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Chadhiyana RosyDreams by jmdesantis

We did it! Yesterday evening, Rosarium Publishing (the publisher for my comic, Chadhiyana) reached the goal for their IndieGoGo campaign, the funds of which are, in part, going toward print runs for a number of upcoming books, including the first Chadhiyana trade!

     So, thank you all who have contributed to the campaign. I look forward to bringing you the first Chadhiyana graphic novel, and many more in the future. As a show of thanks, I put this special illustration together today (at the indirect suggestion of one of my fellow Rosarians). It’s likely one of the only times you’ll see Chadhiyana looking this serene.

     For those who missed out on the campaign (and the exclusive Chadhiyana comic that comes with the trade), oddly enough, the campaign still seems to be open. I’m not sure for how long that will last, but if you’d still like to show your support for Chadhiyana, Rosarium and diversity in publishing (plus help push them closer to those stretch goals), just visit the link below. Scroll down to Chadhiyana (in the $20 perk range), click and put in your payment information. Then wait for the release in January!

     Cheers! And thank you all, so much, again!

indiegogo.com/projects/rosarium-publishing-the-next-level#/

  • Reading: Chadhiyana #4
  • Playing: Dark Souls III

This is a final reminder that the Rosarium Publishing IndieGoGo campaign (publisher of my comic, Chadhiyana) ends during the day on Wednesday, May 4th: bit.ly/rosariumpub. Thus, this is also your final chance to pre-order Chadhiyana volume 1 (collecting issues 1 - 6) and get the exclusive 8-page mini comic that comes with it (see my blog post last week on jmdesantis.com for more information on the comic).

    Chadhiyana has consistently been one of the top-claimed perks since the beginning of the campaign, and honestly, I’d love for as many people to read that exclusive comic as possible. So, if you haven’t contributed yet and want to support Chadhiyana’s growth and my own, please do so soon. Simply click on the Chadhiyana perk and it will bring you to a page to complete your pre-order. Time is running out: bit.ly/rosariumpub

     Also, there are a few other Chadhiyana-related things which have been happening of late. First, if you want to continue reading the series while you wait for the trade, Chadhiyana #4 released last week on comiXology (www.comixology.com/Chadhiyana-…) and Amazon (www.amazon.com/Chadhiyana-Comp…).

    Also, Chadhiyana has been appearing for the last few weeks on my other comic’s site, gentlemancthulhu.com. There’s something of a battle of wills going on between the female assassin and the web-comic’s title character. Two more comics will post over the next two weeks, so be sure to check those out.

     Last, a new, one-page Chadhiyana comic posted on chadhiyana.com today. Chadhiyana: Vampyre Hunter was a practice page I did for fun about a month ago and decided to post for people’s enjoyment. I’d say it’s loosely cannon, but it has certainly opened up some possibilities and ideas for the series, so be sure to check that out as well: chadhiyana.com/webcomics/chadhiyana-vampyre-hunter/

     Otherwise, keep posting, liking and re-posting about #Chadhiyana and #rosariumpub on social media, and please, again, support the campaign if you haven’t already: bit.ly/rosariumpub

     Thank you all for the support!

  • Reading: Chadhiyana #4
  • Playing: Dark Souls III
In just 10 short days, the Rosarium Publishing IndieGoGo campaign will come to a close, and so will your chance to get the exclusive Chadhiyana mini-comic that comes with pre-orders of Chadhiyana volume 1 (my first graphic novel, due out in January 2017)!  

For those of you not in the know about Chadhiyana or Rosarium (the latter of which was trending on Twitter a few times last week), Chadhiyana is, in short, a fantasy series about a female assassin’s personal struggle to deal a dark past she’s trying to run from. It takes place in a world based on medieval India. As for Rosarium Publishing, they are dedicated to true diversity in publishing (both authors and subject matter).

