Showing posts with label Buy My Book. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Buy My Book. Show all posts

Friday, June 1, 2012

Some people keep food in their kitchen cupboards, I have comics.

Island Brat #2 arrived from the printers today! Which means I have a new box of comics taking up space in my house, and need to get rid of some old ones. To help clear space, I put together some bundles now for sale in the Etsy shop.


Get both issues of Island Brat and save $1


Or five issues of Tragic Relief and save $3


And I found these really old issues of Tragic Relief- they're a little beat up, so you'll save $5 if you buy this set...man, pre-2007 work. It's a little embarrassing.

Monday, September 5, 2011

SPX time! Sept 10th-11th, 2001 in Bethesda MD


SPX 2011
Why did I think trying to move cross-country right before SPX was a good idea? Things are a little crazy, but whatever, THIS IS HAPPENING! Get on board the crazy train.



Okay, SPX. I'll be at table D1, where I'll have a pile of mini comics on sale CHEAP for $1, copies of Island Brat, The Trials of Sir Christopher, and Tragic Relief and lots of little paintings.


Sharing the table will be Jon Chad, with his Bikeman series and a new issue of Drop Target,

and Ms. LAURA TERRY, who has been nominated for an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Mini Comic!
You should come check it out. And if you like her comics, maybe vote for her. I know we'd all appreciate it. Hope to see you in Bethesda!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

MOVING SALE!

Moving Sketches

On September 2nd I will be 29 years old (OLD!), and will have lived in Vermont for 6 years. That's the longest I've lived anywhere except the island. I'll write all about how much I've come to love Vermont and the artistic community in White River Junction later, right now I'm more concerned with GETTING RID OF CRAP!

Do me a favor and buy some original art or a book or something. Cheap to a good home!

Friday, April 22, 2011

"Island Brat", McNeil Island Comic, to debut at TCAF 2011!

*EDIT* Taking orders again! Copies will ship after TCAF-
http://www.etsy.com/shop/colleenfrakes

This book is DONE! I've spent all of my free time these past couple of days assembling and binding 150 copies of it (there's still another 150 left to go, but I need a break). It'll be available in Toronto, CA at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 6-7 2011.

Thanks again to Annie Koyama and Koyama Press for funding the project! And to Washington State Department of Corrections and Dick Morgan, Paula Byrne and Judy Hubert (and a lot more people I'm probably forgetting) for giving the McNeil Island community a proper send off, and letting us come back to see the place one last time.


Frakes_Release

Here's a few preview pages. I tried to keep this project under 48 pages, because I feel that's as big as a "mini comic" can get before it starts to feel unwieldy, but I still have a lot more memories and stories to tell about this place.

Frakes_McNeil_Book-24

Frakes_McNeil_Book-21

Frakes_McNeil_Book-18

Frakes_McNeil_Book-17



Thanks for letting me share this.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Trials of Sir Christopher book now available for purchase!


The Trials of Sir Christopher book is back from the printers and looking sharp! I am ready to exchange copies of this fine publication for legal tender. You can purchase a copy online here! It's 6x9", 204 pages, b+w interiors with a color cover.

Sir Chris book 
There are many boxes of this book taking up space in my little apartment, and it would be nice if they went away quickly.

Sir Chris book


Sir Chris book

Well, I'm excited.

Monday, February 28, 2011

SO CLOSE!


The fundraiser is almost over! I'm getting on a plane tomorrow, and so far I'm just under half of the pre-sale goal at 24 copies. Thank you everyone who has ordered a copy so far! This has at least funded my ticket to Seattle.

They're is still time to order a comic to help fund this trip, if you'd like to help make my night. The printing has been funded by Koyama Press, and the final product promises to be much fancier then I'd originally intended.

 BONUS COMIC (so that I still feel like this blog is entertaining people, and not just about endless self-promotion)-

Candide, Ch 1

I drew this way back in September, for the Picture Book Report, but since that blog has ended it seemed safe to post it.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fundraiser Update





Hey! I'm up to 21 pre-orders. Not quite halfway to my goal of 50,  and this fundraiser is going to end on March 1st when I leave for Washington State. If you've been waiting for the right time to order a copy, now is that time!

Although I'd originally given myself until June to complete the comic, new plan is to have it finished by MoCCA. Working on some of it now in order to get a head start-



Drawing buildings

I'm working on these drawings for the McNeil Island Historical Society, but
I hope to incorporate them into the book and have a little section on the island's history.

That's all for now!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fundraiser Update and Big News!

Hello Internet!

This fundraiser experiment has been going on for a little under a week now, and the results have been much better than I expected.

Each little book on the meter represents 5 copies sold, I'm at 11 now and happy with how things are moving along.

BUT THAT'S NOT THE BEST NEWS!

HERE IS THE BEST NEWS (following this cartoon dramatization, depicting the events of last Tuesday):

Anne Koyama has generously offered to fund the printing of this comic! I was so surprised by her offer, it was like being punched in the face (in a good way). I am really excited to be working with Annie, since she's been publishing some of my favorite artists for a while now.

