You are welcome to interpret this theme in any way you choose.
  • Submit a rough sketch and a small description of your idea. (Finished illustration is not necessary)
  • Show us a few samples of your previous cover artwork.
  • If chosen, you must complete your artwork and submit the finished cover by April 15th, 2019.

Compensation: $250 upon completion of artwork & other benefits TBD at a later date. (Discounts on copies of the anthology etc.)

You can learn more about the Anthology project here: https://www.comixcentral.com/cxc-anthology/


Entries close: March 15th, 2019

Enter here: Entry Form


 

Posted on Leave a comment

Daddy’s Issues | Chapter 9 | Hot Fun in the Summertime


Welcome to the blog series; Daddy’s Issues, from Indie comic creator, Johnny Craft.  Come along chapter by chapter as this comic book writer explores the journey of expecting his first child and all the emotions and creative challenges that come along with it. 

Jovelyn Jade & Johnny


Jovelyn is eight months pregnant in July. I already think she’s the most attractive woman I’ve ever seen, but she must be literally hot as fuck!

The temperatures are consistently in the nineties, and she has to go to a doctor’s appointment almost weekly. Given the… chesty nature of my wife-to-be, I can imagine venturing outside becomes quite the sweaty endeavor this late in the pregnancy game.

I’ve even been struggling with the heat, and I’m not growing another human being inside of me. Running baby errands, moving things to get ready for Max, my excessive body hair, and general anxiety have me sweating through a couple of shirts on a daily basis. This is me in my regular, unable-to-become-pregnant mode. I could only imagine the perspiration I would produce, if I had 25-40% extra blood, like my lovely pregnant Jovelyn.

It doesn’t really help matters that Summer decided to rudely barge into our lives, unannounced. I mean, seriously, what happened to Spring of 2018?! We go from Winter Horror Show all the way up to March and then out of nowhere, BAM!, 88 degrees with imposing sun. If global warming (or climate change… or whatever you want to call it, really) is NOT real, then I demand an investigation. I want to file a missing person’s report on Spring, because something happened! Summer may have actually murdered springtime, so it could seize the opportunity to bake us for a few extra months a year.
Taking all these things into consideration, and adding the fact that my apartment is a STEEP two-story walk-up that requires permit parking in a lot a block away from me, you could imagine that Jovelyn hates the heat. She’s even confessed to me that, second to being able to hold our son, she’s looking forward to giving birth so she can stop “always needing a nap and always smelling like tittie sweat”.
We have doctor’s appointments almost weekly, so avoiding the stairs is not something Jovelyn can do completely. I help her waddle down the stairs as much as I can, but I can’t always attend every appointment. My biggest fear was that her water would break, while I was not home, and she would try going down those treacherous fuckers while going into labor. Thankfully the doctor is going to give us an induction date soon, so with any luck, that fear will not become a reality.

The weirdest part about Jovelyn having so much blood running through her veins, and us spending a lot of time indoors during this Mega Hot Summer, I actually find myself getting pretty COLD sometimes. I keep the air conditioner at a much lower temperature than I normally would, and Jovelyn will park herself in front of a fan in addition to the A/C. Cuddling becomes a goose-bumpy endeavor for me. It’s not rare to find me sitting by an open window, so I can feel some of that grossly imposing, yet strangely welcome, summer air to warm my bones.

Like most aspects of this pregnancy, the temperature has become another balancing act for me. Not only do I need to keep myself and the love of my life comfortable, but I also have to slowly transition the baby’s room into a “Safe Sleep Environment” (**to be read in a deep, movie-trailer-guy voice**) and that requires a certain temperature range. I’ve been trying to achieve this by subtly raising the A/C by one degree every day, until the thermometer we keep in the nursery reaches the “Safe Sleep Zone” (**same movie voice**) and I feel like I am one day away from achieving this goal… this very easy to achieve goal, that really required no effort or strenuous thought. Truly, I feel like I should be given a Safe Sleep Zone Award of Excellence.

That’s how, if you use a bit of the ol’ brain power, you can tell that a lot of pregnancy advice you get just may be bullshit. Look, I’m still going to put Max in the “Safe Sleep Zone” because I’m not an asshole, but if we want to talk about HOT then let’s talk about fu-cking hot! Let’s talk sizzling! Let’s talk desert landscape, African third-world, no shade, living in huts, hot! Because they still have babies there and I’m certain the Department of Child Services didn’t provide them with a little thermometer card to keep in their… nursery? They can’t exactly adjust their air conditioning unit a degree a day to find the perfect temperature, and they still manage to grow into adults somehow.

It really is amazing to think about the environments that babies are born in, all over the world, and then reflect on the first-world worries that we have for our children. Babies are born with no running water, in places with no flushing toilets or substantial food to go around, and we in the first-world are buying water jugs with pictures of babies on the fucking things because SURELY that’s more sterile! I mean, look at me, I’m bitching about Jovelyn having to walk down the stairs. At least she isn’t walking down the stairs, all the way down to the lake to collect water, to bring back on top of her head, all while eight months pregnant.
We watched a documentary called “Babies”, all about how people around the world have and raise their babies, and I feel like it’s essential viewing for expecting parents. It puts a lot of those needless worries into perspective. You tend to worry less about what brand of wipes to get, when you see an African woman wiping her son’s ass with her shin bone. Why bother with a baby gate either, when the Mongolians just tie their newborn to a bedpost like a dog?

We really are a lot more fortunate than we realize sometimes. People, that is. Not Jovelyn and I specifically, though it is a good thing to think back on when I’m pissed about not being about to figure out which nipple-flow is best for which bottle type.

We are ready for Summer to be over with. Max gets to join us at the end of it, and along with that comes Awww!-inducing Halloween costumes and some really adorable, tiny winter coats, scarves, mittens, and the cutest of all, little hats.

We just have to get through this imposing heat, first.


Johnny Craft is a comic book writer, who is constantly looking for new talented artists to bring his scripts to life. Johnny’s physical composition is made up of 20% ambition, 30% talent, 40% coffee, and 10% illicit drugs. 


Edited by Joey Sheehan







Posted on Leave a comment

Daddy’s Issues – Chapter 8: You’re Gonna Give Me Stuff?



Welcome to the blog series; Daddy’s Issues, from Indie comic creator, Johnny Craft.  Come along chapter by chapter as this comic book writer explores the journey of expecting his first child and all the emotions and creative challenges that come along with it. 

Jovelyn Jade & Johnny


We’ve created at least three Baby Registries and we plan on having the almighty Baby Shower
this summer. One thing I’ve learned, as an expecting parent, that has come as a pleasant surprise…

People will just GIVE you stuff.

I’m in charge of our Amazon registry, which is why there are so many Batman things on there,
and even Amazon gives you free stuff just for making a registry. Their Baby Box was no joke
either. Sure, it had the standard sample size shit but there were full packs of wipes, full sized
bottles, pacifiers, a bib, onesie, swaddling cloth, the-fuckin’-works! Even if you are the most ill-
prepared son-of-a-bitch in the world, you can keep a baby alive for at least a few days on the Amazon Baby Box alone.

Jovelyn’s friend, Leslie, who is also pregnant (together they form the superhero duo The
Outside Placenta Girls) even bought us a crib from there! Big shout out to Leslie for that one.
She told Jovelyn that putting together the crib will make things feel more real. I’m excited to get
it finished… not necessarily putting it together, with all the instructions, “is this an extra part?”
and the “fuck this thing!”, that will come along with the multi-lingual assembly instructions.
Target gives you free stuff for creating a registry with them, as well. Their Baby Bag was pretty
cool too, though not as impressive. They had diapers, wipes, and other such samples in there.
Nothing fun, like a super-exciting swaddler or anything. They did have a cooler pacifier than
Amazon had, though, so… Ha Ha, Amazon. Step your game up. Target is handing out little animal-nose pacies over here!

As I write this, we still have not received our Babylist Welcome Box, so I can neither praise nor
mock their efforts… to help expecting parents… by providing free things to their child… who
they will probably never meet… yet they still give them free stuff anyways… Yeah, yeah,
mocking them would be a total non-Dick move on my part. Good on Babylist, for just existing.

That’s some noble work.

I’m definitely into the free stuff these companies are giving away. It’s getting me used to the
sight of all this Easter-colored shit… Seriously, why is everything pastel? The thing that weirds
me out about the Baby Boxes, is that they require us to create a list of things that apparently is just acceptable to expect people to buy for you.

Back when I was a young, unemployed, loser, I would be more than happy to take a handout
from anyone who would offer anything. Buy me food. Pay for drinks. Got any drugs? Ever since I “got my shit together” so-to-speak, I’ve grown more and more uncomfortable with the idea of people giving me gifts.

Birthday and Christmas presents even make me kind of uncomfortable. I’m not sure what it is. I
guess a part of me thinks “Dude, I’m not a broke-ass anymore. You should spend this money on
a kid or something. They don’t have any money.” but it could just be the fact that I forget
birthdays CONSTANTLY and feel guilty when someone remembers mine.

So, naturally, I feel a little odd about asking people to buy me things from my baby registries. I
have a job. Shouldn’t it be on me to provide for my kid? But hey, kids don’t have any money, right? Maybe that’s the rationale of buying from baby registries.

Realistically, it’s not going to be too difficult to get over the “guilt” of people buying my first child
a little Justice League onesie pack, or a Batman rubber duckie. The intention is good. I’ll always
appreciate gifts given to my little boy, and I definitely don’t mind financial stress lifted from my
shoulders. People don’t seem to mind helping out either, so I’ll get over myself.

I also understand that there is a strange satisfaction of giving a child a gift. I’m incredibly guilty
of spoiling my nephews and nieces (especially the niece that’s into superheroes and comics). It
almost certainly goes back to being a kid yourself, and remembering the joy you felt when
someone gave you something that you thought was amazing. I’m absolutely looking forward to
spoiling my son with tons of superhero things. He’s already inheriting one massive comic book collection!

My friends Jess and Zip bought him his first little baby books. “My First Batman Book” and “My
First Book of Superpowers”. Can anyone say “Perfect!”? Zip and Jess are the best.
I did a podcast called The Unhappy Hour, years ago, and an old listener (Aaron C.) hooked up a
diaper holder from the baby registry. That thing will get some major use, because if Babylove is
anything like his dad, he’ll be shitting up a storm after having enough milk. Thank you, Aaron!
Mandy is a buddy from school who moved to Cincinnati. The distance didn’t stop her from
sending us some breast milk bags, nipple cream, and some kind of boob ice pack. I appreciate you, Mandy, for trying to take care of my woman’s nipples for me.

Another childhood friend (Alicia) bought a Batman teether from the Amazon registry. She told
me she saw it and couldn’t resist grabbing it for me. It was the exact logic I used when adding it to the registry. What better for my baby to chew on, than a bat symbol?

The MVP of Baby Registry so far, is my old classmate Alysia (not the same as Alicia). She got
the little guy some MAJOR things. A Batman baby carrier, Batman high chair, all kinds of baby
books, and little Batman things! I almost had a heart attack when I saw how many things she
contributed to our little Batman. Alysia has always been supportive of all my endeavors and the baby quest is no different. She, very simply, rules.

For anyone who has, is going to, or will ever contribute to our baby boy in any way… THANK
YOU! Seriously. This whole process is a little overwhelming and it’s hard to drive these
constantly forking roads of “Why is this baby carrier $30 and the other one is $140?”, “How
many bibs should we buy?”, and hoping Babies R’ Us drops their stuff to 50% Off pretty soon. I can’t speak for Jovelyn, but I will take all the help I can get!

I will include links to our baby registries, below. Don’t feel obligated to buy me anything.
Honestly, I expect to pick up most of this stuff myself. If I’ve ever entertained you, either with this
blog, various other writings, or sharing my “special herbs” with you in person, I would never ask
you to repay me by buying ME anything. My son is a different story. He isn’t even born yet, so
he definitely doesn’t have a job. If you’ve ever been looking for a way to repay me for any
reason (not sure why you would), doing something for my baby boy would make me happier than anything you could do for me specifically.

