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Why I Had to Kill a Good Comic Book!

Sometimes a tough choice has to be made.

Sometimes an indie publisher has to kill a perfectly good comic book because he’s an indie, and because the comic book doesn’t fit ‘the brand’.

This week, on episode #7 of the Comics Empower podcast, I tell a very personal story about how I had to kill a perfectly good comic book series.

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Goof TPB Now Available!

It’s finally here!

The Goof trade paperback is now available for direct marketing at My Toy Favorites!

If you’ve got a teenage boy going through the goofiness of puberty, or if you’re a geek guy who went through puberty, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU! 

Description: A hilarious take on superheroes. Nick Knickerbocker is given superpowers as Earth’s only protector. The problem is: he’s a major goof. So now he’s a super goof! Will Earth survive the exprience?

Includes issues Goof #1-#4 in graphic novel form, as well as original artist concept art!

Length: 100 pages.

Free shipping worldwide!

Cost: $12

Reviews: 
“Hilarious!” Nerdlocker
“From the first moment you meet Captain Gorgeous you will have a permanent smile on your face to the very end.” Geeks with Wives
“READ THIS COMIC” The Pop Culture Cafe
“Full of moments that will genuinely make you laugh out loud.” Two Shots to the Head
“Very funny stuff.” Comicbooked

Get it now!

The Goof TPB

The Goof TPB

What are you waiting for? Go over there and get it!

Calling All Comic Book Clubs!

Howdy Comic Book Clubs!

Are you in a comic book club? Do you know anyone in a comic book club? Then this post is for you!

New Worlds Comics would like to be in touch directly with the readers. This is the time to do it, as we are now shifting from being solely a digital comic book company to creating trade paperbacks of our comic books.

First out is Goof (see the cover and the reviews below), which has been resoundingly hailed as “hilarious” and “laugh-out-loud funny” across the board. The Goof TPB has Goof #1-#4 as well as some cool original artist concept art.

If you’re a comic book club, we’d love to send you the Goof TPB directly.

We'd love to send this to you

We’d love to send this to you

What Is Goof About?

Goof is a lighthearted slapstick comedy about the goofiest superhero in the world.

Meet Nick Knickerbocker, an awkward guy who is chosen by aliens to be Earth’s protector and only superhero. He has graduated from being a goof to a super goof. He can’t stop bumping into things, doing things the wrong way, or even saving cats from trees without killing them. Since his powers don’t work on his family, his older sister still beats him up, usually in front of camera. The media makes fun of him. And then one day… he falls in love… then messes everything up.

This is not a comic book about fighting. This is a comic book about Nick’s personal life and how hard (and hilarious) it is when you’re the clumsiest superhero anyone has ever seen.

 

No Risk

You don’t know Goof, I know that. You don’t have to take a risk. If you’re not sure, we’ll love to email you a free PDF copy of Goof #4 (a stand alone) so you can share with your group and see if you’d like to collectively order a few TPB’s for your club.

 

As Cheap as Possible

We want as many people as possible to enjoy this wonderful comedy.

So we will send it to you as cheaply as we can. You decide how many copies you want. The price will be at the cost stores buy it from us (cheaper than store price, obviously), and we will charge you nothing for shipping.

Interested? Email us here.

Check out the reviews on the back cover:

Check out the reviews

Check out the reviews

 

Impressions from the Con #4: Autograph Stories

So. I had skipped cons for a couple of years. I was out of practice signing books, what with my last book being published digitally and all.

And now I was back, selling the Goof TPB, and I knew I had to re-remember how to sign copies. The experience brought back past traumas, ridiculous autographs, suggestive autographs, some funny autographs, and the con itself ended with my favorite autograph of all time.

Here’s the full story.

Goof TPB Cover

Goof TPB Cover

 

The First Year Trauma

My first year signing copies was horrible.

