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From the Dust Comic Con Sep 5-7!

It's True! This year is the FIRST EVER Salt Lake City Comic Convention!

It's very timely for me for sure! I'm taking From the Dust there and hopefully we'll have a grand time!

Get your tickets and more info here.

Like it on Facebook here (also get entered to win free tickets).

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Go to http://saltlakecomiccon.com for more info!

AND PLAN ON BEING THERE! It's only $30 for a three day pass! That's crazy!

I will post more info on my location once I have it and definitely plan on me having some cool new stuff for From the Dust!

From the Dust Newsletter

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From the Dust Newsletter.

As we anticipate the *very* soon release of From the Dust #1, please consider signing up for our Newsletter. Here's what you get:

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Why is today a great day?

Also, when you sign up, you get a chance to tell us why today is a great day. Here are some responses from December!

"Because I'm a Mormon!!!"

-- Anthony

"Because I found you!!!! Love that you are helping bring truth back!"

-- April

"Christmas Eve:  The day before Christ was born."

-- Chris

"I got the Fan Kit for Christmas and loved it! Can't wait for From the Dust #1!"

-- Colby

"I've been looking for something like this."

-- David

"It's an awesome day - my leave started today."

-- Debbie

"God has given me comfort.  :D "

-- Debra

"This comic is going to be awesome!"

-- Dustin

"My 11 year thinks this is SO cool!  That's awesome!"

-- Honor

"It's a great day because it's stormy and windy outside and I have two days off work."

-- Inari

"My grandson will love this series of books!"

-- Jimmy

"Because I just found out about From The Dust!"

-- Kel

"To Day is a whole new beginning to a wonderful world of learning it's never to late for new thighs in life."

-- Luz

 (PS - Luz, I'm not sure where you got your new thighs...but I'm glad they are working out!)

Anyway, see you soon! My next post...I will be giving you the REAL release date! Yes...we're that close!!!

Release Delayed!!!

From the Dust #1 Release Delayed!

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the release has been delayed! Our original release date was today, but expect a delay of up to two weeks. We will post the new release as soon as we are able!

Why?!?

Great question! First, it's because the book has an additional 10 pages of content! It's now over 107 pages long! Second, it's because it's looking AMAZING! Jam-packed with very high quality artwork. Pictures truly are worth 1000 words...which makes From the Dust #1 worth something like 200,000+ words!

What this means for Christmas.

If you want From the Dust #1 as a Christmas present it means you will need to order it online or plan on picking it up the week before Christmas.

Donnie Morris of Confetti Antiques and Books can help you out with pre-orders and online orders. 801-798-0137

Here's a few spreads from the character section to tide you over during this short delay. The entire book looks like this! (Except for a sneak peek section that is in black and white.)

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Not long now! one week to go!

There's less than one week until the release of

From the Dust #1: Things to Come!

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This merchant from Arabia is but one example of From the Dust's unique scriptural world.

What is it?

From the Dust is a comic book series much like Spider-man or Batman, but instead of superheroes it tells the stories of prophets in the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon. See  www.bookofmormoncomic.com for more details.

Specs: 

  • 96-page full-color volume jam-packed with over 150 illustrations (over 100 in full-color!) 
  • Contains the 16-page full-color first chapter of the From the  Dust storyline!
  • Introduces readers to the new and exciting world of From the Dust, where readers can walk alongside prophets of old and understand more of what it was like to live in their ancient world
  • Quotes over 50 scriptures in its educational section and shows how they directly inspired the From the Dust storyline
  • Gives an overview of the world, empires, and nations of From the Dust (including maps!)
  • Introduces the main cast including Jeremiah, Lehi, Sariah, their family, and some evil kings and priests from the Old Testament that fought against them

Where to buy:

Smaller LDS retailers will carry From the Dust #1

starting early December and larger LDS retailers will follow (not yet certain when). We will have an updated list of retailers posted on

www.bookofmormoncomic.com 

How much does it cost? $14.99

When does the next one come out? 

From the Dust #2: Jerusalem's Darkest Hour, which will have over 30 pages of full-color story, will be released in the spring of 2013. To be the first to know about From the Dust product releases and promotions,

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What if I own From the Dust #0?

Owners of the Special Collector's Edition From the Dust #0: Things to Comewill find over 30 pages of all-new content in From the Dust #1, including an additional 7 pages of full-color story!