Amazon Registry



Johnny Craft is a comic book writer, who is constantly looking for new talented artists to bring his scripts to life. Johnny’s physical composition is made up of 20% ambition, 30% talent, 40% coffee, and 10% illicit drugs. 


Edited by Joey Sheehan







Posted on Leave a comment

Two Friends Enter, One Comic Leaves! The Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia Origin Story


Suspicious Behavior Productions is Matt Entin and Ed Kuehnel – two professional game writers who became friends and co-writers, and who created a company to have the creative freedom to put their own stories out into the world, for better or worse.


Ed:
I was a nerd growing up in Portland, Oregon the 70’s and 80’s – into comics, cartoons, video games and especially wrestling. My family was one of the first on our block to get cable, so in addition to watching the WWF on NBC and our local NWA territory, Pacific Northwest Wrestling, I’d watch hours of Georgia Championship Wrestling on Superstation WTBS from Atlanta and the AWA on ESPN. I’d buy several wrestling magazines each week and even buy back issues at used bookstores so I could explore wrestling’s history. One of the walls in my bedroom was overlaid with corkboard, and I covered every square inch with wrestling posters and magazine clippings.

I’ve struggled with my weight all of my life, so it’s amusing to reflect that my favorites – Bobby Jaggers, Dusty Rhodes, “Playboy” Buddy Rose – were all overweight guys that still managed to kick ass and act baller. Those guys were my superheroes, just as much (if not more so) than Spiderman or Batman. I don’t watch much wrestling now, but I still dig it as an art form and look back on it with fondness.

Matt:
I grew up in the 80s and 90s in the north suburbs of Chicago. As a kid, the WWF (as it was known back then) was omnipresent and Hulk Hogan was its most iconic face. We didn’t get cable until I was in junior high, so I only had access to Saturday Night’s Main Event, Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling, and locally syndicated airings of G.L.O.W. Still, my brother and I were captivated. We used to act out our favorite matches (Hulk vs. Andre! Steamboat vs Savage! Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude!) on my parents’ king-size bed, our poorly-executed scoop slams and diving elbow doing untold damage to the box spring. After cable finally came into the Entin household, I had access to a lot more wrestling – that was during the creative lull of the early 90s when the rosters were crowded with gimmicks like Doink, Papa Shango, and Disco Inferno. Wrestling almost lost me then, but the nWo debuted right when I was in high school, and that was it – I was a fan for life.

Ed:
As a kid, I made this promise to myself that one day I would work as a writer in video games or animation. The only things holding me back were depression, a nasty addiction, a total lack of self-esteem, bad grades, zero discipline and no plan whatsoever on how to make it happen. At twenty-eight or so I was walking down the street to my dead-end job and happened to walk past the offices of Bungie, which were in Chicago at that time (this was well before Halo). I was already a fan of their games, so when I looked through the office window to see all these cool creatives with game posters on their walls and toys on their desks I got jealous, then I got inspired. I began to work on myself and made a plan of sorts on how to break into the games industry. A year or so later (this was 2001) I got my foot in the door at a game studio in the suburbs of Chicago. I found myself doing some writing for the games I worked on and a few years later I was sitting next to Matt Entin – a new hire brought on to help us with the dialog for Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude. We’ve been friends and cowriters ever since.

Matt:
I went to college to be a computer animator. I thought I’d probably work for Pixar or ILM. During my senior year, my friend and I made a point-and-click adventure game called Ockers, about a foul-mouthed Australian reprobate. I wrote the story and dialog for it. The first video game studio that hired me brought me on as a writer (not as an animator) based on my work on Ockers. I remember my first meeting with Ed during the interview process. Ed didn’t want to do a formal interview, so we just talked about old LucasArts games for thirty minutes. Little did I know, it was the beginning of an enduring friendship and collaboration that would still be going strong a decade-and-a-half later.

Ed:
So Matt and I had some success together as writers on Magna Cum Laude, but not so with the ill-fated sequel. The studio hit hard times and was forced to lay us off. I was crushed – my wife wasn’t working at the time and we our boys were still rugrats, then. Matt was indomitable – he encouraged me to make the thirty-minute drive into the city during the dead of winter, park eight blocks from his drafty apartment and write screenplays with him while we looked for jobs. We had a blast and it took my mind off of my anxiety. We also came up with some cool ideas for scripts and finished several of them in the years that followed – one of them was Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia.

Matt:
After the lay-off, I left video games to go to advertising school—first in Minneapolis, then in Europe. It was during my six-month European jaunt that Ed and I worked on Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia. If you go back and read that first draft (which is almost a decade old now), so many of the major pieces were in place—including the wrestling bear.

Ed:
In the years after the layoff, I gradually found myself writing for video games full time as a freelancer – several of them with Matt. At this point I’ve worked on almost seventy video games – some big, some not so big, but I’m hugely grateful to have a career in an industry that I love and to be able to work from home to boot. In fact, it was our relative success in video games that caused us to Matt and I to abandon writing spec scripts for Hollywood. The gamble just didn’t seem worth it.

One of our beloved stories stuck with us, however – like a Billy Jack Haynes headlock, we just couldn’t get free of it – Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia.

Matt:
Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia was a story we just had to get out there. While we were both comic book fans, writing comics wasn’t something we’d even considered before. But it slowly dawned on us that Wrestletopia’s colorful characters and over-the-top narrative were perfectly suited for the medium. It was also something we could self-fund… or so we thought. Sure, once we put together a creative team, it cost just a bit– okay a lot more than we’d initially estimated, but just to see Rory and Don and Manifest Destiny finally come alive was priceless.

Ed:
So here we are, a fifteen years later, still writing for games and still committed to publishing Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia (and hopefully many more comics to come). To loosely quote former NWA champion and hardcore legend Terry Funk, “The money isn’t there but the times are good.” For a couple of guys used to work-for-hire gigs, the creative freedom is intoxicating, and we’re thrilled with the reaction to our first two issues (our third is on the way). We’re still looking for a publisher and we’re still hoping it’ll somehow take over the world, but even if it doesn’t, we won’t give up.

Peace, Love and Brown Rice,

Ed & Matt

From left – ED, Weird Al, Matt

Dan “The Body” Schkade and Marisa Louise (AK Col. Von Slamstein) our artist and colorist, respectively.

 


Connet with Ed & Matt

Twitter: @SBP_Comics  |  Tumblr   |   ComixCentral

Buy Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia on ComixCentral!







 

Posted on Leave a comment

Patience, in all things | This is the truth behind webcomic creation


It was a few days after an uneventful brainstorming session with a mutual friend that I approached Colin with the concept of Folklore.

He said he liked the idea, so on July 31, 2012, I began writing what would be the plot for the very first issue. The exact time I started was around 11:58 PM, and the only reason I know that is because Google Docs are a godsend with timestamps.

On March 1, 2016, we uploaded our very first page of Folklore to Tapastic — a hub for webcomics that served as our main ‘website’ until a friend and supporter helped us create our own. Folklore’s first issue had actually gone live a month earlier but was only available on Patreon for people who wanted to support us. We didn’t know indie platforms for web distribution existed yet. Patreon just kind of seemed like an ok place to start.

On May 11, 2018, Folklore’s creators, Adam Ma (myself) and Colin Tan Wei, finally met face to face for the first time. Together we sold Folklore’s first volume at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. We have been on this journey for almost six years and had never once before been in the same room (let alone province) as each other. It was a thrilling experience.

This is the truth behind webcomic creation.

It’s a long story. People often ask for advice on making a comic, and it’s hard not to reflexively spout out a lot of the same stuff. If you want the condensed version:

Start working on it now.

Don’t stop working on it.

Get lots of critique and criticism.

Don’t be afraid to show off your work and market yourself.

Never give up.

I’d call this kind of advice ‘the easy stuff’. It’s time-honored because it’s true, and it works, and don’t get me wrong these points are super important. But you’ve probably heard it all before. It’s the kind of inspirational advice that can just as easily be delivered to you from the poster of a kitten hanging off a tree.

Colin and I have learned a lot over the past few years, but the most profound lessons have mostly come from making mistakes. There’s a lot we could impart from our failures. For this post I’d really like to just focus on one:

Being Patient

As an independent creator, you’re responsible for a lot of things, and it’s easy to grow impatient when you’re watching other indie creators flourish. You want to get in on the excitement of seeing a project completed — but it’s also very easy to be intimidated when you consider that a single artist often doesn’t simply update their comic.

As an independent creator, you’re responsible for more than just finding a proper platform for your work. Advertising your comic, planning merchandise, securing a table for cons, engaging your fans, regularly updating your crowdfunding sites (like Patreon or Kickstarter), and connecting with other creators all eat into time otherwise spent developing your actual comic. But these things are also essential to help grow your audience in the long run.



A writer and artist team (like us) can divide the work more evenly between two bodies, but this often comes with the perceived notion of needing to work faster as a result. A writer who has already completed their script can put a lot of pressure on an artist to complete their work just as quickly. Likewise, an illustrator may feel like they need to finish panels they don’t fully understand or agree with.

We solve this by constantly checking in with each other at every step of the creative process, as well as pushing release dates back if we need to.

Deadlines are self-imposed, and while it’s important to stick to them you should never feel obligated to place a release date over the quality of your work.

This isn’t the gaming industry after all. Our readers are our only investors, and we owe them the highest quality we can produce.

Few comics explode in growth overnight, however, those that find success often do so because of the obvious time and care that’s been invested in their creation. You may not be ready to share any part of your comic during the first year of its development. There may be elements of the world you’re unsure of or a character design that simply feels weak. It’s ok to take time to refine these things.

In fact, here’s a list of things you can (and should) work on before your comic is ready to be shown to the world:

Do you have a website, and will you be using mirror sites?

Are you comfortable with your character design, and are your characters easy to identify? How often do you want to release updates?

What happens if you get sick, or need a break? Do you have a buffer?

Do you have a goal planned for the year in terms of audience growth?

What social media networks can you use to draw some extra attention to your work? How often will you use them?

Delaying your comic’s release for a proper website, or so that you can have a release buffer may feel awful. There’s nothing worse than holding onto completed work you want to share. But if it means seeing your work properly grow and flourish, it’s a sacrifice you must be willing to make.

Of course, being patient also means knowing when to take a break.

Creating a comic is hard work, and it’s a fact that many indie creators can’t afford to work on their project full time. Myself included. Combined with the stress of a regular day job it can be difficult to juggle your paycheck and personal goals. When the stress of working on your comic starts to feel like a second job you may feel tempted to just push through it — but there’s a better solution.

Take a break. Step back.

via GIPHY

If you read comics regularly then you know better than anyone else how easy it is to tell when an artist or writer has been stretched too thin. Some may complain at the lack of updates, but at the end of the day, no one will enjoy a story that feels published at the expense of your creative health or wellbeing.

So go out there and plan your dream comic. Outline a plot, share the idea with friends and peers. Set your release schedule and figure out how you plan on interacting with readers. Make exhausting trips across the country to sell your work at a convention you’re not entirely sure will be a success.

But no matter what you do, just be patient. Your work will only flourish when you give it the time it deserves.

Featured: a couple of nerds (left, Colin Tan Wei, right, Adam Ma)


Adam Ma is the writer/creator of Folklore, a post-apocalyptic superhuman webcomic about monsters, responsibility, and the delicate balance of preserving fact from fiction.


You can support Folklore via their ComixCentral store here

Enjoy regular updates at http://folklorecomic.com/

Be sure to only follow Adam on Twitter if you enjoy Star Wars, peanut butter cups, and dogs. @4thGingerbread







 

Posted on Leave a comment

Daddy’s Issues | Chapter 7 | The Gender Reveal


 

Welcome to the blog series; Daddy’s Issues, from Indie comic creator, Johnny Craft.  Come along chapter by chapter as this comic book writer explores the journey of expecting his first child and all the emotions and creative challenges that come along with it. 

