Franky Banky attends his first stuttering conference… and gets caught up in a variety of misadventures! From alien spies to a police chase.
The two issues of Franky Banky Really Short Book are available as PDF downloads on Gumroad with a pay-what-you-want price.
It wasn’t too long after publishing my book, Stuttering is Cool: A Guide to Stuttering in a Fast-Talking World, when I was itching to draw and publish more Franky Banky comics. So I had decided to revisit a dream of mine and create something like a Franky Banky magazine much like the Bone series by Jeff Smith back in the 1990s when he was releasing each new issue every two months. My plan was to include commentaries, promos for proceeding issues, and any questions from readers.
So in 2015, I launched what started out to be a trilogy. Franky Banky Really Short Book 1 and Franky Banky Really Short Book 2. I chose Gumroad as the platform and decided to make set a pay-what-you-want price.
However, two things prevented me from completing the trilogy. The first was that I had burned myself out after I posted the second issue. I was working on the comic books pretty much all of my spare time on top of my day job, going to the gym, tending to my podcast, and promoting my book. A page would typically take a few days to complete due to the amount of detail I was drawing into the panels. Long story short, by the time I wanted to get started on the third issue, burnout had seeped in and I needed to step away from the book for a while.
The second thing that prevented me from completing the trilogy was a good thing – my book started taking off! For example, sales went up, my book sold out at the NSA conference in Washington, DC, readers bought multiple copies as gifts for friends or donations to libraries, and university professors started to use my book as a textbook or teaching aid for their speech pathology students as well as asking me to speak to their classes about my book and my experiences with growing up stuttering.
So I decided to put the trilogy on hiatus to focus on increasing awareness of my book. My focus then shifted towards building up Franky Banky as I started making buttons and other merchandise. Then the inevitable – more ideas for follow up books! And drawing and posting more Franky Banky comics on a regular basis.
So the trilogy continues being on hiatus for the time being. I can’t help it. I’m an ideas man and a creator.