I finished the corrections on Occult Detective Illustrated #1 this morning and it’s been delivered to the printer (again). What does that mean? Well, in about a week I’ll get the print galley back and, if I like what I see, it will be made available to you, my adoring public.
I suppose the big question everyone will have is “how much will it cost?” Roughly $4.00 I suspect. A wee bit more than you’d pay for your average issue of Batman or the Avengers, but then I’m not exactly a card caring member of a major media conglomerate. Price is dictated by the size of your print run (see, size does matter) and seeing as how this is a micro-press POD outing, that’s the best cover price I can offer. Still, you’ll be getting a 32 page book (27 pages of which are story) for your money, all written and illustrated by yours truly.
The more important question, after price, is probably along the lines of “what is it?” That one’s a little bit harder to answer, but here it is, in a nutshell —
Occult Detective Illustrated is a comic book collecting four short stories featuring Dr. Landon Connors, my occult detective who has appeared in several of my writings and the focus of a forthcoming graphic novel (Oddfellows Serenade) and a series of prose novels (in both primary and secondary roles). The stories in this collection are: Sorceries Unspoken and Other Lies Unheard Of (6 pages), Familiar Territory (4 pages), tiny monsters (8 pages), and Strange Magick (7 pages). There is no connection between the stories other than the principle character and each is meant to shed some light on the occult detective’s personality.
Most importantly… I had one helluva good time putting this book together. Finding myself with some downtime as I awaited illustrations from my Oddfellows Serenade collaborator Chris Wilson, I decided to keep the comic fires burning and try my hand at doing a solo book. After having spent the better part of 20+ years in the comic industry as a writer and editor, that’s something I’d never attempted in all that time, despite being a somewhat accomplished cover artist. Sequential storytelling is a whole other beast and I have new found respect for the artists who accept that challenge as a way to put bread on their table. It’s no easy task, but it is a rewarding one.
Occult Detective Illustrated will be available in print and digital formats. Stay tuned for details…