The Ragbox chapter 4 now available!

The Ragbox Ch 4: Meet Mr Davis

The Ragbox Ch 4: Meet Mr Davis

The Ragbox, Chapter 4, “Meet Mr. Davis,” is now available for purchase online. It’s a stand-alone story, so you don’t have to read Volume 1, which includes chapters 1-3.

Mr. Davis, a decades-long resident of The Ragbox, has witnessed a fair portion of the evolution of the neighborhood. As an active member of the community, he’s even brought some of it about with his own two hands. But he’s seen enough of life to know that this particular change isn’t in his favor. Change always means that something, or someone, is left behind. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…

I’ll be at MeCAF 2011 with my new book, Ragbox Ch 4

MeCAF 2011 poster

MeCAF 2011 in Portland, ME

Just want to let you all know that I’ll be at the Maine Comics and Arts Festival, or MeCAF, in Portland, ME on Sunday, May 22nd. If you’ve never heard of MeCAF, you should have. It’s a great show in a beautiful venue that overlooks the ocean. The show skews kid-friendly, which is probably not the best market for my decidedly boring-to-kids books, but any show is a good opportunity to do a book release. There’s lots of friends to share it with, and usually some press to chat up.

The best part is that I’ll be premiering my new book, Ragbox, Ch 4, which is off with the printers as I write. I’ll have more posts about the book soon.

I’ll be joined by several Boston Comics Roundtable members, so look for us all. The floor is open Sunday only from 10 am to 5 pm, but there’s a killer party on Saturday night that we’re all looking forward to.

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I’ll be at New England Comics in Harvard Square on Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day logoTo celebrate Free Comic Book Day, all the retailers in the Boston area are holding events. You can go to them all, but I have to choose just one. New England Comics asked members of the Boston Comics Roundtable to participate, so I rounded up as many as I could. I’ll be at the Harvard Square location (map) from 12 – 3 pm, along with some friends. We’ll be doing sketches, selling books, and generally being the best comics ambassadors we can be.

In case you’ve never heard of it, Free Comic Book Day is an industry-sponsored event to promote comics reading. All the big publishers print free editions of comics and distribute them across the country to retailers. The idea, I suppose, is to try and get new readers in the door with the enticement of free stuff. You can read more about it at the official website. It’s always a lot of fun because the stores are busy and full of little events and signings.

All press is good press, I guess…

So close to good press... so close...

Today the Weekly Dig, a free weekly Boston newspaper, published a profile about me. Of course, I was flattered and eager to read it — more so for the links the online version would send to this site than the print version. Little did I know just how much I would come to dislike the print version.

As you can see from the photo, they managed to spell my name wrong in the headline! If you read the rest of the article, they spell it correctly, until you reach the final paragraph, where they spell it wrong again! (My actual last name is Kender.)

I’ve spoken with the article’s author, and she assures me that her original copy was correct. I believe her, too. Making a weekly newspaper is about as pretty as making sausage, especially an ever-slendering paper like the Dig. Budgets are tight and not every word gets looked at by a proofreader. But it’s a profile piece, and they didn’t manage to get the subject’s name right. It’s yet another reminder of the weaknesses of print compared to an online medium.

Sure, this is a bit of a tantrum on my part, but hell.. it’s my name and I’m ranting on my own website, so that’s my right. But this should also serve as a warning to any self-pubishers out there: beware the press. They mean well, but, well… refer to picture above.

In other news, they profiled me in the Weekly Dig! The article turned out to be pretty well written and much longer than I anticipated. Read the online version, sans errors, here.

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The Process: The Ragbox, chapter 4

A sample of lettered art from Ragbox, Ch. 4

The fourth chapter of The Ragbox is nearing completion, and (once again) it’s been a fascinating process. I’d like to share some of it here in the hopes that people can learn from my mistakes and my successes.

For those who don’t know, I work with a different illustrator for every chapter. Yes, it’s a logistical nightmare, but it’s my decision and I’m sticking with it, dammit. Chapter 4 is a complete break from the first three chapters, in which we meet a new character in a previously unexplored part of the neighborhood. It’s a quiet, still chapter with a strong character focus. I wanted to work with someone who had a good grasp of creating mood and character. I was thrilled, then, when Joel Christian Gill agreed to work with me. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…