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- Nine weeks of the unpublished strip that was the precursor to Greystone, called Single Guy.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.