Advent and Comixology

Today is the beginning of Advent, a time of anticipation and hope. May your Advent be full of blessings, ending with a glorious Christmas, the birthday of Christ.

As I work on Book 2 of Hecock, I look forward to the exciting day I ship eighty five books all over the world, to my Kickstarter Backers. The next step is to come up with new ways to put my books in the hands of more readers. While word-of-mouth is one of the most effective tools, (and I thank you sincerely for any promotion of “Hecock” books and blog, from you to your friends and relatives,) something more global is called for.

Therefore, I am exploring Comixology.com where they sell web comics that can be read on tablets, computers or even smart phones. The books must pass approval, and I’ll keep you posted. Take a look at my new company logo for Miller House Publishers, which is required by Comixology.

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Web comics are a great alternative to printed comics if you 1. do not want to store books, and 2. want to spend less per book (print version is $9.99, web comic $2.99)

To find my books at Comixology, you will be able to search by Title, Publisher, or Creator, so please spread the word as soon as “Hecock” gets approved. Of course, all books will be available in print from this blog, or Amazon.com, Books-a-Million.com, BarnesandNoble.com, or TheBookLoft.com of Columbus, OH.

Looking forward to December and all its wonders!

Meet Some Real Characters!

Let me introduce to you….

Belle Hecock, who is Burrell’s mother:

Aunt Hattie Zeller, who is Belle’s sister:

And Uncle Edward Zeller, who is Hattie’s husband:

Here are the models that subjected themselves to my picture taking, posing, and imposing!

Fortunately, they are all family, so I can torture them as much as I like. And I think they sometimes enjoy hamming it up for me.

Where Do These People Come From?

If you have ever pondered the question “Gee, how does she draw the same character in so many different poses?”

I have models. I tell them the story line, ask them to imagine what is happening, and then tell them to REACT impulsively to the scene. I like lots of exaggerated facial expressions and over-acted movements so that the camera captures an image I can turn into a “cartoon” figure. For example, on the first page of chapter 2. Scene: Hecock is holding his new baby cousin, who is obviously wet. First here is the photo of Steve, my Hecock model:


I do an ink drawing, changing the clothes, and, of course, drawing a baby in his hands rather than a rolled up sheet! I have to tweak the facial features because Steve has a longer nose, and a square jaw, unlike the slightly upturned nose and angular jaw of Hecock. You may have noticed the drawing is a mirror image. It worked better with the page layout to flip the image.

Next, I will show you Finzel’s model.

Welcome All!

So glad you are joining me in the writing and illustrating of Hecock, the historical fiction steampunk graphic novel. For the next several months, I’ll be posting bits and pieces of the novel, looking for a little feedback. Then on that much awaited 100th anniversary of the real life event of Burrell Hecock and the ice bridge over the Niagara River, I will begin to release the finished pages, one by one. The plan is to have the print version of the book published by 2013. In the mean time, enjoy the webcomic version and feel free to make comments!