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Those Who Can’t Do Publicize

It’s not true or at least I’m hoping it’s not.

Lately I’ve been dabbling in different types of writing and even some comic book script writing. It’s not as easy as some might thing but I’ve got a secret weapon that’s not so secret.

ComixTribe’s The Proving Grounds

Steven Forbes over at CT has a fantastic weekly post where he rips scripts to shreds in a constructive way! It’s a method of teaching and help he’s offering to the comic book community that I’m really happy he’s doing and not just because he’s edited my script. Steven’s able to find some of the problems met in writing and with the Bolts and Nuts he gives a heads up on how to avoid them.

So take a look at what he says on my script and of course what he’s said on the ones before me and after. He’s a great editor and is here to help.

I’m now off to fix what I’ve done wrong. It’s a start!

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You In on the SCAM? Release: Joe Mulvey’s SCAM #1

Now to share the love and highlight some work: Press release made in conjunction with ComixTribe Staff. And of course remember to check out SCAM #1: In Stores and online January 25th, 2012.

God I love this job.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 11, 2012 — New York, NY — The first printing of SCAM #1, the comic book debut of writer/artist Joe Mulvey, will hit the shelves of select comic retailers on January 25, 2012.

SCAM is “X-Men meets Oceans 11″ and involves a team of super-powered grifters on the biggest con of their lives…taking down a Vegas casino and getting revenge on a former teammate who double-crossed them.

SCAM #1 is the double-sized first installment of a five-issue mini-series, and marks the latest release from creator-owned publisher ComixTribe (The Red Ten, The Standard.)

 Release Date January 25th, 2012


The first printing of SCAM #1 will be only 777 copies, and available in just 21 Comic Shops.  Physical retail copies of the books will be EXCLUSIVE to only those 21 stores for 30 days, before ComixTribe open up wider distribution for the second printing and future issues.

 CONFIRMED RETAILERS

Third Eye Comics – (Pitt Boss Retailer! Exclusive Store Variant Available!)
Double Midnight Comics – Manchester, NH
Friendly Neighborhood Comics (SCAM Tour Destination!) Bellingham, MA
Larry’s Wonderful World of Comics (SCAM Tour Destination!) – Lowell, MA
Happy Harbor – Edmonton, Alberta, CA
Alpha Comics – Calgary, Alberta, CA
Jetpack Comics – Rochester, NH
Casablanca Comics – Portland, ME & Windham, ME
Comics Den – Queens, NY
Collectors Paradise  – (Pitt Boss Retailer! Exclusive Store Variant Available!) Winnetka and Pasadena, CA

Retailers: Interested in Joining the SCAM 21?

ComixTribe has a limited number of spots left for retailers interested in becoming one of only 21 retailers carrying SCAM #1 in January.  These spots will be filled first-come, first-serve, so if you are a progressive retailer looking to support quality creator-owned books and want exclusivity for 30 days, contact tyler.james@comixtribe.com (or DM @tylerjamescomic at Twitter) immediately.

Readers: Don’t Miss Out On SCAM #1 First Printing!

Want to make sure you get a copy of SCAM #1? Readers have three options available to purchase:

1.) Pre-order now from any of the retailers listed above to reserve your copy and pick-up January 25, 2012.

2.)  If your retailer is not carrying SCAM #1,
Pre-Order Online Today!

3.) Buy it digitally on January 25, from digital distribution partners, including Graphic.ly, DriveThruComics, MyDigitalComics, and Wowio.

Book Tour

New England Comics Retailers Alliance (NECRA) store tour
Saturday February 4th, 2012 @ 11:oo am –  Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham, MA
Saturday February 4th, 2012 @ 3:oo pm – Larry’s Wonderful World of Comics in Lowell, MA


     Story & Art – Joe Mulvey
     Digital Inks – John Ercek and Jules Rivera
     Colors – Andrew Crossley
    Letters – AndWorld Design
     Cover – JoeMulvey and Andrew Crossley
     Editor – Tyler James and Steven Forbes
     Publisher: ComixTribe
     Format: 44 pages, Full color
     Rarting: Teen + Up
     Price: $3.99
©2012 Joe Mulvey

Special Variant Availabe: 
SCAM #1 
Artist Edition Sketch Cover, featuring an original cover sketch by Joe Mulvey. These are limited to 100, signed, numbered. Note: Additional Artist Edition covers can be purchased for $24.99.

