Wednesday, January 28, 2015

National Cartoonists Society

I've been quite busy since joining the National Cartoonists Society!  This is something I wanted for quite some time, and I am proud indeed to have earned my membership.  Not only have I gone to my first Reuben Awards (in San Diego, yet!), but I've had the privilege of meeting some very talented people, and working on some interesting projects.

One thing I will say is that being a member, and being surrounded by so much talent, really humbles a person, and, hopefully, encourages them to better work.  In my case, I've upped my game considerably, wanting to show the world that I belong in this prestigious group.

Besides being with the NCS, I belong to a local chapter, and I'm also lucky to be near the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and Library, so events and meet ups happen regularly enough.  It's great to get out of the studio and meet with, and learn from, other cartoonists.



Sadly, one of the first things we've had to deal with this year was the tragedy in France. Whether you agree with the cartoons or not, free speech is a right, and should not be taken away through violence.  Many of the NCS paid tribute to our fallen comrades, and you can see those tributes at this page here.



On a lighter note, the Great Lakes Chapter of the NCS has created a wonderful cookbook featuring artwork, cartoons, and recipes by some really talented people (artwise... I haven't tried many recipes yet, so won't judge their cooking).  You can find the full color book at this link, or possibly through some members of the NCS.  (I currently do not have any extra, but let me know if you're interested.)
My contribution consists of a related series of previously unpublished Knight and Day comic strips and art.



Well, I am hoping to make the Reuben Awards this year, but not sure.  I WILL be attending Comic-con International in San Diego, and am planning to spend some time at the NCS booth there.
Stay tooned for more on that and other stuff.

JOHN :0)
On my iPod... Lorde, of course.





Monday, May 12, 2014

Press Release: The Inquiring Minds are Digital on comiXology



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: John Steventon, Owner
John@HappyGlyphs.com
May 8, 2014
The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake is now on comiXology!
HappyGlyphs Comics announces that The Inquiring Minds: The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake, is now available in digital form at comiXology.com.  This is a 32 page, full color all-ages comic book adventure.
The Inquiring Minds are three kids (Albert, Bobby, and sometimes Iris) who can usually be found exploring all things strange and unusual in their hometown of Three Craters Lake. This summer, however, 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!”
            When the town’s Mayor decides to check things out, their success, or possible failure, comes down to one ride... The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake!
“With comiXology,” says creator John Steventon, “fans can read the comic book on any digital platform that has the comiXology app, and pick up where they left off on one device to another.  It’s simple, easy to use, and you can zoom in on the artwork and pick up on details you may have missed in the print book.”
Produced by HappyGlyphs Comics, The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake is a One Shot Summer Special designed to introduce the series to an expanded audience.  Those familiar with the Inquiring Minds will be thrilled to see them in their first full length story, while new fans will really get to see these characters in action. The Inquiring Minds have appeared in their own series of all ages, kid friendly web-comics, which spawned a comic strip collection entitled The Inquiring Minds: Funny Pages #1 and two eBooks available for the Kindle App.  Individual cartoons have been featured in a book about the great Underground Railroad, as well as an 8th Grade Literature textbook.
Fans can learn more about The Inquiring Minds and other great HappyGlyphs Comics at http://www.HappyGlyphs.com, online bookstores like Amazon.com and Lulu.com, and at various comic conventions such as Comic Con International in San Diego
Art for this comic is available upon request.

HappyGlyphs Comics offers fun & original comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels, and is the official home of The Inquiring Minds and Knight and Day comic strips. We also offer freelance illustration and other art and comic related services.
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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 Comixology.com.  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.


http://cmxl.gy/Qdqygq


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)