Drew Weing on The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo

Do you read Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat? You should be reading The Beat. MacDonald is great at shedding light on kid-lit graphic novels and comics news, and is often the source I find these stories. She reports that First Second is set to publish Drew Weing’s The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo next year. Weing’s design and storytelling are skillfull and wonderful – BOOM(!) word-combo: wonder-skillfull – in the preview pages included, and I’m very interested to check this series out!

On Twitter, Weing links readers to three complete chapters of The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo that available to read for FREE:

SDCC: Making Comics The ComiXology Way

Bleeding Cool has a short write-up of Comixology’s “Creating Comics the ComiXology Way” panel at San Diego Comic Con. There’s no transcript or video of the panel, unfortunately, but definitely check it out! The panel includes Mark Waid (Thrillbent), Alex DeCampi (Valentine), Reilly Brown (Deadpool: The Gauntlet Infinite Comic), and Chris Sheridan (Motorcycle Samurai).

Support The Book of Mojo on Indiegogo!

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Via Hitfix, Former Pixar and Dreamworks animators have teamed up to turn Everett Downing‘s self-published webcomic, The Book of Mojo,  into a 3D animated short, and they need your help to fund the pilot episode!

The story of “Book of Mojo” centers around Creepy, a homeless teenage witch in search of her missing father. Then Mojo, a giant enchanted statue, literally falls into her life. With no memory of his past, Creepy agrees to help Mojo, for her own reasons. But things quickly spiral out of control when a group of black magic users called The Brokerage come to claim Mojo, saying they created him. The duo must then go on the run into the labyrinth of city streets, avoiding a magic-wielding crime syndicate, the cops, and Creepy’s personal rivals.

To create The Book of Mojo pilot episode, Downing has teamed up with 25 past employees of major studios such as Pixar Animation Studio, Dreamworks Animation, and Blue Sky Studios to form Alchemy Engine, an Indie Animation Studio who “strives to tell stories featuring characters they feel are under-represented in today’s animation market. Committed to providing a different kind of content, they have banded together to take creative risks in producing compelling stories for young-adults.”

I’m all about self-publishing, so make sure to check out Everett Downing’s official Gumroad page to download both installments of the original webcomic by clicking the images below. For more information about Book of Mojo, make sure to follow Everett Downing on Twitter!

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Mashable’s Break Down Of “The ‘Avatar’ Social Media Relaunch”

The sequels to James Cameron’s Avatar won’t arrive until 2017, but the series’ social media feeds are evidently already relaunching this week in advance, according to Mashable. This apparent social reboot spans Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, SoundCloud and Facebook.

Mashable has a very handy rundown of the social media outreach that’s planned:

Avatar on Tumblr: As Mashable notes, it’s all about the film’s visuals. This currently includes concept art, from rough pencil sketches to detailed paintings and CG models.

Avatar on Pinterest: Since Pinterest is geared toward “pins”, which are posts containing images and text, the film’s Pinterest page looks to be geared as a visual encyclopedia for the series.

Avatar on Facebook: According to Mashable, the series’ Facebook page will “become a hub where content from all the aforementioned Avatar social channels can be found, with standalone posts and announcements.” The page has 54 million fans, and it’s current post links to Mashable’s article, tipping off its followers to keep tabs on their social media feed update.

If you’re a self-publisher, definitely check out Mashable’s article in full and get a feel of what type of content Avatar’s ‘social team’ has put together for their different social feeds. Note that it’s Tumblr page is “behind the scenes” driven, whereas their Instagram page will “teach basics of the Na’vi langage from the film” if you’re into getting schooled on that side of the mythology.

All in all, Mashable’s full article is a fantastic rundown of how to approach content created for social feeds. It’s a very informative piece and is definitely helpful in brainstorming how to approach a content plan for your marketing efforts on your book.

Book Baby To Make Print Distribution to Retailers Accessible to Indies

Via Bibliocrunch,  Good E-Reader reports that Book Baby will make it possible for self-published authors to distribute their titles to retailers “like Barnes and Noble through their website (with the potential due to sales and customer requests for in-store sales), Amazon, Powells, NASCORP, Ingram Network, Baker & Taylor Network, plus up to another 150 other outlets.”