Tomorrow on my blog (jmdesantis.com), I’m going to highlight the mini-comic that comes with the $20 Chadhiyana perk. If you still need some convincing to order Chadhiyana volume 1, visit jmdesantis.com tomorrow and read about it. Otherwise, if you’re already planning to contribute to the campaign, do so soon. It ends May 4th: bit.ly/rosariumpub

That said, whether you’re able to contribute to the campaign or not, if you have even a remote interest in my work, Rosarium or just the idea of Indian female heroines and diversity in publishing, I do ask that you help spread the word by posting about the campaign on social media and interacting with any posts you see about Chadhiyana or Rosarium.

A crowdfunding campaign’s success often depends upon the amount of people talking about it. So please post using either the short link or full link (listed below) and tag #Chadhiyana and #RosariumPublishing or #rosariumpub.

Most especially, thank you all for the support! Cheers.

Short Link = bit.ly/rosariumpub
Full Link = www.indiegogo.com/projects/ros…

  • Reading: Chadhiyana #3
  • Playing: Dark Souls III

Early this morning, Rosarium Publishing, the publisher for Chadhiyana (my medieval Indian assassin comic) and many other diverse books, launched its first major crowdfunding campaign. Appropriately named Rosarium Publishing: The Next Level (indiegogo.com/projects/rosariu…) through the campaign, Rosarium Publishing is hoping to move out of the print-on-demand market and into a position to make small print runs of their books (Chadhiyana included). Not only that, but they’re also hoping to invest more money into marketing and promotion (which Rosarium as a whole has already done a pretty effective job at through word of mouth, social media and conventions).

     Of course, on a personal level, I’m really hoping the campaign succeeds because Chadhiyana: In the Company of Shadows - Book I (which will collect the first six issues of Chadhiyana) is one of the many books this campaign concerns. Though aside from my personal interests, I really like what Rosarium is doing as a publisher, which is why I’m so happy to be under their masthead.

    You can check out more about the campaign at indiegogo.com/projects/rosariu… and if you’re a Chadhiyana fan, you can even put in your pre-order for volume 1 now (which will earn you an extra 4-page mini-comic by yours truly!). Though I would suggest you take a look at what other books Rosarium is offering through their perks, especially if you’re looking for diversity in both subject matter and creators--though that’s not to say you shouldn’t pre-order Chadhiyana volume 1 as well.

     Also, for you Chadhiyana fans, the fourth issue has been given a release date of April 27th--that’s less than a month away! Though, if you’re a NetGalley member, you can get the issue already (s2.netgalley.com/catalog/book/…).

     Thank you all in advance for the support!

  • Listening to: Bloodborne Soundtrack
  • Reading: Chadhiyana #3
  • Playing: Bloodborne

The wait is finally over! The third installment of the In the Company of Shadows storyline is available in Chadhiyana #3. For those who don’t know, Chadhiyana is my medieval Indian fantasy series published through Rosarium Publishing, and this next installment promises to be a good one. Just read this blurb from the publisher:

    Strange things happen and people die as the witch has appeared to escape. Now, the Tal-Ifatiir order is terrified, and they are starting to blame Chadhiyana for all their supernatural misfortunes.

    You can find the latest issue on comiXology (comixology.com/Chadhiyana-3/di…) and Amazon (amazon.com/Chadhiyana-Company-…). Or, if you’re new to the series, simply visit chadhiyana.com and click on the Comics heading for links to purchase the first two issues.

    And if you’re not keeping up with my blog, I did hint at some new things which I’m planning for this year. So keep an eye out for some additional announcements in following months as well as more Chadhiyana and Gentleman Cthulhu (gentlemancthulhu.com). Happy reading all!

    Cheers!

  • Listening to: Bloodborne Soundtrack
  • Reading: Chadhiyana #3
  • Playing: Bloodborne
Happy Holidays to you and yours!

I wanted to make sure I wished you all a happy holiday season. May it be one filled with joy, and hopefully we all get a little time to rest as the New Year approaches. And as we round off the year, I have a couple of things to turn your attention to.

