Sunday, June 26, 2016

When Heartbreak Hits... Read a Romance Comic!

Yesterday I caught up with Jenny (the very talented artist for How to Go Steady) to touch base about our Kickstarter campaign. She let me know it had been a rough couple of days because the guy she'd been seeing for a while dumped her for another girl. Ugh! I hate that for her!

It totally sucks to be dumped, especially for someone else but I reassured her that it isn't the end -- it's the beginning! She's a total catch, so I know she'll be fine.

Jenny joked that she needs to follow the advice in the book to bounce back and well, I couldn't agree more! In light of this, let's take a look at a few pieces of advice from romance comics that you'll find in How to Go Steady, shall we?

Got that, Jenny?
Buy a pair of hot pants, stat!

Groovy guys are floating around.
Especially at the beach!

All so true.

Now that's turning lemons into lemonade!

It never ceases to amaze me that there was a whole genre of comic books that were not only entertaining but instructional as well. Certainly, not all of the advice was stellar, but so much of it continues to be timeless and useful.

You'll find all this advice and much more in How to Go Steady: Timeless Dating Advice, Wisdom, and Lessons from Vintage Romance Comics. If you'd like to see this book become a reality (and get yourself a copy in the process) visit our Kickstarter campaign! It'll cheer Jenny up at the very least!

Credits: 1.) The broken heart at the top of this post is actually one of the illustrations that Jenny created for the book. If we get funded, you can expect the rest of the art to be just as beautiful! 2.) Banner from "What to Do if You've Lost Your Man" Girls' Romances #160 (October 1971) 3.) For anyone with a broken heart "What to Do if You've Lost Your Man" 4.) "Love From a Stranger!" Young Love #93 (March 1972) 5., 6., 7.) Sound advice from "When You're Between Boyfriends" Young Romance #187 (October 1972) 8.) "Jilted!" My Love #2 (November 1969) 

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Sequential Crush Kickstarter is LIVE!

It’s hard to believe the day has come, but the Kickstarter is here! Visit to show some love and get in on the fun. I am so hopeful that we will get funded and turn this book into a reality. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of my first book!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Prepare Thine Self! The Sequential Crush Kickstarter is Nigh - Progress Update #2

Poe, my supervisor, looking on
as I prep the Kickstarter

Hello there! It's been a while since I've shared a progress update on my impending book! Truth is, I've been so in it that I've neglected the sharing part of the process. Today, though, I'm going to get you all caught up.

But first, since we are old friends here at Sequential Crush, I want to share some exciting personal news of late. It's even romance related! My wonderful boyfriend, James, proposed to me the other week and I said YES! I'm extremely excited to begin this stage of my life as a fiancée and soon-to-be wife to the most supportive and wonderful man around!

Now, on to book news! The book is written and edited and I've hired Jenny Cimino (pictured with me below) to make it come to life. Jenny is an extremely talented illustrator and graphic designer and I think you'll absolutely fall in love with her style and what she has planned for the book! We've had a ton of fun working together and I think we make an excellent team.

Jenny and I after our whirlwind meeting
a few weeks ago -- we even held part of it in Jenny's
home and studio, a sweet 1974 RV! 

I've been hard at work playing art director, creating a budget, getting samples and quotes from printers, creating reward tiers, figuring out shipping prices and logistics, and writing the campaign text. This weekend, James will be helping me shoot the campaign video. As long as everything goes according to plan, the Kickstarter campaign will launch the week of June 13th!

Along with the romance comics themselves,
we used Pinterest to keep track
of ideas and inspiration

I've poured my heart and soul into writing this book (and yes there have been a few tears along the way), but I'm confident that it will all be worth it. I'm extremely excited to share the campaign with you and I hope you'll see that Jenny and I have done due diligence to honor the romance comics. I hope you'll join us for the Kickstarter and help us turn this book into a reality!

If you'd like to see a little sneak peek
of Jenny's illustration work for the book,
When I send out the next newsletter this evening,
you'll see a preview of what we've been up to!