The Monsters Among Us #1 Proof arrived in the mail the other day from my Printer. I am very excited to see the last 3 years of work between Stefano, Mark and me come to completion. I so much enjoyed creating this comic book with Stefano and Mark. They are the finest artists I could ever hoped to have worked with. Here is a photo of the front and back cover along a sampling of pages from the book. You can get a good sneak peak into the overall style of artwork before I start posting the pages individually on this website. My plan is to start posting pages after Comic-Con, unless I strike up a deal with a publisher at Comic-Con, which could change plans somewhat.
I am having 200 copies of the comic book printed in hardcover for this first printing. I decided to print the comic in hardcover instead of the usual floppy comic because it just cost me about $2.75 more per book to choose hardcover over floppy. I am listing a $10.00 price to sell the book. I thought about listing the book at $12 or $15, but I wanted the book to be priced to sell.
I love the look, feel and sturdiness of hardcover books. I cringe when I see new floppy comics that are dinged up. I sometimes see new comics damaged while still at the comic store. Though, when I do a larger print run with the next printing, I may choose to print as a floppy for economic reasons and the traditional look and feel of comics.
My printer is Publishers’ Graphics in Illinois which is very good at printing small quanities at a fairly low cost. The people there are friendly and helpful. Here is the link to their website: http://www.pubgraphics.com/
I am taking these 200 books to the San Diego Comic-Con for July 20-24, 2011. I will probably only be selling these 200 copies at conventions since I did not put a bar code on this low print run. When I do a larger print run next, I will use a bar code.
I am very much looking forward to Comic-Con where I will be debuting Monsters Among Us #1. I will have a table in the Small Press Section of Comic-Con. My table number is K-2. I am thankful that Comic-Con gave me a very generous table location close to a main walkway. At this location, I can hopefully attract walk-by traffic. I am having my comic cover made into a large retractable banner (about 4 feet x 7 feet), which I will post the image when I receive it soon.
Also, I will have my table right next to Randy Reynaldo, the creator of Rob Hanes Adventures. Here is the link to his website: http://www.wcgcomics.com/. I had contacted Randy months ago and he has been very kind in answering my questions about Comic-Con. Randy is a veteran of Comic-Con for many years while this will be my first Comic-Con as a seller and my 2nd Comic-Con overall (the first time being in 2009).
That’s it for now…….enjoy the proof pages, Rob.