Tuesday, July 31, 2018

2018 2nd QUARTERLY EDITION

CHALLENGES AND CUTBACKS ABOUND

"Serious cutbacks gotta be done!!!"
From creation to production and from production to publication, the struggles that arise in pursuit of each of these goals here within QEW HQ, continue to bombard the efforts and threaten to erode the morale to achieve them. Compounded setbacks with the costs for production and publication have forced major changes here at QEW Publishing. There have been too many projects on the Active To-Do List, which has exceeded budgetary limits and greatly effected new-release deadlines and printing services. New comic books that had been scheduled for new-release dates have already had to have their dates pushed back several times. Meanwhile, any effort to establish a consistent distribution process to retailers has been thoroughly diminished. The resulting domino effect has been a stifling delay upon the crucial phases of production of every other project, which even includes the phase of writing--particularly even with the late publication of this periodical blog, QEW Publishing Quarterly,(and which is assured to be released on time next quarter) However, rather than ultimately become overwhelmed, QEW HQ has taken pivotal measures to salvage its efforts by cutting all of its productions in half and dispensing the rest from the Active To-Do List in order to both save cost, and refocus again on writing. It was a painful choice to make, given QEW Publishing's contending contractual obligations that actually remain active, but it is a choice that was certainly nonetheless necessary.

NEW RELEASES NOW PUSHED TO 2018 3RD QUARTER-END INSTEAD

"Ughhhh! Not again!!!"

After sadly missing all of last year's deadlines and then both 2018 1st and 2nd quarter-end deadlines for new releases, some serious reflection has had to take place here at QEW HQ. The reins of leadership here have had a very loose hand, so it was now high time they were held again more firmly. The cause of these delays was mainly due to the lack of oversight, regarding the lettering process. This combined then with the neglect of carefully calculating lead times with submitting print orders, QEW Publishing has failed twice to release its new comics in a timely manner, so far, this year. A new goal has been established to release BLOOD & SILVER #4, THE GIFTED #1, and DARK POWERS #1 now as 2018 3rd Quarter-End new releases. QEW HQ will reset new deadline productions with artist, Miguel Caraballo, to have the lettering for all three of these books finally done, and there will be earnest attention to coordinating better with print order submissions for them. Failure to reach a goal is a painful thing, but it can help provide insights to reasons why it occurs. It can even help to motivate the tendencies to overcome it and ultimately succeed.

SCREENPLAY IN PRODUCTION

Kelly Young
QEW Publishing is currently producing a screenplay that is intended to become a full-length film. In the QPQ 2017 1st Quarter-End Edition blog, QEW Publishing announced its hopeful, budding collaboration with writer, Kelly Young. Well as of June of 2018, it has finally emerged into fruition and been made official. Kelly is now commissioned to produced QEW Publishing's first original screenplay. The project titled, SHE OF GLORIOUS STINGING, is a horror yarn based upon an in-house treatment of QEW Publishing's that had initially been intended to produce a graphic novel. Kelly Young is the perfect match for this new venture. Not only is he an accredited and imaginative writer, he is the truest avid fan of the horror genre. He'll be more than capable of weaving SHE OF GLORIOUS STINGING into a suspenseful and tantalizing tale that could become produced into a movie imbued with Lovecraftian flare.

ANOTHER ARTIST FOR P.I. McQUEEN

"Another new artist...Seriously?"

A series of challenges seems to be the ongoing theme with the production of this project. The primary issue has been an inability to recruit an artist who would commit to completing all the interior pencils and inks required for story art. To this date, P.I. McQUEEN has lost a total of three very talented artists, who have for various reasons chosen not to stay aboard. Quite frankly the one critical factor each of these individuals all had in common was that neither of them had never really begun to produce in the first place. Character model, Melissa McQueen, the muse inspiring the creation of this entire project, has been uncommonly gracious with her exemplary patience with the series of setbacks that have plagued its production. So QEW Publishing isn't giving up on P.I. McQUEEN at all. Although there will be temporary hold on finding another artist until the Visual Plot scripting is totally completed. Once that's done, then efforts will resume to finding a new artist.

RICK ROSENKRANZ

Rick Rosenkranz
It's funny how some ideas actually become the catalyst for new, developing projects. One particular idea started out as a shared running joke with author, Rick Rosenkranz. The joke had initially started out about superheroes and trusty sidekicks, but then quickly transitioned to a series of "what-ifs" involving some made-up C-List type superhero characters who possessed skills or powers that were highly impractical with commonality of a what a superhero really is. After sharing this ongoing levity for several years, Rick had finally become compelled enough to began developing a treatment for what has been has jokingly referred to as THE UNUSUALS. Over these several years of joking about them, an interesting and amusing cast of so-called heroes and villains have collectively created. And now thanks to Rick, there's finally a bit of effort being invested to developing an engaging and entertaining story for the comic book genre of comedy. 

