Family Ties on Kindle… for $2.99!

July 1, 2014 by  
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So I’m extremely busy these days with a big work-for-hire project that I’ve been asked to write along with a mammoth creator owned book that is taking up a lot of my time, but I wanted to drop by and quickly let everyone know that Amazon has made the digital version of Family Ties one of their “Monthly Deals” in July.

This is really cool as most the books they include in the monthly promotion are novels. There aren’t a lot of graphic novels selected so it was kinda nice to see FT get some love. And what does that mean for you? Well, if you have a Kindle (or the Kindle app) you can get Family Ties for just $2.99. That’s almost 180 pages of story for less than three bucks! I can’t imagine you’ll ever have a chance to get it cheaper.

Click here to check it out!

Family Ties: the word is out!

June 4, 2014 by  
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So it’s been about since the release of Family Ties and the response has been great. Thanks to everyone who’s picked up a copy, especially those who stopped by and saw Noel and I at TCAF last month. Not many people have a book signed by both of us.

For those who couldn’t make it out to TCAF for a chat, here’s an interview Noel and I did with CBR along with the first reviews we’ve seen roll in since the book’s release…

Comic Book Resources interview:
Family Ties Puts Shakespearean Spin On Alaska Crime

Seattlepi.com review:
“A superb graphic novel.” 

NJ.com review:
A cold weather Martin Scorsese film packed into a tiny graphic novel, “Family Ties” is overflowing with tension and pain and ends in tragedy that is almost a relief to the anguish that preceded it.”

 

It’s All Comic To Me blog review:
“Absolutely brilliant… One of the best dramatic graphic novels I’ve read all year.”

Comics Bulletin review:
“A visual feast.”

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About the book: 

Hoping to secure a future for his children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire amongst his three heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This turns out to be a fatal mistake when he sees his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. Inspired by the classic play KING LEAR, THE GODFATHER meets Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss.

 

Family Ties: A Godfather Influence

March 17, 2014 by  
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Obviously any drama that’s focused on a the members of a crime family is going to be influenced by The Godfather. The Godfather is one of richest stories to ever be told so it only makes sense that I drew on my love for those movies when writing Family Ties.

One of the most memorable scenes in The Godfather is the wedding that opens the first movie. Most the people at the wedding  have no idea Don Corleone is conducting “family business” in his office. As a kid, I thought is was great that that was going on right under everyone’s nose and jumped at an opportunity to include something similar in Family Ties.

Here’s a brief scene from the new book where Jackie’s daughters announce they don’t really feel there’s room for their father to contribute to the family business anymore. While the wedding scene in The Godfather was just the beginning, this scene in Family Ties is pretty much the beginning of the end…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About the book:

Family Ties: An Alaskan Crime Drama

By Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon

Hoping to secure a future for his children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire amongst his three heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This turns out to be a fatal mistake when he sees his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. Inspired by the classic play KING LEAR, THE GODFATHER meets Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss.

Family Ties: Why Alaska?

March 3, 2014 by  
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So this is a question I get a lot: why would anyone set a crime thriller in Alaska? Of all places, right? Well, there are a couple reasons…

The first is easy: I used to live there. Just as The Broadcast takes place in my backyard of Indiana, Family Ties takes place in a locale I know  well. I spent most of high school and my first year of college in a small town just outside of Anchorage. Just like Indiana, Alaska played a huge part in my life and is still the place I think of as “home.” There’s an old saying that authors should “write what they know.” Well, other than worlds of my own creation, I’ve never known a setting better than the two used in these first books with NBM.

Beyond that, Alaska is a great location for any story. But it’s particularly good for crime. Sound crazy? Well, stay with me. You see, the sixties in Alaska were a wild time. The closest thing to the Wild West since… well… since the Wild West. The oil boom brought people to Alaska in droves. They were promised a good living, and that’s exactly what a lot of them got. The city’s population exploded with hardworking men and women who suddenly had money to spend. But here’s the rub —  unless you’re an avid outdoorsman, there isn’t a lot to do in Alaska, especially come winter. Luckily, criminals were there fill the void. Gambling, prostitution, drugs — they were all prevalent in those boom years. In fact, there’s a great non-fiction book called Johnny’s Girl by Kim Rich that details the Anchorage underworld in the 1960s that I can’t recommend enough.

