AWAKENING TIMES Volume 14, Number 1

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AWAKENING TIMES
Volume 14, Number 1
Summer 2014
AwakenCmx@aol.com
http://www.awakeningcomics.com

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CONTENTS: A Word From The Publisher; Comicverse: Behind The Counter #1 Now Available; Steve Peters’ Patreon: Become a Patron For Awakening Comics; New Journal Strip on Tumblr

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Hi folks! It occurs to me that my last publication, Comicverse: Behind The Counter #1 is now about 1 year old, yet I’ve never announced its availability to the people on this email list (though I did mention the Kickstarter for it, which was successful, in case you weren’t following that). As I’ve said a few times before, I’ve become pretty bad at sending out this newsletter; the best way to keep up with my activities these days is on my Facebook page and on the Comicverse Facebook page. I know that some people don’t do Facebook—is there anyone out there who still relies on this newsletter for Awakening news? Replies are appreciated!

At any rate, I have some old news for you about that, along with a new special sale of that item for this month only. Also, a couple of NEW news items! See? I’m not completely hopeless!

—Steve

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (about a year late, ha!): COMICVERSE: BEHIND THE COUNTER #1

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Comicverse: Behind The Counter is a spinoff of The Comicverse, which is a sci-fi rom-com weekly webcomic about a comic book shop on a space station written by Bianca Alu-Marr and drawn by Steve Peters. Comicverse: Behind The Counter is a behind the scenes look at the Comicverse world illustrated by guest artists who all bring their own unique visual interpretations of the characters and settings.

Comicverse co-creator Steve Peters says: “I am enjoying my work on The Comicverse immensely, but I am also a writer. Since I am 100% committed to promoting The Comicverse, yet need to scratch that writery itch, I had the idea of working on a Comicverse spinoff series that I would write and draw, which I started working on in 2012. In the interest of fairness, I suggested to Bianca that she write some stories for other artists to illustrate, which could become a Comicverse spinoff of its own.”

Bianca says: “Neil Gaiman says about writing, ‘I learned to write by writing. I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure, and to stop when it felt like work, which meant that life did not feel like work.’ I felt the same way while writing the stories in this compilation, and being able to collaborate with such talented and diverse artists, whose unique styles enhanced my words. It was pure joy and fun, with not a hint of work. And it helped that I loved to explore the stories on the cutting floor, or behind the scenes in the Comicverse world that may not have had a chance to shine. I hope you feel the same way, and check out Comicverse: Behind the Counter.”

The first artist is Steve’s cousin, Daniel Spontón, an Argentinian cartoonist. He draws pictures for a magazine called Genios in a “Where’s Waldo”-type style, and Steve had him do an image in that vein for a wraparound cover for his publication, Yes Fanzine #2. Daniel’s story for Behind The Counter is drawn in a different style, with lovely pen and ink work. It is a story within a story, in a comic book that Ying the dragon is reading to learn more about his own kind, called “The Dragon’s Pearl“.

The next artist is Zinc Comics creator Brian Payne. He illustrated a story called “Oh, No They Di-in’t” for us that he has described as Comicverse’s equivalent to the Cantina scene in Star Wars!

The third artist appearing in Comicverse: Behind The Counter is Dre Grigoropol, also known as Dretime, who Steve met at Philly Comix Jam in 2009, and their work has appeared together in several publications since then. She asked Bianca to write her a story about romance, so Bianca wrote a story called “Dark Is The New Sexy“, which features Devon the emo kid, who first appeared in The Comicverse #3.

The final contributor to Comicverse: Behind The Counter is Hans Rickheit, who did a lovely illustration of Ying reading comics.

Comicverse: Behind The Counter #1, published by Awakening Comics, September 2013.
Black and white, manga-size, 40 pages.

Special offer (September 2014 only): Buy Behind The Counter #1 and get a small piece of Comicverse art from a future issue for $7

Buy Behind The Counter #1 from the Awakening eBay page

Browse the Awakening Comics back catalog of available issues

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I have launched a Patreon page. Patreon lets fans support their favorite creators by becoming patrons. Unlike other fundraising services,such as Kickstarter, which raise for a single big event, Patreon is for creators who create a stream of smaller works. Instead of being project-based, it’s an ongoing donation.

Things have been very tight and my day job and I’m struggling to make ends meet, so Patreon has been a real boon for getting a little extra income to fund my creative efforts.

Patrons can pledge as low as $1 a month, and can stop their payments at any time.

Patrons receive rewards that vary depending on how much is donated per month. It’s been a huge help with reviving my musical projects, something I’ve wanted to do but haven’t found the time/motivation—some of my patrons are pledged to receive songs from the Awakening archives that I’ve never released before. This has impelled me to format old songs in mp3 format, which is important to me because they were recorded in an obsolete format (that I no longer can use), and have since been transferred to another format that is also obsolete. If I hadn’t started transferring them (thanks to Patreon) to mp3, a lot of this stuff could be lost forever! And it’s been a joy and inspiration to listen to this old material again, which I haven’t done in many years.

I’ve had an epic piece of music in mind for a while that will serve as a soundtrack for a future comic, and since I’ve promised some patrons monthly samples of the work-in-progress, it’s finally gotten me to work on the project, which as I said earlier I might not get around to otherwise.

Another reward a Google hangout with patrons, which I’m really looking forward to doing. I already have one patron who is subscribed for that, but she has yet to claim her reward!

Here’s the reward levels:

Pledge $1.00 or more per month:
Access to my Patreon activity stream

Pledge $3.00 or more per month:
Access to my Patreon activity stream
Music content from my archives (I recorded a LOT of stuff before putting out my two CDs).

Pledge $5.00 or more per month:
The above rewards, plus: Samples of new music as I gradually put together a new epic piece of music.

Pledge $10.00 or more per month:
The above rewards, plus: Join a monthly Google hangout where you can ask questions and watch me working on the newest Comicverse page.

Pledge $40.00 or more per month:
The above rewards, plus: A small piece of Comicverse art mailed to you every month.

Pledge $100.00 or more per month:
The above rewards, plus: A full page of Comicverse art mailed to you every month.

Here’s the link to my Patreon page.

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I’ve started a new semi-autobiographical diary comic called JOURNAL OF THE ROOK which features the ramblings of Esteban Moisset, a character that sometimes appears in The Comicverse and is based on me (my middle name is Moisset). I won’t be updating every day, but rather as time permits and when inspiration strikes.

You can see it here.

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