Best Comics of 2017: An International Perspective feature

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” It is not everyday that you find your comic featured in an article on a website. It is a rarity, particularly for a small publishing imprint such as Irrational Comics to get sizable attention in the market or industry.  I am grateful, truly, truly grateful to learn that one of the comics I put out is featured on Paul Gravett‘s website, under the post, Best Comics of 2017: An International Perspective: Year in Review.

Paul Gravett is a man of many talents, editing, curating, publishing and promoting comics since 1981. You can find out more of what he has accomplished and books he has edited, written and published on his biography. Personally, I am most inspired by his involvement with Escape Magazine in 1983. Leveraging on past experiences working at pssst! magazine and equipped with a keen eye for talent, Paul helped promote many creators in the UK independent comic scene, co-editing and publishing a comic magazine of alternative, diverse and unique stories. To create a similar comic journal/magazine for Singapore is an aspiration of mine.

Having my work on his site is truly an honor. Thank you Mr Gravett, and thank you, Cheng Tju for this great opportunity. Please click on the link to go to the article and check out all the featured comics that are listed. You have my deepest appreciation.”

-Derek

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Voting for PITCH 2018 has closed!

Thank you readers for your votes! The polls have closed and we will get in touch with the various writer contributors on the next phase of PITCH, specifically to produce one of the chosen prototype comic in its fully realized form for your enjoyment. Contributing writers can expect us to get in touch before March 2018. Cheers!

Roleplayers #6 is out now!

We are excited to announce the release of the 6th issue of Roleplayers! Back by popular demand, this issue marks the start of a new story arc as the Roleplayers begin another adventure in the imaginary world of Damsels In Dungeons! Please enjoy the preview pages below.

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The digital comic is available for purchase at Comixology and Drivethru. Thank you for your continued support and interest in the title!

If you like what we do and want to support the production of this title, please consider becoming a patron of our titles. You can check out our Patreon link below.

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Irrational Journal: Going into 2018

Once again, the year is coming to an end. How time flies! Having found some respite, I believe there is no better time to pause and reflect on how 2017 went for Irrational Comics.

The most recent and freshest thing on my mind is PITCH 2018. I am happy to say that we are on track to release the anthology sometime in January 2018, if not, then February. The new format changes introduced have definitely eased the workload and allowed for a faster turnaround. I am excited to find out how readers will respond to PITCH 2018 when we launch.

Next, I’m finally on Patreon! 2018 will be a year of experimentation, trial and error when it comes to using Patreon for leverage, making more comics for readers’ enjoyment. It is something that I will definitely be paying attention to.

Kitsune: Assassin For Hire continues to be our best selling title thus far. With the introduction of colored pages into the pipeline, the production of the series has definitely slowed but we still see a consistent number of readers supporting the comic. That is heartening to know. As it is with most ongoing titles, support from readers is the main reason a title can continue to be produced and on-going, so I sincerely thank all you readers who have purchased this title and kept it going in 2017 and into 2018.

Due to popular demand and feedback from readers, we will be continuing the Roleplayers series in 2018. In fact, patrons on my Patreon already have early bird access to issue 6 of the series. More issues will come in 2018 and we look forward to your readership and support as well.

Thank you for being with Irrational Comics in 2017. I wish you a happy new year and I look forward to making more comics for your entertainment in 2018. Cheers!

– Derek

PITCH 2018 Submissions are now closed

A big thank you to all the writers who submitted to our open call for PITCH 2018. We will be reviewing the entries and get back to everyone whose submissions are accepted by 22 Dec 2017.

Part of the purpose of the PITCH anthology is to help budding and aspiring writers get into the comic industry. We want you to succeed and we want to make great comics for our readers. Please understand that there are limited spots in our anthology due to our limited resources as a small press. Even if your submissions are not accepted, do not be dismayed. You have taken the time to craft an outline and an 8 page script that you can now use to pitch to other publishers that may take interest in your work. You are already a step ahead of everyone else who are still at the ideation stage. Remember you can always assemble your own creative team to produce your comic. PITCH is just one platform that might aid you in achieving your goals.

With that said, we look forward to working with the writers of PITCH 2018 in the near future. Cheers!

We are on Patreon!

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” I am now on Patreon. If you are unaware, Patreon is a platform that helps creators like myself make a living working on our creative projects. I’ve always hesitated when other creators tell me to get onto Patreon because I do not know if I will be able to deliver or live up to the expectations of people who pledge to my projects. But now, after close to 3 years of making comics, I feel like I am in a position where I can produce my comics within a reasonable time frame. Now, I see Patreon as a viable way for me to reach out to more readers and gain a following for the titles I put out on Irrational Comics.

Instead of a monthly pledge, I am going with a per creation pledge. This means my patrons are not charged any money until I deliver the rewards in a paid post. I think this is a good framework that relieves stress on the creator’s end and also benefits the readers as well. If you enjoy the comic titles I have put out thus far, I invite you to my Patreon page and check out the reward tiers that I have for you. Also, I have some goals as well that may interest you.

You will find that the page is setup primarily for 2 ongoing titles, namely Roleplayers and Kitsune: Assassin For Hire. Yes, that’s right, Roleplayers is going to be on-going now. In fact, I am in the midst of producing issue 6 as of this writing, with the goal of releasing more issues in 2018. Depending on reader feedback and sales on the digital platforms, the rewards tiers may be adjusted but for now, I think this approach will work best for my current setup. Well, we’ll see how things go from here.

Thank you for your time and I deeply appreciate everyone who pledges. With your support, I will be able to make more comics of a higher production value for your entertainment. Cheers!”

-Derek

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