Jovelyn Jade & Johnny


Finally, the twenty-week ultrasound is here! Finally, we have the answer to everyone’s follow-up question, after learning we’re having a baby! Finally, we know if we are having a little Batman or a little Wonder Woman!

We did some light preparation leading up to the day. Jovelyn and I went to Target and picked out Babylove’s first outfit, that we plan on leaving the hospital in. If it’s a little girl, we picked out a tiny Wonder Woman onesie, complete with a little printed-on lasso and everything! If it turned out we were having a boy, then we decided on… surprise, surprise… a Batman onesie.

First, let me start by saying everything looks healthy and right on track! All the measurement line up with our expected due date (August 29th) and Babylove looks healthy and normal. The first sigh of relief was out of the way.

Unlike the last ultrasound, I remembered to eat before we went. The only waiting room hitch I encountered this time was deciding that I had enough time to hit the bathroom before they called us in. Sure enough, I came back from a most-satisfying piss to find that the carrier of my child was ushered off without me.

I had to ask some sweet older lady to let me in the locked door and I quickly found my way into the ultrasound room. I took a seat and positioned myself in front of the screen. Jovelyn looked so beautiful and she even told the nurse that she wasn’t going to cry this time.

That was a lie. We both did. Again.

The image came on the screen of little Babylove in the breech position. Basically, mooning us… just like daddy in his high school days!

“Do you want to know the sex?” the nurse asked. “Because, I can tell already.” “I already know, too,” I said. And I did. It was clear as day. It’s like Babylove KNEW we wanted to know if we were having a boy or girl, by positioning the genitals front and center. I suddenly knew what my very next purchase was going to be. Babylove had their first onesie in their future and the picture for our Baby Registry suddenly became a bit more clear.

It’s a BOY!

Admittedly, we both thought we would do best with a little girl, but this opened up a whole new amazing level of possibilities. I have plenty of Batman comics to hand down and the Halloween costume possibilities are endless! If you attend Cons, get ready to see the cutest little superhero baby to ever grace a convention floor.

Plus, I can teach the little guy how to not be a creep. Hopefully, he won’t have the awkward learning to talk to girls phase that I went through. I’ll make sure he has no trouble finding a prom date.

We had lunch at Red Robin, which seems to be our new ritual after ultrasounds. We were joined by Jovelyn’s (very pregnant) friend, Leslie and her 2-year-old daughter. She is one cute little girl, and you would think that would make me jealous but, the second I learned we were having a boy, it felt like that’s what I wanted all along.

We surprised Jovelyn’s mom at work, to tell her she was having a little grandson and we fully accomplished Jovelyn’s goal of making her mom cry at work. Her mom was really excited and ended up hugging me three separate times. I guess having a family full of girls will really get you emotional when you can finally inject some testosterone into the mix.

My family is a little different. Boys galore, so it was far less emotional for my parents. They were just excited that everything looked healthy.

My seven-year-old niece seemed a little disappointed. I think she wanted a little girl cousin. On the plus side, though, she’s already my little comic book buddy. Now, I have someone I can buy DC Superhero Girls dolls for AND someone to buy all the Batman action figures for. I really just get to experience both sides of the modern childhood comic book fan.

I’m excited for the next part of the journey. Babylove won’t have a nursery, HE will have a Batcave.

And yes, he already has his first Batman suit. We stopped at Target on the way home from the hospital. His war on crime is just beginning…


Johnny Craft is a comic book writer, who is constantly looking for new talented artists to bring his scripts to life. Johnny’s physical composition is made up of 20% ambition, 30% talent, 40% coffee, and 10% illicit drugs. 


Edited by Joey Sheehan







Posted on Leave a comment

Crowdfunding Roundup – June, 2018



EPIC MISADVENTURES OF DEATHBAG: HOLIER THAN THOU EDITION

By Julio A. Guerra

Julio was one of the first indy comic book creators I met face to face and he set a pretty high bar for all those I would meet after him. He was humble, energetic, and eager to share knowledge about the world of indy publishing. Deathbag was his tentpole character and had stretched through 2 issues at the time when I met him. Now he’s onto his 4th issue which will be collected in this TPB. I even had the privilege to guest write a story for this edition.

PLOT :

“Deathbag is a grim reaper who deals with everyday human life such as going the movies, going to see his favorite heavy metal band, going grocery shopping, and more.”

WHAT THEY NEED :

As of now, Julio is about 30% there from a goal of $3k. He needs a boost to help him reach his goal.

WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

I think what drew me to Deathbag first was his design and I liked how he shared a lot of the same frustrations I did. The books are some fun, quick flip through that will get you a few quality chuckles.

Follow this link to learn more and support this campaign »


The Fist

By Jordan Kroeger

Hmmm… “The FIST, a comic series with 130+ pages of a guy punching people” Why not!

Besides the straightforward pitch, I admired how The FIST nailed an indy feel for a synthwave comic. The comic is full of pastel neon colors with some great combinations that splash off the page. It’s a comic that I want to hold in my hands while I blast Perturbator or Carpenter Brut through my headphones.

PLOT :

A man (who punches) and his wife (who’s a spaceship)are on the run from the EVIL SPACE ARMY. Over-the-top ridiculous fights ensue.

WHAT THEY NEED :

$3,600 and they’re about a third there. This will all go to collecting previous issues of The FIST

WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

Because it looks too much freakin’ fun! If you’re a fan of the art like I am, there are many rewards that feature prints and pin-ups from the comic.

Follow this link to learn more and support this campaign »


Electric Alice

By Amara

I really had to dig for this one and I’m glad I did. Amara’s art style is going to be beautiful for this SciFi retelling of Alice In Wonderland. This is also her first graphic novel that she’s done entirely by herself — so all the more reason to back this project.

PLOT :

Alice is curious, and she has always been curious. An ambitious but inexperienced pilot, she signs up for a solo flight into unexplored space, stubbornly ignoring repeated warnings by her peers of the dangers of her expedition. She successfully arrives just beyond the furthest known boundaries of the galaxy, only to be snared by the gravity of a massive black abyss. Terrible wonders await Alice on her journey. Follow her through the rabbit hole and find out for yourself.

WHAT THEY NEED :

$2,000, which is quite a modest goal for a graphic novel that will be printed. “Electric Alice will be a fully illustrated, perfect bound softcover graphic novel. The interior artwork will be created using traditional media, such as watercolor and ink, and hand-lettered.”

WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

If you weren’t sold by the art, Amara also teases that this isn’t the same Alice in Wonderland we’re used to, “You may meet some faces that seem familiar, but do not trust that you know their story, and be prepared for something completely alien.”

Follow this link to learn more and support this campaign »


Thank you for checking out the Crowdfunding Roundup – May 2018  |  by Anthony Cleveland



After decades of lurking the backroom of his beloved comic shop, Anthony Cleveland released his first comic Silver Skin issue #0 in 2017. He spends most of his time tweaking his upcoming projects, reading an unhealthy amount of horror shorts, and slaving away at his day jobs.

Twitter & IG @ant_cleveland







Posted on Leave a comment

Indie Wars: The Chronicles of Etherington | Episode I | Indie Comic Success in the Absence of Industry Space


Chapter 1: An Early Frame of Reference

(Why you need to read this)

All right you barmy kings and queens of comic-country. Is indie-ink’s wonky industry leaving you gutted, gormless and creatively absent? More importantly, do you STILL doubt your story-sketching skills will ever pay the bills? Well, budge up and prepare to get gobsmacked by the ace dynamic duo of art known as the Etherington Brothers.

Born to be a beacon of brilliance for all comic fans and creators, Lorenzo and Robin Etherington grew up with piles of stapled-story paper by their bedside. They grew up on classics like Asterix (French comic), The Beano (a weekly U.K. comic for kids) and, of course, Calvin and Hobbes. The brothers started early making comics for their schoolmates. From the beginning, the hustle was real.

Soon they would cut their teeth on a super-indie comic called Malcolm Magic, but that was only the beginning. Still doubt me you do, hmmm? Google comic brothers U.K. you must and take a gander at all the graphic grandeur my friends. They’re the #1 result for a reason. These paladins of the panel have been marching across the graphic-novel globe for 15 years and counting–leaving behind a cartoon conquest of genre-bending proportions. They climbed the fantasy ladder with dramatic dedication, eventually landing clients like Dreamworks, and Disney.

Their advice is indeed worthy of any future Skywalkers (see what I did there). Together, we’ll Star-Wars our way through a step-by-step galactic conquest of the indie-comic empire U.K. style. That’s right, Star Wars is a verb now. We’ll take a trench run through trepidation. We’ll dodge the lasers of laziness and inadequacy. We’ll learn the ways of the force using fellowship and grit. We’ll Obi-wan our community of rebel readers, and in the end, with the wave of a pen (or stroke of a key), we’ll make our panel-planet cry out in a loud, united voice these ARE the comics you’re looking for. Stay in formation. Let’s do this.

Chapter 2: Find Your Own Jedi Master

(The Power of a Mentor)

In the beginning, the U.K. comic scene was starving for aspiration. According to the brothers Etherington, the English cavalcade of cartoon creativity was running rampant with hobby loving heroes. There seemed to be lots of talent caught in a war between apathy and ambition. It’s important to remember that there’s nothing at all wrong with being a hobbyist. Cartoon careers are not for the faint of heart. The “successful” artist path has always been a dark-wooded maze and some would much prefer a direct line to the dollar sign. Early on, being guided by the light of our own hopes and dreams feels a bit like a torch that gets heavier and heavier under the weight of life experience. Artistic success also means lots of twists and turns that hobbyists have the luxury of avoiding. If you’re more like the Etheringtons however than being a hero maker is probably one of those “never or forever” kinds of things. It’s the moment I should do this becomes I must do this. We mustn’t forget to lighten the load by learning on the masters that came before us. This means reaching out to those who have found success in the business of art and becoming students in both mind and spirit. Learning practical advice is one thing, but developing a mindset of creative courage is even more important. The Indie Jedi of the past tend to be especially available if your passion happens to be comics. The point: Find a master that is both skilled and driven. In internet land, there’s no excuse not to reach out. You need a leader in passion as much as you need one in knowledge if not more so.

via GIPHY

 While many masters have already been mentioned, the creative bro-pendulum known as Etherington had yet to find full swing. That is until the comic Jedi Jeff Smith (creator of the popular comic Bone) landed his spacecraft of creative awesomeness at a con the brothers happened to be attending. All true creators know that certain destinies are meant to meet despite the vastness of time and space and this was no exception. Jeff spit comic truth the likes of which the brothers had never heard. He spoke about doing comics for yourself–doing comics for the love of doing comics. Most importantly, he reminded his audience that if you make it WELL… they will come. Jeff had both social proof and passion to back up his success. It was only a matter of time before Jeff’s energy gave our Jedi companions the gumption they needed to hit the reset-my-skills button and get to work on their first lightsaber of story- the ultimate audience grabber- furry talking animals. Yes, the hilarious heroism of Malcolm Magic was born. Who knew the power of listening would have such successful consequences. Take notes my friends, this is just one tip on a very large and pointy iceberg.

Chapter 3: Train Like You Mean It

Working hard is harder (and easier) than you think.

There was a time during their Indie Jedi training when our axis of awesome across the pond dabbled in other jobs. Robin is actually a musician, and the brothers were even in a wedding band together. Even so, the symphonic sound of mutual comic greatness still loomed at the forefront of their minds. Nothing was going to stop them from winning, even in a market as fledging as the U.K. comic scene circa early 2000’s. Here’s a pro tip from our companions during this seed of their comic career. If you’ve got a 9 to 5 job, make sure it’s one where you can schedule meetings outside the office. Then, make meetings with fictional people. Use that time to work on your script or your illustration, and tell your boss the meeting was a wash. It’s the ultimate Indie Jedi mind trick. It also allows you to train and make money at the same time. Our masters admit this tactic is risky and certainly not for everyone.



