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Stickman Graphics Announces Digital Comics Deal with Ave!Comics

September 11, 2009 -- NEW YORK – Stickman Graphics is proud to announce that its graphic novels are now available in a digital format for your computer or mobile device using technology provided by Ave!Comics.The Ave!Comics library is available for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, HTC, BlackBerry, Nokia and Sony Ericsson devices. For a simulation vist; or look at the Stickman Graphics book online previews.

Working with Ave!Comics, which has developed an innovative solution that allows comics to be easily viewed on mobile phones and computers, Stickman Graphics is taking its catalogue to the next level.

“We had seen a few other companies working towards this kind of service,” says Stickman Graphics publisher Kevin “Stickman” Tinsley, “ but Ave! had the best looking interface that works on a broader range of devices.” The Ave!Comics library is available for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, HTC, BlackBerry, Nokia and Sony Ericsson devices.

The graphic novels The Festering Season, Milk Cartons and Dog Biscuits, and Subterranean Hearts can be downloaded as a single unit or as individual chapters. Pages can be previewed before the purchase is made. The titles will also be available in Spanish, French, German and Italian.

Stickman Graphics goal is to have one chapter of each novel made available in all four languages every month until the job is complete. They anticipate the full project to be completed by August 2010, at which point the collected graphic novels will also be available in Spanish, French, German and Italian.

Stickman Graphics also announced plans to serialize its next Stonehaven graphic novel in the digital format before publishing it in a printed format. “It’s a digital twist on the traditional printed 22-page comic pamphlet,” says Tinsley. “We’re hoping to build a buzz before we go to press. And the added bonus of building an international fan base is a definite plus.”

The digital titles will be available on the Ave!Comics web site ( with links available on

Stickman Graphics is an independent publisher of graphic novels, fiction, and comic related how-to titles. Originally founded by Kevin Tinsley as a graphics arts studio, it turned to publishing in 1999 with the release of the first edition of Digital Prepress for Comic Books.

Ave!Comics is a division of Aquafadas, an award winning software developer which provides innovative solutions based on research and development in the fields of digital video, image processing and animation. In 2006, it launched Ave!Comics which provides an entire set of software tools to manage all of the steps involved in transforming comic books for digital reading and distribution. Its titles are available on ITunes as well as its own website.

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The long awaited release of Subterranean Hearts by writer/artist Kevin Tinsley.


The nominees for the 2004 Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award have been announced. They are:

* Bosch Fawstin, writer/artist of the self-published graphic novel Table for One
* Derek Kirk Kim, writer/artist of the self-published Same Difference, And Other Stories (now available from Top Shelf)
* Ryan Otley, artist of Invincible, published by Image
* Phil Singer, artist of Stonehaven, a graphic novel published by Stickman Graphics
* Eric Wight, artist of The Passing of the Key, in Michael Chabon Presents The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, No. 1, published by Dark Horse Comics

The award will be presented on the evening of Friday, July 23, at the San Diego Convention Center as part of Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony.

The nominees are selected by a committee consisting of representatives of the West Coast Comics Club and Comic-Con International: San Diego. The winner is chosen by past Manning award winners and Russ Manning assistants.

The Manning award has been given out annually at the San Diego Comic-Con since 1982. It is given in the name of Russ Manning, the artist best known for his work on the Tarzan and Star Wars newspaper strips and the Magnus, Robot Fighter comic book. Russ was a popular guest at the San Diego convention in the 1970s. Past Manning winners have included Dave Stevens, Jan Duursema, Steve Rude, Scott McCloud, Art Adams, Eric Shanower, Dan Brereton, Jeff Smith, Gene Ha, Goran Sudzuka, and Tan Eng Huat.


Kevin Tinsley will be speaking at the October meeting of the Cartoonist Alliance Affiliate of the Graphic Artist Guild. This is part of a series of speakers the Alliance is having with its"Fall Festival of Focus on Self-Publishing!" On November 13th the speaker will be Rachel Hartman of the award-winning "Amy Unbounded, with more speakers to be announced.


I recently contributed a significant amount of content to an online prepress training website called It is an interactive site providing professional level training. Or in their own words:

pre-Press Help
Pre Press Help Inc. specializes in training for the pre-press and printing industry, with years of experience to guide you through the jungle of pre-press technology.

