THINKING INSIDE THE SQUARE
So a lot has happened in the last month. Jet City Comic Show in Tacoma was my first show 100% solo, and also my first one-day show. One of the most interesting things about attending comic cons as an exhibitor is all the people-watching, seeing how we react to one another in a fairly confined area, a common interest linking us together. A little microcosm of life. But no real guns allowed inside the convention center. Perhaps the most enjoyable thing I discovered during this show is that during a one-day show, when someone tells you they’ll be back later to buy your book, they might actually come back! So to those of you who came back for Undertow, thank you! I hope you enjoyed to book, because I have officially bled for it. On my way back to the car at the end of the day, the wind caught my exhibitor badge, whipped it up in my face, and cut me on the bridge of my nose. And then upon returning to my car, I found a $35 parking ticket on my windshield! Touche, Tacoma, touche. I still had a good time. But I will do my damnedest to never again part at Republic Parking Northwest, because I’m fairly certain that whoever was monitoring the lot that day stole my parking money from the box, and possibly wrote me the ticket as well.
While at the show I met one of the designers of Amazon’s Kindle Comic Creator who was looking for feedback on their program, which they use to upload comic and graphic novels in their Kindle Store. I told him I’d love to help, and this past week I have done just that. So as of right now you can buy Undertow #1 (1st printing) on Amazon.com in their Kindle Store for $1.99! And now I’m going to tell you exactly why that is so cool.
Digital comics are changing the way we read comics. This is my third time formatting Undertow to be read digitally, and each time it’s become more involved in an effort to make the reading experience more fluid and uninterrupted. Initially, digital comics were a PDF file, stringing together images, basically the same as you’d see on printed paper. Last year, I submitted Undertow to comiXology, which I was told (correctly) was the shit. ComiXology gave digital readers the option of viewing an illustrated sequential page more sequentially–who the heck could have thought of that besides some twisted-ass comic book genius? I didn’t have a true appreciation for what those villains did until I tried this panel-by-panel breakdown myself with the Kindle Comic Creator.