Things are heating up!

It is indeed summer. And yes, it’s been three months since the close of another successful kickstarter for The Locksmith. Issue #3: Cry Me A River Of Blood is now being printed in Taiwan with our friends at KrakenPrint.

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KICKSTART THIS

I try not to cross-post updates about the kickstarter campaign and keep more exclusive news items for this site. As such, I had a nice chat with Wayne Hall for his podcast show: Wayne’s Comics on MajorSpoilers.com.

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Noise Trade

Where else can you find THE LOCKSMITH next to THE FIFTH BEATLE at a FIGHT CLUB attended by MARGARET ATWOOD? For a limited time only, The Locksmith #1 is available for free on NoiseTrade… until the launch of issue #3 after the holidays.

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Time Travel

Work continues on issue #3 as we close in on the half-way mark. I thought I would post a few inked panels as a preview and note that there is a considerable amount of time travel in store for the Detective.

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And so it begins…

As I look over the original screenplay and begin to map out issue #3, I’m seeing almost non-stop action. This is the part of the three act arc that explodes forth towards that “all is lost” moment our detective will find himself in, at the beginning of issue #4.

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Open Casket Policy

Here is a little look-ahead to issue #3. It’s no secret that The Locksmith has an open casket policy. But what exactly does that mean? Readers of issues #1 and #2 were introduced to LUCINDA JACKSON, who had an odd habit of singing Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen.

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The Locksmith #2 SHIPPED

Some people who are (ahem) no longer with us, received their copy of issue #2, direct from the printer. Otherwise, It should take about 7 days for U.S. backers and 2-4 weeks for international backers to receive their packages.

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Two weeks to go…

The Locksmith issue #2 has been funded! That’s great news, but I’m hoping with two weeks left in the campaign, there will be another surge to bring my backer count up closer to what we had for last year’s issue #1 kickstarter.

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The Voice in your Head…

Not only is The Locksmith website completely re-designed, but issue #2 — All 48 pages of it (including cover and end sheets) is finished! It took a lot longer than I would have liked, but I am very excited about finally being able to kickstart the printing costs…

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The Cosmos

It’s been awhile since the last update, but here to say that we are currently working on page 31 and 32 — A double page spread… And also to remind people to like and follow The Locksmith facebook page as that tends to get a little more…

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Past, Present and Future

Patience will be rewarded. Issue #2 is coming along nicely. Fantastic work all around, if I say so myself! Recent Posts The Voice in your Head… The Cosmos Past, Present and Future Mick Fagan as a Super Hero The Locksmith Goes Mobile…

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Mick Fagan as a Super Hero

Fantastic pencil and ink work by IDW and DC Comics artist, Jimbo Salgado. This original pinup will be part of the kickstarter rewards package for the upcoming The Locksmith #2 campaign! Recent Posts The Voice in your Head… The Cosmos…

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The Locksmith Goes Mobile

Quick update on The Locksmith #2: We are about half-way to completion, so hopefully by the end of summer, I’ll be back with another kickstarter campaign to get that printed. In the meantime, The Locksmith #1 is now available as a…

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Onward!

It’s been awhile since the last post but work continues on The Locksmith #2. I think this issue is going to top the first — Anderson Cabral is doing some fantastic color work with Silvio Db’s original art… And I’ve had the…

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Sneak peek: The Locksmith #2

Fantastic art and coloring by Silvio Db and Anderson Cabral. This page drips with noir. Mick is taking his brother around for a last look at the neighborhood. If you would like to be in that exclusive club that gets access to every page…

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Cover Art for The Locksmith #2

I received the final cover art from Silvio this weekend… I had the layout, title and tagline ready to go, so here it is. Scroll down to take a look at the process. I wanted to take that emotional moment that ended issue #1 as the…

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The Locksmith #2 Promotional Pinups

Work has begun on some promotional pinups for The Locksmith issue #2 that will be included as kickstarter rewards for the next campaign. Three down, four to go. As a side note, regarding one of the pieces I created — Polish…

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Original Pages and Sketches

Just received some original inked pages and watercolor/inked pinup sketches by Silvio Db… These are last of the upper tier rewards for issue #1’s kickstarter campaign. I really hate to let the original inked cover go, but a very…

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Fast boat from China – Arrived

A big 500 lb pallet was off-loaded into the garage today… And the first of 20 boxes, opened. I’ll begin shipping out packages to everyone towards the end of this week.