White lies to avoid mediocrity can sometimes be forgiven in creativity land, but they will always give way to our truest intentions. A comic warrior knows that craft comes first, especially when compared to the safety net-type job that’s totally not your highest excitement. Obi-wan was a great mentor to Luke, but we loved him most when he used his “mind powers” to bend the rules. If creativity is the journey, there’s no reason you shouldn’t use creativity to find the path in the first place. It’s easier to take pride in “the grind” when you can turn challenge into joy. The bros teach us to be alchemists in the making regardless of circumstance. Keep in mind, they spent 3 years making Malcolm Magic without the internet. They still managed to have a new 30-page black and white comic for every convention (they did about 6 cons a year), and they did it with intention. Everything was creator-owned and generated. They even made their own book press! Truly dedicated are you? These Yoda’s of the youth market may question your skill. They had a hand in every aspect of the business in order to work rooms with a knowledge base as close to infinity as they could muster and somehow still made time to eat.

The Etherington Bros

The Etherington Brothers were and are voracious learners of all things comics and business. They learned publishing. They learned writing and illustrating. They learned conventions and the circuit. They learned creative flow. They learned selling. They learned editing. O.K. you get it. They learned stuff. So, what does it all mean? Well, in my eyes and the eyes of many others, they’re successful at doing what they love- comics. So, to me it’s simply intellectual proof that success happens when comic passion transcends the simple nature of stories on panel and page, becoming an appreciation for every aspect of the business. The Etherington brothers teach us to examine the outside of our comfortable world building in order to create a magnet powerful enough to pay the bills. This is what the mentors mean when they say, “if you build it well, they will come.”

Before I forget, when the internet came along, they learned that too (obviously), taking communication, giving and art to the edges of creative space. The point: Learn a little bit of everything, and outwork everyone. As our Etheringtonian companions might say, it’s (somewhat sadly) much easier than you think. This dedication lead to a short story of theirs being picked up by a small American publisher eventually setting off a chain reaction that forged opportunities with Dreamworks, and Disney. Soon enough they were working on iconic stories like Transformers, and yes (writer takes gasp), Star Wars. Don’t worry indie die-hards. The Etherington’s are still very much grassroots at heart, and we are just getting started.

Chapter 4: Mastery Requires Sacrifice

(an editor’s note on editing)

If you think our wonder boys rose to prominence on grit and knowledge alone, you’re still missing a crucial piece of the puzzle young Padawan. Like any skill, storytelling requires patience and drive yes, but also, flexibility. The editing process is constant, whether you like it or not. Editing may be a little easier when your writing partner happens to be your brother, most creators are not that lucky. The key to successful editing for the brothers and for us is simply having an open heart around your creation. In comics, the world may be everything, but don’t let its gravitational pull keep you from exploring the galaxy of artistic industry in your own mind. This exploration requires a certain courageous questioning on our part. The answers may be difficult to stomach from time to time. It would behoove you to find a fellow world maker that makes you ask these questions and tell you like it is. A true master doesn’t run from hard questions or the sometimes destructive answers that may befall his worldly darling as a result. Let’s take a look at some of these tough questions shall we?

How fertile, expansive and compelling is your planet made of paper? How much time have you spent walking among your own genius? Can you ask yourself these questions without impeding your own progress? If you refuse to find these solutions within yourself or others than success in comics is going to be one Jabba of an immovable Hut if you know what I mean. So, how does someone as skilled as an Etherington allow creativity to flow despite the dangers editing can have on the creative ego? See if you fancy any of these alternatives to hardship.



Firstly, have multiple projects. The mind is always more capable than it thinks. This kind of discipline will allow you to actually fall in love with projects falling through. Weird, isn’t? Being a little happy that an arrangement didn’t workout. It’ll decrease stress more than you know. Also, try having at least one project without an end date in mind. This way, you will always have something to look forward to. As contrary as it sounds, be careful about being too happy with a project. You can still treat a project like a million dollar deal without letting the project own you. If you can maintain a feeling of relative happiness (not perfection), as Robin would say, than you’ll always have somewhere to go with projects moving forward. This means you’ll never get bored. Boredom leads to burnout. Burnout leads to “I give up” and THAT is why you fail.

Lastly, being an indie Jedi is fun for sure but who doesn’t enjoy a little villainy from time to time. We’ve been over this. You love every star you take part in growing. You want it to shine as bright as it can. Seriously though, don’t you ever just want to hop aboard an evil space station and blow your story-star to smithereens. You’d be amazed at the masterful inventions that may be floating on the outer rim of the destruction show. My point: We’re going back the age-old adage here. Good writers and storytellers aren’t afraid to kill their darlings. The Etheringtons have done it many times, and yet, they’re still alive. Consider it an exercise in imagination and habit. Building up a world is important, but not nearly as important as building up yourself.

Chapter 5: Epilogue: Far Far Away

(We’re not done yet)

I hope you’ve enjoyed episode 1 of my Etherington Brothers breakdown. If you’re still brave enough to learn from the best story swordsman in the galaxy than stay with me. Next time we learn how to navigate new angles of success in comics by exploring other industries like film. We learn how to force-divide our characters and make a hero worthy of the journeys ahead. We learn how to avoid imperial entanglements such as trends and fads. We explore the golden age of social media, as it remains an elegant weapon for good to the Indie Jedi, but for how long my friends? Perhaps most importantly, we learn how to do a Kickstarter run in less than 12.5 parsecs by treating it like a business all its own. Stay tuned for Episode II: The Social Media Empire Strikes Back. Mark my words Padawan’s of the panel- a new hope of illustrated awesomeness is waiting in the wings for each of us as we ride our indie X-wing to glory. If we can only learn to give first, as the Etherington Brothers have, that hope will lead us to a new republic of united indie industry paying all the bills in the galaxy with passion, drive and comics for years to come.


Be sure to comment, share and join us next time!


By Chris Hendricks

Chris Hendricks is the Host of the ComixCentral Podcast Network and COO of ComixCentral.







Posted on Leave a comment

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (Marvel Edition)

 

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (Marvel Edition)

I have a guilty pleasure. Something I’m not entirely proud of but I’ll just go ahead and say it, I’m a Survivor superfan. I started way back with Survivor Borneo and have seen every season at least twice. I can name all the winners, probably know more than 75% of the over 400 people who have played and have imagined myself out there at least a thousand times. Sadly my geographic location excludes me from ever throwing myself on an island full of strangers to play one of the greatest social/strategic games ever invented. I’m relegated to applying to its deformed circus performer cousin, Big Brother Canada.

I imagine that you are reacting one of three ways to that paragraph.

“I love that show!”
“That’s still on?”
“What’s a Survivor?”

It’s okay. They’re all normal reactions. The show is almost old enough to vote, no worries if you forgot it existed or never even heard about. Somehow it keeps kicking. I say in large part due to the hardcore fan base that has developed around it. Much like comic fandom, being a Survivor fan becomes a part of you. From the numerous podcasts dissecting a single episode each week and countless discussion groups, there is no shortage of content to consume. Also much like the Marvel and DC universes, Survivor has built up a rich lore filled with iconic moments, legendary heroes and ruthlessly cunning villains. It’s what keeps the hardcore fans engaged and the casuals coming back each week for another episode. At its heart, Survivor is a show about people and how they react to the given situations that confront them every episode. Sound familiar?

So why not smash them together.

I give you Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains 2 (Marvel edition)

When deciding to do this I knew I had to use the template from what many consider to be one of the greatest Survivor season of all time. Season 20, dubbed Heroes vs. Villains, brought back 20 iconic players from the first 19 seasons and separated them into two tribes based on their traits shown in the past. I won’t spoil but it was a battle to end all battles and produced some of the greatest moves in the history of the game as well as establishing the legacies of multiple players. So why not see what we get when we throw in ten Marvel heroes up against ten of the universe’s baddies in a battle of wits.

Thanks to the people over at Brantsteel.com, this is completely possible. However, We need to cast this season before we get to the fun stuff. Let’s start with the good guys.

Casting Notes

It would have been easy to just throw in the most popular characters but that’s not how you cast a great season. A season is made great by the personalities involved and how they clash/ thrive with each other. Have too many similar players and you get a pretty boring result. Too much variety and you can get an epic mess. Like everything in life, it’s about finding that balance. So I picked some big names and some of my own personal favs in hopes to produce as true to form season that I could. I give you the TRIBAL BREAKDOWN.

Hero’s Tribe

  • Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
  • Captain America
  • Wolverine
  • Ironman (Tony Stark)
  • Sentry
  • Captain Marvel
  • Jessica Jone
  • Storm
  • The Wasp (Janet VanDyne)
  • Black Widow

Villains

  • Kang The Conqueror
  • Magneto
  • Taskmaster
  • Carnage
  • Kingpin
  • Lady Deathstrike
  • Mystique
  • Elektra
  • Black Cat
  • Cassandra Nova

Pre-Game Predictions

I’m not gonna lie, I favour the Villain’s tribe. Overall they hold some strategic powerhouses in Magneto and the Kingpin as well as some physical threats with Mystique, Lady Deathstrike, and Taskmaster. The biggest wild card could be Carnage as his sociopathic tendencies could make for an interesting social game early as player look to form those early bonds. If I had to pick the biggest threat, however, I’d have to go with Elektra as she seems to strike the balance of abilities (social, strategic, physical) the best.

On the heroes tribe, The Sentry could be a loose cannon if The Void makes an appearance and drag the tribe down in challenges. Also after the events of Civil War 2 and Secret Empire, it will be interesting to see how Tony Stark, Captain Marvel, and Captain America get along. I’d love to see a powerful trio form but it’s unlikely as I predict them going after each other early allowing less threatening players like Storm and The Wasp to sneak deep into the game. Now let’s get to a few predictions.

First Boot
Black Cat

Fan Fav
Jessica Jones

Final 4
Kingpin, Carnage, Deathstrike, Mystique

The Simulation

As I mentioned earlier, I’m using Brantsteele.net for this simulation. They are a great website filled with reality show simulations. If your interested, you can sim a variety of different seasons at your leisure if you think I did a terrible job with this. Nailing the physical stats for the simulator was tough so I apologize if you have a problem with some of the settings I ended up going with. I did the best I could so get off my back will ya. Click the link below and you can watch the simulation play out like a real season of Survivor.

Final Thoughts

Overall I’m a little disappointed with the entertainment value of the game and my piss poor predictions. Without spoiling, the action was dull at some points but I feel there were some good moments along the way. A couple clutch idol plays and a rootable underdog saves the season from being bad but keeps it firmly in the mediocre tier. Let me know what your thoughts in the comments and what another season you would like to see in the future!

survivor comixcentral


Be sure to comment, share and join us next time!


By Dan Ball

Dan is Canadian writer whose series, MISTER CROWLEY, is currently in production with Inbeon Studios. In Dan’s other life he has worked an after-school program for the last five years and nights as a developmental service worker.






Posted on Leave a comment

Daddy’s Issues Chapter 6 | Making Changes



Welcome to the blog series; Daddy’s Issues, from Indie comic creator, Johnny Craft.  Come along chapter by chapter as this comic book writer explores the journey of expecting his first child and all the emotions and creative challenges that come along with it. 

Jovelyn Jade & Johnny


**For this entry, I will say this once and only once: Don’t judge me. I’m not a bad person.**

Everyone knows that having your first child comes with a period of adjustment. No one can expect to pop out a kid and live the exact same lifestyle. It’s very simple Life Science. I am in for a few pretty extreme changes myself, which I haven’t made yet, but certainly, intend to. For example, sitting on the living room floor with a coffee, writing Daddy’s Issues, and chain-smoking weed will have to go by the wayside fairly soon.

