21Sep/21

Kayless Full Run on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo

Good news everyone!

Kayless has been completed! Issues 1-4 are now available on Kickstarter or IndieGoGo. You can get the entire run as floppies or collected in one very attractive Trade Paperback. All your guests will see your Kayless trade sitting on your coffee table, lean in, and in a hushed voice ask “Who’s that? What’s their deal?” It’s so stunning, you’ll have to fight to keep it to yourself.

You can also order just the new floppies to complete your collection, or some of the back issues to catch up. Don’t forget we also do retailer bundles. If you’re trying to stock some shelves, hit that Retail Option and we’ll get fix ordered.

Kayless is a hot spy thriller burning its way through the atmosphere. It’s the story of a space race conspiracy that’s come back to haunt everyone involved and a hero that just wants to go back home. The problem for Scott Anders is his home is now deep in space and the powers that be want everything having to do with Project Kayless buried. But you already knew that. The question now is: What’s Scott going to do about it?

As a reminder, all Silverline books only get their run on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo once they are completed. There’s no gamble on if you’re going to get your book. Think of it as a preorder.

We got until the end of the week and our Kickstarter goal has already been doubled! Holy cow dudes! Our IndieGoGo needs a little kick to catch up, so if IndieGoGo is your go-to for comics, head on over and place your order.

We thank you! Without your readership, we wouldn’t be able to make comics. So please keep doing what you’re doing and we’ll do our best to keep you entertained.

We’ll catch you for our next run and until then. Make mine Silverline!

14Sep/21

WE HAVE A PODCAST!

Hey Silverline Fam!

Here’s another Throwback Issue for you. Only this throwback isn’t too much of a throwback. It’s kind of newish. So I guess it’s more of a content spotlight. If you’re a frequented of Silverline Parlance, you know that we have several live shows. Well, now those shows have been edited down and converted to an audio-only format to better please your ears. You can listen to us in the car, at work, or even put us on speaker for a company-wide conference call. Link below, check it out!

31Aug/21

Craft: Tommy Florimonte – The Life of A Printer

Hey Silverline Fam! Craft is morphing, growing, evolving if you will. We have gone from Machop to Machoke. Craft will now take the form of a targeted interview with some open ended questions. Ideally with this new format, we should be able to speed up the rate at which we can collect insight from your favorite creators as well as really provide new depth to conversations about creating comics. We want to really be a font of information for creators seeking help or just for people wanting to know how the sausage is made.

This first entry in the format is from premier sausage making Tommy Florimonte. In addition to being a great artist and inker, Tommy also is 1/2 of the leadership at KA-BLAM, a digital printer specializing in comics, manga, and other visial formats. If you want to know how the physical comic gets made. He has the answers. 

Making the Donuts

1. Most people could probably guess that printing is the process of putting a comic book to print, but, in a broad sense, what are the general steps that make up that process for a digital printer?

The way we set it up, there’s really no different than what you’d do for most traditional printers. Most everything is done digitally nowadays. With us and also with them, if you’re going to do it right the first time, you MUST prep your files, which we all call the “Pre-Press” work. Either way of printing, you need to set the files upright. We make it simple. All you have to do is provide all files at a specific size depending on the final size book you want. And we give you a template to go by. We’ve got a tech page going over all the sizes and formats.

2. What does an average day in the office look like for you?

After teleporting in, it’s time to make the donuts. There’s an entire list of things that need doing before the first book gets printed. Most days begin with prepping the presses, filling all the paper trays, straightening up a bit to be ready to run orders, download files and answer all the overnight messages. Then it’s all about prepping files, printing and packing orders all day while stopping to answer more messages, fill the paper trays again (and again), adding toner, staple & glue. We do try to eat and sometimes even get to use the restroom when needed. It’s a long day, but we get to see a lot of really cool comics.

