Sci-Fi POV

Walking down the street today, I came across one of these old street markers which had been embedded in the sidewalk.

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Is it me, or doesn’t the old Times Street marker clearly indicate the formula Time 2.2 to the T power?  And if so, what does that mean?

(And why does my shadow look eerily like a tree trunk’s ?!?)

 

More Charlatan On The Horizon

As we near the end of Charlatan Issue 2 being posted on this site, over the past few weeks I have been thinking over (or should I say overthinking?) where to go next with the book, both in terms of Charlatan as a webcomic and as a published book.

While considering what to do, I have also been looking at some creators who have both a established a compelling web presence for their books and who have been able to successfully publish their works beyond their webcomic version for a broader audience.

I am almost finished with ’Jason Brubaker’s excellent “how to” book, Unnatural Talent, which speaks directly about considerations around building an audience for your comic on the web and beyond.  Jason’s phenomenal webcomic, reMIND, is also now available in a beautiful print edition and it is great to get be able to read, in-depth, about how Jason approached the process of online and print publishing.  Along those lines, Jim Zub, who is the writer of Skullkickers and Ron Randall, who is the creator of Trekker, have each continued to post their works on the web for free while having successful “hard copy” editions of their works published.

Although I don’t have everything figured out yet, looking at the work of these top creators and others, I have come to a few conclusions about Charlatan for the time being:

1)  I intend to publish Charlatan as a webcomic beyond Issue 2.  The idea behind Charlatan has always been to tell an entertaining (and hopefully at times moving) tale and share the story with as broad an audience as possible.  I don’t know how much Charlatan I will end up posting online, but I can definitely say that for now it feels like it is too soon to stop sharing the story on this site.  So onward to Issue 3!

2)  I will move my regular schedule to posting new pages on Mondays.   On Thursdays, I will try to share some thoughts on what is going on with the book and other comics-related topics.

3)  I have also decided to self-publish digital editions of Charlatan.  With my limited web skills, I try to make the webcomic reading experience of Charlatan as easy as possible on this site and via the wonderful Comic Rocket platform, but there is also something to be said for the experience of reading tablet or mobile-native digital comics.  Not sure exactly how those digital editions will roll-out, but expect some announcements very soon regarding Charlatan being available for digital download.

4)  I will once again be offering print editions of the original Charlatan: Preludes trade paperback for sale.  Look for a STORE section to pop-up shortly on the site.

That’s all for now in terms of updates, but before I close I also want to mention that we are now only 4 pages away from the ending of Charlatan Issue 2 and, in my humble opinion, it offers a bigger shocker than the revelations at the end of Issue 1.  Really excited to be able to share the conclusion of Issue 2 and I sincerely hope you enjoy it!

 

Olympia Comics Festival

Very happy to share that I will have a table at the Cartoonist’s Expo at the upcoming Olympia Comics Festival on June 7 in Olympia, WA.

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The Expo will be held at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, WA, from 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM.  The event website describes the Expo as “[t]wo hundred and fifty two feet of tables displaying comics weird and wonderful….” I will personally be striving for a table full of wonder, but realize that I may veer into the weird at times.

Details on the Festival and the Expo can be found here: http://olympiacomicsfestival.org/

Guests of Honor this year are Charles Burns, Simon Roy, and Jesse Reklaw.

If you are at the Festival, stop by the table and say “howdy.”