I’ve been doing so much promotion over on our Facebook page that I’ve forgotten to make a regular ol’ blog post about it! Our favorite con of the season, Appleseed, is this weekend in our home stomping ground of Fort Wayne, Indiana. This year it’ll be a TWO-day show for the first time ever, so we’re very excited to see what it will bring. Plus a killer guest lineup including Jim Steranko(!). If you’re in the Midwest and love comics, you have to hit this show! See you on the floor.
It’s busy times for Black Rose! Issue 7 is now complete, and Issue 8 starts February 6. Aaron is hard at work on art for Issue 9, and the Chris/Brandon writing team is laying the groundwork for Issue 13 and beyond.
We’ve also just finalized our con lineup for this year:
April 12-13, 2014
Always a great indie show. We’re also up for the 2013 SPACE Prize in the Graphic Novel category!
May 17-18, 2014
Fort Wayne, IN
Our hometown show is expanding to a 2-day event and will be headlined by comics legend Jim Steranko. Don’t miss this one!
August 14-17, 2014
This will be our very first Gen Con, and we’re excited to bring our unique cocktail of fantasy & steampunk to a new audience.
And if you’re not already, be sure to follow us on Facebook! We update every weekday with previews of upcoming pages, concept art sketches, and all the latest news.
See you on the road!
We recently had the honor of being featured on one of my favorite websites: io9, a very popular site for all things fantasy and sci-fi!
Lauren Davis’ article is very insightful and a great read. One of my favorite parts: “Black Rose takes a thoughtful, grounded approach to its blend of military steampunk and fantasy. The small details of military life and plot devices taken straight from history lend the comic’s world a rich and intelligently realized feel.”
And on Arion and Aliyana: “Their relationship is neither lovey-dovey, nor a constant barrage of bickering, but an affection forged between two people through a difficult history who know each other’s warts well. Arion’s love for Aliyana may very well be the best thing about him, and he knows it, and it’s his drive to see her survive that makes Black Rose a compelling read.”
Read the whole thing here! Many thanks to Lauren for the excellent writeup. Don’t be surprised when an excerpt shows up on our next book cover!
We’ve got an excellent Halloween treat for everybody — Book 2 launches this Thursday, October 31!
As many of you know, Black Rose started as a traditional print comic book, and thus far we’ve simply been re-releasing already-published content online. But when Issue #7 launches on Thursday, our print and web readers will finally be on the same page (pun intended).
From here on out, it’s all-new content for everybody! We can’t wait for you to see what’s on the way. And if you enjoyed Book 1 and don’t yet own it in print, head on over to our store and remedy that problem.
Thanks for reading and we’ll see you on Thursday!
Our last con of the year is just around the corner: the Cincinnati Comicon! This is a brand-new show that has already put together an absolutely killer lineup of comic talent. It runs from Friday to Sunday, September 6-8 — Chris and Aaron will be there on both Saturday and Sunday with our usual assortment of books and art, including some great combo deals:
But if you’re coming to the show, you’ll want to get there on Saturday to take advantage of a SATURDAY-ONLY SPECIAL: buy any art print and get the matching issue FOR FREE! This applies to all of our other combos with prints, too — basically, if you’re leaving the table with an art print in your hand, you’ll also have the matching issue. But this deal is only good as long as our supply of issues holds out (and again, Saturday only), so stop by early for the best selection!
Hit this link for all the show details. Hope to see you on the floor!