Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bombs Away!

When I announced on Facebook a couple of weeks ago that I'd finished the first issue of Project Waldo, the plan was to post something here the next day. Since then, I've been making the comic a little more finished. Today, I finally threw in the towel for good. It's done.

So first things first. "Project Waldo" has a new title:




With any luck, you'll be seeing this soon on a shelf at your local comic store.

Justin "Moritat" Norman went with me to Arcane Comics yesterday and we brought the cover along to see how well it would stand out among the other comics that started with "N." It'll be parked right next to Northlanders, which is some rotten luck, because that's one amazing-looking comic. Northlanders notwithstanding, I was happy to discover that most modern comic covers are so dark that a yellow-and-orange pile of fruitsauce like mine glows like a little campfire in the forest. 

One last thing: from now on, I'll try to post here once a week. Part of the way I'll manage that is by keeping my posts shorter. We'll all still be here next week, right? 

Back to issue #2. We can rebuild it. We have the technology. Better, stronger, faster.

32 comments:

  1. You should have drew Wolverine and Batman tongue kissing on the front. Instant sales boost from the attention alone.

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  2. After you resize the image to make that thumbnail up there, you could run Filters=>Sharpen=>Unsharp Mask and fiddle with the settings to find your ideal. It'd make it look so much sharper and cleaner.

    Looks gorgeous, man!

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  3. Congratulations on finishing the first issue! Can't wait to pick up a copy.

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  4. Congratulations! Looking forward to reading this :)

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  5. congrats Nate! very happy to read that you finish the first issue!
    hope to see NONPLAYER published soon!

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  6. Looks great and that's awesome news! Can't wait to read it. And nice to see a post on here! :)

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  7. I will personally ensure prominent display at the biggest comic book shops in Los Angeles.

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  8. Welcome back! Can't wait to be able to order a copy!

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  9. Great news! can't wait to get a copy!!! or two in celebration!

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  10. Excellent news, congrats , looking forward to getting a copy.

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  11. Congrats Nate! Looking forward to seeing it in stores!

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  12. So any more word on publishers? Im dying for this thing!

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  13. Congrats on completion! Quite an achievement, isn't it?! =D

    When the publishing gets squared away, I'll do what I can to get my local comic shop (er, not really local for me; just the closest) to order some! Looking forward to seeing the finished results, Nate!

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  14. Friggin' fantastic news sir. I shop at the golden apple in los angeles, so if you can get a few copies there, I'll buy at least 7 of them (for my writer's group) and get you some instant buzz.

    can't wait to read the rest of this book.

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  15. Awesome Nate,

    Looking forward to seeing this on the shelf. It's been great following your journey for the last year and a half.

    What's your projected deadline for issue 2?

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  16. Awesome man! This is so exciting to be able to finally see it. The new name and cover are great too! I don't go to comic shops really....ever so I hope I can figure out where to buy this. Online???

    Then again, I'd go find a shop just to get this book. Congrats again!

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  17. Michael - Have you considered a career in marketing? I'm pretty sure a picture of Wolverine and Batman making out would boost the sales of any product. Genius.

    Eagle - You might as well be speaking Chinese right now. Clearly there's some experimental mask-unsharpening in my future. Thanks as always for the heads-up.

    Jer - Thanks, man. It should be out soon, I hope (still dotting some i's and crossing some t's).

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  18. Sam - Thanks a lot! It's good to be done. Any new projects on your horizon?

    doubleclicktf - Your blog is so, so great. I love the little cosmonaut guys. Spectacular work! Thanks for your support!

    Diantres - Your drawings continue to be unbelievably radical, Rodrigo. Are you rich and famous yet?

    bykamon - Thanks, it's good to be back! Hopefully this can become a place where people trade some new tricks. Lord knows I could use some.

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  19. Sunday - I was unaware that you were in LA! I used to go to Golden Apple all the time when I was a kid -- it just occurred to me that I'll be seeing my own comic there. For some reason, that totally blows my mind. Those are two worlds I never thought would collide. The place where I bought my first G.I. Joe comic. Whoa. Hope all's well with your innards. Mine are doing well.

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  20. James - You commented! You know, I commented on your taco blog once, but I don't think it worked. Or you deleted it immediately. But I won't delete your post. Because I love you.

    Joumana - Nice to see you again around here. I'll make an announcement about ordering soon, I hope.

    e.s. - Your blog makes me want to read the comics you've written. Where can I find them?

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  21. tarosan - I can't remember where we left off -- I feel like I got really busy and now you're in Montreal! Wow. I guess that means you're working with Ubi now? You are one incredible artist. I just spent ten minutes rolling around in your watercolors. Amazing talent. Thanks for dropping by.

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  22. Dominic - Thanks, man. I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think of it.

    Ripsey - Growing Up Enchanted is looking beautiful! Wow, just amazing work. There's too much talent around here. Thanks for dropping by!

    capt_parsons - Actually, there IS word on publishers, but I'm holding off until I hear an official announcement. I'm knocking on wood as I type this, but I think Nonplayer's happening for real. I just hope you like it!

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  23. Michael Mayne - Thanks, man. I could definitely use some advocates at local comic stores. I suppose marketing is the next big thing for me to get a handle on. If you've got any tips, I'm all ears. Has any of your stuff made its way to stores yet? I am going to buy the crap out of Bonnie Lass.

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  24. BenHansford - Sweet! Thanks! You may want to read it once before buying the other six copies -- I'd hate for you to discover you don't like it all that much. I hope you do like it, though.

    Wayne - Thanks for following along for so long -- I hope it's been entertaining! My plan is to knock the time to finish each issue down by 50 percent. Which would get issue #2 out in about six months. Looks awful on the page, but I cannot change the laws of physics! In my brain. I hope you can still remember who I am by then!

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  25. Jason - Thanks dude, right back at you! It looks like ReMIND is just exploding! You deserve all of the hype. I'm not sure where you'll be able to get it, other than at comic stores. I know you make it out to the occasional convention... either that, or you can wait for the trade. Best graphic novel of 2040!

    tormentedartist - Thanks! I'm really curious what you're going to think of it. I know you'll give it to me straight, good or bad.

    Vinod - No, YOU'RE awesome.

    patafamilias - AG, it's you! Welcome! I'm about to see you get married! Very exciting stuff! I need to give you back your inflatabed (which was AWESOME, by the way). I'll just bring all of it to the wedding and hand it off to you guys during the vows.

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  26. congratz man...reading all this (from day 1 to now) in one day makes for a great story. thanks agian for the inspiration!

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