AWAKENING TIMES Volume 12, Number 1

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AWAKENING TIMES
Volume 12, Number 1
Spring 2012
AwakenCmx@aol.com
www.awakeningcomics.com

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I’ve fallen behind on this email newsletter (I’ve been putting my updates up mostly on Facebook, so feel free to add me at http://www.facebook.com/#!/Steve.Peters for the latest breaking news) for various reasons, so, while I normally send it out every 4 months or so, this will be a catch-up edition, and I will be sending another in a few weeks when the next issue of The Comicverse comes out.

—Steve Peters

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CONTENTS: Comicverse Kickstarter a success; The Comicverse #2 premiering at SPACE; more SPACE debuts; Comicverse reviewed in CBG; New/old issue of Tails of Sparky released in February; Awakening Comics Philly Zine Fest 2011 Edition available

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Celebrating 15 YEARS of Awakening Comics: 1997-2012!

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Bianca Alu-Marr and Steve Peters would like to thank all the backers who made the Kickstarter fundraiser for The Comicverse #1 a success. Thanks to the funding, they were able to create Comicverse buttons, magnets, a promotional postcard, and The Comicverse #1 Special Edition, featuring a cardstock cover, 3 extra sketch pages, and a 2-color version of the “Desire Is Overrated” piece on the back cover.

The inside front cover of the Special Edition included thank-yous to all Kickstarter backers; they will also be listed in the upcoming The Comicverse #2.

The Comicverse #2 will debut at SPACE in Columbus, Ohio on April 21 and 22, 2012.

In The Comicverse #2, the comic shop on the final frontier is visited by a creature who has a bad reaction to an alien energy drink. The confused creature soon goes crazy, shape-changing into the characters in the comics in the store, wreaking havoc and yearing the store apart! The situation soon goes even more out of control as guests begin to wander in at the worst possible time!

In a new backup feature, the reader gets a web-surfing tour through a space encyclopedia that reveals some of the mysteries behind the Comicverse space station and the aliens that play an important part in the series.

For those not able to attend SPACE, there is a limited-time pre-order for the book which includes a piece of art from the issue:
http://awakeningcomics.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/1046998

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Besides The Comicverse #2, Steve Peters has work in two other comics premiering at SPACE:

There will be an all-new 8-page Comicverse story appearing in Oh,Comics! #20, “Air”. Featuring 14 strips by David Baxter, Pam Bliss, Mike Carroll, Brian Canini, Kel Crum, Robert Gavila, Canada Keck, Sue Lenses, Matt Levin, Steve Myers, Bianca Alu-Marr and Steve Peters, D. Skite and Bob Corby.  Cover by Max Ink. 82 pages, $5.00
www.backporchcomics.com

There will be a 2-page Sparky jam in David Branstetter’s Straw Man #10 (plus a one-page Sparky appearance by Branstetter. Includes work by Tom Scioli, Mike Kitchen, Richard Jenkins, Max Ink, Blair Kitchen, James Smith, Steve Peters, and Brian Payne. 64 Pages, $3.99
www.strawmancomics.com

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The Comicverse #1 was reviewed in the May 2012 issue (#1689) of The Comics Buyer’s Guide by Chris Galvan. You can see it here:
http://thecomicverse.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/comics-buyers-guide-review-of-the-comicverse-1/

More info on The Comicverse #1 at the Awakening Comics site:
http://awakeningcomics.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/the-comicverse-1/

More info on The Comicverse #1 Special Edition:
http://awakeningcomics.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/the-comicverse-1-special-edition-set/

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Released in February 2012, TAILS OF SPARKY #2.5′s story combines two 24-hour comics (the first drawn by Steve Peters on his own on September 18 and 19, 2009, the second at a 24-hour comic event hosted by Atomic City Comics in Philadelphia on October 1-2, 2011) into one super 48-hour comic. The first 24-hour comic appeared as TAILS OF SPARKY #2; the more recent TAILS #2.5 includes both as one epic saga.

More info:
http://awakeningcomics.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/tails-of-sparky-2-5/

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The Comicverse weekly strip is still going strong, and you can now follow it over at the Comicverse Blog:
http://thecomicverse.wordpress.com/category/2012-weekly-strips/

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Awakening Comics was at the 2011 Philly Zine Fest, and Steve Peters created a new art zine specifically for the event:
http://awakeningcomics.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/awakening-comics-philly-zine-fest-2011-edition/

Pictures of the event on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150389259938889.363237.587963888&type=3

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