Hey, folks! Peter here!
First, we wanted to apologize for the lack of a blog post last Tuesday. Last week was Canada Day, so we decided to take a break that day. So to all that aren’t Canadian, you’ll be pleased to know that we’re still around.
ConBravo! is less than two weeks away, and we’re pretty excited. We’ll be debuting PPC Volume 2 this year, so if you want yourself a copy, we’ll be selling them along with a bunch of merch including new t-shirts. We’ll even have the first two issues of Maddy available, too!
ConBravo! will be in Hamilton, ON, Canada and will be happening from Friday, July 18th to Sunday, July 20th. According to the website, we’ll be in the Artist Alley at Booth #D04. If you’re going, come on by and say hello!
Also, one more thing! Lucky and I are working on a new comic idea and we thought we’d show you a preview of what’s to come later into the future. Like PPC, this is mainly a Lucky scribed tale (with me in the illustrator’s seat), but you’ll notice that it’s a very different beast when compared to our action-adventure graphic novel series. Hopefully once it’s out, you’ll be able to appreciate it for what it is.
Today’s going to be a short update of sorts, letting everyone know what we’ve been doing and what we’re up to. On Saturday Sept. 14 Peer and I attended the Toronto Indie Arts Market. From all evidence the event promised to be full of opportunities for small press groups like ours. The fee was small and it was only a single day. Unfortunately, wasn’t the small press event we hoped it would be. Peter and I found ourselves struggling to garner an audience and the crowd wasn’t looking for new independent graphic books like we offered, in fact there were only 3 other tables that offered small press books and it was painfully obvious that the audience was looking for something else. Don’t get me wrong, it was an experience, but we were looking for opportunity, not a learning experience. For now, Peter and I are exploring more well known shows and conventions for the coming tour.
That being said, we appreciate the hard work of the staff of the Gladstone Hotel, the organizer Cheryl and her husband, Winston for trying to accommodate us.
As for what we’re doing; We have a lot ahead of us. As some of you already know, Peter and I are in the throws of full production, laying out and produce the second volume page for page. that should take a few months to finish up. In the meantime, we’re looking for a new publisher/printer. One that can offer more than what we have now for the remaining run of the first volume and following volumes, and we’re starting a new project. This will be a hybrid project where each page can be found on the site and will be a printed book when a full online run is complete. The project promises to be something VERY different from everything else here at Fancy Tuna and we hope it adds some breadth to the label.
Hope this finds everyone well and come back next week for another update.
As those who have read the first volume know, Perfume and Primer Caps is formatted as a trilogy with seven chapters per volume. To give everyone an idea of where we are right now, Peter has now working on chapter six of volume two in the springboards. That means he’s less than a chapter away from page revisions by me and full art production by him. As a point of reference for all of you, full art production began on Volume one in July of 2012 and Final print April of 2013. So, we are a tad behind schedule seeing as we’d like a second volume by April 2014, but I think we’ve made quite a bit of progress. Whether it’s in time for an April launch or May, we hope to see all of you picking up a copy of both volume one and two.
Where’s the best place to pick up a copy of the book? Well, just click on the Store link in the top menu of the site, or the site map. You can buy a copy directly from us via Big Carte (we’ll be able to sign a copy for you if you do) or buy a copy from Indy Planet. We also do conventions and comic festivals. Our next festival will be Toronto Indie Arts Fest, Sept. 14. Hope you pick up a copy soon via any one of these venues.
Also, keep in mind, printed books of Maddy are on the Horizon.
It’s coming up to convention season. As of right now, Peter and I only have one confirmed convention we’ll be attending, and it’s not Fan Expo. Though we found moderate success at Fan Expo, we would like to build a larger audience before going back. Smaller cons and expos will be on the menu until then.
Due to busy schedules and restrictions, ConBravo in Hamilton for July is the only confirmed con we have planned. In the meantime; we’ve been gearing up towards production of Volume 2 with script revisions and character designs (which we’ll post as soon as all the characters are decided on). We’re also listing the merch we’ll have available at ConBravo. Especially the book.
Another priority is the initial scripting of Volume 3 which will be the definitive volume of the three part saga. It really is funny how characters and situations evolve as one tells a story. Original concepts once meant to be fleshed out is cut from the story and other elements added to give the story more breadth.
Stay tuned, Peter and I have something special planned for next week’s post. And remember, pick up a copy of the book in the store today.
As some of you have noticed, Perfume and Primer Caps has gone through a bit of a facelift. This took years of market research and focus group interviews. Wait, no it didn’t, we don’t have the money for any of that. It took a few months of re-planning and re-designing, but most of all hard work.
Along with a re-design, we have the volume 1 full print books available in the store (you can find the link above in the navigation bar). We’d more people to know about the site and the books. Tell your friends and family about Perfume and Primer Caps, pick up a copy for yourself and get them to buy a copy too. The money goes right back into production and costs (conventions, promo materials, hosting). We think PPC is a great story that’s lots of fun and is incredibly entertaining, and we would like to share that with as many people as possible. So share the experience with as many people as you can. You and they won’t regret it (heck, they might thank you). It also gives us the ability to continue the story in the three volumes we’d like to publish.
Enjoy this everyone, and tell everyone you can about Perfume and Primer Caps. Maybe we can turn this into a community site in the future and find some way to thank all of you for your support.