ARTIST/PUBLISHER Jason Dube has been self-publishing under his comic book company Scattered Comics for the past 20 years. He has published titles such as Scattered, Panda Days, Caffeine Poisoned, and Waiting for Something to Happen. He has recently began putting out monthly webcomics, and branched out to releasing his titles to download on I-tunes. Jason also working as a fulltime freelance comicbook artist has worked as artist, colorist, typesetter and layout artist for several independent companies. (Companies include NEKO PRESS, BLUE WATER PRODUCTIONS, COMICBOOK DIVAS).
Dube has recently opened an art studio (Scattered Comics Studios) where several artists work under me to help with the expanding workload that I have been bringing in from other clients.
Scattered Comics creators are returning to do a in-store signing at Sacramento’s World’s Best Comics comic shop on March 18th, 2017 from 11am-4pm. Always enjoying their time at this shop, the creators are already excited to be able to return to the area to meet & greet fans and friends. Lots of new creators will be joining in the fun this year with some new books and merchandise. Here is the run down of what creators will be attending.
Jason Dube (Scattered/Panda Days): Jason has a lot of new merchandise debuting at this event (mostly cute panda stickers). Jason will also have copies of the new all-ages “How To” comic book/tutorial book “Comics Vs Manga“. In this first issue you will meet the talented and diverse comic book and manga artists and join them as they are forced together in the same room. Continue with these artists as they decide to showcase their strengths and knowledge in step-by-step tutorials demonstrating that together they can accomplish more in achieving their goals as creators then focusing on their differences. Special guests include… Manga superstar Katie Bair (Ninja High School) and Comic Book fantasy artist Billy Martinez (Wildflower) will both share tips on what helped them starting out as a artist. He will also be on hand signing copies of his “Panda Days” tradeback books, AwwwesomeSauce #1, and many of his all-ages books. He will be ready to do some live commissions, as well as talking to fans and talents.
Eli Beaird (Action Land/Alien 101): Eli will be premiering his newest manga “Dog of the Dead”. Eli, will also have on hand copies of all his other great mangas. First his all ages manga, “Action Land” as well as his “Alien 101″. Both 100 pages and at a great low price for such a epic manga series. This will be a great way to pick up a great book and get it signed by the creator.
Noel Serrato (Blinth): **Limited Appearance** Noel, will be launching his brand new Kickstarter for “Blinth #4″ at this event. This will include the video footage for the campaign being shot on location at the event to include all the creators and/or fans that want to be a part of it.
Keith Carmona (Blank): Keith will have new poster prints of “Blank #2″. Get your limited edition signed and walk out a happy camper. He will also have copies of his futuristic mature readers comic book “Blank” to sign and sell, as well as tee shirts, and stickers. Get yourself a signed copy and talk with the creator/creative writing teacher about his up-coming issue #2.
James Burton (Damge Inc.): He will have his amazing “Damage Inc.” Tee shirts as well as be on hand to sign copies of “Damage Inc.#1-#2”. Damage Inc. are Metahunters, They are a group that collects bounties on the things that the cops are not financed to do. Frankly, it’s dangerous to catch someone who can spit fire or hunt down a Wendigo lumberjack who has not forgotten how to use a chainsaw. The unions frankly won’t let them in on it without massive hazard pay so enter the modern Bounty hunter. Enter Damage Inc. He will also have new prints for sale.
In case you don’t already know, Eli Beaird is a comic/manga creator that produces 2 widely popular manga series “Action Land” and “Alien 101” for Scattered Comics. What is truly amazing is not only do these books come out on a regular basis, and number in 100-page volumes, but the stories are both captivating with both real life drama as well as exaggerated humor, but also filled with rich characters that all have unique voices. And as he continues to move forward with these two titles, the word is coming to light of a brand new book titles “Dog of the Dead”. We thought this would be a great opportunity to take a second to speak with the creator.
Q- So, let’s first talk a little about your first two titles. “Action Land”’s main character focuses around a artist starting their career at a amusement park. This is such a fun book but also highlights what goes on in the heads of artists. DO you relate to any of these the most. (Though I know there is a Eli in the book).
ELI- Yes, as a former caricature artist myself I made Action Land to let artists who are starting to work professionally a few of the lessons i have learned. And all of the workers represent an artists at different stages of life, as in Fran (the protagonist) represents the new unsure artist, while David represents an artists at the end of their career where they care more about their influence on the next generation. But of all the artists i do relate to Eli the most, because we share the same secret.
Q- Were there any kind of messages in your story?
ELI- The message in Action Land is actually to care less. Meaning that as a new artist entering the art world, there is a lot of pressure and stress to be what you think people want you to be, but the trick to being an artist is realizing that your life and your experience is what makes your art special and in turn what makes your art great. figure out what you are good at and sharpen those skills till your the best at it.