3. How does digital printing differ from previous forms of the printing process?

Other than checking that the files/pages are “Print Ready”, which there are quite a few steps that you go through, in today’s modern printing world, much of the same steps have to be completed. But overly simplified, the “WAY” the jobs are printed differ. With Traditional presses, you have this long-drawn-out beginning process of setting up the pages on these “plates” before the first drop on ink hits any paper. The major expense of printing traditionally is setting up the printers to print. So the more you print after setup, the price doesn’t go up as much.

Now think of the digital presses much more like a HUGE home printer. You select a file and press PRINT. Then a “Print Server” takes control, does all the magic getting the pages in order, and digitally sends that info to the printer… Page by page. Because of this ease of use, the cost to print one page doesn’t go down when you print the next page. The price is all per page. It’s the same process, the same expense per page printed. But it also means you don’t have to print huge print runs. The cost of one book cost the same as 100 times one book. Unlike Tradition printing, you have to print 100s… 1000s of copies to take advantage when you spent all that time, that expense of setting up the press.

4. As a printer, what is your biggest pet peeve with clients/customers?

For me, it’s small things that drive me nuts, but it is also super funny: Page counts. I don’t know why, but sometimes you just can’t get across that a saddle-stitched book, a stapled book, can only come in four-page increments. Sometimes people just don’t understand that folding a sheet of paper in half gives you a four-page pamphlet/book: 4, 8, 12, 16, etc pages… You get it. We get all the time someone asks for a 22 page stapled book. We tell them it’s going to have to be 24 pages so we’ll need two extra pages to fill out the book. “But I only have 22 pages! I want a 22-page book!! Just print that as-is will you!!!” You see where I’m going with this. Oh- And that’s not even getting into explaining the covers don’t count towards interior pages.

5. Has being a printer changed the way you think as a comic creator, or vice-versa?

I LOVE that anybody can make a comic using Ka-Blam. Just knowing that we’re providing a service that allows EVERYBODY, young and old, beginner to a long time Pro, that wants to make a comic can jump in with our system that an easy entry process that’s also cost-effective. We work very hard every day to make our comics look and feel like traditionally printed comics. We mean it when we say we’re a comics printer run by comic creators. We love comics.

10Aug/21

Craft: Tim T.K. – Pitch Your Heart Out

Hey there Silverline Family! We’ll be doing something a little different today. I’m having to rethink the way contributors are tapped for blog content, so today, I’ll be contributing! Currently, I’m resting a toe that’s been twice split open at my kickboxing gym, so I’ll be working through the painkillers to talk about something I feel interestingly qualified to speak about. Pitches!

Pitch Your Heart Out


According to my job description, I am the Associate Editor at Silverline. This means that I am sometimes tapped to review story and art submissions then cast my vote for what I think would be good comic material. I have also written, and successfully pitched a couple of comic series. This means that I know what editors are looking for in a pitch document, but I am also sympathetic to the artist feeling like creating a good pitch is selling or watering down their creative vision.

To be honest, my Achilles heel when it comes to writing pitches is condensing the material, but that’s another article. Today I want to talk about how a tight, marketable pitch does not diminish the artistic quality. If anything, the creator can use this as an opportunity to enhance and focus the heart of their art. Not to mention that art needs to be sold for the artist to eat, and for it to be sold, it must be pitched.

A good pitch is short. A few sentences, maybe a paragraph. They can be long sentences, sure, but certainly not a full-page (unless it is explicitly asked for!) Think of the phrase “elevator pitch.” How long is an elevator ride? A half-minute, maybe? Your submission does not exist in a vacuum. However many half-minutes are in a day, that’s how many pitches an editor has to get through. You have to hook them fast and with conviction. This does not lend the format to breaking down the whole plot. That’s because it’s not the plot that sells the work, it’s the heart.

If you look at how film scripts are marketed, you’d learn about something called a “log-line.” This tool is universally applicable. It teaches you how to focus your vision into a small package. This is the tool I use to base my pitches out of.