Last week I wrote my annual reflection post and it turns out 2015 was quite a spectacular year. If you want to read about it, just visit: jmdesantis.com/2015/12/reflect….

Don’t forget that commissions are open until the end of next month. It’s a little late for getting them in time for Christmas, but you can still order them for as post-Holiday gift or an I-survived-the-Holiday-Season gift to yourself. Just visit jmdesantis.com/commission-requ… for information on commission requests.

Otherwise, for my Chadhiyana fans, the release date for the long-awaited Chadhiyana #3 has been chosen. I won’t announce the date until the New Year, but suffice to say it will be here soon enough. So check chadhiyana.com and jmdesantis.com for the official announcement right around the first Tuesday (my usual blog day) of the 2016.

In the meanwhile, hopefully some of you are reading my fairly newish weekly web-comic, Gentleman Cthulhu: Emeritus Moribus Monstrum (on gentlemancthulhu.com). It’s a light-hearted way to tide you over for the next installment of Chadhiyana’s story. Also check out my convention schedule for 2016 (jmdesantis.com/events/). I’m already starting to add a few events to it, and some of them will be here before you know it.

See you all in the New Year! Happy Holidays, again, and Happy New Year.

  • Reading: Gentleman Cthulhu

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope the coming holiday finds you and yours in the best of spirits (providing, of course, you celebrate it). Besides the holiday wishes, I wanted to take the time to point out three major things you may have missed.

     First, if you did not know already, Chadhiyana #2 published last month (the third comic my medieval Indian fantasy series; I had previously self-published an issue 0). Not only that, but the issue earned a 10/10 review on SequentialTart.com and was mentioned yet again on The ComiXologist podcast. If you’re interested, issue 2 (and #1, for that matter) is available on comiXology.com, Amazon.com and PeepGameComix.com.

    Additionally, I was recently approached by SequentialTart.com for an in-depth interview. It covered my process, Chadhiyana (mostly) and even how I began working in comics. So, if you find this of interest, visit sequentialtart.com/article.php… to read the full thing.

    Also this month, I have officially opened up commission requests for the first time ever! Typically I only offer these at conventions, but with a number of requests coming in after and around NYCC, and the usual break I take a break from the convention circuit during the winter, I decided to give this a shot.

    So, from now until January 31, 2016, I will be taking and fulfilling commissions. You can find price guides and other information (including for my new writing commissions) at jmdesantis.com/commission-requ…. Space is limited, as I’ll only be able to fulfill about two requests per week, so get on the list now, before it fills up completely.

    I try to keep these short, so I’ll leave you with that. As always, you can get more by reading my weekly blog on jmdesantis.com. See you next month.

     Cheers!

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  • Reading: Chadhiyana #2
    This next month is going to be a big one for me as not only does Halloween fall in October (my favourite holiday), but before that both the New York Comic Con will be held and Chadhiyana #2 will be released! Two major events in one month!

    First up is the New York Comic Con (October 8–11). This will be my sixth consecutive year exhibiting at the show, this time in the exact same spot as last year: Booth 1259 in the Small Press area. If you’re attending NYCC, make sure you take note of booth 1259’s location (the show is big and it’s easy to get lost). Just note, I’m not in Artist Alley, so please remember not to look for my there.

    Next, on October 27th, Rosarium Publishing is scheduled to release the second issue of Chadhiyana (my medieval Indian fantasy series)! Issue one (released in July) already received some great reviews and it’s only the very beginning of the Company of Shadows story arc. So if you’re interested in something different, check out Chadhiyana #1 and the upcoming issue 2.

    Other than that, I just started a mailing list, so if you’re interested in having updates e-mailed to you regularly concerning Chadhiyana, Gentleman Cthulhu (my new weekly web-comic on gentlemancthulhu.com) or any of my other work, be sure to sign up for the list (by clicking here). I promise I won’t spam your inbox with nonsense.

