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A Hugely Successful New York Comic Con 2013

NYCC 2013 was an absolute blast and Dreary gained a ton of new fans!

I spent the whole weekend dressed up as Jonas, leader of Los Locos biker gang. Though quite a mean dude who I imagine has a very unsettling gruff voice, I decided to just be my friendly self when approaching people about the book. Everyone I showed the book to remarked at how beautiful the artwork was. Thank you Alex Sanchez, Allan Jefferson, Jonas Trindade, Rainer Petter, and Diego Tapié. A few people recognized that I was a character from the book and asked to take my photo!

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Big thank you to Cruskaia, who came to help get the word out on Sunday. She dressed up as the main love interest, Stacy. Thank you to everyone else who also showed up and helped promote Dreary!

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Here’s our table at Scallywags for our Saturday night release and book signing party.

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Dave and Daryl were interviewed by a handful of people during NYCC about Dreary. Here’s the photo of the Newsarama interview. Stay tuned and we will let you know when they post the interview.

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Thank you everyone who made Dreary‘s appearance at NYCC 2013 the huge success it was. I had a great time sharing our book and braving the crazy cosplay crowds. What an experience!

 

Last Day of New York Comic Con

Today is the last day of NYCC 2013!

I’ve had a great time walking around in costume and talking to people about Dreary. People really respond to the artwork and are very excited to hear that we are making it into a film next year. We’ve gained a lot of fans at NYCC this year!

Big thank you to Brad Abraham who’s been a wonderful booth partner and his great comic, Mixtape. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Huge thank you to everyone who has come in to help out and promote Dreary!

Here’s a photo of our table at Scallywags, where we had our release and signing party last night!

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A Note From Our Biggest Fan In The UK

Alex is an avid fan of Dreary and sent us a wonderful note when he got the trade paperback in the mail:

Hello! 

The Devil was Due, but now he’s arrived! THANK YOU so much for the book, Daryl! It arrived yesterday. 

Even though I read the individual comics, I’m looking forward to revisiting Dreary again soon, (probably over the weekend). 

This new edition is beautifully presented, and as always I’m glad to see an independent comicbook doing so well. 

Thank you for arranging all of this…, and I’ll email you once I’ve read it! 

Yours sincerely, 

Alex in the UK

First Day At New York Comic Con

And we are off to rockin’ start with a wonderful first day at NYCC!

I finally revealed my costume and had a blast walking around talking up Dreary. A few people even asked to take my photo after I told them about the book. One guy recognized my character as he was flipping through the trade paperback.

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Selling Dreary Or How I Accidentally Called a Sex Service Hotline

Kelley Van Dilla (Head of Marketing) tells us how he became a member of Team Dreary.

September 2012. I’m sitting in the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport waiting for my connecting flight to Santa Fe, NM, where I grew up and will visit my mom. I get a friendly email from a friend: a prominent film producer is looking for an intern to help him sell comic books. Sounds like gold to me. I email Daryl Freimark and we set up a time for a phone interview. Fast forward a few days. I’ve read the first issue of Dreary and I’m about to go in for my second phone interview with Daryl. The task? Pitch Dreary to Daryl as if I were pitching it to a comic book store. I’m slightly flustered and more than a little scared. I’ve never been a salesman and I know nothing about telemarketing.

But something works. I get the gig. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I’m touring Southern Utah with my mom. A few weeks later I find myself entrenched in the mountainous task of calling every comic book store in America via a more than somewhat out of date website called THE MASTER LIST. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very grateful for the website and it has been instrumental in promoting Dreary, but part of the challenge is that many of the stores have since closed or changed locations and phone numbers. It’s fabulous to get in touch with a comic book store owner who loves the sound of Dreary and is happy to give our book a try. It’s less than wonderful to call a small bookstore that has nothing to do with comics and pitch Dreary to an elderly woman who’s hard of hearing and just wants to tell you about her half a dozen cats. For half an hour. Then there are the listings which are no longer comic book stores. “The number you are trying to reach is no longer in service” is easy to deal with. Private homes tired of telemarketers, not so much. Anyways, onwards and upwards. I’ve got a book to sell. A book I believe in. So I swallow my embarrassment and guilt at having unintentionally bothered a complete stranger and I call another number. Until something makes me stop. Something so unexpected and completely ridiculous that I’ve just got to write it down. I’m working my way through Washington state, making good progress, especially in Seattle. I punch in the numbers for the next store on the list and press dial. It doesn’t even ring once before they pick up, but instead of a person saying “hello” or “The Comic Shop, how may I help you?” all I hear is what can only be described as sexy music. Then a woman’s sultry voice almost whispering in my ear, “Are you ready for live nasty hot sex action? Oh you’ve come to the right place… mmmmmm….  Ill get down on my knees baby oh oooooh and wrap my soft wet lips around your big, throbbing—” And that’s where I hang up. And I just sit there. I’m working in Daryl’s office in Brooklyn. He’s sitting right next to me. But I just sit there. Completely stunned. Too stunned to move. Too stunned even to laugh.

Unfortunately none of my calls were ever quite as exciting as that one, but when I called stores again this past August (2013) to sell the trade paperback, I talked to some wonderful people who fondly remembered the single issues of Dreary.

