April 9, 2013
Tomorrow’s an exciting day for comics isn’t it? Batman #19 AND Saga #12, as a reader, I know I’m eagerly anticipating what lies in store. As a writer, however, I’m interested in another little book you may find on the shelves of your comic shop: The Standard #2!
Yes, after the sell-out success of the first issue, The Standard #2 is now on-sale in select comic stores around the world. Make sure to get your copy fast, as if it’s anything like the previous issue, copies won’t sit on shelves for long! To whet your appetite, here’s a preview of what’s in store for Gilbert Graham and friends. Remember kids, don’t go into creepy dark alleys…
THE STANDARD #2
Written by JOHN LEES
Art by JONATHAN RECTOR
Colors by GULLIVER VIANEI and MIKE GAGNON
Letters by KEL NUTTALL
Edited by STEVEN FORBES
Published by COMIXTRIBE
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The critically-acclaimed, award-winning series continues! Once, Gilbert Graham was The Standard, the world’s first and greatest superhero. Now an old man and long retired from crime-fighting, he lives a quiet life as a high school chemistry teacher. But in the wake of the first issue’s shocking conclusion, Gilbert is haunted by old memories – and faced with a serious decision.
November 15, 2012
The Critically Acclaimed, Award Winning Series Makes it’s World-wide Debut in January 2013!
THE STANDARD #1 (of 6)PRICE: 3.99
DIAMOND ID: NOV121047 F STANDARD #1 (OF 6) (MR)
RATING: Teen + Up
FORMAT: 32 pages, color (1 of 6 mini-series)
WRITER: John Lees
ARTIST: Jonathan Rector
COLORISTS: Ray Dillon, Mo James
LETTERER: Kel Nuttall
EDITOR: Steven Forbes
COPYRIGHT INFO: © John Lees
THE STANDARD is the story of two different men from two different eras who share the same heroic legacy. In the past, The Standard was the world’s greatest superhero. Today, he is a celebrity with his own reality TV show. But when a catastrophic event brings the two generations into collision, The Standard is forced to ask if superheroes still have a place in today’s cynical world. THE STANDARD is a six-part superhero miniseries written by John Lees and drawn by Jonathan Rector.
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Diamond ID: NOV121047
Step One: Click to download this THE STANDARD #1 Pre-Order Form!
Step Two: Print it out on your laser or inkjet printer! That’s right, kill evil trees…USE PAPER!
Step Three: Locate your nearest comic shop! (Use this comic shop locator if need be!)
Step Four: Hand the Pre-Order Form to the retailer!
Step Five: Return to the shop in January and pick up THE STANDARD #1!
ComixTribe is a publisher of creator-owned comics, including SCAM, The Red Ten, The Standard, and more. In addition to being a publishing imprint, ComixTribe is also an online community, with the mission statement: Creators helping creators make better comics. ComixTribe also sponsors the annual 30 Characters Challenge, an online art event where participants challenge themselves to create 30 brand new characters in just 30 days, one for every day of November. Visit ComixTribe.com or email publisher Tyler James (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more.
October 19, 2012
Hello everyone! Team ComixTribe is coming out of a highly successful New York Comic Con, where I at last got to meet my artistic collaborator on The Standard, Jonathan Rector. What an awesome guy!
But now that I’m home, it’s time to confirm some big news I’ve been sitting on for a while. As you may know, after the massive success of its micro-distribution program, Comix Tribe made connections with Diamond, and with it gained access to a much larger distribution network. A couple of months back, Scam #1 was the first ComixTribe title to launch worldwide, with issue #2 on the way in October and #3 in December. The Red Ten is already set to be the second ComixTribe property to launch through Diamond, with issue #1 set for December.
Then, in January 2013, it’s time for The Standard.
We’ll be relaunching with issue #1 in January, and from there adopting a bi-monthly schedule that will see #2 come out in March, #3 in May, etc. I’m incredibly excited about this. Every step I’ve taken with The Standard over the past couple of years, from digital distribution to making the book available through local comic shops, to selling at conventions, has all been building up to this: getting a comic in Diamond’s Previews catalogue, and from there potentially opening my book up to a global network of comic stores. For many creators, it’s when your comic gets into Diamond that it all becomes real.
But this is just the beginning. The hard work starts in November. That’s when The Standard #1 will be solicited in Previews. That’s when retailers have to order the book. And that’s when I’ll need your help.