Cheers!

J. M. DeSantis

The Works of J. M. DeSantis
The Official Website of J. M. DeSantis. See samples of work and read his monthly blog on jmdesantis.com!

Chadhiyana
A medieval Indian fantasy series with a strong female lead. Now a regular comic series from Rosarium Publishing. Learn more on chadhiyana.com!

Gentleman Cthulhu: Moribus Emeritus Monstrum
J. M. DeSantis’ bizarre Lovecraft-inspired humorous web-comic. Read it weekly on gentlemancthulhu.com!

Want regular J. M. DeSantis updates in your e-mail? Join the mailing list!

  • Reading: Chadhiyana #1

The wait is finally over! It’s time to celebrate! Today is the official release date for issue one of Chadhiyana: In the Company of Shadows!

     Of course, if you follow my blog (jmdesantis.com) and my social media posts, you know that the book has been out for ten days already (on IndyPlanet.com and Amazon.com). Hopefully you’ve already purchased, read and enjoyed it. If you haven’t, today’s blog post is especially for you.

     Chadhiyana: In the Company of Shadows is a graphic novel written and illustrated by yours truly (J. M. DeSantis). It is the third published story in the Chadhiyana series, a medieval Indian fantasy series which I began working on in late 2011 (the first two short stories appeared in Chadhiyana #0; which you can still purchase for a limited time on IndyPlanet.com: indyplanet.com/front/product/87263/).

    Though the third story in the series, In the Company of Shadows is set before the events of the first two stories. The graphic novel originally published in weekly installments on chadhiyana.com until it was picked up earlier this year by Rosarium Publishing (rosariumpublishing.com) for serialisation as a bi-monthly comic.

     The story follows the shadowy organisation known as the Tal-Ifatiir on their quest to destroy the demon lord, Aghaal-Paraag. Their leader, the Immortal Raalan ad-Zaliir, sends them into an unknown land to capture the demon lord’s servant: a powerful witch with nefarious goals of her own. However, Chadhiyana, the order’s first female member, holds a horrible secret from her past and is plagued by troubles she’s afraid to reveal. As the company journeys to Aghaal-Paraag’s prison, one misfortune after another befalls them. What can be the source of their troubles? The witch? The demon lord himself? Perhaps it is Chadhiyana or the secret she has sealed behind her closed lips. (modified from the publisher’s description)

     So far the book has garnered positive reviews from Blerds Online (blerdsonline.com/2015/07/comic-review-chadhiyana-1.html) and Comic Books for Colored Folks (darkjeedai.blogspot.com/2015/05/chadhiyana-in-company-of-shadows.html) and is currently available to purchase on both IndyPlanet.com (indyplanet.com/front/product/124832/) and Amazon.com (amazon.com/Chadhiyana-Company-Shadows-JM-DeSantis-ebook/dp/B00Z4M2DKY/). Comixology and PeepGameComix.com are forthcoming (the sites have approved, but not yet listed the first issue). Announcements will be made for those as they become available.

    So, for those who are new to Chadhiyana, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Chadhiyana #1 and start reading her story. I know I’m a little biased, but I promise you won’t be disappointed, especially if you’re looking for something fresh with a female protagonist, to add to it.

    For those who are familiar with the Chadhiyana and were reading the book when it was publishing on chadhiyana.com, I hope you’ll show your support and pick up a print or digital copy of the book. It’ll be a good refresher anyway, as there’s still a lot to come in this series. I keep promising that, and I hope you’ll come to agree in time that I made good on that promise.

     Happy Reading! 

Purchase Chadhiyana #1 On:

Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)

IndyPlanet.com (print & digital)

  • Reading: Chadhiyana #1

Sometimes Christmas comes early, and this year (for me) it has. Little did I know what was going to happen when I woke up today and got in the studio, but you know it’s got to be something big if I’m posting a second blog entry in the same week. A little over an hour ago I got some surprising and exciting news from Chadhiyana’s publisher, Rosarium Publishing...

