Ink and Feathers Comics will be attending one (and quite possible the only for this year) convention in Orland Park on March 4, 2017. It called CONival and will be taking place in Orland Park, IL. I bring this up as I am a little excited about going. The excitement is due to a few reasons. Firstly, I have not attended a convention for a number of years. Reason is mostly due to money. I’m a struggling artist who lives in his car and feeds his kitty ketchup packs that I “borrow” from the local McDonalds. No, that not true but it’s expensive to do conventions. You have to travel to where you’re going, pay for fuel not only for the car but yourself as well. What happens if you find that obscure item that you desperately need to complete your Pog collection? Well, there goes your profits (if you sell anything). All $2.00. What about the cost to produce your merchandise. That’s an expense as well. People are coming to purchase something from you, right? You can’t very well go, set up a table and only have yourself, the clothes on your back, and a writing utensil. That would be weird. This is not to say I have not seen some people do this in the past. But not only can it be weird, it can come across as awkward.
“Hi. I’m Anthony. Can I sign a body part for you? Oh, that’s a good body part. Rock on! Once I do you know that body part will be worth some money. Maybe. Ok, you might be worth enough to be traded for a cup of free coffee but nothing more. Oh, and for my signature, is it ok that I charge you $50. Sweet! Thanks for coming out!” See. Awkward AND weird.
Second on the list for not attending is no new products. That was until this past November that Tears of the Prophets was finally put in a published form that people can purchase. Which is swell as its been drawn for almost A DECADE. Plans change, things get in the way, and life happens. It just happens. Nothing I can do about it as I can only face each day one 24 hour period at a time. Sucks to be a linear being and only be aware of existence via linear time. I never said I was perfect.
Last, but certain not least, I get to interact with other like-minded mortals. SWEET! I can schmooze, flaunt, and brag about why I think I cool (I’m not). I get to breathe different air (smug filled city air) and give people who walk by a thumbs up for being so swell as to make an appearance at this little shindig. YAY!
Folks, it going to be a fun time and it’s FREE! That should make all you liberals out there extremely happy! I should know. I am one.
Come on by, get your face painted, get those nicely washed hands read by groovy palm readers, pick an artist’s brain about where they get their ideas, bug a merchant for their brilliantly crafted wares, and find that missing Alf pog that completes your collection. Trust me, it will be worth it. Mainly because I will be there breathing smog filled air with like-minded individuals. Don’t judge me, least ye be judged yourself!
PS. I don’t get out much these days….
See everyone Saturday, March 4th, 2017 from 10am til 5pm!
Be There & Be Square!
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 S Ravinia Ave
Orland Park, IL 60462
It’s Official! Tears of the Prophets by Anthony Feinman will be released November 18, 2016. So, would you like to have a FREE, SIGNED copy? Sure you would! So, from now until November 18, 2016, in order to win your FREE COPY (plus maybe some other goodies as well) become a FAN of Ink and Feathers Comics by “LIKING” the INK & FEATHERS COMICS FACEBOOK PAGE. Then leave a comment on the image your see in this post (the one above) that was posted on 10/16/16. Tell us why you like comic books and why do you keep on reading. THAT’S IT! On November 18th, 2016, we will post the winner and contact them for their mailing address. SIMPLE, HUH?
New and current fans are all welcome to participate. One copy will be awarded to ONE LUCKY WINNER!
The last publication we have seen from Ink and Feathers Comics was back in mid 2014. Anthony is currently working on finally publishing his long awaited prequel to the Terry Freedom saga, Tears of the Prophets. We got a chance to speak briefly with this allusive cartoonist and ask him why it has taken him so long to release this story and will he be working on anything new in the future?
IF Comics: How’s it going?
Anthony: Ugh. I still exist.
IF Comics: (laughs) So, tell us why now? What made you decide to finally release a print/ebook version of this story?
