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This Wednesday the 23rd of July, Issue 5 of Wild Blue Yonder comes out.   Mike wrote a hell of a script and Nelson outdid himself on colors. None of our characters change their sex or ethnic makeup, but it still might be worth reading.  

Z

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Hello fellow Humans!

 

                Denver Comic Con is happening this weekend, and I am fortunate enough to be a guest there.  I’ve lucked out and was able to weasel myself away from any panel work, so I’ll be at my table all weekend.  That table is D34, I am told.   I’ll have a limited number of books, both collector’s crap and normal stuff.   I’ll also be doing a very limited number of commissions – so get there early if you want one.   Other than that, I’ll have my normal amounts of prints and originals for sale.  I’ll also have one piece in the Charity Auction.  =)

 

                It’s a wonderful con with tons of great guests – come if you can! 

 

Laters,

Z

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Are there any professional artists out there looking to share a studio space in the south Denver area? Please contact me at: zhoward@comcast.net

I don't care what type of artwork you do. Just no knuckleheads, please.
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Well, if you haven’t rightfully given up on me and WBY, Issue #4 comes out tomorrow (March 5th).   Nelson Daniel rocked the fucking house on it.
Laters,
Z
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I'll be on at 6:12pm Mountain.  if you miss it, you can download it for two days!
www.justin.tv/spacefriendzach
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I'll be on at 4PM MT.   here's the link.

www.justin.tv/spacefriendzach
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Issue #3 of Wild Blue Yonder artwork is available for purchase, along with leftovers from the first two.   If you would like to purchase a piece, email me and I’ll give you the list.   I will not be going to many cons for the semi-indefinite future, and I don’t sell through a dealer, so if you want any of my crapshit pages, just contact me directly.  

h@zachhoward.com
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Wild Blue Yonder Issue #3 is out Wednesday the 30th of October.   We are very happy with it, and I hope you guys enjoy it, too.    Nelson did some really breathtaking work, and Mike wrote one hell of an issue.
  
At www.nobletransmission.com/?pat… you can find some special edition first issues for sale.  They look neat, and is a way for all the people having trouble tracking down the initial book to get their meat hooks into some WBY goodness.   

This weekend I'll be a guest at the annual Tucson Comic Con at the Fantasy Comics booth.   It's always a good time when I'm in Tucson, so swing by my table to look at my stupid face if you are in the area!   I'll be signing books and doing commissions.   No pre-lists, though.  Sorry about that, guys.  

Lastly, a stunningly beautiful WWII book done by my friends, Mike Heimos and free-range stud Nick Runge is being collected into a TPB.   Not your typical WWII book.  It's titled, FEVER RIDGE and is published through IDW.  Check it out!


Well, I'm back to being woefully behind on churning out issue #4.  

Laters, Boo.
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IDW wants your questions!  Put down your bad ass Aquaman comics for a minute, and follow the link!   Make IDW feel like we have fans... =(

www.facebook.com/idwpublishing
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I'm a guest at Comic Art Fest in Colorado Springs this Saturday the 7th.  www.facebook.com/events/143483…   It's a fun, one day show – and if you live in the area, come check us out!   I'll be there with Jolyon Yates of Ninjago fame.   I won't be doing commissions, but I'll be happy to sign anything you want.  It's a quick show, and I have to meet tons of people, so I just can't fit in commissions.  I'm very sorry, but I promise you that I'll try to make up for it with unparalleled charm and witty fart jokes.  I'll also have originals and prints for sale.  Along with a few books. =)


Another quick topic – WBY update!  
-  Issues #1 and #2 are now officially going to a third printing.  
-  I'm wrapping up Issue #3 next weekend and sending it off to the printers the following week.  I am very sorry for the delay, but I hope the caliber of the book makes up for some of that failure.  It's 28 pages, and very good.  
-  Oddly enough, after proclaiming my ridiculously high level of lateness, I'm also letting everyone know that Wild Blue Yonder is now going to be six issues.   And yes, it will be continued thereafter with more miniseries, and a handful of one-shots.   Mike and I have plenty of more to say about this world.  
- Noble Transmission will be announcing quite a bit about the series in the coming months.   I hope you stick around with us.  We aren't trying to make comic books, here.   We're trying to make the best fucking comic books you have ever read.   Shit takes time.  

Out,
Z
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Wild Blue Yonder Issue #2 second printings are out today.   A chance for people to get caught up.    and yes, Issue #3 is still late, so this seemingly is working out perfectly.    

Also, email me at h@zachhoward.com for a list of Issue #2 available original WBY art.   They seem to be going very fast, so get on it if you really want a page from this series.  


No humor for you today.  You'll have to think of your own crass dick jokes for now.  =)

Z
ps - don't fret.  i'll be back with dick joke in hand before you know it!
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Issue #2 of Wild Blue Yonder is out, and luckily seems to be getting stellar reviews.   We are exceptionally proud of the book and I hope everyone reading this gets a chance to pick it up at some point.   It's the best book of my career, Nelson colored his asshole off, and Mike wrote a flawless script – I absolutely couldn't be happier.  

