Eggs and ketchup

If you’re reading this then that means the last trick or treater has been treated, the last turkey leg has been sucked off the bone, the last gift shredded and discarded on the living room floor, the last bottle of the year has been popped and it is officially 2018!!! It also means I achieved the simplistic yet reasonable goal I have set for myself at the beginning of 2017. I dedicated to making a blog post for every quarter of 2017 and this officially marks the completion of that goal, as this is my last installment for 2017!! But don’t celebrate yet! I have made a new New years resolution to continue blogging in 2018, for every month of the year! That’s right! I am about to pollute your eye-holes for 12 months with 12  ridiculous post that are sure to make you say “wtf”.

Lets reflect on 2017 for a moment. It was a productive year for me, filled with a lot of changes and turbulence in my personal life. 2017 was the year in which I laid the foundation of many things I want to build upon. The centerpiece being my comic creating. Some time ago I created a self publishing label named Headshrinkers Press as a vehicle to get my comics into the eyes, hands and hearts of readers. It grew pretty quickly and we attracted a lot of attention. But I found myself doing more publishing work for other creators and very little, if any of my own. That’s when I knew I needed to revisit what i originally set out to do; CREATE MY OWN COMICS! I found myself at a crossroad. I could either put all my resources and energy into being a publisher or a writer/creator. I learned very quickly that it is incredibly hard, almost impossible, to do both successfully. There are a lot of small label publishers appearing as fast as they disappear and there are also some thriving because they are doing what they set out to do. It is important to know what you want to do in the wonderful world of comics and have a plan to execute it, as with any endeavor. It is very easy to be swayed off course and your attention divided to the four winds with the modern DIY landscape of comics. This is why teamwork is almost crucial in creating a professional production. Plan, focus, execute. This realization was the reason I downsized my small press and scaled it back to me focusing and creating my own books. Me and my partner Landon Faulkner both had the same goal in mind when we began creating and publishing comics publicly, and we both made the decision to revisit that goal and continue pursuing that dream while still using Headshrinkers Press as a way to publish. It was this decision that allowed me the freedom to get back to my books. I spent 2017 working on three amazing titles (Landslide, Packhounds and Ratchet City), and will spend 2018 launching, promoting, kickstarting and publishing those titles.  

Which brings me to an important announcement for the Headshrinkers Press label. In an effort to get in front of a wider audience and stay true to ourselves as writer/creators, we have officially imprinted with Crazy Monkey Ink!! I have worked closely with founder Gabriel ‘Ol Raz’ Ramirez for several years now and have watched this label grow by leaps and bounds. Gabe is truly in touch with his skill set as a producer/publisher and this label is on the rise because of it. I truly believe this merger will only result in positive synergy for everyone. Crazy Monkey Ink and Headshrinkers Press are meant for each other, like scrambled eggs and ketchup.

Another exciting announcement for Headshrinkers Press is that we currently have two of our titles nominated for an award!!! Landon Faulkner’s “RIGHT ON TIME” and my title “LANDSLIDE Issue 1 (Cursed Ground)” are both finalist for the 2017 S.P.A.C.E. Awards!! This is truly exciting for us as a small press and is the fuel that keeps us creating more great stories. Last year LANDSLIDE Roots and Glen Reaper were also nominated, so make sure to check all of these award nominated titles!!! Also make sure to check out the S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press And Creator Expo) in Columbus Ohio. This is probably one of the greatest conventions I have ever attended that truly cater to the small independent creator. 

As always, thanks for reading. If you enjoy my works, even in the slightest, I would love to hear from you. You know, just so I know someone is actually reading this stuff. You can write to me via email (nichihawkins@gmail.com), comment on this blog, or Facebook stalk me. Until my next ramble; Comic on!

Summer 2017

Not sure about the swath of earth you inhabit, but It has been one beautiful summer under my skies. It is these warm breezy days that urge me out of my dark den of writing and into the sunshine (insert hissing here). Sports, pools, parks and smoking grills dominate these lazy days of June and July, well into September, but that does not stop my writing. Actually being out in nature only fuels the writing machine that I have become. LOTS of amazing things on the horizon!

 

Gabriel ‘OL RAZ‘ Ramirez, owner of the brilliantly independent label “CRAZY MONKEY INK” has opened his Occipital Cortex for me rummage around in. What resulted is the 3 part mini series “DEATHSQUAD ZERO“. Thank you, Gabe! Your concepts and characters were literally a blast to write. His creations, my writings and artistic contributions with names like Gaspare Orrico, Mervin Gadaingan and Mike Montalvo, make each page worthy of being ripped from its spine and splattered on your living room wall.

