What Does the Wôks Say

Crossposted from our shop, Wôks Print.

Currently it says… welcome to our first post here at Wôks Print!

I know I know, we’ve had this website a while over at The Apocalypse Writers… but to be fair we’re only just learning how to handle such interesting things as letting you, our readers, know that we appreciate you. Sure we say it all of the time on Youtube and in various tweets, but here is where it counts. So high five to our first attempt at the occasional newsletter – and by occasional we acknowledge freely that this may not happen very often.

So onward to the news!

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve had a few new products added to expand our already awesome (if scant) content. Posters would be one of them. Apocalypse Writers founder, K. J. Joyner, has made sure a selection of her art prints are available for her collectors – yes, she remembers all of you. Her art style tends to range from one to another, so the choices vary. However you won’t miss her personal flair if you’re familiar with it.

Each poster collection is divided by theme; Fantastic Women, Dragons, Mermaids, and of course her popular Bite Me set. Normally you would only see these images at conventions or, rarely, Etsy but K. J. felt it was time to really begin helping The Apocalypse Writers flesh out.

If you’re an owner of one of her prints, be sure and let us know! Take a picture of yourself with your poster – maybe we can start a reader gallery.

Leslie Fish, prolific folk and filk musician, has re-released her novel, Of Elven Blood, through us and we love it! We have been very excited with the release of this book, as we feel it’s one of the best we have to offer. Leslie is definitely a real wordsmith.

A fantasy romance, we can best describe the story as: A union newspaper editor witnesses a murder and while on the run discovers she’s not human. From there the dangerous element already existent in her life grows while she is forced to fake her own inner demons. If you’re a fan of adult fantasy romance, we encourage you check it out.

And finally, when it comes to coming products we will be introducing what K. J. fondly calls “Books Onna Stick”. There are a lot of ‘retro’ things K. J. does in the working operations of The Writers of the Apocalypse from hand-drawing and tracing the next page of The Heavenly Bride to offering digital books on CD. Books Onna Stick(tm) are yet another retro item, even though the concept isn’t that old.

What are they? Why, they’re digital books on flash drives of course! You can plug them into your computer, or if you have an adapter you can plug them into your cell phone. K. J. has been working hard on this new addition, searching for just the right kind of flash drive. Not any kind would do. She finally settled on the credit card shaped model for quality and a more polished appearance. Each ‘Book Onna Stick’ is made in house, so the right materials have to be chosen carefully.

So keep an eye on the shop, as they will start appearing in the next couple of months along with reprints of various historical tomes and more posters. Of course more posters!

If you are a proud owner of one of our books, we encourage you to please come back and leave some feedback. Did you like it, hate it, wish there were more? We’re all eyes, and we would sincerely love to know.

Until next time!

Mini-comics, a new distribution

MagazinesMy occasional journeys through the internet to find a way to represent 10 Confessions & A Kiss have turned up next to nothing. Oh, I found this one guy that pushes mini-comics for a living but he never got back to me. Another guy who runs a small online zine/comic store never got back to me, and that was disappointing because I used to work with him when I ran Kinships Magazine. Two others will only do commissions, and you gotta do leg work to claim things back. The mini-comic exchange, in which people sent in their mini-comics in exchange for mini-comics in return, is defunct. Coldcut takes minicomics… but…. Yeah, I’d say the effects of the cheap cost of webcomics plus the economy hit the mini-comic culture pretty hard.

I love the mini-comic culture. Comics are a true American art form that other countries adopted, despite popular belief in the manga community. The mini-comic movement was one of the first self-publishing revolutions in the modern history of our country. People are saying the mini-comic is dying, but I’ve seen people at conventions. They still love mini-comics. Mini-comics are choking from lack of exposure, but they’re not in danger of dying any time soon if we make an effort to keep them alive.

I thought about it and decided that since I already am a publisher of sorts, I’d add a mini-comic section to the Apocalypse Store, The OOAK Gallery for Little People. And that I’d try to revive the mini-comic exchange program somehow, because that was a nifty program. But then again I’m a sucker for getting random comics in the mail.

While putting my plan in action, I managed to break the website entire. Which required a complete reinstall. Which means most of the old content I wanted to save – the gallery of dolls and horses for example – are gone, and if I want those images back I’m going to have to find the image backup through my host server. (sigh) Through it all I finally have a working website back up this morning, one that when I can get the funds to expand it will take submissions and allow creators to manage their own content. The comic exchange program is a working feature, and while it’s not free like the old program was with enough participants it still can be great.

So: The Apocalypse Writers (of which I’m the only remaining one) is now going to become a side distributor of mini-comics and host a mini-comic exchange program. Visit our store website: http://ooakleaf.apocalypsewriters.com, bookmark it, and keep an eye on it. It won’t be long before I’m able to do the final touches on it and open submissions. I’ll be looking to see what people have to offer. I’ll be looking to see what people want to read. I’ll be, uh, probably sleeping after an all-nighter working on the website.