I received this e-mail from my publisher on Halloween, and got a very nice treat indeed:
Checked the Diamond orders today...(Sales) more than doubled in the last week…what the hell did you do, Jay? Are those orders from your signings or something? It’s cool, whatever it is.
Basically, my publisher is saying that my putting out the word to all you guys to order Dead Duck like mad and to spread the word across the land is doing its job, far more successfully than he or I had anticipated. I've said it before and I'll keep on saying it, you guys have made this all possible, and owe you all my love and appreciation.
If there are still those of you out there who want to pre-order Dead Duck, it is not too late at all. Here are the outlets available for you to do so:
APE ENTERTAINMENT: Click here to order it directly through my publisher.
AMAZON.COM: Click here to order it through their site.
YOUR LOCAL COMIC SHOP: Give them the Dead Duck order code: SEPT090577. Check my signings and appearances list to see if I'm coming to your local shop--if I am, they may still be able to order you a copy and have it in stock in time for me to sign it for you!
YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE: Here is Dead Duck's ISBN number: ISBN-13: 9781934944721 I've checked, and Barnes and Noble and Borders do indeed carry Dead Duck, as should any bookstore you can imagine. They just require you to come in and order it!
So keep up the good work--if you haven't ordered your copy of Dead Duck, please do! And if you know others who haven't, please encourage them to do so!
I've just booked another Dead Duck signing! I will be at Comic City in Canton, MI on Saturday Dec. 5th from 12-3pm. It's barely a half hour north east of Ann Arbor, but it should work out for anyone who misses my signing at Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor, MI on Wednesday Dec. 2nd. Comic City is one of my favorite shops in the area, and I'm very excited about appearing there!
I also want to remind folks that I'll be doing a brief power point presentation at my Vault of Midnight signing on Dec. 2nd. This will be exclusive to that signing and won't happen at any of the others, so if it's something you'd be interested in, that's the place to be and the time to be there!
And lastly, I WILL be selling copies of Dead Duck at ALL my signings, including Delta College on Nov. 30th. So if you've already got your copies, bring 'em and I'll sign 'em. And if you don't, I've got you covered!
You can view my entire list of signings and appearances by clicking HERE. Bookmark it and check it frequently in the coming months, since there's more of these types of events in the works which I haven't event mentioned yet!
DEAD DUCK ONLINE COMIC:
Hopefully you've been keeping up with my online Dead Duck comic over the past however many months since I began it. And if so, I hope you've enjoyed it. I say "enjoyed" in the past tense because I'm indefinitely retiring the online comic.
It was always intended to be a limited engagement, a brief sampling of what the graphic novel will have to offer. And as such, I've shown all that I'm willing to show outside of the book itself. With just over two weeks until Dead Duck is released world wide, I've timed it as best I could that the online comic will run its final page on Friday, Nov. 20th, five days prior to the release.
For those keeping track, I've run precisely seven stories online, leaving eleven stories that are exclusively for the eyes of those who purchase Dead Duck. And believe me, those remaining eleven are where the magic are.
Don't get me wrong--the stories I've posted online are some of my favorites. But I purposely left out any that dealt with Dead Duck's origin, big epic tales, and those that I consider the pinnacle of my artistic and writing capabilities. You can't feel that energy through a computer monitor. You need to hold that mass of glossy paper in your hands and experience it with your face inches from the page, as any good comic is meant to be enjoyed. And brother, you better believe this is a comic meant to be enjoyed. I can't wait for you all to see what I've kept from you all this time!
I may come back and post new material on the online Dead Duck comic eventually. But for now, please visit the site HERE and enjoy yesterday's post, and the final two that will be coming in the next two weeks.
That's it for now, folks. More news to come, and I look forward to sharing it with you!