The last printed copy of Psychosis has sold! On March 21, 2010, a customer of ComicReaders South in Regina picked up the final copy. This customer, Neil, had purchased and enjoyed A Thousand Faces #9, which contains “Friday, 3AM“, a short fiction penned by me. He enjoyed the collection and thus returned to ComicReaders, seeking more of my work. Dana Tillusz, owner of ComicReaders, called me that day to ask if I could come to the store to sign the copy of Psychosis. I was more than happy to do so.
Psychosis was my first comics endeavour. I wrote it, hired the art team, and self-published the 98-page graphic novel in the final days of 2007. I had hoped Psychosis would open doors for me, and it has. I feel I would not be where I am today in terms of my comic writing had I not decided to commit the effort and money to producing Psychosis.
I dropped off three copies of Psychosis at my local comic shop this week. The copies weren’t for the shelves. They’ve been purchased by the local library.
I’m very excited about my graphic novel being available at the local library. It means my project is now accessible to a wider audience. I’m also very flattered that the library decided to support my project and me as a writer in this fashion. I must also send a big thanks to my good buddy, Dana, the proprietor of the local comic shop, for bringing my graphic novel to the library’s attention.
I was at both ComicReaders locations in Regina, Saskatchewan on Saturday, May 3 to sell and sign copies of my graphic novel, Psychosis. I was at the south location in the morning and the downtown location in the afternoon. I sold 26 copies, met some great people and was offered many encouraging words and general support. It truly was a memorable day.
The first sale occurred just a couple minutes after the door was opened at 10am. The individual who bought the copy was kind enough to allow me to snap a photo of the occasion. Visitors to the store and sales of my graphic novel were steady. There was a lot of interest in Free Comic Book Day, with a good number of dads, moms or both coming into the shop with their young kids, but also a lot of regulars checking out the free books and picking up their file comics.
Perhaps the most exciting occurence of the day was meeting a University of Regina professor that will be teaching a class about world comics in the upcoming semester. He asked me a lot of questions about my graphic novel and the process of creating it. Near what would become the end of our conversation he asked if I would be interested in speaking to his students. I said I would be honored and provided him with my contact information. The visit will probably occur in the Fall.
Related to comics in schools, earlier that week a teacher / librarian from a local high school contacted me and asked if I would be interested in speaking to a couple of grade 10 classes about comics writing. I expressed my interest. She’ll be in touch with me again in the future. The school visit will occur some time next year.
I received 50 new copies of my graphic novel earlier this week. I have a couple dozen pre-sold and the rest are for Free Comic Book Day, which is Saturday, May 3, 2008. I’ll be at the two ComicReaders locations in Regina, Saskatchewan, selling and signing copies. I’ll be at the south location in the morning and the downtown location in the afternoon. I look forward to it.
I went to the south location today and set up for this promotional picture for the event. I also left a handful of copies behind. Those will go onto the rack and will be available for sale immediately.
In related news, Josh Wigler, a fellow writer working on the Special Edition project, purchased a download version of my graphic novel the other day. I thanked him heartily for his support, to which he replied: “We’re all in this together man. If we’re not going to watch each other’s backs, who will?” I thought that was a very true and honest sentiment.
My ten issues of Psychosis arrived on Wednesday, February 20. You might recall my disappointment at the quality of the preview copy I ordered months ago. The state of that particular copy (which sits on a shelf in my home) was one of the reasons why I was reluctant to order more and make it available in local comic shops. I eventually bit the bullet and basically just said “fuck it and do it”, and ordered the ten copies I wrote about earlier.
Anyway, the box arrived and I cut into it. As soon as I saw the cover of the first book in the stack I realized something was different. Closer inspection revealed the truth. The cover was on straight, the spine was perfect, and as I flipped through the pages it became apparent much of the problems with the blacks had been corrected. The blacks and greys popped and the whites were truly white. Since I was working from the same source files used for my preview copy, I can only assume that in ordering multiple copies lulu.com spent more time putting together and printing the finished product, which is why these versions were so much better in quality. I was very pleased. Kudos and big thanks to the folks at lulu.com.
By the end of the work day I had sold five copies to co-workers with a few others interested but not having money on hand. After supper with much eagerness, I headed to the south end ComicReaders and handed the five remaining issues to Shane who was working that evening. My two year-old son was with me and I took great pride in seeing my graphic novel sitting on the “New Releases” shelf and being able to tell him that those are daddy’s books. He got mildly upset when he realized I was leaving them behind. He seemed to think if they were my books that they should be coming home with us. I explained that I was leaving them behind so people could buy them and read them. He seemed to understand that because his mood improved.
Shane dropped me an email Thursday evening to say he sold two copies earlier that day. That leaves three. I suspect they too will be sold because there are some ComicReaders.com regulars that said they’d pick up copies. It’s great to have support from such friends and acquaintances.