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Get a Free Incredible Doom Post Card by Supporting Your Local Comic Shop

I just received these Incredible Doom postcards I’d had printed to thank my wonderful patrons for their support. Thing is, I’ve got about 100 extra, so I thought we could try something fun.

Starting today, the first 100 people who send me their address, and a proof of purchase from a local comic shop, will get one of these postcards in their mailbox, along with a note from me.

There are few things more magical than local comic shops and the post office, and both are having a hard time right now. Which makes today a great time to go order yourself or your friends some comics, let me know about it, and get fun things in your mailbox.

  1. EMAIL: matthewbogartcomics@gmail.com
  2. With your mailing address.
  3. And a proof of purchase from your local comic shop, preferably dated after Monday, April 13, 2020
  4. and the subject line: POST CARD

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I drew characters from Bloom, The Tick, Valiant, Beverly Cleary, and Stray Bullets

I did some fan art from readers suggestions. There’s Hector and Ari from Bloom, The Tick, Ralph from The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Amy Racecar from Stray Bullets, Matt Feazells Cynicalman, and Magnus Robot Fighter (featuring Tara Bot).

This was lots of fun. I’ve been in a rut artistically the last few weeks. This was the opposite of that. Thanks everybody!

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Fascination Station – Designing a bookstore

Several months ago, novelist, comedian, poet, storyteller, and president of Write Bloody Publishing, Derrick Brown wrote me with a plan. A friend of his was redesigning a huge building in a small town and wanted to turn it into a collection of shops designed by different creators. He wanted Derrick to dream big and design a bookstore.

Derrick told me his plan for Fascination Station. It was to be a train station, with a checkout counter modeled after Grand Central stations information kiosk. It would have cubby holes for reading, set into in the back wall designed like bunks on a train car. Large displays would be inset in arches showing landscapes rolling by. Travel posters advertising departure times for famous fictional destinations would hang on one wall, and shelves would roll away, so folding chairs could pull out from a secret compartment and an audience could watch authors read from the back of a full size caboose, as if they were on a whistle-stop tour.

It sounded wonderful, and Derrick wanted me to draw it.

While I make detailed 3D models for my comics, I’d never designed something like this. Something that was to become an actual physical place. Something that needed to fit in exact dimensions and be usable by flesh and blood people. It was a heck of a lot of fun, and the illustration came together in no time.

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An overhead view of Fascination Station – a Write Bloody Bookstore

Sadly, things fell through. The Fascination Station only exists in these drawings.

But gosh does it make me want to go to a bookstore. So I think I will. 

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Jesse & I were on “Talking To Ghosts”

As I’ve been spending the last couple weeks re-invigorating this blog with a new host, CMS, and other fun features, I’ve come across things that should have been posted here that never were.

For example, last October my Incredible Doom collaborator Jesse Holden and I were guests on the “Talking to Ghosts” podcast and I never linked it. We talked with hosts Michael Kurt and Wesley Mueller about how we work together to break these stories, the logistics of making print issues, and, of course, the early internet.

Doing podcasts is fun. I hope to do more.

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Re-invigorating my blog.

I’m not much of a blogger but I’ve always wanted to be.

The value of keeping a blog for reasons beyond just sharing links to my work has been obvious to me for a while now. Watching folks like Austin Kleon, Andy Baio, John Gruber, Mark Evanier and others post week in and week out, I’ve yearned to organize my thoughts online, create an archive of interesting things, and to figure out ways to be of use to others.

Andy Baio wrote about his experience with blogging years ago:

It’s given me exposure, a place to share my projects and crazy experimentation with technology. It’s created new opportunities for me, directly or indirectly responsible for every major project I’ve gotten involved in. It’s a place to play and experiment with ideas, some of which led to big breakthroughs and passions. And it connected me to people who cared about the things I did, many of whom became lifelong friends.

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Besides the fun of getting to build my corner of the Internet, stone by stone, the world that lives outside the big social networks is an exciting place to be right now.

