Monday, October 26, 2009

Awakening Halloween Signing Tour - Last Stop This Wednesday

Being sick and trying to compose a sensible blog don't really go hand-in-hand. I'm going to give it shot and see what we come up with, though.


One more official Halloween Signing Tour stop to go! Everybody in the NYC area, head on down to Jim Hanley's Universe on 33rd Street on Wednesday, October 28th from 4-7pm to grab your free signed art print, which was created exclusively for the tour, with every copy of Awakening Volume One brought in to be signed or picked up at the store. Then, sign up for the exclusive Halloween preview of Awakening Volume Two debuting at 12am Halloween morning.

Jim Hanley's Universe is located at 4 West 33rd Street in Manhattan.


The other three stops on the tour have been great! Thanks so much to everybody who's come out to hang with us, talk comics, and celebrate the zombie season. It's been unreal. Special thanks to the stores who hosted us, Brave New Worlds in Philly, PA and Upstate Comics in LaGrangeville, NY.

For anybody who couldn't make it to these stops or who can't make it out to Jim Hanley's this Wednesday, you're in luck. Folks in the Albany area can catch me hanging around the Albany Comic-Con this Sunday, 11/1. We may not have any prints left but you can defitnitely grab a copy of the book, or bring yours to be signed, and I might even have the sign-up sheet still available for the Volume Two preview...

And don't forget, all you folks who've got the book but can't make it out to a signing stop, there's still time to send a photo with you and your copy of Awakening Volume one to and get access to that same Volume Two preview. It's the entire first chapter and it's definitely our best yet.


Alex and I got to catch up with Tim over at Robot 6 about the signing tour, sticking it out with Archaia, and defining existential horror. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments - Talking Comics With Tim - Awakening

Also, for anybody who's happening on this and isn't familiar with Awakening, the entire first chapter will be going up on Newsarama tomorrow for free! Keep an eye out and watch the Twitter feed for an update when that goes live.

That's it for today, I think - I've got all sorts of things I want to get down but, for now, I think sleep is what's going to happen instead. More next time.

- Nick

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Awakening Halloween Tour: Next Stop - Baltimore Comic-Con


I'm so freakin' excited right now I could mess myself. Or you. Either way, I'm PUMPED about this weekend. Why?


Not only is it always one of my favorite shows each year, but this year it's the first stop on our Awakening Halloween Signing Tour! The best part is that we get to spend the weekend hanging out with friends, like the talented David Petersen (Mouse Guard, AA Table #58), Kate Glasheen (Hybrid Bastards! AA Table #59), and Jackie Santiago (talented illustrator and darling fiance, AA Table #59) AND we get to talk comics with people alllll weekend and disguise it as "work."

I'm also pretty tits excited to let you guys know that Alex is going to be taking commissions at BCC. That means you not only get a signed book, an exclusive free print, and equally exclusive Halloween access to the first chapter of Volume Two, you can ALSO get original art from Eckman-Lawn, The Man-Machine himself! Pencil or ink commissions will be done on site but full digital pieces will have to be done at home and mailed. This is one of the first shows where he'll be readily accepting commissions so don't miss out!

Bonus points to anybody who comes by the table in Awakening costume. I dunno, what you'll get, but it'll be something cool. Maybe an original zombie haiku in your signed book? At the very least, you'll get our undying love.

What's that you say? You want to know the details of our illicit Halloween Signing Tour? I thought you'd never ask:

1 - Do you already own a copy of Awakening Volume One but can't make it to one of our four signing stops? Then hurry up and send a picture of you with the book to by 11:59pm EST on 10/30/2009!

Example: A one Miss Chandra Free exhibits her hunger for her Volume Two Halloween Preview:

Chandra Free
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(FYI, get ready for her book, The God Machine, to hit shops this month!)

2 - Are you waiting to try out the book but can't make it to one of our four signing stops? Do you want to see some of what comes next so the wait for Volume Two isn't as excruciating? Pick up the book at your local comic shop (and promote them by taking your photo with the book in front of the shop) or, if you can't get it there for some reason (and shame on them for not ordering it for you!), go ahead and grab it at (Awakening Volume One on Amazon). Same deal, email a pic of you with the book to by 11:59pm EST on 10/30/2009.

Everyone who emails a picture in by 11:59pm EST on 10/30/2009 is going to get an email from us at 12am, Halloween morning with an exclusive link and login info to read the entire first chapter of Volume Two!

3 - Now, let's say you're near one of the four signing stops listed below. If you come by and pick up a copy of the book, or bring your copy to be signed, not only will we take down your email so you get a link to the exclusive preview, but you'll also get an exclusive, signed print created by Alex just for this Halloween tour! Mark these dates on your calenders:

Oct. 10, 10 a.m. -6 p.m.; Oct-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Artist Alley Table #60, Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(Separate admission fee required for entry into Baltimore Comic-Con)

Oct. 17, 1-5 p.m. [Nick Tapalansky only]
Upstate Comics

Freedom Business Center
1097 Route 55
LaGrangeville, NY 12540
(845) 432- 3320

Oct. 24, 12-4 p.m.
Brave New Worlds Comics

45 North Second Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-6525

Oct. 28, 4-7 p.m.
Jim Hanley’s Universe

4 West 33rd St.
New York, NY 10001
(212) 268-7088


That's right kids, time for some new stuff. Since these debuted on Newsarama today (more on that in a minute), I think it's high time you got a lookee-loo:

Volume Two, Chapter One Cover
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This here is the cover to what would have been Awakening #6, now Volume Two, Chapter One, and is one small part of the awesome preview you can get on Halloween. We've been sitting on this image for a loooooong time, so it's nice to finally put it out in the world! When Volume Two comes out next summer, there'll be 'covers' for each chapter which'll serve as chapter starts, just like we did in Volume One.

Exclusive Halloween Tour Pin-up
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This piece is really exciting - this is the exclusive print you get for coming out and getting a book signed at one of our four stops this month. Anybody who brings a book to be signed or buys one at the signing gets one of these bad boys signed by Alex just for supporting the book.


Exciting week for us so far!

Item the First: MTV Splashpage names Awakening one of its Top 5 Favorite Comics Featuring The Living Dead! Considering the company we're in (The Walking Dead, Marvel Zombies, Dead@17, and Xombie) it's incredibly humbling. - MTV Splashpage Top Five Zombie Comics

Item the Second: We talk with Newsarama's own Vaneta Rogers about the signing tour and what to expect from Volume Two, not to mention debuting those two new images! - Newsarama Interview

Item the Third: Fun interview over at Horrorview where, amongst other things, we get labeled Archaia's prize horse (sorry Mouse Guard. Ha!). - Horrorview Interview


They claim it's to add levity to some disaster planning, but I think somebody at the University of Florida knows something: Florida Is All Set if Zombies Invade

Also, just discovered Inappropriate Soundtracks on the YouTube. There are a ton of funny ones, but this one got my attention since it's been a big joke since Awakening #1 came out (for the latest instance, back track to the 4th Letter interview that went up last week):

The best part? It's a fucking zombie song!

Time to start packing and get ready to hit Baltimore in the face with existential horror. Everybody better come out or Alex will convert your breath into fuel for his unnatural body while you sleep.

One. By. One.

See you at the show!
- Nick

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