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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.

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…

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!!!!

Exclusive Interview with James WhyNot the Artist Behind The Sensational Hit Entity.

Posted in Comic Book Clubs, Comic Book Creators, Comic Book Geeks, Comic Book News, Comic Book resources, Comic Conventions with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2011 by privypress

 

Neither rain nor sleet nor Jay-Z and Alicia Keys (music playing in the background of a local Barnes and Noble joint) was enough to keep Comic Privy from getting what I presume will be the only signed copy of the sold out comic epic known as Entity. I say this because I managed to track down the entire creative team and have them sign the book individually. This will not be easy for most fans to accomplish, since the artist James Whynot (yes you read correctly, his last name is Whynot…I could only imagine the torture this poor soul must have endured in high school…anyway back to what I was saying) keeps his pencil glued to paper practically 24/7. I was able to steal a spot in his busy schedules and provide you my very malnourished comic natives with this succulent and delectable morsel of an interview to hold you over to until my next hunt. Whynot has in his arsenal over 5 years of educational experience in the sequential Art industry (that means he has professional schooling for this stuff, so it may behoove you to pay some attention…just a teeny bit :-) ).

Interview With Top Comic Book Artist James Whynot.

Interview With Top Comic Book Artist James Whynot.

 

With a booked schedule of 5-7 projects currently on his plate spanning across multiple Genre and stateliness; one (meaning me) must wonder how he gets any sleep. I could only guess that for James and artist like him the art he creates is his own special narcotic concoction of stay awake pill that keeps him from the sweet release many of us cherish and enjoy – know as sleep. Five to seven books is a challenge for even the most versatile of artist. However, James believes he was built for this line of work; mainly given credence because he boast an incredible ability; almost mutant in nature to push out 3 pages of prime artwork a day or even 4 on a really good day.

He credits this to his mastery of a concept he calls “spacing” (ooooh I know you were just waiting for some mind-blowing concept – right?). Well, in short “spacing” means the project that pays stays and the ones he does not like takes a hike. Paying projects provides the needed motivation for James to work harder. I suppose it would motivate most artist…there is no denying it, James is as “money motivated” as they come. Who can blame him when there are so many “poser” companies out there looking to exploit talent without paying the creative team that makes the comic book possible…Please forgive my opinionated banter…I digress, back to the interview at hand.

Ink work from Top Comic Book Artist James Whynot.

Ink work from Top Comic Book Artist James Whynot.

James is a big proponent of change in the comic industry including digital and other formats however he feels that what really needs a facelift is the content of the books and the industry itself. Many “company owners” in his opinion are not equipped to run a “mud pie” stand much less run a media company. Say what you will about the guy, (he is not shy about telling it like it is whether it be steep comic book pricing, outrageous printing cost for indie books or horrendous management by company owners…) you have to respect his upfront and No B.S. straight to the point statements. 

“It is my sincere hope that you enjoy watching and reading this interview as I did making it.” Here is the interview raw and uncut http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=995vj0nJB-4

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