Like the web comics boom of the early 2000s, the current independent internet is a vast beautiful mess. Things like Mastodon, tilde.club, Micro.blog, runyourown.social and the Indie Web make me want to be online to see how all this shakes out. The big social giants make me want to curl up and hide.

So, I moved this site from Squarespace to WordPress, filled in the archives a bit, and I plan to post more.

All to clear up my meager plot of land, so I can better watch the fireworks.

This should be fun.

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Patrons: update your address

If you are a Patreon supporter of my comic series Incredible Doom update your address, because the slipcase for season one and the patron exclusive Issue # 0, featuring 70 pages of exclusive Incredible Doom comics, are about to go in the mail.

Both Patreon exclusive items have been in the works for years, and I’m proud of how they turned out.

If you’re not a baker and you’d like them, sign up quickly!

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How to turn your books into time capsules – Austin Kleon

Years ago I borrowed this copy of Italo Calvino’s If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler from my father-in-law, and when I opened it up I found Calvino’s 1985 NYTimes obit and stories from a 1983 Harper’s.I was so surprised and delighted by these unexpected artifacts that I decided to start saving clippings in my own books.

via How to turn your books into time capsules – Austin Kleon

I love this idea. Even better is that issues of Incredible Doom come with artifacts of their own right from the start.

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I’m not sure I should have quit my day job.

Two weeks ago, I returned home from visiting family in Canada. They’d given me a check for inheritance my aunt had left me.

On the ferry ride back to the states I talked with my girlfriend, and we both decided I should put in my two weeks at my day job, the store I’d been at for the last nine years, take a portion of the money and try to draw comics full time. Take six months to dedicate to comics. See what happens.

 

I’d been thinking of leaving that job for years, but I‘d been dreaming of doing comics full time all my life.

When I left for Canada three weeks ago, I had no concrete plans to quit, yet yesterday was my last day at that job.

 I’m thrilled, overwhelmed, and frightened about what I’ve done.

Guess I better go make comics.

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Giving Up – Why “Oh, It’s the End of the World” is on hiatus.

Recently, I was toying with the idea of giving up comics.

When I was making comics in middle school it was all about coming up with the most bad ass costume design (more spikes!). In high school it became about trying to write the most gritty dialogue. Later it was all about pacing or figuring out the beats of a scene.

For the last two years it’s been all about guilt and shame.

“Oh, It’s the End of the World” the comic I’d been working on had become a horrible chore. I could tell there was still another year of work I had to do on the book before it would be finished, but I’d lost faith in my ability to make the climax engaging. The story went off in to areas I now wish it hadn’t, and didn’t get to places it needed to in order for the planned ending to fly. I battled this with rewrites, new middle chapters, and lots and lots of guilt about missed update schedules, bloating chapters, and imagining disappointed readers.

I don’t think it’s a lost cause. With some time away and reworking I think it could be shaped into something I’m really proud of. But I spent a long time convinced that the best way to get out of the hole was to keep digging, and that’s crazy.

So about two months ago, quietly, “Oh, It’s the End of the World” went on hiatus, and let -me – tell – you, it’s such a good thing!

“I’d toyed with the idea of giving up comics.”

Even writing that sentence just now seems ridiculous. Giving up comics? What? I’ve been publishing comics since I was in elementary school! As long as I’m medically able to, chances are I’ll do another comic.

Case in point, I’m working on a new project that I plan to publish this year. Oh wow it feels exciting to write that. There’s a ghost in it. It’s awesome. That’s all I’ll say about it now.

I’m writing this to acknowledge that this shit can get really hard, to say that I’m still here. I’m once again excited to be here, thank you for still being here as well.

I can’t wait for you to see what I’ve got up my sleeve!

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The Setup / Matthew Bogart

For those of you interested in the tools people use, I was interviewed on a site that I’ve read and enjoyed for years: The Setup.

I talk about the technology I use to write and draw comics as well as why I work the way I do.