First: one line on the setting. Second: who’s your protagonist. Third: What’s Unique about them. Fourth: What’s their external/internal struggle and what do they learn in order to overcome it.

At glance, you can convey the whole heart of the work. As an editor, I learn the cool factors of the setting and the protagonist. I can see the motifs explored throughout the creative process. Most importantly, I know the important struggle, how relatable the conflict is, and what themes the work expresses.

As a creator, you should be passionate and protective of your work. It should come from a place that moves you and do things you think are cool. A good pitch allows you to focus all that information so that it is easy to understand how important the work truly is. Creating a pitch can also help you, the creator, as you continue the process. In creating a pitch, summary, log-line, whatever, you ground the elements that the work revolves around. It is something to look back to if you ever get lost in the story.

All this to say, you’re not selling out by making your work appear marketable. If anything you’re helping yourself enhance its artistic qualities. So, go ahead, pitch your heart out.

03Aug/21

Throwback Issue: Craft -Roland Mann

Hey there, hi there, ho there, Silverline Family! Due to some unforeseen scheduling issues, we missed last week’s post, but that’s alright. That just meant that our Kickstarter spotlight was on the front page for a little bit longer. That was well enough because we got fully funded in the 11th Hour. You guys are amazing! Check your inboxes for surveys and your mailboxes for comics in the weeks to come!

Anyway, this week is another throwback. The writer of both newly released comics, Roland Mann, actually gave us a craft article over a year ago. I figure with two new books on the way, nows is a good time to look back and see what he has to saw about adaptations coming into comics. Click below to open the full article!

20Jul/21

Kickstarter Campaign: Beah and Silverline Team-Up: Champion and Ms. Fury

Hey there, Silverline family!

We have two brand new titles up on Kickstarter (click here for the link)! Remember at Silverline, we don’t post anything until it’s finished. You’re not throwing money at a pipedream, hoping it gets finished. This is the same as preordering a completed book before it goes to retail.

The books featured this month are Beah and Silverline Team-Up: Champion and Ms. Fury. One is a wonderful all-ages story following the shenanigans of a stuffed animal after its owner leaves the inhabitants of the playhouse to their own devices. The other is an action-packed superhero cross-over set in the Cat & Mouse universe.

Beah features Beah, the favorite stuffed animal of an individual known as The Kid. The Kid has seemingly abandoned the toys of The Hollow, a location in a playhouse. Only Beah knows the truth behind The Kid’s disappearance. With their owner gone, chaos erupts in The Hallow. Shenanigans and a roller coaster of fun ensue.


Silverline Team-Up: Champion and Ms. Fury follows the Chicago Champion after he goes on a getaway to New Orleans. Unfortunately for him, danger does not seem to take vacations. At the same time, Marley Hale, soon to become Ms. Fury takes a job in New Orleans. It’s only a matter of time before these two do-gooders link up, and that’ll be a bad day for the bad guys.

Both stories were written by Roland Mann and lettered by Brian Dale. Beah features art by Haley Martin. Silverline Team-Up features pencils by Peter Clinton, Inks by Thomas Florimonte, and Color by Roberta Conroy.


The Kickstarter will run until 08/01/2021 and features tons of extra goodies for those who chose to back at higher levels. Alternate covers are available as well as original art pages. For those wanting something entirely unique, you could even purchase a commission from Thomas Florimonte or Peter Clinton! Of course, a wide variety of books from the Silverline backlog can also be purchased as Add-Ons.

To those that have backed us or purchased one of our books in the past, we thank you and hope that you join us as we release these new titles. If this is the first Silverline Kickstarter campaign that catches your eye, we welcome you to the Silverline family! We would not be able to make books like we do without your support, and we look forward to growing and providing you with more excellent comics in the future.


Stay good out there, and remember to Make Yours Silverline!

