Saturday, August 28, 2010

Comic Shop Contest Almost Closed! Plus random news!

Hey guys! Deadline for the GET POCKET GOD IN YOUR COMIC SHOP is August 30. In case you missed it in some of our posts. We've loosened up our requirements to include local book stores that hopefully carry comics! Get your picture taken next to the comics, or graphic novel section!

Also, I've been very busy this week. Working on marketing graphics and best of all, the Pocket God figure box! I'm crossing my fingers that everything goes well with the figure. We've seen the prototypes and moulds and examples of past work so we're hopeful we won't have another manufacturing blunder!

As for the comic, above is a sneak preview for issue 2. The Pygmies venture away from the island in an overturned turtle shell. If you read the comic, you'll know that a blunder caused damage to the "gem of life" which enables their perpetual resurrection, so they decide to travel to a legendary temple to fix it. But guess who's waiting for them in the water?

For everyone who purchased the digital comic, we have a surprise for you! Between the issues Ape is going to submit updates that will include a magazine called the Pygmy Peril. It will include replies to comments on iTunes, various articles, exclusive art and more. Be on the look out!

I haven't had a chance to recap the Wizard World conference. The guys at Wizard World were really awesome to us. And we were happily surprised at how many people stopped to talk to us, buy comics and get signed posters! Here are some images!

Blagojevich stopped by the booth!

Some fans dropped off art! This is a cool map created by Austin Stengel, explaining the location connections!

Adults, teens and kids stopped by the booth, but a few were too cute not to photograph

Buy the comic, get a free poster!

We gave out prizes for beating Dave at the Runs!

Dave gave a presentation with one of his clever titles. I made him a slide.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Back From Wizard World Chicago!

Dave left from Chicago to visit with family, but I just came back tonight and have a bunch of things to post. We had a lot of fun at the Wizard World convention and were shocked to completely sell out of the Pocket God comic! We didn't have the plushes (we had a lot of 'splainin' to do) but because we felt so guilty, gave away a ton of posters, urns and figures until we ran out. I have a lot of photos and fan art to post soon...but I saw this on Twitter from and thought I'd post it. By the way, if you took a picture at the convention send a note to and we'll blog it!

And by the way, I was keeping up on signing comics for kids and had NO idea Dave was being interviewed on video which is why I look like a deer caught in the headlights :)

P.S. There have been a lot of kids writing in about the contest saying they don't have a comic store nearby. We are going to loosen up and let you take a picture in a book store with the flyer. Just be sure to leave the flyer with a worker at a cashier!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wizard World This Week! and uh oh, Pocket God Plush delay

Hey everyone, just a reminder for all who will be in Chicago and/or be at Wizard World, Dave and I will be there promoting the PG comic, giving out posters, and even holding a panel to talk about the whole Pocket God story....the panel is called "A-Hole in Time, Pocket God's Past Present And Future" or something like that!

Okay, there are a lot of twitters out there about the Plushes being available at Wizard World, but we've hit a manufacturing snag and it looks like we are showing up empty handed. We'll have the samples, but none to sell :( We are really bummed about this, but we are kind of new to this and are finding out the pitfalls of toy production.

We will definitely have free posters for signing and the Pocket God comic, which has content not on the digital version!

Oh yeah, and update on the next update, I think we're calling it "Monkey See, Monkey Chew"...I have been animating monkeys, monkeys, monkeys and they are doing all sorts of mischievous, and perhaps somewhat inappropriate things. Dave is hooking it up while I work on another custom pack....There won't be as much of a wait this time around! Also, we've seen all the art for the next Pocket God comic and it looks amazing. We've also seen some "thumbs" for issue 3 today when their adventures get really crazy....and I got really stoked on how awesome the whole mini-series is coming out. More later!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pygmies Invade the Trenches!

Its been a while since we've had a cross-over, so we've teamed up with Thunder Game Works to send the Pygmies to Western Europe in their hit Tower Defense Game, Trenches! Its totally hilarious, so if you haven't gotten this game yet, now you have an excuse. You can read more about it on Slide To Play.

>> Go get Trenches and start killing Zombie Pygmies! <<

Slide To Play Interview

Tim Rattray interviewed Dave and I and posted this great article on their site, talking about the comic, Journey to Uranus and regular ol' Pocket God!

