Tuesday, January 05, 2016

NW Comics Talk, Show and Fest


Back in April of 2015 I was invited to speak at the first Northwest Comic Talks.  The premise of the event was fairly simple.  Seven different speakers were given the opportunity to give a ten minute talk on the topic of their choice.  For my talk I chose the topic of starting your own career in comics.  The talk centers around this topic as well as hurdles that I have faced being the owner of Darkslinger Comics. 
Due to time constraints and the fact that I am not used to public speaking, I did not cover everything that I had originally planned to.  This is the video for my talk:

Here is the original written speech, which goes into slightly more detail:
"For those of you that are not currently familiar with me, my name is Adam Watson and I am the owner of Darkslinger Comics as well as the writer of Ghost Assassin, Diary of a Dead Man, Chronicles of Van Helsing, The Pauper, The Principalities and El Bovine Muerte as well as several other upcoming titles.
            The most common question I get asked when exhibiting at comic conventions is how can I do this?  Tonight I would like to talk to you about that and hopefully answer some questions you may have or at the very least help you avoid some of the pitfalls I have experienced in my career.
            If you are interested in becoming a comic creator the first thing you must decide is what kind of a creator you want to be.  Are you a writer, an artist, an inker, a letterer or do you feel that you can do it all?  Do you want to self-publish?  Do creator owned through an established publisher or maybe you would prefer to work on preestablished characters?
            You can save yourself a lot of time and headaches if you clearly define your goals at an early stage.  When I first started out I did not have my goals clearly established and that cost me several years that could have been better spent working on my own characters and further establishing Darkslinger Comics.
            I have known for most of my life that I wanted to work in comics but it wasn’t until 2001 that I would begin to comprehend the exact career that I would end up pursuing.  From a young age I wanted to be an illustrator. Some of my earliest memories are of drawing Cobra soldiers killing GI Joes.  After discovering comics at around the age of ten it seemed obvious to me that this would be the field I would eventually go into.  I think that most children dreaming of a career in comics are dreaming about being an illustrator.  It seems to be a common thing for people, even comic fans, to not properly realize what it is that a comic writer does.
            Even after I discovered that comics often had more than a single person working on an issue, I still thought I could do it all.  However, at the age of seventeen I got into a head-on collision that caused me to receive a shattered wrist and lose the ability to draw as I could no longer hold a pencil correctly.  As it turns out that was for the best as I am a much better writer than I ever would have been an artist.
            I still wanted to work in comics in some fashion and at the age of 18 I thought I had figured out how.  I started my first business doing online comic retail.  That went fairly well until Nine-Eleven.  Like many things at the time, the comics collector market tanked and caused me to go completely broke.  On the plus side I had plenty of comics to read.
            I don’t remember the exact moment where I decided to try my hand at writing but it was at some point around this time.  I went back to work at a normal job and began writing at night and during my lunch breaks.  If this is something you are serious about doing you will always find the time to work at it.  I spent countless hours writing out stories and cover letters for submissions that I would send to Marvel Comics, Avatar Press and other established companies.  And I have an entire folder filled with rejection letters to prove it.  If this is something you really want to do you will need to get used to hearing the word "no."  There will be times that it seems that everyone in the industry has a job that consists solely of telling you that particular word.
            In hindsight I am glad that none of those submissions were accepted.  I do not believe that I would have been content to be the four-thousandth writer to tell a Batman story.  No offense meant if that is your career goal, we need writers to work on Batman, The X-MEN, etc….  That just isn’t what would make me happy.
            When you are first starting out you should always have someone who is objective to look over your work.  When I first started out the person who did that for me was a good friend of mine named Russell Roy.  Every time Russell read one of my stories he would point out that I spent more time writing about a character I had made up for it than I did on the pre-existing character that the story was supposed to be about.  He constantly tried to convince me to start my own company and to work solely on my own characters.  But to be perfectly honest at that time I was too afraid.  The sting of my first business failing was still fresh and if you are going to make your comics a reality you need to be as fearless as possible.
            In 2005 Russell died and that was the last push that I needed.  Life is too short to not follow your dreams.  Later that year I formed Darkslinger Comics, purchased a domain name and started the long process of deciding which of my stories would be the first to be published.  In February 2006 we published the first chapter of Ghost Assassin as a 12 page one-shot.
            The second most asked question I get at conventions from aspiring creators is “how much does it cost to produce something that looks like this?”  Unfortunately that isn’t a question that I can give an exact answer to as it would involve divulging page rates, prices that I have negotiated with printers, etc….but what I can say is that it costs over a thousand dollars to properly produce a single issue of a comic that looks like ours.  Keep in mind that there is no guarantee that you will sell even a single comic.  You should be prepared to lose money for at least the first few issues you release.  If you can manage to get preorders you may be able to cut the costs down dramatically but be careful not to solicit too early.  You don’t want people waiting for a year or two for a product they have already paid for.  A mistake we have made in the past.
            In my opinion one of the greatest skills you can have as a publisher is the ability to do basic math.  If the thought of working with numbers makes you queasy then you should seek out someone to help you before you start your first project.  In order to be successful you will need to be able to set budgets for your projects as well as estimating your costs for conventions you may plan on attending, gas costs to get to signings, marketing budgets, etc...Make sure to keep accurate records.  There is no way of really knowing how successful you are becoming if you have no clue what your profits and/or losses are.
            Before you can really begin you should figure out the specs of your project or at least have an idea in your head of where you are going.  Is this going to be an ongoing story, a mini-series, an 80 page graphic novel or maybe a weekly updated webcomic?  I made the mistake of not knowing where I was going with Ghost Assassin when I released the first issue.  In contrast I had a very good idea of where I wanted Chronicles of Van Helsing to go and have managed to produce almost twice the amount of issues in that series in a much shorter amount of time.
            The third most frequently asked question I get is from writers specifically and it is "How do you find an artist to work with?"  The good news is that the internet has made this a much easier process than it would have been in the past.  I recommend posting clearly written ads on sites like Deviantart, Digital Webbing and Linked In.  You may also be able to successfully network at conventions but do not pester anyone.  If you start to annoy creators at the show it will get around and no one wants to be that guy or girl.
            After teaming with an artist the steps will vary depending on what you intend to do with your project.  You may need to hire additional creative’s such as an inker, colorist and letterer.  If you are going the print route you will want to shop your project around.  Do not make the mistake of talking to only one printing company.  Learn printing terminology if you can as knowing the proper language will save you a lot of headaches.  A good printer will help you out in whatever ways they are able but remember their job is the printing part.  Yours is to make sure they receive the files formatted correctly the first time.  Most printers charge a fee if they need to do any major adjustments to your project before printing.
            Before you can decide on a print run size you will need to decide what type of distribution you want to do.  Do you want to offer your book through a distribution service like Diamond or would you prefer the do it yourself method? If your plan is to mainly use conventions as your distribution method you may want to try a print on demand method.  The per issue costs are higher but it will save you from having to store multiple boxes in your bedroom.  We used this method for Ghost Assassin and The Pauper, our first two titles.  Using this method helped me in building a reputation and a fan base while keeping my costs affordable.  If you are using conventions as your main method of distribution do not make the mistake of packing up every copy you have printed.  Take only what you think you can sell.  Trying to transport five hundred copies to California and back is the quickest way to damage your inventory.  I know several self publishers that have learned this lesson the hard way.
            The last piece of advice I would like to give you may be the most important.  After you have published your first work, take a look at it and recognize your accomplishments.  And then get back to work.  You will find that people will be more likely to come by your table at a convention if you have more than one thing on it.  In addition, people will start to skip over you if they assume they have seen everything you have to offer.  It is important to continue to market your first work, but recognize that your second, third, fourth, etc….are every bit as important.
            Thank you very much for your time.  I hope I have answered some of the questions you may have.  If you are interested in learning more about our books please visit www.darkslinger.com"

