Well, that escalated quickly.
So a couple of things have jogged around a bit in the site layout — but if you look under the ‘Comic’ tab at the top, you can now check out all the gorgeous Mythos FAN ART I’ve received over the last couple of years! If you want to add to it (or if you drew something for the comic that I couldn’t find on my external drive), drop me a line. I loooove seeing other people’s interpretations of all these weirdo characters.
Also, if you’ve been waiting for updates to the latest chapter, don’t worry! I just finished the last of my con preparation (like just now, literally 20 minutes ago), so there should be a page or two up this week to make up for all the stops and starts. It’s hard work doing all this ‘running a business’ stuff yourself, I tell ya what.
It’s fireworks night and things keep exploding in the back garden. My toes are cold. Uhhh and that’s all for now probably.
Holy moly it’s been forever since I updated this blog! This is why I’m always hassling for folks to follow me on tumblr or twitter — that’s where all the fresh hot happening news goes down. Regardless, it’s about time for a round up of the many, many things that have been going on for me and the comic this year.
#1 New Countershot members!
Back in August we rounded out our team with the addition of Kate Ashwin (Widdershins), Robin Hoelzemann (Curia Regis), and Lily Hoyda (Bad Reputation, Misery Chick). You can see ’em all up at the top there in our badass link carousel. And if you haven’t checked out any of those comics yet, get on it! Seriously, these are some of the nicest, kindest, most talented and hardworking cartoonists I know, and I’m thrilled to be working with them. Robin’s even taken over our Countershot Press twitter account, making sure it stays up to the minute with news and bonus content from all of us.
Hot on the heels of last year’s MANCALENDAR, we’re releasing another collaborative wallpiece for 2016 — this one themed entirely around women and female relationships. We’ve got the whole Countershot crew in there, plus exciting guest pieces from Kathleen Jacques (Band vs Band), Ariel Ries (Witchy), and Allison Shabet (Dead Winter). I don’t mind telling you, this year’s Mythos piece is RIDDLED with plot secrets, so sprint to storenvy right now to grab yours if mysterious symbolism is your thing. Officially preorders just ended, but from me to you, if you’re quick, you might just get in under the wire!
#3 Conventions, Conventions, Conventions!
I’m typing this right now from under a quilt fortress, where I’ve spent the week recovering from a dreadful post-convention cold. MCM London was a ton of fun, and I was privileged enough to table side by side with Robin and Kate of Countershot fame the whole weekend. We even got to say hi to Ariel Ries and grab a quick photo op!
It was a heck of a show, and I made out pretty well — so you can expect to see me back in May (fingers crossed), and perhaps at MCM Manchester if things work out. I will also be appearing at Thought Bubble in a couple of weeks, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re in the Leeds vicinity!
#4 New Looks, New Books?
As you can see, the site’s had a bit of a tweak once again. Over the next year I will be gradually broadening the contents to cover my illustration and proofreading business as well. Don’t worry, though! My comics will always be top priority.
Speaking of which, keep an eye out at Thought Bubble if you enjoyed Chapter 10: Under the Skin. I’ll be printing that story up as a new mini (a real one this time, no more 8-folds!) We’re closing in on the end of Volume One, which means that I’ll be kicking into high gear in 2016 to raise money for the first printed collection. Aaaa! Aaaaaa! I’m excited, at least.
That’s about all for the moment, but I will do my best to stay more conversational around here over the next few months. Otherwise, you all know where to find me.
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.