Because both the costs of printing and shipping are outrageously expensive, even offering this product at slightly above cost doesn’t always make it affordable to readers. Each of the three 92 page volumes will run $15, plus an additional $7 postage/handling.(Postage for orders outside the U.S. will have to be calculated differently.) I thought about lowering the shipping cost by sending the material Media Mail instead of priority, but tracking/insurance keep this from being a realistic option. However, you are only stuck with the shipping cost once; if you order more than one of the volumes the shipping stays the same.
What you are getting for that price is a one of kind book, because I certainly don’t have any plans to print and sell this commercially. Also, you will receive a piece of signed artwork from series from one of the thumb nailed pages or a series of panels from one of the pencil roughs. While I won’t guarantee you can pick whatever page you desire, I will try and give you options. And when the original art goes on sale, if you have purchased one of the volumes you will always get a 15% discount on anything you might be interested in.
So if any of you are interested in having any of the Mad Mummy Exclusive Trade Paperback editions, send me an email and reserve your copy today. I am planning on having the books ready to ship to any who are interested by the end of May, 2017.
Mad Mummy #9
"Whether you have bullies for schoolmates, a child predator after you in a locked museum,
or just a very nasty parent, it’s good to have a mummy looking out for you."
Mad Mummy #10
Since he is 3400 hundred years old, Adam Ray can offer some great firsthand insights to his his friend Colin, the museum curator on the artifacts discovered of the cat god Bast. But there are others interested in this find as well: two space aliens Augah and Rushee who have a much greater affinity for cats than for humans. When the three terrorist stooges who are thrown into the mix, all hell breaks loose with Adam, Colin and our kitty narrator thrown right in the middle. Zany and wacky antics ensue with a hot heroine and non stop action. Don’t miss it!
Mad Mummy #11
In an effort to save an innocent boy, Aten Ra, the Mad Mummy, takes on the despicable and debauched demon, Rumscheyliesha and her soulless minions in a vicious game of organ poker. Will Adam Receive the unkindest cut of all? Gasps, gore and guffaws in another tale narrated by the cat, Mr. Ard.
There are trials and tribulations for along the way for Aten Ra as he escorts his friend Robert too the land of the dead. But there is a sexy boat Captain named Sharon to ferry them, and our feline friend Mr. Ard is there to narrate. Fun and thrills for all.
When I was working on my fanzines back in the 60’s and had aspirations toward being a cartoonist, the main folks that I was looking at were the popular working artists of the day: Joe Kubert, Leonard Starr, Wally Wood, Jack Kirby, Al Williamson,etc. However, my friend Richard “Grass” Green kept raving about his favorite comic strip…something called the Spirit, by Will Eisner. The first time I finally saw any of this work was when Harvey Comics reprinted to giant size comics of several of the stories when I was a junior in college. Needless to say, I was immediately hooked.
For those of the uninitiated, the Sprit was Denny Colt, a police detective who is presumed dead, but comes back in the secret identity of the Spirit to fight crime. His hidden lair is in Wildwood Cemetery. He wore a suit and as a token to costumed heroes, a mask to cover his eyes. I didn’t know what to make of the artwork when I first saw it. It was definitely cartoony, but with a sense of realism and lighting that was beyond what I was seeing most comics. And the acting, the staging and the camera movement were far ahead of anything else that I was familiar with . Yeah, it looked like a movie.
What really impressed me was that although Eisner was from an era of genocide, h-bombs, mass starvation and despair his stories still maintained a light touch.They might be filled with violence, hatred and drama, but you knew that it was all going to work out in the end. If I had wanted realism, there was literature and history. Eisner’s Spirit was just there to entertain, and what wonderful entertainment it was. While Marvel and DC filled their comics with super human misfits and giant aliens, Eisner’s stories were always about real people. Often the secondary characters were far more important to the plot that the Spirit.
When I started writing my own comics, way back when I created Linda Lovecraft, I immediately went to Eisner for direction and inspiration. And thirty years later you can certainly see it in these last four tales of the Mad Mummy.
|(Above and below: me doing my homage to Will who once told me, "My heroines are usually women who promise a lot more than they can deliver." I've also tried to add that element to my stories.)
(For more on Eisner and his approach to writing, you can check out Eisner and Film:Trouble In Paradise.http://vozwords.blogspot.com/2016/12/eisner-and-film-trouble-in-paradise.html)