Okay, the copyright application is where it needs to be, (the logo trademark takes longer but is in process so we’re good to go) so I am now free to speak about the new series. By the way, with people debating the definition of the graphic novel, where to shelve it, is it art or literature, something to be racked next to prose fiction or with kids comics, what’s the dewey decimal assignment, etc. etc. etc…. well, all that comes home again when you apply for copyright. A quote from the instruction on the U.S. Copyright website:
The correct application form and deposit for registering a copyright claim depend on the nature of the work and the way in which it is presented. Because a cartoon is generally a work of the visual arts, Form VA is usually appropriate for registration. However, if the textual elements in a comic strip are preponderant, registration should be made on Form TX.
Get my drift? Even picking the correct form calls for a decision in judgement. Stephen King uses Form TX, Disney comics use Form VA. Which one do I use? I went for VA, but the point is comics are really blending definitions more and more. Someday the Library of Congress will have to update the process to accomodate new styles of work.
Anyway, back to… what was I talking about? Can’t remember. Oh well, have a good evening.
…just kidding! jeez, calm down.
The new series… issue one is completed. The title of the series is ECHO. The cover art is at Brian’s awaiting his life-giving color talents. Because I’m impatient, I made a color rough version for myself and that’s what I’m showing you here. Brian’s version will be the pretty sparkly one you see on the real deal comic cover. So, take a look and then I’ll tell you what you’re looking at.
Echo is the story of Julie Martin, a photographer taking pictures in the desert when she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s all I’m going to tell you about the plot at the moment. The Diamond solicitation coming out in January will reveal a bit more. Echo #1 will be in stores March 5th. It will be 24 pages, B&W like SiP. The first printing of issue one, and only the first printing, will feature a silver foil cover. Why? Because that’s not rain, or hail.