MUSICAL SOUNDTRACK PROJECT

Music Producer Jesse Allcott
A thematic musical soundtrack can become every bit as essential to a comic book project as it is to a movie nowadays. A number of exciting opportunities are now available when it comes to cool marketing ideas, thanks so much to the advancement of modern technology. The challenges remain, however, of forming a collaboration with talented musical producers and a videographers. QEW Publishing intends to reach out to singer/musician, Jesse Alcott, a member of Hands of Deliverance, a metal band based in Renton, Washington. 


THE BUGS NEXT DOOR HAPPILY PROCEEDS

THE BUGS NEXT DOOR excerpt Panel 4 of Page 11
Great news! The production for THE BUGS NEXT DOOR is still moving forward! After the shake-up from financial setbacks, which were followed by a series of production cutbacks, the particular comic book project was gladly spared removal from QEW Publishing's Active TDL (To-Do List). And now that some sensible budgetary control over production operations has been restored again, a renewed earnestness in finishing up all the interior story art pages is now a priority. Pages 1-18 of fully inked pages have already been completed and artist, Rowel Roque, is more than committed to see that remainder of these pages are produced. 

REPO KATZ COMPLETION DELAYED

REPO KATZ #1 Cover art by Hakan Aydin
Serious contentions delay this mini-series, which should have been completed years ago. The visual plot scripting for it has been lagging for far too long and despite all the stellar amount of story art he's produced for it, the commitment of Hakan Aydin, the project's penciling artist, has begun to waver. However, with only twenty-five pages of story art remaining to be produced, Hakan has expressed assurances that he will complete his task. So there a new earnestness to complete all the VP scripting will be now be applied.


NEXT UPDATE 
SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018

2018 1st QUARTERLY EDITION

2018 1ST QUARTER NEW RELEASES NOW 2ND QUARTER NEW RELEASES

QEW Publishing missed its goal for the 2018 1st Quarter New Releases! Sadly, the new comic books that had been selected for publication were not ready by their March 31st release date. This was due to some delays with production and budgeting management. Nevertheless, here at QEW HQ, the objective to publish BLOOD & SILVER #4, THE GIFTED #1, and DARK POWERS #1 still remains in focus. Although a series of technical difficulties configuring image files of lettered story art pages in their required format had been slightly part of the problem, that's now finally beginning to work out. Lettering for BLOOD & SILVER #4 has been completed and the image files for those are currently being properly reconfigured for re-submission. The books are now set to be 2018 2nd Quarter New Releases. THE GIFTED #1 is currently being lettered with DARK POWERS #1 to be next. QEW Publishing is hoping to have the books available for showcasing before its first schedule convention exhibition of this new year.

MASTER 2 MASTER NOW INACTIVE

It is very sad to report that any efforts to proceed with the production of MASTER 2 MASTER have been officially spiked. For whatever reason, artist, Mick Nave may have declined to continue with its production as he'd originally agreed upon with QEW Publishing. The project had seemed to be coming along quite nicely. Initially, he had submitted fantastic penciled/inked story art for pages 1-4, but hasn't submitted anything else since then, and he's unfortunately been incommunicado for quite some time. QEW Publishing has conceded that there's no need to continue wasting efforts and limited resources on this project. MASTER 2 MASTER has therefore been rendered inactive, removed from QEW Publishing's Active TDL, and set aside indefinitely. 

AMERICAN RIPPER STILL A GO

Very happy to report that production is still in its stages of progression. No story art or communications hadn't been received from artist, Conan Momchilov, for some time now. However, he has reached out recently to inform about personal issues that have been imposing setbacks on his production efforts. He also says that in spite of this, he's remaining committed to see this project's production through to its completion. This is absolutely relieving news. A significant amount of time and resources and effort have been contributed to AMERICAN RIPPER's creation. David Berner's scripting is a fitting and essential factor to the telling of this suspenseful historical fantasy. Reassurances from Conan Momchilov will certainly help to make this happen.

P.I. McQUEEN CHALLENGES REMAIN

Production of this comic has been regretfully stalled. Significant setbacks have been due to non-production. Since signing on about 3.5 months ago, no actual story art has been submitted for review from artist, Antonio Goulart, and there hadn't been any direct communications from him, either. But he did finally respond to report that he's been recovering from injuries he'd sustained in an accident. Antonio said that he had fallen, which resulted in a dislocated wrist and a cracked rib. According to him, the splint that he'd been wearing has long since been removed and he now seems to be recovering favorably. Antonio also said that he'd managed to produce only five pages of story art, which QEW Publishing is hoping to receive for review very, very soon.

ZMZ PROMO & PRODUCTION REBOOT

QEW Publishing believes that the stagnancy from the lack of production progress on this mini-series and its fundraising efforts have been tolerated long enough. It's high time now for a full rekindling of some momentum on it. To begin this restart, QEW Publishing has reached out to ZOMBIES MINUS ZERO co-creator and Dark One Closet founder, Isaiah Jenson, agreed with this, too, and wants to see some results with promotion and production as well. He's already reserved an exhibit spot for Dark Ones Closet at the annual horror convention event, Crypticon-Seattle 2018, scheduled for May 4-6. QEW Publishing intends to extend its merchandising efforts and possibly recruit and active ZMZ promotion agent or two. New ZOMBIES MINUS ZERO Go Fund Me promo cards, custom tank tops, stickers, buttons, and even a video ad are on the list of ideas, as well as forming a ZMZ promo team for Washington and Oregon states. QEW Publishing is aiming for everything to be ready on time for Crypticon.