And remember that if you couldn't get your hands on a copy of either issue, both are being reprinted.  And kick your LCS in the nuts for not ordering enough of our book.   ;)  

I intended this journal to be a bit more entertaining – filled to the brim with wondrous, impactful dick jokes, but I am very exhausted and very behind on issue 3.  I have more moving pieces in my life than ever before, and I'm trying to keep treading water for everyone.   So be patient and know that issue 3 is going to be a bit late.    And if you are a fan of my stupid work, then you should be well versed in this already.   Issue 3 is a 28 page monster of an issue with a pirate fight that will, proven in several case studies, prolapse your intestines through your butthole.   Who doesn't want that?  

Anyhow, thank you to every single person that has legally read our book, and I am truly grateful for your support. Hang in there with us and I promise that we will blow your ass off.   I love you all!

Dick jokingly yours,
Z
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IDW should be announcing very shortly that Issue 2 of Wild Blue Yonder has sold out before it came out.   This means that stores who didn't order shit, listened to their fans and ordered more.   Does that mean you don't get a book?  Fuck no!   We're already doing a second printing of both issues 1 and 2.   So everyone who wants to buy our little book can.   And to all of you that have bought the first issue already, I truly thank you.   You guys really put out a wonderful vibe that is still resonating weeks later.  I am in your debt. =)

Also, we'll soon be selling special edition cover issues of Wild Blue Yonder #1 on our Noble Transmission website.   It's called the "Creators Edition" on the inside front cover of the normal issues (if I knew how to post a pic of it in my journal, I would. But I don't.  So put on your imagination caps).   Mike and I will be selling them at cons, too.   They are limited to 1,000, and are full color – unlike the rare Kickstarter Edition, and DCC Sketch Cover Edition.   So everyone that wants one should be able to get their grimy mitts on the sucker.

I wish I could draw this series forever.   Wild Blue Yonder is the first series I've drawn where I didn't lose interest in it at some point.  I get more excited with every issue.  Weird and wonderful sensation.   Issue #2 is the best single issue of a comic book that I've ever been part of, and issue #3 has a gigantic battle scene that will be madness.  Madness, i say!  

Buy indie comic books, you fine people!
Z
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I'm not hitting any other big cons this year due to my shitball schedule and my lack of ability to meet my deadlines.  So I'm letting everyone know that I sell my originals through email.   I have about half of the pages from WBY #1 left, and some Cape crap, too.  Email me at h@zachhoward.com for a list and prices.

And my prices range from $75 to $400 for my interior pages.  No covers are left, guys.  Sorry about that!  

out,
z

Wild Blue Yonder is officially sold out as it hit the stands.   I want thank every single person that took a chance on our series, I can honestly say that it only gets better.   Much better.   And the response we have gotten for the launch basically secures the future of this property.  Again, thank you for making my abandonment of the normal industry ways and means, a rarely successful one.   I had many people (mostly pros and editors) tell me that I was a fool, and was tanking my career when I turned down the gigs I was being offered.   So this is a big "go fuck yourselves" to all of those cowards.  

 

We don't need outdated established standards from the people with money and brands to force-feed the fans never ending retread tires.   Take those foolish self-imposed shackles off and read truly Indie books.   Spend your money on books by Ryan Ottley – better than any traditional superhero book out there – he's better than the shitheads you patronize, and the money goes to his family; not some gigantic production company.   Read Gabe Rodriguez books – they are the best in the industry.   And countless others.  There are a crap-ton of other true indie bad asses out there that are kicking just as much ass, and hide in plain sight.   Put down your corporate brand comic and go find some indie guys to support.  I promise you that indie guys will show you what can happen when a project is produced through passion and sacrifice.  

Let go of supporting the turds that are playing king of the shitheads while trying to legitimize their childhood heroes.   That is ALL that is happening in mainstream American comics.   We are being force-fed fast food comic books, and it's making us apathetic and stagnant.

As for my future, I've built a pirate ship full of bad ass renegades, and we are sailing to new territory.  And I promise that we will never tell a story that isn't worth your time.  Come join the forces of change and integrity. Feels better on this side.

For those of you that were unable to get a copy, you aren't screwed quite yet.   There are several stores that ordered hundreds of copies along with the companies that received a mountain of their personalized cover versions of the first issue.   The issue is sold out at Diamond, not necessarily individual stores.   So Google search stores that are still selling the first issue.  There are stores out there with quite a few left – get on it before you are torrenting an illegal Chinese version to get your fix.   And I'd tell you about individual stores, but I don't want to play favorites and piss off anyone that put their ass on the line for our series. 


Lastly, please don't forget to let your comic book shop know that they can still order issue 2 for the rest of this week.   So get on that shit!


Love, z
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News abounds, fuckers!  

