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About this journal

I have two creative projects I will be discussing in this journal.

The first is The Crimebusters, a new comic series I am writing and drawing. Picking up where Boy Comics left off, The Crimebusters #120 is set in the fall of 1956, with Chuck Chandler — aka Crimebuster — returning to Curtiss Tech for his junior year of college. As always, though, intrigue and mystery abound, as Chuck is reluctantly forced to team up with girl reporter Trixie Trouble to investigate the shocking death of a beloved professor. This is my first comic book, so it's a real learning process trying to make it; I will be detailing that process here. I hope to have the issue complete by the end of March, with the goal of heading to Kickstarter in April for a May publication date. We'll see how it goes though!

The second project I have is the Classic Comics Forum Podcast, where I discuss classic comic book runs. I'm aiming for an episode a month at this point, and will provide updates whenever new episodes become available. 

Thanks for reading!

Entries in this journal

 

The Crimebusters #2 - more stretch goals!

Whew. It's been a really long, hard week for me. Just feel like I'm sick all the time, and it was also the anniversary of my mother's death, which always leads to health issues for me.  But, on the bright side, the Kickstarter campaign to publish issue #2 of The Crimebusters is going really well! So, thank you for all your support.  We've hit a couple of big milestones, which means it's also time to announce the next round of big stretch goals. So check it out when you have a chance!

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02/16/2020

 

The Crimebusters #2 - we've entered... THE DEAD ZONE!!

Well, my Kickstarter campaign for The Crimebusters #2 has entered what they call "the dead zone," which is the time between the first week of the launch and the last three days of the campaign. You tend to get most of your backers either at the beginning or the end, and very little in between. It can be a real drag to be working hard on the comic, and working hard plugging it, and not see any immediate response. But it's just part of the deal! In the meantime, I'm still hard at work. We hit

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02/06/2020

 

The Crimebusters #2 - fully funded! So what happens now?

I'm excited to announce that after just 48 hours, the second issue of The Crimebusters is now fully funded! Hurray! The campaign still has 29 days left to go, though, which means stretch goals! These are cool bonus rewards that are unlocked when we hit higher goal levels.  The question is, what kind of rewards do you guys want to get? The first will likely be some free prints, and later on I may do more trading cards, because I want those for myself! But if anyone has any ideas about c

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01/30/2020

 

The Crimebusters #2 - Kickstarter update

I'm happy to report we're at 90% funded after 36 hours! So that's great, and I really appreciate everyone's support very much.  One odd thing this time is that the project has seemed to stall out almost immediately. Last time things died off after day three, but this time all 90% of the funding came within the first 18 hours. Since noon yesterday, there hasn't been a single backer. It's kind of unusual in my limited experience — there's always a "dead zone" in the middle of a Kickstarter ca

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01/29/2020

 

The Crimebusters #2 is now LIVE on Kickstarter!!

It's finally time! The Crimebusters #2 is now LIVE on Kickstarter! I'm super excited to finally have a chance to share this with everyone. It's been a really difficult process for me thanks to a bunch of massive life events over the past few months, but the book is (nearly) complete now and by the time the money comes in from Kickstarter, it will be ready to go to the printer. I'm super excited to continue the story of Chuck Chandler, Trixie Trouble, and friends! This time around,

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01/28/2020

 

The Crimebusters #2 - final countdown to launch!

Well, issue #2 is aunching on Tuesday, and I've been a busy man.  First, here's the first media interview I've done about The Crimebusters, so that's pretty exciting!   Secondly, I just finished the back cover for issue #2:     I've also received my first guest cover artwork! Heather Farrington is another indie creator with an Archie-esque style — her book Juvenile Diversion is a coming-of-age stroy aout a group of teens in the 1980's. I think she did a bang-up

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01/23/2020

 

The Crimebusters #2 - Kickstarter pre-launch is here!

