Sunday, October 21, 2007

What Time Is It...?

I can't quite believe a whole week has gone since BICS. Wow. Between travelling back, man-flu and work, there hasn't been a chance to post to this site, so apologies for that.

Anyhue, RF did really very well for a preview issue thingy from 'non-industry' folks like us. Thanks to all of you who came by, particularly those who put their money down. The whole point of the exercise was to get the work out there, to show we were serious, and to start getting feedback that would be worked into the full version of Issue One. In that, I believe we were very successful.

As well as selling a bunch of issues to the public who wandered by, we also gave out nine retailer packs. These contained an intro letter from Alma and I, a copy of the writer & artist agreement she and I signed at the beginning of the process, full bios for us both complete with relevant urls for further reading, and a copy of the preview. Since then, another such pack has been passed on to Travelling Man in Newcastle. One pack at the event was actually passed to a review site, and more on that in a subsequent post, but all the rest went to shops. Again, this was to raise awareness of RF in the 'con-active' indy retail community.

Lastly, we handed out copies of RF to a number of industry pro's, asking for honest feedback. This has started to come in and, I'm pleased to say that it has been universally positive. There have been constructive points raised, some expected, some delightfully unexpected (raising the usual 'D'oh!' moments), but everyone has been very complimentary. This has boosted our confidence and given us some direction for the full version of Issue One.

So, when will that be? Good question. December would be nice, but we need to start saving for that. BICS was always going to be a financial gut-punch, but it counts as a long-term investment and, from all we've got back so far, it's already been worthwhile. Getting the first issue printed will be a bigger hit, but will bring a more immediate return assuming we can turn positive public and professional reaction into actual sales.

Whatever the case, Issue One of Redemption's Fire will be at Bristol in May ( This has to happen, so it will. See you there!

(PS. Particular thanks to those of you who came up with your portfolios, chatted to Alma as she looked them over, and then bought a comic before leaving. You are officially Good People. There were a number of people who came up, had Alma [and others on other stalls] spend her time to go through a portfolio offering helpful advice and crit, and then buggered off without picking up a book. Cheers for that...)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Birmingham comic con!!!

After much badgering from people who were unable to make it to the Birmingham International Comics Show (on account of being in America or Australia , or some other feeble excuses), the decision has been taken to offer the last few copies of the Preview Issue for sale on this site.

The Preview will cost you £2, plus whatever postage is to your abode (don’t worry, we won’t pull an e-bay postage trick on you).

Clickety on the nice, shiny button on the right to make the magic happen!:)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pre-launch nerves

Well now.

We've gone and done it now, haven't we?!

It's the night before the day before the morning of The Event. It was my birthday just a few days ago, and that passed without registering much of a blip for two reasons. Firstly, it's the birthday before a major milestone birthday, and those tend to get passed over in the rush for the greater date. Secondly, Birmingham looms large at the moment.

The book is back from our very wonderful printer's over in Eire. Alma sent some fuzzy mobile phone pics that got my heart beating really rather fast. I know it's 'just' a preview, and that the finished issue will be bigger, more polished and generally quite spiffy, but this is the debut issue. Over the weekend, about 170 people will hopefully go home with copies of the first major public appearance of Redemption's Fire!

170? Yup. Possibly even 150. See, there have been pre-orders, as family, friends and work colleagues reserve their copies. There's also the ten copies being kept back for the distributor packs that are being handed out to indy comic shops. So, the Preview Issue is becoming more rare by the minute! Wonder if we'll sell out? Ah, more butterflies!

We're going to give the first issue, 1/200, to a charity auction, if the Birmingham International Comics Show has such a thing. If not, then we'll find something special to do with it. Maybe we'll do a gallery of pics of the people who buy the preview, with a big shot of the person who buys issue one. Maybe we'll just sit on a dust covered, bypassed stall. Ugh, more butterflies.

Let's see, shall we.

See you in Birmingham - did we?

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Redemption's Fire debut!

Redemption's Fire will be making it's debut at the Birmingham comic con Oct 13th and 14th!
So for the lucky few who attend a special preview edition with a one off cover of the Demon Lord will be available-signed by the writer and artist and numbered 1 to 200!
There are only two hundred copies available so grab 'em while they're hot!
And if you're very nice you'll get a personalised sketch!
See ya there!