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Septagon Studios Creator Hub Nov. 6th, 2008 @ 03:00 pm


Welcome to the Septagon Studios Creator Hub.

The goal of the Creator Hub is to help independent comic publishers, self-publishers, and creators find ways to effectively market themselves and their projects to fans, retailers, bloggers, and comic news writers. We want to build a community atmosphere where we can share tips and advice that actually works.

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Promotionally Speaking #4: Should I or Shouldn't I? Oct. 24th, 2008 @ 12:29 pm


Written By Susan Soares

In our last visit, I shared with you my favorite social networking sites. This month, as promised, we will discuss the Do’s & Don’ts when participating in these sites. Keep in mind these tricks of the trade are geared toward promoting a product, whether it be comics or not. I encourage you to pay close attention to both the do’s and the don’ts. Both can make or break your promotional campaign.

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issue #4 Oct. 7th, 2008 @ 10:04 am
Issue #4 of Sky Pirates of Valendor goes to the printer this Friday.
If you wish to join in the pre-orders please send me an e-mail at:


$5.00 will cover the cost of shipping and I will also include a bonus pin up with the issue.

Come see me at the Mid-Ohio-Con this weekend Oct. 3rd, 2008 @ 09:17 am

Don't miss the Mid-Ohio-Con this year.  They have a great guest list and it looks to be a fun show.

Be sure to stop at the Pickle Press booth to get your copies of "Scared Ya!", the "Big Breasted Vampire Death" reprint, and "Salem, AZ" #1.  Stop by on Saturday and you can meet "Salem, AZ" model Nicole McClain.  She'll be dressed as Kerry Connelly and on hand to sign books, photos, and trading cards.  Ask about the limited edition trading card not included in the set, and check out Pickle Press' "economic bailout sale."  Prices on many Pickle Press books will be slashed.

See you soon!

Nik Havert
Owner / editor / big cheese of Pickle Press

Current Location: Home
Current Mood: sicksick
Current Music: None

The Septagon Briefing #3: Career Paths Aug. 21st, 2008 @ 02:22 pm

Written By: Preston Park Cooper
Found in my local library system:

–Cool Careers Without College for People Who Love Manga, Comics, And Animation (Cool Careers Without College series) (Library Binding)

Just from the title, I was provoked to think about the whole issue. “Is the point of this,” I wondered, “to get kids excited about this stuff before they even graduate from high school, so they can kind of get a head start?” A quick look through the start suggested to me that the answer to that question was “No,” which bothered me, because a “no” response made me feel too much like they were suggesting “Hey, 18-year-olds! Not planning on going to college? Have a look at what Comics, Manga, and Animation have to offer!”

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» Promotionally Speaking #2: Baby Steps

Written By: Susan Soares
Welcome to the next phase in our journey into comic book promotions. Today we will talk about those preparation steps creators should take before they embark on a promotional campaign.

There are many artists, writers and creators in the comic book industry. There are hundreds of concepts and ideas out there as well. Novice creators often have the misconception that their story idea is marketable and promote-able for the sheer fact that the art is well-rendered and the story is well-written. In today’s society, those two elements are not enough to help carry a project to stardom. There has to be a hook, something that grabs the reader’s attention from the very beginning. And, it is critical for creators to identify what makes their product unique.

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» What kind of writer are you?
I realized a few days ago that I'm never going to be the next Alan Moore, so I got to thinking what kind of writer is this Nik Havert fellow that I am?  I realized almost as fast that I'm a good action and dialogue writer.  They are my strong suits.  I don't have the mindset to create Byzantine layers of symbolism that will have deep social impact and meaning.  I can write in any genre, but I don't expect to be the next Kurt Vonnegut.

Mr. Vonnegut's seventh key (of 8) to writing a good short story is "Write to please just one person.  If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia."

I've taken this advice to heart.  I've realized that each of my stories was written for one person.  One story might be to impress my wife, another may be a salute to a friend.  A few are salutes to my martial arts instructor.  

So, I'm a guy who writes fun and intriguing comics.  That's the kind of writer I am.

Any thoughts?
» Pickle Press website changes
As of today, I am changing the way I update the Pickle Press website (www.picklepress.net).  You will notice that the Art, Con Photos, Nik's Picks, News, and Rant of the Moment pages are gone from the navigation bar to the left.  FEAR NOT, Pickle Press fans.  I have NO plans whatsoever to stop writing and publishing.  I have simply noticed that I don't have the time to update this website as I formerly did.  I'm too busy writing, editing, lettering, and publishing books for your reading pleasure (and my writing pleasure).  I am able to update this blog, my Comicspace page (www.comicspace.com/pickle_press), and my entries in the Comic Book Database (www.comicbookdb.com) much easier and quicker.  

This website will have updates on the Titles, Bios, and Links pages.  If you are a penciller, inker, and/ or colorist, please feel free to check out the "Future titles from Pickle Press" part of the Titles page for job opportunities with Pickle Press.  I will post the current state of various projects that need drawn, inked, and/or colored.  If you're looking for work with Pickle Press, that will be the place to find it.  

I will still send out e-mails to anyone on the mailing list who wishes to receive updates about my projects.  My blog will have at least bi-weekly updates of how my various projects are rolling along, and my Comicspace page has a lot of artwork there.  I will be posting all new artwork from my books there, as well as convention photographs.  If you'd like, you can also follow me (and everyone else) on Myspace (www.myspace.com/pickle_press).  Trust me, this will be better for all of us in the long run.

You can use this page to get to all of those links and to find out about my various published works and the people with whom I have created these things.  I hope you will continue to support Pickle Press and indie comics.

» Thursday Night Babble
8:47 pm...I've been home maybe 20 mins. Sitting on my couch, a black tv screen stares back at me awaiting input.
Spent most of my time between calls at work, hammering out expanded scenes and ideas for the "Tao of Snarky" issues.
Now, I'm simply out of ideas: Videogames - nah, reading my text on Portland history - later, episodes of Transfomers..

okay Transformers wins..Thank you all for playing.
» Fourth Panel Estate #3: Secretly a National Park

Written By: Will Davies

I can’t normally talk about parallel universes without having to tap my own bile. It’s been something of an inflammatory subject, ever since those bastards from Parallel Earth Nine-and-a-Bit came over and started hiding all my small change. Fortunately the alternate reality presented in “Templar, Arizona” neither wreaks havoc on my oesophagus or penny jar as it is not wholly obsessed with the idea. The execution is somewhat more subtle than goatee’s and swastikas with the creator, Spike Trotman, focussing in on the titular town and all the colourful new cultures that exist within.

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