Phase 7 #020 is now available!

Mon 7/14/2014

I'm pleased to announce that the 20th issue of Phase 7 is currently available for online ordering.

Yes, you read correctly, even though I have not finished drawing Phase 7 #019 I am releasing Phase #020! This is because issue #020 was put together as a special "push goal" for the Basewood Kickstarter.

Mark my words, this is no ordinary issue of Phase 7! This very special 20th issue serves as a companion volume to my graphic novel, Basewood. It includes a rock opera reinterpretation of Basewood by Andy Hentz and myself, called Songs From the Basewood. An audio CD that contains all eighteen tracks from SFTBW and four B-Sides is included, as well as a unique code which allows you to download the album digitally from for free. You can also stream the whole album on right now, if you want to check it out first!

The first 24 pages of this issue are the complete lyrics for Songs From the Basewood. The remaining 44 pages document "The Making of Basewood." This includes outlines, scripts, character sketches, building designs, reference photographs, inking tests, cover designs and many more materials from the creation of my first graphic novel. You can see a few sample pages over in the comics section.

It is my hope that this companion volume will enhance people's enjoyment of Basewood! All of the Kickstarter backer copies have already been mailed out. Claire and I are going to mail out the Phase 7 Subscriber copies today and tomorrow and then start fulfilling orders from the general public.

If you were a Kickstarter backer and you are a Phase 7 subscriber, P7 #020 does not count as one of your subscription issues. You will get an extra issue for that subscription.

If P7 #019 was supposed to be the last issue of your subscription, you will receive P7 #020 instead. It has a $10 cover price, which is $6 more than #019, so I am trying to save you some money! My goal is to have issue #019 done before September 30th, when the new Weezer album drops!

If anyone would like to "hack" the Phase Seven Comics system, I am still offering subscriptions for the outrageously low price of $16 for four issues (plus shipping and handling). You can order a subscription and then just ask for P7 #020 as your first issue, thus saving $6 on the cover price, and a bunch on shipping!

Okay, I think that's all the weird special cases...

I'm really excited about this issue. I feel like Songs From the Basewood is one of the coolest things I have ever been a part of. Andy and I spent five years putting together all these songs, and I hope that they will add a whole new layer to people's experience with Basewood. Please check it out and share it with your friends!

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