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Dara Naraghi's graphic novel Lifelike is now available in both digital and print editions. Click here for more info.

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The digital version of my Lifelike graphic novel is available at several places, including DriveThruComics.com, which is currently offering a special bundle of digital comics, with all proceeds to benefit the Hero Initiative. HI is a non-profit organization that “creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work”.

The bundle will cost you $20, for which you’ll get $95 (retail) worth of comics and graphic novels, donated by over 30 different publishers. We’re talking books like Mouse Guard #1 (Archaia), Nexus Greatest Hits, First Born #1 (Top Cow), and many more.

So drop on by the DriveThruComics site and check out this great way to support the Hero Initiative.

Official press release follows:


DriveThruComics Launches Hero Initiative Fundraiser with over 30 Comic Publishers!

March, 12th, 2012 — DriveThruComics.com has partnered with over 30 comic book publishers to offer a $20 bundle of digital comics for charity. Proceeds of the charity bundle, which has a retail value of $95, will be donated to the Hero Initiative. Participating publishers include: Top Cow Productions, Archaia Entertainment, Moonstone Books, Dork Storm Press, and a number of creator-owned and small press publishers.

Filip Sablik, Top Cow’s publisher says, “Top Cow has been a proud supported of the Hero Initiative from the beginning, with Jim McLauchlin, the current director of the charity being a former editor-in-chief at the Cow. We’re always thrilled to support Hero in any way we can and it’s very cool to see DriveThruComics stepping up to participate in this way!”

Since June 2011, DriveThruComics.com has offered customers the chance to make a $5 direct donation to the Hero Initiative. This new $20 DriveThruComics Charity Bundle offers participating publishers an opportunity to provide customers with an excellent selection of digital comics and raise money for this well-respected charity. Titles in this digital comic bundle include: Mouse Guard Fall 1152 #1 from Archaia Entertainment, First Born #1 from Top Cow Productions, Flare #20 from Heroic Publishing, the Harbor Moon graphic novel from Spoke Lane Entertainment, the Dr. Blink: Superhero Shrink graphic novel from Dork Storm Press and many more!

DriveThruComics.com and its sister-site, DriveThruRPG.com, have previously offered charity bundles of digital product to benefit Doctors Without Borders in response to the earthquake in Haiti and flooding in Pakistan.

Visit DriveThruComics.com today and donate to the Hero Initiative!

About DriveThruComics:

DriveThruComics.com is part of a family of sites operated by OneBookShelf. From games, to comics, to fiction, starting an account on any of the sites gives you access to thousands of titles to satisfy the inner geek, grognard and fanboy we all have. DriveThruComics.com works with publishers and creators to offer digital and print editions of current and out-of-print comics to fans around the world.

On the web: http://www.drivethrucomics.com

About The Hero Initiative:

The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit over 40 creators and their families with over $400,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by your contributions! It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

On the web: http://www.heroinitiative.org/

Coinciding with Free Comic Book Day this Saturday, May 7, digital comics platform Graphic.ly will also be offering dozens of free downloadable comics. Included in the lineup is my 96-page graphic novel, Lifelike. Normally available for $3.99, you can download the whole book for FREE on Saturday!

But it’s only on Saturday, so set yourself a reminder!

My graphic novel Lifelike is now available in a digital edition from these 3 outlets:

Graphic.ly makes Lifelike available on a variety of platforms: iPad, iPhone, Windows7 Phone, PC, Mac, or the Web (via any browser). Price: $3.99.

MyDigitalComics offers Lifelike as a downloadable PDF file (Adobe Acrobat) which can be read on a PC or Mac. Price: $3.99.

DriveThru Comics also offers Lifelike as a downloadable PDF file (Adobe Acrobat) which can be read on a PC or Mac. Price: $3.99.

My creator-owned graphic novel Lifelike is now available for digital purchase through Graphic.ly.

A collection of slice of life short stories, it features 11 different artists, including PANEListas Andy Bennett, Tom Williams, Tim McClurg, and Steve Black. For $3.99 you get 100 pages of story and art, plus the social networking features of the Graphic.ly reader that allow you to tag and comments pages and panels, and see what other readers have to say.

The other great thing about Graphic.ly is that they make the book available on so many different platforms:

* iPad
* iPhone
* Windows7 Phone
* Web (via Browser)
* Desktop (Mac, Windows, Linux)

Lifelike is listed under the publisher Ferret Press on Graphic.ly. Or if you’d like to link directly to it, try this URL.

Hope you’ll check out the book!

So around late spring of last year, I contacted several of my favorite comics creators to let them know about my webcomic Lifelike, and that it was going to be collected and published as a graphic novel. I was looking for comments, critiques, and advice on promoting my book. I also asked them politely if they read and enjoyed the comic, would they be interested in providing a positive review quote I could use on the back of the book.

A couple of days ago, I received this card in the mail from Neil Gaiman!

Needless to say, it totally made my day.

I’ve done signings in the past, but they’ve always been at comic book stores or comic conventions. Yesterday was my first signing at a book store. But not the fancy kind. Not big hardwood table in the center of a massive Barnes & Noble, with a complimentary cappuccino and a line of fans waiting outside in the cold. Rather, it was a little Waldenbooks in a mall.

Yes, a mall.