Howdy! I'm excited to share with you the link for the Kickstarter campaign for The Crimebusters #2, which will be live on January 28. And don't worry, if you missed #1, that's available as well.  Kickstarter has a groovy new feature called the "Notify me on launch" button. Click on that, and as soon as the project is live, you'll automatically receive an email notification the moment the project is live. I'm super excited to share this issue with everyone. Thanks for all the support ov

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01/11/2020

 

The Crimebusters #2 - Boy Comics #121 variant cover!

I cross posted this over on the Golden Age forum too, but what the heck, not everybody reads that — and not everybody over there reads this.  I finished the Boy Comics #121 variant for issue #2! In this issue, Chuck and his new partner Trixie Trouble are also joined by special guest star Yankee Longago! Yankee Longago first appeared way back in 1942's Boy Comics #3 in the same issue where Crimebuster debuted. Created by the great Briefer, Yankee Longago was a kid who could travel to th

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12/15/2019

 

The Crimebusters #2 - convention report

Good news, I have completed the initial art for the main story for The crimebusters #2! We're still on track for a Kickstarter launch at the end of January. I also just did my final show of the year, a three day affair last weekend. I sort of lost my shirt on my table, however, the weekend was saved from a financial perspective when I somehow found a copy of Strange Tales #110 for $10. I also met some cool creators doing their own books, and a lot of cool fans, so overall it was a good expe

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12/08/2019

 

The Crimebusters #2 - special announcements

This year has been a series of kicks to the junk, but luckily, it's nearly over! And I do have a couple cool announcements. Tomorrow, I'll be appearing on a Disney YouTube livestream to discuss my comic and how the latest issue was influenced by Disney theme parks! And this weekend, I'll be appearing at the NorthEast Comic Con in Boxboro, MA, so if you're at the show, stop by and say hi! I made a little video about these announcements: https://youtu.be/WJlXIn03IAo

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11/26/2019

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12/01/2019

 

The Crimebusters #2 - Happy Halloween!

Life has been extra lifey this year, so I haven't had much time to post updates. And the next couple of months are going to be among the busiest of my life, so I don't know how often I will be able to update everyone. But I am making progress on The Crimebusters #2. I'm currently working the linework for page 26 of 31 on the main story, and I'm still expecting to head to Kickstarter in January. I took a little time away from that to color the regular cover for issue #2. There will be at le

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Crimebuster

10/30/2019

 

October Case Files update coming tomorrow

Every month I email readers the latest Crimebusters Case Files - and tomorrow I'll be sending out the October edition. This month's Case Files will include my thoughts on the one element every good story must have. Plus, I'll have a progress update on issue #2, news about upcoming con appearances, a report about last month's show including mini-reviews of some comics I picked up there, recommendations for current Kickstarter projects, and the creation of a new resource for fans of Golden Age sup

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10/08/2019

 

Another update!

Man, the updates are coming fast and furious! I've just finished setting up a new mailing list entry portal, and I wanted to share it with everyone here. I just send out one email a month to give updates on The Crimebusters - a little more often when it's actually time for a new issue - so if you're interested, it's a great way to get the direct scoop. Anyone who signs up now will get a welcome email that includes a link to a new digital ashcan which has short previews for both issues 1 and

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Crimebuster

09/18/2019

 

The Crimebusters #2 - Boy Comics #121 Variant Cover question

First, thanks to everyone who supported the first issue of The Crimebusters and helped make it a reality. I'm super grateful! I'm currently hard at work on the second issue, and one thing I'm trying to figure out it what to do for the Boy Comics #121 variant.  I've got two basic options - I could do an all-new original design, or I could do another homage cover. I think a lot of people really liked the homage to Captain America Comics #3, so I am leaning towards doing another homa

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09/18/2019

 

The Crimebusters - con report!