 Shortly after the NW Comic Talks the event's owner, Casey Ocupe, invited me to appear on his comic themed talk show titled "Northwest Comic Show."  The episode I appear in can be viewed here:
In addition to the Northwest Comic Show and the Northwest Comic Talks Casey also owns the Northwest Comic Fest which is an annual event that takes place in Salem, Oregon.  He is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter to make this year's event completely free for patrons.  If you are interested in learning more about this project please visit it at:
The Free Comic Conventions Project

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Cards of the Past

Since 2008 Darkslinger Comics has created a Christmas Card that we give out to our fans, friends and retailers.  We were unfortunately not able to produce a card in 2014 or 2015 because of time constraints.  We are currently in the process of sorting out the various ideas for what the 2016 card may be so that we do not have a repeat of this in the future.  As it is now officially Christmas Eve I thought it may be fun to take a look back at our holiday cards of the past.

 2008 card.  For this card I wanted to showcase the Darkslinger Comics as a slightly dysfunctional family, pitting them together in a way they had never been shown before.  It features David, Todd, Melissa and Scotty from Ghost Assassin; Malcolm from The Pauper and Robert Van Helsing from the Chronicles of Van Helsing.  This was the second time Robert had been illustrated and predates his first comic appearance in Chronicles of Van Helsing #2.  This was illustrated by Bruno Oliveira.
2009 card.  This card featured Robert Van Helsing being made into a snowman by Scotty from Ghost Assassin and the main character from Diary of a Dead Man (he has no name).  This card features an early version of the main character from Diary of a Dead Man and looks quite different than the final design for the character, which will hopefully see print in 2016.  This card also features an earlier version of Robert Van Helsing as it also predates Chronicles of Van Helsing #2.  This was illustrated by Nicholas Larsen, inked by James Taylor and colored by Ray Dillon.
2010 card.  This card features Robert Van Helsing in a Santa/Cowboy outfit, delivering a sack full of "goodies" to 2 little vampire children.  This card was fully painted by Chronicles of Van Helsing artist, Tony Morgan.













