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Friends With Boys, webcomic edition!

Hello readers, new ones just discovering the comic and those who’ve been with it since the beginning. Friends With Boys is now complete online. You may read it in its entirety, all 200+ pages, for free, for the next eight days. Then the image files of the comic (except for a short preview) will be taken down. While the comic was being serialized online, I blogged a lot about my comic making process. I did write ups about how I make comics, what my opinions on what makes a good comic are, and pointed out various Easter eggs throughout Friends With Boys. That stuff will all remain up, so if you buy a hard copy of Friends With Boys, you can still read along with my thought process.

And now (today!), Friends With Boys is a published book! Yay! I hope that if you’ve read the web version and liked it, and want to support me as a creator, you’ll consider buying the book.

I’ve really enjoyed serializing Friends With Boys online. If you’re new to my work, I started out making comics online before moving into print. I posted the very first page of my very first online comic on my very first website back in August, 1999, and wow, was that page ugly. Here it is! Notice a weird similarity to the first page of Friends With Boys? Yeah, that was not deliberate, I promise. But look how much your drawing skills can improve if you draw thousands of pages of comics over a ten year period! Anyway, I’m really thrilled my wonderful publisher First Second Books has allowed me to return to my roots and put Friends With Boys online as a lead up to its publication. As a reader and purchaser of comics, I have bought quite a few hard copy versions of online comics, because I enjoy the reading experience of having the whole thing collected, and I want to support the author. I hope you will too. :)

Otherwise, there are a few upcoming events I hope to see some readers at:
Book signing! At my local comics shop Strange Adventures, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 3rd (Saturday), 2-4pm (EDITING TO ADD: The book launch has been moved to the following Saturday due to the books not shipping to Strange Adventures on time. The launch will now be March 10th from 2-4pm. Go here for info).
Comic convention! I’ll have a table at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 6th-7th. There are a few other conventions I am trying to attend, but everything else is up in the air at the moment. For updates, please follow my twitter or join my Facebook fan page.  I’m pretty good about updating those two spots.

Pre-ordering information for Friends With Boys!

IMPORTANT PRE-ORDERING INFORMATION!  Friends With Boys is available for pre-order at your local comic store on page 291 of December’s issue of Previews! Yay! Apparently it is “Certified Cool,” which is very nice. The Previews code is DEC111077, so if you are fortunate enough to live in a town with a decent comic book store that you enjoy shopping at (like my own, always awesome Strange Adventures), please pre-order Friends With Boys from them. If you (sadly) do not have a great local comic shop there is also pre-ordering available online. You can pre-order it at Amazon (or the Canadian Amazon, or Chapters), Barnes & Noble or you can support local and find an indie bookstore in your area via Indie Store Finder.

Pre-ordering a book is very important, as it lets retailers know readers are interested in buying the book, and encourages them to stock and support it. If you have been enjoying the online version of Friends With Boys and think you might like to buy it when it comes out, please consider pre-ordering in whatever bookstore/comic book store or online outlet you prefer. I’d very much appreciate it.

Friends With Boys!

Hi everybody! I’m Faith Erin Hicks and this is the website for my graphic novel Friends With Boys, which will be serialized online until its publication in February 2012. As someone who started out in online comics, I’m really thrilled my wonderful publisher First Second Books (check them out, they publish awesome, delicious comics that are endlessly consumable) is allowing me to post Friends With Boys online, so I’ll have the chance to talk with readers about the process behind this comic, and point out all the goofy easter eggs along the way.

Some stats: Friends With Boys is 211 pages long, and will update with a page a day every weekday. As someone who really enjoys procrastinating on the internet before dragging myself outside to jog in the morning, I love an online comic that updates frequently, so updates five times a week? Awesome.

Friends With Boys is about Maggie McKay, a teenager entering her first year in public high school. Previously Maggie had been home-schooled, taught by her mom and her only classmates her three (very loud, probably very manly) brothers. Now she’s following her brothers to high school, where she’ll have to deal with something pretty terrifying to a home-schooled kid: her peers. Also Maggie’s stalked by a local ghost, and having a ghost follow you to school on your very first day … very not cool.

So, dear readers, I hope you’ll stick around and enjoy the comic and pass the link around to your friends and others you think might enjoy it. I’ll be here blogging along as the comic pages are posted, so please check back often.