Wednesday, August 23, 2006

What I did on my summer vacation.

We* sold the Lost Squad to Hollywood.

No biggie.

If you're new to the site (and so far today a TON of you are) and you're not familiar with LOST SQUAD, scroll down two posts to check out the overview I posted to bring you up to speed, then stroll down to your local comic shop or make with the clicky and check out the DDP webstore to pick up the back issues.

For those of you I owe emails to for the last week and have wondered what's been going on, well... now you know.

More later as things settle down.

UPDATE: Here's a few handy links from the post below I thought I'd include for the people who are too lazy to scroll down two posts (and you know who you are). Here's the CBR interview I did back in Sept '05 that includes the first 9 pages of issue #1 and sample pages from issue #2.

Devi's Due has 5 page previews still online for issue#3, issue #4, and issue #5.

2ND UPDATE: * The "WE" in the above statement doesn't actually include me to be honest. The men behind the deal are actually the attached producers, Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter, who deserve MAJOR props for getting this deal done. Thanks for the support and encouragement, guys. I will name my next born either Daniel Adrian Kirby if it's a boy or Adriana Daniela Kirby if it's a girl.

Thanks to Josh Blaylock and the Devil's Due crew -- Sam Wells, Susan Bishop, Tim Seeley, Brian Torney, Caitlin McKay for their hard work. Thanks to Marshall Dillon who brought the project to DDP in the first place. Thanks to Ed Dukeshire E-I-C of Digital Webbing Presents (still going strong!). Also, thanks to Scott Agostino at William Morris and the fine folks at Rogue Pictures.

More updates as I get the chance.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

LS #5 makes the top 300 for July '06.

I know talking sales numbers is a bit crass, but...

Checking the sales charts for July, we're back in the top 300 at # 281.

Kinda cool.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Howdy, folks! Yup, I see you lurking...


Checking my web stats I notice that not only is traffic up dramatically since the two cons, but we've also got a slew of media types checking out the site.

Now, this is where I go to ramble on about the book and stuff surrounding it and most people already know about the book when they digitally saunter on over here. It can be a bit disjointed and you might not get the gist of the book.

So, for our new friends checking things out and who want to know more about the Lost Squad, here are some handy links to introduce you to the book.

Here's the Comic Book Resources interview for the Lost Squad launch that I did back in Sept. '05. It features a terrific nine page preview of Issue #1 along with some unlettered artwork from Issue #2.

You can also check out the five page previews that DDP puts together for each issue by clicking the links below:

Issue #3
Issue #4
Issue #5

Reviews are scattered throughout the archives, but the latest is Steven Grant's quick shot about LS #4. Scroll down to near the bottom of the page.

Back issues are available at your finer comic shops. Check out the Master List in the sidebar to find a shop near you. You can also order online by clicking over to the Devil's Due webstore.

And thanks for clicking by! I appreciate the interest. You can always contact me with questions and comments by dropping my an email at mailcall AT lost-squad DOT com. I'd love to hear from you.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Con Report 2006 - part one.

Finally finding some time to post some quick (and somewhat disjointed) thoughts and reactions from my travels to the big two conventions. Here's the first of two con reports.

San Diego -

Let me start by saying that the fans were fantastic and gave the Lost Squad a lot of love. I went out to San Diego with a loaded-down-over-the-weight-limit suitcase and flew back with a bag as light as air. Suffice to say, that sales were brisk. I'm completely sold out of issue #1. Kody as usual is terrific to hang with while trying to move our stuff. Hoping to setup again with him next year.

Here's me using my superspeed to sell Lost Squad comics.

See how fast I can move!

Thanks to Dario Carrasco of Panday Studio for the photo (nicked from the DW message boards).

Had a good time at the booth, all-in-all. A little crowded, but the company in our little foxhole was solid. Thanks to Shawn Granger and the May brothers for making the time fly by. Sean Dulaney is the king DWP pimp and deserves big props for setting things up. Michael Colbert also was selling his fabulous CRAZY MARY books.

This year, San Diego seemed to be about comics once again. I did more networking and schmoozing at this con than at all the others combined. Business was getting done in San Diego, I can tell you that. Had more than a few conversations with editors at several different companies and am trying to figure what I want to do next.

Had a few shots of vodka and saki with my homies at Epic Proportions - Jerry Ma and Ken Knudtsen. Good men, those two. They had sweet booth placement right across from the Devil's Due setup. I'd grab a little liquid refreshment each day before sitting down to sign. I'm just sorry I didn't have more time to hang with those guys.

Ken, I SWEAR I'll finish part two of MINDGAMES. Promise, dude.

Although people were in the mood for comics, man, were the Hollywood development guys out in full force! It may all be a scam to get free comics, I don't know, as I gave out ten or so full runs of LS to guys with nothing more than a business card with a production company printed on it.

My one regret: director Robert Rodriguez stopped by our little booth and I was out on the floor and wasn't able to slip him a set of comics. He'd be perfect to direct the Lost Squad movie.

I need to thank the whole Devil's Due booth crew who made a new guy signing for the first time at a big con feel right at home. Top notch people, one and all. Special thanks to Susan Bishop, Brian Torney, Caitlin McKay, Sam Wells, Tim Seeley, and Josh Blaylock.

Nightlife in SD was fantastic. The fine dining around the convention center is impressive. Went to Little Italy one night for pasta, headed to Old Town for margaritas and chimchangas the next and then sampled the seafood at Croce's our last night there.

Had a good time hitting the bars around the convention center. Hung and had drinks and/or dinner with Kody Chamberlain and Kristie, Sean Dulaney, Dan Taylor, Michael Colbert and his pal Eric, Tony Lee, Ron Domingue, Chuck Satterlee, Ben Templesmith, Ray and Renae, Sara and Diana, Rob Guillory, Ryan Scott, Chad Hardin, and a bunch more people I'm forgetting.

I love the San Diego con and after having some doubts about writing for comics and where I fit in the grand scheme of things, I can say that the trip re-energized me and made me want to make comics again. Special thanks to Larry Young who always seems to give me a needed kick in the keister to get motivated again just when I need it!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Wizard World Chicago

Wow. Time is flying.

Haven't had time to toss up a Comicon report and here we are on the eve of Wizard World Chicago.

I'll be in Artist's Alley at table # 3160 all four days with artist Ryan "Sarge" Sargeant of Dreah and DWP fame. We'll have Lost Squad issues for sale as well as copies of both Freakshow books. Sarge will have Digital Webbing Presents for sale as well as his fantastic original artwork. Stop by and say hello.

I'll be signing at the Devil's Due booth # 832 on Friday August 4th from 1pm - 2pm and on Saturday August 5th from 10AM - 11Am.

I'll try and toss up a dual con report next week with highlights from both. If Chicago is only half as good as San Diego, I'll consider the summer a tremendous success.