Last week for the Kill All Monsters Kickstarter

The Kickstarter ends on Friday, but whatever the final total is, it’s already far exceeded my and Jason’s hopes for it. Everyone’s been so supportive and encouraging, we’ll never be able to express our gratitude appropriately.

Same goes for those who’ve helped spread the word. I’ve got a couple of more links to share from the past week.

Matthew Meylikhov wrote a great Kickstarter Spotlight about us for Multiversity Comics, calling Kill All Monsters “essentially what all Godzilla books should be, but few are, focusing neither on one option [robots punch monsters!] or the other [humans talk about feelings!] and instead celebrating both, mixing it up in a style that flows seamlessly.” It’s a fun review and Meylikhov is a funny writer. You should check it out.

Meanwhile, Rick Hansen wrote up his reflections on C2E2 for Comic Impact and mentions picking up Kill All Monsters. He let us know on Facebook that he liked it so much he went ahead and chipped in a little Kickstarter money too.

Thanks so much to both Matt and Rick. Jason and I love hearing that people are enjoying the book. If you’ve written about Kill All Monsters and I haven’t shared it here, please don’t be shy about forwarding your links. I’d love to see and post about them.

Back from C2E2

C2E2 was amazing. It was great to hang out with Jason in person for the the first time in a few years. It never feels like it’s been that long, because a) we talk quite a bit online, and b) that’s just the kind of friendship we have. It’s a similar deal with artist/RPG-creator Grant Gould. I’ve been going to conventions and rooming with Grant for almost a decade now and he’s as nice as he is talented. It’s always great to visit with him and catch up.

Also got caught up with a lot of other folks, met some new friends, and got to put faces to names of some other online pals. I’m fearful of starting a list for fear of leaving anyone out, but C2E2 is always like a big family reunion for me and this year was no different.

Kill All Monsters did extremely well at the show. We almost sold out of our supply, but still have several for SpringCon next month. I’m a little concerned about selling out early at SpringCon, but we’ll see how that goes.

To clarify: these were a small run of print-on-demand copies that we printed just to have at conventions a little ahead of the official, retail edition. The official version will be printed on an offset press in large quantities for shipment to stores and Kickstarter backers. In terms of content, the two editions are identical and neither are marked to make one more special than the other. The only difference will be a slight upgrade in print quality on the offset version. The POD version looks great, but the offset version should look even better. The only advantage to the POD is getting to hold it in your hands a little sooner.

Let me know if you have any questions about any of this. We’re not trying to pull a fast one on anyone and want everyone to have access to exactly what they want as quickly as we can get it to them.

We talked to a couple of retailers at C2E2 and were pleased to hear that it’s not just our local shops that are ordering the book. We also had a lot of readers stop by to tell us that either they’d already backed us on Kickstarter or had heard about KAM online. Even people who didn’t buy a copy right then were very complimentary and it was just a really pleasant experience meeting so many comics fans. I’m usually running around covering panels and talking to publishers and creators during C2E2, so it was a change getting to sit still and just meet readers for three days. I enjoyed the heck out of it.

Kill All Monsters at C2E2

Jason and I will be at C2E2 this year and we’d love it if you’d come see us if you’re there too. The table’s in Jason’s name (M6 in Artist Alley), but I’ll be there all weekend too. We’ll have some print-on-demand copies of Kill All Monsters, Volume 1: Ruins of Paris to sell and I’m sure some other things for you to look at, but mostly we’d just like to meet you and say “hi.”

You can find us under this banner:

Kill All Monsters: The Banner (and Forbidden Island)

If you’re trying to spot Jason at Emerald City, C2E2, or any of the other shows he’s going to, this is what you’re looking for. It’ll be looming over his table like a… well, like a giant robot. Can’t wait to sit beneath it at C2E2.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that Jason and I are going to be at C2E2 with copies of Kill All Monsters, Volume 1: Ruins of Paris. Yes, we are.

In mostly unrelated news, the Forbidden Island story I mentioned a couple of weeks ago is a go for the anthology I wrote it for. More details about that as official announcements are made, but I’m excited that the editor liked it.

From C2E2 with love

I’m back from C2E2 and it was a great trip. I blogged most of it at Robot 6 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), but here are some things that didn’t make my official report:

  • Hyatt, I love you so much, but your conditioner sucks. Could not get my hair under control all weekend.
  • Your view, on the other hand, is awesome.
  • I roomed with Grant Gould and Anton Peck. Grant’s an old friend and convention buddy; Anton’s a new friend and talented photographer/drawer of robots.
  • When ordering Chicago pizza in the future, I need to remember that one stuffed Chicago pizza = two of any other kind of pizza.
  • I came away from the convention with three more writing jobs than I had when I got there. 
  • I affirmed that I suck at maintaining long-distance relationships. There are so many people that I only see once a year at these shows – people whom I love and love talking to – and with all the communications tools at my disposal there’s really no reason that I shouldn’t do a much better job keeping up with them the rest of the year. I need to do a better job at that. 
  • It was one of the few conventions where I wasn’t completely ready to go home once it was over. Not that I wasn’t excited to see my family; that’s not it. It’s related to that last bullet point about friendship. I don’t know what’s changed between this year and previous conventions, but for whatever reason I felt more connected to the comics community this time. Less like we are all isolated contributors and more like we were all family. Not that everyone knows everyone – or even likes everyone else. Large families don’t always. But I felt more at home than ever before and wasn’t quite ready for that to end.
  • Having said that, it’s really good to be home.

