Great news, everyone! Grim Leaper #1, home to the Jack Kirby/Joe Simon homage short story that I did with Jeff McComsey, has sold out and is heading back to press for a second printing. Huge congrats to Kurtis and Aluisio, and an even bigger thanks for letting us be a part of it. The second printing will be on sale June 27, the same date as GL #2, which has a back-up from Ryan K. Lindsay. Here’s the second printing’s cover:
We’ve gotten a lot of feedback about the short, which I was surprised by, so thanks to everyone that picked it up and talked it up. It’s also available on Comixology, so check it out if you haven’t!
Here are some of the nice reviews we got mentioned in:
Happy weekend everyone! I’m delighted to say that we got a wonderful review over at Bloody Disgusting, and we’ve been gifted as “Pick of the Week”! Huge thanks to the folks at BD, and I’m so happy that you dug the book! Here’s an excerpt:
Esposito and Moore fill the book with little details that force you to pay close attention to each panel, no matter how small. They don’t simply rely on dialogue to move the plot forward, but like with all good noir stories, it’s the subtext that plays an essential role. Whether it’s a broken picture frame, a small note, or a hand gesture, “Footprints” is filled with great subtleties that showcase how wonderfully ideas can be presented in graphic storytelling . This is invigorating storytelling, and neo-noir at it’s finest.
You can also check out the full review.
At long last, the Footprints TPB should be in any comic shops that were on the ball enough to order it through Diamond. If you didn’t pre-order it (or if no one else did at your LCS), it might be hard to track down, but you can still tell your retailer to order it from Liber Distribution, buy it digitally on the 215 Ink iPad app (only $3 for the collection!!), or look for it soon on 215ink.com. If it becomes readily available any place else, I promise you’ll be hearing about it from me!
I’m about to type a sentence I didn’t think I would be:
FOOTPRINTS was given an honorable mention in USA Today‘s Best of 2011 feature in the “Best Comic You Might Not Be Reading” category. Holy crap! Not to mention that we’re mentioned alongside some of my favorite indie books at the moment (all of them from Image Comics) — Kurtis Wiebe and Riley Rossimo’s Green Wake, Joshua Fialkov and Brent Peeples’ Last of the Greats, and the winner: Mark Andrew Smith and Armand Villavert’s Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors.
I’m honored and elated to be listed alongside these folks and I hope this inspires some people to check out our book. Speaking of which, there’s only one week left to pre-order the Footprints trade paperback, so if you haven’t done it yet, tell your LCS! We’re in the Previews catalog on page 321, or you can order us online from Midtown Comics, TFAW, or any other online comics retailer.
Thanks to everyone for all of their support this year; here’s hoping 2012 will be even bigger!
The reviews for Footprints #2 have started coming in! Awesome sites like A Comic Book Blog, Comic Attack, Comic Booked, and CC2K. Huge thanks to everyone for checking out our little book. Here’s an excerpt from ACB’s review:
I simply love this story. These characters, as nearly ridiculous as they are to be in the roles they have, are simply awesome. Joey Esposito injects so much personality into them. Forget about them being a bigfoot, a chupacabra, a Jersey devil, a giant shark, or a Loch Ness monster… They feel like real people. It was something I picked up immediately in the first issue, and it sticks true in this second issue. Before, I dug them and loved how they were being used. Now these monsters feel like my buddies and real people that I’m invested in.
If you want to check out the issue for review, please get in touch!
The kind folks at the awesome BookGeeks gave Footprints #1 a gander, and as it turns out, they dug it! Here’s an excerpt:
Footprints is a fun and entertaining jaunt into a creature feature/crime noir hybrid yarn. Bigfoot makes a surprisingly excellent hard-boiled private eye and the idea of the legends of Cryptozoology being ‘out’ to the public as a world-wearing super team Watchmen-style is great. Bigfoot is the brains of the operation and the undisputed leader of the group, but each of the monsters has their own distinct personality and skill set that should prove useful in unravelling Yeti’s murder. Jersey Devil is the brash, mouthy sidekick of Bigfoot, El Chupacabra is the muscle, while Megalodon and Nessy are star-crossed lovers specialising in information gathering. As well as being a suspenseful mystery story, Footprints also features a lot of humour. I love the intrusion of reality into the fantastical as poor Megalodon is unable to play an active role in the investigation at this stage due to the fact that he is, after all, a giant shark.
Read the entire Footprints #1 Review at BookGeeks. Huge thanks to reviewer Erin Britton.
The super cool comics website Comic Related was kind enough to take a look at Footprints, and they gave us a glowing review! Here’s an excerpt:
Something I instantly liked about FOOTPRINTS was that it read like some impossible film noir playing in my head. Every time Foot spoke it was like I was hearing his deep, gravelly voice in my mind and smelling the cigarette smoke in the room while Saxophone-heavy Jazz played in the background…the picture painted with a few selective sentences and the artistic style was shockingly vivid for me.
Be sure to read the entire review, and head over to our Kickstarter page to read the entire first issue!
The very kind gentlemen over at The Weekly Pull podcast had some very nice things to say about Footprints #1 and our Kickstarter campaign!
One particular quote I’m fond of is, when speaking of Bigfoot and the gang, “It’s almost like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen… the fact that they’re abnormals takes a back seat to the characterization.” You can listen to the full episode here, and make sure to check back with the show next week as I’ll be making an appearance!
If you’ve got any questions about Footprints that you’d like me to answer, you can e-mail the show with your questions!
We got a pretty sweet shout out over on the SLTM podcast — a great music show from which you will be bestowed lots of new shit to listen to — so special thanks to these guys for doing so. He talks about the book, Kickstarter, and more. You can give the episode a listen here!
The kindly gentleman at WeirdReview.com posted a nice writeup about Footprints #1 (along w/ a smokin’ hot photo of Jonathan and I). Here’s an excerpt:
The cover artwork is in cooler tones with black, shades of browns, and blues and the internal work is all black and white which works well for me as the story is dark and the places and characters are cold in nature (the Artic, Don and Nessie are sea creatures, etc.) In the midst of the darkness the story flashes to a humorous scene from before the old gang broke up where Foot was shooting a pic of the rest of the gang and it included his brother Yeti with an afro and a leisure suit.
If you haven’t read Footprints #1 yet, now you know what you’re missing. The site is also giving away FREE signed copies of the issue, so make sure you head over there and find out how to win! Check out the whole post here.