New Section: Reviews!

We’ve just added a new permanent page on this website, where we’ll collect all the praise & press we can find for Once Upon a Time Machine in one place.

If you’d like to indulge us in our vanity, go check it out!

And remember, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the book, too! Let us know what you took away from it on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads or Amazon!

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MoCCA Fest This Weekend!

Charles Fetherolf (Giants in the Earth, Sons of Cain, District Comics, Once Upon a Time Machine’s “The Crossing”) has a table at the always-fun Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) Arts Festival this weekend (Saturday April 6 & Sunday April 7, 11am-6pm). You’ll find him at Table C74, just ahead and a bit to your right as you walk in the main entrance.

On Saturday All weekend!, he’ll be joined by Andrew Carl (editor of OUaTM, writer of “John Henry”) with a hefty pile of Once Upon a Time Machines to sell & sign together. 

So if you can, head to the 69th Regiment Armory (68 Lexington Avenue, between E. 25th & E. 26th Streets) in Manhattan, NY, and say hi! Table C74MoCCA Floor Planmoccafest2013poster

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Back from Fabletown and the Beach

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Over on the Locust Moon blog, Chris Stevens provided a wonderful reaction piece to our unforgettable time in Fabletown (née Rochester), Minnesota. You really ought to read it.

The journey truly started on Tuesday night, three days before Fabletown and Beyond would be underway. Josh O’Neill in Philly and I in New York, we talked on the phone like protective parents of our partner Chris. “Make sure he has all his chargers. See if Rob can tie up that banner stand so it won’t give him too much trouble.” “I feel like I should pack him a lunch in the morning.” “Fill a bag with food that’ll stay good for a few days, in case he gets hungry on the last leg.” And so on. If you haven’t read his recap yet, you might not realize that the next morning, Chris would be boarding a train from Philadelphia to Winona, Minnesota. That spelled a 30+ hour trip each way. Josh and I had it easy. We got to fly.

Two things struck me within hours (really, the first hour) of my arrival in Fabletown, MN: how fascinating the indoor (post-apocalypse-ready) mini-metropolis of Rochester was, and how aggressively nice all of the people there were. But it wasn’t just the locals who treated us well. Something about Fabletown seemed to bring out the best in folks, and the good vibes permeated every nook and cranny of those subways and skyways and buildings that bled and fed into each other from block to block. Every last person we dealt with was kind and helpful – especially our international team of convention organizers, including Bill Willingham, Stacy Sinner, Mike Sinner, Stephanie Cooke, Brad Thomte, and all of those awesome volunteers.

Chris covered the key events and joys of the weekend pretty wonderfully, but I thought I should share some of personal favorite photos from the weekend here, as well.

Here’s our favorite character from the weekend…P1000150 Continue reading

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Asbury Park Comicon – Today!

Saturday March 30th, 2013
10 am to 6 pm
Convention Hall
Asbury Park, New Jersey

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Locust Moon will have a very Once Upon a Time Machine-happy table, where you’ll see Chris Stevens (Producer; Writer, “The Boy Who Drew Cats”), Andrew Carl (Editor; Writer, “John Henry”), Dave Proch (Illustrator, “A.L.I.C.E.”), James Comey (Writer/Illustrator, “Kid Yimage and the Really Big Hole”), Dave Tanh (Writer, “The Tea Garden Park Soapbox Grand Prix”), and Rob Woods (Writer/Illustrator, “The Venusian Shepherd Boy Who Cried Space Wolf”).

And if you look around some more, you’ll find at least a couple other lovely, lovely Time Machine contributors, Box Brown & Rafer Roberts (coincidentally, also wonderful men and fantastic artists).

Other guests appearing at the con include Al Jaffee, Bob Camp, Danny Fingeroth, Dean Haspiel, Don McGregor, Evan Dorkin, Herb Trimpe, Jamal Igle, Mark Morales, Reilly Brown, Stephanie Buscema, Ulises Farinas, and our good friend Mark A. Robinson!

Let’s do this!

Asbury Park Comicon 2013

PS. We’re still getting around to some kind of wrap-up/write-up of the unforgettable, inaugural Fabletown and Beyond convention last week. It’s a hard experience to put into words, so please forgive how long it’s taking! But know this: next year, should the con return in one form or another, you do not want to miss it.

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To Fabletown…and Beyond!

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This Friday through Sunday (March 22-24), you’ll find Once Upon a Time MachineAndrew Carl (Editor; Writer, “John Henry”), Chris Stevens (Producer; Writer, “The Boy Who Drew Cats”), and Josh O’Neill (Creative Advisor; Writer, “Bombus and Vespula”) in Rochester, Minnesota at Bill Willingham’s Fabletown and Beyond convention!

