Tuesday, March 22, 2011

More random thoughts, announcements, and chat with me on Twitter!

Hey Inkbots,

2011 Mocca Festival 
On April 9th and 10th, about two weeks from today, we will be at The New York City Mocca Festival. It is the big apple's largest annual celebration of Independent comics, and it features some of the biggest independent comic book creators on the planet including Paul Pope, Jaime Hernandez, Frank Miller, and of course THE INKBOT CREW! The Mocca Festival is also a great place for fans to meet and greet with some of their favorite artists, and to sample some of the best of what the American independent market has to offer. So, with that in mind, what are some of things that we, here at Inkbot.net, have in store for you? 

At the 2011 Mocca Festival fans of Inkbot.net will have a chance to meet and greet with some of their favorite Inkbot creators including: Zomboy and The Blue Bullet's Jan Velazquez, Odessa's Louie Chin, Allen Shrugged's Allen Yuen, Revolvers Clay Graham and Brent Martone, and mallville's Gary Cohen (just to name a few)! Our table will also feature several high quality prints for sale, as well as FREE GIVEAWAYS AND commissioned arc. So if you always wanted Revolver's Clay Graham to draw a picture of you beating the living hell out of Johnny Raiker with a screwdriver, here's your chance ;)

BTW, just in case you're wondering which prints will be available, here is the list of what we have planned.
Odessa Graphic Novel (Contains all five issues of Odessa's first Arc)
Exclusive Revolvers One shot (contains a brand new Revolvers story, which is not available on the site)
Zomboy 1 & 2 (contains the first two issues of Zomboy's first arc)
Allen Shrugged Collection (Contains some of Allen's most memorable strips including commentary by the man himself)
Womp Collection (Contains the first twenty three strips of Louie Chin's Womp)

So again, if you're in the New York Area, make sure you stop by, tip over our table, tell us how much you hate us, or just chat with us about comics ;)

New look for Odessa
For the Odessa Graphic Novel Louie Chin redesigned a lot of the pages in issues one through five. So, in the coming weeks make sure you check back and read some of your favorite Odessa issues, as there may be a few hidden surprises in the art ;) 

Art Corner- we are still in the process of developing an Inkbot Art Corner, which will be a place where Inkbot artists can post tons of finished and unfinished pieces, and where you, the viewer, can post your opinions about them. We expect to be finished with the design by the end of the week. So expect an official announcement, regarding its launch, by the early part of next week ;)

Inkbot stores- Starting next week we will begin adding some more of your favorite titles to the Inkbot store. With that said, the stores for Revolvers, American Ambition, Allen Shrugged, and Zomboy are now up. So make sure you check them out. AND, as an added bonus, if you wear a t-shirt to any of the conventions that we attend, we will hook you up with some exclusive Inkbot stuff ;)

Great Podcast
If you're a die hard Scifi fan, or like I, just enjoy a good entertainment podcast, then you'll certainly enjoy The Sci fi Saturday Night podcast. About a month ago, yours truly did an interview with them regarding the site and our philosophy on comics, and since then they have had the cast of Firefly's Brown Coat Redemption, discussed and debated the pros and cons of technological advances, and featured read alouds from some of the genre's biggest authors. So again, if you have some time on your hands, or you just enjoy listening to something while you work, MAKE SURE YOU CHECK IT OUT: http://www.scifisaturdaynight.com/

Honestly, with my writing schedule I can only commit to posting a blog a week. However, with twitter I can chat with people, post my ridiculous rants, and forward some of my favorite articles at any time. So, if you've been a fan of some of the ridiculous, or not so ridiculous things I have posted on my blog, or you just want to chat about comics, the site, or well...anything, then hit me up @Inkbot01

Monday, March 28th...ITS COMING!!!
That's right, next Monday marks the debut of Jan and I's new weekly stripped called Genesis. And in case you missed last week's blog, here's a preview of what you can expect:

Enough reading!
In celebration of the soon to launch Inkbot Art Corner I figured I'd give you another taste of what you can expect ;)

Until next week ;P

Saturday, March 12, 2011

hello there (few thoughts)

Hey Inkbots,

Its been a week since my last confession, but I'm confident I can get back to posting a blog at least three times a week (I sound like a recovering alcoholic at this point). Still, if its of any consolation, I have a couple of nice things to show you ( yeah, now I just sound like a dirty old man) ;)

Two weeks ago we posted the final issue of Zomboy's first arc, and in my opinion, it was a good one. For the first time in the whole series we really got a chance to experience the father/son relationship shared between Zomboy and Bob, and we also got a taste of what else our favorite zombie is capable of.

Btw: As a token of our friendship, here's a nice little pic of the cover for issues 3 and 4. 

What can I say except WOW! Here I am thinking that Louie is just your random, run of the mill, amazingly talented artist who likes to draw restaurants blowing up when out of nowhere he hits us with some of the most introspective strips ever featured on the site ;) 

Allen Shrugged;
Speaking of introspective, Allen Shrugged is just amazing. There's really not much else to say except, stop reading this blog right now and check it out ;)

Art Corner: In a few weeks we will be opening up an Art Corner here on the site which will allow Inkbot artists to post several finished and unfinished works of theirs for your amusement. Now, just so you don't think that they're only going to post a slew of nicely colored stick figures, here's a snippet of what you can expect:

FINALLY on March 28th 2011....ITS COMING!!!

And just to let you know that this isn't just a blatant rip of the Undertaker's return, two weeks ago on RAW, here's a sample of what I'm talking about ;)

See you in a couple of days Inkbots!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

a few things

Hey Inkbots,

Keeping with my daily blog has been like me committing to running three times a week, it just hasn't happened. Still, I figure I can at least chime in every once in a while and let you know that I haven't forgotten about you, and that there are big things brewing behind the scenes ;)

New Titles:
This week we launched Louie Chin's new weekly title Womp! And if you haven't checked it out already, you really should. Louie's work is a throwback to the days when comics had no idea of how magical and influential they would become. It is a reminder of the age when comic creators were constantly trying to do new things and simply tell cool stories without worrying so much about continuity or protecting the image of a particular brand. Now, that's not to say that Louie's work is necessarily edgy, but at the very least, it isn't afraid to be different (in a good kind of way).

Speaking of different, Jan and I, the team behind The Blue Bullet and Zomboy, are eager to showcase our new weekly series Genesis, which is debuting in the middle of March. Genesis is something that has been brewing in our minds for the last six months, and it is something that we think will change the way people look, and think, about weeklies. Still, being the jerk that I am, I can't say too much about the project just yet except "Its all in the name baby!" 

Let me go on the record and state that I am extremely proud of Odessa's editor Gary Cohen. Mallvile has been a joy to read every week, and I can honestly say that it is one of the most enjoyable strips on the site.

Conventions galore:
Last year we invaded The New York Comic Con, and this year we will invade Mocca, Philly Con, AND The New York Comic Con. So, if you love you some inkbot, or you just want a chance to tip over our table and spit in our faces, here's your chance (btw, if you do want to spit in our face, we are all named Clay).