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The Glorious Gutter Life: 005 - Preorders, or The Life and Death of Your Favorite Comic

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005 - Preorders, and the Life and Death of Your Favorite Comic

Last week on The Glorious Gutter Life: 004 - From Pitch to Page

You have a finished book.

Let that sink in for a second.

You finished a book. And whether it’s an issue or a whole OGN,…

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Kid’s these days don’t know about the manga of inspector Gadget. 

Zack got me with this. 

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The Glorious Gutter Life: 004 - From Pitch to Page

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Last week on The Glorious Gutter Life: 003 - How Not to Take It in the Tailpipe (or, Comic Contracts 101)

I’m writing this column as I sit in the barest sliver of sunlight, trying to sneak it in between five…

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PINCHUK PLUG POST :: If Frankenstein stories represent reckless science, and zombies represent mob conformity, then ghost stories truly work best when embodying the phrase “Hell is other people.” We see random innocents — literally trapped in with the old, personal problems some wretched soul is constantly reliving — forced to be the ones to finally make that parasitic stranger move on.
What makes V.J. Boyd’s comic, GHOST COP, so fun is that it mashes the ‘impersonal horror’ of ghost stories with the ‘impersonal justice’ set-up of the Western. In other words, it shows what happens when two strangers — two forceful spirits — get mixed up in each other’s business.
On one hand, you have Tom Fraley, your classic gum shoe. VJ’s a writer on JUSTIFIED, and he’s crafted a very different kind of latter day gunslinger with this fella. Fraley’s been wandering the streets of LA ever since a serial killer murdered him in the 40’s. The case was never solved, but now he might get to finally tie off his ‘unfinished business,’ because the same killer seems to have inexplicably returned.
On the other hand, you have Leticia, a modern detective tormented by surreal visions of the end times. When Fraley crosses her path, he could actually bring an end to this psychic curse; and she’s only the living person who can actually help his afterlife vendetta. Problem is: if Fraley gets his revenge, it will cause the Apocalypse she’s been foreseeing. 
Add an utterly inept ghost hunter and a maniac with serious mommy issues into this crisscross, and you’ve got a strange and complex thriller. GHOST COP cleverly turns horror tropes on their ear, and bends genres together like only comics are free to do. 
Pick up the trade in print, or go all digital with the singles on Comixology. 

PINCHUK PLUG POST :: If Frankenstein stories represent reckless science, and zombies represent mob conformity, then ghost stories truly work best when embodying the phrase “Hell is other people.” We see random innocents — literally trapped in with the old, personal problems some wretched soul is constantly reliving — forced to be the ones to finally make that parasitic stranger move on.

What makes V.J. Boyd’s comic, GHOST COP, so fun is that it mashes the ‘impersonal horror’ of ghost stories with the ‘impersonal justice’ set-up of the Western. In other words, it shows what happens when two strangers — two forceful spirits — get mixed up in each other’s business.

On one hand, you have Tom Fraley, your classic gum shoe. VJ’s a writer on JUSTIFIED, and he’s crafted a very different kind of latter day gunslinger with this fella. Fraley’s been wandering the streets of LA ever since a serial killer murdered him in the 40’s. The case was never solved, but now he might get to finally tie off his ‘unfinished business,’ because the same killer seems to have inexplicably returned.

On the other hand, you have Leticia, a modern detective tormented by surreal visions of the end times. When Fraley crosses her path, he could actually bring an end to this psychic curse; and she’s only the living person who can actually help his afterlife vendetta. Problem is: if Fraley gets his revenge, it will cause the Apocalypse she’s been foreseeing. 

Add an utterly inept ghost hunter and a maniac with serious mommy issues into this crisscross, and you’ve got a strange and complex thriller. GHOST COP cleverly turns horror tropes on their ear, and bends genres together like only comics are free to do. 

Pick up the trade in print, or go all digital with the singles on Comixology

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The Glorious Gutter Life: 003 - How Not to Take It in the Tailpipe (or, Comic Contracts 101)

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003 - How Not to Take It in the Tailpipe (or, Comic Contracts 101)

Last week on The Glorious Gutter Life: 002 - Pitching and Moaning

Congratulations. You’ve just sold your first creator owned comic book to a publisher, no doubt…

When Nick asked for suggestions on topics to cover in his column, this was the one I suggested immediately. I made a point to cover the same subject when I did my Making Comics lecture at CBS in February because, unfortunately, it’s probably more important than any lesson about craft.

Constructive confrontation is a natural and expected part of any business. The more prepared any creator is to handle that, the less likely he or she is going to be exploited.

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What an awful, bloody hangover…! 

Blue-line pencils + finished gray-tone art from “the Dimming Spirit”. I wrote this for Black Jack Press' upcoming VIKINGS anthology, and it’s been vibrantly illustrated by international comics artist, Rodolfo Ezequiel!

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Last week on The Glorious Gutter Life: 001 - You’ve Never Heard of Me

You’ve fallen for it, haven’t you? You love this thing so much that you want to be a part of it in the most intimate way imaginable, intertwining with it at a cellular level until it’s impossible to tell the difference between you and it. And then, when there’s nothing left of the person you were before it all began save the withered husk of your once shining humanity, you want to put the result of this union out into the world for others to see.

You want to make comic books. May Will Eisner have mercy on your souls.

It isn’t easy to part a publisher from their money, particularly since printing books is both an expensive and risky proposition. Presuming, of course, that your goal is to have a publisher help you achieve this dream of yours, one of the first things you’ll need is a pitch that can trick convince someone with the authority to do so to invest copious amounts of cash into your idea.

So I’m going to show you how I did that.

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Pulling Back the Curtain on Creating Indie Comics | Facebook

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NYC natives! This Wednesday, I’ll be descending on your finest Barnes & Noble along with Alex Eckman-Lawn (dudenukem), Kate Glasheen (katiecrimespree), Shane-Michael Vidaurri (smvidaurri), and Kate Kasenow (katekaz) to talk about the ancient and arcane art of making indie comics.

I strongly suspect we will devolve into a sea of giggling dweebs before the night is over. We may also weep as we tell you about what has brought us to this point in our careers.

BECAUSE COMICS = FEELINGS.

Come talk to us, and bring all those burning questions about making the comic sausage that you’ve had taking up space in your hearts and mind all these years.

Tomorrow night, guys. And we’ve even tricked themarysue's thebirdandthebat a.k.a. Jill Pantozzi into moderating! Come for the geeks, stay for the classy question asker.

If you’re in New York and want to learn how to make comics, there’s much to be learned from these goons…

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My mentor has been taken! Doraemon is in their sinister clutches. They assure me the blue cat will fly again… as long as I cooperate. 

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Didya dig GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY? Don’t you want to live it? supermercado made a kick-ass side-scrollin’ beat-‘em-up app game, ’the Universal Weapon,' which pits the chibi-sized Guardians against basically every single chibi-sized foe in the Marvel cosmos. You’re welcome.