For my followers still on the fence about purchasing Target Practice (out now!), I’ve uploaded the first seventeen pages. You can start reading here. Enjoy!
I’ll be at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (better known as TCAF) this weekend. You’ll be able to find me in Beeton Auditorium at table B1 (right by the exit door). Here’s a map to guide you there!
I’ll also have a couple programs going on at the show:
Saturday, in Beeton Auditorium, I’ll be doing a drawing demonstration for kids from 1:30 -2:00, likely showing how I draw Cleo and Khensu.
And Sunday at The Pilot (2nd Floor) I’ll be on this:
Sometimes the setting of a story becomes as important, as integral, as the characters themselves. Whether it’s a broken-down small town, a sprawling fantasy world, the farthest reaches of outer space, building a compelling and believable world is integral to a successful story. Moderator Robert Fones (Sheridan College) interviews four talented creators that are experts at building a compelling world. Featuring Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), Tara Tallan (Galaxion), and Seth (Palookaville).
(The Pilot is located half a block from Toronto Reference Library, at 22 Cumberland Street)
Cleopatra in Space books will be on hand! And I would love to sign any that someone has already bought. My table space is limited, but I hope to have room to bring a few prints with me as well.
This is my first time attending TCAF. Looking forward to that amazing Canadian hospitality I’ve heard so much about!
I’m excited to finally release the soundtrack for Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice: a somewhat lyrical, mostly musical companion to the graphic novel. All of the songs below helped inspire the creation of Target Practice, hopefully give a touch more emotional resonance to the story, and occasionally foreshadow events of things to come.
Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice Soundtrack
- “Chances” – Minipop*
- “Old Friend” – Sea Wolf
- “Mobile” – Avril Lavigne
- “G#” – Kitten
- “Suffocate” – Feeder
- “I’m Not Your Hero” – Tegan and Sara
- “Suddenly” – Ashley Tisdale
- “Human Nature” – Uh Huh Her
- “Mountain” – Great Northern**
- “Planes” – Yuna
- “Beautiful History” – Plumb
- “Strangeness And Charm” – Florence and The Machine
- “Whirring” – The Joy Formidable
- “Live Like There’s No Tomorrow” – Selena Gomez & The Scene
- “Tonight, Tonight” – Passion Pit
*Replaces the original 1st track to this album which was “Like I Do” – also by Minipop. Listen to the track free on Bandcamp or consider purchasing via iTunes. The music video for “Like I Do” replaces “Chances” on Apple Music.
**Not on Apple Music.
Cleopatra in Space: The Thief and the Sword Soundtrack
The wait is over! Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice is finally available in stores! At the most, I hope everyone buys a copy. At the very least, I hope everyone shares the book’s release with others! Target Practice is only the first part in a proposed series long epic, and I really want the chance to tell the whole story. That will only happen if this first book is successful.
As always, here are a few places Target Practice is available:
And here are a whole slew of positive reviews!
Good Comics for Kids
iCv2 (4 out of 5 stars)
The Roarbots (Roar Score: 5/5)
SciFi Pulse (A+)
Skipping Through the Stacks
And here are the first 13 pages!
And a trailer!
And here’s a downloadable wallpaper for you!
Alright everyone! I printed all your comments to this post, cut them up into strips (most of them three times), threw them all into a bucket, where they ended up on the floor, of which my 2.5 year old son playfully handed me five of (I forwent the crib idea once realizing that cleaning up a couple hundred slips of paper out of Oliver’s bedding was not going to be a fun thing to do).
Anyhow, HERE ARE THE FIVE LUCKY WINNERS!
Grand prize goes to…
Kahla C! She receives a signed hardcover edition of Target Practice, five signed CiS prints, and this original Cleo watercolor which I painted yesterday:
2nd place goes to…
J Kevin Carrier! He receives a signed paperback edition of Target Practice and five signed CiS prints!
and lastly, 3rd-5th place go to…
Brent Hill, ToonLegion, and Eric J Ehlers! They all win five signed CiS prints!
If any of those names belong to you
COME ON DOWN! email me with your home addresses so I can mail you your prizes! Also, let me know if you want me to personalize any of the stuff you won.
I loved reading your comments and thank you so much for all the shares. Sorry to those who didn’t win, but hey, we all still had fun right? And you can still preorder the book (which I really hope you do if you’ve haven’t already). Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice is on sale this Tuesday (4/29) and I’ve actually heard/seen from a few people that the book is already available at a few places!
I wanted to remind everyone the contest to win copies of Cleopatra in Space #1 plus original art ends tomorrow night. Don’t forget to comment on THIS POST HERE if you want a chance to win. I’ll be annoucing winners this Friday.
Also, in case you’ve been wondering what the insides of Cleo #1 look like, ComicsAlliance posted the first 13 pages! Make sure to click over and read. And MarySue has an additional page for those who might have missed it.