Run an application right in your browser. (Mac or PC) You do not have to own any software, and you can run the lessons over again as many times as you like. The training is comprised of a short demonstration, followed by step-by-step instruction with you actually using the real program. All this is done right in your browser.
There is no software to install or buy.

FREE ChatRoom for Tech support and Pre-Press related questions.

FREE Tech Support Post Questions on all Pre-Press related problems.

FREE File library of tips and tricks, workflow forms and much more.

Free Access to the all Classroom training! (a $35,000 value)

Prepresshelp enhances the relationship with the student, for example through Internet chat and online discussion forums. Online education and training canít replace hands-on learning, but it can be used to great advantage in helping visualize and bring studies to life.

On December 19th, I was informed that my services as a Freelance colorist would no longer be needed by Marvel Entertainment Group. This news was neither unanticipated nor unexpected. To my knowledge, this will not affect my position as a Prepress and Production Consultant for Marvel’s production department. You may want to ceck out the Open Letter I have posted.

Another great review! This time from Larry Young at Check it out in our reviews page.

What a great response at the Small Press Expo! Sold every single copy we brought with us! Thanks for all of the support!

Another great review! This time from Maggie Thompson in The Comics Buyer's Guide. Thanks Maggie! Check it out in our reviews page.

Kevin Tinsley, author of Digital Prepress for Comics has been asked to participate in a panel discussion at the Small Press Expo on Sunday Sept. 17th. The panel will be discussing the future of comics. Check it out.

The SanDiego Expo and ComicCon were a rousing success for Stickman Graphics. Many of the people who had previosly purchased our book stopped by to tell us how helpful it has been. We sure do appreciate the compliments, and the support to all those folks who purchased the book there.

Digital Prepress for Comic Books is now available at

We recieved yet another great review! This time from The Comics Corner, an independent comic/book/moview review periodical. Check it out in our reviews page.

We recieved another stellar review! This time from The Book Reader, an independent book review periodical. Check it out in our reviews page.

We also recieved a Comics Buyers Guide 2000 Customer Service Award in recognition to our "outstanding service" and "honesty in dealing with customers."

The Stickman Graphics Online Self-Publishing Resource Guide is up and running. Check it out.

The Regional Occupational Program Technology Center is now using Digital Prepress for Comic Books as a textbook in their Advanced Computer Graphics course. The center is part of the Contra Costa County Education Department in Pleasant Hill, California. The instructor, Norma Mark, is an ex-4/c stripper and digital prepress specialist. We want to thank all of you, and we hope more schools pick up the book.

04/2000: There will be upcoming reviews for Digital Prepress for Comic Books in The Book Reader, The Comic Corner, and Wizard online. We will keep you posted.

01/2000: Digital Prepress for Comic Books was given FOUR STARS in a glowing review in the January issue of Computer Publishing. Check it out at: Reviews

12/08/99: It has only been a month and many of the stores who ordered copies of Digital Prepress for Comic Books have sold out and reordered. The industry buzz has been pretty good as well. For instance, once a month Todd Klein hosts a lettering chat on AOL and the day before, he emails all letterin' types to remind them to be there...this month he included this little suggestion/review --

>>>"This past month I bought a copy of the book "Digital Prepress for Comic Books" by Kevin Tinsley, as advertised in the Comics Buyers Guide and other places (Stickman Graphics, publisher). Despite a heavy emphasis on the Marvel working method that Tinsley helped develop, there's lots of helpful information here for anyone working in comics with computers. I recommend it."<<<

Thanks Todd.

Nick Veitch, editor of Computer Publishing (see 01/2000, above) wrote:

"I think your book is great, it would certainly be of great use to a lot of people. I am a great comic book fan myself!"

And were we surprised to find our book listed on the Barnes & Noble website. Granted it is a special order item, but the three to five week disclaimer is for multiple copies shipped book rate. Stickman Graphics ships individual copies Priority Mail, which takes approximately 3 to 5 business days.

11/08/99: The books have arrived from the printers. UPS deliveries to dealers will ship on 11/09 or 11/10. All other orders left today priority mail.

10/23/99: Our initial mailing campaign has been launched, with almost 12,000 advertising mailers sent to bookstores, comic shops, and freelancers.

Our advertising will begin to appear in November. Full page ads will appear in The Comics Journal for at least eight months, beginning with issue #218.

The Comics Buyers Guide will have full page ads appearing in issues # 1357 and # 1358, followed by half page ads for six consecutive weeks.

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