My first book had come out, and I wanted to make each time I signed the book to be perfect. It had to fit the person I was talking to, even is s/he was a stranger. It had to be witty, from the heart, and it had to be short.

No problem, right?

It literally took me 10 to 30 minutes to sign a book during those first months. I had to talk to the person, find something out about his/her personal life, and then spend a few more minutes staring into space, thinking of exactly the right thing to say.

Fortunately, there was no signing event during that first con, and no one had ever heard about me yet so I signed in dribs and drabs. By the second con, when there was actually a signing event, I had gotten my act together and could sign a book like a reasonable human being.

But that was just the beginning.

 

The Asimov Autograph

There was one autograph I was dying to try.

In his autobiography (the longer, earlier one) Isaac Asimov tells a story about how one time a young woman waiting in a line to have their books signed, along with her girl friend. Like everyone else in the line, he had never seen her before. He signed something along the lines of: “In memory of the wonderful night we spent together.”

The young women went away, giggling at the joke.

In that first year, I wanted to sign at least one book in that way. Except, of course, that there was always the fear that the woman would hit me over the head with the book and return it.

In one signing event, with my publisher present, I told him about the Asimov signature. I told him I was dying to sign at least one book that way. But he agreed that I just couldn’t do it.

Towards the end of the event, I saw him take aside one of the readers and whisper something to her. Turns out he told her the story and asked her if it was okay that I sign her book that way. She said it was. And I did.

Thirteen years have passed, and I’ve never signed another book that way again. But I still remember it and am proud I did it.

Mission accomplished!

 

The Autograph Trilogy

One of my most memorable autographs was for a fellow author.

For my first book, I signed it the regular way, while talking about something specific to her. For the second book, however, I added something new.

I signed her book, declaring this autograph was the first in a trilogy, and that “what I wanted to say to you was–TO BE CONTINUED IN THE NEXT BOOK!”

My next book had the second part of the autograph trilogy, with the main mystery (what I wanted to tell her) still unresolved. I may finish the autograph in my next book. But then again, I may decide to pull a George R.R.R.R. Martin on her and draw it out for a few more books.

Making her squirm and enjoy it? Mission accomplished!

When we weren't signing, we were sword-fighting.

When we weren’t signing, we were sword-fighting.

 

The Double Autograph

A few years later, I was walking out of an event with a fellow author when a fan caught us.

He had one two books in his hands: One of mine and one of the author’s who was with me. He wanted both signed.

We of course agreed, each stepping aside to sign his own book.

When we were finished, we compared notes. His autograph said that his autograph was so much better than mine. My autograph said that my autograph is so much much better than his.

The fan was ecstatically happy and so were we. Mission accomplished!

 

The Student’s Autograph

And now we get back to this latest con and to a signature I didn’t write.

As I was walking the booths to see what else was going on, someone called my name. I stopped, and a young man behind a booth identified himself.

I didn’t recognize his name. So he told me his internet nickname, and then I recognized him. A few years ago, he was 16 or 17 when I gave some writing exercises in an SF&F young writer’s forum for a few months, and then again a few years later for another few months. He was young but very talented and really wanted to learn.

Turns out that now he has his first book out. Of course I had to buy it, and I had him sign it for me.

It was a very touching autograph about the beginning of his path and my support of it. It was heartwarming.

 

The Spooky Autograph

Then came my most favorite autograph that I had written. After 3 days of signing Goof, this was not a Goof autograph.

In the last few minutes of the last day of the con, with the booth already packed and gone, I was walking out of the con when somebody called my name.

It was a fan I had met a couple of days ago, walking with his friend. He was now equipped with a book that was published 10 years ago, a YA SF adventure. He wanted me to sign it for his kids.

“Sure,” I said. “How old are they?”

“One and three,” he said.

His friend said, “They’re too young, aren’t they?”

The fan said, “No, it’s for when they grow up. You don’t think I’m going to let them grow up without reading your books, do you?”