2011 card.  This card features Le Mime as Santa delivering presents to 2 shocked children.  This was clearly not the Santa they were expecting.  This card was fully illustrated by El Bovine Muerte artist, Paul Johnson.
 2012 card.  This card features David, Melissa and Scotty from Ghost Assassin.  This card is a take on "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus".  It was fully illustrated by Diary Of A Dead Man illustrator, Marco Roblin.

 2013 card.  The card has several Darkslinger elements in it.  Le Mime is holding Scott (from Ghost Assassin) as he places an angelic topper on the Christmas tree.  The topper is Prosien from the Principalities.  The Christmas tree features several Darkslinger logos on the ornaments.  In front of the tree are Sally with Mr Muffkins from Chronicles of Van Helsing and Bethany from El Bovine Muerte.  Bethany is holding a plush toy of The Pauper.  This card was fully illustrated by George Leon.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

A Return To Our Roots...Of Sorts

    I have been a comics re-seller longer than I have been a comics publisher.  In fact, the first convention I ever tabled at, clear back in 1999, was as a re-seller.  The first show that I sold products created by Darkslinger Comics didn't come about until 7 years after that.
    In 2006 I debuted Ghost Assassin: Prelude at the Eugene Comic Con.  Not knowing if I would sell even a single copy of that book I decided to purchase a vendor table instead of opting for artist's alley.  A bit cowardly?  Perhaps, but at the time I couldn't risk all of the gas money and table costs without a definitive plan for making my money back.  I split the table in half, showcasing the small sample of Darkslinger products available at the time on one side while featuring half off graphic novels on the other side while filling the under the table area up with 50 cent comics.  The show turned out great.  I had fun, made money and met some great people (my first meeting of Black Box Comix owner, Alan Bennett, was at this show).  After totaling my earnings I was shocked to discover that I had actually made more off of the Darkslinger Comics products than I did off of the items I brought for reselling purposes.
    The next show I did was strictly as a comic publisher and the results were the exact opposite.  Sales were sluggish, the crowd did not appear to be having fun and worst of all the con runners kept turning the lights off in the area we were in.  At the end of the 2 day show I hadn't cleared enough to pay the parking expense let alone the table and gas costs. This made me question everything about being a publisher and a writer, but in the end it did not deter me.  More than anything else it made me question where I fit in this industry.  The only way to answer that was to get out there and do more shows.
    Over the course of the next year I did shows and signings at the rate of about 1 per month.  Sometimes these shows were as a retailer, sometimes as a publisher.  When I was showing primarily as a re-seller I would still stock at least a quarter of the table with wares created by Darkslinger Comics.  Results varied but more often than not I was coming out ahead, making new friends, making new contacts, making new fans and overall having a good time.
    In 2010 I did a record making (in my head at least) 42 shows and signings in a one year period.  To say this left me completely exhausted would be a severe understatement.  I didn't just have con fatigue, I had total con burnout.
    2011 was a hard year.  The comic industry lost a great talent and I lost my best friend, Ty Wakefield.  It was in this year that I decided to majorly cut back on the amount of conventions I was doing.  Since then I have done a small smattering of shows as a publisher but only one as a vendor.  
    Over the last few years it seems like things have gotten off track.  While I am still completely committed to Darkslinger and to doing everything in my power to make this insane dream a reality things have felt disconnected somehow.  So starting today I am taking a small step towards getting things back to where they should be by returning to what I did in the beginning. I will be tabling today at the Twin Oaks show happening at Mall 205 in Portland, Oregon.  And I will be doing it as both a vendor and a publisher.  This is the first in what will hopefully be a string of conventions we will be exhibiting at over the next year.  I know that doing it as a re-seller is cheating a little, but sometimes you need to bend the rules in order to get where you need to be.
    Stay tuned as future blog posts will be discussing our titles and when you can expect to see more of them.  If you are in the Portland area please consider coming by the show.  There will be several vendors selling various collectibles including comics, trading cards and action figures.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Darkslinger Comics Black Friday Sale


Darkslinger Comics is having a Black Friday (through Cyber Monday) sale on nearly every product in our store!  You can save up to 67% on in stock products, starting at just 99 Cents.   Visit now for these deals:

-Who Will Save The World? Shot Glass     Reg. Price: $6.99         Sale Price: $6         (14% Off)

-Who Will Save The World Button Pack    Reg. Price: $3.99       Sale Price: $3.49       (13% Off)

-Who Will Save The World? Graphic Novel   Reg. Price: $7.99    Sale Price: $5            (37% Off)

-Chronicles of Van Helsing Value Pack            Reg. Price: $15.99      Sale Price: $10          (37% Off)
Contains issues #1-5 of Chronicles of Van Helsing.

