We received this fantastic fan video from our Facebook friend Guillaume Tell (yes, that’s his real Facebook name) from Geneva. We thank him very much for his creativity and his time and would like to share the video with all Zampano readers.
While there are a variety of pre-publication possibilities in Europe for Endless Sky (in German it is serialized in the monthly magazine COMIX and in France as high-quality comic books) there are now plans for an English print edition as of yet. However, we have made the issues available as digital downloads from several companies. Soon Endless Sky will also have its own app that you will be able to find with a single search on iTunes. We will link to it from the Zampano Store as soon as they’re available. Meanwhile you can purchase the newly formatted and edited versions from those two fine digital distributors for $ 0.99 each:
Endless Sky issue 1 available now:
Endless Sky issue 2 available now:
And issue 3 is coming in October:
Also available are the frist two issues of TELL: The Return of William Tell and soon the complete Don Caneloni graphic novel.
Talenthouse is a social networking community for creative people that also puts on quite a bit of contests. Currently they have a thing going with the Stan Lee Foundation to create your own superhero. Normaly I don’t participate in those kind of contests but since TELL is all ready to go, I figured why not. Yesterday the voting opened. Unfortunately the voting interface is pretty clunky, slow loading and generally a pain in the butt, so I suggest that if you want to help out TELL, you should vote on my profile:
If you have enough time and wanna check out the other entries you can also vote here: http://www.talenthouse.com/stan-lee-foundation-create-a-superhero
Two things before we get started: The travel curse that has been following us around last year has been lifted (for those not in the known, we were attacked by a gang of Roma in the train to Vienna and in France, the TGV electricity cable was torn and the train came to a standstill for the rest of the day, plus several heart attacks in various trains and much more. But this time the TGV gods had mercy on us and the trip was about as tolerable as any longtime journey with an insane amount of luggage can be (considering that the French don’t seem to know the word “escalator”).
Also, I’ve been going to Angoulême for over 20 years but besides a small table at the fanzine booth (now renamed BD alternative) in 1991, I haven’t been exhibiting at any other time. This is supposed to be the first presentation of Zampano or better Virtual Graphics in France (we’re not allowed to use the name Zampano in France for legal reasons). I probably should also mention that TELL book 1 will be in bookstores on February 10, and it was our main goal to raise awareness with readers, retailers and journalists for this specific release, the website and our program in general. No small feat in a market, which had to absorb over 5100 new releases last year alone. As a small publisher we were early on put in our place by the organizers, who moved us from our preferred spot in theNouveau Monde tent (where most indy publishers were located) to the much smaller but fortunately also cheaper Para BD tent. This place was also packed the entire weekend and we were assured by the organization that we will be eligible for a spot in the New York tent next year. We’ll see…
This is the entrance to the ParaBD tent, which contained mostly collectibles, prints, singings and smaller publishers.
We had a fairly large backdrop of some of our titles made. It turned out to be quite the crowd-stopper and got us a good amount of attention. It actually looked bigger and more impressive in reality:
With only one new title and a few festival-only items, sales were decent. Comparable to some shows we did in Germany last year. Rule for a big festival like this. The more products the better the sales.
This is a picture was sent to us from our super-nice reader Daniel Thurre from Geneva. To the left is French Zampano editor and translator, Nicolas Meylaender from Paris and to the right yours truly.
On the third evening we were invited to the Studio Makma dinner. Studio Makma, most notably Ed and Stephan, are not only super-nice, generous but are also very well connected in the scene. They are friends of Zampano and a collaboration is certain at some point.
I only managed to visit the big tent at Champs de Mars which houses all the big publishers once. Of course that happened to be on Saturday, when the thing was filled to the max. Nothing really new there, except a couple new booths. Moebius had his own booth with Moebius Productions, his own label. I might add that last year he was in the ParaBD tent, essentially where we were located at, but since his cooperation with Glenat on the Arzak graphic novel, his status has been “upgraded”. Moebius not a huge but rather a big to moderate seller in France. The Arzak graphic novel had a print run of 40’000 copies, which by any standard is great, but a far cry from the top sellers Largo Winch, Blake and Mortimer and most notably his own mainstream work on Lieutenant Blueberry (each of them selling around 450’000 copies). Interestingly enough the new Arzak book is a license from Moebius Prod. to Glenat, which shows clearly that even major talent are changing they way they do business in order to completely hold on to the rights to their work. As a matter of fact, I heard tons of complaints and whining from authors for the big publishers about the general editorial disarray at the big publishing houses and was actually contacted by fairly major talent for advice and possible publication offers, mostly because they’re just sick and tired of being mistreated.
There was also a realively new internet/graphic novel publisher called Manolo Sanctis with a very large booth right by the entrance. They prepublish all their comics on their website like we do, BUT they use a Zuda-like interface which is kinda tedious. Trouble is, most of their talent is relatively young and untested (nothing wrong with that) but a little research has shown that most of their books were actually moderately well received by the audience and critics (mediocre reviews in dBD etc). Again nothing wrong with that but the question is, why do they need a booth that probably cost 15k -20k in order to have a presence that doesn’t do their standing in the industry any justice? Answer is probably, because they can. Crossgen, anyone?
Leaving the big tent I walked by sheer coincidence into Mark Smylie from Archaia Publishing. Haven’t seen him in ages and a good conversation was had before he had to leave to the airport.
All in all it was very much worth the trip: Made a lot of new friends, new business contacts and went to plenty of parties.
Actually, I planned to report in greater detail, but we brought home a nice gift: A hefty cold that will take some serious TLC to get rid of.
More updates for our English readers on two new iPad/iPhone deals will follow shortly and hopefully some news on some publishing deals also.
In about two hours we’re off to Paris to meet up with the French Zampano Editor Nicolas. Tomorrow will be heading down to the festival, about 2 1/2 hours south of Paris by TGV. See post below for the location of our booth.
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We’ll be back early next week with a full report and photos.