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:: Posts Tagged ‘omnibus’ ::

As promised, I want to keep you updated on what I’m working on while the strip is on hiatus. I’ve been getting ready–reading, researching, planning–for the Kickstarter to launch my Odori Park Omnibus, the 5-year anniversary collection of the strip. Part of the preparation is also putting the book itself together. Of course, most of the core content is already complete, but the cover will require new art, and naturally, I want this to be something special. I’ve started sketching out some ideas, and thought I’d share the very first pen-to-paper musings. I’m going to make this a square-bound book, about 10″x10″, if all goes to plan. I did a rough calculation of page count. I’m thinking this could be somewhere between 200 and 300 pages! I like the sound of that :)

Click the thumbnail image to get a closer look at the sketches. I’m going to try and post some sketches about my other 2014 project–the kids’ graphic novel–soon, maybe later this week or at the beginning of next week.

On Monday, April 7th, I’ll be launching my Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of a brand new book: The Odori Park Omnibus, which will collect all five years of my comic strip in a handsome volume, suitable for giggling, chuckling, and possibly guffawing over. At least, that’s the intent. I’ll need some folks to pledge some money to the campaign, though, and in exchange, get a copy of the new book, and/or any of a number of other cool rewards you can pick.

The key to a successful Kickstarter run, as I understand it, is a nice big kick-off, so I want to spread the word about Monday’s launch as far and as wide as possible over the next couple days. If you’re a reader of Odori Park, and you know somebody else who would enjoy my brand of sincere, multi-cultural, geeky comedy, please spread the word about the campaign. I’ll have a link to post on Monday, but in the meantime, you can send them here, with my gratitude!

I plan on debuting the book—assuming all goes to plan with printing—at the Maine Comics Arts Festival on May 18th. If you’re planning to attend, and you back the Kickstarter, you may very well wind up being one of the first to get their hands on the Omnibus. And that would make me all kinds of happy—there’s very little I like better about Odori Park than thinking there are other people out there who enjoy it, too.

Thanks in advance, guys!

The Kickstarter to print The Odori Park Omnibus is now officially live!

I’m super psyched to see how this goes. I’ve never run a Kickstarter campaign before, and I have high (albeit realistic) hopes. I’m also anxious. With how much I want to see this book in the flesh (it’s going to be huge! Over 600 comics, and nearly 250 pages, by my count!), plus the Maine Comics Arts Festival just around the corner in May, where I hope to debut the book, it feels like I’ve got a good load of work and worrying ahead to occupy the rest of April.

So, without further ado, please check out the Kickstarter page for The Odori Park Omnibus and “pre-order” yourself a copy with a pledge! You can also grab some unique reward items including prints of the comic and special edition bookmarks, as well as commission me to create custom artwork (which I hardly ever do these days)!

And many many thanks in advance :)

Last night, I talked with Kurt Sasso on his Two Geeks Talking podcast about wrapping up five years of the Odori Park comic strip. We really covered a lot of interesting ground, from the Kickstarter to print the Odori Park Omnibus (which, by the way, ends in about a week, and needs just a couple hundred dollars to meet the goal–so pleeeease go preorder!), the evolution of an artist’s craft over time, getting support from your family, and acknowledging and working through creative stagnation. We also talked about my upcoming projects, and I gave up some spoileresque details on my kids graphic novel.

This is also a good time to note that the Odori Park Omnibus Kickstarter has just a few days left (did I mention that already?) so now would be a stupendous time to preorder a copy for yourself, and to spread word around to all your comics-loving friends! (It’s my birthday today, as I post this, so if you need even more cheap motivation: consider this a gift to me while you’re getting a gift for yourself!) :D

Thanks, everyone, for the continued support!

Woot!

I am psyched! The Kickstarter to fund printing of The Odori Park Omnibus has reached its goal amount! That means I’m on track now to start printing up books in May, and the book will become an honest to gosh thing. Yay!

Thank you to everyone who has pledged, shared the word, and supported the effort. This has been a great experience, and I appreciate what you’ve all done.

If you haven’t preordered a copy through the Kickstarter yet, please do pop over and grab one! You can pledge for a copy up to the 30th, when the campaign officially closes.

More updates to come on progress of the Omnibus, but for now, just a Friday woo-hoo!

Thanks a million (or 2,500) for all your pledges, links, and support. Now that the project has reached its goal amount, The Odori Park Omnibus is on its way to becoming a real live boy. Naturally, I’ll continue to keep you all abreast of progress with more posts. Just wanted to take a moment to say thank you, and woohoo!

Oh, and please do continue to make pledges and spread the word–the more the campaign brings in, the more books I can print for people!

A heads-up to Odori Park Omnibus watchers: I sent the book files off to the printer yesterday! I’ve been having some weird issues with visual artifacts in the PDFs I’ve output from InDesign, so I’ve asked the printer to have a look and let me know if they foresee any problems. And I’ve requested a physical proof. Always a physical proof. I sent out copies of the e-book to qualified backers on Monday, as well, although I’ll be releasing an update once I can conquer the PDF artifacts. I’ve also whipped up some snazzy new bookmarks which will go to Kickstarter backers, and which I’ll be bringing with me to Maine on Sunday, which is…

MeCAF!

The Maine Comics Arts Festival is this weekend, on Sunday the 18th. I don’t do a lot of shows in a given year, so if you’re in New England this weekend, please consider stopping by. Here’s a link to the MeCAF site: mainecomicsfestival.com. Kazu Kibuishi, Ben Hatke, and other creators I admire will be there, so I’m going to have a hard time sitting still behind my table.

Because the Omnibus, unfortunately, won’t be back from the printer in time for Sunday, I’ll be bringing a dummy copy of the book to show off, along with coupons for an e-book download to share with folks who pre-order at the show. (And I’ll be waiving shipping for those folks–trying to make it a really good deal to buy the Omnibus at MeCAF! Tell your friends!)

Hope to see some of you guys there!

While I’m at it, I don’t believe I ever posted a peek at the Omnibus cover here, so, have a gander:

2014/5/19

Recovering from the Maine Comics Arts Festival today. It was a good time! Pleasantly surprised by the number of kids there–including behind the tables. Some really talented young’uns out there! Also surprised by the number of sketches I wound up doing of Minecraft creatures. :)

The Odori Park Omnibus is at the printer as I type this, and they’re due to send me the proof today. Since I wouldn’t have the book or the proof at the show, I went to Staples, and whipped up an unbound mock-up of the book. It’s impressive how hefty 248 pages of comics at 9″x9″ really are (especially when they’re my own work)! :D Here’s a peek at the mock-up:

Now that MeCAF is out of the way, my next priorities are to get the Omnibus up for sale on the site, and to survey Kickstarter backers on their shipping addresses and other pertinent info. A big thanks to everyone who came by the table on Sunday, and to my table-pal John Forcucci, and our table neighbors, Chris and Corey.

(Did I mention I got to meet Kazu Kibuishi, Ben Hatke, Jimmy Gownley and Lincoln Pierce? ‘Cuz I did, and that was awesome. Great guest list at this show!)

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