-Chronicles of Van Helsing #5                            Reg. Price: $3.99         Sale Price: $3.49      (13% Off)

-Chronicles of Van Helsing Poster Pack 6       Reg. Price: $60             Sale Price: $20         (66% Off)

-El Bovine Muerte: Le Mime In Cheese Hell Poster    Reg. Price: $10   Sale Price: $8           (20% Off)

-El Bovine Muerte: Le Mime in a Flower Field Poster   Reg. Price: $10   Sale Price:  $5   (50% Off)

-The Pauper: City on Fire Poster        Reg. Price: $10          Sale Price:  $8    (20% Off)

-The Pauper Black & White Poster    Reg. Price: $10     Sale Price: $8        (20% Off)

-The Pauper: 2 Guns and Fire Poster   Reg. Price: $10   Sale Price: $8   (20% Off)

-Ghost Assassin: In The Cards Poster   Reg. Price: $10   Sale Price: $8   (20% Off)

-Ghost Assassin: Love on a Motorcycle Poster   Reg. Price: $10  Sale Price: $8  (20% Off)

-Ghost Assassin: David in a Black Sniper Scope  Reg. Price: $10  Sale Price: $8   (20% Off)

-Ghost Assassin: David in a White Sniper Scope   Reg. Price: $10  Sale Price: $8    (20% Off)

-Ghost Assassin: Melissa Pin-Up Poster   Reg. Price: $10  Sale Price: $8  (20% Off)

-Ghost Assassin: The Family Poster   Reg. Price: $10  Sale Price: $8   (20% Off)

-Ghost Assassin: David’s Angry Fist Poster   Reg. Price: $10   Sale Price: $8  (20% Off)

-Ghost Assassin: Todd in Sniper Scope Poster  Reg. Price: $10   Sale Price: $8   (20% Off)

-Chronicles of Van Helsing Vampire Skull Poster          Reg. Price:  $10       Sale Price: $8            (20% Off)

-Chronicles of Van Helsing Vampire Wolf Poster            Reg. Price: $10        Sale Price: $8            (20% Off)

-Chronicles of Van Helsing Robert Van Helsing Poster      Reg. Price: $10       Sale Price: $8            (20% Off)

-Chronicles of Van Helsing Sally’s Feeding Time Poster       Reg. Price: $10    Sale Price: $8            (20% Off)

-Chronicles of Van Helsing Brother VS Brother Poster          Reg. Price:  $10    Sale Price: $8         (20% Off)

-Chronicles of Van Helsing Mr Mufkins Poster         Reg. Price: $10         Sale Price: $8            (20% Off)

-Pauper Rough Cut          Reg. Price: $3             Sale Price: $1            (67% Off)

-Darkslinger Sketchbook 1       Reg. Price: $3             Sale Price: $1             (67% Off)

-Darkslinger Sketchbook 4       Reg. Price: $3            Sale Price:  $1            (67% Off)

-Chronicles of Van Helsing #1         Reg. Price:  $3            Sale Price:  $2.49      (17% Off)

-Chronicles of Van Helsing #2          Reg. Price: $3            Sale Price:  $2.49      (17% Off)

-Chronicles of Van Helsing #3           Reg. Price: $3            Sale Price:  $2.49      (17% Off)

-Chronicles of Van Helsing #4          Reg. Price: $3            Sale Price:  $2.49      (17% Off)

-The Principalities Servants of the Devil Poster    Reg. Price: $10  Sale Price:  $8           (20% Off)

-The Principalities: Angel Vs The Antichrist Poster   Reg. Price: $10  Sale Price: $8   (20% Off)

-Diary of a Dead Man #1 Poster            Reg. Price:  $10           Sale Price:  $8            (20% Off)

-Diary of a Dead Man #2 Poster            Reg. Price:  $10           Sale Price:  $8            (20% Off)

-Who Will Save The World? eBook             Reg. Price: $3               Sale Price: $.99        (67% Off)

-The Principalities Con Ed     Reg. Price: $3.99    Sale Price:   $2         (50% Off)

-Chronicles of Van Helsing eBook Pack         Reg. Price: $4.95               Sale Price:  $2           (59% Off)
Contains downloadable eBook copies of Chronicles of Van Helsing #1-5

Monday, August 27, 2012

El Bovine Muerte Contest!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EL BOVINE MUERTE CONTEST: ASK A QUESTION, WIN ART

08.27.2012  Molalla, OR-Darkslinger Comics is offering readers a rare chance to win a piece of El Bovine Muerte Original Art.  To enter the contest readers need only submit a question to the star of El Bovine Muerte, Le Mime.  All questions must be sent to contest@darkslinger.com and must be received by September 5th, 2012.  The first place winner will have their question answered by Le Mime within the pages of the El Bovine Muerte webcomic, a piece of original art by El Bovine Muerte artist Paul Johnson as well as an autographed copy of the print edition that their question appears in.  Two runners-up will also have their question answered by Le Mime as well as receiving an autographed edition of the print edition that their question is answered in.

Summary of El Bovine Muerte:
A story about a cow...but not just any ordinary cow, this is a genetically altered cow that has been created in a secret lab overseen by a delusionally mad mime on his quest to create the world's most perfect cheese.  However, the cheese has dangerous side effects and now a war has errupted to control the power of the cheese.  Will all of humanity suffer due to one mime's persuit of happiness?
El Bovine Muerte is a totally free webcomic that currently features over 70 pages posted.

