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!

 

 

Pulp Cultured

Pulp Cultured is an up and coming website featuring all things awesome, including a tremendous support of indie comics.

Recently they interviewed Dave, which you can check out here.

Also check out their reviews of issue 1 here and issue 3 here.

This site is run by good people with great taste. Keep an eye on them!

Issue 3 Is Out!

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Issue 3 is out! Check out what Andrea Speed of cxPulp calls “Wildly entertaining.”

If you can’t find issue 3 at your local comic book shop you can order it from directly Northwest Press for both digital and print copies, or Gumroad, and Comixology for digital releases.

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We also want to thank Comixology for making us their featured creator submit comic this past Wednesday!

If you do the Facebook we have a Dash page on there. If you’d give us a “like” we’d be very grateful.

Also if you click on The Comic page you’ll find what the cover for issue 6 looks like and preview page for issue 4.

As always if you’re liking the book, or heck even if you aren’t liking it so much, we’d love to hear from you, so drop us a line at teamdashcomic@gmail.com

REVIEW: Dash: The Case of the Mysterious Zita Makara #1 and #2

Thank you Brad and Bag & Bored for such a well written review of both issues 1 and 2 !

BAG & BORED

(Northwest Press, 2014)

Writer – Dave Ebersole
Cover, Interior Art, Colors, Letters – Delia Gable
Color Flats by Josh Lester

There’s a stifling office, a lazily spinning ceiling fan, the camera angle is near said fan, its blades cutting through the shot.  A man sits at his desk, fedora tilted back on his head, a cigarette hanging from his bottom lip as he touches the buzzer on his desk, “Let her in…”

If you’ve read any detective fiction, seen a film in the last eighty years, this scene is familiar to the point of cliché. Everyone knows what “should” be in a detective story if it is to fit in the genre.  And, for the first ten pages of Dash: The Case of the Mysterious Zita Makara, you think it’s another detective story, one with all of the earmarks you’d expect from someone who obviously loves the genre.  There’s the setting.  

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DASH ISSUE 2 IS OUT!

Great guns! I can’t believe it’s been so long since we’ve updated! So much has happened since Dash 1 has come out. I always say I’m going to try and keep this blog way more up to date than I have been, it’s an early New Years resolution.

In future posts l’ll update about our fantastic launch party we had in October, the con appearances Delia and I both made, more sneak peaks, and more exclusives.

But the biggest news at hand is Dash issue 2 is out.

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We had some unfortunate delays that were both out of our hands and our publishers. Thank you for sticking with the comic and waiting patiently …. or impatiently in one case! We’re hoping you like issue 2 even better than issue 1 as it ratchets up the action and dives deeper into Dash’s history. By the last page I think you’ll get a little clearer picture of where The Case of the Mysterious Zita Makara is going.

We want to thank David Charles Bitterbaum over at The Newest Rant for giving issue 2 a nice 4.5 out of 5 review which you can read here. And make sure you check out his blog often!

We have a new section on the blog called The Comic, be sure to check it out to get exclusive preview pages of the released issues, and the covers that have been released thus far. Also there you can find links where you can order Dash online, either Gumroad, Comixology, or direct from our publisher Northwest Press. Speaking of Northwest Press they are having a fantastic holiday sale. 40% off when you spend $20! That’s a great deal.

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You can also get Dash in select comic shops all across the country. If your comic shop isn’t carrying Dash please ask them to order it. If you are looking for back issues of Dash you can also ask your LCS to do reorder or they can order direct from Northwest Press.The latest issue up for order is Issue 5 (see the synopsis in the The Comic section.) The Diamond order code number for issue 5 is DEC14 1585. Speaking of issue 5 here is an exclusive first look at the cover for it!

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Lastly we want to thank all the readers and retailers that have taken a chance on our comic. We promise we have lots more in store for you, our goal is to always put the best we can into every issue. If you’ve been reading please let us know what you think by emailing teamdashcomic@gmail.com. If you’d like feel free to ask questions and (with your permission) we’ll print some of the emails here and answer them.

I got some writing to get done tonight, so I’ll wrap this up, and like I said I’ll try to keep this updated more often than not.

Dave

DASH ISSUE 1 IS OUT!

DASH issue 1 is officially out! We’re so excited to finally share the entire issue with you!

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Here is how you can get it:

Direct from our awesome publisher Northwest Press, you can order a hard copy or digital. (They are having a 25% off everything sale that goes on until September 30th, so go shopping here and then type in coupon code: “pumpkin_spice” when you check out to get the deal!)

On Comixology right here.

In select comic shops all over. If your shop is carrying Dash please let us know, we would love to help them out however we can. If your shop is not carrying Dash well tell them you want them to be carrying it, we’re in the Diamond Previews catalogue every month!

We also want to thank Dustin Cabeal of Comic Bastards for the 5 out  5 review he gave issue 1. You can read the review here.

We’d also like to thank Jen ‘Miss J’ Aprahamian of Comic Vine for the positive and constructive review she gave issue 1. You can read that here.

Don’t forget we’re throwing a launch party in Philadelphia for Dash on October 4th, you can get tickets for that here.

Finally the multi-talented Rich Lee put together another video of Delia and myself talking about issue 1. If all goes well we’ll be doing one for every issue.

 

 

Now that issue 1 is out we can talk a bit more about our process for the first issue as well as show you some preview art of issue 2, and maybe, just maybe, tear Delia away from working on the next issue to post. No promises. So stay tuned, The Case of The Mysterious Zita Makara has just started!

-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