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Creature Entertainment Presents Ultra Vixen.

Posted in Comic Book Creators, Comic Book resources, indy comics with tags , , , , , on June 28, 2012 by privypress

Reviewed by: Ron Kerronian


Written and Created by: Marcelo Bravo
Penciled by: Jed Daugherty
Inked by: Kevin Routon
Colored and Lettered by: Rick Porven
www.Creatureentertainment.com

Marcelo Bravo's Ultra Vixen.

Marcelo Bravo’s Ultra Vixen.

Depicting Humor in comics is not always an easy task, many have tried and failed. However sometimes you get surprised…humor, Creature Entertainment’s Ultra Vixen not only pulls it off, but does it with style. The artwork flows extremely well, continuity is not lost here. The Story kept me guessing until the characters played their roles…once completed, I could not help laughing and feeling some envy, wishing she would someday rescue me once or twice. Comic Natives, if this story is a preview of what Creature has ahead, then I am all in.

Creature Entertainment Presents Ultra Vixen.

Creature Entertainment Presents Ultra Vixen.

How to Make a major Impact on FREE Comic Book Day.

Posted in Comic Book Creators, Comic Book resources, Comic Book Shops with tags , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2012 by privypress

365 Killer, Sure Fire, Down – and – Dirty Marketing Strategies; Tactics For Indy Publishers and Comic Shop Owners…PART 24

How to Make a Major impact on FREE Comic Book Day - Power girl.

While investigating stores and the event that is FREE Comic Book Day ( FCBD), I noticed there were lots of promotion for the  FCBD event itself, but little to  no artist/creator promotional and relationship building material for the store itself  and its’ customers.  There was no branding, no creator community bonding, no creator retailer cross promoting… again, just the branding of the FCBD.

How to Make a Major impact on FREE Comic Book Day - The Fans Branded.

How to Make a Major impact on FREE Comic Book Day - The Fans Branded.

FCBD is already a known staple in the comic book world, what may be an unknown is your book, and the best way to change that is to get them in stores. How? You build relationships with the store owners, who have access to the customers, who in turn have access to the money and potential success of your work of art.

How to Make a Major impact on FREE Comic Book Day - True believers.

How to Make a Major impact on FREE Comic Book Day - True believers.

How do you go about building this relationship? The method I will be discussing is that of Private labeling, have the store incorporated in the comic book or published work you’ve  created, the easiest way to do this is by creating a store specific personalized emblem, picture, ect… on your book cover….this emblem/picture will be the accompanied by  the FCBD emblem. However, it will also brand you as a partnership fixture in the mind of the store owners and the potential customers that pick up your book.

Happy Hunting…

How to Effectively Use Comics as a Means to ShowCase Your Other Talents.

Posted in Comic Book Creators, Comic Book resources, Comic Book Shops, Tate's Comics with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by privypress
How to Use Comics to Showcase other talents - Filming.

How to Use Comics to Showcase other talents - Filming.

365 Killer, Sure Fire, Down – and – Dirty Marketing Strategies; Tactics For Indy Publishers and Comic Shop Owners…PART 23

While you are always encouraged to promote other companies in your book, I would encourage you to implement the uses of your company’s talents in the book as well.  Many publishers have diversified into multimedia, now they not only publish books but engage in activities as diverse as photography, video production, websites, logo, and graph design.

Photographer Uses Comics to Showcase other talents.

Photographer Uses Comics to Showcase other talents.

During “sequential intermissions”, I would encourage you to place Advertisements of you and your creative team doing what you do best, this will make the reader, customer, client or retailer, or even other publishers aware of your added benefits. If you do not wish to show boat, you can disguise your company by simply adding the talents of your creative team, at least they may get potential business from those reading the book.

How to Use Comics to Showcase other talents - website design.

How to Use Comics to Showcase other talents - website design.

Happy Hunting…

How to Effectively Use Digital Comics to Engage Your Audience and Launch a Powerful Product.