To find out more about El Bovine Muerte, please visit:
www.darkslinger.com/elbovinemuerte

Darkslinger Comics first hit the scene in 2006 with Ghost Assassin. Since then, we have gone on to publish Chronicles of Van Helsing, El Bovine Muerte, The Principalities as well as several other titles. To learn more about Darkslinger please visit www.darkslinger.com

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Who Will Save The World? Kickstarter

As of this writing there are just 65 hours left to get the Who Will Save The World? incentive you want on Kickstarter!  Several of the reward tiers are limited to Kickstarter, meaning in just 65 hours these items will never be available again!
We still have these limited edition reward tiers:
-Being drawn in as a soldier in the book
-Tattoo Design by Stefano Cardoselli
-Original art page from the book
-Original art to the Variant cover for the book
-Kickstarter Exclusive Variant Cover
-Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover
-Kickstarter Exclusive Sketchbook
-Print and digital editions of the book and so so much more!
If you are interested in becoming a backer, simply follow this link:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/darkslinger/who-will-save-the-world-a-ww1-zombie-epic

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Big Wow, El Bovine Muerte and Who Will Save The World?

We will be at the Big Wow Comic Fest this Saturday and Sunday in San Jose, CA.  Visit us in the exhibitor's area.  www.bigwowcomicfest.com

El Bovine Muerte is up to Page #7 from Chapter 3 (over 60 pages now posted, completely free to read!)
www.darkslinger.com/elbovinemuerte


Who Will Save The World? is going strong on Kickstarter, but we need your support to make our goal!  We have some great incentives starting at just $1!  http://kck.st/HOWleb


Adam Watson (Owner of Darkslinger Comics) was recently interviewed by Lip Service podcast.  To hear the interview click the following link: http://kissmecomix.com/podcastgen/download.php?filename=2012-05-13_lipservice24.mp3

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Free Comic Book Day Signing

Adam Watson and Tony Morgan will be signing today at Cosmic Monkey Comics in celebration of Free Comic Book Day from 11 to 2.  Stop by and get some great comics!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Who Will Save The World? Press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHO WILL SAVE THE WORLD? ON KICK STARTER

04.24.2012  Molalla, OR-Darkslinger Comics and Azurek Studios are campaigning on Kickstarter for financial backers to bring Who Will Save The World? to life in print. Your contribution will fund printing and marketing costs for Who Will Save the World? a 52 page Color one-shot, written by Rita Gorgoni and illustrated by Stefano Cardoselli. Any surplus of funds will be used for development and production of other Darkslinger Comics and Azurek Studios collaborations.

This is your opportunity to fund a massacre and the war that follows.  Spoils from this war include  a limited edition trading card, becoming a soldier/zombie in the comic, original artwork, a variant cover, a hardcover, a limited edition statue, the comic itself and much more.  Click the link at the bottom by June 19th, 2012 to submit your pledge.  Some options have limited availability and will sell out quickly.

Summary of Who Will Save The World?:
The Western Front. September 12, 1914. It’s early morning in the French trenches. Two soldiers eat as rain drowns the land. A strange green cloud covers the land as the sun rises. The smell of death grows as a sinister shadow is cast upon the trenches: the Germans are attacking. The French quickly arm themselves and open fire on the approaching enemy soldiers, but their bullets might as well be spit balls. The German soldiers who do fall, rise instantly and continue their approach. What ensues is a morning of massacre, the French had no chance. When the Medical teams arrive, all that remain are pieces of what were once soldiers: devoured by an unknown weapon.
As the French tend to their dead, the Germans are just a few miles outside of Paris. The Germans have harnessed a chemical formula that instantly revives their fallen soldiers. Germany now holds the most dangerous weapon on the planet. They call their new army “The Green Skull.” It doesn’t take long for Germany to overwhelm and overthrow all of France and Italy, the rest of Europe is next. The Empire is winning this war and now they prepare to take Britain. In an attempt to combat the quickly approaching attack, Britain calls on the US for assistance.  Who Will Save The World from this undead army?

Click the link for more information and to support Who Will Save The World? on Kickstarter:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/darkslinger/who-will-save-the-world-a-ww1-zombie-epic

Darkslinger Comics first hit the scene in 2006 with Ghost Assassin. Since then, we have gone on to publish Chronicles of Van Helsing, El Bovine Muerte, The Principalities as well as several other titles. To learn more about Darkslinger please visit www.darkslinger.com

Azurek Studios was born in 2000, and was the brain child of Stefano Cardoselli and Rita Gorgoni. In addition to their work with Darkslinger Comics, Azurek has also worked with Heavy Metal Magazine, 2000 AD, Blue Water Comics, and WarriorInnKeeper Comics.  Darkslinger Comics and Azurek have worked together on the Chronicles of Van Helsing, 100 Points of Hate and Down Stone Cold. To learn more about Azurek, please visit http://www.azurekstudios.com/


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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Who Will Save The World? Now on Kickstarter!

