An explosive sci-fi action-adventure comic set in the dystopian colony-planet of Atrius.
About the Series
Forgotten by the rest of humanity and encompassed by planet-wide desert, the colony of Atrius endures. Over the centuries resource scarcity led to schisms in the population and now the vast city is split between a police state and the vast but fractured population of anarchists, who live in what is referred to as the Fringe. The Fringe is a place where gangs run everything, where cannibalism is the norm, and it is there that exiled war-hero Tertulius Justus must recruit a rag-tag brigade of untrustworthy prisoners to escape certain death.
Here’s what the creator says:
I’m Travis Vengroff and I’ve written a sci-fi adventure I hope will blow you away! Driven by a love of sci-fi and post-apocalyptic fiction, I’ve been working with a team of artists from around the world to create a full-color comic book series. I’ve been developing the world of Liberty for years, creating a Tolkien-esque depth of history and a unique landscape to set exciting stories. My background is in film and audio-drama storytelling, and Liberty: Deception is my third creative venture into the comic book world. I’m joined by a core artistic team hailing from a number of well known comics and we’re very excited to share our story! The team consists of:
Travis Vengroff– Writer, Creator, Producer (Random Encounter, Careless Juja)
Raymund Bermudez – Interior Sketches and Inks (Justice League, X-Men)
Joana Lafuente – Interior Color (GI Joe, X-Files, Transformers)
James Cartwright – Co-Creator, Storyboards, Concepts
Eirich Olson – Cover Art, Concepts (White Wolf, Wizards of the Coast)
Eduardo Camacho – Lettering
Casey Bailey – Concepts, Short Sequential Stories, & Continuity
Why do we need money?
In short: Print & Distribution Costs. Even with quality art and a strong world/story, as an independent comic book series there are many hurdles that stand between us and even marginal success. [Here’s a well written article on the topic.] The chart below illustrates how little money comic book creators make off the sale of each comic (~12% of the retail price of $3.99), and why it’s vital to plan ahead!
Since we can only expect to see ~12% of our sales, we need to sell a lot of comic books to break even and be self sustained! For that to happen we need our series to be sold nationally, and to figure out ways to cut costs without reducing the quality of our book.
Also, while I’m here, and because Insecure Writers Support Group day is tomorrow, I’m posting today to save posting twice in as many days. Here’s what they say:
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially
Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.
**Twitter hashtag is #IWSG **
My writing struggles have been my lack of concentration due to medication and mental health barriers. I did write a flash fiction story for a little challenge, just to keep my toe in the water, but it wasn’t as much fun when enthusiasm wanes. I’ll post that here once the challenge ends, to get some feedback. It’s only 500 words. 🙂
My next insecurity is marketing. Flip me if I don’t feel utterly drained by it all. I wouldn’t mind but I don’t do much. Certainly less than I need to do. I’ve recently released another (my second) romance novella under a pseudonym which is as stagnant as the first. They badly need promo and reviews, but I just don’t have the humph to do any. And so they flounder. The issue is I have done lots in the past and get so little out of it, and at this time, when my health isn’t great, I’ve become apathetic for things like marketing and book promo. What’s the point in making all that effort if it yields very little (or Amazon removes the reviews because we’re friends on social media… grr!) *Sigh.
So, what are your marketing techniques? Do you get fatigued by all the seemingly useless attempts at book promo? Do you have any other insecurities you would like to share ?