Just another preview of some of the art I’m working on for 21 Steezy Snuffs. Twenty one cynically grim tales of life’s final chapter still remains a daunting personal challenge to finish while putting the final touches to Inchi. Speaking of Inchi, I released a small teaser of the animation I’m doing for kickstarter on IG. When it’s a little further along I’ll share it to the website. Until then, you gotta “do the work!” Can’t wait to show it to you!
Inchi is a creature born of mysterious circumstances. A beginning almost as bizarre as the characters he gets entangled with. Without a sense of self, this “born yesterday” cephalopod must cooperate with a foul-mouthed seagull and an empathetic mermaid to confront humanity’s genuine and present danger. An ancient and unseen danger looms as the story unfolds to reveal the origins of the threat as love scorned and not reconciled. Inchi and his new companions must work together to defeat this threat while discovering his own identity. All of this develops in a small out-of-the-way canal in the back alleys of Modern-day Venice.
That’s right! I said mid April and it happened! I can hardly believe it myself, but the color is done, and this book is ready to launch. I meant to talk about this in the previous Voyages letter, but I will be using the Kickstarter platform for this launch. Why Kickstarter? Many independent writers, artists, and small press startups rely on the Kickstarter platform to raise capital, “get found,” or both. Where sequence art is concerned, it’s one of the only vehicles available outside of normal distribution channels that supply your local bookstores. That said, there are many other benefits to Kickstarter on top of being a direct to the consumer platform. It will allow me to offer you other unique content that won’t be available any other way. I’m still working out all the fun stuff, but remember those variant covers I talked about? I know I showed you the renaissance cover (I added it again below), but here’s another following.
There’s a third cover too! You may remember when I announced Kez Wilson was joining the project? Specifically, he’s doing a cover, and he’s fantastic, so I can’t wait to see it. I’ll share that with you once he’s finished.
So what’s next? I am working towards a campaign launch no later than the end of the month. The only obstacles now are Kez’s cover and the launch video. Both are in the works, but as soon as it’s done, I’ll be sending all of you a pre-launch link so you can back it early!
I really appreciate everyone who has hung in there through this process! Have a great weekend!
You may be like me and say things to yourself like, “Enough already! Let’s see a book!” I think that’s fair, but I know for sure that the wait is almost over. Mariam is in the second half of coloring Inchi #01, and I am diligently working towards finishing the color and layout on 21 Steezy Snuffs. Two books I’ve talked about for a LONG TIME. Too long! If you follow me on Instagram, I uploaded a story with a snippet of these, but here is a better look!
How exciting is that! So with that said, I am still working towards planning the Kickstarter for Inchi and will get those details out mid-month. Related to that, I’m working on a promo video that is crucial to the campaign. I’ll share that with my Voyages family before I make that public. Planning a Kickstarter feels like almost as much work as getting a book created, but it will be worth it. Inchi will be first with 21 Steezy Snuffs following soon after. Here’s a process peek.
Many of my friends and followers in the blogging community are writers like me. I haven’t talked about this in a while, and I think it’s a good time to refresh memories. We share many similarities, but one point of difference is that I am a good storyteller but a mediocre writer. At least in the traditional forms. So I embraced sequential art (comics) to get my stories out to people in a way that makes up for my shortcomings. To communicate visually what I would struggle with in written words seems to be a worthy personal challenge. Perhaps, in the journey, I will become better at both. I hope to anyway. But what do all writers have in common? They want to get their stories, ideas, and thoughts out to the world. So this is my chosen vehicle. More importantly, it’s happening! With 21 Steezy Snuffs, I am forcing myself back to the tricky realm of words on a page. Armed with a copy of The Peregrine, how could I lose?
Thanks as always for all your support! Have a great weekend!
With Inchi over in Mariam’s hands for a few more weeks I decided to pull 21 Steezy Snuffs back into the forefront! As many of you may know, this project was supposed to be released last year, but I stopped abruptly for “reasons.” However, I want to finish this, and it’s a perfect time to throw on some accelerant and get this done quickly!
21 Steezy Snuffs is twenty-one micro-stories of “stylishly easy” deaths. All told from the perspective of the deceased. While heavy in subject, it will also be rich in art and a fun visual experience. I plan to do this in the customary sequential art book size but with a thicker cover since its a one-shot. For those who may not be as familiar with the term “one-shot,” it’s a single standalone book rather than a series.
I’ll keep you updated on both projects, but please consider joining Voyages if you’d like the insider’s scoop.