Issue One is called Persimmon, and is the first chapter of the book that will be called Monday.
The story starts with the rabbit, who has had his first book published, frustrated because his career as a cartoonist hasn’t exactly taken off. He’s getting increasingly desperate, and more prone to take some bad advice from Capitalist Pig. Capitalist pig convinces him he needs to expand his potential audience, so he, after overcoming his initial resistance to the idea, he decides to create a tentacle rape fetish character, and that’s where Persimmon comes in.
Readers of my comics will know Persimmon because he was introduced in comics I did on the website a while ago. But while in those comics his creation took a couple of pages, in the book it’s much more elaborate. The chapters in the book aren’t a collection of strips, and originally his creation was done in two pages because I was trying to reach a punchline on each page. It’s been expanded and given room to breathe.
Persimmon, unfortunately, turns out to be neurotic like all of the rabbit’s other characters, and he can’t pull of the tentacle rape bit. This leaves the rabbit even more desperate, and ready to consider the new options that Capitalist Pig is offering, which sets them down the road that eventually makes Rickets and Prester, who depend on the rabbit for cocaine money and are frustrated by his incompetence, decide that they have to go find the rabbit’s artistic hero, Bill Watterson, and get him to smack some sense into the rabbit.
The issue is 27 pages of art, most of which has never been published or posted online before, plus a five page illustrated character guide section, plus full color front and back covers, also illustrated and colored by myself. It’s also the start of what I’m hoping will be a pretty memorable book, and I think is pretty easily the best thing I’ve ever written.
The best way to get a copy right now is to order it through your local comic shop. It’s available now for pre-order from Diamond, item code: APR141283
The orders help me tremendously, as does making your shop aware of the book and showing them that people have an interest in buying it, so ask them for one now, don’t wait and hope they’ll have one in June!
When it comes out in June, the issue will also be available in a digital version for those of you who prefer that.