Just wanted to drop in and let everyone know I’ll be set up in Artist Alley at this weekend’s Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. I’ll be there on Friday and Saturday with copies of The Broadcast for sale along with some of my other writing — including my first work on a mainstream superhero book, a story in this year’s Batman 80-Page Giant. I hope everyone who goes takes a few minutes to stop by and say “hi.”
For those who can’t make Chicago, I’ll be signing books on Wednesday at Comics Cubed in Kokomo, IN from 4-7pm. If your local I’d love to see you there!
I just wanted to drop in and let everyone know Noel will be attending this weekend’s Toronto Comics Art Festival and will have copies of The Broadcast available along with some of his other work (Tumor, Ribstallments and Bacon Poussein).
Noel doesn’t do a lot of convention appearances. This is a great opportunity to meet the man who played such a vital role in bringing The Broadcast to life.
So stop by, pick up a signed book and grab a piece of art. And, oh . . . don’t forget to congratulate him on the recent Eisner nomination!! It was very well deserved!
So I have a few copies of The Broadcast laying around and thought I would give them away to a few luck readers over at Good Reads.
For those that aren’t aware, Good Reads is a social community like Facebook — but for readers. Members are able to talk with friends, participate in book clubs, trade books, interact with authors and much, much more. I’m new to the site, but I’ve already fallen in love. If you’re any kind of reader, the site is definitely worth a look.
Anyway, as I said, I’m giving away a signed copy of The Broadcast to three randomly chosen fans over there and all you have to do is let me know you’re interested. I’ve already had more than three hundred people enter, but everyone’s got an equal chance so the more the merrier.
If you’re already a Good Reads member all you have to do is click the “Enter to Win” link below…
If not, I highly suggest giving the site a try. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
So it’s been almost a month — have you picked up a copy of THE BROADCAST? If not, now is the time. Reviews have been incredible and the book is starting to disappear from shelves as word-of-mouth spreads.
Meanwhile, Johanna at Comics Worth Reading is giving away a signed copy of the book this week and winning it couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is visit her site, read this post and leave a comment describing your favorite Halloween costume. That’s it. It’s that easy.
Incidentally, if you aren’t a regular reader of Johanna’s site — you should be. It’s a great break from the typical PR machine that is comics news. I’ll be doing an interview with her later this week so keep your eyes open for that too.
I’m a pretty big fan of the GNR site so it’s nice to have an interview up on the main page. John’s intro is great, calling THE BROADCAST a “vividly entertaining and harrowing book” and he asked some really great questions. Perhaps most interestingly, he gave me a chance to re-examine some of the ideas I originally had for THE BROADCAST. Let’s just say that it could have been a VERY different book.
It’s a nice little article, not only showcasing some of Wells’ most beloved work but the books, movies and television series that his work has influenced. While this isn’t a feature on our book by any means, it’s cool for me on a couple fronts. First, I’m a regular reader of Wired magazine, so being mentioned briefly on that site is pretty cool for me. And second, it’s nice to see THE BROADCAST listed alongside LOST and Jeff Lemire’s THE NOBODY. The writing of H.G. Wells may have influenced them, but those two works have been a huge influence on me.
Also of note, THE BROADCAST is now listed as “In Stock” on the Amazon website. Be sure to grab a copy the next time you’re making an order there. If you’ve already picked up a copy and enjoyed it — well, we would greatly appreciate it if you took a few minutes to stop by Amazon and give us a review.
The book hits comic shelves this week. I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks.
Noel just did a great little interview over on The Fabler in promotion of our new book together, THE BROADCAST. Not only does he offer some great insight into his process, but he also does an extremely good job selling this book.
On an additional note, the books are in! I just got my copies, and they look fantastic. You’re going to love it. They’ll be hitting shelves soon, but if you’re in the area we’ll be premiering the book at this weekend’s SPX. I’ll be there to meet fans and sign copies. Hope to see you there.
Robert Haines had some very nice things to say about THE BROADCAST over at the Joe Shuster Awards website yesterday. While not a review, he did say that, “Noel has created moody, evocative pages which capture the spirit of the story.” I couldn’t agree more. I keep telling people his art in THE BROADCAST is like an old black-and-white movie on the page. In fact, I’m thinking Noel should be a shoe-in for next year’s Shuster Award. I’m a little biased, of course, but you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who’s doing better work than Noel has done on this book…
Also, and perhaps most importantly, Haines reminded readers that comic shops are ordering indie books less and less, but that readers CAN order the book from their local shop and have it in just a few weeks. Of course, you can also pre-order it through the NBM site and have it delivered to your doorstep.
My friend and fellow Indiana-based writer Bob Freeman had some very nice things to say in his review of THE BROADCAST this morning, saying “This is what you hope for when you dip into the indie market. Smart. Riveting. Complex. Compelling, First and foremost, The Broadcast is a solid literary work…..this should be an instant classic.”
So we’ve gone through all the motions. Script, layouts, artwork, a new script. After all that, this is what the final result looks like:
For me this moment is always somewhat bittersweet.
There’s nothing better than seeing your story come together. At the same time, this is when I have to lock it in and move on to the next scene. No more scripting, no more notes for Noel. This is the point where I have to let go and be happy with the work we’ve done. Probably the most difficult step of all.