BLOOD ROOT TO RESUME PRODUCTION



The sabbatical on producing QEW Publishing's first novel of vampire fiction has gone on long enough. There will be renewed efforts to set aside time to resume working on the rough manuscript for BLOOD ROOT.
Six or seven rough chapters still remain to be composed. For the next following three months there'll be focus on doing just that. QEW Publishing will also be considering being more earnest in forming a special beta-reader group as well. This could help with generating new inspiration and maybe provide constructive criticism. Snippets of  updated rough editions of BLOOD ROOT may be even posted periodically on QEW Publishing's intellectual property subsidiary Facebook Page, Strike Point.

NEW VENUE DEVELOPING FOR INDEPENDENT COMICS

It's extremely difficult for small press independent comics to be consistently distributed to retail stores with any favorable consistency. So what if there was a retail venue established exclusively for small press independent comics? It would be the ideal venue made solely for independent creators and publishers, who would be paid on a simple, mutual consignment basis. QEW Publishing is actually working on spearheading the creation and eventual formation of such a place. A name has already been given to this project and a candidate, who'll be appointed as its manager, has already been selected. Once it's established, QPQ here will reveal more about it as submissions of indie comics will be sought to help fulfill this long overdue idea to finally become a reality.

WEN-CON 2018

In the last QPQ edition, QEW Publishing had reported that it hadn't planned on attending very many comic book conventions because it was more focused this year on publication expenses. But thanks to THE GIFTED mini-series' creator-owner and artist, Chad Dulac, QEW Publishing has been invited to attend and exhibit at Wen-Con, Wenatchee, Washington's local pop culture convention. Initially, it had been Chad who had been offered an invitation from Wen-Con to attend and exhibit his artwork. While he was grateful and honored by this, he instead graciously suggested to Wen-Con that his invitation be extended to QEW Publishing. So despite there not being any intent this year to attend any shows, this could still be a wonderful opportunity to showcase QEW Publishing's indie comics to Wenatchee locals and possibly have a chance to solicit its books at its comic retailer there, Galaxy Comics. This is also a motivator to ensure that printed editions of THE GIFTED #1 are made readily available to showcase there.

NEXT QPQ UPDATE JUNE 30, 2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 4th QUARTERLY EDITION


BI-WEEKLY COMMUNICATIONS

To keep in touch better with its QEW Crew, QEW Publishing has recently enacted a new policy of bi-weekly communications. This policy is mainly for those commissioned artists currently producing projects on the Active To-Do List. All of them have responded in kind and report how they're each still focused on their respective tasks. Progress is gradually being achieved. Bi-weekly communications becoming the new standard is a very important decision. Maintaining such frequent contact is an obvious good objective that could also help strengthen the QEW Crew's cohesion, and contribute greatly to the encouragement to meeting crucial deadlines.

2018 1st QUARTER NEW RELEASES

Efforts to meeting the standard of releasing new comic books on the first quarter of every new year have sadly been slacking. QEW Publishing had failed to meet its March 31, 2017 release date. This was mostly due to a major reduction of available production funds compounded by some personal in-house hardships within QEW HQ. However, there's a renewed ambition to release three new comics by March 31, 2018. BLOOD & SILVER #4, THE GIFTED #1, and DARK POWERS #1 are the three comics that have been selected. Each of these comics will initially be published as e-comic editions while their printed edition versions would be made available later.

BEAUTIFUL BEAST

Page 2 Inked Story Art by Esther Short
QEW Publishing couldn't be any more pleased and happier with the production of this latest developing werewolf comic! Its young and newest QEW Crew member, Esther Short, has been doing a wonderful job with her first penciling/inking commission on BEAUTIFUL BEAST. The production is for a 56-page graphic novella. Esther's recent submissions of her completion for pages 1 and 2 of interior story art indicates that she's committed to plying the highest level of her talent to this project. BEAUTIFUL BEAST has had several setbacks that have stalled its production in the past. The project even once had a live character model collaborating as the main character before she chose to leave it, and the difficulty of locating a replacement artist had delayed it even further. Esther's involvement now could thankfully make all the difference.


1,000-YEAR NIGHT MAY RESUME

Initial Concept Cover Art by Peter White
It was way back in 2006 when this original, 6-part comic saga about a lone vampire had first been conceived and developed. Peter White had been the artist who had signed on to produce all strata of the art that would have comprised it. Overtime, though, challenges to his interest in it and his adherence to the project had gradually begun to fade, and then he began to pursue other artistic pursuits. 1,000-YEAR NIGHT would not see any further serious attempt at its production for ten years. But then right around the Thanksgiving holiday season of this year, Peter reaches out to QEW HQ. Now the owner of his own established enterprise, Studio Whiterock, Peter had expressed some sincere interest in reconnecting for a possible collaboration on a comic project. The idea of resuming production on 1,000-YEAR NIGHT was suggested. So if all goes as expected and agreed upon, the production could possibly resume by May 2018.

