It's been awhile, but I'm back and have I got good news for YOU!
I've decided, with some urging from friends, to put up some of the many short stories I've done in the past on the site, for free. Comics are awesome, so then free comics are ridiculously awesome logically. Right? I thought so.
So, check the link up top where it says "Free Comics" for the first story I've put up, "Motherhood". Or take the easy route and click below (I would, but you may be more industrious).
Also new this month, and speaking of short stories, my horror "Episode 666" was published this month in Bloke's Terrible Tomb of Terror #6
. BTToT is as close to Warren Publishing books as you'll het; Jason "The Bloke" Crawley does a fine job capturing the look and feel of those wonderful old horror mags and I'm glad to have gotten a chance to contribute.
"Episode 666" was drawn (and graywashed, just like Warren books!) by the very talented Stephen Sistilli, whom you may know from drawing Koni Waves for Arcana and Avengelyne vs Koni Waves for Image Comics.
The cover of the book was done by the amazing Mike Hoffman.
Here's a small sample of "Episode 666" to whet your appetite!
Isn't that beautiful?
Some additional quick updates:
* Jack Hammer "Usurper" is nearly done art-wise and I've written the next story arc "Requiem". Release dates pending.
* Red Run, which many of you very generously donated to last summer is progressing nicely. I know it's been a long time and I truly apologize and appreciate your patience. 2012 was a very, very rough year for Joel, but he's working hard now and the book is coming out beautifully. More info as it's available.
* I'll be at Boston Comic Con in April, as usual. More info as we get a little closer.
* A short story I did with Rod Espinosa, Eisner and Harvey-nominated writer/artist of THE COURAGEOUS PRINCESS, BATTLEGIRLZ, DINO WARS and many many more will appear in a Grim Crew Comics anthology called "Telly Time" later this spring. More info as available.
Well, that's it for now. I'll be back sooner, with more news and more free comics. Make sure you let me know what you think of "Motherhood" and, if you like it, share it with everyone you know.
I finally got around to doing it: I got off my lazy butt and created a webstore. Seeing as so many of my friends and peers use it, I decided to give Storenvy a try and you should, too.
Click here http://bbcomics.storenvy.com/
to be whisked away to a land of sequential delights!
Also: Voyaga should be out this month. I believe some folks have actually gotten copies already, but small press books tend to get split or even triple shipped by Diamond so if you haven't gotten yours yet, you should soon. If you haven't ordered
it yet, of course, then it's a different story and you should head over to http://bbcomics.storenvy.com/
I have read it and I can testify it is awesome.
Also out, is the highly-anticipated, by me at least, Winter's Eye graphic novel from Grim Crew Comics. I wrote 17 of the 64 pages, split between the fantasy story "Through The Silence" (with art by Kay) and the well...harder to classify story "Hooky" (with art by my buddy Rockin' Rowel Roque) plus five more tantalizing tales centered around the eponymous mystical object. I don't have copies yet, so if you do, I envy you. As soon as I do, I'll put some in the new store. The one located here http://bbcomics.storenvy.com/
Finally, a third book came out last week: issue 3 of Extraordinary, also from Grim Crew Comics. The lead feature is a 12 page solo Detective Martin story which I am quite pleased with. The art is also by Rowel and it's pretty terrific. It also has an incredible cover by Martino Abreu. Again, I don't have copies, but as soon as I do, I'll make them available at the store you should really check out http://bbcomics.storenvy.com/
Pardon for the lack of updates, I've been extremely busy. Yes, it's an excuse, but you'll just have to live with it.
So, 2012 news...there's a lot of it. First the biggest news I can share (probably the biggest news I have right now, actually).
Jack Hammer has a new publisher. Yes, it's true!
I've gotten a fair number of emails over the last 6-8 months asking what happened to Jack since issue #3 of Political Science came out last June. I won't go into the details, cuz it's hardly necessary, but I do owe everyone who wrote, facebooked, tweeted, shouted at me in the streets, etc and especially those of you who waited patiently. I appreciate every one of those things, cuz it means you care.
Action Lab Comics
, publishers of such awesome comics as PrinceLess
As of late 2011, Jack Hammer has moved to
Coming this June (in Diamond's Previews in April), "JACK HAMMER, VOLUME 1: POLITICAL SCIENCE" will be in stores and will collect the three issues of Political Science released by Reasonably Priced Comics, as well as the fourth issue that completes the series.
