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Kingdom: B9.2, Or Maybe B18, I Haven’t Decided Yet

As previously noted in the discussions of this year’s MoCCA Fest, Benign Kingdom was not a one-shot, and the second iteration of the artbook is upon us, with four more beyond-talented creators: Aaron Diaz, Danielle Corsetto, Emmy Cicierega, and Anthony Clark, once again under the guidance of George Rohac, mysterious man of [comics] mystery. The only thing that could make this project better (which, naturally, is sitting near 200% of goal around 15 hours after launch) would be if Cicierega and Clark were to resurrect their occasional online collaborations known as Laserpony Studios.

  • SDCC update #1: Know who I’ve never met that will be in San Diego? Sarah Becan, debuting her new book, Shuteye. Catch her in Artists Alley, table DD-07, and in the Small Press Pavilion, table M-04, which the alert reader may note is the same space occupied by Eliza Frye — two mad-talented creators in one stop? Bonus.
  • SDCC update #2: Seen on the website of one mister Jim “Jim Zub” Zubkavich, the oddest, most clever approach I’ve ever seen to The E-Bay Problem. Namely, creator spends time signing, sketching, knocking themselves out for a “fan”¹, who immediately turns around an slaps that book/sketch/whatever on an auction site to make money. It’s dickish behavior of the first rank, and it’s always pissed me off. But what to do?

    How about providing a financial disincentive?

    Our exclusive for the show this year is our Kitten variant cover for Skullkickers #15, which will be available in limited quantities.They’ll be selling for $5 personalized, or $10 signed/raw as an incentive for fans to keep their copy rather than flipping it.

    Genius. You want to E-Bay that show-exclusive? It’s going to cost you more if you don’t want it personalized, because the only possible reason you wouldn’t want that comic made out to you is because you’re a profiteer and Jim Zub is putting a five dollar bounty on your activity, Bunky. Here’s hoping other creators put a similar surcharge on unpersonalized exclusives/commissions.

  • Last thoughts for the day: For those of us who have been going back to Starslip since the strip wrapped because it’s a hard habit to break, and for everybody that wants to enjoy it for the first time, Kris Straub is bringing his sci-fi epic to GoComics:

    “No catch, kid. Howzabout your Starslip runs five days a week at starting July 9?” I tried to act nonchalant but suddenly realized I was wearing mismatched shoes. “Sounds like a sweetheart deal for you, maybe,” I said coolly, “but what’s in it for me?” I glanced down again. Getting dressed in the dark, I had also accidentally put on one of my wife’s blouses.

    “A whole new audience who’s never heard of it before. They’ll probably love it. With Starslip finished, maybe this’ll give it a chance to reach new people. Give it new life.”

    Your job: find somebody that never read Starslip the first time around, and tell them to clear a few minutes each weekday morning for the next seven years. Go.

¹ Who insists it’s not necessary to sign the work in question made out to any particular name.

Oh man, I’d run afoul of that. I’m sympathetic to the problem, and I would never flip something like that, but I also hate the pretense of familiarity inherent in a personalized book. Unless the artist in question is actually a personal friend addressing the book from one friend to another, I’d really just rather have a signature.

But I guess that’s just me.

No, it’s me, too:

I always feel like I’m taking up a creator’s valuable time when they’re personalizing a book to me, a person they’re likely never gonna see again…

Oh, and if anyone’s interested in picking up the new illustrated edition of my prose novel The Blood Jaguar–don’t worry; they got an actual artist to do the pictures–it’ll be for sale at the Sofawolf Press booth, #1236, while Dan Goodsell of The World of Mr. Toast will be in his usual spot at booth #4831.

And I’m sure there’ll be the usual high drama when, for the seventh year in a row, I introduce myself to Brad Guigar as one of his three remaining competitors in the Daily Grind Contest and he asks, “Is that still going on?”


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