Posted in Comic Book resources with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2012 by privypress

365 Killer, Sure Fire, Down – and – Dirty Marketing Strategies; Tactics For Indy Publishers and Comic Shop Owners…PART 22

Larry Watts artist for Metal Locus

Try this effective use of digital media for your comics; use a digital forums (company websites, social site or sites) to engage your prospective customers. Provide digital samples of your work on these sites highlighting the stories you would like to preview and bring to production within the next year (Production takes time).

Tradd Moore artist of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode

Tradd Moore artist of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode

The samples should be about 5-10 pages of panel work for each product, in addition provide Bios of the creative team and a story synopsis (Don’t give away the crown jewel, but provide enough to wet there appetites). Set your previews free into the “cyber –wild,” engage the audience, see what they like; then determine from their comments and responses which book merits being printed and promoted for sales in stores.

Walter Ostlie Artist of Cubicle: The Movie

A very effective way to gauge audience demand is to simply ask them, run a contest or best recommendation, etc…engage them by having them decide what it is they would like to invest in. Surveys are always effective because they have become a standard in marketing. You can run your own test market by picking a few dozen random friends on face book or other social sites and have them give anonymous or public feedback on the projects you are working on. If you are successful; this could pay off in helping you launch a product that propels your career to new highs.

As always happy hunting ….

steam punk villian by Jeff DeKal Cover Artist Supreme

P.S.  Always ask other artist or publishers if they want to help you with gauging audience interest, see if they would preview your projects on their sites…every bit helps.

Tradd Moore And His Strange Talents.

Posted in Comic Book Characters, Comic Book Creators, Comic Book resources, image comics with tags , , , , , , , on April 3, 2012 by privypress

Greetings Comic Natives, today we have Tradd Moore, and he is the penciler/inker  of Image Comics recent SMASH hit “The Strange Talent of Luther Strode.”  The book is centered on the desire of most teen males – to be strong, buff, to make an imposing impression (Don’t “F” with me). However, this is where the similarity to the average teenage life ends, the story morphs from an innocent obsession of wishful thinking…into an all too real nightmare.  When wishes come true there is always a sacrifice demanded and for Luther Strode the protagonist, his sacrifice is his very humanity.

Luther Strode

Luther Strode

While reviewing the books, I noticed Tradd’s  ability to depict  visually violent outcomes; yet not so much that it is scary overboard. The violence is situation appropriate; which manages to level the book out, as Luther wants nothing to do with clear and present violence foreshadowed for him by a gentleman that looks like Batman’s Alfred on steroids. However, Luther is forced to learn that in life sometimes your wants really does matter especially when someone with more muscle has his or her self interest at play.

Luther Strode Violence Appropriate

Luther Strode Violence Appropriate

Tradd explains that the story’s influence originated from the old advertisements (order here for BIGGER muscles, a submarine, or sea monkeys) that comic books were rifled with in the 1980’s…they always seem to promise much but delivered little, but we were kids and we believed it would work just as advertised. The completion of this book marks Tradd’s  trial by fire comic book induction now as a professional artist.

What’s next for the artist, well Tradd has stated that a dream of his has alsways been to work with such living legends such as Neil Gaiman, Takashi Miike, John Romita Jr, and John Cassaday to mention a Few. Artist such as these have helped inspire and influence Tradd’s pilgrimage into the comic book industry.

Tradd himself may not be a legend as of yet however, I would love to someday have him work on one of my projects (Tradd, just remember not to get so BIG that you forget the little people).

Jeff Dekal An Interview With an Artistic Master.

Posted in Comic Book Characters, Comic Book Creators, Comic Book resources with tags , , , , , on March 30, 2012 by privypress

 

There isn’t much I can say (mainly because Jeffs‘ art speaks for itself) about the amazing talent I discovered while trolling the fringe alleys of palmcon last season. If I could sum up Jeff’s art in one word it would be “the art has extremely visceral colors, textures, and realism that grabs you by the mental throat and forces you to pay homage.” Wait a minute that is not just one word, seems like an entire phrase…goes to show that Jeff’s work posses so many layers that it will not allow itself to be locked into the objective box of just one adjective.

