Sunday, September 19, 2021

A Week in Writing #370 - New Issue Release and First Signing in 2 years

Hope everyone is staying safe and, of course, writing.

This was a big week, and a busy one, for Powers Squared. It's one thing to watch presentations on building a brand and quite another to actually build one. Nothing shows you how far you have to go when you release a new issue and do a signing.

Despite our best efforts, which included a notice on the store's Facebook page, a story on a comic news website, a good review of the last issue, and my own social media mentions, including a Facebook ad,  the turnout was somewhat light at Golden Apple yesterday afternoon.

I would call it a disappointment because I think we had a good time but you'd always like to make sales and sign up new people to your mailing list. We did do some of the former but sadly, at least so far, none of the latter. There were people who seemed interested but the only person who signed the mailing list was someone who was already on it.

That person happened to be a former teacher that Paul and Trevor had in middle school. She had an appointment in Hollywood that day and dropped by the say hello and to purchase not only the graphic novel but also issues 6 and 7. She was our biggest customer. That does show that the connections you make can last a lifetime. We were very surprised that she showed up and we do appreciate her support.

We were also very happy to have our current colorist, Julia Canon, join us for this signing. She normally works on Saturdays but arranged to be off. It was my first time to actually meet her mask-to-mask. I really appreciate her support on social media.

Her work, however, wasn't really on display. We had just released Issue #12 and she didn't start until Issue #13. She had completed some work on a new back cover for an upcoming Kickstarter, which she finished on Thursday night. I decided to print some up on better paper at home so she'd have something of her own to sign. We didn't charge for those, but it was something extra we could provide. She also did a really cute drawing of Mocha, one of the comic book's main characters. You can see this image and photographs from the signing on our events page.

It's safe to say that the new issue dropping, prepping for the signing, as well as our Friday night OAPS, which featured Tina Cesa Ward from Delegates, left little time for much else in the way of writing. No new queries, which shouldn't come as a surprise.

Surprisingly, though, I did work on Skylar pretty much every night during the week, but I didn't finish the review I was working on.

Thankfully, Trophy Unlocked is not dependent on me for reviews. Saturday Morning's review was in the spirit of Batman Day, as well as the blog's month-long salute to the Caped Crusader, Paul's Second Look - Batman: Arkham Asylum. On Wednesday, it was another game review, Trevor's The Pathless. Trevor's review of Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog, the film we watched on Friday night, appeared on the blog this morning.

Well, that about does it for me. Keep writing and I'll see you back here next week.

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