Goody Good has made being helpful and kind his life's mission. We recently caught up with him at a downtown hotel and had an opportunity to sit down and speak with this star of web and print comics about his life, talents, and what comes after the comics.
If you're a reader of this here amazing blog... you've heard of our comic Goody Good. And you no doubt know that our self-published first issue is now available. What you can't possibly know, what I'm here to tell you, is that the self-distribution of our little book is going pretty well. Brandon has been pounding the pavement going to meet comic shop owners and show off our work. I, unfortunately and to my eternal shame, have not yet been able to join in the fun. While out there all by himself, braving the elements, traveling store to store, door to door, cold calling... he's been killin' it. He's got a 75% success rate! He's one hell of a salesman. Or our work is good. I don't know, it could be either. I'm more comfortable just giving the credit to Brandon. To acknowledge that our work is in fact good enough to stand on it's own and be accepted onto store shelves would be a little too optimistic even for me. Seeing Goody Good as a product that a business owner choose to put in their store makes the whole thing way too real. I didn't realize how uneasy I would be about this whole process. Making our work a product for sale has always been the goal, that's how you make a living from your artistic endeavors, right? It's weird to see it actually happening. Maybe it's that 25%, that one guy who said no. Not him specifically, but what he represents. The possibility of rejection.
Special thanks to the shops that said yes. If you're near enough, stop by for a visit.
Stargazer Comics, Toys, Games: 2610-A 6th ave. Tacoma, WA 98406
The Comics Keep: 3627 Wheaton Way Bremerton, WA 98310
Avalon Comics & Games: 10315 Silverdale Way NW Silverdale, WA 98383
Since the inception of this blog I've struggled to find topics to write about. Comics & Cognac has been and continues to be just two guys struggling to both produce our creative endeavors and to become legitimate producers of those projects. Things move slowly and the goings on and general C&C business doesn't provide a very deep (or entertaining) well to draw from. The struggle for blog content has had me thinking more and more of expanding the idea of what this is. Maybe this can be about more than just C&C. Maybe I can throw in some personal stuff, or some comedic and satirical stuff... Recently I took this idea to the weekly Comics & Cognac meeting to get my other half's opinion. We strive to remain united in all decisions so I needed his input before pushing this in a direction he would potentially be uncomfortable with. The following is a word for word transcription of that conversation*:
Alex: I want to be more on top of the blog. I'd like to get it on a weekly schedule.
Brandon: Yeah, you definitely should.
Alex: But I don't know what to write about. There isn't always Comics & Cognac stuff going on. If there's nothing to talk about I don't want to force it and make some boring post about nothing.
Brandon: I understand. I don't know what to tell you. You gotta do something.
Alex: Remember those old blog posts I read you? What do you think about something like that? Open up the content to more than just C&C stuff? Some funny posts? Maybe something more personal or some opinion stuff?
Brandon: Yes, God yes! You should do that! Make that content. Share your magnificent gift. In the future a whole generation of writers; from masters level Lit students down to angst ridden teens writing bad poetry will point to you and the blog as their single greatest influence.
Alex: Well, I don't know about all that.
Brandon: Drop the modesty! In fact those masters students will probably be studying your words exclusively!
Alex: Ok. Alright. I'll do it!
* Probably not "word for word"
So, in an effort to bring more posts on a more regular basis the content of our blog is going to expand. And as a special bonus this blog post is a two-for-one! So here's an example (written years ago) of some of the non-Comics & Cognac related material that will be coming in the future!
Caveman reviews - Iron Man 2
Caveman a little behind on make review. Iron Man 3 come out soon and me just now getting to review Iron Man 2. Caveman no see Iron Man 1 and me think that ok, me no really understand movie anyway.
Me hear saying about get caught with hand in cookie jar. Me wonder why Tony no have hand in pepper pot. Why movie move so fast? It make caveman head feel not good, Me fall down throw up. So much big boom Iron Man make thunder, it scare caveman. Caveman wish him had Iron Man boom stuff, maybe not so many me friend die when hunt the mammoth. Stop fly Iron Man! It unnatural. Caveman throw up again.
For all him smart Tony Stark sure dumb. Him not know violence not the solution. When caveman a caveboy him throw rocks and sticks at many thing. Caveboy grow big, strong, to be caveadolescent and him throw rock at neighbor caveman. Rock hit head and man die in bloody mess. Caveman no throw rock again. Maybe Tony need see up close repercussion of him action. Then maybe Tony no boom so much things, and maybe Iron Man just be super fast delivery man or sky writer. No violence, maybe then can earn delicious flavor of pepper too.