I love drugs… Let me rephrase that… I am an enthusiast of CERTAIN drugs. I smoke my weight in marijuana on a regular basis, and I have never been known to turn down a hallucinogen. If they were easier to find, I would probably have a steady diet of psilocybin mushrooms and ecstasy pills.

My love affair with mind-altering substances wasn’t always so limited. I used to indulge in anything that was on offer. My only rule was: No Heroin, No Meth, No Crack. Aside from that, was an equal opportunity drug abuser.

I loved coke. Fucking LOVED IT! I used to spend all my expendable income on the stuff, as a matter of fact. I knew I needed to stop doing it though when I started doing rails on a Friday morning and finally got around to getting some sleep… on Tuesday night.

My routine was always simple, back in those days. Coke, online poker, start drinking at 4, more coke, more online poker, sports betting, coke. Sleep when I’m dead.

I used to get blitzkrieg drunk almost every night, as well. Loved scotch. I think I was unintentionally named after Johnny Walker (Black label, to be specific). It also was no rarity for me to put down 2-3 bottles of red wine in a night.

On January 21st, 2014, I decided to see if I could challenge myself to go 30 days without drinking any alcohol. I haven’t had a drop of booze since.

So, I am capable of kicking bad habits. I’ve done it a thousand times. I don’t drink, smoke cigarettes, or do any hard drugs anymore. No more gambling, reckless driving, and womanizing either! Now, I just need to work on chain-smoking marijuana and using “fuck” like it’s “um”. The future of my baby depends on it.

For the most part, I have put my savage hard-partying days behind me. I just need to make a few more tweaks, before Babylove arrives. Fortunately, for my comic book audience though, a
version of my piece-of-shit self will still live on in superhero form. Look forward to “Nitro Johnny: Origins” coming soon.

I’m very interested to see how my work-rate is impacted by my first born baby. As it stands right now, I notice myself writing severely less than I used to. I attribute that to me actually having a life and things to live for, now. I could churn out a comic book script in three days before Jovelyn came into the picture. People always ask how I am able to be so prolific in my comic book writing, stockpiling over 100 scripts. The answer is pretty simple: It used to be the only thing I would do.

I am still putting in a pretty good amount of work with my writing, despite downgrading it to my part-time job, instead of a second full-time job. I have a whole comic book universe that I want to create for ComixCentral and even my own indie superhero universe that I’ve been planning since I started writing. These things are starting to come together really well, even though I spend most of my time cooking and rubbing sore parts of my fiancé, rather than only writing. It’s so much better this way, though. Yeah, I can get a lot done as a shut-in, boring mother fucker, but memories with Jovelyn are much more fulfilling than anything else I could create. I imagine spending time with our kid would be just as satisfying.

Adjustment is a huge part of anyone’s life, regardless of if they’ve chosen to start a family or not. You have to be flexible if you want to maintain a level of success in any aspect of life. There ya go, faithful reader, have a nice li’l Tony Robbins moment for yourself.

I’m going to make the changes that I need to. It won’t be a problem. I mean, no promises that I won’t have a sneaky smoke if anyone ever decides to babysit.

I’ve seen some terrible examples of parenting in my time, when it comes to stuff like that. I’ve been taking bong hits in strange living rooms with almost-strangers, and all the sudden a toddler that I wasn’t aware existed walks into the room. I panicked, stuck the bong behind the couch, and the creeps I was smoking with actually said, “no, it’s fine”. NO, IT ISN’T!!!

I plan on setting a good example for my child, even if I haven’t made the best choices myself. I still haven’t decided if I plan on “lying” to the kid with Santa, Tooth Fairy, etc., but I do know that I will be honest with my child about the dangers of certain things. I’ve been around the block enough times and did drugs in most of the houses, so I have experience with a variety of different human beings. I think I can take that experience and adapt it to parenting with ease. Life is about to get a lot more interesting. I’m about to be someone’s role model.


Johnny Craft is a comic book writer, who is constantly looking for new talented artists to bring his scripts to life. Johnny’s physical composition is made up of 20% ambition, 30% talent, 40% coffee, and 10% illicit drugs.


Edited by Joey Sheehan







Posted on 1 Comment

Crowdfunding Roundup – May, 2018


Kaneesha the Graphic Novel

By Ben Miller

On Free Comic Book day I asked Ben Miller (the writer of Kaneesha) to pitch his book for me. He explained it as a character study of someone dealing with the most challenging decision of their life immediately after witnessing the most traumatic tragedy they’ve ever experienced… I was immediately intrigued.

The comic is about an African American female who’s brother is unjustifiably killed by the police. She now must choose what path to take for justice. Ben said the book is about her journey through grief and anger and what actions she struggles with choosing. Should she violently retaliate or rally her community to stand peacefully against the police department?


PLOT :

 From Ben: “On his way home from work Jerome is killed by the police.  His younger sister doesn’t know how to handle it. At the trial, even though Jerome was unarmed the officers are acquitted.   Enraged, Kaneesha sets upon a journey of Justice. Along the way she must decide if militancy or nonviolence is the correct path to seek equality.   I wrote this graphic novel after seeing multiple abuses visited upon the people of a neighborhood in Gary, Indiana. Kaneesha is a fictional story that is based on the reality of what it is like in places like Gary. “

 WHAT THEY NEED :

 $4,000 which will go entirely to printing the graphic novel.

 WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

This book has been completed but shelved for some time now. I’ve heard him constantly asked at cons, “When’s this coming out?” or “How much longer ‘till we can get a copy?” It’s outstanding to see that it’s finally coming into the light. Ben’s almost halfway there from it finally being on your shelf. Back his book!

Follow this link to learn more and support this campaign »


The Maroon Volume 1: The Cursed Shadow

By Derek W. Lipscomb

I’ve ranted and praised Derek Lipscomb’s The Maroon in two different reviews. Once for CXC and another for Viddy-Well.com. The latter is a filmblog that encouraged me to share the review because of how cinematic Derek’s book was.

 It’s a Southern-fried historical fantasy that has its roots in classic western movies. This is one of my favorite series on CXC. There are equal amounts of imagination and badassness on each page.

 

PLOT :

Drawing from history, mythology, supernatural and high-adventure, The Maroon is a mature graphic novel series set in pre-Civil War America that follows the exploits of a mysterious Black Seminole fugitive, who is accused of a horrid act. Unsure if he has committed this atrocity or not, he must navigate lawmen, bounty hunters and supernatural fiends as he makes his way to refuge.

 WHAT THEY NEED :

 The goal is for $2,000. He’s just about halfway there with a little more than two weeks to go.

 WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

 The $2,000 will go to printing a TBP of all 6 issues of The Maroon. Each issue plays out as a single arcing story that reveals more and more of our main character’s history. Its best read all at once, rather than single issue *in my opinion*!

Follow this link to learn more and support this campaign »


Thank you for checking out the Crowdfunding Roundup – May 2018  |  by Anthony Cleveland



After decades of lurking the backroom of his beloved comic shop, Anthony Cleveland released his first comic Silver Skin issue #0 in 2017. He spends most of his time tweaking his upcoming projects, reading an unhealthy amount of horror shorts, and slaving away at his day jobs.

Twitter & IG @ant_cleveland


 





 

Posted on Leave a comment

Alex Priest | Featured CXC Kickstarter

 

Alex Priest: Vampire Hunter | Issues 1-3

By Jennifer Arledge

STEP BACK INTO THE WORLD OF ALEX PRIEST THIS SUMMER

This first issue of Alex Priest sucked me in immediately with the epic action sequence between Alex and the vampires. Not only are the fighting moments so fantastically done, but I loved the fun comedic moments added throughout.” — The Nerdy Girl Express

Alex Priest is pure delight, an unofficial sequel to Buffy in an engaging world of surprising depth and detail. It’s got action, romance, laughs, monsters, and all the other cool things that make life worth living.” — Travis Holyfield (STREET CLOTHES)

After two successful Kickstarter campaigns for LGBTQ+ fantasy comic, Alex Priest, writer Jenn Arledge (Future Girl, Black Gold, Trial Run Anthology), principal artist Scott Malin (Green Witch, Artemis, The World’s Worst Bounty Hunter), and cover artist Missy Pena (Steven Universe) are returning to Kickstarter with issue #3.

Last time in Alex Priest: The growing demon army struck a world-shaking blow against our heroes. Alliances will be tested as Alex and Janelle try to clean up the mess. This time? “Issue three continues to rebuild the relationship between Alex and Janelle despite the setback our heroes faced at the close of issue two,” said Arledge. This issue also includes a villain reveal. “We’ve provided hints along the way – peeks at a big bad evil – but he’s finally stepping out of the shadows.”

Alex Priest #3 is also longer with 32 pages compared to the 28 pages in the previous issues. “Issue three sets up our endgame which will be played out in our final two issues,” added Arledge. The final two issues are set to release in Fall 2018 and Spring of next year.

Rewards for this issue include print copies of issue #3, digital back issues, select prints from the Alex Priest cosplay series and cameo spaces for fans or fans’ original characters. Stretch goals will unlock exclusive mini-comics.

The Kickstarter campaign runs from May 15th through June 22nd. 

Click here to support Alex Priest: Vampire Hunter | Issues 1-3


Find out more and connect

CXC Profile  |  Instagram  | Twitter

 






Posted on Leave a comment

Inktober, Integrity and the Social Media Marketing Machine with Jake Parker | CXC Podcast


Jake Parker

Wanna know where the concept for Inktober came from? Maybe you wanna know how to harness the power of social media for business? Perhaps you’d like to reminisce about the awesomeness of newspaper comics (strips) particularly Calvin and Hobbes? Frankly, we could all use a reminder that Bill Watterson’s greatness.

Either way, look no further than our interview with Mr. Jake Parker. Inktober is only a slice of the story, my friends.

[podbean resource=”episode=r7z7n-911c7c” type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”1″ btn-skin=”102″ share=”1″ fonts=”Helvetica” auto=”0″ download=”0″ rtl=”0″]

Jake has a way of demanding respect for comics. He fell in love with comics thanks to a local circle K and, of course, the Sunday strip. He began creating comics himself in high school after taking in the medium for years. His passion reminds us that comics can and do stand alone as a powerful megaphone in storytelling. Reading a comic feels a bit like traveling in a time machine. As Jake would say, fans of comics have to work a little bit harder to make the magic work. This means an attention to detail that exists in a world all its own. Readers get to peel over their favorite comics time and time again extracting intimate details that a moving film doesn’t always have the patience for. As a result, there will be ears and eyes for comics now and forever.

Social media is all about finding your tribe. You grow your tribe simply by doing what you say you’re going to do. It means being honest about what’s driving you whether it’s making an impact or making dollars. His social media success comes from experimentation with a hint of vulnerability. It’s amazing what can happen when you encourage a world of digital artists to draw and ink something every single day for 31 days all because you want to get better at it. Thanks to the art blog Drawn.CA for picking up on the value of this contest.  All that aside, the firecracker/lawnmower story alone is the best nugget of social media success advice I’ve heard in a really long time. The best nugget overall though- how an indie comic creator can siphon some DC and Marvels over to our side of the fence.


Show Notes:

References

Missile Mouse by Jake Parker

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Hellboy by Mike Mignola

Seth Godin

Sky Heart- www.skyheartcomic.com



Connect with Jake and learn more about his work

Website: www.mrjakeparker.com

Youtube: JakeParker44

Facebook: MrJakeParker

Instagram: Jakeparker

Twitter: @mrjakeparker







Posted on Leave a comment

Fantasy | Comic History Mysteries | Episode #13


Join The Rambling Phoenix and The Voice on this fantastical episode of Comic History Mysteries!

[podbean resource=”episode=528vw-90e92b” type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”1″ btn-skin=”107″ share=”1″ fonts=”Helvetica” auto=”0″ download=”0″ rtl=”0″]

Check out the trailer:

 

Listen, subscribe and join the converstation by leaving a comment below!