Anthony: Well, back in 2008, I decided to try to go back to school to finish my degree. Unfortunately, plans changed and I was only able to study for a year. Just this year (2016) I looked into returning to my studies. I applied to a school that had a awesome program that really appealed to me. I got accepted and was offered a scholarship but only if I returned as a full time student. Unfortunately, where I am financially, it would not work. So that was nixed. From all my time at SAIC and the time since I left in 2009, I feel that with my experience freelancing and doing other things has given me enough background to move on. I have enough knowledge that I really don’t need to have a BA degree to back me up. I’ve put together enough of my own books and other companies publications that I can do this. I just need to suck it up and get the work done.
IF Comics: I understand that this story has been done for quite some time. Why was it never printed?
Anthony: I don’t think I or the story were ready. I did a video slide show and released it through YouTube shortly after I finished it. However, one of things I was struggling with was how to put the words with the images. Picture you have a book open in your hands. I had always envisioned the text totally on the left page and the full image on the right page.
IF Comics: So, kind of like a storybook design?
Anthony: Yes. The problem is that some of the text that was paired with the images may have only a couple lines of text. Other images had close to a full page of text. If I overlapped the text over some of the more “busier” images, I would lose a lot of “hidden messages”. When I was at SAIC, I had a final project showing with the class and brought out this work to be critiqued. Most of the students didn’t have too much in the way of advice except that I should try to letter the story via hand. They didn’t really help at all but liked the story and the images. In fact, during that critique is where I debuted the next short part. The last eight pages of this story are truly the images that no one has ever seen. Except for those students.
If Comics: Can we include an image from this “lost” part of your never before seen story with this article?
Anthony: No. (laughs) These past few months, I have re-examined the work again and decided that the best thing to do was shrink the image heavy images and place the text either above or underneath on the page. I didn’t want to lose the imagery. (Example can be seen to the right) A lot of the story/text is kind of vague and the imagery will make a lot more sense once The B.U.C.K.S Stops Here (the last and final Terry Freedom story) starts to be published and released. It has been important to me that each image can be seen in it’s entirety.
If Comics: By the way, when will be start seeing that story, The B.U.C.K.S. Starts Here, come out? It was advertised in Escape in a Dirigible back in 2003.
Anthony: (laughs) Yeah, I have no idea. I started drawing it 2 years ago. I have the outline drafted but still have not found how the story will be concluded. It’s “locked up here inside” as some would say (points to his head). As I have been re-examining this work (Tears), I have been pondering the idea of releasing an issue at a time. The last story is going to be quite involved and complex as it deals with time travel. It (multiple issues released periodically) may satisfy the fans who have been waiting for almost two decades (The Crystal Skull Files was published in 1997) to see what happens afterwards.
If Comics: So, ultimately, what is this story about?
Anthony: Well, it’s a short story that actually takes place at the end of The Crystal Skull Files. There is a scene where Terry Freedom and the gang are flying after a rocket that is heading towards the moon to destroy it. The plane has reached an altitude that causes all the occupants to pass out from lack of oxygen except for the robot, Rustbucket. He is left alone with the Crystal Skull that is being used to send its audio sonics to destroy the rogue rocket. Before the Skull expels its last sonic song, it reveals to Rustbucket its long history on planet Earth. The whole story takes the skull two seconds to impart its story to Ruckbucket.
If Comics: So we get to find out where the Crystal Skull comes from?
Anthony: Yes, plus you will learn that it has a history with Freedom and his family. And if you look close, you may discover a few other things. However, you have to look REALLY close as everything I added is probably really subtle. Except to me. I see it all but I wrote and illustrated it (laughs). The best hints I can give are to re-read The Mask Conspiracy and The Crystal Skull Files. You’ll see a lot of familiar “images” from those two books show up in this prequel.
If Comics: So, when will we finally be able to read this thing. Huh? Huh? Sounds pretty interesting…
Anthony: I’m hoping soon. I’m almost finished with designing the E-book version and I’m still debating as to if I should do a print version. But the more I think about, I should release both version simultaneously like a real publisher should.
IF Comics: Sooooooo, next month?
