Sunday, March 1, 2015

2015 - The Year in Preview

I have BIG plans for 2015, but I had to get the Kickstarter under my belt before I could start really planning.

So lets start with Cousin Harold. 2015 is set to be another BIG year for the World's Greatest Rat Detective. With 3 issues planned, there will be no shortage of Harold stories. The King-Size Mini-Comic is set to be released first this year. This book will feature to of my favorite mini-comic stories from the last couple of years as well as a new story that was written with help from my wife, daughter and son. Super excited about this issue. Issue #8 will feature an Ocho story as well as a couple more experimental pieces the Ocho story is currently running on the webcomic site.  Issue #9 will feature the story that explains what happened to Harold's ear.

Next is Jenny Spookawski. Usually her mini-comic comes out in January/February each year and this year is no different. I have plans for the next story and will probably start working on it this summer, but I'm sure it will not be completed until early next year.

Get That Chicken should get another story on Mini-Comic Day (which I believe is March 14th this year). I have some ideas of new ways to work on stories featuring the Chicken, but it has that will have to wait until the experiments that I mention with Harold to be complete and me to see how they work.

The return of Highbrow is also planned for this year. As I take a bunch of pages that I have drawn featuring the character and work them into a nice little story. Highbrow - Lost and found should be out by years end and will be a book 15-20 years in the making, a collaboration between myself and the 20-something me. Should be a lot of fun.

I'm also working on 2 other projects. The first is The Infamous Space Mummy hopefully to be published first digitally through the Comique app (the goal is summer 2015), then as a mini-comic (probably in 2016).  The Second is a secret project that I hope to have drawn by the end of this year and then get my comic friends to help me ink it in early 2016.

So as you can see the year is packed with projects and prep for next year. I also have a handful of shows planned for this year.

April - T.A.P.E.
May - Phoenix Comicon
June - Amazing Las Vegas 
July - SDCC - (Drawing at the Cartoon Art Museum's booth)
November - Tucson Comic Con

I'm also sure that other things will come up throughout the year (both appearances and mini-comics).

Here's to an AWESOME Year!!!!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kickstarter was a Success!

Thank you all for your Kickstarter support. Been very busy. I had 3 appearances last week (2 in-stores and 1 convention.) Not that I'm complaining, but can't we spread these out a little.

Busy doing some research on how to get the Cousin Harold design logo out in front of people.

Buttons, bags, t-shirts - what else?

Also planning on using this blog a little more to talk about projects past and future as well as process info.

But first up is 2015 - The Year in Preview. Coming your way this weekend.


Friday, January 16, 2015

The dennmann Comic Subscription 2015

I'm running a Kickstarter for a subscription to all of my books that I publish in 2015 - Please take a minute to check it out.     
                                                                                   Thanx -denny!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 - WOW! - What a Year!!!

I don't even know where to begin with this year. I accomplished so much. I think it all started with my successful Kickstarter for a subscription to my 20145 books. With the first book being Cousin Harold 5.
I'm so grateful to be surrounded with enough  support to pull this Kickstarter idea off. Basically because of the support I had enough money to print my books throughout the year no matter what happened. I don't know if I can ever thank those that backed my Kickstarter enough. So once again THANK YOU!

At about the same time a seed of an idea was planted in my head. What was to become the AZ Universe book.
During the Amazing Arizona Con I was at Dinner with Eric and Russ and we talked about how cool it would be to have a book that showed off all of the Arizona based talent and their creations. With in a month I had the project together and sent to the printers. The book was released at the Phoenix Comicon and even made the front page of a local paper.

While that project was on my plate I had found out about a thing called Mini-Comic Day. The basic idea is that you would write, draw, produce and sell a mini-comic within a 24hour period. Much like 24hour Comic Day, but it turned out to be way more fun.
So I dusted off Get That Chicken and went about creating a little story in 24hours. Along with my pals Eric and Damon, we copied our books and made it down to an independent zine festival in downtown Phoenix to sell our freshly created books. Super proud of being able to do this and hope to do it again in 2015.

Quite often I come up with publishing challenges and that is how I go about creating some of my stories. This year was no different when I came up with the idea of printing part of my book on a photocopier and adding a color to it with my home printer.
Ghost Cheese was born of this frankenstein melding of the 2 printing processes. I wasn't sure if the idea was going to work, so I only print about 50 copies of the book and it quickly sold out. The story is planned to be reprinted this year in the Cousin Harold King-Size Mini-Comic. One of my greatest pleasure of the year was showing this book to other creators and telling them how I made it and then watching their brains skip a beat for a second. I hope to use this process more in the near future. 

When the year go tough and I felt like everything everywhere was kicking me down, I remembered that a bunch of people had supported me earlier in the year and were waiting on their subscriptions. I was always happy to tell the postal clerks that these were comics going to my subscribers. 
Seriously you all do not know how much your support meant to me this year. Once again Thank You to all of my Kickstarter Backers!

The first AZ Universe book did so well that we created a second one and released it at the Tucson Comic-Con.
Each of the Arizona Handbooks features 17 creations from Arizona creators. (Volume 3 is in the works as I type this.) I'm so glad to be a part of such a talented and caring comics community. From the local shops to the people who buy our books, everyone is so AWESOME!

The year wrapped up roughly where it started. I finished up my Kickstarter rewards. Each subscription backer received 3 packages throughout the year (a total of 8 books).
And I began planning my Kickstarter Subscription drive for 2015.

Again Thank You all for your support in 2014 and I look forward to making a ton more books in 2015.


(I feel like this was kind long and only said about half the stuff I wanted to say, but the most important thing is - Thank You!)

Monday, October 6, 2014

My 24hour Comic

Hope you enjoyed the story. 

This year I created it out of order and designed it around some images that I had in my head. I though it would read a little crazy and I would need to do lots of edits, but the only panel I really had to add anything to is the first panel on the last page. Originally I was going for 16 pages, but ran out of time and energy, so page 15 was scraped and I had to add a balloon to help things flow from pages 14 to 15. 

Again big thanx to Jesse James Comics for letting us work there all night and big ups to my comic making pals - Damon Begay, Birdie Birdashaw and Eric Mengel. I cannot wait to read your stories. (Actually you can read Birdie's story right here.)