Whew, I made it!
Hopefully you enjoyed the latest, slightly edgier, Z&F comic featuring Betty White in all her glory….because that’s the last one for a while! Next week kicks off my summer hiatus, lasting from July 1st until Sept. 2nd. If you’re not sure what the deal with the hiatus is, check out this article to see the self-imposed rules I set up ’round these parts.
Well, you know me. I never REALLY take a break. And these hiatuses (hiatusi?) are self-imposed for more than just recharging the batteries and vegging out in front of the TV. I have plenty of OTHER work to get done. Last break, I put together Book 3! This break, I have a bit of a laundry list:
- Release the 2014-A Z&F EXCLUSIVE ebook download (see below for more info)
- Release the Z&F ebook volumes 1 through 6!
- Get the 6 volumes formatted for other distribution methods like Apple’s iBooks, or ComiXology.
- Connect with some local retailers & services to help promote Z&F in my area. This include libraries, comic shops, small bookstores, schools, even vet offices!
- PLUS I have a bunch of appearances/events to prepare for! July 13th is the Haverford Library comic con MINUTES from my house. Then August 24th is Comic CONN in Trumbull, CT. Shortly after that is my favorite: Baltimore Comic Con on Sept. 8-9!
The 2014-A Exclusive e-Book!
This is a brand new idea of mine, stemming from all those extra comics I write & draw but haven’t shown YOU (yet!) this past season. My original intent was to wait to reveal them once Z&F volume 4 comes out. But, that is a long time to wait.
SO, this summer I will be offering a LIMITED-TIME-ONLY downloadable e-book of this past season’s FULL COLLECTION of comics- including all those exclusive comics NOT posted online! For a VERY reasonable price of $2.99! The tricky part is that it will ONLY be available to purchase during the hiatus (July and August 2013). After that, it’ll go back into the Airlock Space Vault… so swing by and get it while it’s here! Otherwise, you’ll just have to wait for the next book.
There will be a NEW Exclusive e-Book each off-season hiatus… titled after the year (2014), and the letter “A” or “B” representing the biannual seasons.
Also, keep a eye out for the e-book full collections of Z&F comics– 100 comics per book for just $3.99!
One More Thing…
It’s Voting Time!
Don’t forget! This month we are VOTING on the WINNER of the Z&F Fanart Challenge for the BEST cereal box design!Right now there are 2 leaders that are fighting for the top slot: WEIRDOS and ZORPHIE PUFFS! But there are other great designs as well.
The WINNER will get free a space here on the site, annnnnnnnnd a special surprise (*gasp*!)
Please take a minute and get involved. VOTE HERE!
Coming This Summer…..
As many of you know by now (and maybe some of you don’t, or forgot), I’m not exactly slacking behind the scenes, with these once-a-week updates. I actually whip up TWO comics a week, and work with a month+ buffer. You can read all about the why’s and how’s in this old article. I am only sharing HALF the content I create here on the site for free, and the rest will wait for the next Z&F book (200 comics)…. and well…. that’s a long wait to get a hold of that super-secret exclusive collection of comics!
Oh, you want a teaser? Okay.. how about this: There are TWO major storylines in the exclusive content I created behind the scenes this season. One involves the Weird Kid and the RETURN of ALEX! How far will his delusional crush take him? The other storyline, well, let’s just say Z&F may have “diaper duty” in their future!
So, I had an idea. I want you super-fans of Z&F to be able to get your hands on this content, but have it retain its value at the same time. Plus, I’d love to give a reason to come back to the site during the hiatus! SO, this summer I will be offering a LIMITED-TIME-ONLY downloadable PDF of this past season’s FULL COLLECTION of comics! For a VERY reasonable price, too! The tricky part is that it will ONLY be available to purchase during the hiatus (July and August 2013). After that, it’ll go back into the Airlock Space Vault… so swing by and get it while it’s here!
Pleased to announce that I’ll be among the guests at the Haverford Library Kids Comic Con, next month! I’ll also be on a Panel called “Creators Creating!” for 13 and up aspiring cartoonists! This should be a ton of fun since I live LITERALLY 3 minutes away. Come visit me on my own turf!
Who: All ages welcome, this is a family-friendly event
What: HTFL Comic Con
What to Wear: Costumes encouraged!
Where: Community Room
When: Saturday, July 13th, 10am-3pm
Why: If you (or your kids) love comics and super heros, this is the place for you
Cost: Pay what you can
Yup, I’m at it again!
I did this event last year and it’s one of those smaller, more intimate, appearances that can be more beneficial for me than a big comic con. The York Emporium in York, PA has many annual events, but the Sci-Fi Saturday one is perfect for me to attend as a guest. NASA, Star Trek, Space Invaders, Jedi Lightsaber battles, you can’t go wrong if you’re a science geek! If you enjoy eccentric old used books stores you could get lost in, with nick-nacks around every corner and even a cool comic book section, you could make the trek out to York, PA to see this place! (didja see what I did there?– Star TREK? *snicker*)
- Saturday June 15th
- 10am – 6pm
- York Emporium
343 W Market St, York, PA
Click for Map
- I’ll have all my Zorphbert & Fred wares: all 3 volumes, minibook, “goodie bags”, figurines, the NEW “You Humans Are Weird” T-shirts, prints, and I’ll be taking commissions!
I’ll just let this graphic speak for the event itself:
It’s been a blast getting all these great entries for this season’s FANART CHALLENGE, but now it’s time to get down and dirty.
As of today (June 7th) the POLLS are OPEN! It’s up to you, Z&F readers, to determine who came up with the cutest, the funniest, the most well-designed, or the most creative, Zorphbert & Fred Cereal Box!
The winner, once the polls are final at midnight on JULY 1st, 2013, will get his or her FREE ad space here on zfcomics.com, right in the sidebar. It’s up to the winner what they want to advertise; the only stipulation being that it needs to be kid-friendly. Many of you draw your own comics, so it could be a great way to get some new readers! Or maybe you have a Etsy store, or a twitter account, or a cool Tumblr page. Should you be crowned the king/queen and not have anything to advertise, I can simply draw up a quick avatar of you for that space… so at least you’ll have bragging rights!
Also keep in mind that my buddy Chris Flick of Capes & Babes has kindly offered to expand the prize! In a 2-for-1 deal, he will feature the winner’s box design in HIS comic, as part of a storyline! And we all know how much werewolves looooove their cereal!
Lets get to VOTING! The Participants:
(Click to enlarge for the full effect!)
VOTE!Just one vote per person please. Be decent and don’t vote for yourself! Feel free to share this blog entry with your friends, on social media, or wherever.
What was your favorite Z&F Cereal Box Design?
- E- WEIRDOS by Chris Ciancanelli (37%, 16 Votes)
- A - ZORPHIE PUFFS by Jon Esparza (33%, 14 Votes)
- C- MOODY BLUES RINGS by Rainey Hayes (12%, 5 Votes)
- B - ZORPHBERT & FREDDIES by Kim Belding (7%, 3 Votes)
- D- NURF-BERRY CRUNCH by Chris Ciancanelli (7%, 3 Votes)
- F - HIPSTER OATS by Chris Ciancanelli (7%, 3 Votes)
- G- GOLDEN KILOGRAMS by Rainey Hayes (0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 43