Darkslinger Comics and Azurek Studios are raising funds for the printing and promotion of Who Will Save The World? on Kickstarter.  You can help out by going to: http://kck.st/HOWleb 
By donating you can get some great incentives like a limited edition Bust, an original page, a Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover or even be drawn into the book as a Zombie!  These are just some of the great incentives we are offering!  If you would like to help, but can't afford to make a donation, please consider sharing the link of Facebook, posting about it in your own blog or tweeting a message on Twitter.  Your help and support is appreciated!

Friday, March 09, 2012

Conventions

This Saturday and Sunday (March 10th and 11th) Darkslinger Comics will have a table at the Portland Raining Stars Show (http://www.rainingstarsshow.com/)  The show will be located at the Columbia Blvd Holiday Inn convention center in Portland, OR

We have now been confirmed for Emerald City Comic Con at the end of the month, March 30-April 1st.  If you do not already know, ECCC is the biggest comic convention in the Pacific Northwest.  It will be located in Seattle, WA.  To learn more about this show, visit: http://emeraldcitycomiccon.com/

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Reviewed on Fangoria and more...

Chronicles of Van Helsing has been reviewed by Fangoria.

Ghost Assassin: Mercy is now available as an eBook and can be downloaded on the following sites:
eBay
Comics Drive Thru
MyEbook
It will soon be available on Graphic.ly, Mydigitalcomics and the Official Darkslinger website as well.

We are currently doing a major overhaul to the website, including a complete revamp of the way El Bovine Muerte looks on the web.  More on that later.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Ty Wakefield, I hope you have found peace

I normally only use this blog to pimp the newest products and happenings of Darkslinger Comics. So, dear reader, I hope you will forgive me today if I break that tradition.





Ty Wakefield, much beloved creator of Captain Cure has passed away. There are no words that can be used to sum up all of what Ty was to everyone he met. I doubt there was a person who came within ten feet of him that was not affected by him in some way. Ty was my consigliere, like a brother to me and most importantly the best friend I could ever hope for. I hope that you are looking down on all of us, and can see the many blog postings, facebook status updates, etc... from the countless lives you touched and know exactly how much everyone misses you.



I first met you at the Olympia Comic Con (I no longer remember the year), and at first you were afraid to talk to me because I "looked like the scariest mother fucker you had ever seen." You being you decided to make the most of being tabled next to someone like me and eventually we started talking. When I first tried to talk to you Ben freaked out, saying something to the effect of "I THINK HE'S GOING TO TALK TO US!" You promptly told him to shut up so that he didn't get you both killed!" Who knew that just six hours, ribbing of the special guests and an art gallery later, we would be best friends? I sure didn't.



I was surprised to see the next day that you had friend requested me on Myspace and even more surprised at how much we had in common during our hour long phone conversations that seemed to be happening more and more frequently. Those phone conversations might be what I miss most.



Over the course of the next few months I actually managed a surprise visit (complete with art made just for you from almost every artist I knew), driving over 7 hours to get to your house. Over the course of the next year our visits became more and more frequent, usually disguised as business trips, but Ang and Em both knew better. I will never forget your excitement on my 29th birthday when you found out that they would serve you food at the rail during your first trip to a real strip club. "I can eat and there's a naked girl in front of me!"



Within a year of us meeting I introduced you to everyone I could in the Portland area, and everyone of them took you in the same way I did. You will always be "The Baller" to Paul, Alan is always going to remember you as the guy that told him you were more famous than him within 10 minutes of meeting him, Ben will remember you for your tough love and that he couldn't escape a mental pounding when the two of us were together.



There are so many things we wanted to do, but never got the time. Dark Reality, a crossover between our two companies, the Big K Tour we wanted to kick off. But I don't want to remember what we didn't do, only what we did. Constant hours of business talk, talk about comics or a hot girl we saw walking by.



I have been reading through our old e-mails, and it wasn't until I came across the one where you asked me what you should wear to your KATU interview that I realized that in some ways I was your mentor in all of the comic stuff. I only hope that you realized that through your courage, through your inspiration and through just being you you were my mentor on how to be a better person. I know how stupid that sounds, but it's true. Without you I wouldn't have visited sick kids in the hospital or probably ever done any charitable work at all. You were my inspiration for all of that.



You asked me to write this for you because in your words I was the only person you could count on to do this without crying, but I am sorry my friend, that is the one thing I can not do. I love you Ty and I always will. There will not be a day that goes by that I do not miss you. I hope the tattoo on my side or the fact that I have never removed this bracelet was some indication to you of how much you meant to me.  Goodbye my friend, my consigliere, my fellow douche bag and most importantly, my brother. I hope to see you again someday.



Adam

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Places to buy...

