Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Taking it to the Next Level

It's now official...

Literary agency and author management company, D.C. Jacobson, (DCJA),has just come on board to help represent my work and take it to the next level of exposure (so to speak).

According to DCJA president Don Jacobson, “We are very pleased to partner with Robert, who’s proven to be one of the preeminent Christian graphic novelists in the U.S. D.C. Jacobson & Associates is always looking to innovate, and we see in the rising popularity of graphic novels and manga an opportunity to bring faith-based perspectives to this often dark genre. Robert possesses a strong combination of both story-telling and artistic skills.”

Personally, I see this as a huge step toward making Eye Witness available to lovers of comics and graphic novels not only in this country, but internationally and I see a partnership with a company like DCJA as crucial in moving in that direction, as well as bringing some of my other faith-based projects to life. Granted I've did pretty well the the limited resources available to me, but to take Eye Witness to where I envision it going, a larger, better capitalized and connected publisher needs to get involved. One day I hope to see versions of Eye Witness circulating the globe as well as seeing it developed into a big-screen epic. For these type of things it's clear I need help from the pro's and with this partnership with DCJA, I now have that.

After completing the final book in the Eye Witness series this spring, I will undertake a nationwide promotional tour beginning in the summer of 2010 and then begin work on the Eye Witness omnibus edition…which will collect all the stories presented in all four of the volumes plus an additional 30 pages of unpublished material.

To date, the Eye Witness series has been awarded: A Silver Medal at the 2007 Independent Publisher Awards; best graphic novel at the 2007 Hollywood Book Festival; best graphic novel in the USA Book News, Best Books Award in 2009; and have been a finalist in the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards, in both 2007 and 2009.

D.C. Jacobson & Associates is an innovative author management company specializing in literary representation for Christian communicators. The agency was founded by Don Jacobson, former owner of Multnomah Publishers, who published 1,000+ books including numerous bestsellers and award winners. DCJA engages in partnerships to produce and promote messages that renew church and redeem culture for Jesus Christ. To learn more about them, or to inquire about licensing Eye Witness, visit them at: http://www.dcjacobson.com/.”

Robert Luedke

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I Got the Comic-Con Blues!


Those of you out there who have previously exhibited at, or thought about exhibiting this year at Comic Con International at San Diego (July 2010). The small press deadline for applications were in late Oct.. The deadline for artist alley was in September. And to top it off...they've already had their hotel reservations for exhibitors! All exhibit space is already sold out!

I have traditionally sent in my application anywhere from December to Feb. 1st as the deadline for small press has always been sometime in March to April. But not only did they move it up by 6 months, they did not even have the courtesy to even send out an postcard, or even an email to previous exhibitors alerting them to this change!

What is really annoying is that when you talk to them on the phone about this, they know they've got you "by the short hairs" since they have what everybody wants....and they are incredibly smug. When I told them, it would have been nice if they would have let previous exhibitors know about these dramatic changes in deadline, the response was...we told all exhibitors last year at the con about the changes (which I wasn't one of because of how they screwed up the hotels for small press in 2009) and it was posted on the website. End of story.

Anyway, if you'd like to roll the dice you can send in your small press, artist alley or comic-con table request and be put on the waiting list (don't have to send any money till they pick you...if they pick you). Good luck with that. And, then you can try to secure a room (battling against the 100,000 other people in attendance) when the CCI room reservations open on March 18th ...even better luck with that!

For someone like me traveling in from out of state, one without the other just doesn't work.

So for the second year in a row, I may be shut out of CCI after 8 years of exhibiting. But the good news is, I'm going to be going to almost every corner of this country in 2010 promoting Unknown God and I guess I'll just have to add the Long Beach Comic Con to the list to make up for CCI!

R.J. Luedke

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Start A New Christmas Tradition

Every since my children become of age to understand the true meaning of Christmas, I've shared with them something that has become a personal tradition for me each holiday season and that is I strive to go out of my way to help someone each and every day.

Helping someone can be pretty widely interpreted and that's what makes this not only fun and creative but also very satisfying....since it brings us closer to how the Lord commanded us to treat our fellow man.

It could be as simple as stopping and keeping a door open for a mother and her children. It could be pulling over to help someone with car trouble (even though you're in a hurry...and aren't we always in a hurry?), or going to walmart and buying a case of blankets and giving them out to homeless people in your community you run across.

You get the idea here...it can be as little or as big as you want to make it. But once you start doing this, a couple things are going to happen:

1. You are going to make a number of people very surprised and happy as they are going to receive something from someone they've never met (re: being a good Samaritan).
2. You are going to be amazed how your internal radar will begin actively looking for people in need, while most times we walk through life looking to avoid conflicts or people that will slow up down in our daily rat race.
3. You are going to feel fantastic! Since we are internally hot wired to be loving and compassionate to those in need, you will find that living life like we were meant to live, brings an incredible and largely indescribable feeling of joy. And besides that of course, the Bible tells us that we will be storing up treasure in heaven.

So start this new tradition on December 14th, with our new "Twelve Days of Christmas", where each day comes with a your gift of a good deed or helping hand given to someone in need. Keep track of them, write them down (in your journal or on your blog, facebook etc....), make it a contest with you kids, your office-mates, your homegroup or ministry.

But a warning.... one other benefit to doing this is, that you'll want to do it more, not just during the Christmas holiday, but every month of the year. So watch out...doing good selfless deeds, is contagious!

If you take challenge on, make sure to send me a note....let me know how it goes and what you accomplished.

R.J. Luedke