Chadhiyana: In the Company of Shadows issue 1 is available to buy on IndyPlanet.com starting TODAY!

(Click Here to Purchase Your Copy)

That’s right. Exclamation points, capital letters and all. Not only is this a full ten days before the scheduled release date (July 13th) for Comixology, Peep Game Comix and the Rosarium Publishing store, but the inclusion of IndyPlanet into Rosarium’s distribution sites means something else I did not expect: print copies are available to purchase.

At first, I thought this was going to be a digital-only distribution, but I’m happy to know that Chadhiyana will be in print (I, for one, prefer print to reading on a screen--though I know not everyone feels this way). That means options for you, as well, depending on which you prefer to read your comics.

So, if you’re a Chadhiyana fan, new or old, or just hearing about her for the first time, head over to IndyPlanet.com and get your “early” copy of the first issue of the In the Company of Shadows storyline! I know I’m a bit biased in saying this, but it really is a great book, and I’m immensely proud of it. Don’t believe me? Then download or buy a print copy and read it for yourself. You’ll be glad you did--if not a little disappointed you have to wait two months for issue 2.

Happy Reading! Cheers!

 

Chadhiyana #1 on IndyPlanet.com

  • Reading: Chadhiyana: In the Company of Shadows
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted an update here. For well over a year, I was hard at work on my graphic novel, Chadhiyana: In the Company of Shadows, which published in weekly installments on chadhiyana.com from October 2013 until December 2014. If you’ve been keeping up with my blog (on jmdesantis.com) or were reading the comic online, you already know the big news: the graphic novel officially has a publisher!

In March of this year, the announcement was made that Chadhiyana: In the Company of Shadows had been picked up by Rosarium Publishing for publication (you can read the original announcement and my excitement about it here: jmdesantis.com/2015/03/the-big…). At that time, all but twenty-four pages of the then published seventy-two were taken down from chadhiyana.com; the first twenty-four will remain as a free preview of the book. The graphic novel will be divided up into individual comic issues, released bi-monthly through Comixology, the Rosarium Publishing website and other digital comic distributors. The tentative release date for issue one is July 13th.

For those of you unfamiliar with the graphic novel (which I imagine is most of you), it is a medieval Indian fantasy book centering on the title heroine, Chadhiyana. This first graphic novel tells the story of the Tal-Ifatiir, a shadowy order which is on a quest to destroy the demon lord, Aghal-Paraag. To this end, they capture the demon lord’s servant: a powerful witch with a dark agenda of her own. However, Chadhiyana, the order’s first female member, holds a troubling secret. As the company journeys to Aghal-Paraag’s prison, one misfortune after another befalls them. Is it the witch? The demon lord himself? Or perhaps Chadhiyana and the secret she keeps?

As can be imagined, I am extremely excited, as I’ve wanted a publisher behind my work for a long time, but it’s only the beginning of what I hope will be a steady and successful journey. You can keep up with all announcements and news related to not only this graphic novel but all of my work on my website, jmdesantis.com, the Chadhiyana website, chadhiyana.com (for Chadhiyana news only) and social media (follow me on Facebook<facebook.com/jmdesantis.writei…, Twitter<twitter.com/jmdesantis/> and Google+<plus.google.com/+JMDeSantis/po…). You can also find an always up-to-date list of my convention appearances on the Events & Shows pages of my website (jmdesantis.com/events).

I hope many of you will begin following me as the release date approaches, and more, that you will pick up a copy of the first issue. It’s really a great book (I know I’m biased), and I’m very proud of it. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to tell Chadhiyana’s story in its entirety, and to hopefully many readers enjoying it in the years to come.

Cheers!