 






 

Posted on Leave a comment

Emily Executioner | Featured CXC Kickstarter


She Came, She Saw, She Killed

By CEK Content | Chad Kuffert

PLOT:

A coming of age story about a young woman who was orphaned, then raised by military contractors, Emily is forced to choose between her morals and family. The setting and plot put into question the ethics of a for-profit military contractor group.

WHAT THEY NEED:

The modest $900 goal is almost reached, let’s really make this a success so there will be an issue two.

WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT:

It’s a full colour, 28-page, finished comic. Once the Kickstarter is done, the files will be sent to the printer. If you back a physical book, you’ll get your name in the interior back cover of this print run.


Click here to support Emily Executioner 1st Edition


Find out more and connect

Website  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  cekcontent.com

 






 

Posted on Leave a comment

The CXC Podcast Episode #38 | Why Webcomics Matter- Star Prichard



Star Prichard | Comics and Cosplay are always on her mind!

[podbean resource=”episode=p3qwt-9086fe” type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”1″ btn-skin=”113″ share=”1″ fonts=”Helvetica” auto=”0″ download=”0″ rtl=”0″]

Do you have a passion for webcomics? Do you know how to get started? Do you know how to create a joke or an emotional reaction within a 4-panel comic? Look no further my friends- Star Prichard is here to save the day.

Star began her journey in comics in elementary school. It was always more fun to hang out in the back of a class and draw comics rather then, you know…be an extrovert. Don’t let the label fool you. She brings an untapped energy and initiative to the table that will make even the most disciplined comic creators drop their pencils in awe. combine that with an exceptionally welcoming personality and it’s no wonder she’s the dynamo behind a webcomic like Castoff. She credits her dad for giving her some artistic perspective and let her addiction to multiple projects take off from there. Her drive, as inspiring as it is, pales in comparison to her desire to shine a light on webcomics that seems way over do.

As Star would say, webcomics are awesome because no one can tell you what not to do. Sounds a lot like indie comics in general, but here’s a just a couple of things you can learn from this queen of creativity. Maybe you’re interested in running a panel at a con. She’s done several including San Japan. Would you like to learn how to build up your instagram as an artist using fan art? Maybe you wanna learn the challenges of having a Patreon and how to overcome them? Most of all, you’re gonna learn why webcomics still have an audience worth reaching. That alone makes this episode a must listen. She reminds us that comics, unlike animation, can be done by yourself in an amount of time that allows you to still have a life. While her marketing skills are self taught, her art on the other hand comes from the Savannah College of Art and Design. In short: she knows what she’s doing friends.

Read the award-winning WebComic series “Castoff” here

Inspirations for her work comes from basically everywhere but here’s a couple of specifics

Hanna is not a Boy’s Name by Tess Stone

Awkward Zombie by Katie Tiedrich

Soul To Call by Katherine Lang aka Rommie or Rommieren


Connect with Star and learn more about her work

Instagram  |  Twitter  |  Tumbler  |  Website






Posted on Leave a comment

Superscript – Comic book Scripting Software | CXC Featured Kickstarter


Superscript

The first text editor built solely for writing comic books and graphic novels. Writers, meet your new sidekick.

About

Superscript is the humble, lovable, secretly powerful writing app designed exclusively for comic book writers. Superscript includes all the usual features found in other text editors, plus it automatically handles all the tedious and distracting tasks you would normally have to do manually when writing a comic book script.

Automatic Numbering

Automatic Formatting

Spoken Word Count

Autocomplete

Add Comments and Images

And more!

Preview Superscript for 7 days. If you like it, please back Superscript to make a wide release possible. If you think it could be better, please back Superscript to help us make it better.

Click here to be taken to the Kickstarter page to download your FREE TRIAL!

Notice: this is very much a work in progress. There are some known bugs and most likely several unknown bugs. This Kickstarter is meant to pay for testing and development to squash those bugs.

Hey, we interviewed Justin on the ComixCentral Podcast before he launched his Kickstarter.

[podbean resource=”episode=c9mcu-907972″ type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”1″ btn-skin=”103″ share=”1″ fonts=”Helvetica” auto=”0″ download=”0″ rtl=”0″]





Posted on Leave a comment

The Maroon Volume 1: The Cursed Shadow | Featured CXC Kickstarter

 


The Maroon Volume 1: The Cursed Shadow

By Derek W. Lipscomb Owl Eye Comics

The Cursed Shadow chronicles the quest of a nameless Black Seminole, who is out to find solace in the treacherous climate of 1850’s America, after being accused of committing a massive slaughter of a small town in Georgia. Unsure if he is guilty of said crime or not, he contends with bounty hunters and lawmen, figures from both history and folklore, as well as mythical creatures and dark magic. The Maroon Volume

 

1: “The Cursed Shadow” compiles the first six issues into one complete 172 page volume.

Some rewards for this Kickstarter include custom sketches, both digital and hard copies of the finished trade as well as the opportunity to become a featured character in a future issue!

Click here to support The Maroon Volume 1: The Cursed Shadow


Find out more and connect

Instagram  | Twitter






 

Posted on Leave a comment

Comic History Mysteries Episode #12 | Horror


The Horror!

Join The Rambling Phoenix, The Voice and the Janitor who just works here, as they talk HORROR in Comics on this terrifying episode of Comic History Mysteries on the ComixCentral Podcast.

[podbean resource=”episode=c9mcu-907972″ type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”1″ btn-skin=”102″ share=”1″ fonts=”Helvetica” auto=”0″ download=”0″ rtl=”0″]






 

Posted on Leave a comment

Daddy’s Issues – Chapter 5: Secret Origins – The Johnny and Jovie Story


Welcome to the blog series; Daddy’s Issues, from Indie comic creator, Johnny Craft.  Come along chapter by chapter as this comic book writer explores the journey of expecting his first child and all the emotions and creative challenges that come along with it. 

Jovelyn Jade & Johnny


I traveled back in time to 2001. Or, rather, I am going to eventually. I’m just not entirely sure when that will be yet. I guess I’m waiting for them to actually invent the Time Machine. I know this will happen because I remember hanging out with Future Me back in 2001.

Before you ask, yes I probably WAS on drugs, but nothing stronger than the drugs I’m currently under the influence of. Of course, I had to convince my sixteen-year-old self the same thing. See, I went back in time to talk to my teenage version about how, yes that totally-out-of-your-league, super hot, Goth, Punk, Asian chick WILL, in fact, be your wife and the mother of your child.

In school, I always knew Jovelyn as my buddy John’s best friend and (in my opinion) someone so goddamn gorgeous that I shouldn’t even bother hitting on her. Her beauty was intimidating. She was womanly gorgeous in high school and I was an awkward comic book nerd who liked to make fun of everything. I’m pretty sure she could do better for a date to the prom, for fuck’s sake.

Did I want to ask her out? You bet your ass! She’s the most attracted I’ve ever been to a woman. EVER! I couldn’t do it, though. I wouldn’t. I would walk by her in the hallway between classes, interact with her briefly when I talk to John, and we went to the same house party once, but aside from that Jovelyn and I had very minimal interaction in high school.

That’s because Future Me went back in time to sort myself out, so I could actually get the girl of my dreams. Disaster was imminent if I let my teen, stoner, idiot self-try to pick up Jovelyn. I just didn’t have the life experience to keep such an amazing woman.



I remember I was in my blow-off typing class when I faked that I had to go to the bathroom. Probably so I could roam the halls, and see if any of my other degenerate friends were sent out in the hall, that I could bullshit with. That’s when I saw a bright blue, Dr. Manhattan glow coming from the bathroom in the hallway.

Future Me stepped out of the glow, and I was a little freaked out. I (as in teenage-me) felt the need to express my concern.

“Who are you?” I asked.
“Well, buddy,” Future Me said to myself. “I’m you… I’m you, from the future.”
“Oh, dude,” I said. “You’re not here to molest me, are you?”
“No!” Future Me exclaimed. “Why would I molest myself? Couldn’t I just go jerk-off?”
“Just making sure. There’s this new Catch a Predator show that has a lot of people concerned, these days.”
“I’m here to make sure you have an amazing adult life,” Future Me said. “I need to show you something.”

“Dude… You ARE going to molest me!”

After I was told to shut the fuck up and listen, Future Me led me to the end of the hallway, where I usually walked by Jovelyn. We stood and waited for the end-of-class bell to ring, and I totally knew I was going to get a detention for ditching class. Future Me walked alongside me, telling me who I shouldn’t bother talking to. Pointing out who would become junkies, which girls I would end up dating unsuccessfully, and who I would never even hear from again after high school. Then… he pointed her out.

“Jovelyn?” I said, confused. “Yeah, I kind of know her. Is she still hot? Is she still friends with Gay John? Not a judgment, by the way. There’s just too many Johns. Big John, Little John Goofy John, Redhead John. It’s just a descriptor. But hey, you know that. You’ve said it before.” “That’s your wife,” Future Me said, so matter-of-factly. “Bullshit! Now, I know you’re a fucking con artist!” “Believe it, asshole,” Future Me said. “That woman fucking LOVES you, dude. You may not know it yet, but as far as women are concerned, you’re the luckiest man on Earth.”

“How do I know you’re-”

“Her name is Jovelyn Jade Ross,” he interrupted. “She was born October 14th. Two years, one week, and one day before you. She loves black and white patterns, miniature things, and cats. She’s a sucker for horror stories, a master with eye makeup, and, OH, we have a full-on family at this point. You know I’m not lying, because I know my wife, dude. Trust me. You’re going to have the privilege of getting her pregnant.”

“So, then, what’s the point of you coming here?”

“Life is going to be hard. Dating is going to be some rough waters for you to navigate. You’re not going to have the easiest time figuring out what women want in a partner. You’re going to be with women that you’ll think are The One, and others that you can’t wait to get rid of, but I’m here to tell you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Jovelyn and your family is that pot of gold at the end of this rainbow.”

Future Me went on to explain how I should hold onto this thought, anytime I was heartbroken, or felt like I was helpless in the world of romance. He also explained what social media was, and how it’s going to be much easier to reach out to people you knew from school, eventually.

Future Me stepped back into the school’s bathroom, took a piss, didn’t wash his hands (I don’t blame him. That school soap smells awful.), and the Dr. Manhattan glow emitted from the doorway once again. He was gone.

Fast forward to 2012 and I found out Future Me was no con artist. Sure enough, social media put me back in contact with none other than… Jessica! Jovelyn’s sister. Jessica had actually invited me to hang out at her house, one night, after I found out that her husband was a guy I graduated with and worked with at Blockbuster.

I expected a night of cracking jokes, watching movies, and probably getting hammered (I was still drinking, at this point). I actually had no idea that Jessica had a roommate, and I had no idea that roommate would come home from work in the middle of us hanging out, and I especially had no idea that roommate was her sister Jovelyn Jade- the love of my life. We immediately connected, in a BIG way! We had the same twisted sense of humor, and we both embraced our weird sides as a positive, instead of dwelling on the shame that society likes to place on eccentric fuckers like us.

We got along famously! Thick as thieves! Peas in a pod! Cliches in a blog post! Not a problem in the world, except for that whole pesky her-having-a-boyfriend issue. No, we did not reconnect after all those years and fall magically, immediately, in love. I know it’s not romantic, and I know you’ve had a sci-fi story for part of this, but that’s just reality. I’m sure I loved her, but her heart belonged to someone else.

Or so I thought. Turns out, Jovelyn wasn’t in a very happy relationship. I wanted to be with her so badly. I knew that I could make her happy and I could see that, deep down, she knew it too.
There were moments where I thought things would go differently. Plenty of times that I thought Jovelyn had a change of heart and actually wanted to be with me, but nothing ever seemed to fall in my favor.

