Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jax Comic Con Plus!!!

Hey everyone, Rachel here, AGAIN. I need to make a trip across town and kick Ashley in her bum to make a post. Kicking Ashley in the bum is not the point of this post though.

Today is Wednesday. As everyone into comic books knows today is the day that new comics come out. While at my local comic shop that has my pull list is at I was informed that I will be having a table at Jacksonville's quarterly mini comic con Comic Con Plus !!!!! Turns out the great guys at Alter Egos Comics/ Comics Dojo believe in Aspire enough to get Ashley and myself our own table! What a couple of sweethearts! If we're lucky we might get some Ashley Lanni original art at the table too.

 If you live in Orange Park, FL do stop by Alter Egos/Comic Dojo and buy some comic books, HeroClix or statues will you? And don't forget to show up at Comic Con Plus on May 22nd in Jacksonville, FL!

Alter Egos/Comics Dojo  
400 Madison Ave
Orange Park, FL

Comic Con Plus on May 22nd from 10am - 4pm
@ the Holiday Inn on I-95 and Baymeadows Rd. in Jacksonville, FL                          

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Surprise Surprise!

Part of getting into any industry is networking. I HATE networking. I hate the idea of getting to know someone because you WANT SOMETHING from them instead of wanting to get to know them. There are few things I truly hate, that is one of them. So when I go to cons, no matter how big or how small, I talk and try to get to know everyone and if I end up being buddies with someone that happens to have a hook up then so be it. If not well then at least I have a new friend that has simular interests as me.

Now I was planning on going to HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC this June as a fan to have fun and maybe hang out with some new buddies I met at MegaCon last month. I mentioned to a fellow comic creator newbie that Aspire would not have a table there, major downfall of being indie is the lack of money, and this talented creator offered a guest spot for Aspire at their booth for at least one of the days.


More details to come later!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Saturday May 7th is Free Comic Book Day yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For you FCBD virgins I'll explain. The first Saturday in May, every single year, comic book publishers send comic book shops dozens of comics to give to the people for FREE. It's gotten to a point where many comic shops throw an all day party, many will even have author/artist signings.
Speaking of signings, Ashley and I will be at Universe of Superheroes in Jacksonville, FL doing our 1st official signing of Aspire on FCBD. Afterwards at Cafe 331 in downtown Jacksonville there will be a Heroes and Villains party and there will be a costume contest!
If you're in the Jax area comic shop hopping on FCBD stop by Universe of Superheroes and say hi to Ashley and I and talk fangirl/fanboy with us!


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Going to the BoarderLands..........

Hey there everyone! Just a heads up that I will be dropping off copies of Aspire #1 to BoarderLands Comics and Games off Atlantic Blvd. in Jax and Gotham City Limits sold out last week so I will be stopping by there this afternoon to drop off more copies of Aspire!

Ashley and I have been getting lots of positive feedback from everyone who has read Aspire but I MUST say this; we will not tell you the ending. Our husbands don't even know the ending! Guess you boogers are going to just have to pick up the comic, comes out every other month, to find out what happens! Don't worry, the next issue will be out before you know it!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Karaoke has never been so dangerous.

Last night's Jacksonville artwalk was a blast. Lots of people stopped by and said "hi" to have Ashley Lanni and myself sign copies of Aspire. Then karaoke started at Cafe 331. There were the standard not so good singers drunk and trying to sign but overall most people's inner rock star came out. Including some fans promoting Aspire before singing Tenacious D. Highly inappropriate but the good willed sentiment was there and is appreciated. If you didn't make it to artwalk for Ashley or I to sign your book no worries, we will both be at Universe of Superheroes off Park St in Jacksonville, FL for Free Comic Book Day on May 7th!
Until then, keep aspiring towards your dreams. (Yeah that was hokey, don't care. : p)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Jacksonville Artwalk!

Ashley Lanni and myself will be at Cafe 331 in downtown Jacksonville selling and signing copies of Aspire around 7pm-ish.  Cafe 331 is at 331 Forsyth St. We'll see you crazy kids tonight!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

1st Testimonial on Aspire!!

I've gotten lots of verbal feedback about Aspire #1 from people but today I received some in writing. From a fan of Aspire who tagged me on his Facebook page:
"It's really effing good and it leaves you wanting that effin 2nd ish to come out... RACHEL! MAKE IT COME OUT NOW! MAKE IT HAPPEN!" -J. Vargas
Well Mr. Vargas, and anyone else jonesing for the next issue, I'm sorry to say you have to wait until May. Since Ashley Lanni (the artist) and myself have those pesky day jobs we are working as fast as we can to make Aspire come out and for right now the best we can promise is that it will come out every other month. Such is life in the indie aisle unfortunately. But thank you again for the excitement and the feedback! Keep a lookout for Aspire #2 towards the end of May!

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Seriously good news. I know when The Professor on Futurama says that it's NEVER really good news. This, however is super good news (well for ME it is). It looks like Aspire, the very first venture into publishing for Rachel Pandich (me) and Ashley Lanni, is going to have to go into a second printing. SECOND PRINTING?!?!?! If you've ever been in publishing, or the art scene, you know how amazing it is that an independent comic by first timers has to go into a second printing after only a week. Thanks again to everyone that picked up a copy at MegaCon, online, and at the local shops around the Jacksonville area. If it wasn't for you this couldn't have happened. <3

Aspire at Gotham City?!?!

Misleading title. Sorry. Destiny will not be fighting side by side with the cape crusader anytime soon. However people in Jacksonville, FL will be able to pick up a copy of Aspire at Gotham City Limits off of Southside Blvd. after 3pm today.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Where to get Aspire #1

If you're looking at this then yay!!!! You've found my blog! What is all this you say? Well, CityTowne Gazette is the newspaper in the home town of Destiny Phelps; an average pre-teen that wears Converse, loves eating tacos and is doing everything she can to become a heroine while tracking down her father's murderer. Aspire #1 is available in most of the comic shops in Jacksonville, FL or online order at   OR have your local comic shop contact me on this via this blog for ordering information.