AWAKENING TIMES Volume 13, Number 2


Volume 12, Number 2
Fall 2013


CONTENTS: New Comicverse Kickstarter for a spinoff series; Comicverse at SPX 2013


Hello friends of Awakening!

We’ve started another Kickstarter (NOTE: This Kickstarter was fully funded and is now over), for a new spinoff comic called Comicverse: Behind The Counter. Maybe it’s a little too soon after running the last one, but we had several reasons for doing so at this specific time. We want to use this new series to promote other artists whose work we admire and enjoy, and give them paying work, and we could certainly use some help in making this possible! At the time of this writing, the Kickstarter is about halfway over and just 33% funded (it started slow, but the second half of the first week really picked up, but now things have really dropped off), so we could use some help in getting it back on track! I know there’s a lot of Awakeningites out there who are always willing to give their support.

—Steve Peters

As a writer, it’s always amazing to have people read my writing and respond positively to it. With Steve’s art along with our guest artists, it doubles and quadruples the impact of my mind control.. ahem, I mean writing. Anyhoo, having 33% minion strength… I mean contributors, is amazing and wonderful but isn’t quite enough to succeed. I would love to control an army of at least 100 people…hold on, Steve is punching me in the arm. Ok, let me restart. From the bottom of my heart, I ask for your help and would love for you to see and read our latest project that has me amazed and thrilled with the levels the artists took each story to. The beautiful elevated heights they soared to creates an awesome Comicverse skyline view of those other stories that never get to be told. Help us succeed and be able to fund other guest artists in the future as well!

-Bianca Alu-Marr



Here is the link for the Kickstarter for our brand new comic, Comicverse: Behind The Counter.

The artists we are spotlighting are Daniel Spontón, Brian Payne, Dre Grigoropol, and Hans Rickheit. We hope you’ll take a little time to check out their own websites and projects, as they all do interesting work.

Daniel Spontón

Daniel is Steve’s cousin; he lives in Córdoba, Argentina. He draws amazing crowd scenes with anthropomorphic cartoon animals for a local magazine called Genios. I commissioned him to do such a scene for the wraparound cover of Yes Fanzine #2, which is included as one of the pledge items. He illustrated a comic called Ogami about a samurai in feudal Japan; it was the inspiration for us asking him to do a story set in ancient China called “The Dragon’s Pearl”. It is the longest piece in this book, with a framing sequence drawn by Steve.

Brian Payne

We met Brian through Facebook. He has a clean, simple style of line art that is quite appealing. His Zinc Comics often have a mystical or spiritual bent, much like Awakening Comics. Brian did a 6-page piece called “Oh No, They Di-in’t”, which Bianca originally wrote for Steve. The ending had Rei and Aki moving in for a kiss, but Steve decided to put the story on a back burner because at the point the story was written, we hadn’t even gotten to their first date yet. When we asked Brian what he enjoyed drawing, he said “talking heads”, so we brought this one out to see if it was up his alley.

Dre Grigoropol

Steve met Dre at Philly Comix Jam, and they have worked on a few of the same projects and anthologies. They did a colorful jam on the back cover of Tails of Sparky #2, for example, which is one of the Kickstarter rewards. Dre is currently focusing on her comic Dee’s Dream, which is about a young woman who fronts a garage band who is dying to date the handsome leader of a more successful band. When asked what she wanted to illustrate a story about, Dre said “romance”, so Bianca wrote a 2-page story called “Dark Is The New Sexy” just for her, featuring Devon, the goth/emo kid who first appeared in The Comicverse #3.

Hans Rickheit

Steve also met Hans at Philly Comix Jam. Hans most recently created The Squirrel Machine, published by Fantagraphics. He is known for his characters Cochlea and Eustachia, who inhabit a surreal dreamscape that is at times somewhat disturbing. He drew a wonderful pinup of Ying reading comics for Comicverse: Behind The Counter.

Steve: “My cousin Daniel Spontón, sent me some videos to use for our Kickstarter. He mentioned that he hadn’t done any comic book art in a long time (due to his amazing illustration work). I hadn’t thought about this, and it made me happy to have been able to give him a paying job creating some comic work that he can really be proud of. Brian Payne said he enjoyed his project a great deal as well, and that it pushed him beyond his limits. Dre was quite thrilled and complimented to be paid for her efforts. Bianca and I are SO proud of the work they did, and that they gave this project their 100% or more. It’s great to give artists a paying gig, and we hope to do it again in the future. SUPPORT INDY CARTOONISTS!”


Bianca and Steve will both be at the Awakening Comics table at this year’s SPX in Bethesda, Maryland. We’re very excited to announce that we’re launching Comicverse: Behind the Counter at SPX! This will be our first Comicverse launch at SPX, so it’s very special for us! Come by and get a copy, and have it signed by the both of us! We will also have a new limited run of our “Desire Is Overrated” print (this time in full color), and will be giving out 2013 Comicverse trading cards.

SPX 2013 – September 14-15

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel
& Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road.
North Bethesda, MD 20852

The hotel is METRO accessible via the WHITE FLINT station on the RED LINE TRAIN.

Open to the public Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, 2013.

Saturday, September 14: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, September 15: noon – 6:00 pm

One day memberships: $10.00
Weekend memberships: $15.00


Some relevant links:

Steve’s Facebook page:

The Comicverse blog (catch the weekly webcomic here):

Comicverse on Facebook:

Comicverse: Behind The Counter Kickstarter fundraiser:


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