Lastly, Cleo #1 has been getting some excellent early praise! Here are a few recent reviews I’m aware of:
So a couple of days ago I received a bunch of author copies of Target Practice and I thought to myself (working from home, I tend to do this a lot), I thought to myself, “Mike, what should you do with all these books?” Immediately after building a small fortress from them for my two Siamese cats, I recalled this much better idea my pal Ben Hatke had. A CONTEST! Reward my readers and fans with a chance to get their hands on a copy of the book without having to pay for it. Also I love stealing peoples’ wonderful ideas so win win.
HERE ARE THE DETAILS!
GRAND PRIZE (1 winner):
ONE winner will receive a signed copy of the hardcover edition of Target Practice, five signed CiS prints (shown in the pic above), and an original Cleopatra in Space watercolor (which I have yet to draw).
NOT GRAND PRIZE BUT STILL AWESOME (1 winner):
2nd place winner will receive a signed paperback edition of Target Practice plus the five signed prints (still shown in the pic above; they haven’t moved).
CONSOLATION PRIZES (because I love you- well three of you)
3rd, 4th, and 5th place winners will each get five signed CiS prints (they are pictured above if you haven’t seen them).
HOW TO ENTER!
Simply leave a comment to this post (don’t forget your name). It’s that easy! Of course that’ll only get you ONE entry. Spreading the word about Cleopatra in Space, linking to where to buy it, this contest, etc. across the infinite spectrum of SOCIAL MEDIA will get you TWO MORE ENTRIES (max 3)! Just be sure to notify me in your comment where you did this so I can keep track of everything. Likewise you can hit me up on twitter (@mikemaihack) and/or Facebook and/or use the hashtag #CleopatraInSpace.
Contest ends on Wednesday April 23rd at 11:59PM EST. After that I’ll throw all the entries into Oliver’s crib and have him toss me five names which I will announce that Friday. This will hopefully give me enough time to ship your prizes before Target Practice goes on sale (4/29!) as well as allow winners to cancel possible preorders.
Speaking of preordering, I still hope you still do just that! Here are a bunch of places it is available:
GOOD LUCK! I’ll end with the book trailer again because why not.
The Mary Sue has an exclusive first look at two pages from Target Practice! Click HERE to check them out.
And don’t forget, if you haven’t already, to preorder Cleopatra in Space #1 (available from any of these fine book sellers below).
I’ve been so busy with Cleo 2 that I’ve failed to mention I’ll be at this year’s MegaCon in Orlando, FL. You’ll be able to find in the same spot I’ve been at in the however many years I’ve been attending this show: Artist Alley, table white 7. Here’s a map:
CiS: Target Practice unfortunately won’t be out for another month, but if you stop by I may be able to give you a sneak preview of it. I did find a stack of Operation Space Cat sketchbooks last night though I thought I sold out of so I’ll have those on hand. Plus a ton of new prints including all seven Batgirl/Supergirl comics.
Always enjoy going to this show since, besides being only an hour away, I get to see so many familiar faces and hang out with good friends. Hope to see some of you there!
The first book trailer for Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice launched yesterday on The Mary Sue! It was created by Darren Rawlings of Thinkmore Studios and features the music of Uh Huh Her. So thankful to them for making it what it is. Watch it below!
Hi all. Thought you all might like to see the front cover for Cleopatra in Space #1! Special thanks to the book’s designer, Phil Falco, for all the awesome work he put into it including the rad way the smoke from Cleo’s ray gun weaves through the title.
Cleo #1 won’t be out till April of next year, but you can preorder copies of it now! Please feel free to do just that. :)
Alright, back to work on Cleo #2.
As always, had an absolute blast at Baltimore Comic-Con! Great seeing old friends and fans again, making new ones, and hanging out with some of my best pals in the world. Was wonderful meeting my editor for the first time as well! Couldn’t be happier being at Scholastic. The place is chock full of awesome people who love comics. Cleo is in good hands! Speaking of which, I had so much fun teaching the kids how to draw her, Supergirl, and a weird giraffe cat (don’t ask). Thanks so much to the Kids Love Comics folks for having me there again. Sign me up for next year!
Only thing I regret, as usual, was not walking away from my table until late Sun afternoon. I’m definitely going to need to rectify that next year since I missed out on talking to a great number of people I know and respect. And boy oh boy did I miss my wife and kid. Can’t wait to go pick them up from the airport in a few hours. Only partially so I can finally sit down with Jen tonight and watch last Sunday’s Breaking Bad. ;)
Below are some of the sketches I scribbled for folks at the show. I’ve been informed the strange green extraterrestrial glow is my camera trying to white-balance on the blue which is considerably not as cool as a strange green extraterrestrial glow.
Baltimore Comic-Con is right around the corner! This weekend in fact. I’ll once again be tabling with a bunch of awesome all-ages and kids comic creators at the Kids Love Comics Pavilion (#2405). Here’s a handy map to help you find your way there as soon as you walk in the doors.
