It’s no secret that I love doing a big Halloween strip every year. This one was a lot of fun. I started it a bit early just so I could get in more details. And yes, there are Easter eggs. This preview has one of the more obvious eggs. A little nod to Guillermo Del Torro’s new film.
I’m still new to the t-shirt game and I’ve missed creating designs for a few holidays here and there but I certainly wasn’t going to miss out on Halloween. Here’s a few, some are Dog eat Doug inspired and some are for fun.
Same as the first shirt, but sans moon. I like them both. Maybe I should do one with Sophie carrying a bone? Not sure how I didn’t think of that before now.
Click here if you would like to see all the Dog eat Doug shirts available on Amazon. Hopefully soon they will add the ability to have a separate storefront. For now, I’m thrilled with the quality of the shirts and how easy it is for people to order them at Amazon. Only had on hiccup so far. If you do have any issues, or an idea you’d like to see on a t-shirt, drop me a line!
Officially out today! Notice anything different? I’ve gone back to what I call the “Garfield” sized books. Remember those collections? Apart from nostalgia, I went back to this format to help bring the costs a bit, which is a tall order when dealing with Amazon and Createspace.
On the plus side, the book already has fifteen reviews in the first day! A humongous thank you to my newsletter subscribers. I’m working on putting together another free book as a thank you. It may or may not be Dog eat Doug related.
I get a lot of questions about DeD volume 1 and when it might be re-released. Well, I can answer that now: soon. The lovely people at Andrews McMeel made it super easy for me to get the rights and the full color files so that I could publish it under my own banner. I’ll have more on that once I get the files and stitch together the ebook version. Might add in some extras. Who knows?
And lastly, a quick word on the Conjurers books. I have sent the final edits off to my publisher. Now we can start locking down the layout and the illustrations. That’s something I can grind through much faster. So expect to start seeing lots of bits and pieces as the book comes together.
It was a long, tough learning experience. Just to give you a rough idea, the first draft of book one was 90,000 words. Add to that the fact that I was doing something completely different with the illustrations, blending and weaving them in and out of the text. Well, myself and the genius team at Crown Books found a way through it. I think you’re going to enjoy the ride.
As I rummage through the archives for the next collection, I thought I’d pull a few oldies out and share them on the sight. These are strips that I forgot about completely. It’s like getting to read them for the first time. Sometimes they make me laugh. This one did, although the art is horrendous. Not sure if I was experimenting with new styles or hadn’t slept in three days.
So this obviously means I’m currently putting together volume 9, and I have made a few changes. First off, in order to reduce costs on the print versions, I’m going back to the smaller book size. Self-publishing image heavy books is a major hurdle. And printing them in color makes it similar to financing a Mars rover. Remember volume two? I picked that size because that was what Garfield collections looked like when I was a kid. I switched to the larger format just to deliver more comics in each book. The trade off, of course, was the price.
Once I have the title and cover done, I’ll post the new size here.
It’s here! The sixth collection of “Dog eat Doug” strips. Again, I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting my self-publishing endeavor. I do have to ask for one quick favor: I need your reviews! It would appear, and thankfully so, that in this world of SEO, spambots and automated everything, word of mouth still caries the most weight.
So if you’ve picked up any of my family and kid friendly collections, I would be eternally grateful if you took a minute and gave them a rating on Amazon. Even say a few words. Thanks!
Also wanted to thank Amazon user TSOJ for their flattering review of the new collection:
Brian has one of the best contemporary children’s cartoon strips on the market. You want Tim Burton? You want Clive Barker? You want a funny smell coming from a diaper? (well, maybe not that last one) You want cute babies and puppies living in a household that occasionally gets visited by sweet, huggable demon cats? Then you want Dog Eat Doug 6 (you probably want all of the previous 5 books, too). But, ya, get this book.
Not sure who you are, but thank you. Especially love how you snuck Clive Barker in there.
Yep. Volume six is almost patched together. That means there’ll be some giveaways and deals on the past editions coming up. I’ll announce everything in the newsletter first. So if you haven’t signed up yet, drop your email in the hat and grab the free ebook while you’re at it.
There will be some Conjurers news in a bit too, as I’m in the process of finalizing the copy and laying out the first the novel. That will hopefully include a final, set in stone publication date. Stay tuned!
Indeed, I have self published another volume. You can get the kindle or print version by visiting the “My Books” page. As you can tell, I went with a Bruce Lee tribute theme this time. Also, you may have noticed the newsletter signup field over there on the right. I’ve decided to have a special little list that will offer news and some special deals and giveaways as opposed to just casting things off into the social media winds. Sign up, and no worries, I won’t be sending them often.
My first ebook journey is off to a good start. Thanks to everyone who has checked it out so far. And thanks for the reviews! This one is from Rene R.:
Really loved reading It Came from the Diaper Pail. Look forward to re-reading it. Sophie is adorable and Doug is so cute. Thanks Brian for writing Dog eat Doug.
Although I quite liked this succinct write up from John Cuellar:
This is a pretty good comic strip.
If you download a copy, I truly appreciate the reviews.
Not sure what happened with yesterday’s comic, but here it is. My annual Halloween strip. Had to draw some zombies. Give it a click for a larger version.
So where do I get my ideas. Hmmm. No clue.
Can’t believe I’ve never tossed a reference to this in the strip before. This is a little peek at a strip that will run in March.