NOW TINY TIM WILL LIVE TO SEE ANOTHER CHRISTMAS!
(Tiny Tim is my bank account)

Even though the printing is funded, I still need to find home for all these comics once they get here. So if you haven't already, please consider pre-ordering a copy and helping this little fundraiser along.  Thanks!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I'm begging for money, just like everyone else on the internet!




Fundraiser!


Here's the link to the earlier post about McNeil Island. Here's an article with some more info about the place, for those who are curious: "The homes and schoolhouse are boarded up. Electricity and water have been turned off."


AND here's the link to my Etsy Store, where you can pre-order a copy of this mini comic and help fund my trip. I found a really good deal on plane tickets, and only need about 50 pre-orders to cover the costs!

Or if you don't like comics, I'm also taking commissions!

$20 for an 8.5x11 black and white drawing




and $30 for color




I'll draw just about anything you'd like, within reason. Nothing too dirty (pinups- yes, centerfolds- no.) These prices are a little higher than what I usually charge, but that's so that I don't get overwhelmed with requests.

Thanks in advance for those who are able to help! And to everyone who has sent me emails about the project so far. It's such a weird ordeal, and I'm glad to have comics to help me sort it out.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Tragic Relief 11 now available!

TR11cover

You can now buy issue #11 of Tragic Relief online at the Etsy store!

TR 11 sample page

Here's a sample page from the backup story. Turns out the German word for tomatoes means "wolf peaches". Huh.

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year, New Comics

I've gone almost a week without updating, that's no way to start out the New Year. Been making good use of the time, though it has been spent in my least favorite part of the self publishing process- laying out and designing the final book.

Sir Chris cover- draft

SirChris cover- draft

I'm collecting both of the "Sir Christopher" stories from the NaGraNoWriMo Challenge into one book. This will be the largest thing I've ever printed at 204 pages, so it's a little intimidating. The cover is especially throwing me for a loop. So far the design strategy has just been to do a sketch per day, trying to figure out what I like. Right now, I know that I like black and yellow. Past life as a bumble bee?

TR11cover

Here's the cover for Tragic Relief #11, which should have been here already! UPS is being slowed down by all the snow, but as soon as they arrive I'll let all the internet know. Since this was number eleven, I wanted to be sure there was a tomato on the cover.

Friday, September 10, 2010

SPX-cited!

Heading out the door, see you in Bethesda!

ONE MORE TIME!

Go here:


Finding Friends at SPX 2010

Buy this:

Daily Catch cover by Laura Terry

And maybe some of these:




And then:

Spring!

Got it?

Monday, August 23, 2010

SPX-cited part 2!

I'll be bringing two new issues of Tragic Relief to SPX, and they're both available right now in the store.

Tragic Relief #9

Matt Brady over at the Warren Peace blog was nice enough to review issues #8 and 9. Thanks, man! I haven't been the best about keeping up with reviews, so I added a Press Page to the blog with links to all of the ones I could remember, since blogger lets you add additional pages now. It's like website building for technologically impaired people, like myself.

Tragic Relief #10

I got these printed through Moxicopy, and recommend them quite highly. The prices were the lowest I've found, the printing is good quality, and they were both delivered to my door with free shipping about a week after I placed the order.

There's also a couple of anthologies I've contributed to that'll be debuting at the show. More next week!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

SPX-cited part 1!

Guilty Pleasures cover(s)

SPX is less than a month away! We've got our transportation and accommodations all set, the 2010 Ignatz nominees were just announced, I'm pretty excited about it all, and will be bringing a couple of new minis to share. Been drawing a lot this summer- rainy summers are good for that.

Jon Chad and I will have a new split mini at the convention called "Guilty Pleasures". It's about how I can't stop reading this trashy manga series and he can't stop talking about Gordon Ramsay, among other things.

I'll write about the other new books later in the week. One is at the printers right now, and is scheduled to arrive on my doorstep Monday!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes!















Changing up the blog! Trying to make the banner and buttons better reflect my usual drawing style.

And now for the news:

Rich Kreiner at The Comic Journal reviewed another one of my minis here. Thanks, man! I actually don't have any copies of this comic left, and don't plan to print more because color copies are expensive, but I think you can buy it at I Know Joe Kimpel.

For Chicago friends, you can now buy my book Woman King at Quimby's! Have I mentioned there aren't many copies of this left? I expect to be sold out after SPX, so get it while you can.

Speaking of the Small Press Expo, I am SO EXCITED about this year's convention. I'll be tabling with Jon Chad (who just updated his website. Check it!), Katherine Roy and Laura Terry, and we have definite plans to rock the party that rocks your body.
End of transmission.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tragic Relief #'s 8 and 9 now for sale online.

I don't tend to get ideas for short comics, so much as impulses. And when these impulses pop into my head, they have the voice of the guy from this Kids in the Hall sketch shouting "Let's boil the broom!"