Now, Jeff is pretty humble, he has a modest nature about his talent, he even stated that he doubts that I will even post this interview and video – WRONG! This art would not be silenced – OK enough of my metaphysical “bromance” – his art rocks and you have to see it for yourself: Check it!

Jeff’s unique take on fantasy art has stemmed from various influences…numbered among them are great artist such as  Simon Bisley,  Alex Ross, and comic artist Marco Georgevich. In addition his  Dark Phoenix painting is inspired by a dress created by Fashion Designer Alexander Mac Queen.  Jeffs’ work stretches across many genre’s, he’s  worked on projects for  hip hop and rap album covers, projects for the band MayDay, Book Covers, Comic Book Covers, Smaller interior illustrations for Comic Books and Covers in general.

Interview with Miami Artist Jeff Dekal

If you are ever privileged to set eyes on a canvas in which he paints, then make sure to buy it because I am sure that his work will be going places and you do not want to miss out on a potential masterpiece of extreme rarity.

The craftsmanship in his work is almost unreal; the essence embodies an addictive quality that stirs envy at his talent to say the least. My final words “Jeff’s work is such that I am not sure when the art starts and when the reality ends.”

Aaron Pierce Helps Re-Launch FacePalm Comic ENTITY Franchise.

Posted in Comic Book Creators, Comic Book resources, indy comics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2012 by privypress

“Are you a Fan of Superheroes, Aliens taking over, or even Nomads roaming the wastelands? If you are, FacePalm ComicENTITY may be right up your alley.”

Aaron Pierce Helps Rebut FacePalm Comic's ENTITY

Aaron Pierce Helps Rebut FacePalm Comic's ENTITY

As an avid supporter of the indie arena, I do my best to keep up with promising intellectual properties and the independent publishers that produce them…one such company is FacePalm Comic. Leo Levar is the company’s’ CEO, and I do what I can to keep apprised of his companies open and active projects. One of the products he along with creator Thierry Charlemagne brought to market was Entity, a comic book that has great promise, but has unfortunately been put on the back burner mainly because of a key ingredient that is missing in its creative team – an artist.

Entity like many projects have seen its share of cameo artist (artist that are hired for a single run or artist that did not work out for whatever reason). FacePalm has sought to remedy this,  in comes Aaron Pierce (Entity’s new artist), Aaron “Airpig” has more energy than the energizer bunny; I hope that some of this energy is transferred onto his newest project – The re-launching of the ENTITY franchise. As I said earlier,  I was curious as to why Leo Levar optioned to re-launch the book with another artist and creative staff, Aaron explains that the work is not a complete revamp just an re-enhancement – one that gives the book more clarity and direction.

Aaron Pierce ENTITY Pencils

Aaron Pierce ENTITY Pencils

Entity as a concept I feel has lots of potential so I am eager to see how the book will be executed with Aaron at the Helm. The writer is Aaron’s girlfriend (Kitty Don), which I jokingly stated,”Now I see how he will be able to channel his inner woman.”  Entity Chronicles the adventures of a mysterious girl named Max who lives safe and secure in a Dome City Which is bordered by a dangerous and volatile wasteland. Both Max and the place she calls home harbors secrets unbeknownst to them. Aaron did manage to give some highlights in this interview; the book as he puts it will appeal to a wider range of audiences as it will touch on many different angles such as Super heroes, Aliens, Nomads in the wasteland etc …the direction Aaron Plans on taking this book will be as suspenseful and mysterious as the character  themselves.

Aaron "Airpig" Pierce

Aaron "Airpig" Pierce

Everyone Let’s wish Aaron and Kitty a Warm Welcome to the FacePalm Comic Team!!!!

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