Short excerpt from my latest post on the NBM Blog:
Next up is page 3 of the book, beautifully rendered by series artist Brent Bowman. This page is the start of a four-page sequence wherein our protagonists are confronted by some rather unsavory brigands. But what makes this especially fun is that the likeness of the lead brigand is based on Yiri, the husband of fellow NBM creator Margreet de Heer (Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics, Science: a Discovery in Comics)
My publisher NBM, is doing something they’ve never done before: they’re serializing my graphic novel Persia Blues as 4 digital “issues” before the print edition comes out. And right now, you can pick up the first part (28 pages of story) for a mere 99 cents through the comiXology app for your tablet or smart phone.
Here’s the official announce ment, from the NBM blog:
Persia Blues, the upcoming graphic novel from NBM publishing and New York Times best-selling writer Dara Naraghi and artist Brent Bowman will debut as a four part series of single issues with issue #1 premiering today for just 99 cents, exclusively on comiXology, — the world’s largest digital comics platform with over 100 million downloads to date. Subsequent issues will be released every two weeks and will retail for $1.99.
The first volume in a three volume series coming from NBM, Persia Blues was both the first title from the publisher that utilized a Kickstarter campaign and the first time they’ve serialized a pending title digitally before it reaches print. The e-comic books will be taken down upon publication of the book when a simultaneous e-book version of the GN will appear.
Needless to say, I’m very excited about this, and very curious to see what the response will be. Everyone knows that digital is where comics are heading, but even as a creator with a vested interest in the medium, I’m having a hard time making the transition from print to digital. I’m hoping that this new venue will expose my work to a whole new (global) audience.
If you do decide to give the first issue a try for just 99 cents, I’d love to get your feedback on it here. Not just the story, but the whole digital experience. What did you like/dislike about the viewer? Would you see yourself purchasing more comics digitally?
Ohio State University will once again be hosting the Festival of Cartoon Art, scheduled for November 14th-17th, 2013. More details here.
CFP: The Third Triennial Academic Conference at the Festival of Cartoon Art
Beginning in 2007, the triennial Festival of Cartoon Art at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University added a one-day academic conference ahead of the weekend’s festivities. This year, 2013, the Billy Ireland will be hosting a special Festival to celebrate the Grand Opening of its glorious new home with a weekend of speakers, events and exhibitions. In honor of this momentous occasion, the academic conference this year will be a two-day event on Thursday and Friday, November 14th and 15th, leading up to the kickoff of the official opening festivities on Friday evening.
In addition, they are currently inviting academic papers in comics studies, with a special interest in papers focusing on topics that connect with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s collections and mission. To be considered for the panels, please send a 250-500 word abstract and a one-page vita to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for abstracts is July 1, 2013.