  • Reading: Chadhiyana: In the Company of Shadows
I know it’s been a while since I posted something here; too long in fact. I’ve been hard at work for months at a new teaching job and on my graphic novel, Chadhiyana: In the Company of Shadows (a continuation of the title character’s story, who I began writing and drawing about in 2012). So, I hope you can excuse my seeming absence on this site; I’ve just been very busy.  

That said, you can read said graphic novel as I’m working on it! Since October, I’ve been posting one page per week of the dark fantasy book on chadhiyana.com. So if you haven’t begun reading it yet, click over and check the graphic novel out. I’m very happy with the way it’s been coming together, and I hope you’ll enjoy it.

 

Also, despite my absence, I do blog weekly on my website ( jmdesantis.com ), so you can always keep up-to-date on what’s going on with me there. Right now, other than the graphic novel and some other freelance gigs, I’ve been playing around with a new monitor calibrator (this is my first one), so as soon as I’ve gotten used to it, I’m sure I’ll be posting new artwork here.

 

In the meanwhile enjoy the graphic novel  (chadhiyana.com ) and keep up with my blog. I’ll do my best to post here more often if I can, but if I can’t, rest assured I haven’t disappeared.

 

Cheers!

  • Reading: Chadhiyana: In the Company of Shadows
Unfortunately, as promised, I haven't kept up with blogging here and on Newgrounds as much as I had hoped this summer (maybe next month). That said, I've still been blogging weekly on my website, and I've still been hard at work on the Chadhiyana graphic novel. At this point, I am still writing the script for said graphic novel, and I've moved on (some weeks ago now) to designing all of the story's principal characters (there are a number of them). My hope is to have more information on the graphic novel soon--very likely in the coming weeks following the Boston Comic Con this weekend.

And speaking of the Boston Comic Con, I'll be appearing at it in Artist Alley this weekend (Saturday and Sunday: bostoncomiccon.com) and next month at the Baltimore Comic-Con (September 7th and 8th: baltimorecomiccon.com). I'm also planning to be at the New York Comic Con again this year, as I have every year since 2010 (newyorkcomiccon.com). So if you're in the area for any of these events, or if you already have tickets, make sure you drop by my table. I always love meeting and talking with fans.

Anyway, I will try going forward to keep up with this blog a little bit better, but, again, if I don't, you can always read weekly updates (usually on Wednesdays) on my website (jmdesantis.com). For now, I'm just getting ready for this weekend's convention and trying to get as much work on Chadhiyana done before then. After all, I'm really looking forward to bringing more of her story to life as soon as possible. Be patient. It's coming. Cheers!

J. M. DeSantis
Write-ist (Writer-Artist)
Official Website: jmdesantis.com
  • Reading: Chadhiyana
I've honestly been terrible at keeping up with my blog here and on Newgrounds.com (despite updating my website's blog/news feed weekly). Part of it is due to how busy I've honestly been and that has led to a bit of forgetfulness and negligence on my part (in many areas, it seems).

That said, I'm toying with two ideas for keeping this blog better updated, but, as I haven't decided between the two yet, you'll have to wait for some information on what those are. I'm hoping to start implementing one or the other next month (July); then I won't risk neglecting to post about conventions and art shows where I'm exhibiting, as happened last month (which is the first time I've ever forgotten to post about something I've had coming up--except, again, on my website which I've been consistently updating weekly since before the new year).

In light of the above, tomorrow is the opening and reception for the Pet-icular Poses group art show at the Art Garage in Montclair, New Jersey. Some of my original artwork will be on display. The show runs until June 30th and features art and photos of animals (and, in my case, mythological creatures) by a variety of artists. Tomorrow's reception is from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm EST. For more information and the Art Garage's address, visit studiokidsart.com.

Furthermore, though it's old news, the Boston Comic Con has been moved to August 3rd and 4th. I've already confirmed the dates and will be exhibiting at the rescheduled show. Of course, you can always find up-to-date information on my shows and appearances on the Events & Shows page (under Miscellanea) on my website.

