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One year of work, by at least 15 people.

I don't think I have ever been more proud to see a physical object as the contents of today's mail.

Black Label Comics #1
Black Label Comics #1 Ltd. Edition
The Deathlings: Anne's Story #1

Thank you, everyone who has been involved, or supported us in any way. This is an amazing moment for me, and you all made it happen.
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Djake Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"Congratulations" doesn't sum it up! This has been a long time in coming, and I'm glad to see that it has come out so splendidly for you.
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blacklady666 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
:clap:
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Even cooler? The piles are REALLY tiny now. We sold out! Not quite enough to send out copies to all the artists, so I had to re-order.
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Mulv Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Looks awesome, can't wait to pick mine up at NYCC!
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D :thumbsup:
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RKdiaComics Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
looks stellar! Where'd you go for printing? I'm looking at a print job coming up...price shopping time!
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
These are from Ka-Blam. There's a long wait, and no volume discounts, but the quality and delivery are really reliable-- and they have no minimums.
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RKdiaComics Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Glad to hear it's Ka-Blam! I've researched them in the past and they looked like quality and a pretty good deal, even for smaller print runs. I think Cat Garza has printed with them in the past and also spoke well of them. Also :iconmechangel2002: :D
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kaicastle Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Nice cover.. what type of paper is it?
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
The Deathlings and the regular edition of Black Label Comics are both pretty much identical to a standard modern comic-- fairly heavy white (not newsprint) paper inside, and a glossy cover just a hair heavier than the interiors. The Limited Edition has the same interiors, but a card-stock glossy cover.

Looking closely at the books, the only way I can tell the regular ones from a Marvel/DC book is that the paper may be slightly heavier, and the spine hasn't been flattened as much. The glossy cardstock cover makes the limited edition even more substantial.
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kaicastle Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oohh.. Yeah.. I'm trying to think if I could use the same kind of paper to the covers in my indie too.. Well.. more power man! :)
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The-Real-NComics Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wooo I WANT BLC #1!! XD
Awesome work btw, the look so awesome!
:headbang:
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Don't worry, I will mail your copies when I get back from the convention. :)
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The-Real-NComics Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Woo :)
:headbang:
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Nachan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
omg, omg, omg, that's so ... incredible!*_* it looks so perfect!<3 congrats to everyone!
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wait 'til you see your pages. They are pristine, so clear and perfect, it looks great.
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Nachan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Aww, I'm really happy to know that, I can't wait to see!:)
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MichelaDaSacco Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
WOW, amazing!! :dance:
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
We did it! Now I just need to get some publisher bigger than myself to do the next round of copies! ;)
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MichelaDaSacco Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I cross all my fingers!
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
I have submitted already to a big publisher, and I wanted to give them the first chance. (I won't jinx it by saying who!) Next week, it will be with them for over a month, so I will begin submitting to everyone else too. Luckily, I have lots of copies to show them at the convention!
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bonisol Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! :D
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D It's so exciting. And it's a LOT of copies. hehe
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:iconbonisol:
bonisol Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:-)
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JonathanWyke Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010   General Artist
Fantastic!
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
I was too excited to read through them completely, but I flipped through and the art looks great. You're going to love how your pages look.
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ilovefrenchgirls Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
that's so cool !
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I suspect this will be my biggest achievement ever, until/unless a publisher picks up the book and sends me a copy with their logo on it. heh
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DarkBrainComics Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
GRATZ !!! looks awesome
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm proud of our progress, even if I'm still self-publishing.

I have to say, too-- the print quality looks great. I'm so glad they all came out looking like real comic books. heh
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DarkBrainComics Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hawt! Someday I'll try some print stuff...hehe. I've been looking at ka-blam.
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
I've been stuck on the idea of the standard size comic book, printed, since I started running. As much as I love webcomics and digital comics, that to me is the core idea of a comic. (Though I may start moving into some web-based stuff as well.)

Ka-blam are reliable, and have easy to understand pricing. For a small run, they are fantastic. Starting at about the size of this run, it begins to feel like a volume discount would be nice.
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ColoristChris Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
That is way cool!
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D
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:iconmuady:
Muady Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Oh that would be a great moment, to get all that in the mail...
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
It sure was. The whole night has felt surreal.
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:iconmuady:
Muady Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
awesome
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