>> Click Here to Read Article <<

And again, thanks to everyone who purchased the comic. It hasn't gone unnoticed. In fact, we're discussing adding free content between issues to tie people over, including artist sketches, concept art, interviews, and who knows what else! More on that later!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Early Comic Reviews

Thanks to everyone who bought a comic in the last week and brought it until the top 25! It was one of iVerse's fastest rising books and is currently number one in the book apps section.

And people are starting to send in their comic book shop pics, which is awesome. We'll catch up on that very soon. Someone will be collecting them every few days and we will start posting them on our flickr account.

In the mean time, here are a few reviews of the comic (either from a advance copy of the print, or digital) we've found so far!

App Advice: 4.5 out of 5
"The art style is amazing with such fine detail packed into every panel building so much upon the simplicity of the app. Every pygmy has its own style that fits their personality perfectly, and it’s great seeing them interact from panel to panel. "
>> Read full review here <<

Comixtreme: Surprisingly Good
"Jason M. Burns has taken this simple concept and woven it into a really funny comic book... Rolando Mallada totally sells the comedy in this issue through his artwork. "
>>Read full review here<<

Richard Vasseur: 5 out of 5
"These cute little guys and girl are wonderfully delightful characters. You will love following their adventures.
The adventures these little people have on their little Island are so much fun. And the lazer shark and octopus really give this a added punch."
>>Read full review here<<

ComicNews: check this one out!
"Jason M. Burns makes this a very interesting and funny comic book. The artwork of Rolando Mallada does a wonderful job of complimenting the story. Simply some very good art here!"
>> Read full review here <<

"Jason M. Burns has proven time and time again, that he has a knack for fun, all-ages type stories and this book continues that trend. While it may seem pretty brutal with the notion of killing these characters over and over, it's no more violent than a Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote cartoon (and who doesn't love those?).... Ronaldo Mallada has a great style and captured the essence of the game with his environments, and the pygmies themselves. He can also draw one mean laser-shark. "
>>Read full review here<<

So have you bought the comic yet? No? Click here to get it! Its only 99 cents!

A note on the contest. A few people say there are no comic shops near them. If that is the case, then a book store of some sort will be ok...hopefully with a comic section! And I'm not sure if its clear in the original instructions, but the code that is on the Pocket God comic poster will also be sent to anyone who emails a picture.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Episode 33 FINALLY Out

This is by far the biggest delay in an update, but in conjunction with the release of the comic, its out! This update includes a new area, Ape Mountain, where you can perform a terrible sacrifice ritual to bring out the giant ape...and then its feedin' time! We've also added another skin pack, where you can change various items to pay homage to old school video games.

But the big news is the PG comic is now up on us get it in the rankings. Its only 99cents (US) which is lower than we initially expected! Thanks guys.

>> Go Get the Pocket God Comic! <<

And check out the post below this (or click the margin graphic), to find out how you can enter a drawing to win a $1,000 Apple Gift certificate, and get the unlock code for the jet pack in Ooga Jump!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Get Pocket God in the Comic Shops! CONTEST CLOSED


Hey guys! The digital comic has been released, but now a print version is available for order to comic store owners. The print comics will have extra content and stories not found in the digital version! But we need to increase awareness, so we've come up with this promotion. If you participate, we'll give you a special code that unlocks a Jet Pack in Ooga Jump! Also, you'll get the chance to win a $1000 Apple gift certificate!

All it takes is a camera, a flyer, and a visit to your local comic book store! Here's what you do...
  • Print out this FLYER. If you don't have access to a printer, just draw your own version on paper.
  • Bring it and a camera to your local comic shop.
  • Take your picture holding the flyer somewhere in the shop where we can tell its a comic store. Near the comic racks, in the front, etc. they have the Pocket God promo poster up? Get that in the shot!
  • Leave the flyer with the cashier at the register. The flyer should say it all, but tell them you are fan of Pocket God!
  • While you are there, look for the Pocket God promotional poster. If it is up, the unlock code for the Ooga Jump jet pack is on it!
  • Send us your picture to this email....! Please include your name, the city and the name of the comic book shop. We will automatically send you the Jet Pack unlock code and enter you in a drawing to win a $1000 Apple Gift Certificate!
  • You may enter for every (different) comic book shop you submit! Don't know where a comic shop is near you? If you download the digital comic, a comic shop locator is included with the app!
  • Deadline for entries is Aug 30, 2010.