Thursday, August 14, 2014

On the move: PERISCOPE STUDIO, PORTLAND

Last day here at Periscope Studio in Portland, where I spent most of my weekdays the past weeks since SDCC. I've been working on the penultimate issue of Thomas Alsop, arc 1, and rough sketching the finale. It's powerful stuff, I can tell you. But that's ALL I can tell you...

It's been great working here, in this very cool creative environment, people coming and going. New faces every day, but all friendly and welcoming.

Not a terrible amount of chatting, hardly any music ever, mostly it's an athmosphere of quiet concentration, interrupted by the odd photo reference shoot involving gun replicas and studio members posing in groups, on chairs, on the floors. Studio members have excellent phone habits, going in the hallway to take calls and speaking softly as not to disturb the workflow.

I've learned a lot and made a lot of new friends here, and I even managed to record a few interviews for the Comics for Beginners podcast. I talked to Steve Lieber about Periscope and the advantages of joining a studio. Listen to the episode here: 
http://comicsforbeginners.com/comics-for-beginners-podcast-episode-25-periscope-studio-with-steve-lieber/

All in all it's been a great experience working alongside the talented people of Periscope. Now I'm looking forward to a bit of road trip with my family along the Oregon coast before driving up to Seattle, where I have a signing on the 20th at Zanadu Comics downtown. If you're in town, drop by! The signing is from 3-7pm.

So long, Portland - And  THANK YOU PERISCOPE!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

On the move: Comic Con, signings and more!

I had a blast at SDCC, promoting Thomas Alsop and hanging with friends, old and new. Some of the newer ones where the guys at makingcomics.com whom I had only previously talked to online. They invited me to sit on a panel Saturday with a bunch of smart people, discussing the future of comics: Rachel Beck from Storyforge, Mark Waid (of Daredevil fame) and Christina Blanch (writer of Damnation of Charlie Wormwood) from Thrillbent, Andy Schmidt from Comics Experience, Jim Zub (writer of Skullkickers, Wayward). A great discussion which was luckily recorded and just went live at http://www.makingcomics.com/2014/08/05/making-comics-sdcc-2014/

Another announcement I'm pleased to make is that I'll be signing Thomas Alsop and my own graphic novel, The Devil's Concubine, at Zanadu Comics in Seattle on August 20. - the release day of Thomas Alsop issue #3. More details at https://perry-plush.squarespace.com/zanadu-comics/2014/7/31/signings-at-zanadu

I'm currently working out of Periscope Studio in Portland - stay tuned for a post on that experience.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

On the move: SDCC 2014

Greetings from Crazytown USA!

Once again I find myself at the Comic Con in San Diego, surrounded by a few hundred thousand close friends, a lot of them dressed up for the biggest comics party of the year. Or, I should say, the biggest mass media party of the year. The comics part of the show seems to take up less and less floor space while movies, tv and video games expand. The entire city turns into a sideshow, waitresses, store clerks and cab drivers dressing up to welcome the hordes that spill out of the convention centre in a constant flow.

I've previously raved about Trickster, the creator-owned comics event that has been running alongside SDCC the past couple of years, occupying different locations around town. It seems hiring a bar for an event during Comic Con has simply become too costly and as someone who shall remain nameless said to me: "Scott Morse is too busy... Taking over Pixar". 

Speaking of absent things, they managed to lose my bag at LAX so the first day here was spent shopping for clothes and toothpaste. The worst thing to be missing was the comics in my bag, including the hardcover edition of my book STILETTO that I really wanted to show people. I had to make due with the sample that was in my hand luggage. And luckily my wife and kids that are travelling with me did not lose anything.

Another thing that's different this year, is that I have a monthly book out (Thomas Alsop from BOOM! Studios, for those who just woke up from a coma and don't know what's been happening). My graphic novel The Devil's Concubine came out over here in 2011, but the amount of attention this year is a hundred times what that book got. It's great to bump into strangers, other creators and retailers, and have them say "Oh yeah, I love that book!" when you tell them what you're working on. If you want to read a bunch of really great reviews, go to thomasalsop.com/press.

I've also been invited to sit on a couple of panels this year, the first about breaking in to comics. It was good to meet other creators and hear their stories on how they got started in comics. The recurring theme was that hard work is needed, if you want to succeed in this field - but it's not impossible.

My partner, writer Chris Miskiewicz, and I both attended the panel and after that went straight to our first common signing at the BOOM! booth. An important part of this trip has been about meeting our editors, who we only spoke with over email and Skype, and to get to know the others at the office better. We're both floored by how hard working, competent and just plain nice the people at BOOM! are and we are very grateful to have been picked up by that company. They're good people. Thursday night after the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) party, we spent the rest of the night - and most of the morning - hanging out  with BOOM! at their party at the Hilton.

This last day here I'll be attending another panel with the folks at Making Comics and other smart people like Mark Waid, Andy Schmidt (no relation) and Jim Zub. Am I nervous? Hell yes! But I'm also really looking forward to meet more creative people - the best drug I know of.

