Carpe Chaos News Roundup (August 3rd, 2012)

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  • CHAPTER 3 OF TRANSMISSIONS FROM FARA NEXA IS COMPLETE AND COMPLETELY UPLOADED! YEAH! CLICK HERE TO READ IT!

  • YET ANOTHER WALLPAPER FOR EVERYONE! THEY KEEP ON COMING! THIS ONE IS FROM CHAPTER 3 OF TRANSMISSIONS AND LIKE THE OTHERS IT WAS DRAWN BY THE TALENTED AND AMAZING ANTHONY COURNOYER (CLICK FOR LARGER):



  • OUR 4 LATEST WALLPAPERS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO OUR WEBSTORE, AND THERE HAS BEEN A HUMONGOUS PRICE DROP! YOU CAN OWN A 16''X9'' POSTER OF ANY OF OUR 10 WALLPAPERS FOR THE LOW LOW PRICE OF $5.99 EACH!

  • SAN DIEGO COMIC CON WAS AWESOME! WE SOLD OUT OF OUR BOOKS AND SOME OF OUR FLOPPY COMICS! READ ABOUT IT IN ERIC'S BLOG POST! AT THIS RATE, WE'LL SELL THE LAST OF OUR CARPE CHAOS: IGNITION BOOKS AT APE IN OCTOBER!

  • I WAS INTERVIEWED ON BUYINDIECOMICS.COM! AM I INTERESTING? CLICK THIS LINK TO FIND OUT!

  • ALLCAPS MODE, DEACTIVATE! Chapter 4 of Transmissions from Fara Nexa is coming soon. The first page should be posted either Monday or Tuesday of next week. Probably Tuesday. But the sad news is that we are slowing our release rate to 1-2 pages per week for the foreseeable future. Please don't think that Carpe Chaos is ending or anything like that. It's just that we've been pushing ourselves for over two years to post (on average) more than a page every two days and because this project hasn't caught fire in the way that we'd hoped, we're slowing down to reclaim a bit of our personal lives :-). Thank you for being a fan of Carpe Chaos up to now and I hope you'll stay with us because we've got some crazy awesome things planned for Transmissions Volume 2, more suspense-filled mystery in Skies are Falling, and even more stories on the horizon. And hopefully some more free wallpapers :-)
  • And because that means you'll probably be checking our site less often, I really hope that you'll consider adding your email address into the form below, so that any time a new chapter is completed or this blog is updated, you'll get an email to notify you. It's a surefire way to keep up on Carpe Chaos, and it'll make sure you're covered in case you miss a tweet, facebook post, google+ post, deviantart update, etc. And you'll want to know when we launch our second-try kickstarter campaign next year, right?!
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Stay tuned, and I hope you'll come see me at APE if you're in the San Francisco Bay Area in October,

-Jason

Carpe Chaos News Roundup (June 6th, 2012)

Carpe Chaos isn't dead! And here's the latest news to prove it:

  • Daniel made a new page that I added to the end of all of our stories. It should prevent new readers from thinking the first story they read is the only story we've got. Check it ouuuuuut:



  • More new artwork! We made an 8th free wallpaper, taken from chapter 5 of The Myth of Midigan, which by the way is now done, so go read it. Anyway here's the wallpaper of the bad-ass fish-squid monster (click for larger):



  • The papercraft models of Nate and Pieca from Jailing Fortune are now free for download for everyone. Click here to download them, print them out, and assemble them!




    Enjoy! Nate was also featured on paperkraft.net.

  • I've got a couple of blog mentions from last month to let you know about:
  • LASTLY! AN ALL-NEW CARPE CHAOS STORY BEGINS ON JUNE 11TH! IT'S GONNA BE GREAT! SEE YOU THEN!

-Jason

Carpe Chaos News Roundup (May 4th, 2012)

Things have been moving a little slowly since WonderCon and the Kickstarter, but I'd say it's about time for another update dump. Here's all the latest:

  • Our kickstarter failed.

