Sunday, August 26, 2007

A World of Hurtt - One Last Song

One Last Song Continues!

"Fame only costs your freedom. In 2046, American media personalities must obtain an officially sanctioned "performance card" or face internment in "terror aversion camps". Musician Amanda Casey is a rebel spreading the truth about her government's corruption via seemingly innocent love songs. What happens when she is found out? Written by C.J. Hurtt with art by Shawn Richter." --Book Description, One Last Song

In today's competitive publishing world, I think the comic book/graphic novel business is one of the toughest. To even get a chance at distribution is like beating a gauntlet of razors, lasers and machine guns. Then once you're standing at the finish line and you've got that first issue published, the real challenge begins - to get enough buzz and sales to warrant a second issue. Dang, comic book writers and illustrators must be crazy masochists, but I'm so glad they are, because they keep an important art form alive and growing.

A World of Hurtt
That brings us to a friend of mine, author, CJ Hurtt. He's been down this road many times now and he's on the cusp of finally passing through those golden gates into issue 2 and beyond. What that means for us is a free copy. Yup, I love free...and I know you do, too. To bring some more eyes to the series and give a boost to upcoming issue #2, the publisher, Brain Scan Comics, is offering a FREE e-copy of Issue 1 at WOWIO:


And, of course, if you like Issue 1, OR if you just love supporting hard working artists and writers, pre-order ONE LAST SONG, Issue 2. You can pre-order at your local comic book store by usng the code APR073521. CLICK HERE for the Comic Shop Locator.

A Little Help for the Comically Impaired
I tried to find a way to pre-order the comic at an online store so you could just click and go, but I couldn't figure it out. If any of you know how to order comics online using a code, please post instructions in the comments and I'll transfer it here into the text. Thanks!

Happy Free-Reading! See you soon.

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

PS - My Gratitude
Btw, thanks to everyone who sent you warm thoughts and wisdom for my daughter after the passing of her dear friend, Kennedy. The memorial service was Thursday and over 500 people attended. My daughter said that the parents greeted every person that came through the door. I don't know how they did it. The funeral was Friday. Classes at the University of Maryland start on Wednesday. It'll be a tough start of the year for a lot of kids, but like so many of you have said, the passing of time will help the healing process. Thanks again for all the love.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

No Whimsy, but "a Luminious Light Remains"

No Whimsy, but a Luminous Light Remains
Life and death and a look inward and outward. It's BBT Mag Blogging Day for me. I really hope you'll stop by for a read:

Wickedly Yours at the BBT Mag Blog

Extra hugs all around...Thanks, gang...

Fran Friel

Sunday, August 12, 2007

A Little Stardust is Good for the Heart

If you love fantasy, visual delights and an excellent story, make sure you see STARDUST (fantastic website - be sure to check it out). I saw it last night and LOVED it. Its fairytale deliciousness is in keeping with Neil Gaiman's wonderful book by the same name. And I think of all the superb actors in the movie, including Charlie Cox, the lead (fabulous!), De Niro was my favorite. He blew my socks off! No spoilers here, but I think you'll love him, too.

Shameless Fanboy
So afraid he'll fall from the enormous pedestal I've erected for him, I'm always strangely relieved when another one of Neil Gaiman's projects thrills me. He's an unknowing mentor of mine, in his writing style, his talent and the kind and gracious manner in which he treats people. Before I started writing, I discovered his journal (he was blogging long before it was the "in" thing to do) and I was amazed at his constant communication and the easy manner in which he connected with his readers. There was a realness and an honesty in it that really impacted me. At the time, I didn't know I would someday be writing seriously, but I remember thinking to myself, "I want to be just like Neil"...well, of course, in my own Fran Friel way, but you get the picture.

Now, to put the man on an even high pedestal, the final straw that broke my resistance to being a writer and inspired me to finally get off my arse and do what I was supposed to be doing, was Gaiman's short story collection, SMOKE AND MIRRORS. For me, it sparked a bit of magic inside. The stories had a simplicity in their approach, or perhaps it was that honesty again...yes, vulnerable honesty. BUT to me, they were far more complex than they appeared on the surface, almost as if there was more written between the lines, and certainly more written IN the lines for those who wished to sink deeper than the basics of the story. I've experienced this same thing in his other work since, but suffice to say, SMOKE AND MIRRORS inspired me to finally start writing, rather than watching the magic from outside the alchemist's window.

So, poor Mr. Gaiman doesn't even know, but he's my muse, of sorts, and so high on that pedestal he sits, no mortal could remain there without toppling, eventually. But then again, I have a sneaking suspicion Neil Gaiman may be something more than a mere mortal.

Here's a little Gaiman interview for "fanboys" like me. Enjoy!
MySpace Comic Books: NEIL GAIMAN answers YOUR questions!

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Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

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