Friday, June 10, 2016

Tobin's Spirit Guide is out -- NOW

This heavily illustrated book focused on some of the most famous ghosts in GHOSTBUSTERS lore (from the movies to the games to the comics) is by me & Kyle Hotz, abd published by Insight Editions under the stewardship of editor Chris Prince.

It was a DELIGHT to work on!

(Feel free to order a copy via the link to the right!)

Here are two write ups - from Entertainment Weekly and io9, with exclusive art:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

io9

The book should be in comic shops by the end of June 2016, and in the UK by August!

****Updated June 16

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Ghostbusters Humble Bundle!

For the next couple of weeks, IDW has partnered with Humble Bundle to present the Ghostbusters comics series!

For those who don't know how Humble Bundle works, in this case, you would give a charitable donation (either to the default charity - Traveling Stories - or one of your own choosing!)

These comics are DRM free and come in multiple formats (such as CBZ and PDF.)

You pay whatever you want for these comics, unlocking more books as you go. $15 will get you ALL that are available -- which includes almost every Ghostbusters comic (excepting the TMNT crossover, RGB crossover, and RGB/Mars Attacks story!)

This even has the first five issues of current series Ghostbusters: International!

YOU CAN'T GO WRONG!

Other charities I can suggest? The Hero Initiative, Reading with Pictures, and the CBLDF -- these are all comic book related to one degree or another. There are medical research and philanthropic choices aplenty. Thousands of choices!

GET SOME COMICS, DO SOME GOOD, AND SPREAD THE WORD!

(And also hook some friends on the comics by me, Dan Schoening, and Luis Delgado! The more the merrier!)

Here's the link to the humble bundle -- HURRY! It only goes to June 14!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Let's Review A Comic Book!

Thanks to the internet and the ease-of-sharing that came with the explosion in social media platforms, there are more reviewers out there than ever, all itching to share their opinions on their topics of choice.

I'm going to talk about comics reviews a little.

Within the past couple of days, I've seen reviews that simply summarize plot (very common), one that gave a book high marks (but not explaining why), and one that simply said: "this was good."

That was the entirety of the review. And those were all POSITIVE reviews.

Negative reviews are often dismissive to show "comedy chops" on the part of the reviewer (or so it seems.) Sometimes it's to pick a nit, or to subtly/not so subtly rail against someone the reviewer feels superior to getting work in comics. (We can usually tell, guys.)

But the reviews, positive and negative, have something in common: the people creating them love comics, for the most part, and want to share their points of view. But so much gets left out. Summarizing? Not a review. Comedy routine about the lack of taste the creators have? Not a review! Focusing exclusively on either art or writing to the exclusion of the other? Not a [full] review! And of course, rating it in any way without supporting text: so not a review.

What I would like to suggest is the old school report/journalism basic "five Ws and how."

WHO.... created and published this book? Let us know the writer, the line artist(s), the color artist, the letterer and the editor. You should. Each of these people influence every book you read. You remove any one, and it's diminished.

WHAT.... is the book about? Don't summarize the plot in full - unless you want to give the writer of the comic credit for writing the bulk of your review for you! - but do give an overview. Maybe a few big points, thematic resonance if you tend to view things that way. Though that might also be considered part of the...

WHY.... should an audience read it? Or not read it? Even if you don't like it personally, if there is an audience for it, it bolsters your credibility to recommend any virtues it may have to that audience while, at the same time, being honest about your own tastes. A fine line to walk to be sure, but looking at something from many angles sure makes for a better review.

WHEN.... is the book coming out? Give it a street date, make sure folks know! If it's a fantastic comic, and your review has managed to sell that sought-after New Reader, they want to know when they can find it.

WHERE.... I know, I know - it's not a typical must for a review, but it sure helps in comics, especially with a book you're pushing. The direct market does not stretch to all corners. Make sure your site has links to sites like comixology, the DCBS, and the comic shop locator! Again, if you want people to look into what you're recommending, give them that chance.

Finally:

HOW. Know a little bit about how a book is made. Know how to talk about story, art, color. Be able to see the additions good lettering makes. Do not just "rate" something by  your gut and regurgitate some text to go with it -- that's how we get 5 star reviews with an actual 3 star rating.

These are super basic. SUPER BASIC.

Others - notably writer Benjamin Bailey - have written solid "how tos" that cover many of these same points, and often do it better. In fact, we overlap on so many points, I could've just linked to Ben's article and left it at that... but I'm a loquacious son of a gun. Welcome to America.

So read Ben's article, absorb all of these points, and then go forth and enjoy some comics, everyone.

And remember what I said about how-to-find links?


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY APPEARANCE!

I will be appearing at HOT COMICS in Richfield, MN for Free Comic Book Day this year!

Come say hi and talk about all the cool new comics out this year, Ghostbusters International, Back to the Future: Citizen Brown, or the upcoming Tobin's Spirit Guide!

I'll have a few things for sale, and some free mini-prints (while supplies last!)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Pre-Order Tobin's Spirit Guide TODAY!

It'll be in your hands come June, and Amazon has a great deal on it! So snap it up and feast your eyes on Kyle Hotz's killer illustrations, as well as a boatload of information on the supernatural from Drs. Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler... and me!


Just follow this link to preorder your copy:

Tobin's Spirit Guide: Official Ghostbusters Edition

(I'll be signing at San Diego Comic Con, and I'm also shooting to have a few other signings lined up throughout the rest of the summer, too!)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

MINNESOTA CONVENTIONS AHOY! ComicCard, MSP Comic Con!

I'm excited! This Saturday, April 16, I will be at the Bloomington VFW for COMIC CARD, a great little one day show that I had the privilege of attending last June.

I'll be hanging with local comics buddies Otis Frampton and Dave Wheeler, and the legendary Larry Hama will be there, too! It will be a fantastic time!

I will be bringing plenty of comics with me, and, as a first, I'll be bringing buttons from my sister's Etsy store -- including the debut of her GHOSTBUSTERS inspired sets, and an exclusive set (we're talking 10 of each design or less) of Captain America: Civil War inspired buttons.

Look and see (with more of the buttons she's sending found at the link at the top of the image):


Stop by and see me!

I'll also be at the MSP COMIC CON in May, at the MN State Fairgrounds! More on that show in a future post -- I hope to have some new things at the show for you! --but I want to put the bee in your bonnet.

Come on down to the Twin Cities!

--Erik