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Kids Picked PIX at the 2018 Kids’ Comics Awards!

PIX: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL won TWO Kids’ Comics Awards At the 2018 Ann Arbor Comics Festival (A2CAF)!

PIX won in two categories, “Favorite Author” and “Be Cool, Stay in School” (featuring books taking place in/at school).

Kids and teens voted (both online and at A2CAF) for the winners, and I was thrilled to be there to accept the awards.

The awards themselves are super-awesome Lego mini-figs (see photo above – also pictured is SPONGEBOB COMICS, which I also worked on – and also won an award).
(here’s me, accepting one of my Kids’ Comics Awards – you can watch the whole KCA ceremony here)
Thank you to everyone who voted. Now I can call it the Award-Winning PIX: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL by Award-Winning Gregg Schigiel!
Woo hoo!!!

Kids’ Comics Award Nominations for PIX!

PIX, Vol. 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL has been nominated in TWO categories in the Kids’ Comics Awards!

The categories are:

“Favorite Author” and “Be Cool, Stay in School” (for books taking place at school)

I’m honored that PIX got those nominations and gratified to be in the company of the other nominees.

While nominations are open to all and a selection committee of determines the final ballot, KIDS (and teens) vote on the winner. So if you’re a kid or teen or the parent, step-parent, half-parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, teacher, counselor, coach, babysitter, nanny/manny, etc. to an awesome kid or teen who likes PIX, please get the votes out for PIX!

You can vote via the link below:

KID’S COMICS AWARD BALLOT

Voting is open until June 16th. Winners will be announced on June 17th at A2CAF in Ann Arbor, MI. I’ll be there, so hopefully I can walk away victorious! Thanks so much for your support!!!

The Pix Summer Scavenger Hunt – Answers Revealed!

The Pix Super Summer Scavenger Hunt began on August 1, 2017. Readers were asked to explore the art and dialogue in PIX, Vol 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL and find as many of the intentional references/Easter eggs on the provided entry form (shown below) as they could, with a deadline of Friday, September 15, 2017.

With that deadline passed and the hunt concluded, it’s time to reveal the answers, so…let’s go!

Announcing: The Pix 2 Super Summer Scavenger Hunt!

Throughout PIX, Vol. 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL, there are references and “Easter eggs” to all kind of stuff – other comics, books, movies, music, podcasts – and now’s your chance to call them out to win a piece of original art by me by entering the scavenger hunt!

Get a list of items to look for, an entry form and more details here.

The scavenger hunt starts on August 1, 2017 and runs through September 15, 2017.

PixPlus…Graphic Novel Girls!

A couple years back I did a series of #PixPlus drawings in the run-up to the initial self-published release of PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND.

For this year’s ALA (American Library Association) Annual conference, I debuted this image, Pix plus a bevy of “Graphic Novel Girls” as an 11×17 print/poster. I wanted to share it here for everyone who couldn’t make it to ALA 2017 in Chicago:

And if you’re wondering who everyone is, here’s a handy-dandy guide:

Want a copy of the poster for your library, school or home? Now you can order it from the PixComic.com store!

Previewing PIX Vol. 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL!

You can now read the entire first chapter of PIX Vol. 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL (available May 3, 2017, in better comic shops everywhere)!

But while you wait until May, you can read 28 pages for free! And when you do, remember the book is currently available for pre-order from your local comic shop (tell them it’s Diamond Item #MAR170830), your local independent bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

Click here, or on the image below to see the preview!

 

Image Picks PIX!

In my last post I proudly announced the title for the second PIX book (Too Super for School) and showed the cover (in black and white, at least). I also said I was shooting for a March 2017 release. Well, boy have things changed since September!

A lot goes in to self-publishing a graphic novel. There’s not just the time to write, draw, design, etc, but there’s printing, promoting, sales, etc. It’s a lot. And self-publishing is just that, myself. Not long after posting that last update, I started getting printing quotes and looking ahead at all the stuff that’s not just making the book. At 200 pages, this new book would cost more to print (more pages cost more money) and ship (more pages make the books heavier meaning shipping goes up)…and it got me thinking a lot of things. Would I try to crowdfund to help raise money? Would I take from my savings more than I already have?

Someone pointed out how Image Comics had done well by their kids comics more recently. I know people at Image, several of them were super-helpful when I self-published One Weirdest Weekend. The more I thought about it, and talked to people about it, the more it made sense. So…I approached Image Comics, showed them what I had, and before too long they said, yes, they’d publish PIX!

It’s kind of awesome.

The plan, then, was for Image to do a new version of book one, for February of 2017, and then publish book two in May. But they wanted new covers, and I asked for some extra pages in book one (a little more breathing room for the title page, masthead, etc), so suddenly I had to create new covers, which…takes some time.

But it got done. The new cover for PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND, looks like this:

And it’s available for pre-order now, either through your local comic shop (using Diamond Code DEC160764) or ANYWHERE books are sold: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores…so if you don’t already have a copy, or want the new cover (and the extra pages inside – some early design sketches and color tests for Pix’s costume and a two-page bonus story), that’s how you get it!

And what about the original first edition? I still have copies, and they’re still available via the Pix store. Enter code “300” at checkout for a serious discount (on the paperback only, not on any of the digital edition or combo packs)…for a limited time (I feel like I’m competing with myself – because while having Image as my new publisher is great and takes a huge financial burden off my immediate shoulders, I still don’t make a dime until Image covers their cost, so…I’ve still gotta sell books!).

Looks like Pix book 2 is also up on Amazon, but it’s not the right/final cover, so…I won’t point to it just yet.

But that’s the big news. Hoping to share the NEW cover to book two sooner than later.

Pix Book 2 – Title and Cover Announcement!

It’s been a busy summer as I’ve been working hard on the follow-up book to PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND. Subscribers to my monthly email newsletter have been getting regular updates (subscribe via the form on the right!), but today’s newsletter featured an update that needed a full court press. PIX book 2 has an official title…

PIX: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL

But wait, there’s more! I also have cover art to share. I’m still finalizing the colors, but in the meantime, the line art for the new book is going to look like this…but in color:

PIX02_Cover_B&W

Looking to have this book out in the spring of 2017 (shooting for March), but once I have an official date, I’ll make sure to post that, too.

 

But in the meantime, spread the word far and wide! The more people know about Pix the better!!!