San Jose based comic book publisher SLG Publishing is embracing digital distribution of its titles and switching the company’s model for comic book series to a digital first distribution policy. “The market has been pushing us away from serialized comics and more towards books and graphic novels for some time” said SLG president and publisher Dan Vado “However it is difficult to publish a 200 page graphic novel from an unknown artist without having some sort of lower-cost entry point like a comic book series to help build an audience, so going digital first seems like a good way to introduce readers to new creators and build an audience which we can build on for potential book releases.”
Do you remember that last night before graduation? Feeling that, despite the pangs of sadness in your stomach, that you had to own this night – relish it before everything changes? Katy Weselcouch’s debut graphic novel The Floundering Time will definitely leave you revisiting that night with a poignant sense of nostalgia.
At Major Spoilers, we’re more than happy to expose you to a variety of different comics, from large publishers, down to the indie guy down the street. Dandelion Studios sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of Zephyr & Reginald by Rick Silva and Gynn Stella.
SLG Publishing, in a partnership with the San Jose Downtown Association and Starlight Cinemas, will be organizing a zombie crawl on August 25th which will double as a canned food drive for The Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara. Now in its second year, Zombie-O-Rama as it is called takes its name from a comic book published by SLG Publishing.
SLG Publishing has announced that Pinocchio, the Vampire Slayer is headed back to comic book stores with a new graphic novel titled “Pinocchio: The Great Puppet Theater”.
Now with an undead Master Cherry and the addition of his long lost marionette family in tow, Pinocchio might just be closer to getting his greatest wish granted than he ever thought possible. But, WHICH wish? And will Pinocchio’s life ever be the same afterwards?
“Collodi’s story is so rich that, if we wanted, we could fill dozens of books up with adventures spinning from his world,” says writer Van Jensen. “The challenge then really is in choosing the right pieces of his story to incorporate into ours without going overboard. While our story certainly spins off into totally different directions, I like to think it keeps up the tone of Collodi’s Pinocchio.”
Van Jensen is writing the followup graphic novel, while Dustin Higgins provides the art. The 176-page book arrives in October, and features a cover price of $14.95.
Elmer, the acclaimed graphic novel by Philippine cartoonist Gerry Alanguilan about talking chickens, will finally see print in the United States this November in a new edition released from SLG Publishing. A window into a world where chickens have suddenly acquired the intelligence and consciousness of humans, Elmer tells the story of a family of chickens who struggles to survive in a strange and dangerous world.
Living in Kansas, you get real tired, real quick of all the “We’re not in Kansas anymore” quips that everyone thinks is so funny to say – like we’ve NEVER heard that one before, putz. Frank Fizzle has it worse, his dad has been trying for years to become the official Oz writer, or as the title of the book suggests, the Royal Historian of Oz, to no avail and father and son are at their wits end.
The mind of a serial killer is a really strange one, and it often starts with killing animals at a young age. SLG is exploring the dark side of games children play with A Friendly Game.
Todd and Kevin start with dissecting a dead mouse that was caught in a trap. Then they move on to a near-dead mouse. What began as natural curiosity turns to cruelty, and a rift forms in the boys’ friendship when Kevin resists when Todd wants to escalate the game. Soon, Kevin is entangled in Todd’s obsession, having to choose between their friendship and doing what is right.
“We wanted to tell a story about friendship but turn it into a darker narrative about the worst situation the friend could possibly get you into,” says creator Joe Pimienta, who came up with the original concept and penciled A Friendly Game.
SLG sent a sneak peek of the graphic novel that you can see after the jump, but be warned, it does dive in to creepy territory.
SLG Publishing has announced its upcoming Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer graphic novel will hit store shelves in September.
Drawing inspiration from the original story by Carlo Collodi, in which Pinocchio remains a wooden puppet at the end, Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins imagined a dark continuation to Pinocchio’s story. Vampires overrun the peaceful town of Nasolungo, and the only one who is willing to fight them (and even believe that they exist) is Pinocchio, who has discovered that his growing nose comes in handy for impaling the undead. While avenging the death of his slain father, Pinocchio discovers the vampires have a deeper agenda than the mere sucking of blood.
This is like whipped cream on chocolate ice cream.
Artist Dusty Higgins, who created Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, sets the tone with heavily shadowed pages matched with delightfully designed characters, such as the heavily mustachioed Cherry, the carpenter who creates a crossbow he dubs “The Monsteriminator” to help Pinocchio fight the vampires. Still, Higgins notes, “We approached the story as if perhaps Pinocchio wasn’t meant to live happily ever after. Maybe because of his ‘abilities’ he was actually meant to slay vampires. With a continual supply of wooden stakes and no flesh or blood to worry about, he’s the really the perfect weapon against the undead bloodsucking menace.”
It’s certainly a different take on fairy tales and vampires, and it may be just enough out there to work.
SLG Publishing has announced its list of guest who will be signing at the company’s booth at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
Aaron Alexovich (Serenity Rose)
Kerry Callen (Halo and Sprocket)
Derek Hunter (Pirate Club)
Aleister Gilgrim (The Cemeterians)
Karl Christian Krumpholz (Byron)
Kenny Keil (Tales toÂ Suffice)
Tommy Kovac (Wonderland)
Ethan and Isaiah Nicolle (Chumble Spuzz)
Drew Rausch (Haunted Mansion, Winchester*)
Chris Reilly, Steve Ahlquist and Tara Billinger (Strange Eggs)
Mike Shoyket (CaptainÂ Blood, Tron)
Charles Soule and Allen Gladfelter (Strongman)
Serena Valentino (Nightmares and FairyÂ Tales)
Jhonen Vasquez (Johnny the Homicidal Maniac) and Jenny Goldberg (Jellyfist)
Landry Walker and Eric Jones (The Super-Scary Monster Show, Tron)
Greg Weisman andÂ David Hedgecock (Gargoyles)
Also attending but at their own tables:
Camilla d’Errico (Nightmares and Fairy Tales)
Shari Chankhamma (The Clarence Principle)
Sonny Liew (Wonderland)
The final time table has yet to be finished, but for those of you going to show, hoping to meet your favorite creators, this will give you an idea of where to look.