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July 6, 2012

Another Book, Another Convention

The Comic-Con in San Diego. The sixth Out There book. These are exciting times we live in.
The Apex of Sophistication is the best Out There book yet, encompassing the sixth (and best) year of the strip, as well as 50+ pages of never-before-seen material. As for the Comic-Con, it’s a great chance to buy all six of these essential tomes and get them signed by the author. And I hear they usually have some other stuff going on there too. See you there!

March 13, 2012

WonderCon, Comic-Con, Book 6

Every seven or eight months or so, I feel like I should write a blog post. This seems like as good a time as any, what with my appearance at WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center coming up this weekend. I attended WonderCon a few years back, when it was in one of Earth’s Great Cities—San Francisco, California. This year it’s in one of Earth’s Most Wannabe Cities, but what the hell, a convention’s a convention, and it’s not like I get to go painting the town (or wannabe town) red while I’m there anyway, being chained to a booth trying desperately to peddle my books and whatnot. So… yeah. WonderCon. Keenspot booth (#452). Be there or be two-dimensional and composed entirely of right angles.
Might as well mention I’ll be at the Comic-Con this year too, as always. That’s in San Diego. I don’t have the dates in front of me. Just as well, it’ll force me to write another blog post in a couple of months.
Last but as far from least as imaginable, these days I am frantically writin’ and drawin’ the TWO—count ’em—TWO bonus stories that will be included in my as-yet-untitled sixth book. Here’s a preview panel, just so you know I’m not making this up:
See? Told ya!

July 31, 2011

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a BOOK!

The fifth Out There collection is now available for order right here. This one includes a new 23-page never-before-published and probably-never-to-be-available-on-the-Web story featuring a young Martha and a really, really young Miriam. That plus a whole year's worth of Out There strips that are much funner to read in book form than on the Internet. Well, that's what I've been told, anyway. (And not just from people who I told to tell me that. Although them too.) Order yours today!

May 29, 2011

Not The End, But An End…

If you've been keeping score, you're aware that Out There is close to wrapping up its fifth year. The strip's actual "birthday" is June 12.
You're also most likely aware that an Out There anniverary means another book, and indeed, Book Five will soon be out soon. I'll write a separate post about that when I have more details (such as when it's available for order—it won't be long).
The upcoming week of strips (starting with tomorrow's—May 30) marks the end of Book Five. It also marks another end—it will be the last week that Out There runs six days a week.
It's been a goal of mine since the beginning to add a seventh strip on Sundays, like a "real" comic strip; alas, I'm not headed in that direction. Instead, I'm dropping the Saturday strip. Out There will now run five days a week, more like a typical webcomic.
The reason for this is, after five years, I've failed to hit one of my other goals: for the strip's popularity to reach the point where it becomes my sole source of income. Right now I seem to be in kind of a holding pattern. I'm not gaining any readers. I don't seem to be losing any, either, and that's a good thing—but I'm a long way from quitting my day job (it's a night job, actually, but that's not particularly relevant here).
So maybe Out There isn't going to be my ticket to the big time, after all. Well, damn. Reality does bite.
But I ain't licked yet. I have at first not suceeded, so I'm rarin' to try, try again. That means a second webcomic. It might, in time, even mean a third webcomic. I have ideas. I have inspiration. I have motivation. What I don't have is unlimited time. So something had to give, and it's the Saturday Out There strip.
I wish I could give you a firm date on when my next webcomic extravaganza will hit the Web, but I gotta confess here: it's a long way off. It's still essentially in the planning stages. But having reduced my six-strips-a-week burden by one, I'm hoping the extra time will be put to good use. We shall see. This is still my lazy ass we're talking about.
Thank you for supporting Out There. I hope you enjoy the sleek, stripped-down, no BS, five-days-a-week version. I know I will.

January 10, 2011

And Another One…

The webcomic-writin' machine known as T Campbell tagged me to do a guest shot for his techy-schmechy Widgetitis. Was I out of my element? And how! At square one I didn't know a Winklevoss from a Winkerbean, but an image search or two later I was up to speed, and T's sharp script did the rest.

December 22, 2010

Guest Strips

I did one for Wayward Sons awhile back (shoulda mentioned that then; I'm mentioning it now), and one for Penny and Aggie today. Check 'em out, it's free!

June 28, 2010

The Internet is all well and good, but wouldn’t you feel smarter reading a BOOK?

Even if it is just a book of the same stuff you read on the Internet?
Well, not exactly the same stuff. We here at Out There (we?) think that a printed collection of Web-type comics should contain more than just a bunch of stuff you can already read online for free. So once again, I'm including a never-before-published, 27-page bonus story in my latest book. (Oh, did I happen to mention I have another book coming out? No? I'm mentioning it now.)
As usual, this bonus story will NOT be available online, EVER. (Well, maybe one shouldn't say ever. Let's just say, it won't be online FOR A REAL LONG TIME, and QUITE POSSIBLY never. Good enough?)
Don’t delay! Order the 4th Out There collection, Applying the Rules on an As-Needed Basis TODAY!

Comic-Con International

Since we're being chatty here, I may as well bring up my appearance at the COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL in San Diego, CA, July 23–25. Keenspot booth. #1229. Same as it ever was. Yep, you can get the book there, too (all of my books, actually). Oh, and I've been asked to remind you that if you are going to the Comic-Con, you should check out the KEENSPOT PANEL Sunday at 2 pm, in Room 4. I'll be there, trying to come up with something interesting to say. Maybe you can help me by asking embarrassing questions or something.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Wonder Of It All, Baby

Early tomorrow morn I'll be hoppin' that freight and headin' up to San Francisco for WONDERCON! You can find me at the Keenspot booth. I'll be the only guy there who looks like me. Buy a book! Stand around and chat! Walk right past and pretend you didn't see me! There's an overwhelmingly vast array of activities available to the discerning convention-goer.
Damn—I just noticed what day it is today. Now nobody's going to believe me. I REALLY WILL BE AT WONDERCON TOMORROW! I PROMISE!

January 12, 2010

Is It That Time Again Already?

Friend of mine was hassling me the other night about never updating the blog section of my website. Man, isn’t it enough that there’s a new comic everyday? Trust me, I’m not bursting at the seams with creativity—the comic strip takes every last ounce I have. Expecting me to churn out a daily strip and say something witty here more than three or four times a year is simply asking too damned much.
Oh, fine. I’ll say something. Happy New Year. There. (You happy now, David? Oh, look. Now you’re famous.)

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