A few places that you can pick up Darkslinger titles:
Locust Moon Comics & Movies
4040 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
http://www.facebook.com/locustmoon.comics

Lonestar Comics
Multiple Locations
http://www.mycomicshop.com/search?TID=648741

Things From Another World
Multiple Locations
http://www.tfaw.com/Companies/darkslinger+comics

Cosmic Monkey Comics
5335 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR
http://www.cosmicmonkeycomics.com/

All About Heroes
10322 SE Holgate Blvd
Portland , OR , 97266
 
Comic-Evolution
206 South Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98371
http://www.comic-evolution.com/

Indy Planet
No physical location
http://indyplanet.com/store/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=darkslinger&osCsid=0dkpt38j34eo6j3e5g76u4k3a0

Independent Propaganda
No physical location
http://independentpropagandastore.myshopify.com/products/darkslinger-comics-sketchbook-vol-1

Danger Room Comics
201 W 4th Ave.

Olympia, WA 98501
http://dangerroomoly.com/

Guappo Comics and Coffee
6350 SE Foster Road

Portland, Oregon 97206
http://www.guapocomicsandbooks.com/

RETAILERS:  If you should be on this list, but we missed you OR if you would like information on carrying Darkslinger titles in your store contact sales@darkslinger.com  Retailers can also order select titles from http://havendistro.com/ and http://www.comicsmonkey.com/store/




Thursday, March 31, 2011

The winners have been selected!

Thank you to everyone who entered the Who Will Save The World? Pin-up contest.  It was hard to decide on the winners, as we received so many great entries.  The winners are:
-Grand Prize: Fausto Carotti
-1st Runner-up: Dražen Brkić
-2nd Runner-up: Paul Johnson
Please pick up a copy (or two) of Who Will Save The World? to see these great entries!  Thank you once again to all who entered and please be on the lookout as we will be doing more contests in the future.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Darkslinger Comics and Azurek Studios present Zombie-O-Rama, the Who Will Save the World? Pin-Up Contest.


Darkslinger Comics and Azurek Studios present Zombie-O-Rama, the Who Will Save the World? Pin-Up Contest.


Who Will Save the World?

Story Rita Gorgoni and Stefano Cardoselli

Written by Rita Gorgoni

Art by Stefano Cardoselli

32 page black and white one-shot
The Western Front. September 12, 1914. It’s early morning in the French trenches. Two soldiers eat as rain drowns the land. A strange green cloud covers the land as the sun rises. The smell of death grows as a sinister shadow is cast upon the trenches: the Germans are attacking. The French quickly arm themselves and open fire on the approaching enemy soldiers, but their bullets might as well be spit balls. The German soldiers who do fall, rise instantly and continue their approach. What ensues is a morning of massacre, the French had no chance. When the Medical teams arrive, all that remain are pieces of what were once soldiers: devoured by an unknown weapon.
As the French tend to their dead, the Germans are just a few miles outside of Paris.  The Germans have harnassed a chemical formula that instantly revives their fallen soldiers. Germany now holds the most dangerous weapon on the planet. They call their new army "The Green Skull." It doesn’t take long for Germany to overwhelm and overthrow all of France and Italy, the rest of Europe is next.



The Empire is winning this war and now they prepare to take Britain. In an attempt to combat the quickly approaching attack, Britain calls on the US for assistance.
Darkslinger Comics and Azurek Studios want you to create a Pin-Up image related to content from Who Will Save The World? The artwork must be submitted in black & white or gray scale. The finalist will have their Pin-Up printed in a special gallery section in the back of Who Will Save The World? Send all entries to contest@darkslinger.com by March 25th, 2011. Anyone is welcome to submit. Winners will be announced on March 30th, 2011.

The Fine Print: Once submitted, all artwork becomes the property of Darkslinger Comics. You must own all rights to all Entry Materials submitted by you. All Entry Materials must be original works of authorship on your part that have not been copied, in whole or in part, from any other work and do not violate, misappropriate or infringe any copyright, trademark or other proprietary right of any other person or entity.
Darkslinger Comics first hit the scene in 2006 with Ghost Assassin. Since then, we have gone on to publish Chornicles of Van Helsing, El Bovine Muerte, The Principalities as well as several other titles. To learn more about Darkslinger please visit http://www.darkslinger.com/

Azurek Studios was born in 2000, and was the brain child of Stefano Cardoselli and Rita Gorgoni. 2011 and 2012 will see more than ten titles published by Darkslinger Comics and Azurek Studios. Azurek has also worked with Heavy Metal Magazine, 2000 AD, Blue Water Comics, WarriorInnKeeper Comics and more. To learn more about Azurek, please visit http://www.azurekstudios.com/

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ghost Assassin Kickstarter project...

We have started a new Ghost Assassin Kickstarter project!  Ghost Assassin Kickstarter  Follow the link to help support the project and get an exclusive hardcover, sketchbook, trading card, original artwork and more!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Updates!

