Here’s an updated list of retailers who are carrying my comic book SHIRTLIFTER:
-The Comicshop – Vancouver, BC, CANADA
-RX Comics – Vancouver, BC, CANADA
-Little Sisters Books – Vancouver, BC, CANADA
-The Beguiling – Toronto, ON, CANADA
-A Different Light – San Francisco, CA, USA
-Chicago Comics – Chicago, IL, USA
-Zanadu – Seattle, WA, USA
-Jim Hanley’s Universe – New York, NY, USA
-Golden Apple – Los Angeles, CA, USA
If you want to get a copy without the hassle of mail-order and you don’t see your favorite GLBT or comics shop on this list, send your retailers my way. Stores that order 5 copies get free shipping AND a 50% discount of of cover. Inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those interested, I’m working on the second issue right now. Likely will be out in the new year.
I’m going to be doing another signing at A Different Light, only this one will be at the San Francisco location (489 Castro Street if you’ve never been). This won’t be a solo event — I’m signing along with Justin Hall, who will be premiering the second issue of HARD TO SWALLOW, the porn comic anthology that he splits with Dave Davenport — they both do their own stories, but share the title. They also invite a guest artist to participate in each issue, and that’s going to be me in the second issue. and the copies at the signing will be hot off the press. I’ll also be signing copies of SHIRTLIFTER and STICKY, while Justin will also likely be selling/signing copies of his very good series True Travel Tales.
Copies of HARD TO SWALLOW #1 are available at fine LGBT and comic bookstores nationwide, as well as various places online, and come highly recommended. I shared a table with both these guys at APE, and they’re good folks — I’m happy to be in such fine company.
Today I start a new webcomic at Joey Manley’s new webcomics portal, AdultWebcomics.com. The strip will be a free online serilization of new adult work. Every Sunday I’ll post a new page of art from the short story I’m working on until it is complete; then the cycle will start again with a new short story. The first effort will be a short called “Pas de Deux”; it’s currently about 6 pages but will wind up being about 10 when it’s finished.
The stories in “Roughs” will likely not be the same as what will eventually see print. As you may guess from the title “Roughs” refers not only to a type of guy, but the fact that this work is not 100% complete. Which doesn’t mean that I’m going to put up unfinished drawings — the works are going to tell as complete as I can make them. But I am a compulsive reviser, and my first iteration of a drawing or story is not always my best one. I frequently add material to the first draft of a story — inserting and rearranging panels to make more narrative or aesthetic sense. Even this first story is already complete, but feels short to me, so I will be inserting material as the pages go live in the coming weeks.
Anyway, AdultWebcomics.com is set up with .rss feeds and the like, so if you want to subscribe to the comic without having to remember to check for updates every Sunday, that’s an easy thing to do. I invite you all to watch over my shoulder as I start creating a new body of work.
For those of you in major metropolitan areas who wish to get copies of Shirtlifter but hate the time and expense of mail order, I have at least some good news. Toronto citizens can get copies from The Beguiling (Chris Butcher got some copies directly from me in San Diego); copies are also on their way to Jim Hanley’s Universe in New York and Zanadu in Seattle.
If you know of some retailers who you think may wish to carry the book, have them contact email@example.com to arrange something. I’m not going through Diamond because they think “the writing is not yet up to the standards of the comic book industry”. Which is odd, in the sense that I didn’t know that the comic book industry had any standards. And while the book is far from perfect and I think it’s fair to say that the writing has some problems, I know that there are books out there that are far worse. Which is fine: I’m all for raising the standards of the comic book industry by any means necessary, but I have suspicions that the content of the book had more to do with their designation that the horribleness of my writing.
Anyway, I didn’t mean this to be a bitch session; the situation is what it is, and until that changes, retailers can only get the book from me or from Last Gasp. I will post on this weblog the names of all retailers who carry the book, so keep checking back and maybe a city in YOUR neck of the woods will pop up.