Archive for January, 2009

Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Welcome to 2009, everyone! And welcome to my new website!

This BEING a new website, I’m not sure that many people will be around to read this message … but I’m going to try to spread the news quickly. In any case, it doesn’t matter to me WHEN you read this little note, you still have my wish that the coming year is a good one for you, filled with challenges met and dreams fulfilled.

This site represents the promise of BOTH those things for me. A dream fulfilled because I’ve been thinking about starting a web comic for a number of years now … but a lack of technical savvy and the sheer force of inertia kept me from making it happen. Now, though, I’ve gotten the ball rolling … and there-in lies the challenge. Producing enough material for a five updates a week is no mean feat, particularly given how busy my schedule already is. But it’s really the only way to do it, if I’m going to be faithful to my vision.

On the plus side, I’ve got a lot of experience in both online and physical publishing. I’ve got some small bit of relative “fame” in some quarters of the geek-o-sphere, so that should help a little with getting some attention for the site. 

On the negative side, this is VERY different from what I’ve done in the past … so it’s unclear how many people who like my past work will even be INTERESTED in this. Additionally, this site is going to be very different from other web comics … so it’s unclear how much of the web comics community will find what I’m doing interesting, or where I can go to find an audience that will.

Challenges.

Still, I am more pleased than I can clearly communicate that Story Time With Stan! is a reality. And, come what may, I’ll always be able to say that I gave it a shot!

Thank YOU for giving the site a shot. I hope you like what you see, and that you’ll stick around as, along with the new year of 2009, the site and the stories roll out.

Facebook Group

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Thanks to Kerry Forrestal (if you had a web site, my friend, I’d give you a link), there is now a Facebook group for Fans of Story Time With Stan!. If you have a Facebook account, stop on by and join us!

Free Andi Watson!

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Andi Watson is one of a handful of awesomely talented but often overlooked cartoonists doing weird, beautiful, brilliant work along the edges of the comics community. He’s been more successful than most, having his work published by Slave Labor, Oni, Dark Horse, Image, and now (apparently) Tor.

Maybe I feel a kinship with Andi because his work, like mine, is incredibly stylized … you can clearly recognize a piece by him and there aren’t any other people working in even similar styles. In that, I take him as an inspiration. He ALSO is doing a lot of “all ages” work (stories that have at least the trappings of children’s literature and are appropriate for young audiences) that is ALSO quite well suited for an adults (many of the jokes and details are aimed at a knowledgeable audience). His work on Glister in particular influenced my decision to press forward with some of the stories that will appear on Story Time With Stan! in the coming months.

Anyway, a new 15-page Andi Watson story has been put up on Tor.com … check it out. I think you’ll like it.