I attended my first convention as an artist over the weekend, so I wrote up a little thing about the experience here, including a short video diary about the con and the comics I ended up bringing home myself:crimebustercomics.com/2019/09/16/catamount-comic-expo-convention-report/

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09/16/2019

 

The Crimebusters - a personal note

In my latest blog entry, I get personal about some of the challenges I have faced this summer. Thank you for the support, everyone.  https://crimebustercomics.com/2019/09/08/a-personal-note/

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09/08/2019

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09/09/2019

 

The Crimebusters - Con Update!

It's been too long since I updated here, but I've just been super busy. I have now sent out rewards to almost everyone, just a couple stragglers. There was a bit of a snafu at the printer with some variants that delayed things by a couple weeks, but in the end, everything worked out.  I'm hard at work on the second issue at the moment, just finishing up page 11. Things are going faster this time around, so I hope to have the issue done in November, but I will probably wait until January to

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08/16/2019

 

The Crimebusters #2/121 - first look

The Kickstarter has ended and I'm just waiting for the copies of The Crimebusters #1 to arrive from the printers! If anyone missed the Kickstarter and wants a copy or copies, let me know and we'll figure something out when they arrive! In the meantime, I'm keeping busy by working on #2! The second issue is called "The Secret of the Ghost Bride." It features Chuck and Trixie investigating a haunted house. With a twist: there might be some time travel involved, thanks to the surprise ret

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Crimebuster

07/08/2019

 

The Crimebusters #1 - Kickstarter complete!

The Kickstarter campaign for the first issue of The Crimebusters is complete, and was a rousing success. Thanks so much to everyone who supported it! I'm really looking forward to sending out the comic and hearing what you all think. And I'm hard at work already on issue #2, so I'll certainly be sharing plenty more as we go. Thanks!

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07/04/2019

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07/08/2019

 

The Crimebusters Kickstarter - final 48 hours

Hey there! We're inside the last 48 hours, so I have composed another update (well, a couple really since last time I posted here).  I also just wanted to remind everyone that may be interested that this Kickstarter is going to end shortly, so if you do think this is a comic you'd be interested in, now is the time! Most of the variant covers will be printed in very small numbers, and the Kickstarter Exclusive Variant Cover in particular (which is an homage to Flash Comics #92) is going

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Crimebuster

07/02/2019

 

The Crimebusters - just 5 days left!

A little update here. In the week since we passed $1000, we've pretty much hit a full stop. I think the amount has only gone up by $26 in the last week, with just two new backers. But I had heard that's how these things go, so while it's a bit disappointing, it's not surprising. I am still occasionally getting new "followers' - these are people who have asked Kickstarter to remind them about the project when there are two days left - so it's possible some of those people will back at the end. 

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06/27/2019

 

The Crimebusters #121 (2) - first peek!

I've been so focused on getting the Kickstarter up and running for the first issue of my Boy Comics revival The Crimebusters that I haven't had any time to actually begin working on the second issue. This weekend, though, I was finally able to start working on it! Here's an early look at the first draft linework for the regular cover for the second issue. I'm hoping to do the Legacy Number Variant cover soon as well, which will have the #121 on it instead of #2 - and which will be an h

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Crimebuster

06/16/2019

 

The Crimebusters #120 (#1) - now LIVE on Kickstarter!

Aaaaah! I'm super excited to announce that my comic The Crimebusters is now live on Kickstarter! Finally!  Thanks to everyone for all the support throughout this process. As you guys know, bringing Chuck Chandler back to life has been a goal of mine for over a decade now, so this is really exciting for me, and I can't wait to share this comic with you. If anybody has any questions aout the project, or about the Kickstarter campaign, let me know! https://www.kickstarter.com/pr

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06/11/2019

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06/12/2019

The Crimebusters #120 (#1) - The Final Countdown!

Just a few days left until this thing launches on Kickstarter on June 11. In my latest project blog, I discuss the printing process, getting my Kickstarter campaign ready to launch, and the big news of the day: the first copy has arrived!! It's real! https://crimebustercomics.com/2019/06/08/the-final-countdown/  

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06/08/2019