The Diamond code will be available in a few weeks, so you folks can ask for it at your local comic shop and it will really mean a lot if you do.
In other news
, Ionic and I are working on wrapping up book 1 of Voyaga. He is hard at work completing the art, and shortly after the last part of the serial will be released in the pages of Reasonably Priced Comics
. After that, there is a standalone tale that will appear in another magazine, announced as soon as I am able to, then we'll see about wrapping the entire thing up a neat little book. But more on that later this year....In fact, I'm gonna have a lot of stuff to mention in the coming few months, so I'll just leave you folks with this for now. (I promise to tell you more as soon as I can. 2012 is already shaping up to be a REALLY exciting year!)
Been awhile since I updated. I know, I'm bad about it sometimes but it's only cuz I'm busy and not cuz I've fallen out of love with all of you.
So, first, the Dead Future book I mentioned in July did not meet it's funding goals. However! Some of you did contribute and for that, everyone is grateful. The book is now available online, and possibly still at some point down the road in bookstores. As you'll recall, the book not only collects the first two years of the Dead Future zombie-based anthology series, it also contains three brand new, exclusive stories including one I did with talented artist Rowel Roque entitled "Lucid Moments". It's a story I'm pretty pleased with, so please let me know what you think.
Click this here spiffy cover image to buy the book or check out preview pages. (They used a page from my story, last I checked).
Speaking of Grim Crew, I've also got a story in issue two of their hero-based anthology Extraordinary. It's the first Stu solo story, art by Ionic natch, and it's pretty amusing from what I've been told. You can check out Geoff Arbuckle's (of A Comic Book Blog) review of it here.
The book is officially out on 9/21, so....definitely look for it. Here's the cover, by Oscar Celestini, to entice you!
In issue three, I'll debut the first of a series of Detective Martin solo stories where we get a glimpse into the world Martin lives in when he's not being pestered by Hound or trying to cover Jack McGriskin's butt. It's a good, old-fashioned mystery solved by determination and solid police work. I'm very proud of how the story turned out.Lastly, for now anyway, SCIENCE! from Reasonably Priced Comics came out late last month and it contains two stories by myself. The book is a 40-page standalone anthology of five science fiction tales with an ultra-sweet cover by Ionic. The lead story, "Surefire Means" is a punchy five-pager I wrote awhile back for another publication that ended up being cancelled. It has art by Joel Cotejar
and I VERY happy with the way the whole thing turned out. It's virtually perfect...no, really. Also, I have a 10-pager done with Rowel Roque specifically for SCIENCE! It's got sort of a Twilight Zone feel and it, also, is very sweet.You can check out Geoff Arbuckle's review if you don't believe me. It's right here on A Comic Book Blog
.You can get the book in print for $2.99 (for 40 pages? Crazy good deal, bro) here
or $0.99 cents digital right here.
Oh...and one REAL last thing. Reasonably Priced Comics, with my sci-fi series VOYAGA, is now on Graphic.ly, for 99 cents a book. If you aren't familiar, Graphic.ly is a comic reader app for various mobile devices and it is pretty slick. I just entered the current decade and got a smartphone, and I've downloaded a crapton of comics onto it through Graphic.ly. Seriously, it's awesome. So...check it out.
A few things to mention today.First up, Reasonably Priced Comics #3 is out July 27th. It contains not just the third part of my sci-fi series Voyaga (with art by Ionic) but a preview of my western series Western Addition with art by Leandro Panganiban, as well as the first official appearance of Kidthulhu, by Martin Brandt and Jason Stephens. Below is the amazing cover by Ionic, and you can check Reasonably Priced Comics's website for more info.
Next, a request for assistance. Grim Crew, publisher of the Dead Future and Extraordinary anthologies series and the upcoming Kidthulhu on-going series, is looking to expand its distribution and audience.You may remember that I did a story for the Dead Future series awhile ago with extremely talented newcomer artist Rowel Roque. That story, entitled "Lucid Moments" was meant to be a bonus story for the Dead Future trade paperback, collecting the last two years of Dead Future stories.Grim Crew is looking to have this book done in a single print run for wide distribution (possibly even through Diamond) and, unfortunately, the cost is staggering.
That's where you come in. They are running a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise the additional funds they need.
