Friday
Jan032014

SHIPPING JANUARY 8TH : YEARLING ISSUE #1

That's right, I'm wrapping it all up for print this Monday, so if you're in the Atlanta area, Wednesday, January 8th 2014, you can get your very own copy of Yearling #1, my first stab at the superhero genre! Other cities across the U.S. keep a look out 1-2 weeks from now and you can pick one up at any of the special retailers listed here at richtommaso.com Check out the snazzy cover below...

Monday
Dec232013

EVERYBODY NEEDS MORE!

First, an update...

I am sorry to report that Yearling will be a couple of weeks late--I tried my best to get it out before Christmas, but because of family holiday travel plans and technical difficulties (I can't find anyone who can scan oversized artwork cheaply in this town) I'm very sorry to report that Yearling will not be out until the new year rings in. I will try very hard to make sure it's very early in January, however.

But, don't fret, The Killer In My Sleep will still be debuting in February. Not going to push back any other future books, no sireee. I'll just put out one a month between Jan and Feb, instead of my usual bi-monthly schedule. So, look for Yearling in early January (most likely the 4th or 5th) and The Killer In my Sleep Issue #1 mid-February! ... And a happy holiday to all from Recoil!

Now, here are a few links to some "best of" lists from folks who just can't get enough Tommaso comics:

 

Matt Seneca Nuclear Bouquet Best Of List

Think Faest!

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AND, an audio plug for Dry County and just my year in comics in general here:

Comic Books Are Burning In Hell

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Nov122013

COMING THIS CHRISTMAS, KIDDIES!

 

 

YEARLING ISSUE #1, MY PRETTIES! IN GLORIOUS BLACK AND WHITE WITH SIMPLE, COMPUTER GENERATED, ZIP-A-TONE! MY FIRST (AND MOST LIKELY, ONLY) SUPERHERO COMIC. THE STORY WILL BE VERY BOURNE IDENTITY THOUGH, SO IT'S MORE LIKE A CRIME/SUSPENSE/SUPERHERO ADVENTURE! SO, BE NICE AND CHECK YOUR LOCAL COMIC SHOPS THE SECOND WEEK OF DECEMBER!

Tuesday
Nov122013

THE COMICS REPORTER VS. GARY GROTH

NOT REALLY, BUT IT IS AN INTERESTING, ALTHOUGH MANY TIMES, FRUSTRATING INTERVIEW WITH GARY GROTH OVER AT THE COMICS REPORTER. FRUSTRATING FOR REPEATED QUESTIONING ABOUT WHY (AND WHEN) FANTAGRAPHICS NEEDS THE $150,000 AMOUNT THEY KICKSTARTED FOR AND GARY'S NEED TO HAVE TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AND, 2) THE ON-GOING CRITICISM TOWARDS CROWDFUNDING, SPECIFICALLY HERE IN THE FORM OF THE QUESTION, " One indictment of crowd-funding campaigns is that it pulls the campaigner away from a strategy of executing their core business in order to raise money in favor of doing things that that stand apart from that business... ...How do you respond to the argument that Fantagraphics' time may be better spent selling 20 more EC books than it is making 20 Fantagraphics fund-raising t-shirts? "

 

MY FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE PIECE IS GARY'S ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION:

 

" The "indictment" of crowdfunding as you put it -- an accurate description of the criticism I've read -- and the general skepticism vented here and there, seems to be based on the premise that there is some Harvard Business School-approved platonic model of the free market that we are violating. I reject this premise entirely. As if telling people straightforwardly what you're raising money for -- in the crassest terms, manufacturing a "product" -- is somehow less legitimate than concocting a slick, manipulative advertising campaign to sell people garbage they don't need and never wanted. The latter is not only accepted but widely admired and embraced whereas the former is seen as suspect, as if we're just not playing by the rules -- rules presumably established by corporations, media conglomerates, and banks to enhance their own revenue and keep out those who can't afford to play the game. (And, yes, I am aware that Amazon is involved in Kickstarter.) So, no, I see it as a legitimate tool to raise needed revenue."

 

IT'S DEFINITELY WORTH READING, NONETHELESS... GO HERE: thecomicsreporter

Wednesday
Nov062013

STELLAR INTERVIEW WITH GARY GROTH!

Go here: cbrinterview

Maybe Gary's insightful views wil help to change the very negative views that most people in the alternative comics world seem to harbor against kickstarter and like-minded crowdfunding campaigns. I've never really understood why so many people (ALL from the art comics side, let's face it) have had such a big issue with crowdfunding in general.

I believe Gary struck gold however, in this observation:

" There is, to criticism of crowdfunding generally, the whiff that there's something faintly unmanly about it, that if you can't hack it in the "free market," you're not cutting it, or that cartoonists in their twenties should work at Denny's for five years, saving their shekels so they can print their comic, or that crowdfunding is an example of charity, and we all know what Mr. A would think of that! I don't think most of the critics mean it this way, but there's a capitalistic macho to this position that I don't buy."

I'm not buying it either. Good luck to Fantagraphics Books on their campaign.

And fuck Dan Nadel.

 

 

 

 

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