Hello everyone! Dave here. Just wanted to check in and share a quick update on some things.
*Gordie Gnomo #3 is looking at a tentative release schedule of either July or August.
*Neslow’s Story: “A Rabbit’s Rite of Passage”, the Neslow rabbit origin one-shot is 80% complete and should be ready by mid-June! (Fingers crossed)
*The Color Edition of Gordie Gnomo #1 is now out of print and we are still selling the remaining stock.
*Speaking of color, there are no plans to produce any further color editions of the series, until the possibility of a trade paperback in the future. Right now, we really can’t afford the time to produce the color books and are not interested in hiring a colorist quite yet. That being said, all future releases of Gordie Gnomo books will be in black & white (with color covers).
*We are switching to a new printer. There is no confirmation yet, but we are very close to making our final decision. Reprints of #1, 2 and all upcoming issues will be printed with whoever our new printer will be.
*I’ve been in the middle of moving and working as a caricature artist and really busy, so a lot of that has been taking time out of my schedule to work on the comic. I’m working on a little bit each night while I also try to get my proper doses of rest.
And now for a RECAP of the past few conventions:
C2E2 was awesome! Chris and myself took the train to Chicago in late April to go to one of the biggest conventions in the U.S. We didn’t get to table this year unfortunately, due to the fact the show is HEAVILY juried and we didn’t quite make the cut. That didn’t stop us from going as attendees and having a great time though! We also managed to drop of a copy of Gordie Gnomo to Kaboom Studios, the all-ages publisher owned by Boom Studios. No guarantees if we’ll hear back, but it was worth a shot. Of course we met some awesome people, too.
Claudio Sanchez of Coheed & Cambria, and his wife Chandra Eschart, co-authors of the newly launched “Translucid” from Boom Studios.
Chris’s photo with Claudio is classy with a touch of black & white.
Claudio Sanchez of Coheed & Cambria, and his wife Chandra Eschart, co-authors of the newly launched "Translucid" from Boom Studios.
I was very happy to get my Coheed & Cambria albums and 2 different cover variants of “Translucid” #1 signed!
Chandra Free, author/artist of the “God Machine”
Here we have Chris Sopsich recording a podcast with Chandra. It’s called the Hopscotch Podcast! You can listen to this episode and Chris’s other podcasts HERE:
I’m sure Chris was very pleased to pick up one of her excellent Henchmen illustration prints, too!
Of course we had to catch up with Dirk Manning, author of “Nightmare World”, “Mr. Rhee”, and “Write -Or- Wrong: A Writer’s Guide To Creating Comics”. Dirk is such an incredible and outgoing person. We always make sure to say hello and chat with him for extended time at every convention we see him at.
It was a VERY busy convention weekend, and we were exhausted. But man, it was one of the most memorable shows I’ve ever been to.
Previous to C2E2, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to meet Art Spiegelman, author of the critically-acclaimed "Maus" at a wonderful keynote speech at Eastern Michigan University, in Ypsilanti, MI where I went to college. The event was called "What the !@#$ Happened to Comics?!" and covered a brief summary on the history of comics as a legitimate art form.
Soon after I met Art, I thanked him for his impact on the industry and his visit to Ypsilanti, and even passed him a copy of Gordie Gnomo #1. I’m not sure if he’s the type of guy to enjoy our work, but I felt compelled to as a sign of respect and appreciation. Want proof? It’s right here!
Shortly before that, I visited a huge anime convention in Lansing, MI called Shutocon, where I met the ever-so-nice and funny Rikki Simons, best known for his role as the voice of GIR on Jhonen Vasquez’s “Invader Zim”. He was also a background painter on Invader Zim as well as one of my childhood favorites "Jackie Chan Adventures".
I really dug his hairstyle. Maybe I’ll try it out sometime if I can manage to a find a strong enough hairspray or gel.
ANYWHO, that was a lot to write and my fingers are cramping while I type this. I think I’m going to get back to drawing Gordie #3, so it can come out in time for the mid-Summer!
Thanks for keepin’ tabs!
Dave J. Woodward
Co-Creator/Illustrator of Gordie Gnomo