Here’s an interview I did with Ceej of the Big Comic Page for the SICBA Awards.
Gonzo Cosmic 1 & 2 are available to download here for free. Please go vote in the SICBA awards for GC, which is nominated in four categories here: https://sicba.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/vote-now-for-the-2015-sicbas/
Gonzo Cosmic #2 was released at the end of 2014 in digital format. I explained my reasoning for releasing it free here: https://garrymacmakes.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/gonzo-cosmic-manifesto/
There’s also a great review of the book here: http://bigcomicpage.com/2015/02/04/ceej-says-gonzo-cosmic-2-review/
And amazingly, the book has been shortlisted in four categories for the Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards: http://www.sicba.org.uk/ for Best Comic Book, Writer, Artist and Cover.
Those of you who’ve kept up to date with the book so far know it’s a labour of love, a massive long-term project that I work on in between my paid comic work. In dialling back on the costs, I decided to finish the colouring myself, even though Jim Devlin had done an amazing job on the first 10 pages and I was gutted to not have him do the rest. I coloured the remaining ones myself, but by that point I was desperate to get the book out, and I was never happy with the finish.
I’ve decided to do a redux’d version of the book, recolouring those pages so they work better for me. I’ll never match Jim’s amazing colours, but I felt it was a good idea to go back and take some time to colour it how I wanted to see it, and have it seen. Below there are some before (on the left) and afters (on the right). There’s some male nudity below, so approach at your own risk.
The new colouring, while maybe not quite as gonzo as the originals, just feels more grown up, less gaudy and in better service to the storytelling.
And, so. To celebrate the SICBA nominations, I want to do a small print run of the book for Glasgow Comic Con 2015. It will be a limited, one time only run, with each copy individually numbered, with the new colouring and some touch ups to the lettering. It’ll be the book far closer to how I’d like to see it.
I’ll also release the redux’d version for FREE, digitally, once it’s complete. But I’m asking if folk would like to donate something towards the print run. I can’t offer anything in return, except for a PDF of the book which you can get for free anyway, and my gratitude, and with the run being limited, only those who attend the Con will be able to buy the book.
But it would be a massive help if I could raise a bit of cash to see this book in print. If you can spare a quid (or dollar, or whatever) or two, I’d be really thankful. And if you can spend more, or would like to set up a small recurring donation to put towards the creation of issue 3, I’d be bowled over.
If you’d like to contribute, there’s a ‘Buy Now’ button on the sidebar and on the home page of this site. It should say ‘Donate’, but HTML… When you click it, you’ll see that it does in fact take you to a donation page, and you can donate there whether or not you’re a Paypal member.
So, if you can spare a dime to help me out, please do – it’ll mean a print copy of Gonzo 2 available for punters to see before they cast their final votes for the SICBA awards. I’ll also get a link up as soon as possible for public voting once it’s announced.
Delighted to be nominated in 4 categories for Gonzo Cosmic #2 this year! Voting opens on the 15th, links to follow!