Jesse James Comics in Glendale, Arizona was thrilled to hear we were doing a trade paperback and told me they sold out of every single issue of Dreary. They’re wonderful people and I’m always happy to talk to them.

A few people I spoke to loved my description so much that they ordered a few copies while I was still on the phone with them. I think I emailed both Daryl and Dave whenever that happened.

Probably the most striking interaction I had this summer was with a store owner in South Carolina. I gave him a brief rundown of the plot, to which he responded in a gruff and tired voice, “Is it an Adult Book? Does it have nudity? Are there bad words? Cursing?” I told him, “It’s fine for teenagers and doesn’t have any nudity, I can email you a copy .” He gave a kind of snort as if I should’ve known better and said, “I haven’t read a comic in 30 years. That’s how old this store is. I just sell them. I don’t read them.” That put a cork in my mouth. I didn’t know what to say. I think I mumbled something along the lines of, “well.. I’m glad you’re still in business and I hope you order a few copies of our book.” I honestly can’t remember.

Being a part of Team Dreary has been a wonderful trip so far and I am so glad to be a part of this ride. New York Comic Con is just around the corner and I’ve got a great costume in store. Not even Daryl or Dave know what I’m up to. I can’t wait.

I hope to see you there!

Fondly,

Kelley Van Dilla

Head of Marketing

 

Three Days Until New York Comic Con!!!

That’s three days until Dreary takes NYCC by storm!

Just a friendly reminder, we will be in Artist Alley booth V17. Visit us and get your copy of The Devil is Due in Dreary Trade Paperback signed by creator David Parkin!

If you can’t make it to the con, join us for our rockin’ release party at Skallywags (508 Ninth Avenue (between 38th and 39th street) NYC) from 7:00pm until 10:00pm. Dave will also be signing there!

Our party will be just a little friendlier than this one:

Dreary Town Center

Spotlight On Brad Abraham

Brad Abraham is a dear friend of Dreary’s. We wanted to give him a big thank you and let you in on all of the cool stuff he does.

Brad Abraham is a screenwriter best known for Fresh Meat, Stonehenge Apocalypse, The Picco Incident, and Robocop: Prime Directives. Through his film work, and his acclaimed comic book series Mixtape, he journeyed to the southwestern town of Dreary to await the devil. One of Dreary’s many backers, he was more than happy to share his thoughts on the series.

Who is your favorite character in Dreary?
My favorite character in Dreary would have to be Tino; I think he’s a really interesting main character, and I’ve always had an affinity for the “ex-con trying to go straight). Face it; unambiguously heroic characters are dull as dishwater, and Tino is the opposite of that. Constantly interesting to watch, but one who also does the wrong thing while trying to do the right thing.

David Parkin drew a lot of inspiration from The Twilight Zone – do you have a favorite episode or moment?
It’s fitting that Dreary takes a lot of inspiration from The Twilight Zone given it’s probably my all-time favorite TV show. Often duplicated but never equaled, it was the show that first got me into scifi and horror, and my current work-in-progress has a decided TZ vibe to it. But of all the episodes, Walking Distance (in which a man finds he’s travelled back in time to the hometown of his youth) is the one that cuts deepest; not because of anything overtly supernatural, but because it captures that sense of longing, of changing the past, and realizing you truly cannot go back home. It’s a theme in a lot of my own work, so Twilight Zone cuts very deep.

There are a lot of classic cars in Dreary, do you have a favorite?
1958 Plymouth Fury, partially because it’s the car from Stephen King’s Christine, but also the way it rolls off the tongue.

What’s your favorite Western?
Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, which in its own way can be seen as having drawn water from the same well as Walking Distance in which aged outlaws trying to outrun their past find themselves consumed by it.

John Wayne or Clint Eastwood?
If asked to choose between John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, I’m going to have to plant myself in the Wayne camp. He’s become an icon and an archetype, but if you look at his best films – Red River, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – you see an actor not afraid to tarnish his own image.

Thanks so much, Brad!

Don’t forget to check out Brad’s websiteMixtape Facebook, and Twitter!

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Wonderful Note From A Fan

Chris, a fan from from Arizona, recently sent us this wonderful note:

Dear Dreary Team,

Thanks so much for writing such a killer book. I picked up the first issue at Jesse James Comics a while ago and have been following it ever since! I really love Jack and Tino and think it’s great how our heroes are also bad guys in a sense. I also heard somewhere that this is going to be turned into a film at some point. That’s AWESOME! The book is so cinematic and I think that a film would be perfect. Thanks so much for everything.

Best,
Chris

Thank you so much, Chris! It makes our day when we hear from our fans.

Big thank you to Jesse James Comics, who has been a longtime supporter of Dreary. Check out their website, Facebook, and Twitter pages!

Did You Know?

David Parkin’s father in law has a whole barn full of classic cars (not sure about pompadours). David had Allan Jefferson draw a bunch of them into Dreary because he knew we could use them in the film version (especially the old taxi the money was hidden in) to save on production costs.

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In other news, here’s a fascinating article about the indie comics world, self publishing, and the state of the comic industry. If you’re unfamiliar with Broken Frontier, check them out! They’re a great news-source and general resource for all things comic!