Now, Family Ties doesn’t take place in the 60s. Instead, it’s about a man who prospered in those years but struggles to find his way now that he’s behind the times and “Alaska went and got herself civilized.” But that doesn’t mean the location doesn’t play a vital role. In most good crime stories, the location becomes a character itself. Think about The Sopranos? Can you imagine that story unfolding anywhere but Jersey? What about the great crime movies Ben Affleck has directed over the last few years? Do any of those work outside of Boston? When you watch a movie like Untouchables you actually feel like you’re living in Chicago for those two hours. Hopefully, that’s what will happen as you read Family Ties. Hopefully you’ll put the book down and feel like Family Ties couldn’t have taken place anywhere else. Hopefully you’ll feel like you’ve been there…

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About the book:

Family Ties: An Alaskan Crime Drama

By Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon

Hoping to secure a future for his children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire amongst his three heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This turns out to be a fatal mistake when he sees his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. Inspired by the classic play KING LEAR, THE GODFATHER meets Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss.

FAMILY TIES: Action Packed?

February 1, 2014 by  
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Last year, before the publication delay, I wrote a post promising  Family Ties would not be your typical crime story. This is still mostly true…

More than anything, Family Ties is a book about the deterioration of a dysfunctional family. But as the finished art rolled in: to be honest, I was a little taken aback by just how much action there actually is. I know I wrote the thing, but I think I’d forgotten that (true to the Shakespearean play it’s based on), Family Ties turns into quite a bloodbath near the close. It’s pretty safe to say, if you’re a fan of violent crime stories — there will be something for you too. There’s a lot of family drama that unfolds early, but eventually that turns to gunplay.

Here are a few preview pages to give you a sense of what I mean.

 

I hope everyone can appreciate just how great the final panel in that last preview page is. Noel absolutely killed it on this book. I can’t wait to share it with you guys!

A Family Ties Update (AKA Finally!!!!)

January 13, 2014 by  
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Well, we’re almost there. It’s been a bit since I updated the blog  with news that Family Ties was delayed, but I’m excited to say that we are almost there. Noel has finished with the artwork and our letterer, Jaymes Reed, is making his pass over things now.

I’ll be stopping in occasionally to remind everyone why we’re so excited for this follow-up to The Broadcast. Until then, I thought I’d offer proof that we’re about to cross the finish line: the book’s final page. It’s spoiler free (as spoiler free as an adaptation of Shakespeare can get, anyway). That said, there was a time when this page seemed a thousand miles away so it’s kinda nice to see. Not to mention, gorgeous. I think everyone is going to love what Noel did with this book. It’s the best work I’ve ever seen with him — but, of course, I’m a little biased.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

FAMILY TIES is an Alaskan Crime Drama. Hoping to secure a future for his children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire amongst his three heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This turns out to be a fatal mistake when he sees his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. Inspired by the classic play KING LEAR, THE GODFATHER meets Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss.

Family Ties: Not Your Typical Crime Thriller

April 24, 2013 by  
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This shouldn’t surprise anyone, really. After all, Noel and I already did a book about an alien attack without any aliens in it. The Broadcast was a character-driven thriller about families in rural America and how they might react to an alien invasion. The aliens (or lack thereof) were just a catalyst for the story Noel and I wanted to tell. Family Ties is no different. The crime stuff is there to serve the story we want to tell about this dysfunctional family.

Now, that isn’t to say Family Ties will be a crime book without crime. Not at all. Family Ties will have all the gritty elements that make crime fiction great: violence, coarse language, deplorable characters … it’s going to be fun. But at its heart, Family Ties is similar to The Broadcast in theme. It’s about a family dealing with crisis. Here’s a brief glimpse at what I mean…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Ties: Late?

