Goodbye Comic Books... Hello Comic Cards

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Comic Cards

Okay, yeah, I skipped Green Thursdays yesterday. Sorry!!! I'm in a bit of a time crunch as next weekend's SPACE nears (among many MANY other things...), and stick figure Green Lantern seemed like the least of my concerns.

But I would like to take a moment share something with you -- what you're looking at up there is a bundle of 100 Dropcards that I ordered for this upcoming convention season. (Not familiar with Dropcards? You can learn more here.)

Look, printing is difficult. There are a lot of options and a lot of complications. And, frankly, it's not economical.

I love comic books and I always will, but I'm looking towards the future... specifically, I'm banking on what you see above. I'm calling them comic cards.

The concept is simple -- you buy the comic card and gain access to up to 500 MB of original comics and extras. To download the material to your computer or mobile device, all you need to do is go to my personalized URL (in this case, I chose dropcards.com/comics) and enter in the code on the back of your card.

It's that easy. High quality digital comics and behind-the-scenes material for a price lower than two printed comic books. I think that sounds pretty damn good.

EDIT (5/2/11): I've posted a description of the AudioShocker Comics Archives v1 digital comic card, including a more detailed description of the content as well as how the card works. Check it out!

Dropcards, Super Haters Guest Weeks, SPACE, and More

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

AudioShocker Comics Dropcard

It's been a while since I've done an update like this and there's a lot to cover, so let's get to it!

- The image you see up top is the art for the very first AudioShocker Comics Dropcard. Confused? Dropcards are essentially little gift card looking things that give you a unique code to access downloadable content. They're pretty common nowadays for musicians, but as far as I know, I'm the first person using them for comics. The Dropcard pictured above will make its debut at this year's SPACE.

- That's right, I'll be at SPACE (Small Press Alternative Comics Expo) in Columbus on March 19th and 20th. I'm rolling into town with a ton of great Pittsburgh comic creators including Shawn Atkins, Dan Greenwald, Scott Hedlund, Marcel Walker, and Seth Fronzoli (plus some other great PGH comics cats'll be there too, like Tom Scioli, Nate McDonough, Andy Scott, and more) AND catching up with some friends like Josh Blair (AAHHH NO MORE NAME DROPPING!). I'll have a bunch of comics with me, both old and new, including...

- The New Time Log (1 of 3), which is currently at the printers! It's my first foray into full color printing and it's a bit ironic considering I'm pretty against expensive, over-printed comics... But this bad boy is one high-quality sucker! Smooth paper, lush tones, and-- oh look at me, I'm gushing. Anyway, I'll be posting more about this book in the next few weeks.

- Speaking of new comics, I'm a contributor to Andy Scott's comix anthology, specifically Andromeda #7. I have a two-pager in there called "Adventure 101." Click the linked issue title to check it out on Etsy.

- And continuing the theme of collaboration, over on my daily webcomic, Super Haters, I'm gearing up for a new feature -- Super Haters Guest Weeks!!! Each month, beginning on the second Monday, I'll be featuring seven days of strips by a guest writer. First up in March is Ross Campbell, who's got some pretty nuts stuff planned for Destruct-O-Tron and Mind's Eye.

- I also have a ton of other stuff going on, like an upcoming talk at the Out of Gutter comics discussion group at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Library in Oakland, the bi-monthly Sequential Underground podcasts, Time Log nearing the end of ACT II, Project Basement (v3 starts later today (Powers and Costumes this time around)), and... this brief 24 Hour Comics Day 2010 interview that I did with the TGT Webcomics Podcast (my section of the interview starts at 28:20).