Other than that, I've still been hard at work on the Chadhiyana graphic novel script (which is taking so much longer to write than I'd expected). I'm hoping to release more information about it soon. In the meanwhile, I hope some of you can make it to the art show or Boston Comic Con, and keep checking my website for weekly updates. And again, I'm hoping I'll be back next month with a better plan for regular updates here. Cheers!

J. M. DeSantis
Write-ist (Writer-Artist)
Official Website: jmdesantis.com
  • Reading: Chadhiyana
It's been quite a long while since I've written anything here on my deviantART blog. In part, that was because I've been hard at work on a new Chadhiyana project (my new fantasy heroine), and wanted to wait until I revealed news about it officially on my website before I posted anything about it here. The other half to that is, unfortunately, for as long as I've been a deviantART member, this one site still provides me with the least traffic and exposure (hence why I let my Premium Membership expire). That said, I have not abandoned deviantART, however, my activity here has lessened somewhat and may continue to be so as I work on Chadhiyana. Still, as I've finally revealed information about that project, and as there are a number of other things worth noting, I thought I'd finally write a new update.

First and foremost, I added a blog to my website some months back (jmdesantis.com). From now on, that is the best place to get regular updates about my work, appearances, publications, etc, etc, etc. I will still, of course, update this page, from time to time, but not as regularly as my website. After all, how many of these things can I keep going simultaneously? And I still wish for jmdesantis.com to be the home of my presence on the web.

Secondly, I will be appearing at the Boston Comic Con for the first time this year (Saturday and Sunday, April 20 - 21) as well as making a return to the Bronx Heroes Comic Convention on May 4th and 5th. So if you're planning to attend either convention, please drop by my table. As always, up-to-date information on my convention and public appearances will be listed on the new Events & Shows page on my website.

Finally, as I stated above, I'm working on a new Chadhiyana project: a graphic novel. I'm still in the process of writing the script. You can get a bit more information by reading my recent post about it on my website: here. A print version of the first Chadhiyana comic is still available on IndyPlanet.com, if you don't own a copy already (click here to order). I'm also currently looking into a number of websites to offer the comic for sale for digital download.

That's all for now. I'll have even more happening in the future; that I promise. And again, the best way to keep up is trough my website: jmdesantis.com
  • Reading: Chadhiyana
Changes have been made to my website, jmdesantis.com. Most important of all the changes the menu has been moved to the top and some new content and pages have been added to the site. The plan is to have a blog on the front-page, however, I'm still having some trouble getting that ready. Thus, I decided to launch the new design in the meantime, rather than have this last (though big) addition hold it back any longer. The blog is coming, it's just going to take a little more time. Other content will be added in the coming year as well. I have a lot planned for 2013, so keep checking back.

www.jmdesantis.com

Also, if you haven't yet, be sure to check out the new comic introducing my fantasy heroine, the Indian-inspired, Chadhiyana. There are links to reviews on my website, if you're interested, or you could just go straight to IndyPlanet.com and order the book now:

Order Chadhiyana on IndyPlanet.com (Print Version)
Digital Version Coming Soon!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!
  • Reading: Chadhiyana
Finally the first two comic stories introducing J. M. DeSantis's new fantasy heroine, Chadhiyana are available to purchase online at IndyPlanet.com!

Chadhiyana is a female warrior who has a troubling past, centering around her abusive father. Often forced to face the past she wishes to distance herself from, Chadhiyana battles both villainous men and foul creatures of darkness as she journeys through a lush fantasy world based loosely on ancient India, Persia and the Middle East.

This issue includes two stand-alone short stories (which originally appeared in the limited edition GWP Presents: Volume 1) introducing J. M. DeSantis's female fantasy heroine, Chadhiyana: "A Saviour in the Dark," is a simple introductory tale, focusing on Chadhiyana's personal past. "Chadhiyana and the Serpent" gives a glimpse into the fantasy world of Chadhiyana, where she is pitted against the ancient serpent, Sagreembal, who was once worshipped as a god in a distant land and may know more about Chadhiyana than she would like.

