Now that June (2014) wraps itself up with a neat little bow, I’ve finally found a miniature window of opportunity to update this blog thing. Besides, it’s pissing down and humid here in Tokyo so I figure I need a distraction.
My own fault for lack of time, if not the weather — between working the day-job and trying to be a hopefully sufficient dad to Cocoa, I’ve been plodding away at a new comic book (titled Bullet Gal) which we’re publishing through IF? Commix from August.
I’ve just started #4 (see mock-up cover art here), but we’ll be launching the first two issues in Melbourne (Australia) on Sunday 17th August @ Classic Comics in the CBD. I’ll also be printing up copies of #3 for the day — since I’ll actually be there (and home) for the first time in three years.
The launch is the first IF? Commix jaunt Matt Kyme and I have put on, and we’ll be unveiling 5 local titles (actually 6-7 comics), ranging in price from $1 for a printed mini-comic to $15 (two graphic novels). The jewel in our ramshackle crown is the comic Matt and I do together — Tales to Admonish — and we’ll have #3 ready to roll for the gig.
Mike Speakman and his mates will also be launching Carmen, while Matt and I are doing the Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat and That Bulletproof Kid graphic novels.
Bullet Gal is my other baby — something I started working on after I finished TSMG in May.
It’s basically telling the back-story of Mitzi, a.k.a. Bullet Gal, who made appearances in Tales to Admonish #2 and my novel Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? (which I’m also currently converting into a comic book script — more news later). We’ve already got some great reviews of the first couple of issues thanks to Steven Alloway @ Fanboy Comics, Shawn Vogt @ Weird and Wonderful Reads, Paul Bowler @ Sci-Fi Jubilee, and John Kowalski @ Word of the Nerd.
I’m really happy with the way it’s shaping up, and if anyone’s vaguely interested in this noir/crime/mystery romp, pre-orders for $1 of the digital versions are online @ IF? Commix.
Meanwhile my fourth novel Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth is out and about early, and already up on the various international forms of Amazon — see links to the right-hand side of the page @ Perfect Edge Books. Amazon USA in fact has a 31% discount on pre-orders, while at Amazon UK pre-order saves 25%. Looks like the Kindle will be available from the official release date (July 25th).
Which brings me to the second launch I’ll be doing in Melbourne in August.
On Wednesday 13th August, from 6:00pm, I’ll be in @ Brunswick Bound in Sydney Road, Brunswick — doing the launch jig for Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth. I’ll hock discounted copies of the paperback alongside my previous novels, and degrade them with hack graf courtesy of a texta if people ask.
Anyway, more news closer to the trip. Cannot wait.