Code 45 Pandemic Series: Printing Locally Saved Our Comic Book From Huge Delays

The printing world is one whose tendrils stretch far and wide across the entire globe, and in the early stages of the pandemic that proved to be a major problem for many of our Kickstarter peers. As horizons began to narrow mid-March, so too did the capacity of China’s printers,… read more »

Read more

Code 45 Pandemic Series: Comic Book Mega-Issue Plans Meet A Summer Of Chaos

Our planning for the Code 45 graphic novel mega-issue was drawn from our experience with the first issue of comic book. This proved to be a problem. Since we had spent the better part of 2019 creating and completing Code 45 Issue 1, we didn’t quite have a handle on… read more »

Read more

Code 45 Pandemic Series: Why We Chose The Mega-Issue Strategy

One of the biggest changes we made going from our first Kickstarter campaign to our second was the decision to bundle issues 2+3 together into what we termed the ‘mega-issue.’ Initially, we considered trying to fund the entire Code 45 project all at once, bundling each of the five issues… read more »

Read more

Code 45 Pandemic Series: Our 2nd Comic Book Kickstarter Brings Major Day 1 Surprises

In my previous post about what it’s been like to create, produce, publish, and fund the Code 45 comic book on Kickstarter during a pandemic I talked about how the coronavirus caught us—like the rest of the world—completely off-guard. In the midst of our campaign the entire world was thrown… read more »

Read more

Code 45 Pandemic Series: Lessons And Luck From Our First Comic Kickstarter

The timing of our first Kickstarter for Code 45 was both a blessing and a curse. We chose March 3, 2020 as our launch date shortly after having crossed the t’s and dotted the lower-case j’s with Scout Comics in January. This gave us a scant 30 days or so… read more »

Read more

Creating The Code 45 Graphic Novel During A Pandemic: A Series

The last 12 months have been a whirlwind combination of creativity, stress, uncertainty, chaos, and art. When Angela Hodge, Joe Ng, and I signed our publishing contract with Scout Comics just over a year ago, brought Josh Perez on board as colorist, and then decided we were going to launch… read more »

Read more

Bringing Back ‘Bens’ For Code 45’s Early 2000s Montreal

One of the more enjoyable aspects of situating Code 45 in the recent past has been resurrecting my memories of Montreal landmarks that have long since been wiped from the city’s landscape. Of course, the term ‘landmark’ is open to interpretation. My own image of what Montreal was like when… read more »

Read more

Embracing My Comic Artist’s Input Before The Pen Hit The Page Helped Improve Code 45’s Visual Impact And Narrative Flow

One of the things that has changed most for me creatively as we’ve moved through the Code 45 project is how I communicate with artist Joe Ng about the appearance of each comic book page. When we first sat down together to do Issue 1’s layout, we spent significant time… read more »

Read more

Why Would Someone Blog About Every Star Trek DC Comics Issue? #9 – New Frontiers Chapter 1: …Promises To Keep

It’s finally here — the moment of reckoning where two timelines, movie and comic book, collide in a massive explosion of chronological chaos. DC Comics Star Trek #9 (New Frontiers Chapter 1: …Promises To Keep) is the first issue immediately following the theatrical run and comic adaptation of ‘Star Trek… read more »

Read more

3 Thoughts About Improving The Kickstarter Experience After 2 Successful Projects

Earlier this week Kickstarter sent out a survey asking project creators like us what we liked and what we would improve about the entire crowdsourcing process. It was a fairly extensive set of questions, and it was clear that there are certain areas that their staff are focused on (particularly… read more »

Read more