death vigil preorder links

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so... here it is..the thing that critically injured my book...

some fun insight for any of you who want to get your own series running...
without promotion...quality won't get you far. 

let's put things into context

this is death vigil series result on comic book roundup…

comic book roundup is to comics what metacritic is to games and whatnot. it compiles multiple reviews and creates an average score.
based on reviews death vigil has a score of 9.1 out od 10

and yet here we are. 

i will now copy a part from my previous journal as it is relevant


now, as i work predominantly for independent companies, my work can be a bit hard to get.

reason for this is a simple one. comic book stores buy their supplies from diamond. the main distributor. 
they buy stuff they know will sell. comics aren't a huge profit business so they have to choose the winners on their own.

it is a harsh system but comic store owners have bills to pay as well. so don't take this as me harping on them in any way :) (Smile) 

it's more of an explanation of how things work for those interested in getting into creator owned/indie market.

some stores will stock on indie stuff, most will stock on issue 1 and judge on people preordering issue 2 onward, whether or not they will keep ordering the book.

unfortunately this is how good books often die. customers don't really know this process. i certainly didn't. 

we enter a store pretty much expecting the store to hold the product that is relevant to their business and our interest. it is a given to us.

unfortunately this doesn't work with comics. preorders and pull lists are what makes or breaks an indie book, so if you plan on making and publishing a comic, keep this in mind. this nearly killed death vigil.

it is a vicious cycle.

it is a road to failure and here is how it goes

1 publish a book and people like it- you are in 7th heaven...

2 people don't know about preorders so they count on the store to keep ordering and they'll keep buying. this isn't so. store orders significantly less copies of volume 2 and 3 and publisher regulates the printrun accordingly

3 you start realizing that the initial profit melts away after issue 1 with alarming rate, and by issue 3 you find yourself struggling to keep your head above the water...

4 this is when you take on sidegigs to help finance the book you are passionate about. while you are trying to make ends meet, your book starts suffering delays...and the interest in it wanes

5 orders catastrophically drop with delays as readers more and more start trade waiting. ironically trade at that point might be a very optimistic idea...

6 misery and despair

many books vanished this way. my personal solution to this is-

1 inform people interested in your books about how this works
2 promote the good books.

way too much time i see spent on people discussing stuff they hated in books or stuff that offended them. 

way too rarely do we enthusiastically speak about the stuff we love. often we take the good entertainment for granted. hell just look at youtube. majority of successful channels and up being the ones shitting on the bad stuff. we thrive on cynicism nowadays.

it is the lifeblood of the internet.

also for a more detailed experience of creating indie comics
i highly recommend…

jim zub is a veteran indie comic writer at image comics, currently writing skullkickers and wayward.

KEEP THIS IN MIND! DON'T BE DISCOURAGED! this is merely here to show you the pitfalls, now you can work on avoiding them. i was told a lot of this from other industry professionals so now i'm passing it forward
so good luck to all your dream projects becoming a reality :) (Smile)


so... now to the topic of preorders.

unlike videogames comics are primarily a printed medium. sure there is digital but for the most part it is a bonus. not in all cases of course, to anything there are exceptioons..

but wha are preorders important?

well, if you are going indie, and creator owned, they are the onyl thing that will let the store owner know you want the product. unlike games , comics are a far smaller industry, and store owners have their own bills to pay, so risking on overstocking on a book that might not sell is a very risky business decision for them. 

fact is, without preorders, subscriptions, or pull lists, they will usually not get the book.

this is what happened to death vigil volume 2. people loked the book and expected to walk into the store the next month and find it there. 
alas, store owner got no feedback and so they regulated their orders... and the kicker is, then with halved orders, image did the next logical step.

they regulated the print runs.

and from there on it went from bad to worse.

truth is , no one is at fault. it was a learn from your mistakes kind of a situation so hopefully, if you plan on making your own book, you take my experiences and make use of them. :)

now, i will be posting preorder links for death vigil volume 1 here. whenever i find more i will add to the list. those familiar with sunstone will recognize this as it helped many get the book :)

but before i end this, 
1- don't apologize if you can't buy the book! i was once where you are now. i get it. if you can spread the word , it means a lot but beyond that i hope you like the story. :)

2 if you have any preorder links or a story that will carry the book that you want added to the list, let me know

3. thank you everyone who supported me and keeps supporting me, you have my most sincere gratitude. :)

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before preorder links, here is a comixology link for digital versions. stuff i post here is in a lower resolution to accomodate loading speed…

and image comics digital…



amazon canada…

amazon uk… online comic store thatdt delivers in europe…

they also have available preorders for death vigil t shirts and prints so if that's your thing…