That was touching by itself. But before I tell you what I signed, let me give you a little background on the book. It was called ‘Life: the Video Game’ and in it a 15-year-old Joel Strickland accidentally activates an alien video game intended for alien teens. That game takes over reality in a certain radius (the town) and reconstructs an entire SF settings in it, using real people as players. The game uses real life to teach you about real life, and it quite often blurs the lines between the game and life.

Which is why I usually signed it, “Hope you enjoy the game!” (as if the book was the game, which it was).

But for his kids, I signed it: “Enjoy the game! It’s been waiting for you since before you were born.”

And I was thinking how spooky and cool it would be for them to read a book that’s been laying around since before they were born (their father bought it years ago) and have inside it a game of self-exploration that tell them it’s been waiting for them all this time.

Of all the autographs I have given so far, I enjoyed this one the most.

It was the perfect end to the con, and I left with a smile on my face. Mission accomplished!

 

The Goof TPB

The Goof TPB

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impressions from the Con #3: Nerd Pride

So there we were, sitting in our booth, selling, among other things, the Goof TBP, and the whole wide roster of visitors paraded in front of our eyes for three days.

There are things you notice only when sitting down and looking at something long enough.

Cobra Commaner posing for the camera

Cobra Commander posing for the camera

First, it looks like a crowd of people. In the morning of the first day, it was all teenagers, most of them awkward. I sat there thinking how different this was from my first con, 13 years ago. Back then I didn’t know anyone else who liked SF & F. The cons were full of people, usually outsiders, that found SF & F during their childhood or teen years. You couldn’t help think how much more popular the cons are today. And how perhaps the facts that geeks are popular in TV and film makes outsiders explore SF & F as a place that might make them cool.

Towards evening, the grownups came. There were also costumes, all the time, from morning till evening. And every person with a costume who was approached by someone wanting to take a picture immediately posed for it. Okay, this is at least somewhat about getting attention. At least for the cosplayers I saw.

The next day the stream of people continued, but patterns hadn’t really begun to form in my eyes.

I spoke to a fellow author about my idea about why cons are more popular today. She said it’s just the opposite. “Look around,” she says. “Teenagers come the first day. But now there are tons of grownups. And they’re bringing their kids.”

“Look around,” she said again. “It’s not just outsiders you see. It’s also a lot of cool kids, or ‘regular’ kids.”

I looked around. She was right.

Nerd pride, baby!

Nerd pride, baby!

She explained, “It’s all because of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. They opened up fantasy and science fiction for everyone. Everyone. Regular kids are brining their friends here to enjoy themselves. Grownups like us are bringing their kids here and they’re bringing their friends, too. Everything’s changed.”

She was right. I think maybe we’re both right at the same time.

The third day came.

Sword fight over the Goof TPB

Sword fight over the Goof TPB

And as I was watching the hordes move past and past and past, it all came together: The bright colors, the feeling of celebration, the dancing, the sword-fights, the games – it was almost exactly like a gay pride parade! (Okay, no sword-fights in a gay pride parade.) And it occurred to me that the con today, the one I was in, and perhaps most of the others have turned into Nerd Pride, where nerds (I am one, I’m not using that word in a negative manner,) wear their nerdom proudly and celebrate it.

And so it was decreed: From this day on thou shalt no longer be called a Con, thou shalt be called Nerd Pride! 

 

Impressions from the Con #1: The Kid Who Wanted Goof

We just got back from our first convention, in which we had a booth and sold our first trade paperback ever, the Goof TBP.

Over the next week, I’ll share with you some of the thoughts and experiences we had at the con.

One of the most touching moments came from an 11-year-old kid.

The Kid Who Wanted Goof

In the morning of our first day there, a young kid, probably 11 years old, came to the booth, and checked out Goof. He flipped through a few pages, and was hooked. He said, “I want to buy this.”

