Our Book Gets Year-end Love!!!

01/11/2010 at 1:59 pm 5 comments

If you’re one of the ten people who kindly patronize my blog/site/art, then you know I illustrated a kids’ book last year (pictured above), and it was published WAY back at the beginning of 2009. There wasn’t much hooplah when it came out, because our publisher doesn’t believe in Marketing Dollars. But we did throw a pretty bitchin’ book release party at the Boswell Book Company here in Milwaukee (thanks to the Boswell’s owner, the incredible Daniel Goldin, and his hard-working, enthusiastic staff of geniuses).

Anyway, despite the fact that THOUSANDS of comics came out this year, Missing The Boat managed to sneak its way into Comic Book Resources’ Top 100 of 2009 List. Which is pretty impressive considering it was made by a couple of nobodies, featured no established franchise characters, was published on a tiny label with zero marketing or promotional budget, is for kids, costs four times as much as most of the titles on the list, and comes shrink-wrapped so you can’t even flip through it.

Check it out for yourself by clicking here (and scrolling down to #68)!

And as if that weren’t awesome enough, one of Comic Book Resources’ writers loved our little four-color fable so much, it made it into their Top Ten List for 2009! Check it:

“Missing the Boat: The Offered Salvation and Inevitable Demise of the Churamane” (Image): I’m afraid this small hardcover book by writer Wayne Chinsang/Justin Shady and artist Dwellephant at Shadowline got overlooked when it was released earlier this year. At first, it seems silly and over-the-top, but by the end develops into a touching, heartfelt, and often laugh-out-loud funny story of the two creatures who missed Noah’s Ark through their own laziness, thus dooming their species.

Remember what I said above about great comics frustrating me? Here’s one I bet most people never saw on the stands.

Sweet Mother Beat Box! That’s incredible! You can see it for yourself, too. Simply click here, and scroll down a bit.

If all of this praise makes you curious enough to check out our book on your own, you have three options:

1. Visit your local library. (Remember those?)
2. Visit your local independent book seller. (If you can’t find yours, email me. I’ll find them for you. I’m magical like that.)
3. Shake hands with the devil, and order it from Amazon by clicking here.

Perhaps this will push our sales numbers into the double digits now! Thanks, literate people!

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ces  |  01/12/2010 at 9:27 am

    Congrats 🙂

    Reply
    • 2. dwellephant  |  01/12/2010 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks! I’m assuming there’s a solid gold trophy to accompany these accolades…

      Reply
  • 3. Layla  |  01/13/2010 at 12:27 pm

    Congrats! I love the book, glad to know other people feel the same.

    Reply
  • 4. diana  |  01/13/2010 at 10:02 pm

    That’s fantastic. Congrats!

    Reply
  • 5. Robyn  |  01/20/2010 at 12:33 am

    Looking for inspiration, I ordered your book and a fellow CCAD alum’s, “Ben’s Desert Journey”, this week. It feels like Xmas!

    Reply

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