Remember that (successful!) Indiegogo campaign that launched Book Three? Well, the one of the perks that was unlocked for people who pledged for a set of all three books (or higher) was a title-page head sketch, in which they were invited to ask a question of any character from the Galaxion series. There have been some great questions submitted, and I’ve been having lots of fun with the sketches! I thought I’d share some with you. I didn’t include the original question, but you can probably figure it out from context.
In the midst of the intense excitement that was our (successful!) Volume 3 Indiegogo Campaign, a modest little anniversary passed by. July 2-4, 1993, my cousin Franz and I drove 11 hours to go to the Chicago Comicon with our freshly photocopied-and-stapled first issue of the new minicomic we called Salmagundi.
Salmagundi was a “flip book”, which meant there was one story on one side, and then you flip it over and you get another cover and another story. Franz’s comic Vagabond was on one side, and Galaxion was on the other.
As I am fond of telling people, the 1993 Chicago Comicon was the Best Con Ever. We arrived on the scene as regular attndees, standing in long lines to get in, and with vague optimistic ideas of selling our new Salmagundi comic book out of our backpacks (yeah, well, we were young and didn’t know any better). But upon reaching Artist Alley we happened across Greg Hyland, a comic artist whom we’d met and chatted with at a comic convention in Toronto, and who had very kindly given us lots of good advice about self-publishing. We showed him our new comic and to our surprise he told us that this made us Real Comic Artists, and that we should go to Guest Services and ask for a table in the Small Press area of Artist Alley. A bit nervously, we followed his advice. Not only were we given a FREE table, when we informed these kind folks that we’d already paid for full weekend passes, they gave us each a Guest Badge and a refund for our passes!
These days I have a full convention kit that consists of tablecloths, display racks, signs, and banners, but for that very first show we had nothing at all. Didn’t matter. We were delighted. And amazingly, we even sold a bunch of comics! The great thing was, because we had no expectations at all (and because there were two of us to watch the table), we were able to enjoy a lot of the programming and evening events without the nagging worry about making back our costs. It was a great time to be a self-publisher. Really, best show ever.
In the twenty years since then (minus the six years between 2000-2006), I’ve been to dozens upon dozens of shows across the United States and Canada (but mostly the US). The badges I saved and have hung up on my work room door only represent a portion of all the shows at which I’ve hawked my comics. I’ve published Galaxion in at least three different formats, and I’ve drawn almost seven hundred comic pages.
Even I have to shake my head with wonder sometimes that I’m still here, still plugging away, still drawing. Still looking at the finish line off in the distance, the end of the story. We’ll get there eventually!
Looking forward to another twenty years. Thanks to everyone who’s joined me on the journey.
As you may have noticed over the last month or so, we’ve been running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to fund the printing of Galaxion Volume 3: Infection. The campaign came to an end at the beginning of the week and we are happy to say that it was successful! Far beyond our expectations successful. Enough so that by the end of the campaign we were scrambling to come up with ideas for new stretch goal perks.
We probably should have posted this wrap-up sooner, but we’ve been frantically busy getting the book off to the printers. If all goes well we should have the printed volumes in our hands in five or six weeks and we’ll then start shipping them out as fast as we can to fulfill our commitments. In the meantime, Tara will be busily creating playing cards and I’ll be putting together a couple of ebooks we promised: Volume 3: In the Making and Galaxion: The Salmagundi Years.
We’ll be using the extra funds from the campaign to get Tara a new computer, once capable of running software more recent than the Adobe CS2 she’s been using to colour the comics. Every time she sits down to do the colouring, she’ll be thanking all of the supporters.
As do I. In fact, I’ve put together a page here on the website to do just that. To thank you all by name (at least, those who didn’t request anonymity). If ever you get a Volume 3, these are the people who enabled its printing.