P.I. McQUEEN BOUNCING BACK

P.I. McQUEEN Character Model, Melissa McQueen
No doubt that losing two talented artists in relatively rapid succession has set this project's production back dramatically. After that had occurred, it was decided P.I. McQUEEN's production would have to be temporarily assigned to an inactive status. Operational funding was already limited and strained. QEW Publishing's Active To-Do List was also slightly expanded beyond its strictly recommended capacity of listed active projects. But being determined to see this graphic novella into fruition, an ad post to Digital Webbing was decided. After well over a dozen reviews of applicant submissions, Antonio Goulart has now signed on P.I. McQUEEN's new penciler/inker. So now there is hope to make-up for the shortcomings that have impacted this project's production. 

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

QEW Publishing has elected to reach out to comic book publisher, Action Lab Entertainment to inquire about submissions. QEW Publishing is indeed first and foremost focused upon producing and publishing comics under its own imprint with its numerous developing intellectual properties, and over a dozen, or more comics being actively produced. However, as a huge supporter of the collaborative expansion of networking, such a venture could help serve to strengthen rapport for the future. So now there's a plan to select three of QEW Publishing's IPs, develop them, and submit them to Action Lab. Of course, there is the possibility of rejection. There are no guarantees in the publishing business, but neither are there rewards without some expected risks.

EMERALD COMICS DISTRO

Emerald Comics Distro is an independent, Seattle-based comics distributor that is owned and managed by Anne Bean. QEW Publishing received a cordial and engaging response from her after initially contacting her during the hubbub of the approaching Christmas holiday. Anne presents a comprehensive three-phase plan to grow her distributorship from the Pacific Northwest to eventually nationwide. QEW Publishing has submitted its comic titles, ZEVON7, CODY COYOTE, and DIABOLICUS to Anne to review for her consideration to distribute them. G. Scott Tomlin, the owner of Comics Dungeon in Seattle, Washington, was who referred Emerald Comics Distro during QEW Publishing's exhibition at this year's Bellingham Comicon event in Ferndale, Washington. With Diamond Distributors, Inc.being one of the biggest obstacles for small press indie publishers to attain effective distribution, and with the financially draining efforts of the Retailers Round-Up campaign, a prospective alternative offering an efficient option would be most welcomed and appreciated.

2017 EXHIBITION ATTENDANCE REDUCED

Less conventions than when previously established
2017 was a year for attending and exhibiting at fewer comic conventions. When it was first established, QEW Publishing had always intended to exhibit at as many shows as financially possible. The shows have always been a wonderful venue for showcasing and selling its comics. These events have provided numerous opportunities to interact with comic industry colleagues, connect with fans and new admirers, and also be a great source for collaborative networking. QEW Publishing only attended three conventions this year: Lilac City Comicon in Spokane, Washington, Rose City Comicon in Portland, Oregon, and Bellingham Comicon in Ferndale, Washington. The lack of financial resources is naturally the most crucial factor. Revenue streaming is sadly nil from both retail and wholesale sales. But there's no capitulation to these circumstances for lacking show attendance. QEW Publishing will continue to make every effort it can to attend these events when it can and where ever it can. 

NEXT QPQ UPDATE: MARCH 31, 2018


Saturday, September 30, 2017

2017 3rd QUARTERLY EDITION

NEW RELEASES REMAIN DELAYED


Still not ready yet
New comic books still haven't been released by QEW Publishing in nearly a year now. The in-house standard established of new releases being made available at the end of the first quarter of every new year has become plagued with unfortunate delays. The QPQ 2017 2nd Quarter blog reported that new releases would be pushed to the end of 2017 3rd Quarter instead. Sadly, however, this is still not the case. The two books tapped for release, BLOOD & SILVER #4 and THE GIFTED #1 are still in their respective production phases. So a decision has been made to now push these new releases even further to the end of 2018 1st Quarter, March 31, 2018. While this action will certainly extend production time for the books, this new 2018 1st Quarter release date could grant a fresh start at rekindling QEW Publishing's in-house standard.

BACK-ORDERED SALES


Back-ordered sales rock!
QEW Publishing had a pleasant and engaging experience at Rose City Comicon 2017 in Portland, Oregon. It was at this particular 3-day event that a new policy was offered and enacted on the spot. This new option is to fulfill back-ordered requests for any printed editions that were either sold out or currently unavailable there among QEW Publishing's on-hand, showcase stock. Customers were simply required to provide their names, street addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses, so that an invoice itemizing their requests could be submitted to them. A couple of these invoices have already been remitted. Print-On-Demand services that are available these days really helps make processing these back-ordered invoices very easy. QEW Publishing just has to ensure that each of these orders are produced and delivered to customers in a timely manner. So there will certainly be some greater advocacy for applying this new option during future convention events.

