As a recently married young man who knows his daughters will be as opinionated and vocal as his wonderful wife, I keep a short list of things I want to share with those future daughters. This is a list of books and movies that will inspire them and guide them to be who they want to be and never fear bullying or retribution for their choices. At the top of this list is a new comic book called Princeless.
Welcome to The Previews Party. I hope that you found my previous articles about how to pre-order your comics and the importance of pre-ordering helpful. Now, we're going to get into the meaty goodness of pre-ordering. Today, we'll be looking at January's Previews magazine to see which new books are coming our way. Remember, January's edition covers the new books which will be released in March.
Let me just start this off by saying that this is one of the coolest books I've ever seen. As a Star Wars fan, this book is a joy to behold. The Jedi Path is designed to be an artifact of a forgotten age of the Star Wars universe. It is a textbook written for use at the Jedi Academy during the time when Yoda was a youngling just starting his training. It was then passed down to one of Yoda's students, who then passed it on to his padawan, Count Dooku, who passed it on to Qui-Gon Jinn. Qui-Gon gave it to Obi-Wan, who gave it to Anakin, who gave it to Ahsoka Tanno. At some point, the book fell into the hands of Darth Sidious and was eventually recovered by Luke Skywalker. All of these Jedi have added their thoughts to the text, which adds a personal connection to the book.
This is the end. The final issue of Creator-Owned Heroes. A noble experiment by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Steve Niles that I have had the pleasure of reading for the past 8 months, and the honor of reviewing for a few of those months. This book has been a lot of things. It is a magazine that combines original comic stories, experiments in storytelling, art, and design, and introspective interviews with independent comic book creators. It has served as an inspiration to indie comic creators like myself, and it has served as an example that great ideas don't always make it in today's industry.
Last time, we talked about how important it is to pre-order your comics. Today, I'll be showing you how to pre-order your comics. There are essentially two ways to go about ordering your books: pull lists and the Diamond order form. We'll be talking about both, but focusing a lot more on the second.
In the past year, several creators, editors, and various comics journalists have discussed the importance of pre-ordering. Due to the increased discussion of this process, I thought it would be fitting to make pre-ordering the focus for my 2013 blog.
For those of you who don't know the inner workings of the comic book industry, allow me to explain the process. Pre-ordering is when comic readers fill out an order form or create a pull list at their local comic shop instead of just buying comics when they visit the store. A lot of stores base their comics orders off of their regulars' orders and then add on some extra copies. The pre-order process is incredibly important to the comic industry, as it is the sole basis of industry sales number and statistics.
Where is Jake Ellis? is the sequel to Nathan Edmondson’s awesome comic series, Who is Jake Ellis? Let’s get right down to it; this is an awesome spy thriller with a little sci-fi twist. If you like movies like the Bourne series, then you’ll like Jake Ellis. Edmondson’s writing is sharp, he never wastes a panel or a text bubble, and he never weighs you down with needless exposition. The story is always moving, and the action is always intense. I also can’t forget to mention the awesome art by Tonci Zonjic; he really delivers some amazing work on this series, bringing Edmondson’s action to life.
What if I told you that you could be reading one of the best comic series ever written right now? That it is only 8 issues in, and that the company has made the first collection of 6 issues available for $10 in a trade paperback? What if I told you that you could go to a comic shop right now, and pick up a work of art by one of our century’s greatest writers and illustrated by a young woman whose artistic career will soon be legendary. What if I told you to go read Saga, a book that will be on every 'best of the year' list, will take home tons of awards, and should be on everyone’s bookshelf? Well, that is exactly what I am about to tell you.
The comic book event of the summer is nigh! Before Watchmen, the much-anticipated prequel series to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, will consist of seven limited series and an epilogue one-shot. Stay tuned, as the Fanboy Comics crew will be reviewing each title as it is released. Hurm.
Thirteen pages of this issue are really good. The rest is not. For the middle thirteen pages, Darwyn Cooke does exactly what I have wanted to see this entire series. He shows us a never-before-seen Minutemen adventure that has no ties to the Watchmen source material. We get to see the Minutemen fighting a villain, being heroes, and saving the day despite all their personal flaws and failings. Then, we get to see the terrible fallout of their actions, and watch the Minutemen learn a hard lesson about heroism. It is wonderful.
Kickstarter is quickly becoming one of the best ways for independent comic creators to fund their projects. Creators with really amazing, quirky stories that a big publisher might not take a chance on can find an audience and raise the funds they need to make their dreams come true. I recently had the chance to sit down with one of these comic creators, Andres Salazar, to learn more about his upcoming comic, Pariah, MO. Here’s what he had to say about the project. Learn more about Pariah, MO, by visiting the Kickstarter page.