I decided that my CreateSpace book needed to be at least 130 pages so I could have a proper book spine. I got it up to 140 with more short stories, an audio script, and some Super Holly artwork. I submitted a new Word page interior and a new PDF cover with a REAL SUPER SPINE with a REAL TITLE AND AUTHOR NAME on it! Yay! CreateSpace is currently reviewing my changes.
I will also update the Kindle book. That will likely take a few days. I am working full time, so this weekend is most likely.
So if you are thinking of buying my book, hold off. Soon you will get twice the bang for your buck. The Kindle version will stay at 99 cents, but I had to raise the CreateSpace price by 50 cents to $6.50. At least now, if you buy the CreateSpace version, you will get more of a real book.
At the San Francisco Comic Con today, I had Amber Padilla (her Tumblr) draw Kittygirl and Super Holly. That little verbal sparring is in their stories. And yes, I stole Wolverine’s claw sound, Kittygirl can claw through steel also. Amber added Kittygirl’s fannypack (she said it would be like her hero Holly’s) and those cute kittycat shoes. Kittygirl wore kittycat ears the first time she met Holly. I bought a few comics from Amber: Old Man Malo, Sugar Coated, and a little 8-pager: The Rescue. I like how Kittygirl gets on tippy-toe.
Another bit of Super Holly art that I had done at the Menlo Park comic con at the library. I had artist Gaz Gretsky (Gazbot) draw Super Holly shortly after she is gassed by Super Joker venom. (He said it should be gas rather than a squirted liquid, else it might look too suggestive. I agreed.) I once wrote a fanfic (as in, can’t sell it but I can post it) of Super Holly meeting Batman (“Buh, b-b-b… BATMAN! I’m your biggest fan!!!”) but I had to limit it to a puny 1500 words. When I rewrite it into a decent story, there will be a scene like this.
That face. Mad and happy together. Gaz groks Holly.
It has been a while since I had said hi to Keef (check out his K-Chronicles website here). He was in San Francisco doing his presentation on police brutality. (I wonder how Keef stays so positive and nice with such a depressing subject.) I should have done a Spider-Man web-shooting hand gesture so Fox News could say I was doing a gang sign. Go to www.kchronicles.com and see Keef’s work and buy his books!
I have been a fan of Keef for what, 20 years or so? 30? It has been a while. Way back when WonderCon was in San Francisco, Keef was manning his booth and selling books, and he asked me to man it while he visited the restroom. So I stood in his booth. An older white guy came up and asked me if I was Keef. I told him I wasn’t, but I thought about it. Keef told me I should have said yes. (In this photo, I am the white guy with the glasses and the slightly droopy left eyelid.) I gave him a copy of Super Bad Hair Day and Boss by Mike Royko. I think of Keef as a writer as well as a cartoonist. He writes great little stories in his work.
I still have not put Keef into a Super Holly story, but I intend to. It would be a police brutality thing, but with Super Holly and Harry Headbutt to add slapstick comedy. I would move Keef’s home town to Chicago because I know nothing about Boston. I have decided that Keef and his wifey Kerstin (or rather, the characters I create based on them) will be the parents of Tucker and Wrigley, The Puppy Brothers (hear their Malevolent Mystery Meat audio story here), BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK!!!! I can’t wait to write Kerstin’s German accent: Ack, little Schnitzels, stoppen der barking! What would be Keef’s superpower? I had thought about super-speed because Keef is the hardest-working guy I have seen in this business, and had stuck i tout for all these decades. (I have seen a lot of comic book / cartoonists come, and I have seen them go. And mostly go.) Keef once said his superpower would be the power to make people vomit (read that story here).
Great seeing you again, Keef. And great hanging out afterwards at Southern Pacific Brewing and having a ginger beer and a root beer (I always stop after two drinks).
P.S. Kerstin is a sweet lady. I wish I could have said hi to her also.
Batton Lash, story writer and Ditko-esque artist, drew the cover of my book Super Bad Hair Day. He gave me great advice (red cape and up-arrow chest logo for Holly). He created Alanna Wolff, a great female lead and a great lawyer. Super Holly would hire Alanna in a nanosecond.
In this full-color original graphic novel, Wolff and Byrd take on a case in which a ghost is literally “grandfathered in” to a home inheritance. Grandpa has died but his ghost won’t leave the house—much to the chagrin of his son and daughter-in-law! Meanwhile at the law offices, the landlord wants Wolff & Byrd to leave because their clients are disturbing the other tenants. Plus: Someone from Alanna’s past comes back to haunt her, Jeff is having family troubles, and intrepid secretary Mavis has her own challenges! Readers can expect lots of plot twists and turns and a surprising revelation. This is the first all-new Supernatural Law graphic novel in 5 years!
If you want a strong, smart, tough female lead and a great courtroom story with the drama of Law & Order (sound effects: BOM BOM!) and the laughs of Seinfeld, read Batton Lash’s Supernatural Law graphic novels. If you contribute to the Grandfathered In Kickstarter, you can get goodies such as the new graphic novel ($25 and up).
At the PLCAF Small Press Comics Expo today, I bought a comic from Crystal Gonzalez: In The Dark. I had to find out what Super Holly would look like drawn by her. Her style is crazy, loopy, scary, funny, the characters want to leap off the page and stick to your face while screaming. So I had her draw Holly having coffee.
A few tiny glitches. Super Holly has one e-bracelet, not two. (Kinda like Leela on Futurama.) The hip purse is attached to her belt. And her nose should be more eagle-beaky. BUT LOOK AT HOLLY’S INTENSELY CRAZY-SCARY-HAPPY FACE!!! AND THAT ELECTROSHOCK-CAFFEINATED HAIR! AND THAT EARTHQUAKING CUP!!! I LOVE THIS!!!!! (And I sometimes feel this way about coffee.)
Thank you, Crystal. I started reading your comic about the guy tossed into hell and trying to stay alive. It has coffee references. How fitting.