Saturday, January 16, 2010

It Doesn't End Here!

ICBW was a mixed bag for me - it was great to be part of, but it almost unravelled at the nth hour, when my delivery of books was delayed and I had to wait until nearly 6pm on the 30th for delivery.

Luckily most of the stores that were part of the event were happy to honour the orders that they had placed, and I was able to get the books out in time for the last two days of the official Week...

But it doesn't have to end here...

Indy Comic Book Week was full of amazing books by talented creators, all of whom showed that some gumption and a little omph can get a book out there. To the organisers, I doff my hat in eternal gratitude, it was a joy to have a deadline and to be a part of.

However, indie books are a year round thing - it showed that it doesn't end with Diamond, but we shouldn't stop there.

Indie books are, for me, where the interesting stuff is happening. Unhindered by the constraints of schedules and continuity, it's where - when we try not to beat the big boys at their own game - we all experiment, grow, develop and stretch our artistic wings. Some of it works, some of it doesn't - but at least we're trying!

And so we should look to the new year - 2010.

One thing that may be of interest to you all is the UP FAIR - Lexington, November - a "fair designed to celebrate independent creators"

Follow the link for more information.

We don't have the luxury of 80 years of public recognition, billion dollar movies or advertising firms up the wazoo, but we do have the means of getting our books into the hands of the fans...

Long may the Indy Spirit reign!

Jamie Gambell
Writer, Omnitarium

Saturday, January 9, 2010

King of Pain Says 'Thank You' ICBW Team!

Thanks for all the hard work and organizational awesomeness.

Nick and Sam salute you!

King of Pain Blog

Friday, January 8, 2010

Fearless Dawn

Overall feedback has been great and store reported good sales of our books. Thanks for all the retailer support and all of the Indy creators who helped make the first ICBW a success. Looking fwd to next year.

Frank F

Over but not Forgotten

Everybody vote to bring back IndyWeek next year!

But even though Indyweek is just a Christmas memory,you can still get The Desert Peach and Stinz and all the other customer favorites.

Ka-Blam's really shaping up, and even more of the new Desert Peach reprint is available at the site. You can order all you need at their Comics Monkey ( search: "Desert Peach).

Once all the Peach is up, the entire Stinz series will go up as well.

Let your customers know I'm looking for Stinz and Desert Peach art I've done for them at shows over the years, as well as letters-page content.

AND: I'm liking the new systems so well, I'm flinging traditional offset-printed backstock. Great deals for any retailer at my Bookstore.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


ICBW may be over but you can still order Chill: book zero or Chill: book one by going to: Chapters 1-3 of book zero is available for order and Chapters 1-5 of book one is available. Give it a try folks... you won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

"Thanks" from the Bamn crew

Indy Comic Book Week may officially end today, but that's no reason to turn your back on some of the talented independent comic book creators that have sponsored the event. It's a new year after all and hopefully your list of resolutions included buying comic books that you've never tried before (No? Well, add it then!).
In addition to Bamn (still available at Alliance Comics and Games, Third Eye Comics, and You should check out some of these wonderful, ICBW-approved, self-published titles (Hint: You can purchase these books by visiting their respective websites)...

Solomon Azua #1
by Jake Ekiss
The luckiest adventurer in the galaxy wants to prove his fame isn't all just good fortune when he sets out to retrieve a prize so grand that even his luck won't explain his success.
Color, 22 Pages, Cover Price $2.99 {WSP: $1.50}
Ordering Contact:

by Matthew Warlick

Take an abstract journey into the mind, dreams, and subconscious of the artist told through freeform shorts, sequentials, poetry, and haiku. Part art book, part prose and told in sequentials it's a look inside the artists fears, dreams and inspirations.
BW. 36 Pages., Cover Price: $3.99 {WSP: $2.00)
Ordering Contact: soulcoredotnet(a)

Story by Carlos Esquivel. Art by Jose Esquivel

Created by brothers Carlos and Jose Esquivel, MACABRO is a short story influenced by Italian horror movies. It tells the story of Selena, a high school graduate, who moves to Milan, Italy to attend the Lombardi School of Arts. Believing she’s now on the path to fulfill her dreams, she becomes tangled with the harsh reality of her choice, the alienation from her classmates, and gruesome murders.
BW. 16 Pages. Cover Price $2.00 [WSP: $1.00]
Ordering Contact: delurio(a)

The God of Rock
by Paul Milligan

ROCK IS DEAD! Or is it? Not if the God of Rock, fresh out of retirement, has anything to say about it. With his trusty ax, his best girl and a few surprising allies on his side, the God of Rock must take on the evil forces of Anti-Rock and make the world safe once again for Rock, Rebellion and all that other stuff your parents really, really hate.

