Thursday, November 10, 2016

Rampant Novella Distribution Expands

Firstly, thank you all so much for all the love you've been showing my novella Rampant! You've been fantastic! If you know of someone who would also enjoy it, please consider getting them a copy as a gift!

Some things have shifted around recently for Rampant, and the distribution in North America has expanded. It is now significantly easier for book stores to carry it! Here's the thing, just because they can, doesn't mean they will. That is, unless people go to their favorite bookstore and ask for it. If you don't own Rampant and would like to get it, you can certainly purchase it online, it's available on Amazon and SourcePointPress.com and others, but please consider going to your local bookstore, big or small, and asking for them to get it in for you. The specific benefits to this are two-fold. 1.) You are now helping to support a book store as well! 2.) It helps me also, because sometimes when a store gets a request for a title they're not currently carrying, they will often order 1 or 2 extras at the same time, as "shelf copies" that they will put out in the store. This is a great way for new people to discover it! When asking for them to get it in, you can even suggest that they consider ordering more copies for the store shelves.  This would mean the absolute world to me, as my own reach to introduce the book to new people only goes so far.

Additionally, your reviews on Amazon.com, Goodreads, and other places are especially helpful. They allow people to get a feel for the book from an unbiased point of view, which could really help them decide if the book is something they'd enjoy. Thank you all so much for the praise you've been giving it in reviews. I read every single one and they're very appreciated.
Lastly: If you are someone who really enjoyed Rampant, and you'd like to support it further, please know that Rampant t-shirts are available at the Source Point Press web store! If you send me a picture of you wearing a Rampant t-shirt, or if you visit me at a convention and are wearing it, I will do a free werewolf sketch for you to show my gratitude!
 Thank you all for everything! Your support allows me to continue creating things and working in the wonderful world of books and comics.  <3 -="" josh="" p="">

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Joshua Werner Returns to Artful Gathering

Registration and Enrollment is buzzing at the Artful Gathering Online Art Retreat as students hurry to choose their classes at www.ArtfulGathering.com before Session 2 starts up this Saturday, July 16th.
Returning for a second year is instructor Joshua Werner, teaching a unique workshop titled 'Without Words: Storytelling Through Sequential Art'.

"I'm very excited to be returning to Artful Gathering and the amazing art community that's developed there," says professional illustrator Joshua Werner. "It's been a very busy year for me so far, with a lot of projects in development, but what's great about this is I get to share my enthusiasm for all that I'm doing with my students. While I help guide them through their own process as they watch the class videos, I also get to show them some of the work that I'm doing presently and how it relates to the Artful Gathering project."
For those unfamiliar with Artful Gathering, it's an annual online art retreat. Every summer it's a chance for people to tap into their creative side and learn how to do something new, at their own pace, in the comfort of their own home, but with step-by-step guidance from an expert via a series of comprehensive videos. The key aspect that makes Artful Gathering so unique is that the students have a direct line of communication to that instructor during the whole session, so they can ask questions, show their progress, and get critiques and advice.



"I'm teaching a workshop called Without Words this year, which is half focused on drawing and half focused on storytelling and hand-making your own book," says Werner. "Coming from a background of book illustration, writing, publishing, and comic book illustrating, I have a lot to offer in guiding people through the steps of telling a visual story. But what's fun about this class is I cut out all of the dry technical stuff as well as the digital end of things. This class is all about getting your hands dirty and making your very own physical book without ever touching a computer!" Except, of course, to enter your classroom, watch your class videos, and interact with your instructor. In addition to the hands-on crafting appeal of Josh's class is a unique approach to teaching sequential art. In the class students will create and script a story that, as the class title implies, has no words. That means no dialogue and no narration. The pictures have to tell the complete story. "It's a bit of a challenge," he says, "but it's a lot of fun to tackle this approach to storytelling. And I go in-depth on things like body language and transitional scenes and pacing. I make sure it's very accessible, anyone can do take this class and do this."

 

After working right along side the class videos and the direct digital classroom interactions with Josh, students will end up with a one-of-a-kind handmade book full of original art, which makes for an incredible keepsake, gift, or even family heirloom to pass down.
Students curious about Without Words or any of the other Session 2 Artful Gathering workshops being offered need to first be registered to attend, a very quick process on their website that only costs $5 and then gives them access to the private event website along with all sorts of free content, door prizes, sponsor-related activities, and more. From there they can look over the classes being offered and decide which ones are right for them. But hurry! Online classes start this Saturday! Don't worry about being a few days late to join in though, the Artful Gathering setup allows you to work at your own pace.
www.ArtfulGathering.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron

I figured I was way past due to post about my sketch card work for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron trading card set. I did 71 Marvel sketches, each drawn at only 2.5" wide 3.5" tall, that were used as 1-of-a-kind rare cards in the AoU trading card packs. These sketches are based on the Marvel comic book universe. This is the first time you're able to see these all in one place, take a look!
- J