What is Fabletown and Beyond?

Fabletown and Beyond will be a convention entirely designed to discuss, promote and celebrate comic books that fall within the Mythic Fiction realm.

And what’s this Mythic Fiction?

Mythic Fiction comics are Fables and Sandman, The Unwritten, Bone, Kill Shakespeare, Mice Templar, Stuff of Legend, Memorial, Fairest, The Abominable Charles Christopher, Mouse Guard, Hellboy, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Arrowsmith, House of Mystery, Castle Waiting, and dozens more truly wonderful books.

Mythic Fiction is that magic-bound alliance of fairytales, folklore, myth, legend, talking animals and characters from literature, given new life, new challenges to face and new adventures to chronicle.

So who else will be there?

To name a few of the comics heavyweights in attendance: Bill Willingham (naturally), Mark Buckingham, Shelly Bond, Kurt Busiek, Mike Carey, Bryan J. L. Glass, Gene Ha, Adam Hughes, Steve Leialoha, Mike Oeming, David Petersen, Chris Roberson, Matt Sturges, Chrissie Zullo…and a whole bunch more. See a more complete guest list at the convention’s website.

You’ll find us, the Locust Moon Comics crew, in Fabletown’s intimate Artists’ Alley. We’ll be there with books, prints, and stories in tow.

And on Sunday @ 11:00 am, Chris Stevens will be speaking on the Artist Alley panel in the so-called “Boring Panel Room”!

You can also check out Fabletown and Beyond on Facebook.

Hope we see you there!

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March Appearances!

2013’s properly underway, and this Time Machine ain’t slowing down!

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Left to right: Andrew Carl, Josh O’Neill, Chris Stevens, and Kelly Writers House Program Coordinator Alli Katz.

In January, a handful of Once Upon a Time Machine creators –  Andrew Carl (Editor; writer of “John Henry”), Chris Stevens (Producer; writer of “The Boy Who Drew Cats”), Josh O’Neill (Creative Advisor; writer of “Bombus and Vespula”), James Comey (creator of “Kid Yimage and the Really Big Hole”), Rob Woods (creator of “The Venusian Shepherd Boy Who Cried Space Wolf”), and Dave Proch (artist of “A.L.I.C.E.”) – were honored to be this year’s guests of the annual Charles Bernheimer Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House. You can listen to a recording of our talk here, but you’ll be missing out on our visual aids and physical comedy.

If you want to see some of the gang in person, though, we have some more great events coming up in March!

First stop, Wednesday, March 12:  Wayne, New Jersey
Andrew, Chris, Josh, Charles Fetherolf (creator of “The Crossing”), and Jason Rodriguez (writer of “The Stars Are Not Wanted Now”) will be dropping by William Paterson University to chat with some art students about making comics. A students-only event…but if you’re in the area, feel free to stalk and ambush us as we find dinner thereabouts.

Friday-Sunday, March 22-24: Rochester, Minnesota
Fabletown and Beyond – Andrew, Chris, and Josh will be attending Bill Willingham’s first annual convention “entirely designed to discuss, promote and celebrate comic books that fall within the Mythic Fiction realm.” We’ll be alongside such greats as Mark Buckingham (Fables), Kurt Busiek (Arrowsmith), Mike Carey (The Unwritten), Gene Ha (Top 10), Adam Hughes (Fairest), Mike Oeming (Mice Templar). [Facebook]

Saturday, March 30: Asbury Park, New Jersey
Asbury Park Comic Con Come see a bunch of us back in Jersey, where we’ll join the likes of Al Jaffee (MAD), Evan Dorkin (Beasts of Burden), Herbe Trimpe (The Incredible Hulk), J. G. Jones (Wanted), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), and Mark A. Robinson (I Love Trouble) at this one-day convention. [Facebook]

More info’s to come, as we approach this awesome run of events!

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Pinocchio Jumps to Kindle…for FREE (for now)

“Pinocchio, or The Stars Are Not Wanted Now” is one of Once Upon a Time Machine’s most heartfelt and touching tales. So it’s a VERY special holiday treat that Jason RodriguezScott White, and Jason Arthur have decided to share their story as a FREE – for now – eBook.

From now through Tuesday, you can download it for the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle for Android, Kindle for iPad, and Amazon Cloud Reader (a free Kindle reader for your web browser) – without paying a penny!

(After Tuesday, “Pinocchio” will still be available as a standalone downloadable eBook, for $1.99.)

Are you, or someone you know, on the fence about investing in Once Upon a Time Machine (in spite of how affordably it’s priced for 400+ pages of comics)? Give this great story a read, and you’ll have a little taste of the 25 beautifully unique stories contained in the full book.

