As some of you know, I’ve been doing “patronage” as a system of financing my operations since 2009. Many of you have at some time or another contributed; either as a yearly sum in the old days, or as a monthly subscription in recent times. Of course, my limited programming skills often meant that I was unable to develop a backend to make this work. I’ve been reliant on paypal for some time, but not everyone likes this system.
So when Patreon came along it seemed like the smart move. There was only one problem: I had already done an Indiegogo campaign, and I feared how switching to a new service before I was able to complete my objective. However, enough fan encouraged me to do this that I went ahead and created an account. While originally this was going to ressurect TGA, I decided instead to create a new project, called “Sketchy Magazine”. You can read the first 10 pages for free here.
Why not become a supporter at just 1$ a magazine
Ever since I wrote Bible Stories, I’ve become obsessed with the short story genre. Short stories are older than civilization itself; these were the ways were related to one another, and to the struggle of our existence.
Back in the 1940’s and 50’s, there was an explosion of magazines that featured stories of all kinds. Comic books were one of the offshoots, but the story magazine did not do nearly as well.
The digital revolution can change that. With the marginal costs always decreasing to near zero, it’s possible to distribute over a huge market, at a very low cost. Hence, I’m going to be releasing a short story magazine with the various stories I’ve wanted to write over the years. Here’s the sample cover of the first edition, which will contain three original tales: “Unrecognizable”, “The Voice”, and “What are the Odds?”.
If you liked the first postcard, you’re going to flip out with this new one I’m working on for Genesis. For this one, that gag is as follows (see if you can solve the riddle):
Which of the following figures did NOT inspire the story of Noah?
c) Yu the Great
Bonus: What is the biggest distinction in the stories?
A few months ago, I wrote and starred in a pilot called “Bellhop”; the story of a wannabe comedian who travels to New York City to try and make it big. It was originally intended to be for a web-series contest, but we ended up not making the final cut. Still, that doesn’t mean we aren’t planning on doing something with this puppy once we have a bit more free time. Be sure to watch and tell us what you think!
So, do you want to know what I’ve been doing all this time? Are you insanely curious about the Bible Stories preview I’ve been teasing about for weeks? Well, then you’re in luck, because I’ve released this puppy in a ton of formats to make it easier for you to enjoy. Keep in mind the goal for the telethon on November 23rd is to spread the word, so don’t be shy to share this with everyone you know!
#1. First, you can simply read the chapter as an HTML page. Talk about simple!
#2. You can also listen to the first 50 minutes in the audio version, complete with notes!
#3. Finally, if you need to bring it with you on the go, there’s a PDF version as well.
A number of years ago, I did a series of postcard ads for an event held by my ex called “Light and Motion”. These ended up being extremely popular and even leading to a bunch of pop-ins despite a pretty limited run. So, when it came time to think of some marketing strategies, I decided not to try and re-invent the wheel, and go with what worked: attractive cartoons on glossy construction paper.
I plan on making a whole series of these for the highlights of the Bible. This one is Exodus, but I plan on making some for Genesis, Kings, Judges, and all the crazy stories that are too ludicrous to believe. If that maniac Jack Chick can distribute a billion of his vile comics, surely we can try for a few hundred at least.
Be sure to click on the image to get a higher rez version to look at. Please also ignore the grammar or spelling mistakes. I haven’t quite finished finalizing the text (it doesn’t quite work, but it’s 99% of the way there).
If you’ve just finished listening to the podcast about the telethon on November 23rd and came to the site looking for further instructions, allow me to begin by first congratulating you on being so enthusiastic; not to mention obedient. I’m currently busting my ass doing the million things I need to get done before the big day. Apologies if things are still a little vague and wishy washy. Rest assured that things are rapidly developing, and that I’m going to be updating you regularly on the site as time goes on.
I’ve already received a number of messages from people who inform me that they won’t be able to tune in live. That blows. Luckily, I’ll be setting up a pre-donation page (very soon), and you’ll still be able to help out even if you can’t tune in. As soon as the show is over, I’ll be re-broadcasting it, no doubt to make up for any remaining monies on this highly ambitious venture. Rest assured that in the end, no one will be missing anything, and you’ll be able to watch this puppy over and over, if it doesn’t totally suck.
In the meantime, I present the poster for anyone interested in finding out more. I’ll also be publishing other artwork and prizes that will be available for funding goals. Isn’t this all exciting?
Stay tuned for more!!!!
Some of you stalkers out there might be able to tell the difference between this cover and the one I put up on the Indiegogo campaign. Well, I had to pick a size for the actual book, and I wanted to try and balance out the text with the visuals. The original’s font was a tad dark and too close to the margins. If any of you feel different, feel free to let me know in the forums.
Now, you know that me posting this up means it’s getting dangerously close to the time when I release the free chapter I’ve been teasing you all about!
Some of the super hard-cores might recall that a few years back I was floating around the idea of making a game called Alexander. It’s basically a historical fiction version of Shining Force, with Greek mythology instead of the typical fantasy tropes. The project, like many others, has fallen in ‘permanently stalled’, but every once in a while I still do a bit of artwork. If you’re familiar with these types of games, the artwork should conjure up a few memories.