Anthony: (laughs) Hopefully before Christmas! I would like to design a FREE E-book version for Legend of Brigadier General Schaumburg Harmony and finally digitize The Mask Conspiracy and The Crystal Skull Files for Amazon download. Eventually Escape in a Dirigible as well. However, I need to do one thing at a time as everything just listed already seems daunting as I say it. I would also like to modernize Ink and Feathers Comics website (IFCOMICS) at some point as well. Its a bit outdated. I do all this in my spare time when I’m not playing with my kitty, G3 (Goober the Third for short), and hanging with my girlfriend catching awesome TV shows and new movies.
If Comics: Well, thanks for taking time today to speak with us today and keep drawing. We want to see more stuff asap!
Anthony: No problem.
Ink and Feathers Comics will post an update as soon as Anthony lets us know when the books will be available for pre-order and download. Previous books, The Mask Conspiracy,The Crystal Skull Files, and Escape in a Dirigible are available for order through Amazon.com
A few short weeks ago, IF Comics released Anthony and Myke’s The Magic Press and Other Critter Stories as a e-book digital download exclusively on Amazon.com. (Check it out here.) It did pretty well in sales it’s first week BUT that was not enough for our fans. They wanted a PRINT edition! It’s nice to know that there are still readers and book collectors out there that like to have their literature still tangible!
So in response to Facebook fan outcry, Anthony started working on re-paginating a print edition for sale. After a couple weeks, he finally completed the task!
The Magic Press is immediately available for order for $5.99 plus shipping and handling from CreateSpace.com (Click here to order.) Roughly 5-7 days from the date of this blog release, it will also be available through retail outlets such as Amazon.com as well as ANY book store retailer through special order. A few days after that, it will be available overseas in Europe through Create Space’s distribution.
“This edition is only slightly different from the eBook edition” says Anthony. “We (Ink and Feathers Comics) have always done a print edition of a book. It’s only been the last half year that we just started digitizing our inventory for digital distribution. As I am a starving artist, I thought I would give a “ebook only” release for The Magic Press. I keep forgetting that a lot of our fan base are still traditionalists and like to have tangible books. I did intend to print a print edition later this year (late this Spring). However, our fans just couldn’t wait. IF Comics is not a traditional publisher so we can do whatever we want in terms of printing or deadlines. Plus, I’m huge on customer service and aims to please.”
This “dead tree” version also sports two extra things not available in the eBook edition. One, a back over with a full colored version of one of THE CRITTERS strips done by Anthony (which can be see from the image above) and two, an extra Halloween image with Millennium Bear (Leni) telling the viewing audience that she taught the monster from the Blue Lagoon to rise out of a lake with a Halloween greeting.
“A little extra treat for those that wanted a “real” book and a small thanks for your support”, comments Anthony.
The print edition of The Magic Press is an 6×9, 48 paged full colored cover with black and white interiors. It is priced at $5.99 not including shipping and handling.
If any fans would like to PRE-ORDER a SIGNED copy directly from Ink and Feathers Comics, CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW!
The price for each copy is $5.99 and shipping is only $5.50 for 1-20 copies.
That’s right! A flat shipping for single or multiple copies!
(Up to twenty. Any more, please contact us first for accurate price quote. Price is for Domestic USA orders only. International order, please contact us directly via private messaging on our FACEBOOK page or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for price quote for shipping/handling.)
As this is a new publication, expect your copy(s) to be sent out in about two weeks. We will notify your by email when they are being sent out complete with tracking information. We will also include a WHOLE bunch of SWAG at no extra cost! SWEET DEAL, HUH?!
Thanks to the advent of digital publishing, The Magic Press can now be seen by a larger audience.
Back in 2009 while Anthony was attending SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), he put together a short little comic book for one of his class assignments. He was required to come up with some characters and then to do a short comic book story for a final assignment. As Anthony was bogged down with five other classes (all wanting a final project) he decided to cheat. Well, sort of.