To all of my friends, and to everyone who’s supported The Standard from all over the world, this is your chance to get involved. I want you all to go to your local comic book store, and ask them to order The Standard #1 this coming November. This is the order code they will need:
NOV121047 F STANDARD #1
Note that down, burn it into your memories, whatever. If you want to get your hands on a copy of The Standard #1 in your comic shop, that’s the code you need to pass on to your LCS manager. Whether you’re in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, anything you can do to help widen our comics network will be infinitely appreciated. Mobilise, troops!
2013 is going to be a big year for The Standard. I’m excited. Are you?
September 21, 2012
September 21, 2012 — Newburyport, MA — ComixTribe announced today that it will be at the New York Comic Con (Booth #2380), and has released a 40+ page digital download Pre-View Book of show exclusives and content it will have on hand at the show. ComixTribe is the publisher of SCAM, THE RED TEN, THE STANDARD, and OXYMORON, and will have plenty of product featuring those properties at the show.
“ComixTribe is thrilled to be coming back to New York Comic Con,” said publisher Tyler James. “We’ve had a big year, and the con is providing a great venue for many of us to get together to celebrate what we’ve achieved, thank many of the fans who made it all possible, and strategize for an even bigger 2013.”
At the ComixTribe Booth this year:
Tyler James (The Red Ten, Oxymoron)
Joe Mulvey (SCAM)
John Lees (The Standard)
Jonathan Rector (The Standard)
Cesar Feliciano (The Red Ten)
Also appearing for signings will be members of the Oxymoron anthology project, including:
Jason Ciaramella (The Cape, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters)
Mark Poulton (Avengelyne, Savage Hawkman)
Rich Douek (Gutter Magic)
Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm)
Paul Allor (TMNT: Fugitoid, Clockwork, Orcgirl)
Alex Cormack (Chikara)
Imbibe with the Tribe! 2nd Annual ComixTribe NYCC Drink & Draw Announced!
Tempest Bar – 407 8th Ave (between 30th & 31st)
Midtown West (A few blocks from the show)
10:00pm – ???
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September 20, 2012
New York Comic Con is creeping ever closer, and today I can reveal the exclusive Standard print you’ll be able to pick up at the show:
Pretty awesome, huh? As you can see, with the con being in New York City, we decided to go for a New York themed image, hence The Standard encountering the iconic Statue of Liberty. I’ll be wanting to nab one of these prints for my own wall! And if you stop by the ComixTribe table, you’ll be able to get one for your wall too!
In other ComixTribe/NYCC news, attendees will have the chance to claim a free sketch from a range of ComixTribe-affliliated artists, including the artist of The Standard, Jonathan Rector. Find out more about that here.
Also announced today, if you wear a ComixTribe T-shirt to New York Comic Con, you can claim $15 of free ComixTribe merchandise. Find out about that here.
Stay tuned to thestandardcomic.com for more New York Comic Con updates, and some big news about the future of The Standard!
September 11, 2012
After the resounding success of last year, I am pleased to report that I’ll be once again making the Trans-Atlantic trip to the US for New York Comic Con on 11th-14th October, representing The Standard at the ComixTribe table.
This year, after the success and growth of the past 12 months, ComixTribe’s presence at the con will be bigger and better. We’ll have more books on sale, including the debut of Kickstarter success story The Oxymoron, and a wider range of merchandise. As far as the presence of The Standard is concerned, we’ll be bringing the first 3 issues of the series with us, along with The Standard, Volume 1, a lovely graphic novel collecting those first three issues in a single edition. We’ll also have Standard T-shirts on sale, and a couple of exclusive prints.
But that’s not the best part. The news that has me really excited is that, for the first time, artist extraordinaire Jonathan Rector will be making his way to New York Comic Con. That’s right: the writer/artist creative team of The Standard will both be on hand! I’m personally over the moon that I’ll finally be able to meet my longtime collaborator in person for the first time, and any con attendees should jump at the chance to grab a sketch or an Artist Edition of The Standard #1 with a hand-drawn cover by the man himself!
I’ll be posting up more updates – including our table number/location and any other relevant news nuggets you should know – once more information becomes available. Watch this space…. and, hopefully, I’ll see some of you in October!
May 22, 2012
This past weekend, various fans, exhibitors and professionals of the comics world descended upon the Business Design Centre in London, England for the second annual Kapow Con. And I was among them, selling copies of the first three issues of The Standard. I was sharing a table with the Glasgow League of Writers, with Gordon McLean as my core tablemate, selling the first two issues of No More Heroes. But also assisting at the table were GLoW cohorts Colin Bell (pimping free samples of his webcomic Jonbot VS Martha), Sam Read, John McCusker and Luke Halsall. Things started off a little slow, but once they picked up, Kapow turned out to be a very successful weekend for GLoW and for The Standard.
