Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Grayscales Floating In!

Ross sent over page 2 of issue 1 grayscaled last night and it rocks, naturally. We are so thrilled to have Ross on the team. He adds that missing flavor that neither Scott nor I could fill.

I'm not going to show the whole page (hey, you've seen the inks if you have issue #0 - and if you haven't, buy it!), but I will show a panel from it:

See? I told you, it's awesome.

Be sure to check out Ross' DeviantArt gallery, linked in the sidebar. And he's got a killer thread over at CBR with a bunch of sweet samples.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

On the Move

Since it's been a little while since our last update, I just wanted to pop in and let you know we are diligently working on issue 1. Ross already has pages in hand and the grayscaling process has begun!

I am going to try to set aside a space of time this week or weekend to write the rest of issue #2, so we can have that in the can as well.

And just a reminder, #0 is still available! I'm sitting on a box full here at the house that I will gladly sell to you! You can just click "Add to Cart" in the sidebar to order your copies directly from me! Even if you've seen the Dimestore version, you'll want this version. The paper quality is much better, and there's a lot more content in this issue solely dedicated to Wannabez!

I'll give another update as soon as we have something to update you on. Just stay tuned, big things are in the works!


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Dinner for Three

Myself, Scott and his wife, Shannon, all met up for dinner last night as they were in town for a Star Wars collectors event, where Scott did pretty well drawing sketch cards (congrats, Scott!). He even gained a pretty cool young fan in the process.

At dinner at Olive Garden (only the second time I'd ever been - I'll be going back! Very good food and atmosphere), we talked about many things, among them of course was Wannabez. Chiefly, we discussed going to color instead of grayscales and started talking about the feasibility of it.

Thus far, the conclusion we've come to is it's just too expensive to go full color at the rates we've found so far, and nearly impossible to make a profit on the book without shooting the price up to a level I wouldn't be comfortable charging you all.

So, unless we find much more reasonable rates, we'll be doing grayscale on the singles. But Ross is going to try to color them in full color and convert them to grayscale, changing values here and there, so that WHEN we go to trade we can produce it in full color! That's the compromise, as self-publishers, we sometimes have to make I suppose.

That said, as I've declared here before, and as anyone who's seen issue #0, Ross' grayscales are phenomenal, and though Scott's inks are equally impressive, the grays really do make the pages pop more than simple black and white ever could, especially for the style of art that Wannabez is done in. So it's an easy compromise considering the monumental talent producing these beautiful pages.

The rest of the dinner discussion was great, and it was very cool seeing Scott and Shannon again so soon after the last time. Hopefully we'll be able to meet up more regularly than we have the past few years, which was not at all! With all the conventions Scott and I are hoping to do next year, I think that's a very good possibility.

More from the land of Wannabez to come soon!


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Wannabez Now Available!!!

If you look to your left in the sidebar below the names of the creators you will now find the cover image and and "Add to Cart" button to purchase Wannabez #0! This is via paypal. If you don't have paypal, email us for a copy via another method.

Also, I've updated the Cafepress store (linked in the nav bar up top as "Shop") with some new items. It's still a work in progress, but please check it out!


Friday, October 17, 2008

2009 Conventions

Team Wannabez is considering several conventions next year. Scott has the ones he's considering up on his site (see the sidebar), but here are the ones that both of us are tentatively planning on attending:

MegaCon (March)
Pittsburgh ComiCon (April)
WW Chicago (August)
Pop Culture Con (September)
Mid-Ohio-Con (October)

I am also thinking about Heroes in June and Kids Read Comics also in June. We'd LOVE to do SDCC, but money is an issue there. That's a loooong way from both of us!

More updates on this as plans solidify!


Issue 1 Update

Just so everyone knows, we are still planning on trying to release Wannabez #1 in December of this year. It will even be listed alongside Issue #0 in the Enemi catalog!

Unfortunately, we'll probably have to go grayscale with it (and the entire first arc at least) instead of full color for cost reasons. We may go to full color for a trade collection later down the road though.

On the plus side, we have Ross Hughes back doing the grayscaling for us, so it's going to rock!

By the time the cons roll around next year we hope to have issue #2 out as well, so we'll have three issues on hand for everyone to check out!

So just stay tuned for more updates!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wannabez in Haven/Enemi Catalog!

That's right! Wannabez will not only be distributed by Haven, but we'll also be in the Haven/Enemi catalog, which debuts soon! I'll keep you informed on when that comes out.

