So we guess the world didn’t end in 2012 (suck it, Mayan calendar!), and with the new year almost upon us, it’s the perfect time to take a look back at the year that was. Although we weren’t able to come out with Drop Dead Dangerous #3 just yet (sorry, guys!), 2012 was still a pretty big year for us in terms of broadening the audience for the series and leaving our stamp in our own little corner of the independent comic scene.
This was the year we started this very blog, and we have since then tried our best to keep it constantly updated—in conjunction with our Facebook page—and the backlog, going as far back as our debut in 2010, as complete as possible with all of our news and prouder moments. Not least of which was the release of the digital edition of Drop Dead Dangerous #2 at DriveThruComics last March. The issue was deemed a “surprise hit,” quickly climbing the ranks at the site’s Top 100 chart and as of today is #1 in the Manga category as it has frequently ranked in the past several months. Horror comic journalist Decapitated Dan called the issue “an awesome read” in his very favorable review.
Likewise, Drop Dead Dangerous #1 also continues to gain positive reception, having scored a new review recently with Rob Wrecks of Indie Comix giving the issue a 5 out of 5. The issue was part of this year’s Hero Initiative bundle in which a number of creator-owned and small press publishers donated the proceeds to the financial support of comic creators. In October, the issue also received a recommendation from Decapitated Dan in the Halloween edition of DriveThruComics’ newsletter.
Not to be left behind, our free issue Drop Dead Dangerous #0 is still gathering some attention and has been downloaded by hundreds of readers worldwide.
Overall, we’ve been very pleased with the response to the series (check our Reviews section for more!) and have strived to bring it to more audiences around the world. In June, we released an exclusive Amazon Kindle edition, which put together the first three issues in a single volume, followed by individual digital releases at Graphicly and Balloon’d! soon after.
We’ve also been upping our efforts in promoting the series, having done a number of interviews this year, all of which you can find here:
Locally, we outdid ourselves by attending more conventions in 2012 than we have in years past. We went as far as Baguio City in February. In May, we debuted the first issue of Melon, a collaborative project with several other local artists, at the Summer Komikon and in June, attended both the Oh No! Manga Cosplay Camp and the first ever Komikon Indieket where our books were named among the event’s top sellers.
In September, we were at The Road to GTMACCON 2 before going to Komikon 2012 in November, without a doubt the biggest comic event we’ve ever had the pleasure of being part of. This was also where we released the second issue of Melon which featured a whole new slew of amazing artists.
Most recently, we had a slot alongside a few other comic creators at the Read Lit District at the Ayala Museum, part of the events lined up for Philippine Book Development Month.
Aaaaand that’s pretty much it for us in 2012! If you want to read more, hit the links above or check out our News archive. Now that the year’s winding down to a close, we’re very much excited for 2013 and look forward to it being even bigger and better!
Our sincere thanks to everyone who’s given us their support. We hope you stick around, because we promise you ain’t seen nothing yet.