As we struggled to make sense of the London tube system, we ended up being a bit late to the venue on the Saturday. We ended up arriving at the Business Design Centre just as the fans were getting in. Perhaps being in a rush to set up threw us off our game a bit, but it seemed like at first we were struggling to grab anyone’s attention on the floor. Thankfully, we started drawing people to our table, and both The Standard and No More Heroes began to sell rather well.
The one panel I attended on Saturday was the Image Superstars panel. Eric Stephenson was moderating this discussion, which included Charlie Adlard, Sean Phillips, David Hine, Shaky Kane and the surprise addition of Doug Braithwaite, who will be drawing upcoming sci-fi noir series Storm Dogs for Hine. The various projects discussed at this panel reminded me just how much quality output Image is getting out there right now. Exciting times for creator-owned work indeed. I got to ask a question about why, while in the past it seemed like creators made their naes on great Image titles before moving on up to Marvel and DC, now we’re seeing big name Marvel and DC creators coming over to Image, and that prompted some interesting debate and discussion amongst the panel. Afterwards, I was also able to pounce on Image publisher Eric Stephenson and get some copies of The Standard in his hands! Eric Stephenson actually really impressed me at Kapow. As such a senior publisher, I’m sure it would have been easy for him to take a hands-off approach, but he was there at the Image booth selling away like every other exhibitor. It goes to show the passion he still has for the industry and the product he’s selling.
The other main thing that took me away from my table on Saturday was a couple of signings. I’m kicking myself at missing the Paul Cornell signing (especially when I hear that Mr. Cornell sat down to have a chat with my Comic Anonymous friends earlier in the day while I was away getting coffee!), but I did get to go see Jock, getting both my hardcover graphic novel of Batman: The Black Mirror and a couple of Scalped issues signed. Jock was nice, and seemed pleased that someone had some Scalped stuff for him. Of course, I’m a Scalped super-fan.
Later on in the day, I ended up in a much bigger queue for Scott Snyder. We were told that Scott would only be signing 1 item per person, as the queues were massive and he wanted to get through everyone before his time was up, which is fair enough. So, after a moment of Sophie’s Choice style turmoil, I settled to have Batman: The Black Mirror signed instead of Batman #5, my favourite single issue Snyder has written. As was the case at NYCC, Snyder was a very nice guy to meet, though I got a real kick to discover that he actually knew who I was, and reads my reviews! I gave Scott copies of The Standard, and went away feeling pretty chuffed, if I do say so myself.
As the day neared its close, some of our number decided to head off early. But I’m glad I decided to stay on to the bitter end, as in that last stint we made a whole bunch of sales. Among the people I was happiest to meet on Saturday was Magnus Aspli, writer of The Vessel of Terror.
I was a big fan of this book, and gushed about it in my review last year. So it was nice to put a face to the name at last. Anyway, after wringing every last sale out of the day that I could, finally we were chased out of the hall, and Kapow was done for the night.
For dinner, we went to a fantastic Thai restaurant called Thai Square London. This was the first time I’ve had Thai food, but it won’t be the last. Disco duck with coconut rice: delicious. We went to the Hilton Bar afterwards, but honestly we were so tired after our long journey and early rise (5am for me!) that we ended up calling it a night early.
On Sunday, we managed to get to the venue earlier, giving us time to get ourselves set up before the punters arrived. As the day of selling began proper, I was really pleased that we had a few people who had bought The Standard #1 the day before coming back to get issues #2 and #3, because they loved the first issue so much. It’s great to have readers come back and let you know they enjoyed the book, it really emphasizes that you’re not just throwing your work out into a void, that people are appreciating it.
My one panel for Sunday was DC’s New 52 panel. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: people give Dan Didio a hard time, but his passion for what he does is undeniable. He showed that again here, in an enthusiastic, often candid panel talking about what lies ahead for DC’s publishing line. Also on the panel were Scott Snyder, Ian Churchill and Bob Wayne. It’s funny, the news that DC will be re-introducing an established male character as gay in the coming months has been making headlines as a big announcement in the news-phere, but as someone who actually attended the panel, I can say the “announcement” came somewhat off-hand, as a reply to a tricky question from the audience. “Much like our President, Dan Didio’s opinion has evolved,” drolly quipped Bob Wayne – probably the line of the panel.
