Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the day we launched Countershot Press, and we celebrated it in a couple of ways. First, we gave the official blog a gorgeous facelift, courtesy of our own G.C. Houle:
Slick, right? If you're not already following us, I highly recommend it.
Second, we unveiled something we've all been VERY excited about...
A brand new Countershot Press podcast! We'll be talking about everything from getting started and choosing hosting to moral dilemmas, dealing with critics, writing for underserved audiences, messing with mediums, and much more. It's going to be a total blast, and we can't wait to drop the first episode. Watch this space!
So you probably noticed the lack of an update this week! Don't worry, we're nearly through with this chapter and it will be wrapping up very soon.
Unfortunately a very well loved family member passed away this last weekend, and so I've been taking a little time since to slow down and organise my schedule. I'll be out of town for a couple of days next week to attend the funeral, but with this week's break I hope to be able to automate the last couple of updates in chapter 9 and stay ahead of the curve.
In con updates, I'm sorry to report I won't be at very many this year after all. It seems to be a particularly crowded year for indie tables, so despite best intentions there'll be no LICAF or MCM. However, we will be back at Thought Bubble in November! Ruth and I had a great time at the show last year, and if you're going to be in the area you should really check out the line up and consider dropping by.
I promised Other News too, so, hmm. How's this? Chapter 10 will be licked by at least one real live snail.
I never got around to writing a post-Thought-Bubble thing here back in November, but for the record it was a fantastic weekend. I got to hang out with Kate Ashwin and Robin Hoelzemann, met Tom Siddell and Emily Carroll, and even got to see Emily talk shop with Becky Cloonan and Boulet(!) at a live podcast recording.
Best of all, though, I got to meet you guys! I wasn't expecting anybody there to recognise the comic, let alone talk to multiple fans. It was amazing and humbling to see the real human beings who follow my work, and to find out what strikingly cool people you are. So many people who really care about comics and stories and the world around us.
So, Thought Bubble was a great experience and enough of a financial success that I'm going to be hitting the convention circuit a little harder this year. Nothing is confirmed yet, but for the moment I'm hoping to make appearances at LICAF, MCM Manchester, and Thought Bubble. I'll keep this blog updated with details as things come together. Wherever I go, I'll bring a few of everything currently stocked in the store plus minis of The Red Wolf and Women's Work Song.
Finally, my (belated) 2015 resolutions:
- better hands
- more conventions
- take up oils
- work on graphic novel
- remember to keep this blog updated
Guess where we are this weekend?
Yep, we're in LEEDS for Thought Bubble! Come and find us at table 72 in the teepee, say hi, peruse some brand new prints!
It's gonna be a blaassst!
As you may or may not know if you follow me elsewhere, my work laptop bit the dust very suddenly last week. The BEST news is that it was still under warranty and I should get it back within the month. The GOOD news is that I have a backup machine to work on in the meantime, that I've been keeping around for exactly this eventuality. The BAD news is that this machine is extremely slow. Aaaand the WORST news is that everything I was preparing to print for Thought Bubble has vanished along with my poor dead hard drive.
What does this mean? Well, it means updates are going to be slow for a few weeks. I have a lot of stuff to work on in a very short time. The comic isn't going on a formal break -- I can still edit finished pages on this machine, it just takes a little longer. We won't be keeping a Wednesday schedule for a while, is all. It also means I will generally be scarcer online. You can always reach me via email, but be patient if, eg. comments aren't moderated as quickly as usual.
Everything will be back on track by the end of November at the latest. In the meantime, thanks for your patience! You're all lovely people, and I appreciate you sticking around more than I can say.
Do you like mans? Do you like calendars? Clearly you like webcomics, or else you wouldn't be here. Well, how about a product that combines all of the above into one DAZZLING artefact?
That's right -- twelve months of studly webcomic fellas to see you through 2015, by twelve talented artists including E.K. Weaver, Kelly Turnbull, Beckey Grundy, everybody at Countershot Press and more.
A certain Mythos character will be filling out the month of November, and it's probably not who you think! Make sure you don't miss out on pre-orders -- I won't have any of these with me at Thought Bubble, and these calendars likely won't be reprinted.
Guarantee yourself a copy by clicking over to storenvy and placing your order by October 30th!
Hey hey hey, welcome to the new site! If you know me or my work from anywhere online, this URL should be a lot easier to remember -- and it's kind of a portent of the future! Mythos is far from the only comic series I have planned over the next few years, and so Mortality Plays is the name to remember if you want to keep up on everything I do. That's the name you'll find on tumblr, on twitter, on storenvy, at conventions, and (eventually, fingers crossed) on books.
Besides the slick updated layout (and archive system that finally works), you should notice a fancy button carousel up at the top of the page. That's the mark of Countershot Press, the indie comic studio I now work with! Each button will take you to one of our sister-comics, and the logo on the left will take you to our main hub on tumblr where you can follow all of our updates, guest promotions, weekly feature articles and more. We have lots going on, new content every day of the week and a few neat surprises in store for our followers. You can even follow it via RSS if that's your thing!
Little bits of the site are still under construction -- we have no ads yet, you might notice, and eventually I hope to make the Cast page a little more intuitive -- but the full archive is up and much easier to navigate than the old site ever was. New pages will be going up here first starting this Wednesday, and kinestra.com will CEASE TO BE UPDATED from the end of this chapter. Remember to update your bookmarks and your RSS feeds!