Not going to beat around the bush- had a bit of a rough time of late. My trusty (*sob*) refurbished HP laptop that I’ve been using to make comics on for the last four years died and I’ve been scrabbling around trying to source the funding for a replacement.
The last pages completed by the old machine were in fact the first pages received for the second volume of Neroy Sphinx.
I’ve now gotten a new (old-refurbished) laptop (managed to stick with HP and windows 7) but it’s going to be a few days while I get set to make comics. The new laptop doesn’t have a disk drive so I’ve been sorting ways to transfer install disks for things over to my external Hard Drive.
I’ve been lucky in that all the actual comic files are not stored on the laptop, but instead on the external hard drive so I’ve not lost any actual data.
The comics are all moving forward – with Zarjaz 30 now moving to the top of the pile as I plan to have it on sale in March. I got the cover art earlier this week and I just had to ask if I could buy it. When you see the cover you’ll know why- it is a beauty!
Next up is wrestling with the install files for my ancient but still perfectly serviceable copies of Photoshop and Illustrator CS2 to see if I can get them working.
Fingers crossed I’ll have some actual comics work done soon!
We’ve had word from FQP contributor Mike Lynch (most recently seen in Zarjaz working with Chris Askham on Judge Dredd- The Hold Out) that he’s got a new book from Markosia called Salvage that is available as of Wednesday 10th Jan.
Art on the book is by the astonishingly talented Neil McClements, who has also worked on a strip for FQP, but has also graced the screens via ACES Weekly.
The official blurb says-
While on a deep space mission the science ship Noland is caught in an ion storm. Adrift in space it is rescued by the crew of an old warship called the Ridley. Their relief is short-lived when they realise that most of the crew of the warship have been experimented on by the ships Doctor and turned into cybernetic monsters.
Good luck with the book, lads.
Update- Mike has just been nominated in the Irish Comic News Awards in the ‘Best Irish Writer published outside Ireland’ category. congrats Mike, but there is some hefty competition there!
How do ‘you’, the person reading this, like to read your comics? Are you a traditional ‘paper only’ consumer? or are you embracing the technology so prevalent in the world and reading digitally?
FQP titles are primarily print based- all the strips are commissioned to be read in print, and the ideal way to buy is in person at a convention. But increasingly we are offering digital reading options.
These offer another swathe of decisions- do you want to actually own the files and have them available to download and read in a manner of your choosing? Or are you happy to pay for the product but only be able to read it in a dedicated reader? Or would you prefer to ‘stream’ your comics and pay for access to a website that allows you to view the comics you want to read for a fixed price each month?
For the digital readers there is comicsy- where the early FQP titles are now available for a token sum, including some books not available elsewhere. The deal with comicsy is that you will purchase the book via them but you will be sent a digital download link by us here at FQP. You will then be able to download your own pdf of the book to read where and when and how you like.
The market leader for digital comics is comiXology– and FQP are there. Again, the comics are at a reduced price but the latest issues ‘are’ available here, usually two months after the physical release. Books purchased via comiXology are owned by the customer, but can only be read using the comiXology software.
The newest avenue for reading digitally is Comichaus– the self proclaimed ‘Netflix’ of comics. Recently launched, Comichaus allows for unlimited access to the titles available for a regular monthly payment (there is a free trial available) and FQP are here also. Comichaus books ‘can’ be downloaded to read offline, but are only available with a valid account.
Over the next few months, and onwards- FQP will be adding content to all of these resources, though comicsy and comichaus will be further behind than comiXology.
Digital reading is probably more suited to those of you out there who are outside of the UK so as to avoid potentially excessive postage, but it is worth noting that FQP can and do post to anywhere in the world.
It is also worth noting that all digital revenue is intended to be shared between the creators of the content- FQP is not about making money. All the digital comics use the same hi-resolution files and in some cases will include colour versions of the strips.