Afterwards, I went back for a second Scott Snyder signing, this time to get Batman #5 signed. Snyder kindly obliged, and also teased a bit about what’s coming up in Batman. I can’t share any details, but it’s going to be very exciting!
As we neared the home-stretch for Kapow, I managed to sell out of The Standard #1. On one hand, this was great – I’d had a successful sell-out of the first issue! But on the other hand, it meant that for the last 20 minutes or so of exhibiting I had a hard time getting people to buy just issues #2 and #3. I did manage to sway a couple of folk, though.
And finally, it was all over. Another con done, and it was time to pack up and go home. Already, I’m back in Glasgow and it feels like London never happened. But all in all, it was a very successful con. I got to meet some awesome people, make some promising contacts, and most importantly, get The Standard into the hands of a whole new bunch of readers. See you again next year, Kapow!
May 18, 2012
Today’s the day I head down to Kapow Con in London to sell and promote The Standard, and make the first steps towards getting this book in the hands of a wider British audience. As I prepare to participate in one of the biggest UK comic conventions, now is perhaps the best time to bring up this topic of discussion that’s been brewing in my head for a while.
You may have read of the great success being enjoyed by ComixTribe, publisher of The Standard. Their books have been selling well across a micro-distribution network of over 50 stores across the US and Canada, so much so that they have caught the attention of Diamond, and now Scam and The Red Ten are set to be made available to comic stores worldwide. The Standard is one of the next ComixTribe properties to be rolled out, hitting the American micro-distribution network in August. I’m really excited for The Standard to be finally debuting across America. But before that happens, what I’d really love to happen is for The Standard to debut across the UK.
The first three issues of the comic have done very well here in Glasgow, Scotland, and now I’m keen to spread it out wider. I’m a British comic fan myself, and so I would love for The Standard to be available in more British stores. I already have a distribution network in the form of ComixTribe affiliate ICG Publishing, who put out professional-quality work and ship anywhere in the world. All I need are retailers interested in participating. I want to roll out The Standard UK-wide, starting with a new edition of issue #1 in June.
And that’s where you come in.
Are you a British comic retailer who is open to stocking more independent comics? Contact me at email@example.com, and I’ll give you all the ordering information you need. Are you a British comic reader who would like to have The Standard stocked in your LCS? Contact your local comic retailer, tell them about The Standard, and have them contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be doing my bit to ramp up awareness of the series and give the hard sell to comic retailers across the country in the coming weeks, but while I do that, it would be very good to gauge interest and see if there’s any demand.
See you at Kapow Con!
March 30, 2012
It’s been a long time coming, but the time is nearly upon us! That’s right, The Standard #3 is complete, and has gone to the printers. I’m hoping to have it available in time for the Glasgow Comic & Toy Fair at the Queen Margaret Union on Saturday 7th April. So, if all goes to plan, that will be the third issue’s worldwide debut. Whatever happens, though, expect The Standard #3 to hit Forbideen Planet, A1 Comics and Plan B Books in Glasgow in early April.
For readers outside of Glasgow, I’m afraid the wait will be a little longer. ComixTribe has big news regarding the future of The Standard, which I hope to share with you all next week. But in preparation for that, we will be phasing out the comic’s availability via digital and print-on-demand formats. I apologise for any inconvenience, but keep your eyes on this site for iminent updates!
In the meantime, here is an exclusive preview of The Standard #3, written by me, drawn by Jonathan Rector, colored by Mike Gagnon, lettered by Kel Nuttall, edited by Steven Forbes, and published by ComixTribe:
February 17, 2012
It’s been a long time coming, I know, but the wait is almost over! The art is finished, and now the finishing touches are just being put on The Standard #3 before it’s ready to go on release. I’m expecting a release date of early March for the (hopefully!) much-anticipated third issue of the series, and once I have a confirmed date, I’ll share it on here, and you guys will be the first to know.
To celebrate the iminent arrival of The Standard #3, I’d like to debut the cover, as magnificently drawn by Jonathan Rector. The cover for The Standard #2 was recently put into the running for an Eagle Award, but dare I say it… this cover might just top it:
The Standard #3 is published by ComixTribe. The comic is written by me, John Lees, drawn by Jonathan Rector, colored by Mike Gagnon, lettered by Kel Nuttall and edited by Steven Forbes.