This morning seemed like a perfect time to sit down and write about the last two days. You see, its been two full days since the start of pre-sales for Among the Willows by Sam Romesburg and Adam Meadows, and those two days have been astounding.
From outside the box, creating comics is easy. You put your ideas down on paper, someone draws them, you print them and you there’s your comic. People don’t see the time you put in fretting over every detail. The hours you devote to the art of making the story. They don’t see the many hours in the artwork, just the finished images. The constant tinkering with little things like logo designs, lettering balloons, font styles and the various other little things that go into it. Then a whole new slate of problems arise. The second guessing: is the writing solid, will the art hold up to the story, is the print quality professional? And don’t even get me started on the costs. Or anyone actually caring about your project.
In the beginning, you have to rely on friends and family. They keep your hopes up, they give you confidence as you try and make it. And I don’t mean make it as in like money, money, money. I mean as in getting your book out to people and for them to care about the story the way you do. If you’re lucky, someone along the way with knowledge of the independent comic industry will help. They will teach you some tricks so you can make it another day with your sanity intact.
Broken Icon picked up Among the Willows after Baltimore Comic Con 2016. Sam spoke with me at the show, had a few things to say and a couple reference images of ATW, but nothing concrete. When I gave him my card and told him to get a hold of me, I thought it was done. You see, most people don’t actually have the drive to put the work in. I have given out thousands of business cards, and from those given out, BIC has picked up a creator or two and next to no titles. But Sam emailed me. He overloaded me with information and images and the ideas that he had. It was there that we knew the book had a solid team. Creators who would promote and drive their title, not rely on someone else to do it.
I’m proud to say that in just two days of a 10 day pre-sale, we have sold out of 75% of the designated pre-sale copies. I’m proud to say that the fans–both new and old–have made this a special release. On April 3rd, copies will be sent all over the country. From sea to sea, border to border. I could not be happier with the efforts of Sam and Adam and I’m so impressed by the support of other creators under the BIC umbrella for helping to spread the word.
But the train doesn’t stop here. On April 1st the team of Sam Romesburg and Adam Meadors will join Broken Icon Comics at Ohio’s premiere comic event, Gem City Comic Con. There they will have standard cover books, as well as the rare, Darryl Banks show exclusive, which is limited to 50 printed copies. We will then have our sights set on future releases as well as future variants for other great shows.
So, to all the fans that have returned for yet another BIC title, thank you. And thanks to the new fans who we hope will not only continue to support ATW, but also look at other Broken Icon titles and support those creators and their dreams.
You can pre-order your copy by clicking the LINK HERE.
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-Eric Watkins, Director of Operations