A miscellany of weekly ramblings on comics, art and film by Ted Mathot, storyboard artist and writer/artist/self-publisher of graphic novels and comics

Thursday, July 31, 2008

SDCC 08: How to Make a Graphic Novel

Since I didn't have any time to indulge in the full Comic-Con experience this year (I left our table only a handful of times), I've been poking around the web looking for things that I missed out on. One of them was a "How to Make a Graphic Novel" panel that's been reported on by JK Parkin over at Newsarama.

If the subject interests you, I recommend you check out the article. There's a lot of great advice in there and from my experience in storytelling for animation and comics a lot of it is right on the money. The discussion got me wanting to write about my experience while writing and drawing Rose and Isabel and Cora. Once I get my thoughts together and gather all the materials, I'll start to serialize the making of the book on this here blog. Look for post #1 early next week.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Comic-Con 2008 :: wrap

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth this year; Derek, Nina and I had a great time but by the end we were completely drained. I got to see even less of the floor this year than last year, but I'm determined to change that next year. I don't have much to report on, so I recommend you swing by Jeff Pidgeon's blog for a good daily Con diary (with pictures!).

For those that placed orders for books online in the past week, your book/s will ship first thing Wednesday (7/30), and any orders placed from today on will ship within a day or two of receipt. Thanks.

Monday, July 21, 2008

CORA Part 1 :: Pre-Order

CORA part 1 is now available for pre-order through Paypal. The book doesn't officially go on sale until Wednesday the 23rd at SDCC's Preview Night but you can place your pre-order online by following the instructions in the sidebar to the right (scroll down until you see "Rose and Isabel Store").

Online orders will start shipping on Tuesday June 29th.

All domestic orders are shipped media mail in padded mailers (shipping cost is a flat rate based on number of books ordered and covers postage, materials and paypal fees).

Orders outside the US are shipped Priority International (including Canada), and require purchase of additional shipping (see below).

All prices are USD.


Friday, July 18, 2008

CORA Preview and SDCC news

SDCC news: I was told by Stuart Ng that he'll have a small number of Akileos' handsome hardcover French versions of Rose and Isabel for sale at booths # 5012-5020. I don't know how many there will be, so get them early!

Below is a peek at a few pages from the first chapter of the CORA mini-series that will debut at Preview night next Wednesday (and an image of the postcard). If all goes well the books will arrive sometime today...

UPDATE: The books arrived yesterday from Transcontinental in Canada and they did a great job with the printing. The color is right on the money and I'm very happy with the way the book turned out.

And here's a peek at the pages:

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

AFTERWORKS 3 is coming

Hey folks,

The comics-anthology series AFTERWORKS now has its own blog site (actually it has always been there but is now updated with new information about the upcoming AFTERWORKS 3...)Here is a sneak peek of the cover by the illustrious Lou Romano.

Click the image to go to the new Afterworks blog

Tuesday, July 01, 2008


It's July, so that means the San Diego Comic Con 2008 is right around the corner.

Derek Thompson and I will be listed under the name E-Ville Press again this year, located at Booth #1534. The first installment of new mini-series CORA will make its debut this year, and Rose and Isabel parts 1 and 2 will be available as well. Derek will have an ALL NEW Monster Annual chock full of his awesome designs (365 of them!) as well as a DVD on Conceptual Storyboarding he did for the Gnomon Workshop. We'll also have the AFTERWORKS 2 anthology for sale, which contains short stories by Derek, myself and many others.



I'll be updating this post with other booth/table locations and info, so check back often!

UPDATE: If you are a regular visitor to this blog and are going to be exhibiting at the con, feel free to post your booth/table location in the comments section (or email me). Thanks

Exhibitor locations:

IRA SHERAK [Hot Mexican Love Comics]: #N8
KEVIN DART/CHRIS TURNHAM [Fleet Street Scandal]: #F9

click the map for the large version