Friday, 23 September 2016

What's Just around the Corner...?

'Don't quit the day job' is unkind advice usually given to people who don't look too promising in their current mode of self-expression - however that's exactly what Chaz did last month, and as such he's now firmly ensconced in the first year of an art & design degree course at Dundee.

As a result, work on all FWB-related things has been sporadic, but we still have works (mostly at reduced prices!) for sale in the Black Hole on Victoria Road, 'Mister Frisk' manga t-shirts in Otaku Studio, and potentially more openings and opportunities on the way as Chaz begins the process of networking and establishing local contacts in the comics, art, media and writing fields.

We don't know what could be just around the corner, but we'll definitely be sharing it to these very pages as soon as we find out.

Friday, 12 August 2016

'Mister Frisk' Keeps His Tail Up!

The 'Mister Frisk' range of manga character design t-shirts continue to sell slowly, but steadily, at Otaku Station in Dundee, with half the original stock now gone.

Here's a couple of shots of the shirts in store - alongside the legendary Naruto! - which we actually thought we'd published on this very blog previously, but were only shared on our Facebook page. Anyway, here they are in all their 'high street glory'...

...and if you look very closely, you can see one of our 'Mr Frisk' T-shirts on display in the window...

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Of T-Shirts, and Merchandising...

Purveyors of manga collectibles, Otaku Station in Dundee, continue to be happy hosts for our 'Mister Frisk' range of Shōjo manga-themed merchandise - this photo of their window display shows off one of the designs:

Otaku Station's photo on Facebook

This very design, in fact...
And yes, we've sold a few as well. So it's so far, so good, but we're also experimenting with some other designs - such as this one, based on an illustration of the Valkyrie sisters from the 'Sword and the Ring' Kindle eBook:

Chaz has already worn this one around and gotten some good feedback on it. Local set-up costs for printing on black t-shirts are prohibitively expensive at the moment*, so we compromised by blacking in the background and getting the above design printed on white. It looks pretty good, actually, and we'll get some photos of the actual shirt online soon. A further couple of designs are to follow once we get them optimised for print, and we're currently looking for potential stockists of these fantasy/sci-fi themed shirt designs.

*However, with Chaz starting a full-time art & design degree course in a matter of weeks, this situation may change...

Monday, 13 June 2016

'Spilled Blood' Flows On...Issue 2 Progress

Chaz offered a taster of issue 2 of the new Russian crime series 'Prolitoy Krovi (Spilled Blood)' at the end of issue 1 in both the Kindle digital, and limited edition run print edition. Several stories have already been fully scripted, in which we learn more about the Uzbek's origins, and catch up again with Sonya following her release from Mikhael's grasp.

In the meantime, however, here's a sneak preview of the currently in-progress story, 'The 7 Churches of Asia', the most ambitious yet...and which promises the biggest 'body count', too...

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Friday, 6 May 2016

The Uzbek Comes to Kindle

The first issue of Chaz's new Russian crime/thriller comic series has just made it on to Amazon's Kindle platform - with a few tweaks and a little less censorship than was put in place (voluntarily) for the recent glossy print edition.

Here's the link for UK readers.

And US readers can get it here.

While the experience of using the Kindle Comic Creator software was tiring and frustrating to say the least (it crashed pretty much after every second page was added to the document), the finished result seems to look OK on the previews. With a bit more more effort (and investment), the Comics creator software could actually be a really powerful tool - but as it stands, it's barely a beta, which is disappointing given that it's now been around a few years.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Mr Frisk, the Manga Cat and Brand New Merchandise!

Following on from this recent post where we first revealed our forthcoming anime/manga tee-shirt design range, we're very happy to announce that the first tentative run of shirts has hit the high street - debuting exclusively at the Otaku Station manga merchandise store in Castle Street, Dundee. (Show them, and us, some support by checking them out on Facebook, right here!)

The two girl/cat designs posted previously are now available in sizes S - XL. More designs to follow soon if the current ones sell at all, or if further interest is shown.

The shirts also all have cute hand-made labels featuring the Mr Frisk brand name and logo (see left) - as it was he who started the whole concept in the first place, Chaz felt he ought to be honoured by becoming the figurehead of the 'company'. He'll also have a solo guest spot on the next t-shirt design, if there ever is one...only time will tell, and if there is then we'll be sure to shout about it.

In the meantime, Chaz is also looking into other merchandising options, such as cards, prints and posters featuring either his own range of manga individuals (and their pets), or even sci-fi/fantasy designs aimed at a different audience.

Even more cool news will follow soon...

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Full-time score: Google 1, Authors 0

There'll be some pretty cool FWB news to be reported very soon, but in the meantime, here is a much bigger story - with  possible future repercussions for authors and creators everywhere:

Google wins copyright battle over books

We wonder how more elastic the term 'fair use' will become if it happens to be used by a monolithic corporation worth billions, which believes that it stands above the laws of ordinary business in almost every regard.

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