Starting June 2, the relaunch of MAN IN THE MASK gives me an opportunity to roll out the future of my stories in a much wider format. From that date and on, I will be “digital first.” Meaning I will be releasing comics on my website before going to print with them. And here, there will be no pay wall or subscription. You can read them for free.
I love print. I love holding a comic in my hand. But the truth of the matter is that print is expensive and with no distribution past cons, very limiting in getting the stories out to potential readers.
Going digital and free access isn’t that big of a stretch. Considering I have been known to give my stuff out on occasion. It’s not that I think my stuff isn’t worth the purchase. I just like to share the work I put into MAN IN THE MASK. I like to show my enthusiasm and love for it. I have so much fun with it. I want to turn around and show the world how proud of them I am. Going digital is an opportunity to reach more readers.
Right now the plan is to release every Tuesday. Originally I was going to put a page count on the releases. But now, I don’t want to limit myself creatively. If I have a 3 page story I want to show, that’s what I’ll do. Same for a 10 page.
Initially, on June 2, I will be releasing the first issue in 8 page increments weekly. This is to make sure everyone is on the same level story wise. Then, the new material will begin. All material will be collected serialized in comic form and will be available from Indyplanet and myself, before the story finishes digitally. If you wish to help support my efforts, please consider purchasing the print offerings.
I plan to experiment as I go with some different things. And, I will be releasing spin off material featuring characters introduced in MAN IN THE MASK and giving them more of a spotlight.
Hopefully, if you’re reading this, you have plans to read the book as it’s released. Thank you so much. My hope is that you can enjoy this book as much as I do.
A lifelong comics fan, Mike W. Belcher is the writer/artist of MAN IN THE MASK. A story he's had with him for over 20 years.