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  1. Okay, okay, you talked me into it! For each issue of The Crimebusters, I'm doing multiple variant covers paying homage to my inspirations. On of these is the Trixie's Mysteries series of variants, which are designed to look like the classic Nancy Drew book covers, and pay homage to all those girl sleuths in teen detective novels like Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, etc. I drew the variant for the first issue myself (an homage of Adams from Detective Comics #395, which I thought was fitting), but starting with the second issue, I thought it would be cool to have a different woman indie comic creator do the Trixie's Mysteries cover. For issue #2, I hired artist Heather Farrington, who publishes her own series Juvenile Diversion. She decided to play up the Scooby Doo vibe, and I personally love the results. On the left is my cover for issue #1, and on the right is her cover for issue #2! They seem to be pretty popular, as I am down to just one copy left of my cover for issue #1. It's also been interesting and rewarding bringing on another artist to interpret my work!
  2. 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! Thanks!
  3. 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 the first stretch goal, meaning two free prints for all physical backers, and I have revealed the second stretch goal - a set of trading cards based on the Lev Gleason trading card sets from 1951. Hey, if we can't do geeky stuff like this, why do it at all, right? For comparison, here's one of the original cards from 1951: I've also just posted an interview with Heather Farrington, the artist who drew the Trixie's Mysteries variant cover for issue #2. I love the cover she did! If you want to learn more, check it out.
  4. Here's a video to announce the first stretch goal! If you have any ideas about what you might want for the next stretch goal, let me know!
  5. There are two or three more comic con themed Archies as well, though I'm not sure if they have any real people in them. I think one might be cover only. There's one that takes place at a Riverdale Comic Con. I'll see if I can remember the issue numbers...
  6. 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 cool stuff you want to see as rewards, please let me know! If it's something I can pull off logistically, I'll do it! Thanks again for all the support! Here's the link again for those who missed it before:
  7. 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 campaign, but it usually doesn't hit this fast. I wouldn't have expected things to completely die off until the weekend. Still, we're close to goal, and there's a lot of time left in the campaign! So I'm going to keep plugging away. I'm also in the process of figuring out just what the stretch goals are going to be. What sort of thing do you all feel would add value to your experience? Is there any bonus you'd like to receive along with your comic that would enhance the experience? Or any other rewards you'd like to buy that I am currently not offering - merchandise, whatever? Let me know! And thanks so much to everyone who has backed, I really appreciate the support very much!
  8. Thanks so much, I appreciate the support! If you can go through the Kickstarter page, that might be a little better for me, but whatever works easier for you is fine. Kickstarter has certain algorithms based on backers,so having more on there may help promote the book within their site more. But the end result is about the same for me either way. And thanks for offering to share it! It you copy and paste this link into the "What's on your mind" box on Facebook, that should be all you need to do to share it:
  9. Here it is! I'm excited to announce that the second issue of my Boy Comics revival is now live on Kickstarter! As I posted previously, the Boy Comics variant cover for this issue features not just Crimebuster, but also fellow Boy Comics co-star Yankee Longago! Doubling down! Now I just need to figure out how to work Swoop Storm and Young Robin Hood into future issues... Also, there's another variant cover that may be of interest to some people here. The Kickstarter Exclusive variant — which as you might guess is only available to people who back the project through Kickstarter — is an homage to the cover of Planet Comics #71. It also features the original numbering carried over from Boy Comics: Thanks everyone for all the support on this project! Needless to say, bringing Crimebuster and Boy Comics back to life is a real passion project for me, and I can't wait to share this new issue with you. And also, not for nothing, get a copy myself for my own collection!
  10. I'm cross-posting this a couple places, but I wanted to share here that the second issue of my comic The Crimebusters is now live on Kickstarter. The Crimebusters is a ode to classic teen detective novels and mystery adventure shows like Scooby Doo, but with the twist that sometimes, those monsters and ghosts might be real. It's also a passion project of mine as it co-stars Chuck Chandler, aka Crimebuster — my forum namesake — and continues the continuity from his original series, Boy Comics, which ended with #119 in 1956. Since the character and series are in the public domain, I decided to continue the run, which is why every issue I do a variant cover that features the original title and numbering. Here's a look at the three covers I drew for this issue. There are also two others by guest artists, but since this thread is about our personal artwork, I won't share them here. This is the regular cover for issue #2, "The Secret of the Ghost Bride." I wanted to have a little bit of that classic Neal Adams DC Horror feel to it — it's not really a direct homage to stuff like Batman #227, but I always loved those "giant figures looming" covers. The other two covers, though, are direct homages. This Boy Comics #121 variant cover is an homage to Simon and Kirby's cover to Adventure Comics #74, which I thought was fitting since my cover (and the story inside) guest-star the Golden Age Boy Comics character Yankee Longago, whose deal is that he can time travel in his dreams. So a Sandman homage seemed fitting: And this last one, which I have shown in this thread previously, is an homage to Maurice Whitman's cover for Planet Comics #71. The comic itself also appears in the backup story, which features my character Vera Veritas, who takes center stage in this homage. This cover is a Kickstarter Exclusive variant, so it is only available to people who back through Kickstarter - it also carries on the original numbering from Boy Comics: Thanks everyone for your support over the long months it took to make this comic, I really appreciate it!!
  11. 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, they investigate a haunted house. But when the trail goes cold, there's only one way to find out the truth: time travel?! This issue also guest stars my updated version of the Golden Age character Yankee Longago, who co-starred alongside Crimebuster in Boy Comics! Here's another look at the covers: Regular cover Boy Comics #121 Variant co-starring Yankee Longago, and homaging Simon and Kirby's cover for Adventure Comics #74 Kickstarter Exclusive Variant featuring the Legacy Numbering, and an homage to the cover of Planet Comics #71 by Maurice Whitman Trixie's Mysteries Variant by guest cover artist Heather Farrington Super Avery Variant cover by neurodiverse comic creator Avery Houle Thanks so much to everyone who has supported me, and I hope if you decide to back this project, that you enjoy reading this issue as much as I have enjoyed creating it!
  12. 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 job on the Trixie's Mysteries variant cover for issue #2: I've also just done a sci-fi convention, and have a comic show this weekend before launch! Now I just need to find the time to actually finish the comic! I'm pretty sure I'll have it done by the time the Kickstarter money arrives at least, so we're still on track. Here's the link again to the Kickstarter pre-launch page; just click the "Notify me on launch" button to get an email reminder as soon as it goes live: