Thank You For Sticking With Us: We’re Back!

Hello, it’s been too, too long! Thank you for checking out our latest update after a lengthy period of quiet. The reason for the quiet is, both Delia and I, have been dealing with a few very personal setbacks. Due to those obstacles, our plans, con appearances, and work on the book had to be put on pause. And it’s a much longer pause than either of us would’ve liked. We’ve been eager to update everyone on the progress of the future issues, and at last we feel we can present everyone with some concrete updates.

As we finish The Case of the Mysterious Zita Makara, Delia will be taking a step back as the lead artist on the arc. She’ll be doing a few pages in issue 5, and will be rounding out issue 6 with The Epilogue. She will also continue on as letterer for the next two issues. In our next update, we hope to give you a few more details on what caused the great pause on the series, and our future plans for Dash.  

Taking the reins for Delia on the bulk of the next two issues, will be artist Vincente Rico. Delia and I are excited about his take on Dash and the world we’ve created. The pages he’s kicked out already have been incredible. Vincente  was the artist on Fake Empire with writer Eric Palicki from Darby Pop Publishing. Check out more of his stuff here. Vincente is currently inking issue 5 and our goal is for both issue 5 and 6 to hit the stands this fall. This is just a small taste of his work on the final act of The Case of the Mysterious Makara!

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Also coming in the near future, is a standalone Dash issue titled The Case of the Man Behind The Mask. Artist Sean Von Gormon and I have been working on this for a while, and we’re happy to be able to finally announce it. If you aren’t familiar with Sean’s work take a look here! In this one shot issue, Dash takes a case where he goes undercover in Hollywood to get the skinny on one of Tinseltown’s biggest stars. But will he be willing to climb over a few skeletons in his past to get the truth?

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Dash: The Case of the Man Behind The Mask will be available this year as an exclusive digital issue from Northwest Press. It will be included in print in the upcoming Dash collection, along with The Case of The Mysterious Zita Makara, and two brand new short stories that we can’t talk about, just yet.

Lastly we just wanted to thank you for the emails, Twitter comments, Facebook messages, and some good natured harassment about where we’ve been. Dash is coming back in 2017, and we can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store!

– Dave

 

 

2016 Update

It’s been a while since we updated, we were going to start this blog update with “Happy New Year!” but by golly, seems January is almost gone!

First off, we want to thank everyone for sticking with Dash, and for the continued positive feedback we’ve received on the book. We had originally planned for the book to be released a heck of a lot more timely than it has been. There’ve been a lot of factors contributing to the delays, some in our control, some completely out of control. Thank you for sticking with us, and a big thank you to those who contributed to the Northwest Kickstarter campaign this past fall that ensured issue 4’s arrival.

Going forward, 2016 is shaping up to be a busy year for us. Our goal is to turn issue 5 into Northwest Press mid-March, with a late Spring release. By June our aim is for Northwest Press to have issue 6, so ideally people will have it in hand by San Diego Comic Con.

After that we’ll be putting all our efforts into the Trade, which will include brand new stories with some fantastic guest artists, new and updated pages from the original arc, along with issues 1-6.

The next two issues will be a few pages longer than the previous issues, which gives us a little extra room for some fun stuff, including pinups from some fantastic guest artists.

Issue 5 is underway–here’s a pic of the issue 5 script edits and thumbnails in progress.

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Charlie likes to assist.

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In the “things we haven’t mentioned” department, Issue 4 is out and Jordan Cruz of The Pulp, Foxy Jazzabelle of Black Girl NerdsLeander Lacy of Capes and Scowls, and Andrea Speed of cXpulp had some things to say about it.

Don’t forget, if you can’t find issue 4 in your local comic shop you can order it directly from Northwest Press. And digitally from Comixology, Google Play, Gumroad, and iBooks.

Dave had a great time talking to the fine gentlemen from both Comic Book Bears and from Pop Addled  podcasts this fall.

Finally, Dash earned a spot on Pipedream Comics top Comixology Submit titles of 2015.

Thank you all, once again, for the continued support, stick around as we wrap up The Case of the Mysterious Zita Makara!

 

 

Happy Corporate Holiday !

Whether your celebrating with a loved one or not participating in the Hallmark holiday, Happy Valentines Day!

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Be on the lookout for this print by Delia at the cons we’re appearing at this year! (You can check them out in our appearances page.) Also our publisher Northwest Press is having a sale that ends today, type in “i_love_comics” to get 30% off HERE!

RE-SOLICITING

Hey everybody, we hope you’re all well. We’ve gotten quite a few inquiries about DASH 3 and some concerns about the comic’s future. So here’s the skinny: DASH is continuing!

We’re still on Northwest Press. But we’ll be moving forward as a bi-monthly series. In March, Issue 3 will be re-solicited to hit the stores in May. In May, Issue 4 will be re-solicited to hit the stores in July, and so on and so forth. At the moment, a bi-monthly schedule is the most optimal for us to make sure we put out the best comic that we possibly can.

Now, on the comic’s “off” months we have something planned to fill in the gaps, but we can’t tell you about it quite yet. If you attended our launch party back in October though, you’ll have a pretty good idea what’s in the works!

We’ve heard from quite a few people having frustrations with their shops being unable to order DASH Issues 1 & 2 through Diamond. We are equally as frustrated; however, always remember that you (and your shop) can order directly from Northwest Press anytime, you can do that RIGHT HERE.

And lastly, from both of us…thank you! Thank you for reading, thank you for caring, and most of all, thank you for reaching out and asking. In indie comics it’s easy to doubt if anyone’s really out there enjoying what you make, so hearing from you through email, Facebook, Twitter, and in person really makes it all worthwhile.

We’ve just scratched the surface of the world we’re building, and Issue 3 ramps it all up. Thank you for taking the ride with us!

And now, in appreciation of your patience, here is the first page of Issue 3:

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New Year New Pin Up!

Happy New Year everybody !

2015 is looking like it will be our busiest year yet. Issue 3 will be out soon and issue 4 is well underway.

If you are in the Portland area this week (Jan 23-25) be sure to stop by Portland Comic Con Table D-56 and say hi to Delia. She’ll be selling and signing issues of Dash, her non Dash work and some Dash pin ups, including this one!

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We’ll have lots more coming up soon!

-Dave

 

 

Issue 2 and a peek at 3

Hey everyone, thank you so much for your kind words on issue 2! We know it came out a little more sporadically than issue 1, but we’re hoping the twists it added to the story were worth the wait.

We want to thank Greg McElhatton at CBR for giving issue 2 such a good review Also Brad Gischia of Bagged and Bored did a review of both issues 1 & 2. Also much thanks to Andrea Speed at Cxpulp for giving us another positive review!

Some have let us know they are having a hard time getting their LCS to order Dash. First thank you for letting us know about the problem, we’re a bit frustrated by it as well. Please remember even though we are distributed by Diamond you can also get issue 1 & 2 directly from our publisher Northwest Press, both physically and digitally. Also issue 2 will be on Comixology this Wednesday (12/31/14), so keep your eye out!

Speaking of Comixology, they’re having a great sale featuring a lot of great Northwest Press titles, including Dash issue 1, so keep a look out for that as well.

We want to thank everyone for supporting Dash this year, from reading our comic, to reading our very sporadic blog (it’s honestly one of our New Years resolutions!) From coming out to the launch party, to retweeting, sharing, and spreading the word, thank you. We promise we have much more coming your way this year!

As a thank you here is a B&W preview page from issue 3…….

Dash Comic Launch Party

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In a week from today Dash issue 1 will be out and available in shops and online! It almost seems unreal that Delia and I have been working on this comic for two years now and it’s finally happening. So lets party!

 

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We’ve mentioned that we’re having a launch party for the series before, but here is all the nitty gritty info.

WHERE: The Red Room in The Society Hill Playhouse (507 S 8th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147)

WHEN: Saturday October 4th

WHAT TIME: Doors open at 7pm!

WHAT THE HECK IS HAPPENING:

Doors open at 7pm with live music featuring the singer Deborah Billups and a 3 piece combo of Chris Tolomeo, Jay Ronca, and Steve Bickell.

At 8 pm a live 1940s style radio play of the first issue of Dash starring Peter Zielinski, Sara Luciano, Christopher Tolomeo, Shanna Massad, Jay Mazzola, Cathy Gibbons Mostek, and Rich Lee.

Afterwards we’re going to throw on some big band music and have a 1940’s with a dance party!

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $15.00 which includes a free drink and a copy of Dash 1 signed by Delia and myself.

WHAT DO I WEAR: While it is not mandatory at all, we’re encouraging everyone to come dressed as you would if you were to going to a dance party in the 1940s.

WHERE DO I GET TICKETS: You can buy tickets at the door the night of the event or you can get tickets ahead of time http://dashlaunchparty.brownpapertickets.com/

We’re both looking forward to launching this series in style with everyone!