Comic Monsters has conducted an interview with Stefano Cardoselli regarding Who Will Save the World?  A one-shot comic scheduled to come out from Darkslinger Comics in March of 2011.  Stefano interview

El Bovine Muerte Chapter 2 is currently in production.  While you wait to read that, we are replacing pages from chapter #1 with artwork by Paul Johnson.  Page #2 was posted this week: Page #2

Chronicles of Van Helsing Chapter #3 is now finished.  It can be preordered at: http://darkslinger.com/Covh3.html  If you can't wait for the print version to read this bad boy, it can be purchased in pdf format from the same page, or at:
CoVH 3 MyeBook
Comics Drivethru
Carbonated Comics
eBay

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween from all of us at Darkslinger Comics!  Here is a special Halloween treat from Tony Morgan.  To see a special El Bovine Muerte/Lil Lincoln crossover Halloween card, go to www.darkslinger.com/elbovinemuerte

Monday, August 23, 2010

Chronicles of Van Helsing on Kickstarter!

Help support Chronicles of Van Helsing on Kickstarter by going to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/606928229/chronicles-of-van-helsing  You will have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive print, t-shirt, sketchbook, hardcover, a one-of-a-kind Mr. Mufkins, original cover artwork to Chapters #2 and 3 plus more!

El Bovine Muerte Chapter 1

El Bovine Muerte Chapter 1 has wrapped.  We will be taking a 2 week break before releasing the first page of the next chapter.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Paul Johnson now on art chores for EBM...

Paul Johnson is now the new official artist on El Bovine Muerte.  EBM is now up to page #14, and has yet to miss a single Wednesday.  To view Paul's work, head over to www.darkslinger.com/elbovinemuerte

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

El Bovine Muerte...

The El Bovine Muerte webcomic is continuing to pick up steam.  We have now released page #11 and are not going to stop there.  Head over to www.darkslinger.com/elbovinemuerte to check it out!

Drivethru Mega Bundle

Drive Thru Mega Bundle  For a VERY limited amount of time we are offering a digital bundle on Comics Drivethru where you can download EVERY Darkslinger title for just $3.50!  Take advantage now, because I will not keep this up for very long.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Digital Comics...

A new page for El Bovine Muerte is now posted at www.darkslinger.com/elbovinemuerte

Darkslinger has inked a deal with new digital comics distributor, mydigitalcomics.com to carry the full line of Darkslinge products for digital download.  To see the entire list currently available go to: http://www.mydigitalcomics.com/publishers.aspx?id=b57102ed-5712-4af6-8e3f-8814aad172f6  More products will be added soon.

Ghost Assassin/Johnny Vega is now done and at the printer!  In addition it can be purchased for digital download at mydigitalcomics.com, Comics Drivethru and myebook.com

Monday, April 26, 2010

CoVH Chapter 2 sneak peek!

  Cover sneak peek for Chronicles of Van Helsing Chapter 2.  Artwork by Tony Morgan.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Darkslinger to do benefit print for Chile



Darkslinger Comics to release print for Chilean earthquake relief
Darkslinger Comics in conjunction with artist Macro Roblin will be releasing a print to raise donations to benefit the victims of the Chilean earthquakes.

Molalla, Oregon. April 13th, 2010. Darkslinger Comics will be releasing a print with artwork by Chilean artist, Marco Roblin to benefit the victims of the 2010 Chilean earthquakes.
The print is fully rendered by Marco and features two of Darkslinger flagship characters, David from Ghost Assassin and Le Mime from El Bovine Muerte. One hundred percent of proceeds will go to help the Chilean organization, Un Techo Para Chile (A roof for Chile).

The print will first be debuted at the Stumptown Comics Festival (Portland, OR April 24th-25th). After that Darkslinger will continue to sell the print through various conventions in Oregon and Washington as well as online at http://www.darkslinger.com/

Artist Marco Roblin states that this is the most important piece he has done. In his own words "this (the earthquake) was a huge blow. Both physically and emotionally, having the opportunity to do this piece gives me a chance to contribute in the healing process. We had a choice between doing something with some humor or something directly related to the earthquake. In the end, we chose humor as during this time the images of pain and destruction are so clear in our minds that doing a retelling of that would be a bad tribute."

The print will be sold strictly on donations, meaning that anyone can buy one no matter the amount they have to donate. Of course, higher donations are appreciated as they will go further in recovery goals, but small donations under ten dollars will still help and are still very much appreciated.

Chronicles of Van Helsing signing tomorrow!

Adam Watson, Tony Morgan and Alan Bennett will all be at Cosmic Monkey Comics tomorrow from 12-2 for a Chronicles of Van Helsing signing.  Cosmic Monkey is located at 5335 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR

Friday, March 05, 2010

Chronicles of Van Helsing...

Chronicles of Van Helsing Chapter 1 is now available at http://www.darkslinger.com/ and for download at http://www.myebook.com/index.php?option=ebook&id=27617 or http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=79137  Also, don't miss the Darkslinger Mafia next weekend at the Emerald City Comic Con.  This will be the first time that Darkslinger makes it's appearance at this show (though not in this city).  Don't miss it!