Unit 44 Graphic Novel in stores TODAY!

Head to your local comic shop to pick up a copy of the Unit 44 Graphic Novel, which hit stores TODAY from Alterna Comics.

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SPOILER — this is a pretty big deal for me. This series came to life in 2014 from the germ of an idea that popped to mind after watching an episode of the TV reality show Storage Wars.

“What if Area 51 employees forgot to pay the rent on their storage unit, and the contents were sold at public auction?”

Enter my artist (and now good friend) Ed Jiménez, who came on board to bring the initial five pages of the series to life. From there, we went to Kickstarter, successfully funded the first issue and set about putting it out into the world. When none of the publishers we approached showed interest in a “funny” comic, we figured, “No big deal… we’ll publish this on our own!”

We decided we’d go BACK to Kickstarter, raise another couple thousand dollars and create issues 2-4. It just days before we launched that campaign that Alterna Comics messaged us and was like, “Hey, what are you planning to do with that silly Area 51 comic?”

Alterna offered to publish the issues digitally under their banner (which was awesome because they had a handful of comics that I genuinely loved) and from March – June 2015, we released the series on the ComiXology platform to some acclaim, some confusion, and lots of laughs.

In 2016, Alterna asked us if we’d like to consider releasing Unit 44 as a graphic novel to comic shops.

Sign us up.

Earlier in 2017 we did another Kickstarter, raised a bucket of money and today, the beautiful finished book arrived in comic shops. At least, the comic shops that ORDERED it.

If you go into your local store and you don’t see it, you can ask them to order the book by giving them this code: JUN171148

Give them the code, a thumbs up, and ideally, you’ll have the book next Wednesday. How cool is that?

A big thanks to all of you who supported the Unit 44 (in digital issues, on Kickstarter, at conventions, etc). I’m super proud of how the graphic novel came out. It’s the third collected edition I now have on my shelf (it sits beside the Chambers TPB and The Undoubtables OGN), and let me tell you… the book is BEAUTIFUL. Not only does it have an amazing layout created by Alterna’s head honcho Peter Simeti, but in addition to our 88-page story we’ve included a NEVER BEFORE SEEN 4-page backup comic and pinups from some of amazingly talented artists including Loch Ness (who’s drawing our upcoming comedy/action miniseries Bug Slugger XL), Graeham Jarvis (who’s drawing our upcoming sci-fi/comedy miniseries Awry), Jayson Kretzer (who’s maybe(?) still drawing our one-shot The Rocking Dead), and colorist Andrew Pate, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on a whole bunch of books including the upcoming historical/comedy/action series, Edison).

So, what’s better than making a comic book with a good friend like Ed Jiménez and then inviting a bunch of your other friends to contribute art, all while putting the finished comic book on the world’s stage?

Today, there’s nothing better.

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Unit 44 Kickstarter – 75% funded!

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UPDATE: We’re just $469 away from meeting our goal and getting Unit 44 in comic shops worldwide!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/weslocher/unit-44-ever-wish-the-x-files-was-a-sitcom

Back in 2014 I created a silly sci-fi/comedy comic book with the amazingly talented artist Ed! Jiménez called Unit 44, a ridiculous four-part series about inept Area 51 employees that forget to pay the rent of the facility’s off-site storage unit, leaving the secret contents to be sold at public auction. And when an alien invasion threatens earth, the agents must recover an item from the locker to stop the extraterrestrial threat.

Our publisher, Alterna Comics, not content with only a digital release asked if we’d like to bring the Unit 44 trade paperback to comic book shops worldwide. Of course we said yes.

So now it’s official… Unit 44 will be available to comic book shops, book stores and libraries in August 2017! How cool is that?

Unit44_MiniPoster_WebOf course, in the world of indie comics, you have to work hard and hustle, so if we want to meet the monumental (life long) goal, we have to fund the initial print run ourselves. To help facilitate that step, we’ve turned to Kickstarter where YOU can pre-order the 100+ page volume one graphic novel and in the process, help ensure it’s available to all these comic shops.

Hit the link below to check out all the cool stuff we’re offering in exchange for your support, like copies of the book, posters, totes, art from Ed!, story critiques by me and more!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/weslocher/unit-44-ever-wish-the-x-files-was-a-sitcom

 

The Undoubtables print & digital editions

As a friendly reminder, the print edition of my upcoming heist graphic novel, THE UNDOUBTABLES, is currently up for pre-order from publisher Markosia Enterprises and will begin shipping later this week.

For those who enjoy reading comics on their smartphones or tablets, we just got word that the digital edition of the comic will arrive on ComiXology on July 30! Mark those calendars!

We’ll also be releasing a 7-page preview soon so you can get a taste of what’s beneath that beautiful cover.

The Undoubtables was written and lettered by me and drawn by Emre Ozdamarlar, with interior colors by Kefas Armando and cover colors by Kell Smith.