P.I. McQUEEN PRODUCTION STALLED


Character Model Melissa McQueen
There had once been a few rays of hope that artist, Cristian David Navarro, would finally help usher the P.I. McQUEEN graphic novella into fruition, but he has sadly already terminated his agreement contract. Navarro's illustrative style had initially appeared to be the fitting element for the project, but his sequential art page layouts and his application of inks needed some necessary editorial revisions. However, rather than comply with making these revisions, Navarro instead elected to end his commission. There is a silver lining to what's occurred here, albeit, it's a hair-thin one. Having managed to produce only two pages of story art. Navarro's early abdication hasn't left the project too much in an inertial lurch. QEW Publishing saves its monetary costs and P.I. McQUEEN's noted character model, Melissa McQueen, remains graciously supportive.

SCRIPT REWRITING FOR NIGHTMARIUM


Lots of rewriting required
Last year it was decided that this developing project would be officially placed on the Active TDL (To-Do List), but production for it has been stalled and there's been very little indication of any improvement with its progress. Locating an artist with a fitting illustrative style for NIGHTMARIUM has been difficult and the scripting produced by aspiring young writer, Carmen Lopez, is in need of numerous and necessary revisions to re-do the visual layouts for a number of actual interior story art pages. NIGHTMARIUM will continue to remain on the Active TDL. Once all the required work on the scripting is done, the search for an artist should resume accordingly.

REPO KATZ INKING



Positive progress for this project has been a long time coming. REPO KATZ's production has been going great. Penciling artist, Hakan Aydin, has successfully produced nearly half of the total story pages comprising the project. Recently Bernard Lee has offered to ply his skills as inker. This also is pleasing news for its noted character models, Svetlana and Tatyana (appearing above here in an earlier promotional video ad). Since REPO KATZ is now intended to be released as a full-length graphic novel, the goal of having one-fourth of the book inked, colored, and lettered is being targeted. Plans could be developed to release this particular portion as an e-edition marketing prop for the actual TPB printed edition. An offering of pre-orders for it could also even help achieve some early sales.

YO-YO ARISES--AGAIN


Early rendering of the character, YO-YO
No other comic production has seen more multiple restarts here than YO-YO. After the dissolution of the last creative team attempting to produce it, the project had been thrust into an indefinite inactive status, where it's been for the last several years. And then most recently the most unusual thing occurred...one of YO-YO's earlier contracted artists, Alfonso Ruiz, reached out from the past and actually offered to resurrect YO-YO's production again. He was taken up on his offer with a resounding, yes. QEW Publishing wants to avoid looking the proverbial gift horse in the mouth, but some serious scrutiny will have to be applied this time around. A goal to have one-fourth portion of the interior penciled story be completed by the end of this upcoming November will be set. A new posting about YO-YO's revived production will be placed on the active Patreon campaign. QEW Publishing sees that this as a new opportunity to see this comic's ultimate completion.

ZOMBIES MINUS ZERO & LUCID FRAME PRODUCTIONS


Official ZMZ logo (Red Version)
ZOMBIES MINUS ZERO has had a Go Fund Me campaign since its inception, but efforts promoting it effectively has sadly become stagnant. QEW Publishing has decided to reach out to (click link) Lucid Frame Productions to help rekindle those efforts. This company produces short, promotional video ads--particularly video ads for comics. QEW Publishing has tapped this enterprise to produce one for ZOMBIES MINUS ZERO. LFP's co-founder, Tricia Martin, says that she'll be ready to move forward on it. A script for the video ad has already been drafted. Now only an operating budget and materials required for submission to LFP are needed. Friends and fans are humbly asked to pledge any support of this endeavor they wish right here at: ZOMBIES MINUS ZERO Go Fund Me Campaign.


LAST CONVENTION OF THE SEASON



It had been originally intended that QEW Publishing would only be attending four conventions this year. After having attended Lilac City Comicon in Spokane, Washington in the spring and most recently Rose City Comicon in Portland, Oregon, QEW Publishing will have to scrap efforts to attending one of these conventions. That event is the Jet City Comic Show in Tacoma, Washington in November. QEW Publishing will, however, be exhibiting at the one-day event, Bellingham Comicon in Ferndale, Washington in October. Lagging logistical and financial resources have had significant impact on the marketing efforts, which is what essentially these events are for promoting the comics. It's true there is strength in numbers. Friends and fans are humbly asked to pledge their support here: QEW Publishing's Patreon Campaign

NEXT BLOG UPDATE: DECEMBER 31, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

2017 2nd QUARTERLY EDITION

RETAILERS ROUND-UP REBOOTED & RE-LAUNCHED

Comics and graphic novels at Hills of Comics in Auburn, WA
After years of failed starts, sudden stops, abandonment and returning again and again, QEW Publishing's marketing/sales program dubbed, Retailers Round-Up has finally been successfully implemented. The long, back-and-forth delays were mainly due to the challenges of having limited storage capacity for printed works and a reluctance to engage prospective retailers directly with hard-sell styled, cold calling tactics. The Retailers Round-Up program has instead been revised to a 2-year plan with a focus on marketing and sales of QEW Publishing's comics and graphic novels. For the first year, selected retailers will be provided an initial, complimentary portion of marketing stock to help establish a branding bedrock needed for QEW Publishing among retailers. The following second year will emphasize cultivating these retailers to register with QEW Publishing as consistent wholesale buyers. The success of Retailers Round-Up so far is evident among the following comic book retailers here in the state of Washington where QEW Publishing is based: Hills of Comics in Auburn, Gabi's Olympic Cards & Comics in Lacey, and Danger Room in Olympia.

