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You know, there's what I think is some really great stuff about my love affair with online comics below this, and I hope you'll come back and read it, but that's the salon. This is the show:

OEL Romantic Science at Its Best!
Texas STEAMPUNK!
The WILD WEST GENIUS GIRL! 
Nefarious VILLAINS!
A Dashing HERO!
WEREYOTES!
JACKELOPES! 
...aaaaaaand...
PEACHES!

CATHEDRAL CHILD IS HERE!
The whole thing, all free, all delightfully Creative Commons licensed so you can share it, my gift to the world. ENJOY! 
(Yes, you can print it out, but it would be cheaper to buy a book, unless you live in Australia or Spain, where you need an equity loan to to cover postage to there from the U.S.)

Please post the link to this post or the direct link to Cathedral Child ( http://www.webcomicsnation.com/divalea/cc/series.php?view=current ) with great abandon and enthusiasm, especially if you like it. 
Post here or write me: divalea @ gmail . com

Go on, shoo. The rest will be here.

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"Me, I’m looking to find ways to use copying to make more money and it’s working: enlisting my readers as evangelists for my work and giving them free ebooks to distribute sells more books. As Tim O’Reilly says, my problem isn’t piracy, it’s obscurity."--Cory Doctorow

Just call me the Cory Doctorow of comics. Doctorow is (in)famous for his wacky business model of giving away his books online under a Creative Commons license to drive sales of his printed books. It's a business model I started using in 1995, putting up previews of comics online.
I know free-on-the-web sells books. I've know it for twelve years.

In 1998, Cathedral Child was manga-when-manga-wasn't-cool, OEL was "that big eyes and speedlines stuff," and "not real manga," manga collections were $20., not $9.95, and a graphic novel was most certainly not 5" x 7" inches.
 Cathedral Child was a book I wrote for the myself who wanted to read it when I was young teenager. By which I mean, a smart girl hero, adventure, peril, triumph and art I loved. A mythology for myself that would not be betrayed later with grit and angst, a gutshot to screw with Batman, or death by silly driller.
You know, girly.

You know hard hard it is to get a girly book under the radar in the Top Cow, Wildstorm, Dreamwave-dominated four color junk bond Direct Market circa 1997? Real damn hard, and I did it with my little Internet, by putting art online so people could see it, instead of waiting for it to (not) come to stores.

Half my sales on CC and CA originated from the web, the other from being featured (for both books and Rumble Girls) on Cliff Bigger's Comic Shop News. I sold out two printings of the Image CC between 1998 and 2001. That's about 3,500 female-friendly GN's at a time when GNs were functionally nonexistent in the big bookstores. CC was reordered from Image every week for two years. Arcing over all that was the intro by my good friend, Kurt Busiek, crazy famous and award-winning and shit for writing Marvels and Astro City.

When I took Rumble Girls from print-to-web in 2003  (predating many creators now doing the same, some of whom I evangelized to tirelessly), it was to finish  the series because printing it was bleeding me white, and the itch to do it my way had had me for well over a year. The DM market was drying out from its millennium-spanning whoop-de-multiple-covers-do hangover, and I was tired of production pains in the ass on one end of the serial print issues, and a royalty statement full of zeros and negative integers on the other.

That's what I know. Here's what I feel. Last year, I had a house fire that destroyed my home, ruined most of the things inside (which were not just a total of more than a century of lives, but some things were also a century or more old), and killed every living thing in the house.  I and my family were greeted with a tidal wave of love, goodwill, and monetary help  to  start our lives over from, literally, the ground up.
I would have to write over two thousand thank-you notes, a wonderful situation to be in. I think people would rather have more of my comics. I sure hope I'm right about that, and that's not Miss Manners I hear tsk-tsking somewhere.

So, here's Cathedral Child, my gift to the world. It's a comic you won't be embarassed to read on a bus, unless you're embarassed about laughing, crying or missing your stop. Please share it.  Send the links to friends, make them a CD,  print it out for reading on the plane or the toilet, or the toilet on the plane. The only hitch is that you can't sell it, or make derivative works other than translations (which you also must share and not sell.) Share it like crazy, and please let me know how you liked it.

Since it's mine, I can give it away however I choose, and I do, with profound thanks and all my love.