Joe Mulvey is a freelance graphic artist from NYC, trying to spread his love of comics and take over the world one panel at a time. Visit him at joemulveyart.com, or follow him on Twitter @joemulv

“Joe is one of the good guys,” says ComixTribe publisher Tyler James. “He’s been doing some incredible comic book advocacy work this year, most notably with his “What Do You Really Know About Comics” column at Comics Bulletin.com. He’s helping to grow the comic market one reader at a time and I’m thrilled to be helping him get SCAM out.”

ComixTribe is a publisher of creator-owned comics, including EPIC, Tears of the Dragon, The Red Ten, The Standard, SCAM, and Runners.  In addition to being a publishing imprint, ComixTribe is also an online community, with the mission statement: Creators helping creators make better comics. ComixTribe also sponsors the annual 30 Characters Challenge, an online art event where participants challenge themselves to create 30 brand new characters in just 30 days, one for every day of November. Visit ComixTribe.com, @ComixTribe on Twitter and on Facebook .

For Publicity and Public Relations Solicits:
Review Copy Requests, Interviews and more please contact

Lisa-Marie Wilson
Lisa-Marie.Wilson@comixtribe.com

Never gone, just preoccupied

I’ve been gone a long while. I should have posted weeks ago but this month has been hectic. Christmas, family, car accident, New Years, moving downtown and a second job.

Officially I am the new Publicity and Public Relations Manager for ComixTribe.

Neat, huh?

I’ve been working on a few things this new year with them that will all be revealed in the next few coming weeks. It’s been a great deal of exciting coupled with my new found ‘time management skills’. In all honestly I’m still trying to find them.

But I’m pleased and excited. New work, new tasks. The day job keeps me busy and so does the night but I am enjoying myself on all sides. Even despite the fact that moving in has been a frightful mess of time consuming unpacking I’m liking the turn my life has taken.

On ComixTribe.com, our publisher Tyler James made a great post about making and setting goals for the year.

Setting Your #MakeComics Goals for 2012

I’ve read through it and for a girl who loves lists I find myself hesitant to make goals right now. The beginning of this year has been hectic and although I like the progress and the turn my life has taken I do not enjoy the pace. A little too much in such a short time does not make for a happy camper.

So keeping some of Tyler’s suggestions in mind I want to add a criteria of my own: think long and hard about these goals before you  set them. I’m easily discouraged by negative reactions when stressed. Any other day and you couldn’t stop me but in the hustle and bustle sanity always comes first. Remember that when making your goals.

With that said and done I have a special surprise for you tomorrow morning. Watch, wait and learn!

As always Cheer and happy reading.

I hope to bring you a nice new set of reviews shortly : ComixTribe Title Features!

Promises and Purchases

I’m off to a pretty shitty start aren’t I? Promising a review a night, and it’s been three days but only one review. Instead of working hard to bring you little one night reviews, I went out and bought more comic books, the boyfriend taking the blame this time and having a good hearty chuckle at my after thought : I can’t afford rent, why am I buying more comics?!

But here I am. Three more books purchased. Only one read and finished from before. Leaving oodles and oddles left to read. Well I’ve gone through several of my comics but haven’t sat down and really considered them since Sherlock. The books that caught my eye though are worth noting.

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 (Series 2)

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 by David Petersen

Mouse Guard . Net

A few months ago I’d picked up Issue 1+2 of the The Black Axe. The art won me instantly, and though I’ve only flipped since, the story has brought tears to my eyes. It’s powerful, cruel, wonderful but this isn’t a review. This is a purchase list! And this is why I bought Winter 1152 .

1. Mice are cute. Hate me, calling me a wuss and a chick but I’m always drawn to comics that portray animals as heroic. It hurts the most, like movies where animals die (though never for real) but heroic mice, evil ferrets and other creatures living the grand and simple lives of men is such a romantic thing. And… mice are cute.

2. I have the The Black Axe, which is Series 3, and not series 1 or 2? Remedy must be made Winter 1152  was first, so next is Fall 1152 to complete it and catch up!

3. Hardcover. There’s something pleasant about the aesthetics of a book. Comics are visually appealing but holding a hard bound cover, in the pleasing 8.5 x 8 format, is something I feel should be cherished and kept safe. An old tome to hold onto instead of shoving it in a box with some cardboard and plastic wrap.