But hey, you gotta’ start somewhere, right? In this case, it was the Waldenbooks in Polaris Fashion Place, Columbus’ newest and latest sprawling temple to mass consumerism. To her credit, though, Liz (the store manager) was excited about having me over and they set me up with a table right outside the front doors, so everyone walking into the store would walk by my display first.

In retrospect, the time she picked out (noon till 4) probably wasn’t the best, as mall traffic didn’t really pick up until closer to 1 or 2. The store had ordered 5 copies of my graphic novel (not a huge number, obviously, but also not bad for a $20 book from a bunch of unknowns.) The good news: I sold out of all 5 copies in the 4 hours I was there. The bad news: I had to put up with a lot of weird people:

  • 3 different people asked me where the restrooms were. Apparently I looked like a mall information specialist.
  • One older gentleman talked my ear off about the many manuscripts he’d written over the years, including one where teenagers dig tunnels under a cemetery to rob the caskets from beneath of jewelry and other valuables. He was a nice enough guy, but he pretty much blocked my table from other passers by.
  • A lady asked me where they had the store “with the massge type chairs”.
  • Another lady asked me if she could use her debit card at the ATM around the corner.
  • Upon seeing my small signs with the list of my upcoming projects (which includes a Zombies! series from IDW,) I had two different guys ask me if I drew Marvel Zombies. And in what’s got to be a blow for the anti-online piracy efforts of Marvel, one of them wasn’t even aware that Marvel printed those books! I kid you not! He said he only read them online and didn’t think Marvel would ever publish any of them “you know, like in a comic format”!
  • A lady asked me where the Stride Rite store was. I guess it’s too hard to look at the mall directory and easier to ask the guy behind the table with a sign that reads “Book Signing”.

But worse than any of those annoyances was the Nailpro nail salon across the aisle. The fumes emanating from it were so bad that I had a headache by 12:30, and even the mall patrons who walked by all made faces and looked around for the source of the stench. I shudder to imagine what those fumes are doing to the poor souls that actually have to work in that store day in and day out!

But like I mentioned earlier, I did have interested customers as well. A couple of coworkers purchased books, as well as a couple of complete strangers. One was familiar with Jeff Smith’s work on Bone and was getting more into graphic novels, while another was a senior at Bowling Green who was studying art and was interested in the mechanics of making comics. I enjoyed chatting with both and also the other people who flipped through the book, offered congratulatory sayings, or were just curious.

So overall, not a bad day. I’d still like to do a signing in one of the bigger stores close to the OSU campus, where I think there’s a bigger audience for the book. But Borders and Barnes & Noble have such overwhelming, bureaucratic policies and procedures for in-store signings that it seems to me like they’ve actually set out with the goal of discouraging any such events.

Oh well, their loss. While they’re too stupid to actually leverage the few advantages they have over faceless online retailers (by bringing people into their stores through community features, spotlighting local creators, and other face-to-face events), places like Amazon.com will continue to beat them every single time through deeper discounts, bigger selections, and the convenience of 24/7 shopping from home.

The final Lifelike webcomic story went online this week. You can read part 1 of “Imaginarians” here. Story by yours truly, art by the inimitable Tom Williams.

For those of you in the Columbus area, I will be doing a book signing for my graphic novel LIFELIKE this Saturday, 2/16. It will be from noon until 4 pm, at the Waldenbooks in Polaris Mall: 1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240 (614.848.3150)

Over on his blog at Comic Book Galaxy, Alan David Doane has some kind words to say about my graphic novel, including all the artists who collaborated with me on the book:

“…they all bring their best work to Naraghi’s scripts, resulting in a book that is visually diverse but beautiful to look at, and held together by the strength of Naraghi’s writing.”

Come on out to Red Rover tonight and celebrate the release of Lifelike. 7-11pm in Clintonville. Rock!

The media blitz continues…

Newsarama has posted an interview with your truly regarding the release of Lifelike. Hope I don’t come off sounding like a jackass 🙂

Given the mostly mainstream audience there, I have a feeling there won’t be much discussion generated by the article, but it’s still good publicity. Thanks to Tom for pointing Chris Arrant my way.

Just a reminder to our Columbus readers: Andy, Tom, Tim, and your truly will be signing copies of Lifelike (and any of our other books, I suppose) tomorrow from 5-8 pm at The Laughing Ogre, located at 4258 North High Street.

If all goes according to plan, my graphic novel should hit stores next Wednesday, January 16. To celebrate, the first step on my world tour will be a book signing on that day from 5-8 pm at my LCS of choice, The Laughing Ogre, located at 4258 North High Street.

I’ll be joined by 3 of the book’s artists, my partners in crime Andy Bennett, Tom Williams, and Tim McClurg.

Check out the nifty signing poster/flyer that Tom put together:

In all the craziness of last week – what with the holiday, Unmasked party, and Mid-Ohio-Con – I forgot to mention that my latest Lifelike webcomic story just started. “Intermission” features art by fellow Panelista Andy Bennett, and rocks hard with goth singers, campus bars, and drunk fratboys. There’s gonna’ be trouble, one way or another…

Here it is, the final piece of the puzzle: the dust jacket design for the Lifelike graphic novel.

My understanding is the book itself will have a dark brown cover with gold foil stamping for the title.

As always, you can pre-order your copy here.


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