The best part? One of the chief concerns that prevents bookstores from carrying self-published works is the inability to return unsold titles, even at the author’s cost. BookBaby’s program will allow these outlets–from the local indie bookshop to Barnes and Noble’s physical locations–to return unsold books for a full refund, while still not incurring any cost to the author. BookBaby will absorb the cost of the refund. “This is different from any other Print On Demand program out on the marketplace,” said Steven Spatz, BookBaby President. “Self-published authors deserve to have a place on the book store shelves around the world, and our program delivers the maximum exposure through retail stores and wholesale catalogs.”

You can read the full article here.

Learn more about Book Baby by visiting their website.

Spot The Difference

Notice a bit of a revamp to my site?

I’ve done some general editing to the look of the site. I’m excited to have a direct link to the Newsletter for my upcoming graphic novel series Intercept Now! in my site menu at the top of this page. I’ve also revamped my personal Tumblr, as well as the official Intercept Now! Tumblr.

Look for more self-publishing news this week!

Free PDF Downloads: Self-Publishing Courses from Bibliocrunch!

Bibliocrunch helps authors collaborate with curated editors, book designers, marketers, and other publishing professionals who can take their book to the next level. For a limited time, they’re offering all of their self-publishing courses for free download in PDF format.

These free courses include Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing (ebook)Beginner’s Guide to Selling Books Online (Course)How to Request ReviewsSample Marketing Plan, and more!

You can find my Bibliocrunch page here! Make sure to visit Bibliocrunch to learn more about their servces!

If you’re interested in self-publishing, Bibliocrunch hosts #IndieChat on Twitter, where industry experts and authors discuss and share tips on the indie and publishing landscape. #Indiechat is held every Tuesday at 9pm EST. You can learn more about their upcoming chat, #IndieChat – How to Get Your Books into Libraries, so you can join in on Tuesday, January 20th!

Neil Gaiman Talks Coraline, The Graveyard Book, & More!

Neil Gaiman CBS News Interview November 2014

Via CBS News:

“Coraline” – first in Gaiman’s 2002 book and then in last year’s Oscar-nominated animated film – is a bored young girl who opens a mysterious door, only to find a magical wonderland on the other side.

Everyone on the other-side has buttons for eyes. Cute! Until Coraline realizes hereyes are next . . .

“What do you think your attraction to the dark side of things is?” Altschul asked.

“I think the thing that crystallized it for me, the moment that I actually understood it for myself, was a quote from Ogden Nash, the great American poet and humorist, where he said, ‘Where there’s a monster, there’s a miracle.’

“And I realized that that, for me, is the joy of the monstrous. It’s the joy of ghosts, fiction, joy of vampires. It’s the miraculous.”

The monstrous and the miraculous have been kind to Neil Gaiman. He’s sold millions of novels, comics and kids’ books, from “Sandman” to Batman to Coraline. None other than horror master Stephen King has called him a “treasure trove of story.”

You can view the video interview + transcript by clicking the image above!

Worlds Finest: Weisman Talks “Rain of the Ghosts” Book Series, “Young Justice”

Young Justice executive producer Greg Weisman chats with The Worlds Finest about the Warner Archive release of Young Justice: Invasion, a two-disc Blu-ray title collecting the final twenty episodes of the acclaimed animated series. Young Justice: Invasion on Blu-ray arrives on November 18th, 2014 for $24.95US.

Weisman recently authored the highly recommended Rain of the Ghosts book series, published by Macmillan’s St. Martin’s Press. Weisman had this to say about the series:

Via World’s Finest:

WF: The Rain of the Ghosts book have a pretty wide appeal to them, even outside of the marketed pre-teen/tween group. For those who haven’t tried the books because they think they’re “just” for the younger set, what do you say to them?

GW: Again, I always write primarily for myself. It’s the only way I can prove out my passion for a given project. So if you’ve enjoyed my previous work on television or in comics, odds are you and I share a common sensibility. And if so, then you’re sure to enjoy Rain. The characterization, the plotting, the mythology, the backstory, the environment should all work for a younger audience, but I don’t believe in writing down to kids. So there’s plenty of meat on these bones for an older reader to sink her or his teeth into.

Click the image below to check out the first volume of Rain of the Ghosts on Amazon: