Isle of Elsi Adventures!

Thu 9/9/2021

Like so many other authors who had a new book come out during the pandemic (or just before it), I am so disappointed that I have not been able to get out and promote Isle of Elsi: The Dragon's Librarian (Book One). I got the book back from the printers in late 2019, and was signed up to exhibit at three shows, all of which were canceled. I did my best to promote and sell the book online during the pandemic, but with my kids home 24x7 and high levels of life/work stress, I didn't make much progress.

I was more productive at my drawing table, where I hunkered down every morning, drawing a page a week. I am only a few months away from finishing the 164 pages of comics that will make up Book Two. But not being able to exhibit at shows has caused two big problems: 1) I have not been able to sell many copies of Book One and 2) I have not been able to promote Book One.

The Kickstarter for Book One funded by the skin of its teeth, in the last 48 hours of the campaign. My hope was that by exhibiting at shows and getting those books into peoples' hands, I would build up my audience, and have an easier time raising funds for Book Two. But right now it feels like I'm still back at square one. The thought of launching a Book Two Kickstarter in early 2022 fills me with dread. Plus I physically do not have the space to store Book Two without first moving more copies of Book One. So what to do?

Well, after a bunch of self-publishing soul searching, I've decided to begin serializing Isle of Elsi in a comic book called Isle of Elsi Adventures! Over the next year I will self-publish the contents of Book Two over five issues, with the hope that sending these out through the mail will help me build that readership that I have missed out on and in turn, promote Book One. I'm also hoping it will help get these comics into the hands of young readers (the intended "middle grade" audience, ages 8-12). The comics are all available and free to read on but kids have been so maxed out on screen time during all this madness, it seems like print is a better way to go.

I set up a Preorder Pack which allows people to sign up for issues #1-5, which will be mailed out as they become available. If you know a kid who would like to get some comics in the mail, please consider sharing this with them.

It's all an experiment, but one I'm very excited about! Even after the first five issues are done, I hope I can keep releasing future issues to get chunks of the webcomic in print.

Sorry I only seem to blog these days when I'm selling something. Maybe I should go back to monthly posts in 2022... I'm so burned out on social media right now! Anyway, I hope everyone is hanging in there and staying safe.

Isle of Elsi is Eisner Nominated!

Thu 6/17/2021

Isle of Elsi has been nominated for a 2021 Eisner Award for Best Webcomic!

There are just TWO WEEKS left until the voting deadline, on June 30th.

Comics pros can register to vote here or if you're already registered, ballots have been emailed! (check those junk folders).

I'm very excited about this! Hopefully I'll be back on here soon to do another post to catch up on some of the things going on in my life. For now, that's the BIG news!

Phase 7 #024 is (finally) available for ordering!

Thu 4/22/2021

I finally overcame four months of pandemic inertia/torpor and got Phase 7 #024 up for ordering on the Phase Seven Comics website! It's 28 pages and costs $3 + shipping. You can read a free 7-page excerpt on the site (my 2020 Hourly Comics Day comics).

Since my last post, our cat Webby got super sick (like, she almost died - didn't eat or drink for days, stopped going to the bathroom, etc.) We took her to the vet and after $1,300 worth of tests they had ruled out many things but still had no idea what was going on. Back at home she slowly started act more like herself. Then finally one day she crapped out 16 inches of nylon thread (eaten off of Claire's sewing area in the studio - now safely locked in a box!). It was tangled into a few turds that she was dragging around the house, with one end still up inside her. Delightful! A few more inches of thread were passed yesterday - I hope to see the end of it soon (both figuratively and literally!).

Meanwhile, in the backyard Penny went broody for like the fourth time. She's ripping her own feathers out, clucking continuously, never leaving the coop, she stopped laying eggs but any time Henny lays one she obsessively sits on it, we have to physically push her off the nest so she'll go eat and drink, etc. etc. etc.

I feel like all the pets are somehow picking up on the general vibe of the pandemic right now and it's making them act crazy. I can relate, but wish they'd knock it off - I don't need the extra layer of stress right now!

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