BW. 5x7.5. 80 pages. Cover Price $7.99 {WSP: $4.00}
Ordering Contact:

Hermit Hill the Comic Strip
by Nate Bramble

Hermit Hill is an ongoing humorous comic strip about a geezer recluse dealing with the world... or trying not to. This limited edition comic strip sampler book collects several pages worth of Hermit Hill strips from the serialized comic into print for the first time.
BW. 20 Pages. Cover Price:
$2.00 [WSP: FREE]
Ordering Contact:

Omnitarium #1
Written and Illustrated by Jamie Gambell, J.C. Grande & Bernie Lee
Arch-villain and murderer, Harrow Moonheart, finally caught and condemned to hang. But will the rope prove enough for the powerful black magician? Behind the walls of the progressive Victorian prison, Pentansly Gaol, are trapped more than just the guilty and condemned. Who is Harrow Moonheart, and what is the Omnitarium? Some doors should never be opened!
BW. 28 Pages. Cover Price: $3.50 [WSP: $1.75]
Ordering Contact:

Green Monk
by Brandon Dayton

Green Monk follows the adventures of a Monk cast out of his order, wandering a mythical Russian countryside. His only companion is a magical blade of grass that draws him into a brutal struggle against a terrifying foe.
BW. 132 Pages. 4.25" x 6.25"Cover Price: $5.00 [WSP: 2.00]
Ordering Contact:

One-Night Stand
by David Hopkins and friends.

ONE NIGHT STAND is a collection of one-page stories, all about "casual encounters." This mini-comic will explore sex and intimacy, guilt and anonymity, risk and fantasy.
BW. 32 Pages. [WSP: FREE]

Turbulence #1
by Chris Garrett

Super powers are not granted through freak accidents or genetic defects. They are granted by a force known only as 'Efflux' which finds people (regardless of good and evil) that are dedicated to...well....anything. The story follows Turbulence, a hero that has finally decided to join the fight against evil...only issue is everybody seems to be a part of a team already that beats him to the punch.
Color. 32 Pages. Cover Price: $4.99 {WSP: $2.50}
Ordering Contact:

by Ronald Russell Roach.

ARMAGEDDONQUEST is the story of Tazio, the good-guy Antichrist, destined to become that infamous Beast of the Book of Revelations.
Three Issues. BW. 52 Pages. Cover Price $3.99 {WSP $2.99}

Ordering Contact:

Arthur: The Legend Continues
Written by Martin T. Pierro, Drawn by Cristhain “Crizam” Zamora,
Covers by Atula Siriwardane

With the world as we know it gone, mankind is on the verge of extinction yet still struggling to find purpose and hope. From the ancient past a glimmer of light shines and a legend returns to claim his throne.
Three Issues. BW. 46 Pages. Cover Price $3.50
Ordering Contact:

Dead Man Holiday #-1
by Colin Panetta

Dead Man Holiday is a weird, haunted science-fiction comic series centered on Thad Planck, a low-rent security guard in a flooded and abandoned neighborhood known as Little Atlantis, where some strange creatures have been lurking... 35 hand painted pages of story. Visit to download the first two issues for free.
Three Issues. BW. 36 Pages. Cover Price: $3.99 {WSP: $2}
Ordering Contact:

King of Pain # 2
Written by Nicholas West, Drawn by Sam Rodriguez.

