IT is with great pleasure that I announce the 2014 republication of my comic book series, Charm School, in both print and digital formats. Charm School Graphique, Vol One begins the 8.5 x 11 paperback, 5 volume series and will have new comics material. Charm School Digital will be 10 issues (and possibly counting, now that I’m drawing again!) of 26-28 pp each, available for Kindle, as DRM-free PDFs at Gumroad, and at ComiXology and other venues pending. To celebrate this launch, I’ve Charm School Graphique, Vol One and the Charm School Digital e-books at Gumroad available for PRE-ORDER! Go to the Charm School page to learn more! https://elizabethwatasinscharmschool.com
WONDERCON!! It’s that time of year again *_* Held in the lovely Anaheim Convention Center (near some place called ‘Disneyland’), I will be slinging books at attendees from my location at Small Press SP-043, in magnificent HALL C. Stop by! Don’t duck!
Charm School Graphique Vol 1 was supposed to be in print by then, but after adding 8 new pages (plus all the other filler—and that animated flip corner* * *Stay Tuned, I’ll explain Later* * *), I said, ‘nope’, not going to happen. I’m currently 4 pages away from finishing. Funny how a few weeks ago when I made the decision, publisher-me wanted to sock artist-me (I mean really—WONDERCON!! Why be there, then?), but artist-me walloped her with a chair and she hasn’t gotten up since. ART. It’s what keeps us going.
But what really keeps us going is art that tells stories. And frankly, I’d really like to return to the art of the Word. 4 more pages of sequential art that I could have written as a short story in a few nights rather than spend 2-3 weeks figuring out how to get drawn. Dark Victorian: Risen would have taken me 8 years in comic book form. :-p
The Pictures: I’ll be sharing my table with the esteemed Kim Dwinell, illustrator and graphic novelist of Surfside Girls (a book TBA). Besides my Dark Victorian books I’ll have bookplate stickers, made as a perk for the Charm School Graphique Vol 1 pre-order. E-Books loaded on to USB drives, leather ones and these light bulbs I fondly market as ‘Tesla’ bulbs. And I’ll be bringing 1″ inch pinback buttons too (I try to design new ones for each event), because it’s punk rock, and also, chicks dig them.
Another thing happening whilst I’m at Wondercon: the photo cover shoot for the Dark Victorian books is finally ready to go. Model will fly in to the photographer’s location, the commissioned outfit will hopefully be ready (the dress designer will Make It Sew!), and then another kind of wonderful creativity will start.
Thus, we spring into Spring. IF you are at Wondercon, come say hi! Otherwise, I wish you all an Extraordinary weekend.
all the best,
Another year of FOGcon, Friends of Genre fiction, has come and gone, and I still haven’t been present personally. I thank writer friends Janice T (writer of Echoes: Neo Victorian Poetry who provided these pics), and Emily Thompson of Clockwork Twist for exhibiting my books with theirs! Gratitude!
If there were two of me, one to run about and promote and (finally) squeeze in workshops and panels, and the other to Write and make books, that would be cool. I think. I’ve yet to think through the ramifications of being cloned or split in two.
But since it’s not possible for me to be in two places at one time (in my ignorance of dimensional manipulation), doing entirely two different things with great passion, sincerity, or whatever passes for obsessiveness (and selfishness), I must CHOOSE!
This is the year of making All The Books. I’ve finally laid out Charm School Graphique Vol One and I need to draw 3 more illustrations to round out that book plus receive the Foreword, graciously provided by Trina Robbins, a wonderful woman, cartoonist, and living historical figure. The digital comics version is up to 7 issues in DRM-free PDF format and 4 issues (still) in Kindle format. I’m still in the process of making the PDFs available (website hijinks), and I ought to start uploading the Kindle versions, even if they’re all not converted yet (for review purposes). I’ve made the first submission to ComiXology but ’twill be a long while before I learn if I’m accepted into that selling venue.
Isn’t the business of Making Books FUN? It beats emptying trash cans. Now whenever it pays more than panhandling on the street, I shall be doubly happy about this sick, sick passion.
all the best,
EVENT: steampunk authors Emi Thompson of Clockwork Twist and Janice T of ECHOES will be at FOGcon 2014, this Fri, Sat, and Sunday, in lovely Walnut Creek Marriott (CA), slinging books (and my Dark Victorians!) at SCIFI Fantasy and Speculative Fiction booklovers. Among the Guests of Honour will be the GHOST OF JAMES TIPTREE JR. I kid you not! Boo hoo, I shan’t be there to get my picture taken with her spectre. THEREFORE, you must go and track her ghost down! And buy some books whilst you’re at it! Have fun! http://fogcon.org/