200 Likes on Facebook!

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200 Facebook likes!

Ever since From the Dust's first birthday bash, I haven't been pushing for "likes" on Facebook. But slowly and steadily we've been creeping toward 200 and now we did it! I was just logged on last night and I was like...who we are like just a few away...and now we're there! Thanks for your support!

In honor of the big 2-0-0 I decided to post this panel from From the Dust #1 that will be released later this month! The comic will have more than 50 full-color paintings in the story section with an additional 35 black-and-white storyboard panels in a sneak peek section.

This is Nebuchadrezzar, known as "Lord Drezzar" in From the Dust, about to oust the weakling Jeconiah (also called Jehoiachin in the Old Testament) from the throne of Judah.

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New www.bookofmormoncomic.com

New website!

A new website has launched with a new commercial! We've completely redesigned everything and have gone for a much simpler, much more professional look to the website. Let us know what you think!

New commercial!

 And don't forget to watch our commercials! Love you guys and thanks for supporting the project. My deepest gratitude to everyone who has ever said a kind word about the project or helped it in any way! Let's make this the big thing this Christmas season! I'm getting to work on a slew of 20-30 paintings to do in the next few weeks and then I send this baby to the printers!

Happy Holidays! And yes Halloween counts!

Click the image to visit the new website!

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ONLINE STORE CLOSING!!!

Online Store CLOSED!

 I'm pleased to announce the From the Dust Online Store is closed! I have a distributor. Future physical products will be sold at LDS retailers nationwide. We are still progressively breaking into retailers so I will update you weekly as to where From the Dust can be purchased. Currently it is at Confetti Antiques & Books and the BYU Bookstore. However, it should be everywhere by December 1st, 2012 (except for the big two, Deseret and Seagull as they are suuuuper slow -- we'll have to hit next year.)

Almost sold out!

We are almost sold out of our collector's comics (less than 100 left!) as well as our Fan Kits (about the same number). Get'em while they last! They'll be worth more than you paid by next year! Keep'em in good condition!

Sneak peek!

 In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at From the Dust's first non-promotional product (aka the new face of From the Dust!)

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From the Dust #1: Things to Come, coming Christmas 2012

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BOOKSIGNING @BYU bookstore

Evening with the Artist and Booksigning!

I will be at Confetti Antiques & Books next Friday, October 19  from 6pm - 8pm to show people a glimpse into the future of From the Dust, sign From the Dust collectibles, and give free drawing lessons to interested parties (perfect for kids!). I will also be available to provide free drawings either on your From the Dust merchandise or in your sketchbook. Gonna be a party! Come out and see me! I will have the iPad app available for interested parties.

From the Dust

in the BYU Bookstore!

Starting next week you can purchase From the Dust @ the BYU Bookstore. Look for it!

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Women in the Scriptures

First, watch this video.

I made it for my friends that I met at LDSBA Convention in August, Heather and Felice. It is the beginning of a new series of informational speed paintings! This one talks about the Rub al Khali, or Empty Quarter, one of the world's most deadly landscapes. Be sure to watch it in HD!

Now go to this website.   

Women in the Scriptures - From the Dust Giveaway

Now read the following:  

Special thanks to the women at Women in the Scriptures for putting together such a wonderful article together! If there's one thing I know, it's that women don't get enough credit in the scriptures. I made the following pieces of artwork for Women in the Scriptures. If you are a follower of theirs (and you should be!) you can use these for your blog buttons on the sidebar.

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The challenge is to read the Standard Works focusing on the women in them.

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This is a fun badge that Heather had on her website.  It's sized perfect for blog sidebars (200px wide).

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If you click on this it will be 2x the size of the others...use it for whatever you want!

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Sariah and the Rub al Khali, or Empty Quarter, one of the deadliest deserts in the world.

More artwork coming soon!

Start to Finish!

This digital realm is pretty intimidating. It has so much that you can do! The biggest step for me in the next few weeks and months will be getting acclimatized to producing videos, which is one of the iPad's greatest strengths. To start us off, remember this image from last week?

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Original concept, maybe 3 minutes of quick sketching. I finished it. You can watch the vid, too! I got some freelance work for the next few weeks, and even though From the Dust has been doing fine financially you can never have too much money! One thing I've learned is that when you are starting out you always take the good opportunities that present themselves to you!

Have fun, y'all! I will try to post another video next week!