04Jul/21

Silverline Creators Share July 4 Traditions

On July 4th, those of us in the US take a day out to celebrate .
So, in the spirit of Independence, we asked Silverline Creators: What are some of your July 4th traditons?

Mike W. Belcher

Growing up, we didn’t have big Fourth of July events. We always had a flag flying outside the house. Typically this small carnival would come to town for a few days usually ending on the night of the fourth. It was your typical traveling carnival. The workers usually looked pretty sketchy. The rides looked old and you’d take your life in your own hands riding them. But there was something fun and comfortable about. We’d walk back home and cook out a small meal. Usually just hamburgers and hot dogs. We’d end the night walking out the back door to watch the fireworks the city would set off. Friends would come over to watch them with us. It was small but we had fun.

Growing up, we still watch the fireworks the city sets off. We cook out if we have the time. Adulthood has set me too straight on going to the carnival now. But at the end of the day, we all know what we’re celebrating and are grateful for what we have and what this country offers us.

Rob Davis

July 4th celebrations at the Davis household:

Pre-COVID our family had a yearly get together with family friends who live a couple of hours away here in Missouri. We are fortunate to live on a property outside any city limits of about five acres with a big field to the south of the house and a patch of trees on about one and a half acres to the east of the house blocking the nearby two lane highway from the house. Living where there are no restrictions on fireworks use and a piece of property big enough to have the staging ground safely away from our house and any others nearby we would host a modest fireworks display and feast. I start early in the day grilling and smoking the meats and vegetables for our guests who usually arrive in time for a late lunch. We visit while we eat inside if it’s too hot or enjoy the deck or patio if it’s not. We might do some video or board games until the sun gets behind the house a bit then head outdoors to set off “daytime” fireworks like smoke bombs, snakes, firecrackers and “poppers”. The daytime highlight is always the parachute poppers that each of the younger generation set off and then chase down and attempt to catch the floating chutes. Despite all of the “kids” being grown up this is still as much fun as it was when they were little. By the time the daytime event has finished it’s time to consume the leftovers from lunch, watch a video or play more games until the sun goes down enough for night-time pyrotechnics. At dusk we start with sparklers and graduate to the display fireworks alternating roman candles, rockets, and waterfall like displays with mortar shells that explode in the sky with spectacular flower-sprays. There’s usually one last set of explosives to cap off the celebration and our family friends head back home while we clean up what we can of the aftermath and make sure any embers are well extinguished.

With everyone of the folks in the two families now vaxxed that can be we’re looking forward to starting up the tradition again in 2021.

Tim TK

I like to think I celebrate the Fourth of July in much the same way as most others, but with my own little twist on it. The standard procedure is grill some juicy burgers for lunch and then head over to the riverfront park which has usually been converted into something like a fair for the week leading into the holiday. The walkways are lined with vendors and the central promenade hosts a large stage featuring some okay, bordering on good, talent. We do the standard thing, buy some over priced elephant ears, set up some camp chairs and watch the fireworks over the river once it gets dark.

What I think is really dope happens during the parade that crosses two of the suburbs in our metro area. I happen to know the guy who used to have a long board factory in the area and he has a slot in the parade each year. He gets a bunch of skate boarders and longboarders together, and we cruise up and the down the parade as it travels, blasting past the retirement home floats, and bombing/carving down the hill that happens to be on the parade route. It was cancelled last year, as most things were, but two years ago, I did this while wearing an American Flag onesie. I found myself in several photos later as well as in the reel the city put together. Unfortunately, it looks like I won’t be able to break the onesie out again this year, but maybe next year!

Roland Mann

The Manns often find themselves in Piggott, Arkansas for the 4th of July celebrations. Piggott is a small town in NE Arkansas with a population fewer than 4,000. They celebrate the 4th, however, like a much larger town.

The 4th of July serves as a bit of a family reunion for the community of Piggott and Clay County in general. For as long as I can remember, trips to visit family happened during Christmas and on July 4th.

