Princess Ashelle, while a bit breezy around the edges, is also a brilliant military tactician and liberator of over a thousand worlds from the Galactic Imperium. (Princess Leia would probably find her insufferable, but the two basically fulfill the same function.) Anyway. . . With all the news around Egypt today, I thought it would be a neat idea for Ashelle to weigh in with her opinions on how to start a healthy new Democracy! (Visit my YouTube channel to see me drawing this strip while discussing it.)
Because, in spite of all the talk and bother, nobody has ever truly managed to do that. All this poor world of ours has ever managed to achieve is "The Super-Rich Own Everything" under one label or another. Plutocracy.
***UPDATE, Dec 13, 2011:
Iceland's president, Olafur Grimmson, when interviewed by the CBC (transcription here) describes about how Iceland refused to play along with the bank bailout/austerity scheme being imposed upon it by the world. A rebel among nations, Iceland rejected the formula for economic slavehood and is now showing a very healthy recovery after it allowed the banks to collapse and refused to pass the responsibility of their debts on to the Icelandic public. Iceland is an example of the three virtues Ashelle talks about in the comics below; Controling your own national currency, Keeping strong social bonds among the people, and Kicking out the psychopaths. Not necessarily in that order. Read the interview to see what I mean.
Sample Chapter from, Thieves & Kings, Volume 3, "the Blue Book"
Thieves & Kings is not a webcomic. It is an all-ages fantasy/adventure graphic novel series which I've been working on since 1994. It is nearly done; I hope to wrap up the story in the 7th volume, (currently in production). The chapter featured here offers a good example of what it's like to read Thieves & Kings. --It's a peppy sequence, and it contains both regular comic pages, and some text pages. It doesn't show much of the title character, (Rubel) and none of the Shadow Lady, but Heath and Varkias carry the show quite nicely. I hope you enjoy this sample of my work!
The Walking Mage is a complete story. Originally it was done in black & white, (which you can check out here, if you like). I wanted to experiment with color and so began by using a computer to color the Walking Mage for its print release. After a few panels I decided that it would be a lot more fun to paint it by hand, and so switched to water-color around episode six.
The story itself is quite a good little yarn; funny and pointed in many places, as political satire ought to be. I was actually quite surprised to learn this! I found myself laughing out loud in several places. --I don't know why this story in particular was so hard for me to accept, but it was. I avoided reading it for several years after it first went to press. The ending is rather abrupt, but it was a serial strip, after all.
So anyway, after having let this web-comic languish in the digital attic, I've decided to pull it out and post it again for all the world in its full-color glory. This is the first time the Walking Mage has been available in full color on the web. I hope you enjoy the adventures of Quinton and Varkias. Cheers!
I've got a whole slew of Jenny Mysterious pages and I've been trying to work out how best to release them.
I'm trying to come to grips with the various methods of doing this; we live in the digital age now, and while I do intend to produce a graphic novel with Jenny's material, I'm looking at other ways to publish.
I've made Stardrop a free webcomic, and that's been fine because each episode earns $50 when it runs in the local paper. Also, a few of you have surprised me by using the tip jar (Thank-you, btw!), and I'll sell a few GN's here and there. So that model works fairly well to keep the project running.
But with Jenny Mysterious, I was looking at www.patreon.com
The idea is that people would become patrons, kind of like Kickstarter, but in a much smaller bites and in an easier to manage way. Every time I put up a page or a chapter or whatever, patrons would automatically contribute a small amount, a dollar or two. That way, as soon as I complete a section of the story, it would pay for itself.
So a few questions...
Is this a good idea for you? Would you be interested in this method? How many pages at a time should I release and how much is a reasonable amount to ask for? Should pages be available to everybody or just to patrons?
If enough people sign on board, this could be a good reason to set aside a few days every week for production as opposed to what I'm doing now, (drawing when the mood strikes.)
Please use the I Box Facebook thread to let me know your thoughts. (I'll leave it as the top post for a while.)
Click on a book cover to learn more about it!
Over-Seas customers, please inquire about shipping costs.
-Otherwise, I'll ship via sea mail; costs about half and takes 4-8 weeks. Thanks!
The Red Book Vol.1
cover price: $18.95
ISBN 0-9681025-0-6 Pay: $15.00 CAN
The Green BookVol.2
cover price: $24.75
ISBN 0-9681025-1-4 Pay: $20.00 CAN
OUT OF STOCK!
Instead receive all
the back-issues which went into this volume for the same price.
The Blue BookVol.3
cover price: $24.75
ISBN 0-9681025-2-2 Pay: $19.99 CAN
The Shadow BookVol.4 (272 pages)
cover price: $24.75
ISBN 0-9681025-3-0 Pay: $20.00 CAN
The Winter BookVol.5 (208 pgs)
cover price: $24.75
ISBN 0-9681025-4-9 Pay: $20.00 CAN Apprentices, Book I Thieves & Kings Vol.6
cover price: $15.00
ISBN 0-9681025-6-5 Out of Print Thieves & Kings presents. . , The Walking Mage
64 pgs ISBN 0-9681025-5-7
$11.00 CAN Thieves & Kings presents. . , Riverwolf Music from Oceansend $19.99 CAN
Stardrop (192 pgs) ISBN 978-0-9681025-7-2
Stardrop Vol 2 "A Place to Hang My Spacesuit" (208 pgs) ISBN 978-0-9681025-8-9