It’s been a while since I did one of these and I wanted to let everyone know that the Oswald Chronicles Vol. 1 has arrived and they look great and I’m going to begin shipping these out to everyone who helped Kickstart the book
Just as a note these books are hardcover and are limited edition to 500 copies and 50 artist proofs and the only way to get them is on Kickstarter, the store on the website in a few weeks and at cons. There will be a trade paperback version and that’s going to be a full release and I’m looking to have it distributed through Diamond and I’ll be pursuing that over the next few weeks. Once the books are sent out there will be another Kickstarter for Vol.2. I will keep everyone posted as that comes closer.
Here is a cover done illustrated by Jade Gonzalez and colored by Thomas Hayes. Now the one on the top was Thomas coloring the cover without knowing what I wanted for Clive’s colors and the second one is the corrected one. Although insane I love the first cover colors even though it’s not what I envisioned for Clive, enjoy.
A long time internet friend and at one time printing client Courtney Huddleston got in touch with me to ask about Kickstarter and some of the pitfalls to be avoided and my answer follows along with a bit of a tirade about pros who sometimes look at Kickstarter as strange piggybank that can be shaken for their lifestyles to be supported.
Kickstarter the toughest thing I found was the stress and how easy it is to get carried away with promoting whatever it is you're doing. You may have a better chance of getting through it without all the hand wringing I went through, I hope for your sake. But for me it was a struggle to get to my goal and I got burnt out of the whole social media thing and what's really nuts is I'm getting ready for my second run at KS as well.
The biggest issue I had with KS was that SM took up so much time I got barely any writing done in those 45 days, but I sent out tons of messages and e-mails to anyone who would listen. So my only real advice, is try to take it easy and don't wig out, and keep your goal realistic. There's a guy now on KS trying to raise 200,000K and although he's a great artist and I like the book and I have contributed I see him having a hard time making it, because he wants people to pay him to stay at home sit on his butt and draw the book. Sounds reasonable from a pros perspective I’m sure, but from an average person’s perspective who goes to work every day or from any indy creator who has to work a day job and do their books on the side with little or no compensation, it's like a slap in the face, so I don't see many people going out of their way to support this. And telling me you worked at DC for 25 years is like telling me you worked at the local gas station it doesn't mean much if I wasn't reading and enjoying the books you were creating over there. If he had asked for 30 or 45K I could see him having an easier time of it.
I think what many of the pros who come into KS are having an issue with is the stance that their books sold in the tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands at DC and Marvel or where ever it is they made their bones, they think it will translate over to KS sales and it’s shown in many occasions that it doesn’t. Especially when you’re asking for people to support your lifestyle, which again from a pros perspective I’m sure doesn’t sound unusual but from folks who come from indy circles it sounds a bit outrageous, if not flat out unreasonable. From our perspective (indy creators and this is really only my view on it through the general lens of the collective indy community) we look at it like this, I go out do my day job and on my off hours I do my comic, why can’t you? Now if your book is done and all you need is money to print then fine I’ll chip in and help you make that happen, Mr. Pro person you, because I like the feel and vibe of your book and you took the time to create this on your own and I appreciate that both as a fan and as a aspiring creator.
Now in contrast there have been a number of pros who have come in and have raised quite a bit of money for their projects, but those that have, have been reasonable in the amount they ask for and have set up some really nice pledge levels. The creators asking for the 200,000 have put in some nice pledge levels and I have contributed to get a hardcover, but that steep goal I think may keep them from raising the funds they’re seeking for the reason I stated above. The link for the project is below and I would suggest checking it out and come away with your own opinion. If you have any thoughts or feeling on the subject please let me know?
On top of that Courtney is a MMA fan as am I and he had a few questions for me. So here are the questions and my answers
1. Do you think Anderson Silva is gonna get serious, and win his belt back the second time around?
Yes, I think Anderson is going to get serious and take his belt back. If he doesn't I just hope Weidman can at least beat him in a way that will make me feel that he won it rather than Anderson just lost it.
2. Is George St. Pierre gonna keep his belt against Hendricks?
I don't know. I'm not that big of a fan of either really. I was rooting for Condit when he was fighting George and I thought Hendricks lost his fight against Koschek and I think he'll lose against Condit in a second fight. So who knows, but I do know it's all going to hinge on Hendricks being able to stop GSP's shot, if he can shut that down he can win. If he can't do that then he's probably going to be in for 5 rounds of GNP from GSP.
3. I would ask about Jon Jones losing his belt, but I can't see that happening...unless he lets his guard and hands down like Silva. But you may think otherwise.
Jones is solid at 205. I think his real challenges are going to be at HW where his size and reach will mean much less and where he won't be able to overpower guys. Him against JDS or Cain will be interesting and even him against someone like Barnett will be telling.
4. Pettis already beat Henderson for the belt back at WEC. But, Ben Henderson has improved. Who wins?
Man Henderson is my boy but that's a tough one especially since I don't care for Pettis. I think it can go either way but if Bendo sticks to take downs and GNP he may win this, although I would like to see a finish form wither fighter. And just to add in I think Aldo would've beaten the breaks off of Pettis. Another side note I think Mike Chandler the 155lb champion from Bellator can beat either Bendo or Pettis.
5. Who's the current pound for pound best MMA?
My heart tells me Anderson still even after the loss, but my brain tells me it's a tossup between Aldo and Jones only because of how dominant they have been.
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