2017 2ND QUARTER RELEASES NOW 3RD QUARTER

"Dang it! Missed it again!"
Sadly, some major setbacks have occurred with QEW Publishing's efforts releasing two new publications annually after the first quarter of every new year. After last first quarterly release deadline was missed, the QPQ (QEW Publishing Quarterly) blog here had reported that the deadline had been pushed to the end of the 2017 2nd Quarter. Unfortunately, the lettering process for both BLOOD & SILVER #4 and THE GIFTED #1 have hit something of a production snag, leaving them still unprepared for a timely 2017 2nd Quarter release date. So once again, the deadline is push forward, and this time, to the end of the 2017 3rd Quarter. This will allow for time for the lettering and editing to get done and for pre-press specs to be met for printing before September 30, 2017.

ROSE CITY COMICON 2017

Despite a brief hiatus away from the comic convention circuit during most of last year, QEW Publishing took to it again like a fish to water at the 2-day event, Lilac City Comicon 2017. QEW Publishing is now preparing for the 3-day Rose City Comicon 2017 in Portland, Oregon, scheduled September 8-10th. The replenishment of showcase stock and budgeting for travel and lodging must be achieved first. The developing graphic horror novel, THE BUGS NEXT DOOR, is intended to be spotlighted there. Pages of its interior story art will be there on display as well as QEW Publishing's special guest, Maria Cedar, the character model cast as the comic's main character. All of these goals are expected to be accomplished by the end of August.

ZOMBIES MINUS ZERO ISSUES 2-12

Narayan Baidya
ZOMBIES MINUS ZERO #1 was published and released seven years ago and then its production had gradually become stalled indefinitely. ZMZ #1's artist, Kyle Shold, had been only committed to finishing the production to the first issue, and the Go Fund Me campaign established for it never has reached its goal for funding production for issues 2-12. Thankfully, Narayan Baidya has happily elected to join the ZMZ creative team as its new penciling artist. Although currently working on the fantasy graphic novel, MAGISPHERE, Narayan had expressed a keen and sincere interest in this zombie-themed project, and is set to proceed with ZMZ as soon as he's done. So it appears that ZMZ creators, Isaiah Jenson and Quenton Shaw, will be going over previous story plot notes to resume scripting for this ambitious mini-series.

PROGRESS ON THE BUGS NEXT DOOR

Page 3 THE BUGS NEXT DOOR
The production of this particular project was almost jeopardized. Juan Manual Hernandez had started out with some promising potential as THE BUG NEXT DOOR's penciling artist, but had quickly run into some unfortunate personal issues before becoming semi-incommunicado. So collaborations with him had to be ended to replace him with Rowel Roque. Roque had been been an applicant to QEW Publishing as a prospective penciling illustrator back in July 2015. Ever since signing on board to the QEW Crew, he's been refreshingly productive, having already completed and submitted pages 1-3 of penciled and inked story art with pages 4-6 also very soon afterwards! At his current pace, Rowel should be able to have produced plenty of more compelling story art to showcase at the upcoming Rose City Comicon 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

NEW INKER FOR HELLION SERIES

HELLION Issues 1-4
The continued production of Jim Savard's creator-owned horror mini-series, HELLION, has been one QEW Publishing's most stellar achievements. The project has had its fair share of setbacks mainly revolving around Team Hellion, the comic's creative team. There had been the earlier replacement of a few colorists and most recently the replacement of its long-time inker. Despite all of these pitfalls here and there, HELLION issues 1-4 have still managed to be published and released. Penciling artist, Phillip Q. Hudson, maintains his due diligence, producing and delivering pages of story art to QEW HQ. New inking artist, Bernard Lee, who has timely signed aboard Team Hellion to ply his much needed skills to HELLION #5, which should be completed by July 30th.

MOVEMENT ON MASTER 2 MASTER

Page 1 of MASTER 2 MASTER
Since mentioning this comic project in the previous QPQ blog edition, MASTER 2 MASTER's production has amazingly taken off like wild fire. Initially conceived as part of QEW Publishing's ambition to create and produce three comics with themes steeped in the genre of martial arts, MASTER 2 MASTER's premise had stoked the interest of veteran artist, Mick Nave, who has eagerly wanted to collaborate with QEW Publishing for years. After happily hopping aboard the QEW Crew, Mick has already managed to produce 1-4 pages of fantastic penciled and inked story art! Even though this project's story is still in its earliest developmental phase, there is confidence progress with its production will continue to ensue. Mick has expressed a sincere commitment to see MASTER 2 MASTER to its ultimate fruition even while its story remains in the midst of its composition. A tentative deadline for completion by December 2018 is currently in play.

