We Need A Little Feedback

Tzetzem’Tze’Tzemoze in Panel One is trying really hard to get himself killed. I’ve tried talking to #Squirrel once or twice and have the scars to prove it. Christopher Gargani saw this coming, I think.

So the Kickstarter campaign to produce trade paperbacks of Hunter Black Volume One continues, although we’ve been hovering at under $5,000 for a week now, and we’re trying to raise $16,000! It’s starting to become clear that our reach has exceeded our grasp, although I remain convinced that we’ll get a real surge of pledges in September.

There’s still plenty of time to pledge, but we want to make it more attractive for you if we can. It’s community outreach time. If you haven’t pledged, we’d love it if you’d tell us why not. We’re admittedly TERRIBLE at marketing; is there something that we can do to make this more attractive to you guys? Is there something that you think we should be doing to spread the word?

Please, spare our egos the thrashing that they might be getting ready to take! Help us out!

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Big Promises to Keep

Lady Jennaci looks a lot more…put together…in her guise as a Monk of the Supplication. The Monks of the Supplication are a fringe order of the Church, and a part of their pilgrimage of supplication is to divest themselves of all identifying features, to make themselves one with the Church. Some wear the bandages to just cover their individuality…others need them because they have willingly immolated themselves. They’re an unpleasant bunch…but they provided an excellent cover for the mummified revenant.

Another feather in our cap today, as our Kickstarter to print Hunter Black Volume One received another superstar endorsement, this time from Mr. Greg Rucka. Obviously, Mr. Rucka has an immense body of work to his name, in film, comics, and prose, although here at Hunter Black, we love him best for his work in the world of webcomics, Lady Sabre and the Ineffable Aether. 

I’m not exactly overburdened with superstar friends in the world of comics, although I still have a few people I can try to convince to use their voices on social media to spread the word for us. In the meantime, Mr. Kelly and Mr. Rucka would like their books, please. So you guys gotta help us get this bad boy funded so I don’t disappoint my idols!

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It’s Not What You Know, It’s WHO You Know…

Hunter’s like most people, he doesn’t have to do the RIGHT thing, he just has to do the thing that he feels good about. By the way, if I was a reader, I would think he was the Devil, or some demonic facsimile thereof. I’m not saying he is or isn’t…other than his appearance and his penchant for negotiation, there’s nothing to say that he is. I’m just saying that *I* would think that he is.

By the way, if you haven’t seen yet, we scored a major coup for our book, assuming our Kickstarter campaign to print it is successful. If it is, superstar writer Joe Kelly has graciously agreed to write the book’s introduction! For those of you who don’t know, Joe is a BIG-TIME comic writer and animation producer. You know how Deadpool tends to break the fourth wall? Joe started that. Ever heard of, oh…Superman? The X-Men? The Justice League? Joe’s written them all. Maybe you’re heard of Ben 10? (Yes, the cartoon I’m currently writing an episode of.) Joe’s one of the co-creators. And that doesn’t include his amazing creator-owned comics; I Kill Giants is easily one of the VERY BEST comics I’ve ever read, and if you take nothing else from this blog post, take the fact that you need to read IKG. Joe is one of the coolest and most gracious people in a business full of cool and gracious people, and we are lucky to have him take time from his ridiculous schedule to do this for us.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what Joe’s gonna say about the comic, so let’s get this book done!

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Swimming In Quicksand

Oh, Tzetzem’Tze’Tzemoze. You’re so urbane. I mean, seriously, has the devil ever looked so innocuous as Tzetzem’Tze’Tzemoze in Panel Two? (Not that this guy is the devil. What role does Hell play in our cosmology, anyway?) Also, no eyes or teeth on the goblets in Panel One…is Tzetzem’Tze’Tzemoze trying to put Hunter at ease, perhaps? (I normally find ways to avoid typing his name that many times in one paragraph.)

So…our pledges slowed almost to a stop over the weekend. (Have I mentioned that we’re running a Kickstarter to publish a print edition of Hunter Black Volume One?) We went from trending toward achieving 107% of goal to trending toward 82% of goal in the space of a day. Now it happened to be a day in which I personally did no Kickstarter pitching, mostly because it was the busiest part of my week…and I’m freaking exhausted. (I made the poor choice of doing this just as I’m in the process of interviewing for a promotion at work…and #Squirrel needs a new car. Hers was wrecked a few weeks back.)

But Evan Franke has gamely reminded Will and I that promoting a Kickstarter is a full-time occupation, so there will be no more weekends off from trying to push this thing. Indeed, we’ve already started doing some minor press. Fanboy Comics featured us in an article, and there will be a piece going up on FreakSugar.com later this week. Hopefully, those will get us some extra eyeballs, and thus some extra bucks.

Here is the part where we prevail on the help of #TheThirteen. (That’s you guys.) We need you guys to spread the word. If any of you guys know people that are interested in stuff like this, let them know about the Kickstarter. Share us on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram, on whatever social media platforms you kids are using to ignore your elders these days.

Help us out, guys. This is a big deal for us.

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The Fear Sets In

A fair number of readers have expressed some affection for Tzetzem’Tze’Tzemoze in recent weeks…I wonder if their feelings for him remain the same after this page? Every member of The Thirteen is complicated; there is always more to them than meets the eye. (Is it bad the the phrase “more than meets the eye” automatically makes me think of Transformers?)

Our Kickstarter campaign started off like gangbusters…and then I probably jinxed us. I said to Will, “Look, it’s probably not going to keep going like this, but if it does, we have to start thinking about stretch goals.” I was just trying to be proactive, to make sure that we were prepared to reward the people for being SO generous with us. Our second two days have seen the well begin to dry up. (We use a lot of drought metaphors here in California.) They just barely combine to what was donated the first day.

How, we’re only three days in, but it’s still scary. I know that a lot of people are simply waiting to make sure the month’s bills are paid before spending money on something so…non-essential. I know that we have PLENTY of time yet.

But we’re freaked out nonetheless. Failing to do what we set out to do would SUCK.

We’ll be doing some research over the weekend, you can be sure of that. Maybe some press outreach. We’ll see. I’ve mentioned before that marketing isn’t our forte…

(Thanks for listening to me whine.)

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