He had already been playing with the idea of using some of his toy stuffed animals as a starting point but he wasn’t finding the right voice for them. He still wasn’t too sure what to even call his cast of characters. (Somewhere in the past half decade, he came up with the name THE CRITTERS.) As he struggled to come up a storyline, his mind turned to stories that he remembered from his youth. He had created some fantasy stories for various grammar or high school assignment but none of them seem to fit into THIS particular assignment. Somewhere in his ideal brain, he happened to remember a story that Myke, his father, had once told him, at a young age, when he was home from school due to an illness. Myke had written down the story in a journal many years before but since decades had past, it had been long forgotten. Anthony, remembering where the story was stored, took a trip to his parent’s house and secretly scanned the pages to be transcribed at a later date. Anthony spent a few days trying to dis-cypher his father’s handwriting and finalized a working script. After a few weeks of illustrating, Anthony paginated a 10+ page comic book and turned into one of his final projects. Copies were spread on SAIC’s campus and one copy is now viewable in their artist’s library BUT not many outside of immediate family or SAIC’s community have ever viewed this story. Now finally after five years, this short story is made public.
“I’ve always intended to print this story again when I had the chance.”, states Anthony. “I figured now would good time to get it “out there”. I’ve done several more things since then with THE CRITTERS in hopes of having enough material to put together. A few months ago, I was going through copies of my old original work and there it was. I read over it again and realized that the art wasn’t TOO bad. Especially since I was trying to finish it in a short amount of time. It felt like such a shame that it may never see the light of day again.”
Another issue that Anthony feared was his lettering for the story.
“As I was rushing to reach my deadline of a final project which also required me to print it for circulation, my penmanship, in terms of lettering, started to degrade towards the last few pages. I was rushing. My only excuse was my deadline.”
Anthony decided to re-do the lettering digitally for The Magic Press. It is the only story in this new volume that has digital lettering.
“I wanted to make sure it was readable as the whole story is very important to me. Not only is it a part of my memory as a child/adolescent, but the publication also had special meaning as I made it for my father as a 50th birthday gift. Unfortunately, he got his copy a year late. ”
The gesture was no less dear when Myke finally received a copy much to his surprise.
Anthony added, “Many comic book aficionados may complain that the lettering causes a distraction now as it looks slightly off from the rest of the art. I believe my original lettering would have been more distracting if you couldn’t read what was going on. I tend to favor original hand lettering over digital especially when it comes to indie or my own art. But I think it works. It’s not perfect as my original word balloons are smaller/larger to compensate for my crappy lettering. But if the reader is only focusing on my lettering and that is the only thing that they can comment on and NOT the story after they finish, then why even bother reading? ”
Anthony, after leaving SAIC to pursue freelance work, tried a few comic strips and did to more short stories with the cast of THE CRITTERS. They have been posted on his personal Facebook page as well as an online comic through Comic Fury.com. However, with the release of this version of The Magic Press subtitled And Other Critter Stories, they are all now collected together for the first time.
“I may, at a later date, print a “dead tree” version but for now I want to see if a following forms for these little guys. If so, there may be more adventures on the way.”
The Magic Press is currently available on Amazon.com for digital download to your Kindle or PC/MAC computer/tablet. It features Anthony’s adaptation of Myke Feinman’s short story, The Magic Press plus two other short comic adventures, F.A.S.C. (Free Associated Sequential Comic) and It Happened Halloween Night. It also includes several comic strips , a few one paged two paneled jokes and a couple of pinups. The cover depicts The Magic Press‘s main character of Charlie, an eighty year old newspaper bear who runs his own print shop and newspaper in Depression Era Midwest. It is a children’s comic book/graphic novel and is suitable for all ages. (May have the word “crap” in a few times though.)
IF Comics staff has been researching eBook marketing, sales results for other indie authors, and various other outlets for getting our work out to the public. With Myke working on a sequel to The Teddy Bear Conspiracies and Anthony just starting to illustrate the last Terry Freedom story, The B.U.C.K.S. Stop Here, we have been wanting to know what you, the fans, think of our work so far. We’ve run a few promotions in the last few months ranging from free download days to price drops for various holidays. Several hundred fans out there have been downloading our books, which is what we like to see, but it all seems meaningless without feedback. NO ONE IS LEAVING FEEDBACK! (tears welling up) Do you like the work? Should we not quit our day jobs? (we weren’t really planning to) Is the work that we are producing even worth people’s time and effort to check out?
