Critic Greg McElhaton posted an overwhelming positive review for the new Book of Boy Trouble 2 over on his blog Read About Comics. He called out the piece I did with Todd as one of the highlights, which was surprising and encouraging. He went through the book with a fair amount of detail, and was enthusiastic about the series’ direction.
I got to see my copies when I was at APE, and I agree with him that it’s definitely the most attractive book in the series thus far. The opportunity for everyone to work in full color resulted in some very nice looking pieces. The full contributor’ list is: Tony Arena, Craig Bostick, Todd Brower, Jennifer Camper, Derek Charm, Howard Cruse, Abby Denson, Michael Fahy, Tim Fish, Justin Hall, Andy Hartzell, Victor Hodge, Brett Hopkins, GB Jones, David Kelly, Robert Kirby, Nick Leonard, Ed Luce, Jon Macy, Steve MacIsaac, Dave Oretega, Bill Roundy, Sina Shamsavari, Robert Triptow. What was especially amazing about APE is how many of these people were actually in attendance, so I was able to get a lot of the contributors to sign their piece. Hopefully I’ll be able to track the people I missed down at the next few cons I go to.
It’s published by Green Candy Press and available through Amazon.
Amazon has its copies of #3 in stock, so anyone interested in ordering through them can now do so.
Also, Diamond’s picked up its copies of the book, so comics shops will either have recieved them yesterday or next Wednesday, Dec 3.
You can also order them through me directly by clicking here. The webstore’s been updated to offer an international shipping option, for those of you living outside the US.
The first 10 pages of my story are available over at Modern Tales if you want to “try before you buy.”
Still waiting to hear from my bookstore distributor, so it probably won’t be available in Gay and Lesbian or alternative bookstores until the new year.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that the website has been updated. SHIRTLIFTER #3 is now listed in the comics section, with a link to an extended preview and buttons which allow you to order from Amazon (pre-ordering, anyway – it will be shipping from them at the end of the month) and from me. This issue features material from myself, Justin Hall and Fuzzbelly. It’s 88 pages, 2 color, and is $13 shipping included, or $15 with a card of your choice. $20 gets you issues #2, #3 and a card, shipping included.
I’ve also updated the card and prints section, there is a lot of new material there (you can see a few examples at the top and bottom of the blog). You might want to take advantage of the Pre-Xmas special: Cards are now 3 for $10 (+$1.50 shipping) or 5 for $15 (shipping included).
The day that I wake up to discover that Prop 8 (banning gay marriage) has passed in my adoptive home of California is also the day that I get my Diamond purchase order for SHIRTLIFTER #3, which, despite some targeted outreach, has come in with even lower orders than the last one. Gay comics are just an impossible to sell outside of a few blessed oases. Some days I’m not sure why I even bother.