P.S.: I do hope those who read Cathedral Child will buy print books or art or toss some digital president paper in the PayPal, so I can go on living my high life of unsweet iced tea and ham sammiches. xxoo

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whumpdotcom
Jun. 11th, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
Wooot!
darthparadox
Jun. 11th, 2007 07:41 am (UTC)
This sounds like the sort of thing that I'll dig the same way I do Girl Genius. (They did the print-to-web thing a year or two later - did you have anything to do with that?)
divalea
Jun. 11th, 2007 07:51 am (UTC)
I have no idea! I preached to Carla Speed McNeil a lot, though.
lady_sharay
Jun. 11th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
So..my boyfriend finds it annoying that I read my laptop in bed..he can't snuggle with me very well apparently ^^, so is there anyway for me to get a copy of the book without having to print it out? If so, can you hook me up with a link?

I'm really enjoying it so far ^^
divalea
Jun. 11th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
I'm setting up a space at my WCN store. In the meantime, you can PayPal $12.00 (for a signed book+shipping) to divalea @ gmail . com, along with your addy, and I'll shoot ya a copy.
mattg
Jun. 11th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
Lea comics > thank-you cards.
amboy00
Jun. 11th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
Very cool. I can't wait to read it. But I think you broke the internet with this announcement. :-)
divalea
Jun. 11th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Gosh, I hope so! Where is it broke? I wanna see!
amboy00
Jun. 11th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, when I tried to view it this morning, I was getting slow server response and timeout errors. It looks like its working now. I guess they hadn't given the server coffee yet!
shanejayell
Jun. 11th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
I am SO sending this all over.
^___^
cynthia1960
Jun. 11th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Lea!
divalea
Jun. 12th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
You're welcome!
twitch124
Jun. 11th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
It looks awesome.
I can't find the link to buy a print copy, where is it?
divalea
Jun. 12th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
Paypal $12. US to divalea @ gmail . com. That price includes shipping. Send your address along, too.

(I haven't added it to my store yet.)
twitch124
Jun. 12th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
Great, thanks.
girlwithoutfear
Jun. 12th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
I've dropped the link on a couple of boards I frequent so far, and want to thank you for an excellent read.
furrysaint
Jun. 12th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
I already own the dead tree version of this, but I'm happy to see it up so I can point others to it. ^_^

I do have to ask though...and I would *swear* I knew the answer to this in the past, but it's gone *poof* from my brain...who/what is Sacerdote? >_>;
divalea
Jun. 12th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
Sacerdote's provenance is explained in Clockwork Angels.
furrysaint
Jun. 12th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
Curses! I knew it would be a plot to make me buy more. >_> ^_-
circuit_four
Jun. 12th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
You know the old story about how the Velvet Underground's first album only sold 50 copies, but everyone who bought one went on to be a famous rocker? Something like that?

Well... my girlfriend and boyfriend and I are working on our first real shot at a web comic, and I can't begin to estimate how much of my interest in writing comics derives from your work.

Thank you so much for all of this. ♥
onionhead1
Jun. 13th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
YAYYY! I put a link to it in my DeviantArt journal and in a MySpace bulletin. (hugs my dead tree copy!) Am so happy to see it online! YAYYYY!!!!! XD
estara
Jun. 14th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
A slight problem with the webshop
So I see Cathedral Child is added to your shop as well, but when I try to order via Paypal there's no way to adjust the amount for mailing it to Germany...

How do I send you the extra three dollars then?

*holding off on ordering until she has a clue how to pay the full amount*
divalea
Jun. 14th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Re: A slight problem with the webshop
Yeah, send and extra $3. via PayPal and we're good.
estara
Jun. 15th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
Re: A slight problem with the webshop
Hokay, I've done so, I believe anyway. Just send the additional money to the gmail address, I hope that's the correct one. I didn't add my address the second time, as you already have it from the normal paypal sale.

*phew* ^^
stlbob
Jun. 14th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
CBR
Do you mind if I pass this around in CDisplay format? Credit intact of course! Maybe a little advertisement too ;-)
divalea
Jun. 14th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Re: CBR
Yeah, include a link to my WCN pages and my LJ, please.
divalea
Jun. 14th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Re: CBR
I want to add that you DO NOT have to pay to get CC. Just use the URL Bob posted.
stlbob
Jun. 14th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Re: CBR
Color me embarrassed, I caught an image order mistake I made. Here is the corrected version.

http://rapidshare.com/files/37258819/Texas_Steampunk_I_-_Cathedral_Child.cbr

Sorry!
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