First off, our first issue of Wild Blue Yonder comes out the 19th of this month, and initial orders are off the charts.   I want to thank everyone that told their shops to order it – you've helped make this a hit before it even reaches the stands.   It's a fun book, and the beginning of my career as a full-time owner of everything I do until I shit the bed.   Please tell your friends about the series, and if your shop sells out before you can get your mitts on it, let your retailer know to reorder before it sells out on our end. =)

Secondly, while issue two of Wild Blue Yonder is at the printers, I wanted to let you all know that it is the best single comic book I've ever been part of.   No hyperbole.   Mike wrote a script that is going to curl your toes; I drew a book I'm completely happy with (first time I ended a book without regrets); and Nelson Daniel nelsondaniel.deviantart.com/ absolutely 100% motherfucking crushed the colors.   For the first time in my career, I don't feel lost or bored while I'm drawing, and the colors came together in a way that I've never seen in a comic book before.   Stick with us, folks, and we are going to take you to places that American comics seldom venture.   That's right: Clown-Fisting Porn Comics! … ahem…   I mean great comics!
 
We have a dream team that is going to be doing books for years to come.   Soon I'll be able to announce in detail my next series that is coming out two months after WBY ends.   It's titled The Dread of Bęte Noire – Mike and Austin are writing it while myself and a young Lithuanian bad ass painter named Paulius Zakarauskas pauzak.deviantart.com/ (he's going to blow you mind) will be doing the art duties.   Stay tuned!
 
Then (yeah, there's more), when I finish WBY later this year, I'll be starting the greatest story of my career, called Buck.  I can't say anything about this except that it's an All Ages coming of age story about a young rabbit.   Think: The Hobbit fucks Watership Down, they have a kid that grows up to beat up The Gladiator.    Any questions? ;)  Check www.nobletransmission.com for news about all of my coming books.   And write us (button on the site) about what you think about Wild Blue Yonder.   Mike is doing a letters page in Issue 4, and we need some neat thoughts and questions for him to answer.   Get on it!

Thank you again, for all of the unbelievable support for Wild Blue Yonder!   And don't forget that sales lag in the death valley of issues 2, and 3 of a new series – so tell your retailer to order while it's still solicited.
 
Oh, and one last thing – the crew will be signing comics June 19th at Third Eye comics in Maryland (both locations I am told).   They even have an exclusive cover for the first issue!  So if you are in the area, swing on by and get shit done.  =)

Whole lotta love,
Z
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Come see me hate inking live, you fools!

www.justin.tv/theceoofdeath#/w…

bring your popcorn and space dildos...

love z
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People you should know and support.

Vic Malhotra is a bad ass that I met up in Canannnanada last year, and he is currently doing a series with Joe Hill that launches the same day as Wild Blue Yonder.   He is one of the few young artists that I've ever met that is actually learning from the master storytellers, and incorporating those styles and lessons into his work.   He is also a wonderful person.   He also has great taste in Asian food, can roll with a joke, and is a fantastic kisser.   Vic is lightning in a bottle, and he'll be an absolute animal in the coming years.  So check out his work if you get a chance!  
thevicmalhotra.deviantart.com/


Leila del Luca is a wonderful up and comer that I've had the pleasure of watching grow and develop a profound skillset over the last few years.   She too, is young, and doing it the right way.  She knows how to use the traditional tools, and is really starting to put together some very excellent work.    In an industry full of fat stupid men, we need young talented females to flourish if we are going to have any chance of extending comic books into the foreseeable future in any significant capacity.   She currently has three days left on her Kickstarter, and needs your help to fund it.   Please spread the word, and drop a dime if you have one!  
www.kickstarter.com/projects/e…


check them both out and let them know if you dig their work.
z
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MTV GEEK was kind enough to do a fun interview and preview of Wild Blue Yonder.   We are so impressed and flattered by all of the wonderful promotion we have gotten for our series.   Please check out the article when you get a chance.   Leave a comment, too - I'm told that Snooki will answer to each and every one of them.


geek-news.mtv.com/2013/04/26/w…


love,
Z
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Madness, I say!    Okay, here's the latest from my sorry ass:

- First off, I am a guest of the stellar Calgary Expo this weekend.   If you are up in the great white north for any reason, please swing by and get some crap signed!   I did its sister show last year and was  quite impressed with how well Canadians can put on a comic book show.   Go support these guys.  
www.calgaryexpo.com/

Also, I'll be there with Charles Wilson, and Vic Malhotra.   You should know who these people are, you fools!  Check the show out with the link above.


- Next up is a wonderful article up on USA Today about Wild Blue Yonder.   It was unbelievably refreshing to be interviewed by a real journalist.   I have no clue as to why most of our crap-stupid comic book press sites can't at least even pretend to do what real journalists do.   Enough with the breaking comic news about Wolverine Christmas Specials and Top Ten Aquaman moments, you fucking dolts.   Ask some real questions and get some fucking news.

Click on the link for the USA Today article, and show the mainstream press that comic book fans appreciate true coverage of indie comics!
www.usatoday.com/story/life/20…


- Lastly, go order WBY #1 while you still have a chance.   I'm selling this motherfucker out, so get on board before your friends shun you for not having it.   =)


Hope to see you soon, and thanks for all of the wonderful support from everyone here on DA!
Love,
Z
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