Artner-in-crime Kyle Burles and I canvassed all across Calgary to get our books into stores last week, and I will now share with you the stores that carry them!
But first, for you DIGITAL enthusiasts, all digital versions of our comics are currently available through IndyPlanet.com at: http://www.indyplanet.us/?s=Michael+McAdam — But look for an announcement about that coming soon!
CALGARY COMIC STORES: (From North to South)
2610 Centre St NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2V4
Jay and Rob are great guys! Very knowledgeable and helpful and pro-indie!
424 10 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1V9
Penny or John are usually working. Penny has great advice and is so helpful at getting your indie stuff on the shelves!
Redd Skull Comics
720A Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3J4
Kelly is a wise man when it comes to indie comics. He helped us understand what retailers are looking for in indies, just as what we creators should expect from comic stores.
Phoenix Comics Inglewood
1325 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T3
Okay, you all have to harass Trevor to get his Indie section up and running. The problem is he doesn’t have a system for local creators yet, and we all need to get on him so he can get on it! Let’s all get our books in there, people!
7005 18 St SE, Calgary, AB T2C 1Y1
Chris the owner is often talked about as being a great friend to the local creators. I found this to be true!
To say that Calgary Expo was a success would be an understatement. Two Gargoyles Comics broke its previous year’s sales record, and the comics and art were well-received.
Standing out amongst the books was Twilight Detective Agency #1, still going strong as our top seller. Haven’t read it yet? You can order it here, for print or download!
Jeremy Thew’s art prints were a hit; he had such luminous images as Rogue, Wonder Woman, and the White Queen on offer. I’m encouraging him to set up his own site so they can be made available outside of conventions– stay tuned for more on that! He was also sketching like a madman at the table, coming up with ideas for future cons so stay tuned!
The Thunder Graphic Novel tied neck-and-neck with Diaperman for sales; I’m thinking now that there needs to be a convention special crossover comic! The Titan vs. the Toddler! Because YOU demanded it! Okay, you didn’t, but you were sooooooo thinking about it. Admit it. Just admit it.
In terms of merch, much was made of the Krampuspresso Mugs, as modeled here by Jennie, a very satisfied customer (and coffee connoisseur)!
Shout-outs to Ningen Headwear, Crafty Geeks, and the talented Lucas and Carol-Anne of Hermit Sherpa for being great convention people, table neighbours (the former) and awesome drop-by friends (the latter).
Thanks also to the amazing con staff at the Calgary Expo! They continue to bring their “A” game every year. This expo is a “must attend” every year if you are at all interested in anything pop culture oriented!
Now comes the rest, planning, and brainstorming for next year– but within 30 days I’ll have a table at the Panel One Creator’s Festival, here in Calgary, and as it’s the first year for such an awesome creator-driven, creator-focussed one-day festival I’m really looking forward to being blown away. The event has a Facebook page here if you want more awesome details!
Oh, and didn’t I mention that it’s THUNDER THURSDAY?? Issue 3 of Thunder is now completely posted online, you can now read the entire first three issues for free here on the site!
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend if you weren’t at the Expo, because if you were, then I already know you DID!
Hey Folks!! Had an interesting conversation about “Reboots” in the comic industry. Now, personally, I’m against them when they happen EVERY FREAKIN’ YEAR. But what about a comic that was started 20 years ago and has gone through tons of changes? Is it valid at that point, or do you forget about the past and concentrate on the future?
Those of us who are comics fans know all about “retconning” and “rebooting”: Specifically, starting a comic series over for a fresh take on the characters. There’s always argument over whether or not it’s necessary. In the case of Two Gargoyles Comics’ DIAPERMAN, the comic was started over 20 years ago and has gone through many changes since. So the question is: Do we reboot the story and start fresh, or continue the storyline as it’s been?
TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHETHER OR NOT DIAPERMAN SHOULD REBOOT!
It was a great time with a fantastic venue– the Enmax Centre is an entire arena, with a great layout and lots of room to expand. It was very cool to have the artist alley on the upper level overlooking the convention floor; it gave me the sense of knowing where everything was and being able to see the entire Expo all at once. Too, being right near the entrance doors is a huge bonus for traffic!
I’d like to see this convention grow. If you’re in Alberta, it’s totally within driving distance– and that works for BC, Saskatchewan, Montana, Idaho and Washington, as well! Check out www.lethexpo.com and come give it a try next year!
You may already have seen pages from current comics updating on the site now– that’s right. Two Gargoyles now updates THREE TIMES A WEEK — a new page of our horror comic Gloaming on Mondays, Twilight Detective Agency on Wednesdays, and Diaperman on Fridays. It’s important to me that those of you who read this blog get to know the comics I write and get a chance to read ’em! The hope, of course, is that you enjoy them so much you support them by purchasing what you like!
As a special treat, I’m uploading the VERY FIRST Twilight Detective Agency story, what we call “TDA #0,” which is the very first case our loveable gargoyles, Riverdale and Hawkstone, solve together. Back when we first created TDA, it was a webcomic– the format is different and the character designs are very early concepts of the duo; art by Mike Rieger (who very much wishes you to understand that this is very old art and to not judge him for it. 🙂 )
Look for the site to have an update to its look and feel soon; thanks to the tender loving webcare of Mike Rieger, Two Gargoyles will have greater functionality, navigation and exciting new opportunities to get cool stuff!
What’s happening with Thunder? Short answer: Fantastic things. Thunder issue #5 is over half done, with the talented Myk Emmshin at the helm; amazing colouring by Levy Ramirez are giving the book a very polished, amazing feel.
But wait, there’s more– Thunder issues 1-4 are going to be gathered up into the very first THUNDER GRAPHIC NOVEL— with ALL NEW ART. Yes, that’s right. All 96 pages of art are going to be refreshed and made new! In 2016 Two Gargoyles will be looking into Kickstarter or Patreon crowdfunding options to make that dream a reality, so if you’re a Twogargs fan, spread the word, bring people to the site and let them get to know our work!
In the meantime, please enjoy our new update schedule and look forward to the new things coming to you from Two Gargoyles Comics!