Meet Kyle Kapowski. In a world of superheroes he has no known powers. He spends his days at the dry-cleaners washing the drawers of the elite. A chance encounter with “The Brad Pitt of Supers.” begins the lip-splitting, bone-breaking fight of his life. Meet the King of Pain...
Ordering Contact:

SleepRunners #1
Written by Shannon Vokes, Drawn by Kewber Arruda Alves, Colored by Clarissa Filice
SleepRunners is an action adventure that follows the lives of six seemingly ordinary students who have all been hand selected to participate in a special sleep studies program. Things don’t go as planned and the students are forced to fight for their lives. Can these students come together in order to stop a new world threat unlike anything they have ever seen before?
Color. 52 Pages. Cover Price:
Ordering Contact:

Trouble, Guts & Noir Book One: Replacement
by Jesse Mesa Toves

"She's perfect from head to toe, and trouble from start to finish." The Replacement is the first book in a three part future noir adventure written and illustrated by Jesse Mesa Toves. One night, she disappears without telling a soul, but she leaves behind a trail of clues that only one man knows how to follow.
3 issues. BW. 28 pages.
Ordering Contact:

Dusk - One Shot
Written by David Doub, Pencils by Jolene Houser, Inks by Jerry Gonzales, Letters by Jaymes Reed

Eve's life is a living hell of her own choosing. She struggles to survive in a dark world of magic and horror, all in an attempt to please her vampire master. Now Eve has crossed a line and and innocents have been harmed. This hasn't gone unnoticed by a well meaning cabal of occultist that's mandate is to police the occult world. What will happen when these two forces clash? Is there ever a"winner" in the supernatural underworld of Dusk?
BW. 36 pages. Cover Price: $3.00 {WSP: $1.50}
Ordering Contact:

Ex Occultus: Badge of Langavat
Written by: Robert James Russell, Art by: Sandra Lanz, Colors by: Tim McDonley

1864, Scotland. Francis Wakefield and fellow occult hunter Fergus Duff find themselves investigating the disappearance of children from nearby villages. Their hunt leads them to a forgotten castle belonging to a family of undead, cursed werewolves who have nefarious plans for the taken.
BW. 28 pages. Cover Price:
$2.99 {WSP: $1.50}
For every 5 copies ordered, we will ship 2 for FREE
Ordering Contact:

Spy Guy
by Mike Kitchen

Deep in the midst of a police sting operation targeting contraband being smuggled across the United States of America and Canadian boarder, things take a dramatic turn for the worse as the shipment is hijacked by two shadowy villains. Part mystery, part action-adventure, part social commentary, part satire, all fun! Also contains the 16 page essay “The Ultraist Manifesto”.
BW. 40 pages. Cover Price:
$2.95 {WSP: $1.48}
For every 5 copies ordered, we will ship an additional for FREE
Ordering Contact:

The Unstoppable Force: Indy Comic Book Week Special
by Rob Payne (writer/letterer), Taylor Lymbery & (Pencils/Inks), Jordan Taylor (colors)

When a living statue of Josef Stalin attacks New York City, only some of history's greatest men and women can stop him! Together, Mr. President (Abraham Lincoln), Human Dynamo(Nikola Tesla), The Carthaginian (Hannibal Barca), Saint Joan (Joan d'Arc), Ronin (Miyamoto Musashi), and Pharaoh (Cleopatra) are... THE UNSTOPPABLE FORCE!
BW. 24 pages. Cover Price:
$2.50 {WSP: $2.00}
Ordering Contact:

OURS! Vol. 1: This Land is Our Land
writer Ryan Everett Felton, artist Joshua Hendrickson
They were once the president's hot shot public relations team, but one day super spy Rick Bolt, ultra-powered hero Chuck Justice, buxom bombshell Sierra Starlin, media mogul Martina Friendly, and soothsayer Dug got a wild hair up their tuchases and decided to overthrow the U.S. government.
Color. 166 pages. Cover Price:
$24.99 {WSP: $22.18}
Ordering Contact:

The Horsemen: Book of Olorun
By Jiba Molei Anderson
The gods of ancient Africa have chosen them to protect humanity from themselves… whether humanity wants them to or not. Who controls the Eight Immortals but the number Seven?
Color. 32 pages. 3 issues. Cover Price:
$4.99 {WSP: $3.33}
Ordering Contact:

What Planet Is This?
By Mike Hankins
Space Detective Slam Spifson has once again woken up in a pile of space-garbage, but this time, his wallet and brother have been kidnapped. Now he's on a mission that will take him across space, time, and the casino in this hilarious Sci-Fi Crime-Noir Comedy.
Color. 20 pages. Cover Price:
$2.99 {WSP: $1.20}
Ordering Contact:

