Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Nonplayer #1 Released

Nonplayer #1 appeared on stands all over North America today, and the early word is that people like it! If your local shop has already run out of copies (the first printing wasn't huge), be sure to get in your orders for the second printing, which is right around the corner!

Thanks for your support!

24 comments:

  1. when does issue 2 come out?

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  2. First issue was great! I've been showing it around to everyone I know.

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  3. Oh man, saw it on the counter ad my local shops comic guy was taking inventory. Flipped through it, bought it, LOVE IT.

    seriously, I love every aspect of it.

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  4. My local retailer slipped this into my hands and I was blown away, I just finished reading it... further blown away! I will anxiously await the new issues! Great, great work!

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  5. will it be shipped to Europe as well? I flipped thru the preview-section at your blog and am pretty impressed by the drawings. Curious if the story can hold on to them ; )

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  6. As good as they say it is. It blew me away even more to learn that this is from the guy responsible for the badass Rook in Demigod. Awesome stuff, man. Looking forward to seeing you at Stumptown. Will you have any extra issues onhand I can buy to give to friends?

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  7. I have to echo Sam's question - "when is #2 coming out?" It's not in the April Previews catalogue, so May Previews is the earliest which means a July or later ship date. This was a terrific first issue - don't lose the momentum that the strong sales and reviews will garner. We have been fielding the question "when's the next issue?" all day at Strange Adventures and we don't like saying "we don't know"

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  8. Picked up my copies yesterday and am blown away. Great stuff! I'll be waiting on the next issue, whenever it drops..

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  9. Picked my copy yesterday and wow, it exceeded my expectations. I'm just as excited to see what else you have in store for us and don't mind waiting for it. Superb work!

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  10. sam - I'm working on the second issue right now. I'm sorry for the wait -- it'll take a few months for me to get the second issue up to the same level of polish as the first one. We have avoided soliciting until we're sure of the release date. Thanks for your patience, Sam!

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  11. Luke - Thanks for showing it around! That word-of-mouth is more valuable than the most expensive marketing campaign. Much obliged, Luke!

    wontworkforfood - That felt good to read. I'm a bit self-conscious about the quality of the writing, so if that passed muster, I'm happy as a clam! Thanks!

    Shawn - Please thank your retailer for pitching my book! And thanks for buying it and liking it! And also for telling me you liked it. Cheers!

    tomasio - You'll have to ask around about the quality of the story -- opinions seem to vary. I am talking to a few European publishers about localizing the comic in other languages. Hopefully it won't be long before you can get Nonplayer in French, German, Italian, and Spanish! Thanks, Tomasio!

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  12. Tristan - I am still not sure about supply for Stumptown, but I'll try to work something out. If I do have copies, there will be very few. I'm thinking about maybe doing some kind of contest -- maybe haiku or fan art or something, and then giving a few copies to the winners? Still chewing on that one. Great that you knew about the Rook, though! If you're the same Tristan I met at WonderCon, it was nice meeting you!

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  13. Calum - Sorry for the scheduling ambiguity, Calum! I've heard that Previews had it listed as a monthly book, which makes my heart sink. It'll definitely be a few months until the next issue is ready -- one of the unfortunate side-effects of this being my first effort is that I'm not very good at predicting how long things will take. I am putting in long hours every day, so it's not an issue of effort. Nobody wants this thing out faster than I do. Well, maybe my wife.

    Sorry for putting you guys in a bad position, Calum. I hope I can help offset the delay by throwing my back into promoting each issue. Please let me know if there's anything else I can do to help!

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  14. tuskaloosa - Thanks so much! Hopefully that next issue won't be TOO far off. I'm drawing my butt off!

    Eric - Thanks for the vote of confidence! I really appreciate it, Eric!

    Ian - Thanks, man! I hope you're talking about the comic, and not me! Well, that would be okay too, I guess.

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  15. Got my issue yesterday. My only advice is raise the price! You charged only $2.99 and packed about $19.99 worth of artwork in there. Advantage me!

    But really, very solid book. I'm stapled in suspense, awaiting the next issue.

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  16. Really great book. Besides being beautifully drawn and conceptualized, I think you did a great job creating such an interesting female protagonist. I'm really interested to see where you take her.

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  17. Fantastic work. The folks over at Arcane pulled a copy for me...I was a little worried that I would miss the first printing. It's really encouraging to see the work of someone who really takes care. I hope to bump into you in Ballard. Cheers, Eric

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  18. You are weaving in a number of very interesting threads into the story, visually and writing wise. Really love the way you're taking advantage, and shifting those things to the visual side. Also digging the pop culture references you're working in...that works on a number of levels. Tickles my inner geek!

    Added to my pull list and I've picked up extras for friends...

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  19. Looks like I will be waiting for the second printing which is better than not getting it at all.At least I'll get the rest of the series as it comes out,so get crack'n man.
    Nate, are you coming to Chicago Comic con?
    Or did you do C2E2 instead?

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  20. I'm not the WonderCon Tristan, but he sounds like a cool dude.

    To add to tomasio's comment, you'd figure Nonplayer would do very well in Japan, China and Korea -- MMOs are so huge there, and comics are generally more prevelant.

    I wouldn't let disparaging comments on your writing get you down; I've been waiting for a comic to tackle video games in a creative way for a long time, and I think you've nailed it so far. Gamer dialogue in particular seems difficult for writers to portray as natural and accurate to the subculture, and your background in games has undoubtedly helped here a lot. I feel like I've got a good eye for fauxnerdery, and The Big Bang Theory your book is not.

    Anyway, keep up the good work! Do let us know if/how you'll be doling out any spare copies you have -- I owe a broke-ass friend of mine a favor.

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  21. super-hyped for #2 :) there are great things to come!

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  22. Myron - Ha! I'm glad you feel you got your money's worth. I'll look into having the price of the third issue raised to $19.99. I'm sure it'll sell like gangbusters!

    Nolan - That's good to hear. I probably banged my head against the Dana problem more than any other single aspect of the story. I hope her journey feels credible through the entire story arc. We'll see! Thanks, Nolan.

    Eric - Did you make it out to FCBD at Arcane? Are you one of the Erics that I met there? If so, hello again! If not, I'm sure we will bump into each other on the streets of Ballard sometime soon. You can recognize me by my feathery hat.

    tuskaloosa - Yeah, planting those Easter eggs is probably the most fun part of the whole process. It's a relief to see that a few people are enjoying them. Thanks for that!

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  23. dk_toydesigner - Sadly, I won't be making it out to any more conventions this year -- I'm having to batten down the hatches so I can focus on the comic. Hopefully, I'll be able to get out to Chicago next year. I hope you finally got a hold of a copy!

    Tristan - Fauxnerdery! Man, I couldn't agree with you more about the Big Bang theory, and it's a huge relief to hear that I haven't (yet) fallen into the same pit. I think the couple of times I've really taken heat for Nonplayer's dialogue, the critic has been from the UK. I'm not sure if they're more discerning, or if they're unused to the American gamer cadence. Probably a little bit of both?

    On the subject of spare copies -- if you haven't be able to get a hold of the second printing (which I believe is still on stands), you can go the slightly more expensive route and order one from nonplayer.storenvy.com. The shipping's a little pricey, but I do sign them. Thanks, Tristan!

    wrinkliez - Thanks! I hope you're right!

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