    Darn it! We don't get to make a concept art book :-(. We may try another kickstarter campaign again next year, if we can gain enough fans. Not for another concept art book though... We want to make a master TOME of Carpe Chaos comics, if you all want to fund it. So we'll see what happens.
  • But cheer up! I just finished updating the free wallpapers page to include a 7th wallpaper, and the two papercraft models we've made. All for free! Yeah! It is now the freebies page, and it's got so many freebies it needed to be split into two pages! >>BEHOLD<<

    And here's what the new wallpaper looks like (it's from Transmissions from Fara Nexa):


  • Speaking of Transmissions from Fara Nexa, chapter 2 of Transmissions from Fara Nexa is complete! Chapter 3 is in production currently, and while we wait we have the final chapter of The Myth of Midigan coming up on May 7th! It's looking like it will be 23 pages, so starting on May 7th we'll do a 6-pages-per-week update schedule, finishing the entire Midigan story on June 1st. I hope you are as excited as I am about that! A huge battle scene is coming :-)
  • You may have heard about the Graphicly changes a couple of weeks ago. Graphicly is no longer trying to make its own reader apps for every device in existence and instead is going to focus on taking comics from creators and making them available in all of the different marketplaces from the iBookstore to the Nookstore (or whatever they call it). Here are many more details. Graphicly still has their stuff available on their website and in the facebook plugin like we have on our facebook page, too. This doesn't mean much for us really... We have 20 of our chapters in the iBookstore and 11 of them are free, so go check them out I guess? And Jailing Fortune is still in all of the places I mentioned last time (The Amazon store for Android, The Goolge Play store for Android, and The Barnes & Noble store for the Nook).
  • More stuff about Graphicly: Chapter 4 of Midigan and Unwelcome Emissary were added at last!

  • Carpe Chaos Ignition was reviewed on buyindiecomics.com. A happily favorable review! Also I noticed we were mentioned again on La Cueva Del Lobo. Thanks Lobo!
  • You may have noticed some new ads in the comic viewer on CarpeChaos.com. Specifically, ads for Nathan Sorry, Princeless, and Super Massive Black Hole A*. Great graphic novel projects, all of them. Got something you want to advertise? Hit me up!

-Jason

Carpe Chaos News Roundup (March 14th, 2012)

MY PRECIOUS FEW BLOG READERS: I HAVE TWO URGENT NEWS ITEMS FOR YOU!

  • Our Kickstarter campaign is ⅔ over but not even at ⅓ of the required funding. As I write this we're sitting at 29% and I'm hoping that you guys will be able to help. Please tell your friends about the Kickstarter campaign! The book will be so amazing if we get the chance to make it!
  • WonderCon starts Friday in Anaheim and I will be there all 3 days at small press table 59. Eric will be joining me on Saturday too. I'll be selling all the same stuff PLUS our 6 wallpapers as posters and all four chapters of Jailing Fortune in print! If you go, come see me for a free papercraft model! We have a Kaean one now too :-)

And now for your regularly scheduled news bulletins:

  • In addition to the Graphicly apps, our entire Jailing Fortune story is now available for Android phones and the Barnes & Noble Nook directly. Pretty cool, right? And only $2.99. If we sell a significant amount, we'll consider publishing more of our comics this way. Here are the links:
  • Midigan Chapter 4 and Unwelcome Emissary haven't been added to Graphicly yet. But they will both be there in a few days, hopefully!
  • The final part of my making comics checklist was posted to MakingComics.com last month. Here's the article!
  • We've started Transmissions, which is really big news. Unlike all of our stories so far, Transmissions is huge. The first volume will be 4 chapters, and then following volume 1 we'll dive into volume 2 and then 3. Anthony Cournoyer is rocking it harder than he's ever rocked it before, and the story is full of gun battles, spaceship wars, and oh-so-much suspense. This is the blockbuster Carpe Chaos story we've been planning for a long time, so check it out! Chapter 1 finishes at the end of this month and then we'll be posting chapter 2 right away during April!
  • Do you remember all those Carpe Chaos wallpapers we gave you for Christmas? Now you can get some physical copies! We've turned all 6 of them into posters and they are now live in our web store in the Posters category. Here's the link.
  • I must mention our Kickstarter campaign again. Please help us spread the word! Here are some of the blogs that have featured us so far:

    I've been posting updates to the Kickstarter campaign with additional artwork, messages from the artists that work on Carpe Chaos, and more. One particularly cool update included a video of Eric interview footage that didn't make the final video cut:

    If there's anything you can do to help us spread the word about our Kickstarter before it expires, please help! Thank you!