SPIRO JONES

James Anthony Little
In the spirit of creating a new black male lead character as a cinematic homage to John Shaft (SHAFT), Andre Shame (A LOW DOWN DIRTY SHAME), and Jericho Jackson (ACTION JACKSON), QEW Publishing will begin developing works to produce a new graphic novel, SPIRO JONES. It will feature an erstwhile US Army soldier and police officer-turned private detective, whose personal life as a seasoned investigator is also faceted by his lifestyle as a partial owner of a lucrative pawn shop, the lead singer of R&B Funk band, and a music producer. James Anthony Little is the inspiration for the character and is the chosen character model as the basis for Spiro Jones. Though not a former police officer or a detective himself, Little is actually still somewhat like the character. He, too, is a US military veteran, the lead singer of a band, and even a music producer as well. Little is also an avid fan of comics. Such is his enthusiasm about being the inspiring figure for Spiro Jones, he has composed and produced a raw and untitled, but engaging musical score that is rhythmically fitting as a theme for this developing project. The score itself can be listened to via this "jazz hop" link here .

REPO KATZ INKING & RECONFIGURATION

REPO KATZ Penciled Cover Art
Despite the multitudes of delays and setbacks since its inception, the production for this 4-part, action-adventure mini-series, REPO KATZ, has miraculously continued to proceed forward. This is mainly due to a couple of consistent feats of achievement. The scripts continue to be produced and Hakan Aydin maintains his efforts with producing and submitting penciled story art for the project. Inking for REPO KATZ can actually began right away, but there's a technical delay regarding acquiring an inker first. Then there's the matter of QEW Publishing's official Active TDL (To-Do List) allowing for the inking process to be implemented. REPO KATZ features the collaborative character models, Svetlana and Tatyana, and though it was initially intended to be ultimately released as 4-part mini-series, it will now be published and released as a full-length graphic novel instead.

NEXT QUARTER BLOG UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2017







Friday, March 31, 2017

2017 1st QUARTERLY EDITION

2017 NEW RELEASES TO 2ND QUARTER

Page 2 of THE GIFTED #1
It's the annual Crunch Time getting new releases ready here at QEW HQ! Trying to get the selected 2017 1st Quarter new comic book picks completed and finished for publication is challenge every year! The art for the selected books, BLOOD & SILVER #4 and THE GIFTED #1, is completely done, but both books still need to be lettered. Since QEW Publishing's previous letterer, Kuen Tang, had been away on a personal hiatus, pending some logistical issues that have yet to be resolved before commissioning her again on other projects. Thankfully new artist and letterer, Miguel Caraballo, has recently been recruited and signed on to join the QEW Crew in timely manner. He's currently lettering BLOOD & SILVER #4, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, however, neither of the books won't be ready on time for the annual release date of March 31st. So it's been decided the 2017 1st Quarter New Releases will be pushed to 2017 2nd Quarter New Releases, scheduled for June 30th. This is indeed a dramatic break in accordance to tradition here QEW Publishing. It's also is a clear indicator how Crunch Time should begin much earlier next year.


NEW EFFORTS TO PROMOTE PATREON

There's been lots of angst consisting of head-hammering and hair-pulling here about QEW Publishing's Patreon campaign. To this date, since it's official launch, QEW Publishing only has had one precious Patron gracing its on-going campaign with a monthly pledge (thank you, Jerica Wilson, for your grace). Certainly more pledges are needed. The current campaign status is mostly due to paltry efforts to promote it effectively. QEW Publishing's art director and pre-press publishing producer, Thom Fuegel, has agreed to help resolve this matter. He, too, also strongly believes in the potential benefits Patreon could provide meaningful financial support. There's no doubt QEW Publishing produces indie comics of good quality, some of which, that are now currently available. There are many more comics to create and produce. But acquiring more Patrons to pledge their monthly support could help accomplish the ultimate goal of boosting the production of them all. 

JD McGOWAN MOVES ON

Author JD McGowan has decided to part ways with QEW Publishing. Originally submitting his collection of short stories for consideration for publication and release under the QEW Publishing imprint, JD had been encouraged to write a series of more short stories. The idea had been for him to produce an anthology that would comprise a world he was building. Each tale was based on his own concept about a long-standing family of shapeshifters living and protecting their ancient wooded territory in the Pacific Northwest. JD had successfully managed to complete a total of eighteen short stories with his efforts. QEW Publishing had intended to release them as collective works under the title, THE SECRET OF OLDEN WOODS. However, due to the strict adherence QEW Publishing's Active To-Do List, the machinations of the editorial and prepress production process, it was essentially delayed. JD was not inclined to wait around for an administrative and logistical logjam to clear. So he elected to move on, which is not an entirely bad choice on his part. QEW Publishing is pleasantly supportive of JD's decision. THE SECRET OF OLDEN WOODS is currently available now on Amazon at this active link here: THE SECRET OF OLDEN WOODS link

PROGRESS ON THE BUGS NEXT DOOR

Maria Cedar
Character model, Maria Cedar, is very pleased with the recent progress report on the developing graphic horror novella, THE BUGS NEXT DOOR. The project's new illustrative artist, Juan Manual Hernandez, had suffered an unfortunate series of setbacks attained as the result of an accident he was involved in, but he has expressed encouraging reassurances to QEW HQ that he remains committed to seeing this production through to its completion. His last report was that he was now plying visual details to page 1, described according to the scripting as a nice, debut splash shot of Maria's featured character. Juan is currently working from a Visual Plot script that only comprises, for now, pages 1-6. The objective here is to have these and hopefully more story art pages completed and ready for showcasing at Rose City Comicon 2017 in Portland, Oregon, where Maria happily will be there as QEW Publishing guest and QEW Gal to promote THE BUGS NEXT DOOR.