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Issue #1 proofs & character cards

The proof is in the pudding and I’ve got the first batch in… The good folks at Print Ninja sent me the color proof of #1 and it looks fantastic! I expect to have the shipment from China by the end of February. Also in…

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Issue #1 Kickstarter 24 hours in

90% funded within 24 hours! With 28 days to go in the campaign, I’m hoping we can raise a good chunk that might be used towards upgrading paper stock as well as towards artist fees for issue #2. Thanks for the support! For those…

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Issue #1 Artwork is finished

It’s been almost one year since we kickstarted The Locksmith graphic novel. We came very close, but alas… After re-grouping, I decided to divide up the novel into four, 42 page issues and self-finance the completion of the…

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Jocetta’s Premonition

JOCETTA'S PREMONITION This will be the last update before I re-launch the kickstarter campaign to cover issue #1 printing costs. We are finishing up the last pages and I must say that even though I know the story... I'm on the edge of my seat, as I watch it come to...

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New Pinup

NEW PINUP I was having fun thinking of 1920's pulp noir (along with a little German expressionism -- See Caligari) with this pinup. This will be dropped into the kickstarter reward bag along with the handful of pinups from other artists, I have. I am accepting a...

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Back Cover

BACK COVER I'm thinking of going with this back cover -- No text, just an ISBN code, in the corner. We are 8 pages away... I've had to stop production until I can bring in a little more money to pay artist fees for the remaining pages, but hopefully, we'll ramp up...

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Stories $1

STORIES $1 I'll have another highlight from page 32 (of 42) coming up in a day or so, but until then, here's a little (true) story taken right from the streets of L.A. Not long ago, I was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Hillhurst, Hollywood and Sunset in...

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Facebook Updates

I received another one of those unidentified calls - I get about ten of those every day. I let it sit there for awhile before reluctantly listening to the voicemail:

"Hello this message is for Mr. Torrance Terrance Grace from uh Roadrunner Transportation in the City of Commerce, to let you know that your will call freight is available. Please give us a call..."

I did think for a moment that it was a scam. Commerce? Last time the pallet went to Vernon. I called. It was legit. So yes, finally, the printed issues have arrived. The delay? Well, aside from customs - they had been sitting at the terminal for three weeks. Water under the bridge.

Really beautiful printing by KrakenPrint and on this premium heavyweight stock, it looks great. Plus this issue -- with the extra pages -- we had to go with a perfect binding instead of saddle stitching. Looks classy. Plus, KrakenPrint went the extra mile and threw in shrink wrapping!

It's 100 degrees in Commerce right now. 96 in East Los Angeles. Packing and shipping begins tomorrow. Thanks for your patience!

Cheers,
Terrance
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This arrived today from Recife, Brazil. All safe and sound, awaiting the detective to arrive in print form so they can be shipped out to Locksmith #3 backers! ... See MoreSee Less

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Silvio dB's original pages for The Locksmith 3 are making their way from South to North America and soon into the hands of a bunch of lucky kickstarter backers! #thelocksmith3 #thelocksmith #noir #comics #kickstarter ... See MoreSee Less

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The Locksmith 3 Inks only kickstarter edition arrived today.
Art: Silvio dB
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The Locksmith 3: Cry Me A River Of Blood is now on comiXology in guided view here: bit.ly/locksmith3comix

If you're a fan and have a comiXology account, please take the time to rate all three issues!!
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The Locksmith 3: Cry Me A River Of Blood character trading card set #3 just arrived. Printed by: PremiumCards.net ... See MoreSee Less

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While we wait for the arrival of #3, some of us have taken to re-reading #2. ... See MoreSee Less

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