Just when you thought it was safe to drop everything and dive into the weekend, it’s time for a look back at the BCHQ: WEEK IN REVIEW!
Manic as ever with 3 books in various stages to get to the printer STAT. Favorite part of the day is doing a morning overhaul of everything that’s on deck and incorporating it all onto a Status Sheet. It starts with what was due last week and continues far into the future of 2020 as I put new pitches on the potential slate. Prioritizing and setting deadlines is critical to meeting daily and weekly goals. Also: It allows me to do what I do best: Boss People Around.
Major ad campaign week as we finalize the backmatter in our January on sale books. Here’s the first one designed by Creative Director/General Dogsbody Philip Bond. We love a solid graphic template that provides cohesion and unity within the context of a diabolical indie comic book imprint. Plus, it makes it faster and easier to design if you hire the best comic book teams in the business.
Wrote and assembled the new Definite Article column that design commando PJ Bond turned into a fab double-page spread of 2019 predictions. 4 Key words that will matter in 2019 here at BCHQ:
Failed photo shoot! Random person at bus stop reads a BLACK CROWN comic book…
EUTHANAUTS #5 takes flight and makes it to the printer on time! Hard to believe we’ve finished the GROUND CONTROL arc. If you enjoyed the series by TINI HOWARD and NICK ROBLES please spread the word. There’s nothing we like more than to continue the tradition of longform comics at BCHQ! Here’s the galactic cover B by artist Marley Zarcone and colorist Tamra Bonvillain on its way to final design.
In the midst of environmental allergies, crushing deadlines, and wrapping the kid’s birthday presents, I still need to bake a cake! But comics first, of course! Today’s work will include proofreading the second half of the lettering on HOUSE AMOK #4, editing the script for issue #2 of [info redacted] by the amazing team of [writer redacted] and [artist redacted] and ballooning the first issue of PUNKS NOT DEAD: LONDON CALLING by writer David Barnett and artist MARTIN SIMMONDS!
Wednesday, November 14
EUTHANAUTS #4 #LBCS
Bauhaus, vol. 2 CD: A goth essential in sound and design. Bought this back in 1986. My third ever CD purchase, it retailed for $28.00 which was a bloody fortune for a college kid.
See you next week for comics fiction and local finery! And Happy 14th Birthday to my favorite son, the one and only Spencer Bond!
Special thanks to Spencer’s granddad, Bob Bond, for filling in for our regular chalkboard artist this week!
It’s a post-post modern world so in the spirit of post Halloween pre-BLACK CROWN BLACK FRIDAY, here’s recap of the week we just experienced:
Skateboarding lesson with 2016 Hall of Fame Skateboarder/sports stylist/total disruptor Cindy Whitehead. It’s part of a feature I’m writing about Cindy for an upcoming issue of FULL BLEED. Street Angel skateboard art by the inimitable Jim Rugg, deck by Dusters.
2 hot comics are getting prepped to go to the printer.
When lettering gets proofread by the editor, proofreader, and writer Tini Howard for first round corrections, sometimes Nick Robles’ art looks red cool like this:
HOUSE AMOK #4
Two pages of inks to go for artist Shawn McManus and when this beauty showed up, I felt the teeth on my neck!
Started working on two ad campaigns, one for now and a more extensive one to debut in early 2019. This design from PUNKS NOT DEAD: TEENAGE KICKS TPB (out now!) by David Barnett and Martin Simmonds inspired the now campaign. Look for a series of strong graphic backgrounds and superb figures in the very near future.
Also: Check out this incredible PND TPB review from NPR Books:
Everyday is Halloween when you’re the band Ministry or if you work in comics! To prove it, here’s a selection of your favorite BC pros in action!
PND writer David Barnett and friend. Glad to see he has one!
EUTHANAUTS and ASSASSINISTAS scribe Tini Howard looking exactly as one would expect on Everyday is Halloween.
Still can’t figure out why I’m drawn to cats since I’m highly allergic to animals but WTH. The proof is in the pictures. L: It me in 1972. R: It might be me in 2018.
BIG NEWS ON
Leaving you with BLACK CROWN’S official pub band, CUD, currently on tour in the U.K. The short feature CUD: Rich And Strange by William Potter, Carl Puttnam and Philip Bond from the BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY is out now. BCQ #4 (shown below) features a wraparound cover of the CUD band and is available everywhere — even at CUD gigs!
Comic book writers Will (L) and Carl (middle) and genius guitarist Mike (R) on stage. Blocked by the trio is drummer Gogs.
See you next week, same convivial times, same place!