April 15, 2013 by  
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So I’ve heard from a few people checking in on Family Ties and its status. Rather than a long post to explain the obvious, I’ll state it as simply as I can: Family Ties is going to be a little late.
Believe me, as a fan, I know what it’s like to expect a book on the shelf only to learn it wasn’t included in that week’s shipment. All I can say is that Noel and I are working very hard to ensure it gets to you as soon as possible.
So… why will the book be late? Well, there are a number of factors that put us behind the eight ball on this one. I won’t go into all of them, but I will say this… most creator-owned books fall behind schedule for the same reason: life gets in the way. Of course, that means something different for everyone. Sometimes the kids need help with homework; sometimes the roof springs a leak; sometimes the boss needs you to put in long hours at the day job; sometimes your wife needs a shoulder to cry on; sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
Are these good excuses? Honestly, I don’t know. Probably not. All I can say is that I’m sorry and no one hates that the book is going to be late more than us. But I do hope everyone understands that while creating a 180-page graphic novel is a full time job, Noel and I don’t get to treat it like one. Instead, we steal any time we can find to make comics because it’s what we love to do. Like you, we know that Wednesday is the best day of the week because that’s when new comics hit the shelves. I promise, Family Ties will be on that shelf pretty soon.

Family Ties Giveaway

February 13, 2013 by  
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I did this with The Broadcast and had some success with it so I figured I would do it again and give readers a chance to win a free copy of Family Ties. Like before, you have to be a member of the Good Reads website to enter, but membership is free and definitely worth it if you’re an avid reader. However, if you’re already a member you can just click below and you are automatically entered to win. Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Family Ties by Eric Hobbs

Family Ties

by Eric Hobbs

Giveaway ends May 01, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

A Long Distance Collaboration

February 3, 2013 by  
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So as Noel and I continue to finish up Family Ties, something occurred to me. Together, he and I have created almost 400 pages of comic art. It’s kind of crazy, when I think about it like that. It’s even crazier when I think that it’s been five whole years since I sent him that first e-mail introducing myself and a little book called The Broadcast.

I have a number of people I collaborate with, but Noel has always been my favorite. Mainly because he’s good, but also because we’ve developed a great working relationship through the years. At first, my panel descriptions were fairly detailed. But now, I don’t say much. I don’t have to. First of all, Noel usually knows exactly what I’m looking for — we’re like ballplayers who have been playing together for a really long time. But even if he doesn’t know what I’m expecting, he usually comes up with something even better. That’s one thing I’ve learned working with a great artist: when it comes to the art, his vision is almost always going to be better than mine. I didn’t always write that way. There was a time that I was married to every idea I had, but with Noel it has always felt like a true collaboration. The books we do aren’t his or mine — their ours.
But here’s the one thing that makes our collaboration a little strange … we’ve never met. Not once. In fact, in five years, we’ve never even talked on the phone.
Sometimes I wonder just how difficult it must have been to find a (good) collaborator before the internet made the world so small. I guess creators are better off now. When I was a kid, just finding someone interested in comics was tough enough. Finding someone interested in making them — even tougher. But now, if you’re a young creator looking to make his mark, all you have to do is jump online and you’ll find there are thousands of people just like you. If you want to be the next Stan Lee, it doesn’t matter if the next Steve Ditko lives next door or a thousand miles away — you can find each other online and come up with the next Spider-Man.
Still, as great as my collaboration with Noel has been, there are times I wish we were in the same town, meeting once or twice a week to go over our work and talk things out. After all, if we were closer to one another he wouldn’t have to send me pictures like the one below. I could just sit there with him, flip through those giant art boards … and smile. (I imagine Stan Lee did a lot of that.)
All those pages scattered across Noel’s floor will be bound together in Family Ties. Please be sure to pre-order a copy as pre-orders are vvvverrryyy important for an indie book like this. We are really excited for this one. Fans of The Broadcast will love it. But if you don’t let your comic shop know that you want a copy, there’s a really good chance it won’t make it onto their shelf.

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