Sunday, March 18, 2012

On the Move!

Hey there sports fans, Al here with the latest: 
  This will be a short and sweet blog this time around.  As I had mentioned before the the business of Black Box is moving so with that taking place the updates wont be taking place for about the next two weeks from now.  
This is DEFINITELY NOT like loosing the laptop computer about a month ago I can honestly tell you.  Way different situation  going on here with Black Box. 
Now what might not be known to several of you faithful readers of this blog and the many readers of my emails that are sent out is this, many small time self publishers have a regular 9 to 5 day job.
I know that might surprise you but "How can you call yourself a publisher if you have a regular job?"  That's a easy answer, the economy and the internet.  Everybody that has a home computer or even a smartphone can set up online publishing fairly easy but that's the trick because it's so low in cost has made very attractive to people.  The other part of this penny dreadful is the economy.  I'm not going to stand here on the soap box and complain about the workings of the world but it is the world we live in and lack of people with money to buy entertainment with less and less money makes it hard everyday.     Even slightly bigger independent companies like Top Shelf Comics or Oni Press, the owners (I know at least one of the two these companies do this is a fact) work day jobs to support their passion for the illustrative narrative.  Black Box Visual Arts is no different.   But with a change of venue for the business that takes place at the same time as E.C.C.C. this year moving becomes even more dire.  So making the move early will making my coming back to work on the art that much easier in early April.
  Now there are a few books I want to work on such as adapting the first Corpse Cop story to scratchboard and a new work which I talked about in the old blog called "Arctic Wolf ".
"WHAT!?" Corrax the Seeker 2012
copyright Alan Bennett and BBVA

  Also a potential one issue book featuring everybodies favorite birdman- Corvis Corrax!  I know a few people waiting this one. Johnny Vega's sidekick has always had a interest with people.  That why I will be looking at developing a single project with him in it.  That should be a lot of fun which comics should be.  There has been for over the last 20 years of making characters super serious and more "realistic"  I call bs on that.  
  My friend Jason of NEOtrash Comix have often times when traveling to a show together or just sitting around his apartment   the reason we got into reading comics.  The fun of it!  Perhaps I am still being naive about producing comics but it is that naivety that makes the images so cool.
CTS "INTO THE FRAY" 2012 copyright Alan Bennett and BBVA
  I will return with Black Box Visual Arts in about two weeks with news of the Emerald City ComiCon 2012 along with images and possible video as well.   

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