Lots of Work Behind the Scenes

You may or may not have noticed that things have been pretty quiet here at STR for the past few months.

It was not intentional.  A little bit of time to refocus has turned into an extended leave of absence. Instead of spending time here, we have been off on other projects. But, while we have been away, we have not been idle.  So, without further ado, let us give you a little tour of what we have been up to.

Kilted Comics
First up is our new publishing endeavor, Kilted Comics. For a while now we have been looking for a way to bring together disparate self-publishing projects under a single umbrella. With Paris in the 20th Century published in September (written by Brian Gardes and art by Keri Grassl), and the next volume (Ana DuPre and the Eye of the Kraken) being serialized as we speak, we wanted a place where they could shine. So we created Kilted Comics. In addition to the ongoing adventures of Ana DuPre, Kilted Comics also features previews of upcoming books written by Brian with art by Vaughn Barker. The first book from the pair is Shelby Stone and the Tomb of Ta’aroa. So, head over to Kilted Comics and check out this exciting new publishing venture!

Emerald City Panel
Each year we strive to find new ways to become more connected to the comics we love. What began as a love of comics turned into a podcast where we talked about comics. Then we started to talk with creators about their comics. This led to more interviews and hours spent on the con floor, the pub, and in studios in search of the best in the business. Then we started making our own comics, tabling at shows, and making even more connections.

It was the time spent at the conventions that made us think about what kind of panels we wanted to see. One thing led to another, proposals were made, emails exchanged, prayers answered, and we are now proud to announce that Brian will be hosting a panel at this year’s Emerald City Comic Con!

Based on the tagline in Becky Cloonan’s Eisner award winning book, The Mire, this panel features creators who have risen to prominence via self-publishing, had the opportunity to work for the Big Guys, and have chosen to stay with self-publishing. Panelists include Becky Cloonan, Wendy & Richard Pini, Chris Roberson and Jeff Smith.

Program date and time: Saturday, March 29, 5:40pm, Hall D, (Room 602-603)

So stop by, say hello, and support the self-publishing movement!

More Comic Posts Coming
Over the past few weeks we have been working on a series of posts which highlight different independent and self-published comics. We will be rolling them out over the next few weeks and can’t wait to get back in the swing of things. It has been a long, strange winter, but spring is around the corner (groundhog be damned!) and with it comes an invigorated STR!

See you in the funny pages!

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