Cover:The Black Axe Issue 1

4. The art is wonderful. It’s not the last thing, it really isn’t. David Petersen (his Blog) has done something wonderful in his art and story, reminding me (and this is all still at the comic book store mind you, I haven’t even read it yet) of something I should have read in my childhood. Please take a look at all the fabulous cover art and images you can find on his website: Mouse Guard . Net. You will not be disappointed.

But make no mistake this is not your simple children’s story at all. It’s real, real and cruel. Which makes it soo much more beautiful.

The Sixth Gun 1+2

I can’t remember who I was talking to about this title, but it lead to a purchase. It might have been with the Oni Press fiends on twitter(@OniPress), but who knows! They’re mine now and they will be read.

The Sixth Gun Issue 1

The Sixth Gun Issue 2

It does raise the question: Why do we buy the comics we do?
I know I have a preferred style which none of these represents, but I purchased for interest and familiarity when it comes to Winter 1152 and The Sixth Gun.

Why do you buy comic books?
What drives you to pick one up off the shelves?
Is it the name, the publisher, the story, a particular character?

Cheers and happy reading.

I’ve got the bug

There’s always a time of year when you start to feel the itch. No it’s not the sickness kids are bringing home from schools, or interoffice cold going around.

The writing itch.

I’ve picked up pen and paper (ie. keyboard and my precious memory stick) and trying my hand at my favourite, but sorely dismissed as of late, hobby of writing. Right now it’s touching up scripts on my lunch breaks, poking at page layouts while the boyfriend marks children’s papers and the new task: Comic book a night until my stores are complete.

THEN I can buy more.

So are the reviews back? YES! Though probably less thorough as it’ll be one a night.  And maybe more that just comic reviews. I’m not just a publicist (now sadly unemployed publicity wise) but I’m a writer and lover of art and words. I’m turning now to the successful authors and artists for inspiration and guidance.

Want to join me in my little mini quest? And read all your unread comics before you buy another? I’d love the company. And I always want to know what authors and artists out there are thinking.

What comics do you go to for inspiration?

Who were your muses?

As always, happy reading and writing.

Review: Cowboy Ninja Viking #1

Yes, it’s as good as it sounds.

Cowboy Ninja Viking #1


On Amazon
Story by AJ Lieberman
Cover and Art by Riley Rossmo
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price:  $3.50
|Release Date: Wed, October 14th, 2009

You’re introduced to the story via the villain. Does that ruin it for you if you’ve only read the first few pages? Yeah, probably but this is a review! The villain of course is just like the hero and its set up a little like a detective fiction where you’re constantly twenty-paces behind the events as they’re happening. Some might not like this, I kind of love it.

The main character is Duncan, better titled Cowboy Ninja Viking. How can one character be all three? Multiple personalities! Nicknamed as a ‘Triplet’ Duncan was of course a part of an experimental program the reader really doesn’t know much about that trained him to be a deadly weapon utilizing the three personalities he’s developed. A Cowboy, a Ninja, and my all time favourite Viking!

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Update: Contacts + Sesame Chicken

Yesterday I had the chance to meet up with Andrew Uys (pronounced Ace) founder of UysFaber. Talking publishing, comics, freelancing and tangents. There was sesame chicken, iced tea, steak and a beer or two! Just my kind of Monday.

Food aside, it was great to meet Andrew face to face and talk publicity and comics. Getting to know him a bit more, see where he’s coming from and where he’s going gives me a better idea of how we can help each other.  

Working with Andrew would definitely be a great introduction into the industry in Toronto and I’m the kinda gal who wants to help indie publishers, artists and authors in any way I can.

Right now he has me looking at Salt Road#1 and 2 for now which seems like a good place to start. (Nudge: You should go look too!) The next step is the nitty-gritty I think: exactly what he needs and how I can do that for him. And of course, there the fee’s to discuss. Defining your worth in $$ is never a comfortable subject, but it will be done!

Now, could that post get anymore cryptic? I might try another day. But it’s just barely post 10am, I think that gives me a smidge of leeway to not be extremely entertaining.

Check out UysFaber online to see what they’re up to and their blog, twitter @uys999 , and UysFaber’s facebook page.  

And of course, as always, more is on its way.

 Cheers.

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