Monday, April 22, 2013

Press Release: The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake!


CONTACT: John Steventon, Owner
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April 13, 2013 

The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake!
HappyGlyphs Comics announces The Inquiring Minds: The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake, a full color all-ages 32 page 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!

“The Inquiring Minds are not new to comic books,” says creator John Steventon, “but previously their exploits have only been available in comic strip format. When Funny Pages #1 came out, fans asked for a full length story, to literally see the characters in action and to get to know them better. The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake is the answer to that request, and exactly what fans have been asking for.”

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.

The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake is available as several options; the book itself, a variant cover exclusive to San Diego Comic Con International, and as part of  The Inquiring Minds Pirates Pack, which includes the book, 2 mini posters, 8 postcards featuring 4 different designs from the comic book, a pirate trading card, a unique hand drawn sketch card featuring your choice of characters, and more!

Fans can learn more about The Inquiring Minds and other great HappyGlyphs Comics at, online bookstores like and, 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.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Finally, Some Announcements!

The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake is done, printed, and ready to go on sale!

That's the good news.  The bad news is that the book will not be appearing in comic book shops as planned.  Apparently, the book is considered a kid's book, and I've been told by the distributor that kid's books aren't being bought 'at the moment' by comic book shops.  This may change, I've been told, but for now, distribution is a no go, which means I now have to spend an incredible amount of time on Plan B, while trying to sell the book myself.

So far, everyone who's read the comic has enjoyed it, and I'm sure it will do well at conventions.  Basically, HappyGlyphs Comics is going to depend on Comic Con International and a few other shows like SPACE next week to make things happen until I can explore other options.  While disappointed, I plan on continuing The Inquiring Minds as a regular series, provided sales are strong enough to support it.  The next book is being plotted out, and I've actually begun work on the first few pages!  The regular series won't feature stories as long as The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake which, as a summer special, is a whopping 32 story pages long, so they'll hopefully appear more frequently.

Meanwhile, expect a press release very soon for The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake, which will announce the book going on sale.  I'm happy to announce right now, though, that there will be two options: the comic book by itself, or... a Pirate Pack full of all kinds of Pirate goodies, including one of a kind sketch cards of your favorite characters!

Sample Sketch Cards available with The Inquiring Minds Pirate Pack,
featuring your choice of Bobby, Albert, Iris, or a Skeleton Pirate!
Each card will be unique, so your actual card may not be one of those shown here.

And there will be a third option for those of you lucky enough to be going to Comic Con International!  We've been granted permission to create a variant cover for the comic, with the Comic Con logo on the front cover to celebrate our first year selling at the show.  More about that to come, but for now, the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo is upon us, and The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake will be premiering there!  So if you're in the Columbus, Ohio area, you'll have an opportunity to get either the comic book or The Inquiring Minds Pirate Pack.

And don't forget that the SPACE anthology features a brand new Inquiring Minds short story!  You can download it for free, or buy the book at their site here.

A lot more to come, so stay tooned!    Cheers,    JOHN :0)