For a while I've been thinking about giving fans a little extra when they invest their hard earned cash on my books, not because I think the books aren't worth the money; but because I want to show my gratitude towards the readers. I talked about this with my partners in crime Alvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr (Fred Peterson: The Mighty Warlord) and Corey "Rocbottom" Davis (Jetboy) and they either agreed with the idea or had a similar idea, so I started thinking of what I could do for the fans that wasn't just a cheap throwaway; and I found the perfect way to make these little giveaways extra special for the fans.
So, as I was getting ready for Plastic City Comic Con I decided to go ahead and put this idea in motion. Here's the deal, with every new comic book I put out I'll be putting out extra material that will be exclusively available when you buy that specific comic book making these giveaways limited to the number of comics published. But there's one more detail, all these giveaways eventually become a top secret record full of information pertaining our characters.
For example, with issue #1 of Project: New Wave I put out an incident report for each member of the team from a military group called Lion Fang, detailing various incidents they've been involved with, damage done, powers, abilities; etc. Each report gives some insight as to what this agency thinks about our young heroes and what they plan on doing about it.
Project: New Wave #2 will be released with new extra material exclusively for that issue, you won't be able to get these anywhere else; so make sure you save them. As each issue comes out all these giveaways will keep on piling up and eventually will become a full military record of our team, this record will allow you the opportunity to not only know the characters more in depth, but also understand what other entities think about them; as well as give you some insight as to how our heroes see themselves.
In all seriousness, this will be your in depth character guide and I wanted to give this to the fans free of charge to show my gratitude. I wish I would've gotten this type of information for some of my favorite characters when I was first starting to collect comics, especially free of charge! So I decided to do it for my readers instead, I do hope you all enjoy these giveaways as much as I enjoy making them. I'd love to see pics of your Truthful Comics military records as more issues come out.
On Saturday July 13th, I attended my first Plastic City Comic Con not knowing exactly what to expect other than it was a long way from home. I did know a few things beforehand though.
1. Keith Gleason and his wife Amy (the organizers of this convention) are genuinely good people.
2. Keith, besides being a creator himself; LOOOOVES comic books!
3. Plastic City is supposed to be an artist/comic book centric show.
4. They had a great lineup of creators for this show.
5. Table pricing was great!
So what were my thoughts on Plastic City Comic Con? In order to give a proper review I feel I have to judge every aspect separately.
Set-Up - From the time you arrived Amy and Keith were right there to greet you either in the front lobby or the loading area, on top of things and with a warmth that is quite rare in these type of events; especially from the organizers. Loved the chill vibe!
GRADE - A+
Artist Alley - Well... there was no "artist alley" per se, craters were distributed evenly throughout the convention floor and some on the top level front lobby. The way it was organized they sprinkled mid to low level creators throughout the floor and the bigger names all along the wall of the skating rink. I feel they did a great job distributing creators and actually liked the idea rather than have a hundred artists chomping at the bit whenever a would be client walk in the "alley".
GRADE - A
Attendance - Attendance wasn't bad although it could've been better, but the people who actually attended were great and really interested in everything that was going on. I'm sure as more people find out about PCCC throughout the year the bigger it'll get in 2020. This convention will only get bigger and bigger!
GRADE - B
Food - I feel there wasn't enough food variety but hopefully that changes for the next one. Although... they did have a table with Brownies so I there's that. Maybe next year there will be a proper cantina... Star Wars style! ;D
GRADE - B-
Vendors - There was a variety of vendors selling products ranging from a lady selling Brownies to card games, hand crafted hats, self published comics, action figures; you name it! My only real gripe is the same one I have with every convention that allows it to happen... PRINT JOCKEYS!!! I truly feel that people who set up booths selling thousands of unlicensed prints/posters should be banned from conventions... but it's not my call to make. Other than that it was a a really fun show all around and can only get bigger and better! I already talked to the organizers about Truthful Comics being a part of it next year.
GRADE - B-
On a side note, we left Norfolk, Virginia on Friday around 7:00pm, drove all night and arrived at Agawam at 5:30AM. Dropped our boys with my mother-in-law and head straight to Fitchburg, MA. Arrived at around 7:45AM to start setting up our table... If that ain't love for comics and what we do I don't know what is!
Till' next year PCCC, it's been real.
For the past eight years we've been working alongside children hospitals, schools and many other places to provide a little bit of happiness to kids in our area through our non-profit initiative Comics For Christmas. Even though I had made an original sketch we used as an impromptu logo I always felt it looked incomplete, probably because it was; but last night I fixed that for good. So without further ado here's the brand new logo for our non-profit initiative Comics For Christmas!
Let us know what you think of it and don't forget, if you'd like to donate comics to our cause you can contact us at: email@example.com. Thanks in advance!
Well, convention season is upon us and of course I'll be representing Truthful Comics to the fullest at various comics conventions throughout the East Coast starting with Plastic City Comic Con. After Plastic City we'll be attending Buy Indie Comics Day in Norfolk, Virginia and if everything goes accruing to plan; Soda City Comic Con in South Carolina.
I'll be premiering Project: New Wave #1 at Plastic City along with a few freebies that'll enhance the fan experience, bringing you a step closer into this universe we're creating. That's gonna be something I'll be doing at every convention and with every new book that comes out, I'll be producing new bonus material to bring the fans closer to the characters, to experience these stories in a more inclusive way. I don't want to give away too much because I want it to be a nice surprise but it'll be a little something extra for the fans as a token of my appreciation.
Besides that, I'll be doing commissions at each one of these events so if you're interested in placing a commission in advance you can contact me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll have your commission ready when you arrive at my table. Make sure to find out which show I'll be attending that's close to your neck of the woods and hopefully we get to meet in person.
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