There are a ton of cool gifts in exchange for donating, and you'll be helping to further the comics career of well over a dozen comic creators, in addition to guaranteeing yourself a copy of the massive 246-page book.The link to the campaign is below, as well as the horrific cover by Paul Petyo.http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Dead-Future-Continues
Quick update today:
John Lees, a member of the Comix Tribe
reviewed the first issue of JACK HAMMER over on his website. Check it out, if you're interested here.
Thanks for the kind words, John! Glad you liked the book.Second, Extraordinary #1 came out this past Wednesday. Extraordinary is a new superhero-related anthology from Grim Crew Comics, publishers of DEAD FUTURE (the next issue of which I also have a story in), KIDTHULHU and GRIM FURRY TALES. The lead feature
in Extraordinary #1 is a Hound story I did last year, Hound being a character in the JACK HAMMER continuity who'll appear alongside Jack in a future issue of that series.I'll let you folks know where/how you can get a copy when I get mine, or you can reach out to Grim Crew through their website.
Quick update, folks.A book I did a story for back around the new year came out recently: Slam Bang #46, or volume 3, #6 if you prefer. It's a story I did with Silvina Rinaldi, whom you may recognize from the books Stitchwork (a Small Press 2010 first place runner up) or Clockwork Angel (part of DC Comics' Zuda contest
), and it's like nothing else I've ever written. Very pleased with the way it came out.If you aren't familiar with
Slam Bang, it's a long-running "anything goes" genre-wise anthology Fan-Atic Press
has been putting out since 1984. It's currently being published as a 200+ page annual original trade paperback. This issue's theme is "robots" and features indy comic notables such as Matt Feazell
(whose Cynical Man comics I've been a fan of since the 80s) and Dan Burke
as well as 25 other awesome comic creators.If you're interested in purchasing it, you can click the cover below or I'll have a few copies at conventions this summer/fall. I'll also try to get some into local comic shops in the Burlington, VT area.
What it is?
Haven't updated in a bit, so here's what's new.
Two weeks ago, I was a guest at Boston Comic Con and, as expected, it was great. I got to meet a lot of cool people, a couple not so cool people (but that's expected anywhere you go, of course) and made a lot of new fans. At least based on sales, and for that I thank everyone who decided to support independent comics. I nearly sold out of Jack Hammer #1 copies, and sold a good two thirds of the copies of #2 I had, so my sincerest thanks go out once again to everyone who bought comics.
I also got a chance to pick up some great back issues (including the entire run of the Renegade Press issues of "Ms. Tree", whoo hoo!), but the real treasure I added was an original sketch of Jack McGriskin by one of my favorite writer/artists of all time...Howard Chaykin! My scanner is borked, but the photo below came out pretty well.
Mr. Chaykin was extremely friendly and it was a pleasure chatting with him while he worked. I am thrilled to have a new piece of art to add to my "Wall of Jack", art all drawn by my favorite artists.
This past weekend, I was a guest at Granite Con in Manchester, NH. I wasn't sure what to expect of the con, as I'd been told it was pretty small (and the one "big name" guest cancelled a couple days before the show) but it turned out to be pretty fun. I met several folks I've only known online previously and made quite a number of new acquaintances. I also completely sold out of Jack Hammer #1 and sold a ton of copies of Reasonably Priced Comics #1 and #2. A bunch of people have already contacted me regarding Voyaga and I am very gratified that people are enjoying it. Voyaga started out as an experiment that I wasn't even sure I'd take beyond the first story, and it is truly a joy when someone tells me that they can't wait to read the next installment. So, again, my heart-felt thanks!
Speaking of Voyaga, next month is the release of Reasonably Priced Comics #3 which has (count 'em) TWO stories by yours truly. The first is part three of book one of Voyaga and if you read the last issue, I've got some surprises in store for you with this one. RPC#3 also has the first installment of WESTERN ADDITION, a new series I've been working on with artist Leandro Paganiban. As you can probably guess from the title, it's a western. You know, cuz I love me the classics and nothing is more classic than a good western.
Also this summer, Reasonably Priced Comics is doing a new over-sized one-shot of science fiction stories called "SCIENCE! Tales From the Edge of Human Knowledge" in which I'll have two stories. One is a short sci-fi story I originally wrote for another publisher who cancelled the book it was to appear in, but the second is a brand new story I did with Rowel Roque, an artist you may not have heard of but who is VERY talented and I feel very lucky to have stumbled across. Rowel also did the art for the story I have in the upcoming DEAD FUTURE graphic novel (out August 17th!) and it came out beautifully!