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The Undoubtables available for pre-order

To those who supported my past works, whether it be shorts released through GrayHaven Comics, my free webcomic, INNOVATION, or my first miniseries CHAMBERS, I would love you to be aware of my latest comic book project, THE UNDOUBTABLES.

Written by me, with art by Emre Ozdamarlar, interior colors by Kefas Armando and cover colors by Kell Smith, the 96-page trade paperback is now available for pre-order through publisher Markosia Enterprises.

For just £11.99 UK/$20 US You can pick up the collected edition by clicking right here and it will ship to you on July 1, 2014. We also have a digital edition coming soon, if that’s what you’re into. Remember, it doesn’t matter how you read, just that you read.

Myself, Emre, and the rest of the creative team worked really hard on this book and we couldn’t be happier with the finished product. We hope you’ll give it a read and see what we’ve dedicated much of our time to over the past couple years.

If you enjoy a fun heist adventure (think Ocean’s 11 meets Payback) you’re absolutely going to love what we have in store for you. We hope to bring some preview pages your way soon, and once you start reading, you’re guaranteed to be hooked.

Please consider supporting both independent comics and my writing career. It means the world to me!

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Here’s to the Future.

With CHAMBERS on the books, THE UNDOUBTABLES poised to begin serializing digitally within the next month or two, NEW LIFE halfway complete, UNIT 44 in full-on production, and several shorts in various stages of completion, it left me with a well of new material that was on the verge of going dry.

Sure, INNOVATION is kicking behind the scenes and we’re releasing a new tale every few weeks, but in the comics game, creators always seem to be working roughly a year ahead of schedule. With 2014-2015 belonging to the titles mentioned above, I found myself wondering, “What about 2016?” As I grow older and time continues to move in fast forward, I knew that the year would arrive well before I was mentally prepared for it. Here’s to being proactive.

Looking back on the past month, updates have been sparse across this ye ole website, and the main reason being is because I’m in the process of writing my next comic book series.

I knew I had to get something going if I wanted to keep my name associated with comics, so in mid-April I hunkered down to begin what will (ideally) be my big release for 2016. The biggest problem with writing a new comic? You actually have to sit down and WRITE IT. As it turns out, these ideas don’t manifest themselves as written scripts while I sleep. Lame, I know.

I keep an “idea” file of different zany thoughts that come across my mind at any given time. Some are short, one-sentence riffs while others are full paragraphs and even others are full pages. When I need something new to work on, I go to that file, re-read everything and see what sparks my imagination.

One of the things I’ve learned about myself as a writer over the past year is that I had read enough comics that fell into the categories of “dark and gritty” and wanted to focus on things that were a bit lighter (Hello, Unit 44!). But because readers seem drawn to those dark comics, I thought it might be fun to tackle a subject that could be dark when it needed to, but also be a lot of fun. So, as I took a final scan through the ideas folder, I landed on an idea that will eloquently meld the qualities together.

This idea will take the reader to dark places and find the light within.
It will be funny.
It will  be entertaining.
It will be absolutely, completely bonkers.

It’s also one of the most autobiographical things I’ve written and I’d even go so far as to say that it’s (slightly) based on a true story. In my mind’s eye, I see this impending comic book as the perfect narrative to bring together fans of CHAMBERS with fans of UNIT 44, and I’m all about the unity. Sure, I’m being vague on the details, but that’s because they’re still being worked out. Why would I show you what I got you for Christmas before I wrap it?

So, where am I currently? Before I typed a word of script I spent several days connecting plot lines, building characters and giving myself a general outline to work from. I’ve completed work on issues 1 & 2 out of a (proposed) four issue series. I’ve also revised the first issue four times, with a fifth scheduled. On my past works I’ve done two revisions, maybe three if I’m really trying to get a certain theme across, but this book will likely have more love, care, time and attention put into it than all of my past works combined.

It’s interesting how as a creator, as soon as you put work into the public eye (where you can never take it back) you begin to notice everything that’s wrong with it and you have fleeting moments where you can’t help but feel like a complete hack and an utter jerk for coercing people into reading it. And while I’ll always stand by my past work, the benefit of these fleeting moments is that it shows me just how much I’ve learned. With that learning comes vast improvements to future writings. Everything I’ve learned from the books mentioned above is coming in full effect on this new script and you’ll eventually receive a story that is better for the missteps I have made in the past.

I’ve also been working on this narrative alongside reading The 90-Day Rewrite by Alan Watt, which is a fantastic book that has armed me with innumerable tools that have only strengthened what’s to come. If you’re a writer, I highly recommend this book. It’s like having a person in your corner who will yell at you and make you feel comfortable all at the same time.

So, why am I writing all of this?

For one, I fear that a lack of updates to this website indicates a lack of productivity. For two, because I’m excited about what’s next. Because I’m excited about the future. Because I’m excited that I found something else that I want to say through the comic book medium.

Most of all, I want you to be excited too.