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FAQ

GENERAL

Where can I read your comics?

You can read Artifice here and The Young Protectors here.

Are your comics appropriate for children?

No. While they are not “adult content”, my comics deal with mature romantic and erotic themes and have scenes of very tense action and violence. In terms of content, think The Wire on HBO.

Are your comics just for gay people?

Nope. I write with straight, bisexual and gay people in mind. While I think that those who enjoy guy-on-guy romance will especially enjoy a comic like Artifice, it’s a sci-fi story first and is meant for both women and men to enjoy. Same for my superhero webcomic The Young Protectors.

(Want a more thorough response? Check out my blog post Why call Artifice a “gay sci-fi webcomic”?)

But you call your comics “yaoi”. That means there’s going to be lots and lots of explicit sex, right?

Actually, no. I’m telling grown-up stories for other grown-ups—and that will include some erotic scenes—but this isn’t porn. In terms of MPAA movie ratings, some of it is “R” rated, a couple pages even “hard-R”, but not X. If you’re looking for that from my work, you’re going to be disappointed. But if you’re looking for an entertaining genre story for adults with strong characters and a compelling, thought-provoking plot, then I think you'll really enjoy Artifice and The Young Protectors.

Why should I buy the Artifice book from you instead of Amazon?

It's true, you can buy the book from Amazon and because they are a big corporation that can cut deals on shipping, etc. so you might save some money there. I won't blame you if you make that choice. I love Amazon and use them all the time. 

But if you buy the book from me,  I make sure to send you the book in a sturdy cardboard box so it arrives in the best condition possible. (I'm told Amazon sends them in a padded envelope.) Also, if you get the book from me, it'll be signed either by me or by both me and Winona! (The books on Amazon are unsigned.)

And of course, all the other goodies on this site (like buttons, keychains, etc.) are things you can only get directly from me and if you combine them with the book in a single order then the percentage you pay for shipping is a lot less.

Finally, by buying the book directly from me, more of your dollars go to fund my ability to make more comics which means that you'll be objectively cooler and will radiate that awesomeness, leading to all the happy results awesome radiance brings to people's lives. Surely that alone should make your choice clear. :)

KICKSTARTER

I see you're selling a book for Artifice. Can I get a book for The Young Protectors too?

Not yet, but you will be able to! Just like with Artifice, I had a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money to print the first volume of The Young Protectors. While there's no way to buy the book through Kickstarter anymore, once I send off all the books that Kickstarter backers have pledged for, I'll definitely be making the books available for sale on my site. Look for it in Summer 2015. If you'd like to be updated for when they are available, be sure to sign up for my mailing list: http://www.yaoi911.com/free-comic 

I see that the 1-inch Young Protectors buttons and the YP Flame Keychain were also offered as rewards to your The Young Protectors Volume One Kickstarter backers. So, does that mean you'll be selling the rewards from that project to the general public before backers get them?

No. Before I launched that campaign (and even before I was sure I was going to launch it), there were a few The Young Protectors goodies I'd had made (and was selling at Cons) or was already in the process of making. Namely, those buttons, that keychain and both the "Save the Night" and the "Something's Brewing" prints. (That's why I was able to show images for them when I launched the project.)

While I won't be selling anything (including The Young Protectors: Volume One book) specifically made for the Kickstarter until all the backers have received them, I am going continue to sell the keychain and the 1-inch buttons as I did before. Also, I will sell a variation of those two prints: the Kickstarter version will be 11" x 14" printed on fine glossy paper; the versions I sell here are 13" x 19" and printed on fine art matte paper.

But that's it. Everything else: the Spooky Cap, the stickers, the trading cards, all the new print rewards, The Annihilator Dossier, and of course the book, will not be made available to the general public until the Kickstarter backers get their rewards.

So, expect to see those items in the store by Summer 2015.

SHIPPING

How do you ship books, buttons, keychains and magnets?

I ship using USPS.

In the U.S., that means I can offer First Class for items weighing less than a total of 14 oz. and Priority Mail for everything else.

Internationally, that means I can offer both First Class international for items weighing less than a total of 4 lbs. and with dimensions under 36" total and Priority Mail International for everything else. First Class International is about half as expensive as Priority Mail International, but Priority Mail International is safer, faster and has door-to-door tracking for many countries.

Using USPS servers, the store automatically calculates what I'll be charged to ship your items to you and that's what will be added to your order at checkout.

How do you ship prints?

Due to the large size of my prints, they must be shipped separately from other items. To ensure their arrive to you in pristine condition, it is highly recommended that they be shipped "flat" instead of rolled. The default method of shipping to U.S. addresses will be in a flat, rigid enveiope sent Priority Mail and thus a flat rate of $8.00 to cover the cost of shipping of all prints will be charged at checkout.

Because of their size, if they are shipped flat to non-U.S. addresses, they must be sent as Priority Mail International. Priority Mail International shipping, while offering many advantages, is at least twice as expensive as First Class International. So, I have offered the option of having the prints sent to you rolled in a tube to save on shipping costs. (I am also offering a similar cost savings for U.S. addresses using the tubes which would allow me to ship the prints domestic First Class instead of Priority Mail.)

You can choose the shipping method you prefer using the Shipping Method menu on the print's product page. The total price will adjust to account for the additional expense or cost savings.



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