BLOOD ROOT PROGRESS


QEW Publishing is happy to report that the vampire fiction manuscript for BLOOD ROOT is closer to completion. The rough draft is currently only a little over nine thousand words short of reaching actual novel status, and there only a five or six remaining chapters left to compose. Co-creator Moya Jackie, whose original premise is the basis for this entire project, has happily expressed how pleased and elated she is about this significant level of progress. Her approval of rough Chapters 16-19 has helped to reassure the manuscript's ultimate fruition. So despite the competing interests and rivaling deadlines, draft noting for the remaining chapters will resume. To this date, the BLOOD ROOT rough draft has missed all of its deadline for being wrapped up. While there is extreme reluctance to establish a new deadline, there's plenty of confidence here at QEW Publishing the manuscript will indeed be finished. And then the real writing will finally begin.

PROSPECTIVE COLLABORATION

Kelly Young
Since its inception, QEW Publishing has had the privilege of working with some very talented commissioned writers. Commissioning writers is a rare action taken here at QEW HQ. It's a difficult and challenging experience trying to locate and recruit a writer, who actually possesses an intrinsic talent at storytelling. Kelly Young is the type of prospective, imaginative, and gifted writer QEW Publishing is hoping to settle with on a possible collaboration. Kelly is an avid HP Lovecraft fan, the executive editor of horror-based, STRANGE AEONS MAGAZINE, a producer of short stories, and an aspiring screenwriter. QEW Publishing easily deems him the quintessential prospect for petitioning to commission. Kelly has been tapped as the prospective writer for a developing horror project, SHE OF GLORIOUS STINGS. He has gladly expressed his admiration for the project's premise and has even suggested some minor alterations. The drafting of a new agreement terms have been completed, but going forward is currently being delayed by QEW HQ's internal accounting and logistical machinations. This is also compounded by Kelly's personal schedule and impending work load. However, as soon as an alignment of timing fall favorably into place, there is the chance that SHE OF GLORIOUS STINGS will undergo full production.

LILAC CITY COMICON 2017

QEW Publishing hasn't exhibited fully along the comic convention circuit since the Jet City Comic Show of 2016 in Tacoma, Washington. Ever since the decision was made to pass indefinitely on attending Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, Washington, QEW Publishing has focused its efforts to make preparations to exhibit at other local conventions instead. Central City Comicon and Wen-Con are new, Washington state-based local conventions that have joyously emerged to help fill the void of more comic-book centric events that haven't been overshadowed by Hollywood. Lilac City Comicon (formerly the Spokane Comicon event) will be the first show QEW Publishing will attend for 2017. Formerly a 1-day event, Lilac City Comicon founder and chief executive, Nathan O'Brian, has now expanded it to a 2-day event. This offers to vendors, exhibitors, and convention attendees an extra full day. It also grants QEW Publishing a great opportunity to showcase its 2017 2nd Quarter New Releases. Character model of horror graphic novel, EAT & RUN, and veteran QEW Gal volunteer, Sarah Williams, will happily also be in attendance, hoping to garner support for further production of EAT & RUN. 

FANTASY FAN FICTION FESTIVITY

British Actor Matthew Lewis
Back in May of 2016, a Linked In post had been published titled, Fan Fiction Could Be Great Exercise To Writing Creatively Again. QEW Publishing put the title of this post's theory to the test and has discovered the truth of this proclaimation. A body of JK Rowling-inspired fan fiction titled LONGBOTTOM is currently being composed as a result.  This particular story is set twenty-five years later following the events described in Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and is centrally focused on the Wizarding World's unsung heroic character, Neville Longbottom, who was portrayed by actor Matthew Lewis in the film adaptations of the novel series. Neville is now a noted veteran of the Second Wizarding War and a seasoned Auror in his early forties. He and his young new partner, Darius Flint, investigate and pursue a ruthless, wizarding crime ring of grave robbers, who are seeking to unearth an ancient artifact of terrible, necromantic power. As the Linked In post had claimed, LONGBOTTOM had initially started out as an exercise to help overcome stifling bouts of writer's block. But it has since then expanded into a potential full-length novel of fan fiction that's been a treat to write. Even members of QEW Publishing's exclusive cadre, the Beta Readers Group, have expressed their collective kudos for what's been produced so far. An active link to the latest rough draft is provided here for reading at: LONGBOTTOM--Draft 10E

NEXT QUARTER BLOG UPDATE: JUNE 30, 2017



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