-Dave

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Our Team Dash pics were done by my sister Meagan Ebersole who is an amazing photographer, check out her photography studio ME Photo & Design

This train is moving (it’s not really a train it’s a comic)

Summer has pretty much come and gone and like most summers, for me at least, it has gone by way too quickly. Somehow though there’s a small, a very very very small part of me that’s relieved it is over. Any one else feel the same way? Delia is knee deep into making issue 2 awesome. It’s kind of surreal to think that the script for it is two years old; Delia’s thumbnails for it are almost as old. Issue 1 has been done for a while now and as much as we love the work we’ve done on it, it feels like we’ve been picking and chipping at it forever. Now that we’re really getting into issue 2 it feels like this train is moving! (Sorry to disappoint, there are no trains here, only comics.)

Speaking of issue 1 it hits the stands on September 24th, so if you asked your local comic store for it, that is the day to go pick it up (and while you’re at it browse around and pick up some other great books too.) However if you are the type who doesn’t like leaving the house because it means putting on pants, and if you are you are my people, we have some good news to report: Dash will be on Comixology! It looks like it it will be available day and date of the print release, so if your preferred reading method is digital you can get us there as well.

As a digital freebie if you want an 8 page preview of Issue 1, our awesome publisher Norwest Press has it up on their website, check that out here!
In the “it’s nice when people say nice things department” we’ve gotten another very nice advance review of issue 1 from Andrea Speed that was featured on the cxPulp website. You can read the review here and check out more from Andrea at her website here.

Other than working on issue 2, I’m currently adapting issue 1 into a live radio play that will be performed at our Dash Comic Launch Party in Philadelphia on October 4th in the Red Room at The Society Hill Playhouse. If you are in the Philadelphia area the first weekend of October please stop on by. A huge blog post about the party, the radio play, and how to get a signed copy of Dash 1 for free coming next!

And with all this talk of Issue 1 and Issue 2, the cover for Issue 3 is out and about now, and I love what Delia has captured with it. Below is the penciled version, to check out the full color version of it on Previews World here

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Lastly we’d love to hear your thoughts on Dash, feel free to email us at teamdashcomic@gmail.com

Lots more coming up, stay tuned!

-Dave

 

Late Night (early morning) catch up: First Review, Press, Issue 2, and more!

Why is it when you have to be up early you can’t ever get to sleep? Actually with me I can always get to sleep but I wake up about an hour later and just toss and turn, fooling myself that I can make it back to sleep, while checking my phone every few minutes as if something’s going to change. Tonight I figured instead doing that I’d be more productive and write this long overdue blog. As always there’s a lot to catch up on.

 

A few weeks ago Delia came down to Philly and we spent a very productive weekend together. We had a fantastic photo shoot, and spent most of Saturday afternoon filming the first few bits for our upcoming short videos we’ll be releasing on our Youtube page with each issue. Make sure you subscribe to our channel not to miss them. In the next few weeks we’ll be putting a playlist up of videos and clips from stuff that has inspired us as we’ve been making the comic.

 

We had our first review for issue 1 come out on Comics Worth Reading written by Johanna Draper Carlson, which you can read here. It’s always nice when people say nice things, but it’s even nicer when nice people say nice things. Be sure to give her a follow on the Twitter machine @johannadc

 

Josh Middleton of G Philly, a section of phillymag.com, gave us a nice write up on Dash, which you can read here, and officially announced the launch party we’ve been planning for the comic in Philly at The Red Room in The Society Hill Playhouse. We’ll be posting a lot more info about it but for now if you are close to Philly keep the evening of Saturday October 4th open! Also give Josh @justjoshfunk1 AND G Philly @G_Philly a follow on the Twitter machine

 

Issue 2 has been in Previews for a bit. I love this cover so much Delia gifted me the pencils to it. Here is the final version of it.

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The issue it self picks up pretty quickly from the major event that happens at the end of issue 1. It gives a small idea of who Dash is, who he was, and the direction we’re headed with this arc and for future arcs as well. We’ll talk more about it when it gets closer, but for now I hope you enjoy the cover for it as much as I do. Feel free to tell your LCS you want it and to make life easier on them you can tell them the Previews code is AUG1567.

 

And finally we wanted to report that the preorders on issue 1 have exceeded expectations! We can’t tell you how much that means and how it inspires us to try and make the best comic we can. We really want to thank everyone who told their LCS they wanted Dash. If you read issue 1 and you want to give us your thoughts on it please feel free to contact us here, on the Twitter machine, or send us an old fashioned email. We’d also like to thank the shops who took a chance on an unknown team with a new comic. If you are a retailer who is carrying Dash in your shops please let us know if there is anyway we can help you out by giving you a mention on this blog, signing books, or anything. Our email address is teamdashcomic@gmail.com, send us a message, we’d love to here from you!

 

Well my alarm is going off, looks like I need to get up, thank you for reading, way more to come soon!

 

-Dave