Final image: about 5-6 hours.

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For those interested, this is a cobra that these archers are riding. The smaller, less athletic Chaldean on top is the driver/reloader for the archer, who obviously gets the best vantage point. Mounted archers are some of ancient warfare's most deadly warriors.

The Babylonian Empire stretched into Persia and across Mespotamia (and ultimately into Egypt as well.) Cobras were a regular danger of the peoples of these lands.

Detours and Course Corrections

Two weeks ago I announced the website's comic story would be updating once a week in countdown for the next comic. However, a lot has happened including the LDSBA Conference, and I'm taking Spider Comics' business model a very different direction -- From the Dust is taking leaps and bounds towards the digital realm, in particular, the iPad. While we will always be publishing print comics, the future of the print industry is tablet devices and their multimedia capabilities.

Any wise business owner will know that when you create a new product you have to craft that product for its distribution medium -- in the last 4 months I've created a beautiful print comic that is being enjoyed by many, but now I'm having to re-envision the entire thing for the iPad.

So far a few of the aspects that the iPad allows me to do:

  • have large introductory material and "extras" sections
  • not have to worry too much about page counts
  • I can now do videos and music
  • all the imagery can be interactive
  • I can now deliver my product to a much broader audience

I think this digital route will be the way to go for

From the Dust

. It really helps to sell that From the Dust is more like a TV series than a graphic novel.

Just know I'm hard at work making the next big thing! All this is to say we will be holding of on the Tuesday story updates. I'll update the website soon to reflect this -- in the meantime, thanks for your patience as I get

From the Dust off the ground and flying! Lastly, I don't want to leave you hanging with no new artwork! From the Dust will shortly be going to war. Here's a sneak peak at some of the Babylonian armies. Keep in mind that Babylon was a plains city, and Ur (of the Chaldees, this is where Abraham was from) was a swampland/delta city kind of like Egypt, but over in Persia. Yep...Abraham was Persian, y'all! Surprise! Anyway all that happened many thousands of years prior to the time of Jeremiah, but these landscapes are what sculpt the peoples of the of the areas. I've also been researching war tactics so that the armies reflect the actual war tactics of the Babylonians.

Keep in mind these are just quick thumbnail sketches. Most of my art starts in the black-and-white stage.

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A Serendipitous Convention

This video tells the story better than I can. It was recorded last Wednesday. The “Al” mentioned in the video is both my neighbor and my surrogate grandfather. He’s a businessman at heart and helps me stay on top of the business side of things.

I had no idea the conference even existed last Wednesday morning, and by Thursday morning I had a booth with a sweet setup and a new video. Needless to say I didn’t sleep much. At all, really. The booths typically cost $400. Dot’s husband, George, while musing to me while Dot did some paperwork for me, said, “This doesn’t usually happen. You must have a product that somebody really wants out there.”

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From the Dust booth on Wednesday afternoon.

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From the Dust booth on Thursday morning at the start of the convention.

I had many wonderfully fortuitous experiences at the LDSBA (Latter-day Saint Booksellers Association) Convention, the highlight of which is an appointment to present From the Dust to the leaders of Deseret Book in a few weeks. I made a ton of other friends, many of whom you will meet in the coming weeks as we partner to help get From the Dust into the hands of Latter-day Saints worldwide. And here's the intro video I made Wednesday night.

Just go to www.bookofmormoncomic.com to see it in action!

Grand Opening Sale! Fan Kits Only $24.99!!

Huge Sale! To celebrate the Grand Opening of From the Dust's Online Store (and website) we're putting the Fan Kits on Sale! Only $24.99 and you get all of our products in one neat package. It's the perfect gift for anyone that loves comics, games, or the scriptures.

I know it might seem like I've been launching for awhile now, but that's how it goes when you're the only one doing all the work. However, finally I can say that From the Dust, with its parent company Spider Comics, has launched!

To celebrate, we're taking a new and very aggressive price stance. I've dropped the retail price on all my products substantially  so that even the most modest of incomes will be able to afford From the Dust products. I also want our readers to know that we are absolutely committed to making our pricing as low as possible and to giving you the best possible value for your money. I hope when you look at our new prices and read our comics that you'll agree it's a steal!

In addition I'll be giving away a FREE "Hope Whispers" poster to EVERYONE that purchases a From the Dust product (limit one per person).

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Let's throw ourselves a party this August!