So, in order to hopefully gain some feedback, we would like to offer to all you reviewers and fans of science fiction, young adult, teen adventure to read The Teddy Bear Conspiracies for FREE (ebook normally priced at $2.99, trade paper $19, hard cover $25) from now until APRIL 1ST, 2014! BUT, only if YOU want to. Contact us via the private messaging system here on WordPress, a private message on our Facebook page or send us an email message to: email@example.com to receive a FREE copy of The Teddy Bear Conspiracies (mobi or epub fomat) as long as you write us a short review on Amazon.com at some point in the next two months. We don’t want a bunch of five star rating for no reason! We want organic and honest reviews on this story. If you don’t want to post on Amazon, post a response on our Facebook page. Better yet, have a blog you do? We would love to promote your blog IF you write a review about the book. Win/Win for both parties. We’re just looking for some feedback and we would be willing to reciprocate! Anthony loves reading new stuff (you should see how fast he reads books) and would be willing to write a review in return. Any takers? Let us know!
(Next blog will feature news about the next publication Anthony is working on: a re-release of The Magic Presswritten by Myke and illustrated by Anthony for e-comic and possible dead tree version for the Spring of 2014.)
Depending on what kind of writer/artist you are, you do it for a reason, right? Whether you want to inform the public on some subject matter or you practice your craft as a outlet, you ultimately make the decision on whether it’s meant to be seen. So if you publish your work anywhere, online or in print, you are hoping for someone to respond. The viewer makes the decision as to whether they wish to look or not. Are we ready for the truth? Of course, before anyone can review anything, it first must be seen.
Reviews can make or break any medium. Remember when the movie Borat hit theaters? The movie bombed so fast before it was even in the theaters one weekend due to reviews being posted on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. We, the people, control what we like and dislike by telling the general public what we think. So how advantageous is it to leave a review without knowing what you are talking about?
A recent friend to IF Comics just released a first non-fiction book through Amazon.com less than a month ago. This person choose a single day to run a free promo day in hopes of getting people interested in the subject matter as well as receive feedback. I am not privy to how many people downloaded on that particular day but I do know at least one person (maybe) downloaded the book by leaving a review. The review wasn’t about the book or its contents. They were responding to the book being free and that fact that when they learned about the free day, they went to Amazon to download only to find that the promo was over. For this particular reason, they left a feedback rating of “1”. They did this for nineteen different books all of different genres. What’s the point? Why even bother taking the time? And our graphic designer can’t even get a paying client to respond to his emails?! (See If you can’t communicate…) You have time to pull up almost twenty different websites, type your “review and post under you own name. What does this say about us as consumers? To us it says this individual is cheap, slightly a loser, and has too much time on their hands. Perhaps you should spend your time on doing something constructive like actually reading things that YOU WANT TO READ. It seems that this person forgot that they have a choice. This person choose to be an immature, irresponsible, whining nobody. Kudos though for leaving your ACTUAL name in the review. That took guts.
What about the publishing companies that advertise for paid reviews? Is this logical or realistic? It’s deceitful and manipulative to think that people can not see beyond the reality. All one has to do is compare the book sample as well as what the reviewers are actually saying to be able to read between the lines. Did we not all take reading comprehension in Grammer school?
Real reviews are important for everything. They let everyone know the truth about a product good or bad. It is our belief that everyone should log off of Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin to stop whining about how so and so is a schmuck, and take 3-4 minutes out of your precious free time to comment on your true opinion about the clothes you just bought and its quality, the novel that you actually bought or whatever as you felt it was worth your hard earned dollars. This should also be true for the things that you were given for free. Write an honest review of what you thought. We think it’s only fair. Don’t you? Was it worth the time and effort for this to be made public? Do the right thing and let everyone know the truth. Is it good or bad? Stop whining, get out of your little isolated world, and join the human race by participating like a civilized person. Utilize the tools that have been set before you and speak your mind in a logical fashion. Or do you like broadcasting to the the entire world that your ignorant and cheap?