A Final Proof… WTWL

Hello all, fans and new readers alike.

I wanted to keep you in the loop regarding “Where the Witches Lurk” as it has been some time since the TPB was announced.

I’m getting a final proof this coming week (4/1, NOT A FOOLS’ JOKE!) after some complications with the layout and the printers. But we’re looking excellent this time around, and if all goes well we’ll have a book available on Amazon.com starting April 2nd, 2015.

What that means is that you can tell your friends, buy books for your friends, and feel the hard copy of the book in your hands for the FIRST TIME ever!

Also, for anyone yet to take advantage of the PRE-SALE PRICE, you have a few more days to do so! HIT THIS LINK and enjoy 20% off the book!!

Any retailers interested, or reviewers / podcasters / critics/ fans, I can send you a direct-download link, and, if you want to stock some books on your shelves, will sell you as many as you need — at COST.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to me in the comics below, via twitter @joepezzula, or email here: Joe’s Email!!

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WTWL Delay

Hello all readers, fans, and interested folks!

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So, you may remember that a while back I’d announced that the “Where the Witches Lurk” trade paperback would be released in January. Well, that obviously hasn’t happened. There were some unexpected delays in piecing the book together, and then some hiccups with first one printer, then the next. Self-publishing and print-on-demand are semi-nefarious aspects of the business of writers.

Needless to say, we’ve realigned our ducks and the next iteration of the book will be sent to the printer in the next week, so we should have it proofed and released in Mid-March at the very very latest (I promise).

Keep your eyes coming back to this website, though, for a very special pre-sale rate!

Cheers!

Joe

Readings from 2014

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On the January 2015 “Quad Shot” Podcast, (which you can listen to HERE) during the “Funny Books” segment, I felt rather embarrassed that I couldn’t recall some of my favorite reads (comic and otherwise) from 2014. I’ve read a lot of books in the last year or so, but under the pressure of the moment, and the influence of some alcohol, and the stare of Lady, James’s faithful bitch, I just couldn’t seem to recall some of the finer reads.

Eventually, I spouted out that I loved AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE — which, indeed, is a fun book worth following along with — but truth be told there were a lot of other great reads from last year that I feel I should share with you.

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BLACKSAD – No, the fact that a cat is the lead character is NOT the only reason I enjoyed this book, though that certainly didn’t hurt. What I liked most about this (these) book(s) is the art — very precise, detailed, colored in great precision. The world within, populated by anthropomorphic animals of all species, is seedy and criminal, but vibrant in ways that reflect the best vistas in America. The first story, Somewhere Within the Shadows, is a pure noir, in which our lead detective, Blacksad, investigates the murder of an actress he once knew, and in the process uncovers some shady dealings that go all the way to the top of the business heap. The stories are about 40 pages each, but each with crisp dialogue, 3-dimensional characters, and you can almost smell the smoke coming out of the pages. I highly recommend, specifically if you dig crime stories with a slightly askew point of view.

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ASTRO CITY — A book that has been shelved, re-started, shelved, re-started…this city is back in the limelight as a new monthly series by original creator/writer Kurt Busiek and artist Brent Anderson. Though the new volumes stillc apture the magic of a city coping with the presence of superheroes-and-villains, there’s a freshness that’s only slightly missing in the new stories, a piece of originality and overall greatness that is better highlighted in previous volumes “Life in the Big City” and “Local Heroes”. But I’m a sucker for nostalgie, frankly, so even though the newer stories leave something to be desired in overall intrigue, the very presence of the city, and the “classic”, familiar inhabitants means I’m right at home within the pages.

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SAGA — Brian K. Vaughan’s original space opera-war-love story, with the amazing and superior art by Fiona Staples, is mind-blowing in originality, but also pleasing in its very simplicity of storytelling. While the inter-weaving of character and plot can be daunting to the fresh eye, there’s a basic pleasure inherent to the reading of pages with limited panels and efficient use of space. Comic lovers and newbies should unite in the eye candy that is SAGA.

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GONE GIRL — Yes, a novel, and yes, the basis for a movie. But the novel is great, the switching POV’s keeping you guessing, and for a fast, pulpy read it was more than delightful — the writer (Gillian Flynn) is talented! Great book, great movie, and great example of narrative execution with twists that don’t come out of nowhere but still surprise.