Q- Okay, in “Alien 101”, you have a whole new take on coming-of-age, and first loves. What was the inspiration in this story and its characters?
ELI- An alien trying to understand what love is in high school is a story that I have experienced first hand. Most of Alien 101 comes from personal stories, and if I told you which parts where real and which parts were made up i don’t think you’d believe me.
Q- Any hints on who Mann (The main character) ends up with? ((SPOILER HERE): His daughter has dark black hair like the kitty-cat girl)
ELI- Yes, i know exactly who Mann will end up with, well its 50/50. It’s fun because I introduced his daughter, but I designed his daughter to look like several of possible love interests to make sure that its extra hard to guess.
“Dog of the Dead” Written by Maxwell Schepard and Artwork by Eli Beaird
Q- Your newest creation, “Dog of the Dead”, takes your writing and artwork in a different direction. Explain a little about the change.
ELI- Dog of the Dead is written differently because I didn’t write it. It was written by the very talented Maxwell Shepard. It’s my first horror genre story and is going to be my first collaborative published story. It’s very exciting for me to see how people receive it.
Q- What can you tell us about “Dog of the Dead”?
ELI- Dog of the Dead it is about a dog named Boots and her owner Alex who is coincidentally a zombie. Boots is actually the protagonist in the story follows her as she moves through the zombie apocalypse trying to protect her owner, The story is a great combination of adorable and disgusting.
Q- I understand its available online now at webtoons but will be coming to print soon?
ELI- Yes I’m planning to have Dog of the Dead complete in print and available on Amazon late February or early March.
Q- It seems like “Dog of the Dead” is more of a 1-shot. Are there any plans in either continuing the story later, or making more 1-shot type books?
ELI- Yes it is a one-shot book, I don’t have any plans on continuing it after this because me and the writer both have other cool stories in the works that where eager to working on. You can look forward to several more one shot stories from me dealing with some more mature subjects soon. Keep an eye out for Away, King of Grim, and another story written by Maxwell called Ghost Puncher.
Scattered Comics continues to grow its library of titles each year. Rolling out of 2017 Scattered Comics has the pleasure to welcome John Rhodes with his own creator-owned comic book series, “Nothing-Man”. If John’s name sounds familiar to you, that is because John has been a part of Scattered Comics working under Shane Will’s studio on “Caliber #4-#5″ and “spitfire #1″. “It was a no-brainer to bring his own creation into the fold.”, says president Jason Dube. After Noel Serrato, looked over John’s first issue submission, that sentiment was quickly echoed, and “Nothing-Man” is now a official part of Scattered Comics.
CreatorJohn Rhodes explains the premise of “NOTHING-MAN”…
“89 days have passed since an epic battle between twin godlike brothers, one the ultimate hero, the other pure evil, ends with an explosion that decimates Paradise City. Both Hyperious and Insidious are now missing and presumed dead, thousands are dead in Paradise City, those that remain live in fear. A Coalition of government forces and evil Hyprids have seized control of what remains. While the Coalition and the Hyprids search for the twins, everyone else looks to the sky, waiting for Hyperious to return and save them all.”
Mira Loma Highschool Students prepare to become the next generation of Comic Book creators
Each year Scattered Comics creators have the honor of attending a special comic book creating event at Mira Loma High School. This year the honor will go to James Burton (Damage Inc.) who will be sharing advice, tips, and encouragement to the students this Friday, February 17th 2017 from10am-11am. Speaking to both the creative writing class as well as artists that will team up with them to produce their very own comic books.
Students will have a chance to really pick the mind of Burton, as well as their teacher, Keith Carmona, (Also comic creating star on “Blank“) on drafting, penciling, inking, and other finer aspects of comic book writing and creating.
Once the students finished their works, James Burton will return a few weeks later to look over and give feedback to several presenters as well as completed projects. The advice and feedback is welcomed by the students with some now considering perusing this medium for their stories.
This is the 6th year Ms. Char and Mr. Carmona have collaborated on this project at Mira Loma High School, and the 4th year Scattered Comics, has been involved in guest speaking and critiquing future artists and writers. Possibly the next big names in future Scattered Comics.
The creator, Marvin Wynn, of “The Edge” comic book series is offering to give away free copies of the exclusive sketch edition of issue #1.
That’s right, a free give away, (no cost), not even shipping. All he is asking is that you post a picture to facebook, of yourself holding your winning copy. It will be on the honor system that you do this when you receive your copy. With the @theedge or #theedge. As long, it is links back to https://www.facebook.com/The.Edge.Comic/
He has a very limited number and winners will be chosen at random.
Here’s how you enter the lottery… go to (link) THE EDGE Facebook Page. Enter your name and watch to see if you win!