Order your copy of this introductory book to Chadhiyana today. And definitely expect more to come!

Order on IndyPlanet.com (Print Version)

Digital Download Version Coming Soon!
  • Reading: Chadhiyana
Next Wednesday (November 21st), J. M. DeSantis will be appearing at the Secret Adventures of Houdini release event at Forbidden Planet in New York City (832 Broadway, New York, NY). The event is for the release of the new graphic novel from Todd Hunt and Sean Von Gorman, "The Secret Adventures of Houdini: Book 1" (published by Alterna Comics) which features new Houdini pin-ups by J. M. DeSantis and other artists. J. M. is scheduled to arrive at the event after 2 PM.

After years of debunking false spiritualists, Harry Houdini is suddenly inducted into a world, which unceasingly challenges his every belief. Escape with Houdini into a world of magic and sorcery as we witness his greatest metamorphosis from stage magician to hero. These are the untold stories of the final years of Harry Houdinis life. ~ From the publisher.

The book is currently available on Amazon.com, with the official release being November 21. Be sure to order your copy of this incredible adventure today: The Secret Adventures of Houdini: Book One

Also, a quick Chadhiyana update: Updated files of Chadhiyana's first two short comic stories which appeared in the limited edition GWP Presents: Volume 1 last month have been sent to the printer. It's only a few weeks off before the proof-copy of the book arrives, J. M. approves it (hopefully) and it becomes available for online ordering. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
  • Reading: The Secret Adventures of Houdini
New York Comic Con is just one week away, and J. M. DeSantis will be there yet again, this time in a booth on the main show floor (#2350). On sale at the booth will be his usual selection of prints, original art, convention sketches and books and comics featuring his writing and art including the new GWP Presents: Volume 1 which features Chadhiyana's first two comic short stories, "A Saviour in the Dark" and " Chadhiyana and the Serpent," written and illustrated by J. M. DeSantis. For more information on the New York Comic Con visit newyorkcomiccon.com.

In the coming weeks following the convention, GWP Presents: Volume 1 will also be available to order online in both print and digital formats. Stay tuned for more information on that.

Also, if you are in the North Jersey/New York City area, J. M. DeSantis's original paintings will be on display at The Coffee Machine at 175 Main St, Ridgefield Park, NJ from October 16 - 31. If you're passing through or live in the area, be sure to take this rare opportunity to see J. M. DeSantis's work up close.
  • Reading: GWP Presents: Volume 1
A few updates worth mentioning. First and foremost, J. M. DeSantis continues to work tirelessly toward finishing his two stories introducing his character, Chadhiyana, for a preview comic book due out this Fall. As it is, the first story is complete, the second script is written and J. M. is working on the art for the second story. Keep checking back for more updates on this.

Also, next month J. M. DeSantis will be in Baltimore, MD for the Baltimore Comic Con in Artist Alley at table # A45 (September 8th - 9th, Sat - Sun). This will be J. M.'s first convention outside of the tri-state area (NY, NJ and CT), so make sure you stop by, say hello and show your support! Visit the Baltimore Comic Con website for more information: baltimorecomiccon.com

Last is J. M. DeSantis's most recent publication. His deviation, Cthulhu Taking Tea, was recently featured on the cover of Innsmouth Free Press' e-book, Innsmouth Magazine: Collected Issues 5 - 7. The collection features the fiction of such authors as W.H. Pugmire, Paul Jessup, Angela Slatter and Don Webb. Be sure to order you copy for the Kindle today: Click to order on Amazon.com

That about covers all of the updates for now. Keep checking back for more, especially for information on Chadhiyana and J. M.'s upcoming appearance at the New York Comic Con in October. Until next time...