Well, we had so much fun last week, we had to give it another spin. Here’s my 8 year old hosting his own podcast, talking about the top 5 Marvel Studios movies (that he’s seen). In the time remaining, he covers the best Stan Lee cameo and, like a regular chip-off-the-old-block, teases a new podcast that you’ll hear tomorrow. Listen: 15 Minutes Max, Episode 2.
Since launching my Patreon page in March, I’ve posted a metric ton of coupons, free merchandise and bonus cartoons. Here’s a quick “by-the-numbers” recap:
Members at the $5 level and higher have received a free copy of the Evil Inc digital comic at the beginning of every month. This monthly eComic releases all of the upcoming strips for the month in one, tablet-friendly PDF — a total of six eComics since March. Including bonus content, that’s a total of 217 pages of comics!
I’ve posted nineteen bonus cartoons since June. This includes three prototype strips from a spin-off to Evil Inc that I’ve been considering.
Here’s one of the more recent bonus cartoons:
Members at different pledge levels have received a total of eight offers for free merchandise* including free copies of the Tales from the Con comic book; digital copies of Evil Inc Annual Report volumes 1, 2 and 3; a poster (Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Supervillains); The Complete Greystone Inn (digital edition); Courting Disaster Vol. 4 (digital edition).
* In some cases, members were asked to cover a small Shipping & Handling fee.
Eight pieces of original art have been awarded. (In some cases, the recipients are in the process of choosing their art.)
I’ve posted seven sketches and/or scans from my sketchbook. These have included special sneak previews of upcoming strips with the lettering removed to avoid spoilers.
In cases in which I offered free merchandise to higher tiers, I made sure backers at lower tiers got a discount on the same merchandise. This has happened twice, so far.
All in all, I’m super proud of what my backers are getting in return for supporting my work through Patreon. And for as little as one dollar a month, you can help me build that support even further — and get some really cool stuff in the process.
As part of the Kickstarter campaign for Evil Inc Vol. 8, I released The Complete Greystone Inn as a digital book formatted for your tablet. It has previously been available only as a print-on-demand hardcover.
Greystone Inn was my first webcomic. It ran six days a week from February 2000 to June 2005. And this 416-page book collects the first comic through the last. GI, of course, provided the jumping-off point for Evil Inc. In fact, the very first official Evil Inc comic was Lighting Lady (who first appeared in Greystone) interviewing for a job with the evil corporation.
In addition to the complete collection, there’s a thirty-page introduction that includes:
- A sampling of my high-school- and college-era editorial cartoons.
- Three weeks of a comic-strip prototype I created in college.
- Nine weeks of the unpublished strip that was the precursor to Greystone, called Single Guy.
- All of the details behind my introduction to cartooning, the failed syndicate submissions, and the path that brought me to webcomics.
Over the life of Greystone, there were four collections created — three book were published by Plan 9 Publishing, and I published a fourth. Plan 9 has since disappeared and those books are nearly impossible to find.
This volume collects all of those plus a year-and-a-half of strips that have never been collected in book form.
I can’t tell you how proud I am to be able to offer this book to you. If you were a fan of Greystone Inn, this is a keeper. If you’re an Evil Inc fan, I think you’ll appreciate the writing — and the deep roots of some of your favorite characters, like Lightning Lady, who have their roots in the comic.
Let me put it this way. I’ve long since forgotten what I wrote in those strips, so the punchlines catch me totally by surprise. And I have to say. I wrote some pretty funny stuff in that strip.
Don’t believe me? Here’s a smattering of what you can expect: Greystone sampler (PDF).
I think you’ll agree. At $19.99, it’s a freaking steal. Get yours right now.
Evil Inc Monthly, August 2014, is available! It’s once again possible to download the upcoming Evil Inc comic strips for this month as a convenient download, perfect for your iPad, Kindle Fire, iPhone or other digital device — even your desktop! And now… you can subscribe to get them delivered to you automatically every month! They usually get uploaded on the first Monday of every month. If some of the strips appear in black-and-white, a free update will be released shortly thereafter with the color versions as soon as they’re ready. Just click this little green button…
Patreon supporters over the $5/month level automatically get this monthly comic as part of their reward package! Or you could just subscribe to the comic itself for 99¢ a month.
This month’s comic is crammed with great stuff! First, we wrap up the storyline that revolved around Lightning Lady’s mother’s visit. From that, we spend a little time as Keagan and Elastic Man consider their budding… friendship? And from there, we careen headlong into a brand new adventure that will find Elastic Man (and some other Evil Inc favorites) in an intergalactic struggle of epic proportions!
And for the Bonus Feature — oh, man! As a way to celebrate the digital release of the 416-page book, The Complete Greystone Inn, I’m grabbing all of the Greystone Inn strips that featured the gang attending Comic Con International! It’s over thirty pages of awesome bonus content! If you’ve never read G.I. before, I think you’re going to get a kick out of it!
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I took my two boys to see Guardians of the Galaxy over the weekend. Needless to say, we all loved it.
So last night, while we were driving home from taking one of my 8yo’s friends home at the end of a playdate, I did something I always toyed with. I hit the record button on my iPhone while my younger son pontificated on the movie.
It was a phenomenal conversation. When we got home, I realized that my phone’s battery had died. All we recorded was the first 12 seconds.
So, we were hanging out at the house today, and I decided to sit the kid in front of a proper microphone and record the conversation right.
Here’s the result. A 15-minute mini-podcast I’m tentatively titling 15 Minutes Max: Enjoy (mp3)