Friday, July 16, 2010

Making a Video is Hard!

So I tried for nearly two hours tonight to record my Kickstarter pitch video and barely any of the footage is usable. Mainly because I kept forgetting what I was supposed to be saying and it just wasn't working out.

Not to mention I have a bad toothache right now, so that just made matters that much worse.

I may try again later tonight or just wait until another day as the tooth is still hurting and I'm extremely tired tonight. Which is odd for me at 11pm as I'm normally up into the wee hours of the night.

For additional description of the night's events and more check out this forum post.

And stay tuned to both this blog and the forums for more updates in the near future.

B

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CXP No More

I figured I had better fill you all in on the status of WBZ on CXP. Well, CXP closed its doors not too long ago sadly. So Wannabez is obviously no longer available there.

Soon it will be available via other avenues, though, so we'll keep you posted.

The special edition of the #1 preview with the pinups from the contest that was supposed to be on CXP will resurface somewhere, fear not.

That's all really. Just wanted to address that since that was the last post before the blog went silent for months on end.

B


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Things Are Moving Again!

Wow, it has been a LONG time since this blog was updated. Yowzers. I deeply apologize for that, folks. My life has been very hectic between CR, Haven, lettering, flatting and health issues. But we have been making progress with the book.

For starters, issue #1 debuted this past April at the inaugural Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). We had a table as part of Haven Distributors' Indy Island, and we did okay. Not stellar, but not terrible either.

We still have copies available if you're interested in purchasing one. We have a storefront listing in the works, but until then just email us at wannabez @ brantfowler.com to place an order. We take Paypal.


We also now have a Facebook Fanpage, so if you're on Facebook check it out and "Like" us!


Speaking of websites, soon we'll be overhauling this one. Actually, there will soon be two facets of this website. One, it will be just as you see it now, only updated and modified a bit here and there.

The second facet we'll announce soon. It's going to be exciting and give you all even more reasons for checking the site more frequently, which I admit there has not been much motivation to do so in quite a while.


The next phase of Wannabez would naturally be more issues. But because that's a little difficult for us right now financially, we will soon be turning to www.kickstarter.com.

Kickstarter is a website designed for creative types and entrepreneurs to raise capital for their projects in exchange for rewards given. No profit is involved for the project owners, just funds to "kickstart" their endeavors.

For example, some comic projects try to raise funds for printing and will offer stuff like original art, paraphernalia, signed copies of the book, etc.

I will be submitting to Kickstarter in hopes to raise funds for production and printing costs. And we are offering some pretty cool rewards for those who pledge to support us.

Another cool thing about Kickstarter is that money only changes hands if the project goal is reached. So if after, say, 90 days the goal isn't reached, none of the pledgers have to pay anything. If it does reach or exceed the goal then the pledgers will be charged, but they will also get rewards based on their level of pledge.

It's worth a shot, so we'll see what happens.


On a final note, the next con the team will be together at will be Champion City Con in Springfield, OH on September 11th. It's a one day show, but it's a lot of fun and a lot of our friends will be there, who are all amazing creators in their own right.

One of the promos for the con will feature Mau from Wannabez alongside Cary Kelley's Dynagirl (go check that webcomic out, it updates twice weekly!), and it's a very cool piece.


And that's it for now. We will be updating this blog, the forums, the Facebook page and whatever else much more frequently from here on out. So be on the lookout for more Wannabez in the near future!

B

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Comics XP


By the way, if you've been hesitant to try the book out, the #0 issue is now available on Comics XP for only 99 CENTS!

Soon a special edition of the #1 preview book complete with the contest winners' pinups will also be available on CXP.

So spend a dollar and check it out, then come back here and let us know what you think!

Mid-Ohio-Con Report

Well folks, Wannabez did ok at MOC this year. Not as well as hoped, but then we basically had the same issue at the show last year, so it went as well as was expected.

I sold a few copies on Saturday, none on Sunday. I did put an issue in the hands of a fourth grade teacher and a couple of friends, and several people showed interest in the book and took a card or buttons.

We also had a friend of Comic Related handing out postcards for us to everyone that passed, so a lot of people went home with info on Wannabez at least.

Here's a pic of me at the booth:

Scott was at the booth to my left, and on his left was Comic Related. On my right was artist Arvell Jones, who is a super nice guy. Wanda, the lady that was with him was also very nice.

Not as grandiose a booth as previous shows, but I had several other books aside from Wannabez I was trying to sell as well, so Wannabez was only part of the display this time. Next year, we're hoping to do something different, so stay tuned.


I was also on a panel on which I got to plug Wannabez a couple of times, so that was cool. Scott also was on a panel and plugged it.

We also announced the winners of the first Wannabez contest, and you can find out those winners on the Wannabez Forums.

All in all, I'd call it a somewhat successful show. I would like to than Bill and James Henry, the organizers of the event, for inviting us back as guests this year and thus supporting our book. We look forward to next year!


Monday, September 28, 2009

Wannabez Pinup Contest Reminder

I just wanted to remind you all about the pinup contest we are hosting for Wannabez.

The deadline is THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2nd!

We will have judges at Mid-Ohio-Con and will announce the winner there.

The winner will be published in a special edition of Wannabez #1 exclusive to Comics XP and will receive a Wannabez prize package including books, prints and who knows what else?

The original post is here: http://wnbz.blogspot.com/2009/09/wannabez-pinup-contest.html

And all the details on the contest can be found here: http://www.comicrelated.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=5459

B


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Brant's Ignition

While I was up at Comics2Games yesterday in Florence for Comicpalooza I got inspired to draw a little. Since Scott wasn't able to make the show, I had the preview copies of issue #1 with blank backs for sketches. So I decided (since I had no paper nearby) to grab one of these and start sketching. Didn't sell it, but a couple of people came up and watched, which was cool.

So here it is in all its glory:


I'm not Scott, but I think I did a pretty good job with the character. I hope you dig it!

Brant



Monday, September 14, 2009

Wannabez Pinup Contest!

What better way to celebrate our 100th BLOG POST than with an Art Contest?!!

That's right, we are holding the first ever Wannabez Pinup Contest! Full details can be found in our forums here: http://www.comicrelated.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=5459

If you're an artist wanting some exposure, or you just dig Wannabez, enter and your piece could end up published in a special digitally exclusive extended version of the Wannabez #1 Preview issue!


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Heroes Con 2009

In case anyone that reads this, however few you may be, doesn't read my other blog, Twitter or MySpace, I just wanted to let you all know that tomorrow I will be heading down to Charlotte for HeroesCon!

First time I've been, but I am looking forward to it. There will be a ton of guests there, and representing press this time around (ComicRelated.com), I might be doing some interviews.

So I won't have my own table, but I will be at the CR table now and then, and there will be copies of Wannabez there if you still haven't checked it out.

So if you're there, swing by and say hi!

Brant

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