This means we'll be alongside titles from the likes of Dabel Brothers, Zenescope, About Comics, Drawn & Quarterly, and various others! We're pretty excited about it, but we're not stopping there either.

Good times for Wannabez!

Upcoming Interviews

Soon Scott and I will be doing a couple of podcast interviews we're excited about.

You all remember us doing Catch Da Craze with Sam Vera a while back, right? Well, we'll be doing a follow-up with them now that Mid-Ohio has come and gone. So be watching this space for when that all goes down!

We'll also be doing a follow up with Chuck Moore of the beginning of next month! We did a brief interview at Mid-Ohio-Con that turned out really well. So upcoming, we'll be doing a full interview talking about Wannabez and other things. The cool thing is, if it can be worked out, we're going to do it at Comics2Games, which is where Blueline Pro and Sketch Magazine are located as well! So that should be really cool!

We also may be doing an in-store appearance sometime next year, and it's an exciting one if it all works out. We'll keep you posted.

So Team Wannabez is on the move!


Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Wannabez Letters Page!

Seeing how our book is a bit old school, and how we both love Letters Pages, we are wanting to institute one of our own starting with issue #1. So that means we need letters! For now, emails will suffice. Should we start accepting physical letters we'll set up a P.O. Box for that.

So if you've read #0 or just want to comment on the book please either post a comment here or email it to

We are tentatively planning on publishing Wannabez #1 before Christmas, so there's a little time, but not much. So get to writing!

Brett and Liz

Scott and Jonna met the very nice and pleasant Brett and Liz at the show, but neglected to get contact info for them. We are interested in talking with them about future shows, so if anyone knows them or can get us in touch with them please email us at Here's a picture of them in costume posed with Mau (again):

Wannabez T-Shirt

Here's a look at the actual t-shirt for all of you who didn't get to see it:

These turned out really nice and were of great quality. I thought about having one made up with the image larger on the shirt to see what that would look like, but I'm happy with the way this one turned out.

These will be on sale soon!


Monday, October 06, 2008

Mid-Ohio-Con 2008 is a Wrap!

It's a new week and the weekend is over, which means Mid-Ohio-Con 2008 has come and gone. Team Wannabez was in full effect both at the booth and walking the floor putting out the Wannabez name and concept for all to see and learn about.

For the first time under the new management, the show was a decent event. There were some nice guests like Jason Mewes, Doug Jones, Chris Claremont, Alan Davis, Sean McKeever, David Mack, Joe Kubert and various others in attendance. The Wannabez booth was nestled in between Davis and McKeever, in fact, and across from Bob McCleod. Bob Layton and Arthur Suydam were nearby as well, and Chuck Moore of Comic Related was right behind us.

Our table looked pretty good if I do say so myself, and we had decent sales. For our first show with a brand new, unheard of book at a mid-level show, I think we did pretty decent. We also got a few retailers interested and possibly gained some new fans and followers along the way. I know everyone I told the concept to lit up and laughed genuinely, which was a good sign. They got it and found it original and entertaining, so hopefully many will check out the website and see what's up.

It was a long weekend for all of us, but it was an overall enjoyable experience with some good results coming out of it.

Soon we'll be doing an interview with Comic Related talking about the show and much more, so be on the lookout for that. And below are some pictures from the con. Thanks for all your support!!!


Friday, October 03, 2008

Wannabez T-Shirt

I had our first ever Wannabez t-shirts made up the other day and they look sweet! Here's a sneak peek of what they look like:

The shirt will soon be available in the Wannabez store! If you want to see what they look like, come to Mid-Ohio-Con on Saturday October 4th as I'll be wearing one!


Mau at Mid-Ohio-Con!

Joining us at the Wannabez booth (#436) will be Mau, the popular character that found tons of fans during our stint in the Small Press Idol contest!

Come see Mau in person, have your picture taken, and compliment her on the wonderful costume by Mark and Jonna!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Website Updated

I've updated the shows page to reflect Mid-Ohio-Con, and I've updated the main page with the new dress on the #0 cover featuring the Gonzogoose himself!

Final Table Number

Ok, so Scott and I are now together at one booth instead of two, and our number is 436. We are right in between Alan Davis and Sean McKeever, and behind us is Chuck Moore of Should be fun!

Swing by if you can!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Table Numbers

Okay, the initial floorplan is posted on the MOC website now. Tentatively, our booths are 436 (me) and 526 (Scott).

I say tentatively because obviously we are supposed to be together. Why we have two booths is a long story, but today we're going to try to get it resolved. So either we'll be next to each other, or we'll scale down to one booth I guess. I'll update here once we know for sure.