forbidden planet uk…


also a wide variety of death vigil stuff…

book depository…

more to be added.
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SkyroreDraws's avatar
I know this is really old, but I wanted to say thank you for all your hard work. Not just regarding death vigil, but in all your comics. You're an amazing writer and artist, and your dedication and productivity are admirable. I am sorry for these struggles and I hope you continue to make your own original work in the years going forward. 
DeviouslyD's avatar
I'm with MikesBox330!
This is by far and away the best series I've ever read, and I'm mad for web comics.
You art is spectacular, and you're a seriously talented storyteller to boot! I came over here from Sunstone, and I can't believe how prolific a creator you are.
Anyhow, bought the TPB in hard copy to put on my favourites shelf! Please keep making amazing stuff!
MikesBox330's avatar
I so hate falling in love with a series only to find that I'm late to the party and it's already been discontinued. I adore Death Vigil. I've been hoping and waiting for Switch #5, and now I guess I'll have to pray for a miracle with Vigil. I bought the comics, then bought the tpb in print and then bought it again on ComiXology just to always have it a click or two away. I seriously miss these characters already. 
nebezial's avatar
not discontinued. on a hiatus for financial reasons (low sales) but not catastrophic low like ravine so this one will come back with a second arc
MikesBox330's avatar
That is fantastic news! I hope all of your fans can promo the heck out of it on social media, when that time comes, so the second arc gets a much deserved wider audience. Thanks!!
Thinkyng's avatar

I would like to thank you for the amazing work you've put out. I am in LOVE with your Death Vigil, I can't get enough of it. I just found it today, but it's love at first sight. I want to let you know that I will be buying them, if I see a new volume I will do my best to save and get it ASAP! I would love for your work to continue and grow so that I may continue reading them!

DEFINITELY spreading the word to everyone I know about this master piece you've created. 

LOVE SAM AND BERNIE, GAWD, they're so awesome together, I've only got up to 4, but from what I've seen I really love those two! XD
This is where I pre-ordered it from a couple months back. They've been pretty good at keeping me updated about delays and are great for Australians ^^…
CaptainXpendable's avatar
I've subscribed to the book through Comixology. Does that count the same as pre-ordering?
Have only recently come across your work and am loving it. I've just read the first couple of chapters of Death Vigil and I'm hooked, so much to the point where I've just pre-ordered the first volume on Amazon. I really dig your art work and the humour that you put into the story and into the various art you post up on here. 

Anyway, I hope you get enough support to keep doing the work that you do so that we can keep enjoying the work that you do. All the best and good luck!
Koyoru's avatar
Hi there,

I've been following you for a while now, and I have constantly looked forward to your bits and pieces of Death Vigil. I bought a digital copy of the first issue, and then got busy with life. I have just now pre-ordered the first volume, and hopefully that helps! I'm considering Sunstone, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to make the commitment yet.

I also noted the separate Witchblade series. I didn't see Volume 1, and I'm concerned that I may need to read Witchblade before ordering the Redemption series, but it is something I will consider.

I really admire your work, and want to support you, so I hope that I can continue to afford your work! Good luck!
Hazelgee's avatar
Love your work, and this is a very valuable insight into how things work. I had no idea this was the system stores used to gauge interest :(

Will pre-order!
Sleevia's avatar
Hello! Will any of the Death Vigil comics be available at your booth at Comic Con this year? 
Love your work! I have recently read Sunstone volumes 1 and 2, and I just preordered Death Vigil. Here is a preorder link for
moogyAKA's avatar
Thanks so much for helping all of us understand one bit more about the mysterious comics world. And thanks for being awesome too x)
browncoat4life's avatar
Been preordering all the issues of this series and of Sunstone straight off of tfaw!

But I know the pain you're talking about here, as a struggling comic writer/self-publisher I can completely relate. The fact that I'm in India and LCS's and such are not even an option just makes it worse - but you gotta keep on at what you love right?

Cheers man!
Hi, I´m from Chile in south america, There is one of those stores with delivery service here?
I really want a printed version..
Also big fan, keep up the good work!! 
mysticx1's avatar
Well, this sucks...     Death Vigil is one of the few western comics i follow (I used to be a big comic-fan until 15 or so years ago, when manga took over my buy-list), and it sucks to see a great series teetering on the proverbial brink...

I was at a comic store earlier this week, and the comics were all marvel and DC...  let's call it "stuff" to be polite, and no sign of Death vigil or anything else by Top cow comics really...

I hope the pre-orders i placed at Archonia and my comixology purchases of your work make some sort of difference in this, it would be very sad to see one of the few original comic series out there sink like this.
i sadly agree, the only reason why i know death vigil + rat queens exists is just because i happen to be a fans of stephan, and constantly check this deviantart page.

otherwise, i never heard of them mentioned anywhere. literally, anywhere. and would have probably missed these amazing series
Already preordered this beauty on Amazon Germany together with Sunstone 3.
VertFey's avatar
Wow I didn't know this was so horribly complex
black-white-check's avatar
Thank you so much for this journal! I'm not much of a comics reader but I read the first issue on your dA and I'm hooked! I've signed up for Comixology and I'll be following Death Vigil as it releases! :D
Thank you for your hard work on this and all your series. I have a pre-order through my brick and mortar store (sorry to hear that Vol. 1 was delayed), but will make the effort to continue to promote your work locally. :)
vezonius's avatar
If I didn't knew about this I would have done the same as with Ravine wait until it was out then buy the book. But now that I know I'll preorder death vigil and rat queens. Thanks for the info :)
Welp I put in a preorder for #1 via one of your links, found and bought #2 (think it was the last one lol), #4 and #5, and preordered #7 and #8. Just need to find #3 and #6 that ship to uk Blush emoticon 
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