From the mind of Tom Beland

Creator of True Story Swear to God

Friday, November 9, 2007

VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS 2008!!

Lordy, Lordy, LORDAYYY... THIS is the book I've been waiting to see in PREVIEWS and it's going to be in the December Previews. It's big, it's affordable and it's a LOT of fun and romance.

This is the big TSSTG Omnibus from Image Comics. It's titled "YOU CAN'T LOVE TOO MUCH ONE PART OF IT" (from a great John Mayer tune called "Wheel") and it collects ALL SEVENTEEN ISSUES of my self-published Clib's Boy Comics run. It's 560+ pages that tells the entire story from how Lily and I met at the bus stop in Disneyworld, to me moving to Puerto Rico, to my first convention and so on.

Many people out there have the TSSTG trades from AiT/PlanetLar and, while they were great books, were never able to print a trade that featured the final six issues of my self-published run. This Image book will catch readers up on those mysterious final six issues before I moved to Image.

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this book. Some of the fun things we're going to feature as a bonus inside will be:

• A yearbook-style photo section, featuring all the characters real-life photos and small quotes about being in a comic book.

• Recipes! I talk a lot about how much I love to cook and I'm going to add some of my favorite recipes.

• Lots of love... lots of laughs... lots of emotion.

If you have a partner who's not too much into comics, or if you have someone who's read the trades but hasn't read those lost six issues... this book will make a GREAT VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT!!


This is the other biggie issue. It's been twenty-six issues in the making and now it's time for the long-awaited ENGAGEMENT ISSUE.

Everyone has been telling me that this issue is going to be a lovely read, since it's such a romantic story. But I can assure you... this was one of the most difficult periods of my life. This issue centers around 911 and the struggle of living in a place where the stars and stripes aren't always the most popular thing to hang outside your home. It was our biggest fight, I was a HUGE ass.... but we still managed to get engaged.

This will also be solicited in the Decembers PREVIEWS for February shipping.

When I signed on with Image, they wanted me to go monthly and, although I really wanted to be able to do this... it's been a tough learning experience. I fell wayyyy behind on the deadlines and I felt we needed some space to catch up on everything.

The main feeling on this was I didn't want to get a book out every month just to meet a deadline. This particular book is more than a comic to me and Lily and I didn't want to compromise on level of writing I want for this book. So, I'm now caught up and I needed some space to get more books in the can before submitting.

Anyhoo... I hope you're as excited about these books as I am and I know you'll enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.

5 comments:

moviegirl78 said...

woot! Not one, but two new goodies to come! yay!

Now I just have to wait...

Thanks for the preview to Previews! :)

Tom Beland said...

Thanks! The big book is really going to be fun to see on the bookshelves. The yearbook photos will come with quotes from the people about what it's like to actually be in comic book.

The engagement issue is really going to be something special.

chrisfason said...

hot damn!

Emilio Torres Garcia said...

Congratulations Tom. I'll put this hardcover on my shopping list.

Evan Harrison Cass said...

Re: TSSTG Omnibus... Will this include the "100 Stories" material?