As promised, I wrote about Josh Divine’s Ducktown, published in 2013, over on the Facebook page. Make sure to head over there and check it out to read about why this book deserves a revival and what you can do to help. There’s also a huge gallery of Ducktown strips as well as behind the scenes stuff too. So, if you haven’t already, like us on Facebook and check out the post!
You might not think you know Josh Divine but you do actually – you know his work. Allow me to explain…
So, every time the San Diego Comic-Con rolls around (ugh), I quietly (bitterly) remind people that I published a collection of comic strips by Colorado artist, Josh Divine. Josh created Ducktown, which was a weird and dark little strip about crass and angry ducks.
Ducktown ran in The Colorado Daily, a bona fide daily newspaper in Boulder, Colorado. If you’re familiar with Josh’s strip then you know how amazing it is that he got it into a daily paper. Peanuts this ain’t.
The strip drove Divine to the edge but gave him clarity on his life and goals. Anyway, the strip is *really* good. I’ve liked it since the day I saw it and that was 8,000 years ago on Live Journal. It’s dark and has made me laugh out loud (really), many times.
My point here is that I half-expected Ducktown to take off and maybe give Josh the boost he needed to really break into cartooning. And if I’m honest, I also thought it might be a way to needle my way into the SDCC as a publisher. I was wrong, well, not completely…
Josh now designs toys for the wildly successful Kid Robot. I’d like to think publishing his work helped with that but the truth is that Josh was already an amazing artist. He’s designed all kinds of stuff for me, including my logo and the covers for AmeriKKKan Stories, Ban This and well as interior design and chapter art for Lowriting. Told ya you already knew his work. 😉
Anyway, it’s funny to me because his humor and talent are on point with some super popular artists in the “underground comic strip” biz. And I won’t name names but Josh can hold his own. Ducktown is an awesome book and I’ll put it up against any collection of strips anywhere.
So it absolutely BAFFLES me that his book did so poorly! Not even a foreword from a nationally syndicated cartoonist would help. It bombed.
Part of this failure was my marketing efforts (or lack thereof), but Josh is well-known in many artist circles, more so now due to his toy craft – none of that helped.
The poor guy had a grand total of ONE book signing on his home turf. That just plain sucks and is undeserved. I figured it was only a matter of time before we ended up at the SDCC, hawing copies of Ducktown. Well, that was the dream anyway.
He tried to warn me a long time ago that Ducktown was cursed. Maybe he was right…but I’m a glutton for punishment.
So, here I am, all these years later, still telling you how great Ducktown is. And it really is. The book is hilarious! Read it and tell me if I’m wrong.
I’m including several sample strips as a “Ducktown” gallery on here, so you can see for yourself what I’m talking about!
This is my yearly “why did Ducktown do so poorly, woe is me” rant. I’m quite good at these by now. The only reason I keep the book in print is because I still have a glimmer of hope that one day it will be discovered. Time will tell.
In meantime, grab your copy of Ducktown here – it has seven 5 star reviews. Not bad!
And follow Josh on Instagram here:
He makes killer toys and also has his own line of collectible pins and if you fanboy/girl all over him enough, maybe we can convince him to start doing comics again.
Thanks for reading!