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Off to Eurofurence!

8/15/2014 8:05 am

We are off to Germany for Eurofurence 20: Crime Scene Berlin! This is a special trip for us, because we will be appearing as Guests of Honor and doing guests-of-honorly things. Our last visit was in 2008 when EF was being held in the Ringburg Hotel. We had a great time then, and we loved having the Black Forest right outside our door, but we're looking forward to some great new experiences in the much more cosmopolitan city of Berlin.

We will be keeping our online store up and running during our trip. Larry The Intern will be stopping by the warehouse a few times during our absence to process orders that come in. There may be a couple more days for orders to go out than usual, but we hope to keep our customers from waiting too long to get their books.

We look forward to meeting up with the fabulous folks on the other side of the Atlantic in their home territory. If you'll be at EF, please stop by and say hi!

Announcing A New Project: Franko, Fables of the Last Earth

7/23/2014 8:34 am

We are excited to announce that we will be publishing the English translation of Franko: Fables of the Last Earth by the Chilean writer and artist team Ángel Bernier and Cristóbal Jofré! Franko was released in its original Spanish translation a year ago, and it has received great reviews in the world of Spanish comics and literature. We are proud to have the opportunity now to bring Franko’s enchanting tales and strong, vivid images to our English-speaking audiences.

Franko and Sofawolf business meeting

Franko is a collection of six fables about the eponymous lion and his friend Shin who live in the challenging environment of the arid high deserts of Chile. Throughout their daily lives they encounter a variety of characters living and dead (and of other unquantifiable states of existence) who, in the proper tradition of fables, teach them valuable lessons or give them a richer appreciation for the world around them. Franko’s world is foreign, yet familiar, with a rich mythology that feels ancient, even though it is totally the creation of Jofré and Bernier.

Translation is already under way. Our hope is to present Franko’s stories in a readable English version that allows the reader to become fully immersed in the stories, yet still preserves some of the flavor of the original Spanish. We’re grateful to our collaborators in Chile who have been responsible for the majority of the translation work, while we have been working on our end to make sure things will sound natural to our English-speaking readers’ ears. While most of the work has been smooth, one poetic piece at the end has posed a special challenge as we try to preserve both the original meaning and the poetic flow of the words.

If all goes well, we should have Franko ready for release at Further Confusion, 2015. We are looking into options for funding the print run with pre-orders, and we’ll announce details as they are confirmed. Our goal is to print Franko via offset processes, which will keep the cover price down in the range of Nordguard or Prydwen, as opposed to the price point of our digitally printed color graphic novels such as Dog’s Days of Summer and Red Lantern. Offset printing would also enable us to more easily offer a quality hardcover edition.

So please keep an eye on our blog, LiveJournal account, and Twitter for updates!

In the meantime, you can hop over to our Coming Soon page for more previews. You can also follow Franko's progress on Tumblr and Facebook.

Heat #12 and Hot Dish #2 Submissions Open, now through September!

7/15/2014 10:33 pm

[Alopex] Now that we’ve survived Anthrocon and the successful release of Heat #11 and several other new products and the 2-day drive home AND the shipping of pre-orders (mostly) it’s time to think about starting things up all over again for Heat #12!

Heat #12 Submissions

Our deadline this year is the same as last year’s: September 30. However, we’re making the announcement quite a bit earlier than last year, so you all have two and a half months to finish polishing off your stories! (You all have been busy writing already and not waiting for this announcement, right? Right?)

Last year was our first year using Submittable for managing submissions, and it has worked out well enough that we’re going to continue using it this year. You can start on our main page or go directly to the submission forms for Heat stories, poems, and comics.

Please note that we’ve had one report of Submittable’s confirmation emails getting caught by spam filters, which hopefully they’re working on fixing. In the meantime, if you’re ever unsure about the status of your submissions, you can always log in to Submittable, check out “My Submissions” under your account details, and then click on the “Activity” tab for any of your submissions. That will reveal whatever emails Submittable has sent to your email account, whether they successfully made it to your inbox or not. If you have any further questions, please contact us at talent@sofawolf.com.

And, as I can’t say it enough times, many thanks to Dark End and Teagan Gavet for their tremendous work on Heat #11, along with Huskyteer and Jeff for their slushpile and editing work. Hopefully they won’t kill me for not giving them much of a break before starting it all up once again!

Hot Dish #2 Submissions

We’ve made some good progress with the submissions that have come in so far, but we’re still looking for more in order to put together a volume of similar length as the first volume. As incentive for procrastinators to get their works-in-progress polished up and submitted, we’re setting a deadline of September 30, 2014 for Hot Dish, the same as for Heat. All submissions received by this deadline will be considered. If after we’ve reviewed these submissions we find that we have enough stories to fill the next volume, we will officially close submissions and begin our editing work in earnest.

If we don’t accept enough submissions by this deadline, we will keep it open. But we offer no guarantees, so, if you want to be in Hot Dish #2, now is the time to get to work!

Our Hot Dish submissions form remains open at its original location.

Pre-Orders and Anthrocon Travel Update

6/27/2014 7:56 am

Pre-orders for pickup at Anthrocon are now done. Thanks to everyone who placed orders and pre-orders! We have a few days before we start our annual two-day road trip to Pittsburgh, and in those days we'll be making final preparations and shipping out those orders that can go immediately.

We are leaving our catalog online during our trip to Anthrocon so that you can still place orders at any time, but please be advised that we will not be processing any orders placed after Sunday, June 30, until after we return later in the week of July 7-11.

  • Both The Art of Hibbary and The Godson's Triumph are in from the printer and may be shipped in these last few days before Anthrocon. If you ordered one of these products and did not order anything that is waiting for a signature by Kyell Gold, there is a good chance we will process your order before we leave.
  • Orders that include titles by Kyell Gold will not go out until after we return. He is stopping by on his way home from Anthrocon to sign all the things. Orders with his signed products will be processed in the order that they were received after that. Recent releases in this group include Uncovered (hardcover and softcover) and Heat #11.
  • Reprints of hardcover editions of the earlier Dev and Lee titles (Out of Position, Isolation Play, and Divisions) still have an uncertain ship date. If they are not here in time for Kyell to sign, he will sign a bookplate that will be included with your books when they are ready to ship.

Thanks again for your patronage!

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