Goof TPB Cover

Goof TPB Cover

He then pulled out his wallet and saw that he didn’t have enough money. He said, “I’ll come back later with more money,” and went away.

After lunch he came back.

He pulled out his wallet, spread out all his coins and bills and counted them. They weren’t much, and it wasn’t enough.

He said, “I’ll come back later.”

Evening came, and it was almost time to go home, when he came back with his father.

He told his father, “I want this one.” And you could see in his eyes and in his tone: he so desperately wanted Goof.

His father picked it up, completely humorless. He flipped through the pages, and you could see on his face he didn’t understand what the hell comics were all about. He asked his kid, “Are you sure you want this?”

“I’m sure.”

I told the father that his kid would get a signed copy, and I volunteered to explain what Goof was about. The father nodded. And as I started explaining, I could see the father’s eyes completely glaze over. He was not the right audience.

“Are you sure you want this?” the father asked again four times, and each time the kid said “I want this.”

“Are you sure?” the father asked again. “Because there’s this other thing you want. And you can only have one.”

Death also visited our booth

Death also visited our booth

“I want this,” the kid said for what seemed like the thousandth time, and his eyes were always looking down.

Looking at them, it seemed to me this was not the first time they had that kind of conversation. It had taken place many times and for many different reasons.

The father hemmed and hawed, and couldn’t make up his mind.

The two weren’t native English-speakers. I told the father of my experience when I was a teenager. “As a guy who really liked comic books when he was that age,” I told the father, “I can tell you first that you don’t just read it once. You read it over and over and over again. And because this is in English, you learn English. Comic books help you learn English.”

And that was it. An argument the father could relate to.

The father said “Okay.” He made sure one last time that this is what the kid wanted, and he bought the comic. I signed it, the father took it, put it in his bag, and headed into the crowd. The kid followed him, looking down the entire time.

That incident left a deep impression on me. I remember what it was like to connect with a comic book that fast, to know that what’s inside is what you need. I remembered how deeply I wanted certain comic books and certain books, and how at that age we are at the mercy of our parents who control the money.

That feeling the kid had? That’s why I’m writing. That’s why I created New Worlds Comics. It’s why I create the comic books I create.

Do you remember being like that?

I won’t forget that kid.

Announcing: The Goof Trade Paperback!

New Worlds Comics is proud to announce the Goof tradepaperback!

The TP will have Goof #1-#4, plus some original sketch pages.

The TP is done through partnership with Shalgi Comics, and is just the beginning. Within a few months, we’ll announce the Wynter trade paperback, and a launch of a new fantasy graphic novel series, Lost in Dreams.

Check out the front and back covers!

GoofBackCover

 

Cover of Goof #4 Revealed!

Goof is back!

The slapstick sex comedy takes a turn when Captain Gorgeous, who can’t save a cat from a tree, needs to save a girl from committing suicide. Will he be able to do it?

Goof #4 Cover

Goof #4 Cover

 

You’ve all ready Goof, right?

If you haven’t, now’s your chance! From your iPad, click here.

Don’t have an iPad? Big news is coming! Stick around!

Two Shots to the Head Interviews Head Writer Guy Hasson

Two Shots to the Head likes indie comics, and they like New Worlds Comics’ titles.

In past reviews, they’ve called Wynter “A must read” that has a “no bullshit approach.” Reviewing Goof, they found that “Goof continues to be a respite from the comics worlds’ turn towards dark and brooding.”

In their latest podcast, they interviewed New Worlds Comics’ head writer Guy Hasson and talked about everything from emoticon poetry to the secrets of world-building and, of course, Wynter and Goof.

Wynter #1 Cover

Wynter #1 Cover

This is a great chance to remind anyone who missed it that Wynter is now available in ComiXology across all platforms.

Wynter #2 Cover

Wynter #2 Cover

Goof #1 Cover

Goof #1 Cover

Goof #2 Cover

Goof #2 Cover

Goof #3 cover

Goof #3 cover