Stolen Blood
Written by Joseph Pais, drawn by Cristhian Zamora, Lettering by Patrick Meeker
Darkness Purges Into The Far Depths Of The Human Soul And Will Forever Leave It’s Imprint. The Origins Of A Super Demon… Half Demon And Half Human. A Combination That Will Prove Deadly To All Who Get In His Way.
Available in both Color and BW, 8 Pages.
Cover Price: B/W
$2.50 Color $3.00 {WSP: BW $1.50 Color $2.00}
For Every 5 Copies Ordered We Will Ship An Additional Copy FREE
Contact: Joseph Pais- BlackSnakeStudios@Gmail.Com

Paradise Road
Illustrated by Igor Glushkin / Story by: Benji Ratliff
Paradise Road is a story of a detective whose present case leads him back to the disappearance of his wife. Not all roads lead to paradise...
Color. 24 pages. Cover Price:
$2.95 {WSP: $1.50}
Contact: Igor Glushkin

Life (With Friends) #1
Written by: Adam Wilson, Art by: Mike Kay, Cover by: Adam Masterman
With graduation behind them Drew, B, and Kyle decide to hold a housewarming party to celebrate moving into their new apartment. It's a party of shocking revelations, unprecedented entertainment, and a morning after sure to leave all their heads reeling.
Color. 24 pages. Cover Price:
$3.99 {WSP: $1.50}

The Oswald Chronicles: Fallen Gods
Writer JD Calderon, Penciled and Inked by Jade Gonzalez, Colors by Liezl Buenaventura
There's a war going on, powerful sorcerers are battling over the control of multiple worlds. When one of them manages to steel the sun, New York native, Oswald self proclaimed gentlemouse and scribe is sought out to set things right.
Color. 48 pages. 3 issues. Digest size. Cover Price:
$4.95 {WSP: $2.47}
Contact: JD Calderon

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

ICBW: The Debrief

First off, we would like to thank everyone who helped make Indy Comic Book Week as successful as it was. We've had some positive feedback so far and in general people really seemed to have liked the event. Enough to maybe make it an annual thing. Thanks to the creators who put out books and pimped us on blogs, twitter, and facebook; you guys really gave us a strong spread of books to present to retailers and fans. You guys really blew up the twitter and blogverse with ICBW. Huge words of Thanks to the retailers who took the risk and carried our books on their shelves. This event could not have happened if it wasn't for you guys taking in so many books. And thanks to the fans for coming out and supporting independent books; this is the age of self-publication and you guys showed us that it's a viable part of the industry. This would include thanks to the bloggers and podcasters who had us on to talk about ICBW. And finally special thanks at Ka-Blam, ComiXpress, Haven Distrubution, and Tony Shenton for giving us the support and means we needed to really make this happen. So to everyone, bravo and thank you!

Secondly, we at Space-Gun Studios have something we call the "Debrief". We usually do this after every convention at dinner where we go over what worked and didn't work at the show. And for ICBW, we would like to include all of you in this conversation. Points of conversation are usually this:
  • What worked (why did it work and how to expand on that)
  • What didn't work (why didn't it work, can it be fixed or should it be ditched)
  • Ideas for next time
We would like to hear your honest opinions. If you are reading this post, we want to hear from you. We may not be able to respond to each person/point but we promise to read everything that comes in. And we do mean honest, good and bad. You can respond to this post publicly or email us privately (indycomicbookweek [at]

Last Day of Indy Comic Book Week!

Well, today is Tuesday January 5th 2010, and the last day of the first INDY COMIC BOOK WEEK! So, how did it go? Let's get a postmortem recap of the event: Retailers, how did the books sell for you? Was there any comic that stood out? Readers, what did you think of the comics you bought? Artists, where do we go from here?

Sunday, January 3, 2010

That Was the Week That Was.

So, the books finally arrived on Wednesday 30th, at 5:15pm (great!).

I managed to get all the orders sent out in the post the following morning, and also to get copies into House of Secrets in Burbank - where I also managed to get a copy of One Night Stand -, and Universal Comics in Studio City.

I want to send a big thank you out to all the stores that I listed in my last post, for honouring their orders and helping and supporting ICBW - the stumble at the last hurdle was a little tough for me, but the book is out there now!

Hope you all had a wonderful start to ICBW - and remember, it isn't over until Wednesday!