I’ll be at C2E2 this weekend

I won’t have a table or anything, but I’ll be wandering around the show all weekend and occasionally table-sitting for Grant Gould (table H9 in Artist Alley). My usual schedule involves a lot of visiting Artist Alley and publishers on Friday, panels on Saturday, and using Sunday to finish up whatever I missed the other two days. This year, there are way more panels I want to see than I’ll ever get to, so I could easily spend all my time just going to those.

Archaia’s upcoming releases panel is always something I want to check out, so that makes my list for Friday afternoon. I’d attend Dark Horse’s panel too if it didn’t overlap with one on how the Cold War shaped morality and gender roles in comics. I always have some of those cool, weird, academic panels on my wish list, but rarely get to them. I’d like to change that this year. The Cold War panel also overlaps with DC’s first panel and comiXology’s, so I’ll skip those too. That’s a little disappointing about comiXology’s since I’m interested in digital comics. They make my head hurt trying to figure out what they’re going to look like in five years, but that’s why I’m curious about their evolution.

Also Friday evening is an academic panel on the depictions of children, women, and racial diversity in comics. That sounds cool too, especially since one of the comics it will use to discuss gender is Wapsi Square, the webcomic by my friend Paul Taylor. Following that is just enough time to grab a quick dinner and then four, simultaneous panels that I’ll have to pick between.

 Mark Waid’s offering a second chance to learn about digital comics, there’s a discussion of the four types of superhero origins, there’s a panel on women’s perspectives of geek culture, and a creative process panel about storytelling. The superhero one sounds interesting, but miss-able in comparison to the others. (I’ve already categorized superheroes to death in my spare time, so I don’t need to hear how someone else does it.) The Geek Girl panel is also something I can skip without dying. I’m always fascinated by hearing that perspective, but  my female friends who like geeky things are already keeping me up to date. The storytelling panel is focused mostly on superheroes and manga, which sounds more limited than I want, so I think I’ll end up listening to Mark Waid. I’ve been following his blog about digital comics and – as I expect from Mark Waid – he has some thoughtful ideas about the medium and how to make it work for creators.

Saturday morning begins with the AV Club panel on the future of the superhero genre. After that, DC has a New 52 panel, but it overlaps two other interesting panels: one on creating and marketing independent comics; the other on upcoming releases from IDW. It’s a tough call between DC and IDW, so I’ll save myself the decision by skipping them both for the How To. I’ve studied enough of that kind of advice that I’m not expecting much new from this one, but if nothing else it’ll be good to reinforce what I’ve already learned. Plus, it’s by the guys who created Kill Shakespeare and they sound like interesting cats.

After that it’s a choice between Dynamite’s upcoming releases and Marvel’s TV shows. I tend to love Marvel cartoons, but I’d rather just watch them than hear about them. Dynamite is an always fascinating company, so they win.

After that are four more panels that overlap each other to one degree or another: one on LGBT characters in comics, one on the Valiant relaunch, one on Vertigo, and Marvel’s “Cup O’ Joe” panel. The LGBT panel is at the top of my list and it’s also the earliest of these four. That means that if I feel like joining the massive crowd that’ll be there, I’ll have time to listen to Joe Quesada. I’ll keep that on the schedule, but I imagine that dinner will take priority. I’ll just have to skip Valiant and Vertigo and catch up with their announcements online.

Sunday morning has another opportunity to learn about storytelling; this time thanks to Archaia and three of their creators: David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), and Sean Rubin (Redwall). Fortunately, there are no overlapping panels I want to see that day, so if I want, I can also get a make-up panel on women and geek culture with Chicks Dig Comics, hear about Marvel’s “Next Big Thing,” and finish up the con with a discussion of disabilities in comics.

That’s a full schedule and I know right now that I’ll never stick to it. Except for Friday morning and early afternoon, it leaves no time for walking around, visiting, or any kind of spontaneity. There’ll be way too much to look at and people I want to talk to, so I’ll probably cut out about half of those panels. I just won’t know which ones until it’s fifteen minutes before the panel starts and I have to decide whether going is worth missing out on whatever just popped into my head that I want to do. But it’s good to have a plan.

Anyone reading this going to C2E2? If so, let me know. I’d love to meet up.