Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Inquiring Minds are Digital on Comixology

The Inquiring Minds #1,
The Ghost PIrate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake!


Now digital on  Help support HappyGlyphs Comics, and assure more kid friendly books like this by buying the book here or at our shop.  With Comixology, you get closer to the art than ever, with incredible zooming, and(!), get this; you buy it once but can read it anywhere, from your PC, phone, or tablet.  How cool is that?

Here's the official information, with links, followed by a closer look at the advantages of reading quality books like this in a digital format.

Published by: HappyGlyphs Comics
Cover by: John W Steventon
Written by: John W Steventon
Art by: John W Steventon
Colored by: John W Steventon
Price: $3.99

Bobby, Albert, and sometimes Iris are The Inquiring Minds, three kids who seek fun and adventure by exploring all things strange and unusual in their hometown of Three Craters Lake.

This summer, though, they're going to find plenty of adventure in their own backyard, as Albert, ever seeking fame and fortune, declares that The Inquiring Minds are going to build their own theme park!

Sounds crazy, but as Iris herself says, "Bobby and Albert just don't know enough to let anything stop them!"

Their success, or possible failure, comes down to one ride... The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake!

Buy now on comiXology!

 So what are some of the advantages?  Well, like a paper comic, you can view whole pages, entire spreads, or one panel at a time.  With Digital, though, you can zoom in on the action and art, and see details you might not have noticed in the paper comic.  Not that paper isn't great, but like a paper comic, you take the digital version with you, and catch up on your reading anywhere.  I started reading the comic on my phone, and when I picked up my tablet, it asked if I wanted to pick up where I left off on my phone.  Pretty cool!

So please check it out.  We'll still have paper books, of course, and we do have digital books on Kindle, but this looks worth looking into.  And if we do well on comixology, there'll be more books on comixology, and more new books for you to read!

Thanks for the support,    JOHN :0)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Great Lakes Chapter Anniversary Dinner

I had a truly great weekend recently, which made me really happy to be a cartoonist.  Not only did the new exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum open, but I attended the 20th Anniversary celebration for the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society!

It's always inspirational and just plain fun to be in a room of cartoonists, and this was no exception.  We chatted for a bit, had dinner, and then a chapter meeting discussing a fun new group project (more on that when it comes together). There was a look back at 20 years (actually 25, considering the group unofficially met for 5 years!) and a really cool raffle with great prizes.  I was quite pleased to win a gift bag from last year's Reuben Awards, full of all kinds of goodies.

A big thank you to Polly Keener and Earl Musick for throwing such a great party!  And thanks to old friends and new for making it even better. :0)

Next up, pics from the Bill Watterson and Richard Thompson gallery exhibit!

JOHN :0)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Special Short Story

As far as cartooning goes, I'm proud to be the creator of two comic strips, Knight and Day, and The Inquiring Minds.  Some time ago, it just seemed to make sense to merge those worlds into one, and so Iris became the daughter of Steven and Amy Knight, and all kinds of possibilities and crossovers occurred. I'm really glad, because eventually my short story, Iris, came about.

Iris was created for the SPACE Anthology 2012, and is a special story for me.  Now I am proud to announce that this story is now a finalist for the SPACE prize 2014!

For a limited time, I'm making the story available to read free, at this link. Consider it an early Christmas present, and one I'm happy to share.

Cheers,    JOHN :0)

PS I also have an Inquiring Minds short story in SPACE anthology 2013, and hopefully will have another story in the 2014 book.  And just maybe some in other places, so stay tooned!