On the morning of the 4th, the Huffmans (my Mom’s family) would make their way to a spot near the railroad tracks around 8:30am to get a good viewing spot for the parade. Starting at 9am, the parade, which runs about one mile from the First Baptist Church down Main Street until it reaches the fairgrounds. Like many small town parades, it features the local ball teams, beauty queens, and politicians. Occasionally a state politician would make the visit and participate in the parade.

At 10am, the politicians take the stage and blow all their hot air. I never really paid any attention to them except that short while I was an editor at the local rag. Depending on how hot it was would generally determine how long they talked. They’d be followed by bands/singers throughout about lunch.

We would make our way to the “kitchen” or hamburger stand and grab lunch…then head home. Often, family would all head to my grandparents’ house—in later years, that house became my parents’ house. The next several hours were full of conversations, catching up, naps, and lots of laughing.

The family would head back to the “picnic” (which is really just a small fair) and eat and ride some rides (younger ones), watch the beaty pageants, or just catch up with friends and extended family.

At 10pm, the community heads to the high school football field for the yearly fireworks. Then, when that is done, the “raffle” winners are announced and everyone heads home.

All the money raised at the Fourth of July Picnic in Piggott goes to the upkeep and care of the city cemetery. Every weekend following and into August, the surrounding communities have their own picnics to raise money for their own cemeteries.

And that’s pretty much the 4th traditions for the Manns.

Peter Clinton

Happy Treason Day, you ungrateful Colonials!

 

29Jun/21

Title Spotlight: Steam Patriots #1

Grab your musket, powder your wig, and oil your robot-horse. Silverline is on the march in the Steampunk world of Steam Patriots. That’s right, your favorite indy press has just released a hot and very steamy take on the landmark war between The Thirteen Colonies and The British Empire. It’s history but way cooler than it actually was!

Steam Patriots #1 just finished its Kickstarter campaign and will be available for purchase through Indy Planet soon. Stay tuned so that you don’t miss out!

Steam Patriots follows a young lad by the name of Felix Ward in Colonial America right as the War of Independence kicks off. Like every other American boy, Felix has his share of family drama. Only this family drama pits him in the center of the conflict that’s about to dominate the continent.

Felix finds himself at odds with his father over their involvement in the war. Perhaps unfortunately for both Felix and his father, a family friend of theirs is Benjamin Franklin. Only instead of just parlaying with the French Republic as he does in our timeline, Ben Franklin is also developing some pretty high-end weapons for the colonies.



In a world where the British Empire can mobilize by air, and Paul Revere makes his ride on a mechanized horse, the power of this weapon is going to be something, unlike anything we’ve seen before. That means that the gaze of the British Empire now rests on Felix and his Father.

In the first issue, Felix finds himself elevated to an unsuspecting level of importance. He has the special ability to recall precise details perfectly. When technology and schematics play heavily into each nation’s win conditions, Felix’s gift because priceless

We meet a wide array of different characters from history as Felix begins his journey to deliver the information stored in his head. Character’s whose fates are not already written in textbooks as this is not the American Revolution we were taught in school.


Steam Patriots is the brainchild of Co-creators Scott Wakefield (Left) and Rory Boyle (Right). Two U.S. coast guard veterans with a wide variety of historical costume jackets. This is the first comic and it is one knock-out punch of a debut. Be on the look for the rest of Steam Patriots and the stories coming from these lads in the future.

Colors and Letters are courtesy of Dan Hosek (Center). Dan worked in Marvel’s editorial department in the mid-’90s. There he fell in love with the collaborative aspect of comic making. If you’re a long-time comic reader, you’ve probably read something that received notes from him. Dan will be picking up more responsibilities on Steam Patriots as the series goes on, and we look forward to what all he decides to share with the Silverline family!

Illustration was provided by David Mims. Some of his other credits include All Hallow’s Eve and Neotheric.

What’s a Macaroni, anyway?