In addition to my usual prints and wares, I’ll also have some new postcards promoting Cleopatra in Space #1 which include a sneak peek at the back cover of the book! I’ll also have copies of Operation Space Cat I saved just for this show (only 50 left).
Sunday afternoon I’ll be doing a small workshop for kids at the KLC Pavilion. Here’s the info on that:
1pm – Drawing Heroic Females and Felines with Mike Maihack
Mike Maihack is the amazing author/artist of the upcoming graphic novel, Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice, from Scholastic/Graphix. In this workshop, Mike will share his technique for drawing super heroines like Supergirl and Batgirl. He’ll also be drawing cats, and who doesn’t love cats?!
There’s a possibility I might not be doing any sketching this time around due to a few scheduled meetings and stuff, but if you catch me early enough in the day you might be able to persuade me.
Also, listening to this new Summer Camp album right now. It’s fun!
Okay, I think that’s it. Looking forward to the show! Hope to see some of you there.
Since the collected webcomic collections are no longer available, I thought I’d make the covers I drew for those collections finally available as prints. And while I was at it, I made a few other highly requested Cleo pieces available as well. All of them are now available in my online store. As always, if there are any CiS pinups or pages you’d like to see as prints, just let me know. If I recieve enough requests I’ll look into it.
Target Practice update: Cover is done, interiors are done, and the second (currently untitled) book is scripted. I start thumbnails on that this week. So I know it’s been awfully quiet around here but I’ve been staying busy. This blog will get a lot more noisy closer to the book’s April release date.
Mark your calendars (once the uh… ones for next year are available that is). Just got word that the first Cleopatra in Space book from Scholastic/Graphix, Target Practice, has a release date of April 29, 2014!
Again, this is an ALL NEW story. Nothing you’ve read from the webcomic is part of it. So I hope this is somewhat exciting news, even if that date is quite a few months away. As we get closer to April, I’ll be able to share more.
For those who follow my art blog (or any of the multitude of social networks I post on), I’ve been slowly making my way through character commissions that I took back in January to help me financially as I finished the first CiS book. Thought you guys might enjoy this latest one. :)
As far as an update on Book One, it is now completely colored! All that’s left now is to draw a cover, some title pages, and a few minor edits and I’ll have a finished book for you all to read sometime next year. I’ll make sure to keep everyone updated exactly when that will be as soon as a date has been set.
And speaking of books, my own self-published #1 is now entirely sold out, but there are still quite a few #2s available. If you’ve been holding out on getting one, this is your last chance. I’ll be packing away all that’s left at the end of the month.
Had a fun time talking with the Once Upon A Sketch folks. You can listen to my rambling, unfocussed self HERE.
I honestly can’t remember much of what we talked about, but almost certain I talked a good length about the CiS/Scholastic deal. How it came about, what I have planned, etc. Probably said some stuff I shouldn’t have. That’s sorta my thing.
Speaking of which, I’m closing in to finishing my work on the first book. In fact, I’m hoping to have the whole thing colored by week’s end. This means I should have some more frequent updates as we move forward into this year. Just make sure to stay subscribed to this blog (or keep checking back) to keep up on all of the fun news, art and other things I plan on posting.
As I mentioned in my last post, I will cease selling my two self-published Cleo books in June. Originally, I said I would not be ordering any more, but I had to do one last small reprint to cover book 1 orders due to me forgetting to close down my store while out of town (and selling out of stock while at MegaCon). For those who ordered one while I was away, they are at the printer right now.
But that’s it! I won’t be printing any more. So I’ve started keeping a stock in the store so everyone is aware of how many I have left. Last week, I also started offering a limited number of my first-ever convention sketchbook, Operation Space Cat, online. Stock info for those is provided below as well. (stock updated 6-1-13)
I also answered a bunch of your questions in the comment section of the other week’s post about the Scholastic deal. So if you asked one, make sure to check back! :)
Well, I can finally let the word out. Publishers Weekly broke the news:
In a two book deal with Scholastic/Graphix, [David] Saylor and editor Cassandra Pelham bought the first two books in Mike Maihack’s new middle-grade graphic novel series, Cleopatra in Space, starring a cheeky teenage Cleopatra—yes, the teenaged Egyptian Queen—who is transported into the future and enrolled in an academy to train her to save the galaxy from an evil threat. Publication for Book #1, Target Practice, is scheduled for 2014. [The deal was negotiated and finalized by Judy Hansen of the Hansen Literary Agency]
Pretty exciting! Even more so that Cleo is going to share a home with so many of my favorite books and authors. And my experience working with everyone at Scholastic has been absolutely wonderful. I really think you guys are going to like these books.
Now I know there’s going to be some questions concerning the webcomic so I’m going to do my best to answer the ones I’ve already gotten via Twitter, Facebook, what-have-you, and a few I made up. Any others just ask them in the comment section below and I’ll get to them as soon as I’m able.