In short; Deathsquad Zero is about a group of shifty mercenaries with Zero losses. They are the go to guys, when the go to guys go rogue. Mr Lee, Mr. Williams and Mr. Roper make up this unethical crew of bad breath, bullet flinging, madmen.

 

Crazy Monkey Ink is also the wheel-man to my new dark action series RATCHET CITY‘. Ratchet City is a series about a dying city, a dark heart, Innocence lost and justice, bloody justice. I am on the verge of releasing this through publisher Crazy Monkey Ink and through the Ratchet City website; ratchetcitycomics.com

 

If that’s not enough to keep me chewing the cud, I am also knee deep in LANDSLIDE issue 2. I switched it up a little on this story and brought in ax-man Maxim Mel to hack and splat his pencils and inks across its pages. I have to tell you, i’m not regretting this decision one bit. The Russian born, one man band is bringing out the real horror in this series, while still maintaining tradition with the previous Landslide stories. This action packed issue follows Ferdinand and his angry mob as they pursue the Landslide monster through the Isthmus of Panama with torches, hounds and a belly full of rage. All the while the wounded Cecil fights for his very life while watched over by his loyal Earth Golem. If you would like to keep updated on this series via Newsletter, shoot me an email to Nichihawkins@gmail.com and I will put you on the mailer.

 

My convention touring and book signings have taken to pale ales and hammocks for July and August, but will return for one last Con of the year at Tri-Con in Evansville Indiana in September (http://www.tri-con.net/). I plan to add a couple in store signings as well before the end of the year, but don’t have solid dates as of yet. Stay tuned to this blog or hit me up via social media for books, schwag, appearance dates, or whatever else I may pull out of the inter-dimensional fabric of the universe . 

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2017 Green spring tour

Can you smell it in the air? No, it’s not the influenza or the GI virus that you perceive. its life! And my 2017 con schedule.

We kick off the year March 25th at SPACE in Columbus OH. it will be here that that I officially release LANDSLIDE Cursed ground! I will be giving away a poster along with book sales. So if you’re in Ohio and want to see what the underground comic movement looks like, come to SPACE Small Press And Creator Expo.

April 7-9th we Grace the beautiful ConGlomeration with our presence in the beautiful Louisville KY for a weekend buffet of juicy fantasy and sci fi genre comics!

What are you doing Earth Day? Come help resurrect an earth Giant. Seems appropriate, right? We kick off Earth Day on April 22nd with a Landslide signing at Time Warp Comics in Eastgate Ohio. Come get a great earthy story and a free poster!

May 26th – 28th we spend the weekend in Traverse City Michigan at Cherry Capital Comic Con (C4)! This is an amazing weekend with your comic book family at a beautiful resort on Lake Michigan. Come see me and my Headshrinker Amigo Landon and get a colorful swath of literature.

This is what is set in stone for the first half of our year this year. If you are anywhere along this stretch of touring come out and see us! As we secure more con and bookstore appearances I will be posting them here on my blog as well as my facebook page. See you all on the road!

A Landslide cometh

And behind him out of the darkness comes the earth itself to swallow me whole”

The Landslide series is a fun piece I have been creating for several years now. To see something that was once merely a vision finally materialize, is an incredible feeling. This story has become a catalyst for my writing because I can tell a myriad of different tales using the Landslide universe as the ever looming background. The setting of this series is one of myth, witchcraft, legends and lore. In reading this you will soon find that I love to intertwine lacing of history and culture into the landslide series, saturating the very core of these tomes with it.

During the beginning of 2016 I wrapped up the 3 part mini series (Landslide Roots) that preludes issue one. Landslide Roots is released as a 3 part mini series in 3 issues of Headshrinkers Press presents and also combined into its own book, which include additional fan art and concept art not originally released. These Roots stories explore past encounters of Landslide throughout antiquity and gradually give a lead into issue 1. I had originally planned on releasing issue one by end of 2016, but the release date has been pushed back to March of 2017. I will be attending SPACE con in Columbus March 25th & 26th for the Landslide official book release. If you are in the area come pick up a signed copy as well as some dank Landslide swag. In the meantime we plan on releasing the 3rd installment of Landslide Roots, via free to read web comic on the Headshrinkers website starting January and immediately launching the Landslide Kickstarter in February. Busy first half of the year already!!

Check out my published works here on my website and keep up with other projects I am currently chipping away on, ciao!

-Nichi