Long before that, though, at the end of this month (on the 25th) the first issue of EXTRAORDINARY from Grim Crew Comics is out. It's been delayed a bunch of times, but it's almost here finally. As you may recall, it has the first Hound story I wrote last year. Hound, of course, is another character in the world of JACK HAMMER, though he's got a little bit of a different perspective than Jack. Incidentally, the second issue is out this summer and it'll have a solo Stu story I'm working on with Ionic. I warn you, though, there are fart jokes.
Lastly, a story I did around the new year for Fan-Atic Press will be out in their new issue of Slam Bang (#46, or vol.III #5 if you prefer) in a couple weeks. It's a very different style of story than anything else I've done and I think you'll enjoy it. I'll let you know exactly how you can get a copy shortly or you can check out http://fanaticpress.com/
That's it for now, but check back soon!
Hey guys, just a reminder that I'll be at Boston Comic Con this weekend the 30th of April and 1st of May at the Hynes Center. I'll be at table AA 304.
I'll have copies of both the first two issues of Jack Hammer and the first two issues of Reasonably Priced Comics, as well as my winning smile. So, come on down, I'd really love to meet you!
If you need directions or want to read the massive guest list, you can find 'em both at www.bostoncomiccon.com
Hey folks, been a few weeks and I got a few things to share.
I'll be attending Boston Comic Con from April 29th to May 1st (though the con technically runs the 30th and 1st, I'll be in Boston on the 29th so wave if you see me!). Table assignments should be out soon and I'll let you know mine as soon as I get it.
Next up, Reasonably Priced Comics #2 came out a couple weeks ago and so far people have loved the second installment of Voyaga, as well as the other two great stories (MY WAY and THE COMMUNICATORS). There's a few reviews linked here if you want to read 'em for yourself.@ A Comic Book Blog (by Geoff Arbuckle)
@ Kitty's Pryde (by John Withers)
@ Cosmic Book News (by Byron Brewer)
@ Michael Roberts's Pop Culture Blog
Thanks to all the reviewers for the kind words and thanks to everyone who picked up the issue. If you haven't yet, you can get it in print for only $2.50 here http://tinyurl.com/RPC002
or a digital copy for only 99 cents here http://tinyurl.com/RPC2Digital
. I'll of course have copies of RPC#1 and #2, as well as Jack Hammer: Political Science #1 and #2 in Boston later this month.
I've got a few new projects in the works here, and I'll share what I can.
First up, a short story I did with Silvina Rinaldi called "Motherhood" has been accepted for ANA Comics' "We're Indy! #2" anthology. I think it's out in August, but I'll let you folks know. It's scheduled to be an 80 page original TPB, so there'll probably be at least 10 or 12 stories in addition to my own. I'm really pleased with how "Motherhood" came out, and it's far and away an entirely different type of story than those I usually write so I hope you all pick it up and check it out. You can read more about the book at www.anacomics.com
Speaking of anthologies, I was asked to pitch a story for the new Dead Future graphic novel from Grim Crew Comics. If you aren't familiar with it, Grim Crew published a 6 issue limited series called "Dead Future" over the course of 2009 and 2010. Each issue is a collection of 3 to 5 short stories of various genres (sci-fi, crime, horror, humor etc) with the common denominator of zombies figuring into the story somehow. The new book will collect some of the material from the original series as well as a number of new stories and material. I'm told it's gonna be a massive 250 pages (or larger). I'm fairly pleased with the way my story has come out so far, and I think it's gonna be dynamite when it's in print. You can go to Dead Future's website or Grew Crew's for more info. www.deadfuture.com
And, lastly for now, you may recall that the first issue of Extraordinary, a new superhero anthology also from Grim Crew Comics, contains the first Hound story I wrote quite awhile back. It's been delayed, but it'll be out soon I'm told, though unfortunately not in time for BCC. However, I was asked recently to do a story for the second issue out late this summer and I've written a solo Stu story (yep, that Stu. From Jack Hammer). Stu is a character that I've always felt had adventures of his own that we know nothing about, seeing as how he's not with Jack most of the time and he seems to attract strange folks and all sorts of trouble. It's definitely a tongue in cheek story, but I think you'll enjoy it.
I think that's it for now, but as always, drop me a line or post here if you think of something. I always want to hear from you.