Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Creephouse Kickstarter!



As you may know, The Haunter is part of Creephouse Comics and our first Kickstarter campaign is live now! We're looking to get two graphic novels printed and we need your help. First up is the printed, collected edition of Teenage Love Zombies. It collects the entire Teenage Love Zombies comic that original appeared weekly online from 2010 until this summer. It's 200 pages of rock n' roll horror goodness.


The second is our newest graphic novel Never Send a Monster. Never Send a Monster is an anthology of three connected stories having to do with obsession and thievery... and monsters! It clocks in at 120 pages.
Both are in full color, done and ready to go. We just need some cash to print these comics up. We've got some awesome rewards for backers of the campaign including original art, exclusive art prints and of course, both books. Please check out our campaign here and get some awesome new books and please, share it with everybody you know.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Issue #2 Cover!



I love coming up with covers for this series. I've always wanted to do a squid-y, tentacle thing and The Haunter finally gave me that opportunity.

I've got the first issue thumb-nailed out and I'm ready to get rocking on this. My time is going to be split between this and another comic I'm working on with my friends so it probably won't go as fast as the first issue, but now that the covers done, I see it falling into place.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Haunter #2 Now In Production!

Now that The Haunter #1 is out in the world, it's time to start on the second issue. I'm currently working on another current comic project as well so I'll be doing these both side by side. Now that Teenage Love Zombies has wrapped up, I have some new time to devote to these sorts of things.

The script for issue two has been written for a while so first up I wanted to flesh out the two new characters popping up in this issue. Here's one of them...


This is Brigham Grover. As you can see (or not see) he's invisible. This fact allows him to be quite useful for The Haunter. The scarf is actually part of the plot for issue two. 

The second character is going to be a surprise. 

Here's to the new issue of The Haunter! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Haunter #1 On Comixology!


The Haunter #1 is now for sale on Comixology! As of this morning, Comixology has started offering backup files of a number of their titles so now not only can you get The Haunter on Comixology, you can also download the actual file to your computer. 

You can check out The Haunter on Comixology over at http://cmxl.gy/1tqtNPL


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Get a Digital Copy of The Haunter #1 Free

All you have to do is sign up for our newsletter and BAM! A digital copy of The Haunter #1 is emailed right to you.


Just click here to go to the sign up page and enjoy The Haunter #1! 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Haunter #1 For Sale Now!

Well, it's been a long time coming but finally the first issue of The Haunter is available for sale!


Just swing by the Creephouse Comics store to grab either a printed copy or a digital version. 

Thanks!

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Haunter and Denver Comic Con 2014

Me and William Tooker, the landlords of Creephouse.
After a grueling 6 months of prepping for the Denver Comic Con, the show went off this past weekend. It's almost impossible to try and figure out how a show will go, what is going to work and not work or what to even expect. So much goes into a con and things change all the time. This Denver Comic Con was completely different then the previous two and completely different then any con I've ever done. I'm going to try and cover both the good and the bad, and my overall experience and perception of this show and being an indie, creator owned artist in artist alley. 

This year we were debuting two new books, The Haunter #1 and the collected anthology of Never Send a Monster. William Tooker, the co founder and writer of our imprint Creephouse Comics flew out for the occasion and we were armed with new books, original new prints and previous Creephouse goodies. My buddy Adam Laarsen offered to help out at the table as well and was extremely helpful with selling and watching the table so we could take breaks and go to panels. The three of us were armed and ready and Friday morning, Creephouse was open for business.

I've been going back and forth as to whether or not cons are a good place for us to do business. It seems as far as these "pop culture" cons go, we are lost in a see of large corporate entities, cosplay, fan art and people watchers. I've always had a hard time selling actual books at shows and have been under the impression that we need to grow our audience more before we can make an impact at a con. The tide has shifted in the wake of comics and nerd culture exploding and it seems the audience has changed with it. There is way more interest in being a fan and geeking out over recognizable properties then exploring new creations. 

That being said, this year we sold books like hot cakes. I made 35 copies of The Haunter and 10 copies of Never Send a Monster, not expecting much in sales from them and I'm happy to report we are out of both. People were really excited about our comics and what we were doing and it was a great ego boost to be a part of that. We even sold a bunch of my three collected books of Teenage Love Zombies and our first Creephouse books, Creeps. On the flip side, we hardly sold any prints at all. Not a single one of the new prints that focused on our characters sold. We were giving away small prints with a comic purchase so that may have affected sales of the larger prints. I knew going in that having a table with nothing but original, creator owned content would most likely hurt sales so I was expecting a drop but I thought for sure the prints would move more then the books. That wasn't the case at this show. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I would MUCH rather sell books over the prints but since we usually charge $10 to $20 for large prints and I was only charging $5 and we only had 10 copies of NSAM, we made less money then previous years. It's a double edged sword. Less money, more comics moved. I'm counting it as a success though since the comics are what we are all about and want people to see the most. 

All of this needs to be taken into consideration for future shows. I went ahead and signed up for next year already. It could go anyway for us next year but hopefully we will have more books and people will remember us from this year and the previous years and keep coming back. 

As far as the overall show went, I have a lot of observations about that as well.

First of all, the show floor was expanded this year so the artist alley floor was much wider which helped flow. People could move easier through the aisles. Last year they had the celebrity guests behind artist alley so it drove traffic through us. This year all the foot traffic seemed to be up front with the booths and the celebs. I heard a lot of people saying the layout of artist alley was a bit weird for them and artists on the end aisles and end cap tables were not seeing much traffic. We were right in the middle and seemed to have decent traffic through there. 

I spent a good time walking all of artist alley on Sunday, checking out the artists, talking with friends and just trying to observe what was going on in the artist part of this industry. There was a TON of those fan art print walls. Let me explain if you aren't familiar with this concept. There are artist that will mass produce prints of popular and trademarked characters like Batman or Wolverine and just sell prints of their takes on those characters. It is an illegal practice, unless you have specific permission from the copyright holders. I used to be guilty of this practice, having one or two prints of established characters but I have since abandoned that practice. This year at DCC, they were everywhere, with this massive walls behind their tables they hang the prints from. They easily outnumbered the amount of people selling indie, creator owned books. They have become a huge part of shows. What I used to notice a lot of was creators using these prints to cover their table fees and get people to check out their table and their own comics. This year, for the most part, it was just the prints, nothing else on the table. And they sell like crazy, so of course more and more people start doing this at shows. It's a practice I don't agree with and don't want to be a part of and honestly, I'm surprised a lawyer hasn't been hired to crack down on this. I don't fault any of the artists who do it, or judge their work, I just wish they would do their own thing. 

Cosplay was off the chain this year. There was an incredible amount of it this year. It's clear to me that these types of shows have become almost entirely about the cosplay aspect. It's become a spectacle that is symbiotic with these larger shows. I think it's fun and I'm glad people have the passion for it but it's the main focus now, and the reason for people to go to shows. 

As far as the running of the show, it seemed to go pretty smoothly. All the volunteers I encountered where friendly and helpful. There were things I feel they could have ran better, like notifying us of when we were supposed to be on panels and scheduling those. I didn't find out we were on a panel until the day before and the time they listed the panel was different then what they told us. Also, the Pop Culture Classroom was not very informative and the volunteers running that part of the show didn't know what they were talking about in regards to the educational side of it. That is the reason for the con and it would seem to make sense to have that working like a well oiled machine. 

Overall though, it was a good year for us. I'm glad we were there and that we were received so well this year. I love catching up with friends and getting their new books and meeting new people. Thanks to everybody who came by the table, put on the show, helped at the table and made things awesome. Here's to next year.