And if you’ve got a special geek in your life? A big fan of fairy tales? A huggable sci-fi nerd? A family who loves to read together? A loved one of any age or taste who likes great stories, both familiar and fresh? You know what the best Christmas gift of the year is…
Once Upon a Time Machine in paperback
the Kindle edition
the NOOK book
and the Dark Horse Digital edition

And over here’s the FREE Pinocchio eBook for ALL Kindle apps and devices!

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About the Trailer at About.com

Behind the Illustrated Book Trailer: Once Upon a Time Machine

Editor Andrew Carl chatted with the fine folks at About.com about how the wonderful animated trailer for Once Upon a Time Machine came together, as part of their series of advice on how to market one’s book online.

The OUaTM trailer was also featured and discussed briefly in this more general About.com article, Tips to Producing An Effective Online Book Trailer.

Let’s enjoy that trailer again, shall we?

Animation, of course, by the fantastic Lance Erlick.

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Huffington Post Books Boards the Time Machine!

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Huffington Post Books Boards the Time Machine!

“Do you remember the first time you heard that Goldilocks liked drinking other people’s porridge? The first time you dreamed of your own nose growing after you’d told a lie? How about the first time you imagined what it would be like to kiss a frog?”

Once Upon a Time Machine editor Andrew Carl has written a short piece for Huffington Post Books, to accompany a beautiful slideshow of illustrations from the book…and the Post has given the article top billing!

So click over and give it a read!

And don’t forget what book will make the best gift of this holiday season!

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October Reviews

We’re right at the end of our release month, and we’ve seen lots of new reviews pop up in the last few weeks that are definitely worth sharing!

(See some advance reviews we found previously herehere, and here!)

Jordan Callarman at Fanboy Comics recommends it to anybody with “fond memories of that big book of fairytales that you used to have when you were a kid,” saying:

“Anthologies can be somewhat hit or miss, but Once Upon a Time Machine is consistently great throughout. With so many different creators, the artwork and writing style is constantly in flux, and I found myself excited to get past each new title page and see what type of story lay in wait for me next. That sense of anticipation stays with you as you work your way through the book, since you truly never know what to expect.”

Melissa Megan at Talking Comics calls out her favorite stories, and sums up:

“It’s a giant book stuffed to bursting with great stories told with truly unique characters, based on classic fables. Every piece presented here is a quality piece of work and will provide hours of whimsical, light hearted reading.”

Bookworm1858, meanwhile, had a hard time picking favorites (but did anyways!):

“Overall: A really great collection-everyone a winner and something to please all tastes!” 4.5/5

Thorverine at Comic Book Therapy struggled with his review:

“I honestly and truly tried to find something to say I didn’t like about the book, but I couldn’t do it. It’s not a 400 plus page narrative, it’s a collection with the same overall theme of sci-fi or futuristic elements. You may not be completely sold on one story, but you turn the page and there is one that completely blows you away. No matter your tastes, there’s something for you in this. I cannot recommend this highly enough and give it a 5/5 because that is as high as it goes.”

Devon Sanders at CHUD.com writes a very personal (*sniffle*) review, adding:

“This is a gorgeous, GORGEOUS presentation. Clocking in at over 400 pages, this book is the type of thing I absolutely adore; beautifully crafted genre stories that take full advantage of the medium of comics.” 4.5/5

Stumptown Trade Review appreciates old stories told in brand-new ways:

“In each case the writers succeeded in pushing themselves far beyond the confines of the story and managed to create something entirely unexpected.”

Jo Ann the Book Faerie does, too:

“I found this to be a most fascinating read…Even if your young ones have no interest in fairy tales, I think this book will grab their interest anyway.”

Stephen at Page 45 talks about his favorite stories and imagery:

“A magical cover by Farel Dalrymple whose cast gives a clue to the contents: dozens of short stories inspired by traditional fables and fairytails, each diverging radically from the source material.”

Kate O’Neil at The Fandom Post has some clear favorites, as well:

“The classic parables told in fairy tales mix surprisingly well with warnings of a future out of control which permeate traditional science fiction. There’s a good range of different art styles, mediums, and choices for subject matter on display in this hefty 400 plus page volume, but I recommend reading it in sips rather than gulps.”

Jordan DesJardins at Comic Booked states his take simply enough:

“So what exactly makes this book so good? Everything!”

Finally, Rob Bricken of the awesome nerd blog Topless Robot recently ran a contest with our help, but not without giving his thoughts on the book, first:

Once Upon a Time Machine is awesome…It’s over 400 pages, is full color, and is somehow only $25 — it’s a steal (and Amazon currently has it for $13.50, which is even more absurd). Frankly, I loved it.”

And if you’re curious to see the Topless Robot contest’s winners…click & see the awesomeness they cooked up here!

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