Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Comixology dreaming

Yes, I know that the title of today's post is a play of a famous Mamas and Papas oldies song. =) 

I just woke up from  the most curious dream to type this. Earlier in the afternoon, I was having a migraine. I don't deal well with migraines and have absolutely no idea/admiration for those who can work through an entire day (amongst the busy office, ringing of phones, loud talking of people) and still manage to get their work done without stabbing a person in the eye with a pencil. (thanks SDCC of 2010!)

As someone who rarely suffers from headaches, this was a setback. Drinking plenty of water and napping  usually cures me so that's exactly what I did. Most of the time, I just sleep, wake up and then go about my business, or sometimes I have a dream then wake up and totally forget about it a few minutes later. 

But this one, was totally different. 

I was stuck IN comixology. Much like.....Kevin Flynn in TRON.  I had the same suit (but female version) of Sam Flynn's but instead of holding an identity disc, I had a round shaped comic in my hand. All around me, large (Phantom Zone-like) shaped comics were flying around my head.  

There was no way out of this virtual world other than through "games" to survive. So basically, picture TRON, but with a comic book theme. 

I was completely terrified and confused and then I startled awake about 20 minutes earlier than the alarm time I had set. 

 I got up to to go sit on my couch (where I'm typing now) to think about my dream, I realized two things of why my subconscious /dream world decided to mess with me: 

1) Today is Wednesday! Therefore: Comic Book Day.  And earlier in the the week, I had received an email message about when Studio-407's titles will be released on comixology.

2) Tomorrow night I will be going to a special preview screening (invited by a friend) to California Adventureland's elecTRONica. Basically, it's Disneyland and California Adventure all TRON themed out. There are preview pictures of it on google already and I am very excited. This is a limited time engagement only and will be for promotion of the new TRON: Legacy movie that comes out this December 17th! I think for a few months.  I have been waiting for tomorrow night for weeks! 

Now, it makes total sense to me about my dream, which I also hope will never, never, never happen. I don't know if I could survive that virtual world. But I do know that I can survive in the real world long enough because I love my comics, and Studio-407 will be releasing new comics every week!!! ( Some are already out) Go HERE!

Night Projectionist #1

Night Projectionist #2

Smuggling Spirits #2

Smuggling Spirits #3

Smuggling Spirits #4

Havoc Brigade #1

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What is your passion?

This weekend was a great reminder of what brings joy in my life and what my passion is. I had great plans to do alot of work (which of course involves movies and comics, therefore making me very happy). But on Friday I had a family related incident which involved an entire weekend sacrificed at the ER following a frantic 911 call.

I barely slept 2 hours a day for 5 days straight. With that, included barely eating. As I saw my immediate family member in such a fragile and critical state, I felt great sadness. And of course, it is a cliche that we hear that during moments of great trauma, we come to realize what important things in life  are or even, have them reinforced. 

To pass the time and to get my mind off of the current situation, I turned to my new smartphone for such distraction. Like muscle memory, I started checking up on comic book news, graphic novel sites.  fansites with updates on Smallville, and wanting to see something familiar, I went to Studio-407's website. 

As I took a quick vision break (I don't want to stare at an electronic device too long, my eyesight is bad enough!) I realized that I felt happier and a bit better, even if it would be for a short amount of time. I knew that my calming center in my life are comic books. 

Obviously, if you are reading this, following us on twitter, being our Facebook friend and/or coming to see us at conventions, you already are a fan of comics. Like me, comics is a passion in our life, whether it is a career or simply a hobby,  it is the interest in it it that brings a beam of shining light into our lives and a smile to our face.

I once tried everything I could to stop a friend from ending his life, when nothing could talk him out of it, I said the only thing that was left in my brain. Out of desperation I blurted: "If you end your life now, how will you know what happens in the Spiderman One More Day arc next Wednesday?" 

Although trivial to some, this was a defining moment for him. And to this day, he keeps reading. Literally, Wednesday is Comic Book Day and it "saves" us in different ways. 

Whether it is just an interest or a deep love, pop culture is something that resonates in us, and people of all ages, gender and race will and have experienced it. 

Coca Cola is one of those examples and I fully believe Studio-407 will also be another one day.

As we gear up to bring you guys more of our wonderful books and products, keep in mind that comics is something that unites us to go to conventions and call ourselves nerds, but also a passion in our life that fuels us. 

Other than comics, what else is your passion that fuels you? Leave your comments below! I want to read them. 

And with that, I end this post with some of our great titles that are here/will be coming. May they fuel that love for pop-culture in all of you! Have a great and safe night! 

 Night & Fog ( November 17, 2010 TPB Volume 1) Amazon, Comixology and your friendly neighborhood comic book store!


The Spark


Night Projectionist

Smuggling Spirits

Forgotten 22

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Change is coming!

As we all know the key to survival or success  is accepting change or at least, adapting to it. I'm not saying to sell out and just go with the flow or stubbornly believing that staying the same which "worked fine before" will make one's life or concept better. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  Unique business plans have always been a recurring key element in success in Fortune 500 companies.

Take myself for example, I lived with a regular non-smart phone for the past 5 years. Before, that was great, but now, as my life becomes more busy and I depend on the internet for day to day needs, I've come to realize that I cannot survive without a smartphone much longer. 

So after saving up some money and doing many months of careful research, I finally got the Droid X yesterday! In less than a day, I have noticed an increase of my efficiency. However with that, comes the fact that I am a total slop when typing on that virtual keyboard. I have  skinny little fingers but for whatever reason, I always end up typing a sentence that could be an alien language. But to accept change,  I have to learn to adapt by spending 30 minutes of my day typing notes to myself as practice in order to get to know my Droid X. I see this as a life long "skillset" that will help me in both my personal life and my business life.  Ah, I have embraced change. 

Basically, change is inevitable. Which leads to two exciting news for all you who read this blog. Blogging about Studio-407 every week from now on can only lead to so many topics such as our new products, our signings, what conventions that we'll be hitting up and etc. After awhile, I know that you readers will want to see something new. 

I was thinking about putting up interviews with authors, artists, up and coming founders of new companies etc.   Videos and podcasts are other ideas that have been floating around in my head. Please, comment below with suggestions! ( I know you guys read this and rarely comment! So step up and don't be shy!) 

The other change is what Studio-407 is bringing to the world of comics. When saying the word comic books, most people will think of superheroes.  But lately, with the success with Walking Dead ( which is now an AMC show that I'm very stoked about), Chew, 100 Bullets, Y the Last Man, Scott Pilgrim ( still sad that movie made so little) etc, people are beginning to see a change on their personal bookshelves at home. I see it myself actually. I grew up collecting all kinds of comics, but let's be honest here, mostly superheroes. But with an increase interest in Archaia's Mouseguard and aforementioned titles, people are in urge to try something new. And for those who are not down with change will eventually find themselves checking out several titles of non-superhero comics after hearing everyone talk about it. 

NIght & Fog is hitting shelves November 17th and will bring a change to not only your local comic book stores shelves but also on your own shelves. As stated in way earlier posts, it has been adapted to a movie and also combines four of the Gothic classic elements: Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Invisible Man. Many publishers have done graphic novel versions of each individual title and/or did retelling of the story set in various eras, but only Studio-407 to date, have combined all four of the elements and made a graphic novel that is completely new. 

The Night & Fog trade paperback can be yours by bugging your friendly local comic book store, ordering through Amazon or comixology

Keep on collecting those superhero comics and expanding your shelves with many other non-superhero titles. Studio-407 will be expanding on comic book shelves soon everywhere. Don't say that you weren't notified!