I moved on. I met someone else, we started a relationship, and even lived together for a short time. I even thought I loved this woman and would probably end up marrying her. Fate has a funny way of stepping in, though.

During the time of my pre-baby-making relationship, Jovelyn actually became single, and started to get pretty annoyed at the whole dating scene in general. She had given up on the idea of being with someone all together.



My relationship ended for reasons that are literally so stupid and childish, that I don’t even care to tell anyone why. Let’s just make an already long story just a bit shorter, and say goodbye and “Best of luck to ya”.

It didn’t take long for me to reach out to Jovelyn. She is the one person I’ve always been able to be myself with. The only person I could open up to, completely honestly, and share all my insecurities without the fear of judgment. Why wouldn’t I turn to her, to help me make sense of a shitty situation?

That’s when it happened. She agreed to come over and it was like that magical, immediate love, that everyone expected from earlier. We have spent all of our free time together, ever since and I’m still not sick of her. I don’t see myself ever being sick of her.

We live together now. We are expecting our first child together. We are engaged. We love each other and we’re very happy. I guess Future Me wasn’t a fucking con artist.
Now… Where is the hell is that time machine? I really have some shit I want to do, well before I go back in time and talk to that little teenage douchebag.

Future Me must have run out of things to see.



Johnny Craft is a comic book writer, who is constantly looking for new talented artists to bring his scripts to life. Johnny’s physical composition is made up of 20% ambition, 30% talent, 40% coffee, and 10% illicit drugs.


 






Posted on Leave a comment

Devil X 3 #1 | CXC Featured Kickstarter


With or without Skin?

Going to hell in a hand basket doesn’t even give you a taste of the Kickstarter for Devil x 3

Ever had a cop fetish? Like ladies who are constant smokers, drinkers and have some brains? Well, then Maggie Maine is right up your alley.

DEVIL X 3 STORY

The story starts in the bottom room of a police station where Maggie is handed the SKINS case for the first time by her assistant Kat. Unfortunately unable to work alone, Maggie must play nice with the first detective on the case, the ice queen of the station Cornelia Abaddon, but she’s not going in without backup as she drags long-time friend and senior detective Jarrod Rothchild into the bizarre events that follow.
The story takes a dark turn when a visit to the first crime scene exposes more than just evidence to Maggie. Her eyes plays tricks on her in the dark and ominous thudding sound from deep inside the train station tunnel is the last thing heard before the lights go out.

How did Devil x 3 get started?

I started Devil x 3 almost 10 years ago as a novel style book but then life happened and re-wrote the thing so many times by the end of it not being perfect as I wanted it to be.
While diving through my many, many ideas, I realised this story needed to finally be told. I had worked with the artist Jimmy Faroudly on another title Clockwork (shameless plug) and loved him so much I stole him for this one. Now he’s chained to me for the long haul.

Being a horror fan, this story was born from my fascination of the occult and the obsession with sexy cops. I wanted to show a darker side then what a typical detective comic can be and stretch the boundaries for themes along with the style of comics.

Who is Maggie Maine?

Maggie is the amalgamation of everything I love; she is the quintessential “odd cop” and probably going to be every lesbian’s fantasy woman. She is exceedingly intuitive and has her witty quirks that keep you coming back for more. With her immense background in occult and ritualistic knowledge, the police department gave Maggie a choice, go to jail for theft charges or work for them. Guess which one she took?

Maggie has been a pleasure to write, and with the first 5 issues done, I fell in love with her even more so it’s up to the readers to do the same now.

What inspired you to write this story?

Horror movies, books, games, you name it, I’ve got it. The big three are Dante’s Inferno, Fatal Frame and Silence of the Lambs. These three works have become my staple for the mood I need to be in when writing.

If you love things like this, then Devil x 3 is perfect for you.

Tip: Wack on a soundtrack from a movie in that genre to get you in the mood! It’s not distracting like watching the movie but gives you the feeling of being there.
I also find inspiration comes from literally nowhere, so keep a book for phone handy so you can write everything down because you never know when it will come in handy.

So strap yourself in for the bizarre ride that is Devil x 3.

Click here to support Devil x 3 #1


Find out more about Devil x 3 and connect with the creators here:

Instagram  |  Facebook





Posted on Leave a comment

The ComixCentral Podcast Episode #37 | Game-Changing Tech with Justin Silva  


Hey nerd nation! Are you tired of having to format your comic scripts? Do you feel like your writing process takes a lot longer than it should? Have you been wondering how computer tech and comic writing could possibly relate? Look no further than this tech genius ready to change the game for the comic industry and indie comics in particular- Justin Silva.

[podbean resource=”episode=34dya-9021fa” type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”1″ btn-skin=”104″ share=”1″ fonts=”Helvetica” auto=”0″ download=”0″ rtl=”0″]

Justin is a tremendous talent who fell in love with writing thanks to his cousins Josh Valliere and Paul Valliere. Josh being a part of the awesomeness of known as Charon Comics. While having a passion for writing his mind really shines when it comes to the design of websites, web apps and, as it happens, personally invented software.

Despite Justin’s humility on the mic, his contribution to the future of this industry should not be understated. His humility, in fact, may be the spark that lights the way for his success in comics. There’s still an odd misconception around “techies” spreading a lie-they are not creative people. The moment you connect with Justin, you’ll realize how wrong you are. This dude plays multiple musical instruments, he draws, he writes, he did stand-up comedy for 5 years (despite the intense fear of public speaking) and, oh yeah, created a largely original idea that didn’t exist before his mind conceived it. You impressed yet?

Justin’s text program, aptly called Superscript, will influence the industry of graphic novels for years to come. Lucky for us, we’ve got his mind and heart brought to you in a single 60-minute podcast. His Kickstarter will be launched on Tuesday, May 1st. Let us come together and be a part of Justin’s creation, and in a way, each of us can be a genuine part of tech history.  

Superscript Mailing List: http://superscriptapp.com

Business Website: www.jpsilva.com

 


 






 

Posted on Leave a comment

Anthony Cleveland’s Mini Review Roundup!



Sometimes you just don’t have time to read a bunch of reviews and choose which great Indie Comics you’ll get into next, and when that happens, Anthony Cleveland has got your back and some great picks! It’s Mini Review time!


1. EELMAN CHRONICLES

I fucking love Eelman Chronicles.  There it is; Out of the way. 

There’s just so much heart and thought into this low-fi DIY comic. Eelman Chronicles is Chris Spalton’s (writer & illustrator) retellings of his father’s stories from being..well..an Eelman– someone who catches eels for a living. The stories are about his father’s bizarre run-ins on the job and about his town as a whole. Each story is fun and usually pretty absurd at times–and they stick with you! 

Chris is in the process of putting together a collected volume now, so follow him on social and keep an eye out for updates!

Rating

5/5


2. GUNPOWDER WITCH

What drives me crazy the most about the superhero genre in comics is its lack of originality. If I crack open a superhero book it’s usually because there’s some new ideas that were able to pull me in– for example: Gunpowder Witch’s original pitch. 

Gunpowder Witch ( great title, by the way ) has a very simple question: “What if the accused in the witch trials in the early American colonial era were actually superhumans with powers?” It’s X-Men meets the Crucible in this alternate timeline and it’s a blast! 

There’s a very simple art style here that matches well with the story and the characters are impossible not to connect with. At about 150 pages, it’s a great ride that is well worth your time. Pick this one up!

Rating

5/5


3. TALES FROM DREAMSPACE

While perusing CXC’s horror comics I came across Tales From Dreamspace. The $0.00 price tag made it an easy pick up and I was in the mood for an anthology.

 The horror anthologies I liked as a kid were the ones that were a bit more grudgier and left you feeling that icky horror feeling long after you set the book down

 Several of the stories in Tales from Dreamspace this hit that mark. There’s also few that have classic horror reveals and reversals that feel familiar with the EC horror comics. I was impressed with some stories that committed to challenges like: “How to make a bathroom rug scary?”

 Sprinkled throughout are mini-stories, quotes, and short narratives. It has a feel closer to a digital horror zine than to a classic horror comic you’d find in the backroom of a comic shop. –By no means am taking away points for it being a digital horror zine, but some of the stories didn’t hit the ball as hard as the others and the payoffs didn’t match the stronger narratives.

 Regardless, the stronger stories make it well worth a full read, especially if you’re a horror fan looking for a free and fun fix.

Rating

3/5


Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to subscribe to “the Pulse” for indie Comics new, CXC Updates and more great articles and reviews from Anthony Cleveland.


After decades of lurking the backroom of his beloved comic shop, Anthony Cleveland released his first comic Silver Skin issue #0 in 2017. He spends most of his time tweaking his upcoming projects, reading an unhealthy amount of horror shorts, and slaving away at his day jobs.

Twitter & IG @ant_cleveland







Posted on Leave a comment

Disnification! | Comic History Mysteries | Episode #11


Today on Comic History Mysteries the Rambling Phoenix returns from Disneyland with tales from the house of Mouse!

[podbean resource=”episode=r3c9n-8ff3ae” type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”1″ btn-skin=”105″ share=”1″ fonts=”Helvetica” auto=”0″ download=”0″ rtl=”0″]

The boys are talking Disnification, what it is, what it means to Comics and how Disney has changed the game.


Show notes:

Public Domain characters thread ComixCentral forum

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ghostislandcomic






Posted on Leave a comment

Off The Shelf | Episode 0 | ComixCentral Podcast

In a brand spanking new show, The Voice and The Janitor take a leisurely stroll through ComixCentral’s bookshelves – and pull a couple off the shelf at random to flip through.

[podbean resource=”episode=fgahh-8fc8ba” type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”1″ btn-skin=”106″ share=”1″ fonts=”Helvetica” auto=”0″ download=”0″ rtl=”0″]

This week our sophomoric spotlight falls on the fantastical anthology collection Tales of Charon Vol. 1 and the manga-style first chapter of the boxing saga ‘Her Impact’. Warning: there might be some godawful accents and cheap sound effects along the way. For maximum enjoyment grab a copy of the following comics and read along!


Tales of Charon Vol. 1:

Skylin | Fred Packard, Josh Valliere, Adam Cozart

Taeiyos | Brandon Chen, Kyle Petchock, AJ Young

The Righteous None | Joshua Valliere, Joey Lee Cabral, AJ Young

Her Impact!

Mikel Miles, Digitkame, Summa Agustriyana, Joe Sketch, Deo Keo (Mazu), Lavender Khan, Mirror & Skedaddle


 





Posted on Leave a comment

THE FRONTERA: FLASH OF DAWN | CXC Featured Kickstarter

 

CXC Featured Kickstarter!

STAR CROSS COMICS PRESENTS THE FRONTERA: FLASH OF DAWN KICKSTARTER!

Star Cross Comics, publisher of The Last Dragoon, Propaganda Press, and the Spirits of Valor are proud to present the new sci-fi western comic series, FRONTERA: FLASH OF DAWN! Frontera exists in a time where we have freed ourselves from enslavement by an alien species and are now at the highest echelon in the Universe. We follow the exploits of a young woman, Makota, and her journey in that Universe.

Frontera: Flash of Dawn is written by A.J. Kinkade, pencils by Myk Emmshin, colors by Everardo Orozco, letters by Erek Foster, cover pencils by Carlos Gomez, and edits are by Laurie Foster. Frontera: Flash of Dawn is Part 1 of a total of 10 books, and will also have spin-offs for other characters in the Frontera-verse.

“I have been wanting to create something like this for years.” Kinkade says, “I love science fiction and comics. I could also definitely see this adapted into a Netflix or movie series.”

This will be Kinkade’s first comic writing credit, but he hopes that it will not be his last.

“I have always enjoyed comics, since I was a little kid. Kinkade says. “I remember seeing and reading the first one, an Iron Man comic; I bought it because he was fighting with the Hulk underwater on the cover. The TV series is why I became a comic fan.”

