Discounted pre-orders for the Trekker Omnibus will close at the end of this month, so if you haven’t snagged yourself a copy yet be sure to jump over to the Things From Another World webstore for 30% off this enormous collection of Ron Randall’s sci-fi opus!
Additionally, there’s a fiery new page of Trekker up today. Check it out here.
A nice shout-out for Ron Randall’s forthcoming Trekker Omnibus appeared on The Beat this week, covering the book’s new material, introduction by Gail Simone, and updated colors by Jeremy Colwell. Pre-order your copy for 30% off the cover price today!
If you’d like to learn more about the behind-the-scenes world of Trekker, come hear Ron Randall talk with Dark Horse editor Jim Gibbons at the Stumptown Comics Fest this weekend! Look for the Trekker Panel Sunday afternoon at 5pm.
If you’ve taken a look at our Appearances page lately, you’ll see that this weekend heralds the coming of the great Stumptown Comics Fest! You’ll be able to find most of Periscope* loitering around table blocks K and L Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (12pm-6pm) at the Oregon Convention Center. We’ll also be out in force at the Fest’s official after party on Saturday night at the Jupiter Hotel, where Jeff Parker and Cat Farris join local comics heavyweights to duke it out in the annual Art Battle.
*The full list: Aaron McConnell, Jeremy Barlow, Ben Dewey, Cat Farris, Colleen Coover, Dustin Weaver, Dylan Meconis, Erika Moen, Grace Allison, Jonathan Case, Karl Kesel, Natalie Nourigat, Paul Guinan, Paul Tobin, Rich Ellis, Ron Chan, Ron Randall, Steve Lieber, Terri Nelson, Jesse Hamm, and Terry Blas.
Several members are also appearing on panels, giving workshops, and holding signings. On Saturday, join Jonathan Case for a workshop on Composing Comics, Ben Dewey on Style and Communication, Mike Russel interviewing Dylan Meconis, and the infamous Freelancer Panel with Erika Moen, Natalie Nourigat, and negotiation ninja Katie Lane.
On Sunday, we’ve got a spotlight on Ron Randall’s Trekker with Dark Horse editor Jim Gibbons, a not-to-be-missed Manga Studio workshop with Wook Jin Clark, a Queer Culture in Comics panel with Erika Moen and Terry Blas, and a look at Kickstarter and Indie Comics with Dylan Meconis and others.
The full schedule (including times, locations, and descriptions) can be found here.
See you at the Fest!
Trekker fans, rejoice! The massive, 328-page Trekker Omnibus is now available for pre-order — and for this month only, you can snag it from Things From Another World for 30% off! This is the definitive collection of Mercy St. Clair’s intergalactic adventures, featuring stories old and new from the pen of Ron Randall. More details over on the Dark Horse site.
And if you just can’t wait to get your Trekker fix, there’s a new page of “Trial by Fire”, the current St. Clair saga, over on Ron’s site!
More summer reading for those of you with a penchant for crime. Silence & Co., written by Gur Benshemesh and illustrated by Ron Randall (with a cover by Steve Lieber), tells the story of a young hitman tackling the world’s most powerful criminal bank. Minhquan Nguyen calls the story ”Pulp at its finest. A terrific sample of the genre, proving that you can have sex, drugs, and violence in a story and still keep it classy.” The book should hit shelves next month, so keep your eyes peeled. Visit the book’s website for more information.
“You will realize when you observe people closely, and/or read substantial, great books, or watch movies by real masters that we are all complex animals. We are mixed bags with strengths and weaknesses, blind spots and inconsistencies. That’s part of what makes us unpredictable and endlessly interesting.”
Ron Randall recently posted a brief essay about Creating Characters You Can Live With over on the Trekker Blog. Click through to read the whole story!
A new page of TREKKER goes live today, and Ron has also launched a Facebook Fan Page for those of you who want to stay on top of all Trekker-related news. Click on over to view sneak previews, upcoming announcements, and more!
For those of you attending Emerald City Comicon in March, several Periscope members have recently opened pre-orders for commissions at the show. This means you have a guaranteed spot and can pick your finished pieces up whenever you stop by the table, rather than having to hang around while we juggle commission work with talking to folks at the show. Check out the full list of artists below!
Natalie Nourigat has the entire lowdown on pre-ordering commissions on her blog.
Grace Allison also has a helpful post on her site about commission slots.
Jonathan Case posts his rundown of pricing and options for this season’s commissions right here.
Other studio members are accepting pre-orders directly via email. Get in touch with them via the following channels:
For Steve Lieber, dial: steve[at]stevelieber[dot]com
For Ron Randall, dial: randallart26[at]gmail[dot]com
For Dustin Weaver, dial: dustinpweaver[at]gmail[dot]com
For Rich Ellis, dial: rich[at]elliscomics[dot]com
For Cat Farris, dial: cattifer[at]gmail[dot]com
For Ron Chan, dial: ron[at]ronchan[dot]net
And for David Hahn, dial: david.hahn[at]comcast[dot]net
For commissions from additional artists like Paul Guinan, Ben Dewey, Terri Nelson, and others, stop by and see us in person during the show! We’ll be located at Tables 2617 and 2621 on the ECCC floor.
Last week Ron Randall sat down to give the Periscope Interns (Christina McKenzie & Lucy Bellwood) some hard-earned knowledge about layouts, thumbnails, and good storytelling. The takeaways? Storytelling needs to be clear and compelling. To accomplish this, try identifying the one thing you need to communicate in each panel and on each page. Look for ways to frame your panels that make use of three dimensional space, rather than staging everything on a flat plane. Be aware of layout and how it effects the reading experience. Be aware of how many close-ups, mid-shots, and full figures you use on a given page. Try to have a little of all three. Essentially, be aware of everything! There isn’t a millimeter to spare.
Ron Randall’s Trekker got a fantastic write-up over on sci-fi culture hub io9 this weekend. Read Lauren Davis’s full take on the series right here.