-Jason

Carpe Chaos News Roundup (February 1st, 2012)

Happy new year, and also happy Chinese new year to you all. Carpe Chaos had a good end-of-year vacation and a great January publishing pages of The Myth of Midigan. The news has really been piling up so allow me to let you in on all the latest:

  • Chapter 4 of Trading Tales: The Myth of Midigan is done, it's live on the site, and you can read it for free right now! The story will conclude with a Chapter 5 that we are planning to publish in April, if we can get it done that quickly. Things are reaching a climax, and if you loved that page spread at the end as much as I did, you can get it as a desktop wallpaper here:

  • You may have noticed CarpeChaos.com was down on January 18th. We were one of the more than 100,000 sites that voluntarily went dark or otherwise altered our front page to protest the American censorship bills SOPA and PIPA. It had a huge impact and this article sums up the fallout pretty well.
  • The indie comics blog Panel Bound did a big feature on us while we were on our vacation. They posted a writeup on Carpe Chaos on December 30th, and then on January 3rd they posted an interview they did with me, Eric, Anthony, and Joe. The interview turned out great, so click here if you want to learn more about how Carpe Chaos got started and how we make comics together.
  • I rewrote the Advertise With Us and the Parental Advisory pages on the site to be more useful.
    • For the Ad page, I finally published some rates! If you want to add your full-page ad to the rotation in our digital comic books, you can do it for a scant $5 per month. And if you buy 10 months you get 2 more for free! Contact us!
    • For the Parental Advisory page, I made a list of all of our stories with my best guess as to whether they'd be OK for kids or not; I even consulted some actual parents. Let me know if you disagree with any of them. You can also use the links on that page if you want to grab the direct link to a specific story on the Comics page. Example: Reinvention.
  • Jailing Fortune Chapter 4 has been added to Graphicly! Now you can own all 4 chapters of Jailing Fortune in your digital Graphicly library, and you can let Graphicly guide you through the pages with their special flow mode. Here's the preview:
  • Speaking of Jailing Fortune, now that the story is done we're looking into making it available as a digital e-book on the Amazon Kindle Fire, in the Amazon Android App Store, in the Barnes & Noble Nook App Store, in the Apple Newsstand, and in the Kobo eBookstore. No promises yet but if we can get into that many eBookstores it would be pretty awesome! If we succeed, and if the comic does well enough, we'll put our other stories in those places too. Jailing Fortune and the rest of our stories are already available in Graphicly, which itself is available on several mobile devices, and we're still (slowly) working on our own iPhone & iPad app to show off our comics in a different way. Big plans, slow progress.
  • Printing the 6 new wallpapers as posters is taking a little longer than originally planned but they should appear in the store in the next week or two. I'll post another update when they're ready!
  • WonderCon is less than two months away! It's in Anaheim on March 16-18 this year, and we'll be there in the small press area for all 3 days. I'm already getting excited... it's been a few months since our last show! And we'll have some new stuff: the final chapters of Jailing Fortune as floppy comics and the 6 desktop wallpapers as posters. I try to keep our conventions page up-to-date so if you go there you can see our upcoming convention plans.
  • I'm working on setting up a Kickstarter campaign for a book of Carpe Chaos concept art. It's our art the years we spent building the Carpe Chaos universe before we began making comics. We're still chasing printer quotes and producing the video (every Kickstarter campaign needs a video, right?) but if we can pull it off I hope to launch the campaign by the end of February. We have SO MUCH concept art that we want to show off, and a book of concepts seems like the best way to do it. We're really hoping people will back the project, not just because of the cool perks/rewards we have planned but also because the book is going to be killer. I mean, look at the concepts we have just laying around. For example, we have over 130 spaceship concepts. Why did we make so many?! I don't know! But we are putting them in this book! Expect another update from me on this in a month or so.
  • Speaking of crowd-funding campaigns, Amya is running an Indiegogo campaign to fund the printing of the third chapter of the series. If you haven't heard of Amya before, give it a look and consider contributing to get the books!
  • February's gonna be pretty awesome. Starting on February 4th we're going to update with a new page every single day until the new chapter is complete on March 1st. This new one-chapter story is illustrated by Daniel Allen, it features both Kaeans and Turikasuul, it's 27 pages long, and the cover looks like this:

-Jason

Eric interviewed at Comikaze!

-Jason

Carpe Chaos on other people's websites (again)

Every time I find someone featuring Carpe Chaos online I cherish it, because we are not popular enough for it to happen very often. I save the links and revisit them when I am feeling down. If you're the type of person who loves Carpe Chaos SO MUCH that you actually read our blog, well, maybe you'll enjoy these links as much as I do:

Blogs:

Comics:

-Jason

P.S. We'll be at San Diego Comic Con next week at table L-6 in the small press area. COME VISIT US.

Carpe Chaos on other people's websites

Several people have written about Carpe Chaos, and I thought linking to those writings might make for a nice blog post. Let's discover whether I'm right. Here's what bloggers and other comics creators have to say about our project. It's overwhelmingly positive, and for that I thank the Korean talisman hanging just inches away from my computer monitor. And the people that wrote the nice things. Thank you!

Blogs:

Comics:

-Jason

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