Kinkade points to movies such as 5th Element, Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy and TV series such as LEXX and Babylon 5 as influences, as well as comics such as Starstruck, Grim Jack, and Howard Chaykin’s AMERICAN FLAGG! “I just love great sci-fi. Kinkade says.

Kinkade plans on spinning off Frontera: Flash of Dawn into other sci-fi comics, such as one about his devil-may-care, cooler-than-cool swashbuckling character, Fess Frontera, called “The Fearslayer”, and one about the cantankerous and unruly Hannibal Lockhaven, once Frontera has taken off.

Click here to support FRONTERA: FLASH OF DAWN’s Kickstarter


Find out more about Flash of Dawn and connect with the creators here:

Instagram  |  Facebook  |  Twitter


 





Posted on Leave a comment

The CXC Podcast Episode #36 – Charon Comics | Frederick Packard & Joshua Valliere


[podbean resource=”episode=83c65-8f9483″ type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”1″ btn-skin=”108″ share=”1″ fonts=”Helvetica” auto=”0″ download=”0″ rtl=”0″]

Are you a fan of Charon Comics? Interested in making your own Comics? Publishing and marketing your Comics? Starting a publishing house?

Then take some time and listen to this informative, motivational and fascinating interview with Frederick Packard & Joshua Valliere, the brilliant minds behind Charon Comics.  These two also happen to be 2 parts of the creators behind ComixCentral’s 2017 Fantasy Comic of the Year, “Skylin“! These guys have been there, done that and have some sage advice for your own journey!

“Stories matter. The Wizard did it… isn’t good enough.”

Frederick is the co-author and co-creator to Charon Comic’s first graphic novel series Skylin and Sol Survivor. He is also Charon Comics’ lead marketer and social media guru.
Josh began Charon Comics with Fred after they began collaborating on Skylin, Chrysalis and Sol Survivor series’ asco-authors and creators. Along with writing, he is Charon Comics’ art director and graphic designer.

Connect with Charon Comics and buy their comics using the links below





 

Posted on Leave a comment

Daddy’s Issues – Chapter 4: What’s in a Name?


Welcome to the blog series; Daddy’s Issues, from Indie comic creator, Johnny Craft.  Come along chapter by chapter as this comic book writer explores the journey of expecting his first child and all the emotions and creative challenges that come along with it. 

Jovelyn Jade & Johnny


Baby names have been a hot topic around The Craft Household, lately. There is, surprisingly, a LOT of thought you have to put into the name your child will be stuck with for the rest of their life.

First, you have to take my last name into consideration. Craft. Arthur, Artemis, Artem, Arturo. OUT! Art Craft? Get the fuck out of here…

No jokey, punny names, either. Space. Air. Mine. Love. That’s a whole lot of NOPE. And, sorry little girl, Laura Craft will get you too much Tomb Raider flack. It’s also important to take childish insults into consideration. Anything that can be turned into a butt, fart, or poop joke can’t even be a contender in the name game. I remember being a total cock to people, over their names, when I was younger. I mean, fuck,

I used to torture a kid named Adam by calling him “Subtract-em” all the time. I will take that into consideration, though, the first time my kid gets in trouble for ball-busting at school. So. Many. Questions. What if it’s a boy? What if it’s a girl? Is it even worth trying to come up with a name, until we know the gender? How unique should we go? Is a family of three J first names too cheesy? Do we want to name him/her after someone (and if so, who)? I never thought naming my kid would be like taking a pop-quiz! I also have to take the size of my family into consideration. Jovelyn’s family is small, but mine is endless. I don’t have a family tree, so much as a family orchard. I suddenly find myself asking “What’s that one cousin that I have, who just had a baby? What did she name that kid? Was it a girl?” on a regular basis. I would have hated to have had another Johnny Craft in my family, growing up. I don’t want to stiff my kid with that problem, and the petty “Nah uh, I was born first, so I’m the real Insert-Name- Here!” arguments that come along with being a child.



Girl names are easy. My only rule is “She can’t share a name with a woman I’ve slept with”, which, YES it HAS created a few awkward moments between Jovelyn and I. There are so many girl names that I like, that I could definitely see my little girl having. Penny, Alice, Juliana, Gloria, Gail. There are a lot of cute little girl names. Plus, I love comics so a little Selina Craft, Kara Zorel Craft or especially (if I could impossibly talk my wife-to-be into it) Big Barda Craft would be amazing!

Boy names are a bit more difficult. Bruce Wayne Craft is way too lame, even for a huge Batman fan like me. Swamp Thing, Solomon Grundy, and Hellboy still aren’t out of the running, though.

Don’t judge.

I hate the current trend of Something-ayson or Something-den. No disrespect to my nephews Mason and Kayden, but it seems like every male baby lately is a Grayson, Brayden, Crayson, or Crayden. At least my homie Valerie cut the bullshit and went with straight-up Rayden. Maybe I’ll take her lead and name the little fella Sub-Zero. In all seriousness, though, I like Max. Classic, strong, even comic hero-ish. Max Craft. Calvin is always a name I’ve felt was under-used, as well. Plus, I’m a sucker for the alliteration, AND it opens up the gates for me to make plenty of Parliament jokes to the kid (“But you’re the capital CC. Gainin’ on ya!”) since that’s exactly what a child growing up in the 2020’s will love; 1970’s funk jokes, that aren’t even very good. I’m killing the dad-jokes already.

The trickiest thing about boys names, to me anyway, is the fact that a lot of names sound good for adults but not necessarily babies. Like, could you really think of a little baby Hank? Or a tiny little Fred? Admittedly, these could be the wacky thoughts of a person who likes to smoke a few blunts while writing about his ol’ Daddy’s Issues, but these are grown man names! My grandfather was Buford, which I actually don’t think is a very bad name, but for… my grandfather! I couldn’t picture a baby having that name. Right now, we are stuck with the gender-ambiguous, temporary name of Babylove.

Jovelyn and I will figure out the rest, at our twenty-week ultrasound. We get to finally know if Babylove is a boy or a girl. Do I buy Batman or Wonder Woman stuff? Time will tell. Boy or girl, I’m sure we will decide the perfect name for our baby. Even if we have a lapse in judgment, I’m sure little Bieber Sampson Craft or Madonna Comet Craft will have an amazing life, even if they hate us forever for their terrible names.


Johnny Craft is a comic book writer, who is constantly looking for new talented artists to bring his scripts to life. Johnny’s physical composition is made up of 20% ambition, 30% talent, 40% coffee, and 10% illicit drugs.






Posted on Leave a comment

Comic History Mysteries Episode #10 – Ninjas in Comics


Today on Comic History Mysteries we are flying Phoenix-less! Yes, today The Voice and The Janitor are discussing NINJAS!

[podbean resource=”episode=gws2q-8f780f” type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”1″ btn-skin=”107″ share=”1″ fonts=”Helvetica” auto=”0″ download=”0″ rtl=”0″]

We’ll be talking Ninja Turtles, Indie Comics that feature Ninjas and of course a healthy helping of puns and rambling Ninja focused conversation. The Janitor delights and informs us all with his deep knowledge of Japanese culture, Ninjas in particular.








Posted on Leave a comment

CXC Podcast Kickstarter Spotlight | Hollowed

 

Welcome to the very first of what we hope will be a regular series on the ComixCentral Podcast, it’s our Kickstarter Spotlight. Today we’re talking to Comic writer Casey Bacon Strips Bowker!

[podbean resource=”episode=3gy75-8f2b76″ type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”1″ btn-skin=”105″ share=”1″ fonts=”Helvetica” auto=”0″ download=”0″ rtl=”0″]

 Casey is currently Kickstarting his Half Comic Book/Half Soundtrack/100% Adrenaline, Hollowed. We follow 2 detectives hunting down a brutal killer that hollows out its victims – A Sci-Fi Horror Comedy & Audio Experience.

Click here to learn more and support Hollowed!

Find out all the interesting details that brought this project to life, including an amazing tale of finding a briefcase full of music in a Route 66 gas station bathroom!

Hurry! This Kickstarter only has a few days left! But, you can always keep up to date with Casey and purchase copies of Hollowed after the campaign is over.

Connect with Casey

Twitter  |  dontforgetatowel.com


 


fulfill kickstarter comixcentral





Posted on Leave a comment

Crowdfunding Roundup – April 12, 2018

Colossal Chaos from Out of the Blue

I’ve outgrown most of the subgenres that I adored from my childhood. Superheroes bore me. Epic space fantasies just make me shrug and say “meh.” But for whatever reason, the ‘nostalgia tingles’ I get Kaiju genre haven’t faded for me. My nostalgia vibes were on overload with the teaser trailer for Colossal Chaos from Out of the Blue– a Kaiju anthology.

PLOT :

This is the fourth installment of the Out of the Blue anthology series. 57 comic creators from around the world helped put together this kaiju anthology. AmazingTales.net says, “Colossal Chaos is packed with twists on the theme, across a variety of genres. Oversized humans, gigantic space aliens, enormous city devouring monsters, behemoth insects, or just really big robots, every sci-fi trope of towering creatures is turned on its head.”

WHAT THEY NEED :

As I write this they have 20 days to go and a lot more to fund. They’re at $400 right now and have a goal set of $4,400. So there’s still a trek to go.

WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

It’s a thick anthology — at 130 pages! The $50 + art rewards are awesome too. The standard trade paperback features cover art by Diego Galindo (Dynamite, Zenescope). There’s also a Kickstarter exclusive hardcover with wrap-around cover at by Kelly Williams (IDW, Dark Horse).  

Follow this link to learn more and support this campaign »


Chester & Grace: The Adirondack Murder

True crime is one of the most interesting genres I’ve seen done in the graphic novel medium, There’s classics like From Hell, Torso, Green River Killer, and My Friend Dahmer. Chester & Grace: The Adirondack Murder looks like a great addition to any true crime library.

PLOT :

Chester & Grace” is a story of love gone wrong. In the summer of 1906, young Chester Gillette drowned his pregnant girlfriend, Grace Brown, at Big Moose Lake in upper New York State. This is the true case that inspired Theodore Dreiser’s novel An American Tragedy and the later film “A Place in the Sun.

WHAT THEY NEED :

Their initial volume will be published in a small format (6″x9″), softcover, 92 pages, with one or two illustrations per page, and in full color. They’re really close to their goal and they only need a nudge to go over.

WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

Because there needs to be more true crime comics that are done tastefully and with respect. This one looks like it does all that and adds a touch of class that is rarely seen in the genre.

Follow this link to learn more and support this campaign »


The Winter Year

The Winter Year first caught my eye with their cover. I loved the minimalist white outline of an owl with the title overlayed. As I went a little deeper into the pitch,  I was hooked by the description of the desperate tundra that the characters inhabit. This one looks bleak, bloody, and somehow hopeful in the midst of it all.

PLOT :

“Such things were once only whispers, though Garai, this family’s provider, has now proven them to be true – leaving him with little recourse in training with his son, Eshe.

As the arms of  this vicious winter wrap around Garai, he must come face to face with those who wronged him, and seek for dark truths amidst the tundra that he once called home.”

WHAT THEY NEED :

They’re about a grand and 22 days away. The budget for the comic is divided between reward fulfillment, artwork for issue 2, and Kickstarter’s fees.  

WHY YOU SHOULD BACK IT :

The artwork sets the tone for the book. It’s fridged and bleak, but there’s hope. It’s great to see a series where the art perfectly matches the script. If you’re looking for a meditative, brooding winter story — back this book!

Follow this link to learn more and support this campaign »


Thank you for checking out the Crowdfunding Roundup – April 12th 2018  |  by Anthony Cleveland



After decades of lurking the backroom of his beloved comic shop, Anthony Cleveland released his first comic Silver Skin issue #0 in 2017. He spends most of his time tweaking his upcoming projects, reading an unhealthy amount of horror shorts, and slaving away at his day jobs.

Twitter & IG @ant_cleveland



 




fulfill kickstarter comixcentral