Thank you to those of you returning, and welcome to those visiting the first time. This is Welcome to Eternity's ninth installment. And if you couldn't already tell by now, this is Robert Deshaies II newsletter, blog, or shimmy-shammy wham bang doohickey.
Anyway, let's get to it!
Okay, following the announcement of #DominicPinto & I's next project, A Hell of Our Own, I mentioned we were headed to #Kickstarter! And you're right; I'm asking you to help us make this project come to life. We're new comic creators, and we'd like to make it on our own, but without the aid of big boy publishers represented across our stories, it's damn hard to keep afloat. So, we're asking you to be a part of the story.
Here's the breakdown of what our Kickstarter will look like!
I wanted to keep it simple for you. I didn't want to overcomplicate the system with various tiers and rewards. I kept it down to three tiers for simple reasons. If you're backing this project, you'll most certainly be receiving a copy of our 96-Page TPB. Our story was always designed to be an OGN (Original Graphic Novel), and the best way to deliver that was optioning one tier with the entirety of your reward. Not only will you be receiving your story, but I've been fortunate enough to have some friends (Brody Cole, Kyle David, & David Strahan) create some spectacular pin-ups that will be printed on 11x17 posters for you to choose from at the end of the campaign. We're shooting for a decently sized goal to cover our printing, shipping, and creator costs. But with your help, even through the depths of a Yomi, I know we will make it!
All in all, we're expecting to launch on April 8th, 2021, with a conclusion on May 6th, 2021. We're rocking for the entire month, but launching on our first day is the most important. I'll be doing various promotions on different platforms with a signup link for you to hop in early. I've also been fortunate enough to be invited as a guest to promote both this and #AdamandEternity on Lost N' Comics on March 18th! So, go ahead and subscribe to them for your first real glimpse behind the scenes.
Alright, talking about interviews, I had an excellent one with Ryan (@NUEXGUY on Twitter & Instagram), where we discussed Adam & Eternity and various other tangents regarding my career and the illustrious comic community. Here's the link to his Youtube page to check out our hour and a half interview if you're interested in viewing!
In other comic-making news, #VanessaFantinati (IG: @la__rein_) and I have reconvened for a 22-Page One-shot titled "Siblings." This was a nonfictional work that came from pure inspiration and interactions from my siblings and me over the years. Its premise is simple, where and when do siblings come together across their lives? It's a beautiful story, and Vanessa was the perfect artist to tell it. I can't wait to share it with you all soon, but in the meantime, here's a preview:
For my digital fans! All Rogue Comix releases (Adam & Eternity, Rogue Comix Presents, Tales of Your Destruction) are now available on #ComiXology for your viewing pleasure. Their digital platform helps us greatly with outreach, and if you'd be kind enough to either give us a rating or support our books, You would be atmospherically appreciated!
In roundup news, Jake Gustafson, Adam & Eternity's resident colorist, has been putting in the hard work assembling our Trade Paperback for an April release. As shown on social media earlier this week, here's our recolored cover for the new collection!
Oh, and if you're interested in checking out my other literary works, non-comic related, my book pages have been recently redesigned on this website! Go on ahead after reading this entry, and check them out! There's a little something for everyone.
The Streets Ran Red: A Supernatural Crime Noir in late 1960s Britain. Think Dick Tracy versus the ominous forces of dark magicks.
ANTHOLOGY: Mr. Jacket awaits for you to divulge the truth, for the truth is often more terrifying than the lie. Within lay eleven short anthology stories.
Blackjack-22: Life's story. Perseverance, feelings of loss, unacceptance, and the eventual horizon on the other side.
Okay, besides all the crazy busy work I've been balancing, with school, business, and creating, I've been fortunate enough to sit down and get some precious reading in. Here's what I've been reading:
Avengers Disassembled by Brian Bendis & David Finch: A Marvel classic at this point, and the first time the Avengers truly discovered the power of Wanda Maximoff, aka The Scarlet Witch. Entertaining storytelling, with the team on the ropes and their eventual disassembling. I recommend it for non-comic readers who want to know more about the Avengers and one of their most powerful members.
Secret Empire by Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna, Steve McNiven, Rod Reis, & Andrea Sorrentino: An entertaining read. The stakes were supremely high in the first half of the book, but the energy wained as the story went on. I heard through the grapevine it was an editorial change that wound up affecting the story, but hey, that's comics. Otherwise, the art was stellar, the premise sinister, and the overall delivery as best as can be. It's one of the better Marvel events.
Siege by Brian Bendis & Olivier Coipiel: Uhhhhh, Asgard was destroyed by the Sentry. Cool. Not worth the read, but consistent artwork.
Birds of Prey: Hero Hunters by Gail Simone, Ed Benes, et la: Classic Gail with amazing artwork from Ed and other talents. The stories were fun female-driven plots with tight dialogue and moments of levity mixed with the uncertainties of forming a new team. Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of the BoP or Gail Simone.
Doctor Strange Damnation by Nick Spencer & Donny Cates: I read this before Secret Empire, not knowing this was in direct fallout to that story's events and found it confusing at first. That's my fault. Anyhow, the coolest and most notable sequence of this story was Christopher Sebela's Ghost Rider one-shot. This placed Johnny Blaze on the throne of hell, tumbling the house down on Mephisto. I didn't care much for Dr. Strange, but Bats the ghost dog was my favorite character in the entire story.
Northlanders Volume One by Brian Wood: A tale of identity, unity, and purpose. Brian's words and stories have always struck a chord within me, and this proves no different. This is "Vikings" dialed up to 11. It's brutal yet profound. Simply put, read it!
So, that wraps all I've got to talk about for the week! I'll be seeing you soon, but in the meantime, spread the word about A Hell of Our Own, pick up your copies of Adam & Eternity, read more upcoming independent creators, create with your heart's desire, and most of all, don't forget to love another.
P.S. Don't forget the coffee binging.