Tomorrow we fly to Portland, where I'll be spending a couple of weeks working on the next issue of Thomas Alsop out of Periscope Studios. I also managed to set up a signing at Zanadu Comics in Seattle on the 20th of August, the day issue #3 comes out. I'm also looking forward to just relaxing a little bit with the family in one of the coolest areas I know in the US; The Pacific Northwest.

And the good news: They found my bag and it arrived at the hotel this morning, saving me another trip to the mall to buy a fresh shirt.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On the move: SEE YOU IN SAN DIEGO?

I'm packing up my family to fly to San Diego for my 4th Comic Con. Last year was a great success for me as my partner Chris and I pitched our book Thomas Alsop to several publishers, the first of which was BOOM! As you probably know, the book was picked up and issue #2 of 8 just hit the stands. So SDCC this year will be a lot of promotion as well as networking.

If you want to be up to speed on Thomas Alsop so far, go to thomasalsop.com.

If you're in San Diego for Comic Con, be sure to come and see me on the "Breaking into Comics Right Now” panel on Thursday, July 24 from 1PM to 2PM. Or meet me at BOOM!, booth #2229, for the signing of Thomas Alsop right after the panel.

I will also be attending the "Uniting the Worldwide Makecomics Community" panel, hosted by Patrick Yurick (CEO of MakingComics.com). Guest panelists include Mark Waid (Thrillbent, Daredevil), Rachel Beck (Storyforge Productions), Jim Zub (Skullkickers, Wayward), Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience), Christina Blanch (SuperMOOC2, Damnation of Charlie Wormwood), and yours truly! So come to room 8, Saturday, 7/26/14, 5:30p.m. - 6:30p.m.

It's my first time on a panel at a US convention so I'm really looking forward to it! Hope to see some of you in the audience.

If you're not able to attend any of these events, there is a good chance to bump in to me at the Hyatt bar any evening.

And if you're not at all going to Comic Con, you can get a dose of me in this lenghty interview I did with Bleeding Cool.

Have a great summer!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Thomas Alsop: WHERE TO BUY?

I've been getting a lot of questions on where people can get their hands on Thomas Alsop, our new book from Boom! Studios. And luckily I have a few answers!

If you're in the US, Canada or any other English speaking country there's a good chance your local comics store has it - or can at least order it for you. Don't know where there's a comics store near you? ComicShopLocator can help.

You can also order the book directly from the publisher here or Buy from Amazon.com here.

If you live outside the US, you might still be able to order the book through your local comics store. But the easiest thing would be to buy a digital copy via ComiXology here.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Thomas Alsop: NEWS AND REVIEWS

As the summertime makes everything else slow down to a crawl, I'm here at the studio furiously coloring the next issue of Thomas Alasop for BOOM! Studios. Every so often my phone vibrates with a text from my collaborator, Chris Miskiewicz, with a link to a review or a Twitter mention. However distracting it may be, the fact that readers everywhere are responding to this book is very encouraging.

Michael Williams viaTwitter:

#ThomasAlsop 2nd issue. Great words and art. The last page nearly had me in tears... in public. @boomStudios @CMMiskiewicz @Palle_Schmidt
Victoria Irwin at Fangirl Nation says:

Thomas Alsop #2 is engaging, quick-witted and just plain fun to read. Even in a state of complete exhaustion, I found myself keeping the lights on just a bit longer to finish up this issue. I look forward to the rest of the series.
Read the rest of the review at Fangirl Nation.

My favorite review of issue #2 is probably this one:

Once again we get compelling story-telling and the character building that is essential early on in a series. Miskiewicz does this masterfully as he is setting up an incredible world full of mystical intrigue in a contemporary setting accompanied with raw and personal emotion.


Read the full review at Geek Sushi here.

Bleeding Cool did a thorough analysis (full of SPOILERS) of issue #1 and #2. The art get's described like this:

Schmidt’s storytelling is superb and he uses both shading and especially coloring to great effect. Each moment has its own distinct feel and he manages to pull the reader immediately into different times and realms with deceptive ease. His art is almost impressionistic in places, and he always effectively conveys the mood of the moment.

I've just done an interview with them that will probably go up some time next week. Which is also my last week of work before flying to San Diego for Comic Con, so I really don't have time to be posting this...

More press and reviews of Thomas Alsop collected at http://thomasalsop.com/press/


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Thomas Alsop: ISSUE #1 OUT TODAY!


THIS IS THE DAY!

The first issue of my first monthly book is out today in comic stores everywhere! Except if like me you live in Denmark, where I believe only Fantask might have a copy. I'll put up a link to where you can buy it digitally as soon as I have one. Here's where you can order it directly from BOOM! Studios.

If you're in New York, be sure to swing by Forbidden Planet and get a signed copy from the writer, Chris Miskiewicz, who'll be there alongside Paul Pope, Nick Bertozzi and Dean Haspiel. I'm so sorry I can't be there today - but I will be in San Diego for Comic Con and I just got my pro pass for NYCC, so time permitting I'll be able to sign your copies there.

The first review of issue #1 from Comics Grinder can be found here.

Thoughts/feedback or links to other reviews? Shoot us a message on Twitter! I'm @Palle_Schmidt and Chris is @CMMiskiewicz. Follow TheRealThomasAlsop on Facebook and visit thomasalsop.com for more news and reviews.