In the case of Tragic Relief #8, the voice said "Let's draw a shark! Let's draw a guy PUNCHING a shark!" And then I had draw a story around that image, which ended up being:


Tragic Relief #8- Revenge! I've had this mini for sale at a couple of conventions now, but only just got around to adding it to the shop. Apologies for that. Rich Kreiner of The Comics Journal wrote a nice review of it here. Check it out!




Tragic Relief #9 is available now, too! I'm changing the format again with this issue, gotta the readers on their toes (all ten of them). For the next 6 issues of the Tragic Relief minis, I'll be serializing my next graphic novel "Basket Ogress". Each issue will also contain a short back-up story, for people aren't into the whole Pacific Northwest mythology kids story thing.

The back-up story for this issue is called "The Hunt", and started because I was looking at too much Frank Frazetta art after he passed away, and starting thinking "Hey! Let's draw a jungle girl story!"

I like feedback, and tend to do a lot of corrections and redrawing pages when making comics- I've redrawn and condensed about seven pages of this chapter of "Basket Ogress" since Rob Clough last reviewed it. So send me a your thoughts- ColleenFrakes@gmail.com








Issue #10 is already nearly done, and should available at SPX in September, and online a few days (or months) after that. I'm bad about these sort of things.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Home again, Away again

New York

I went to New York for a long weekend to visit my parents. They've been planning this vacation to the big city for three years now, and the trip was kinda of a whirlwind.

Apologies to all the city friends I didn't get to hang out with- I only get to see the family maybe 2 or 3 times a year, and there wasn't time to make the rounds and see everyone.

I am ALMOST DONE with spring convention season. Just MECAF left to go! I'm really looking forward to it, it's pretty relaxing so far as conventions go.

Come see me this Sunday at the Ocean Gateway in Portland Maine, I'll be tabling with fellow CCS alums Caitlin Plovnik and David Yoder, and will be bringing along books from Katherine Roy! I'll have plenty of copies of Sir Christopher, Woman King, Tragic Relief and what's left of the Tragic Relief t-shirts.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 3, 2010

TCAF in Toronto this weekend!

Hey Canadians! I'm heading to TCAF this weekend with Jon Chad, Joe Lambert, Alexis Frederick-Frost and David Yoder!

Jon and I will be on the 2nd floor, at table #211 (I'll post the map in a few days).

And I'm on a panel...With Dash Shaw, and Raina Telgemeier!? I'm not entirely sure how I ended up on the list with this awesome group, but it's kinda terrifying.

Come watch me pretend to know what I'm talking about:

LEARNING CENTRE 1

Located at Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge Street
1st floor, in the main atrium space

The New Graphic Novelists: New Creators Transforming the Medium
Sunday, May 9th, 2:15 – 3:15pm, Learning Center 1

There is a pantheon of great graphic novelists — folks who started thinking about comics as singular, book-bound creations. But that concept has shifted since its conceptualization, and a collection of young creators are pushing the medium in fantastic new ways. Creators Joshua Cotter, Colleen Frakes, Ryan North, Dash Shaw, and Raina Telgemeier will discuss their experiences producing comics that alternately defy and embrace the term ‘graphic novel”. Moderated by Eva Volin.


Jon and I will have all the usual books, plus I'm bringing a new short 8-page mini called "Revenge"

Revenge!

These'll just be a dollar. Or maybe free, if I'm in a good mood.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

What I Did On My Vacation



I went on vacation for ten whole days!


We flew into Portland, then drove to Westport to dig for razor clams, them off to Steilacoom to see the Mathias clan, then took the express bus to Seattle, walked all around the city, then took a train back to Portland and went to a comic book convention, where I caught a cold!

There's some more photos here.

Apologies to everyone who I didn't get a chance to talk to or buy books from at Stumptown. I was covering both my table and the Center for Cartoon Studies table, which made it difficult to get away. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up with everyone at TCAF or MECAF later this month!

Some highlights from the show:

-Running out of copies of CABOOSE before 3pm on the first day!

-Selling out of The Trials of Sir Christopher early on the first day.

-Getting my contributor copy of Bear Fight! and seeing the anthology win a couple of Stumptown Awards.

- Jon Chad (my boyfriend/table partner) getting a little starstruck after meeting Kate Beaton and Craig Thompson.

- New Clutch! New comics from Joey Sayers!

- Chatting with the Secret Acres guys.

- Photobooth! (My head is huuuuge!)


I'll do a more complete post about the vacation later, once this cold has cleared up and all my sketches are inked.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sir Christopher book


Available for pre-order at I Know Joe Kimpel, will ship out after 04/10.

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The Trials of Sir Christopher
118 pages, legal digest (8.5" x 7")
B+W, color letterpress cover
$8.00

Drawn in one month as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), November 2009. The complete challenge is here, plus a bonus story. The covers are hand set type, made in the Baker-Berry Library Book Arts Studio.

It won't really be for sale at MoCCA (I'm not going as an exhibitor this year, just a fan), though I might bring a few copies in my backpack with me. It'll officially "debut" at Stumptown, April 24th and 25th in downtown Portland. Hope to see you there!