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Albany Comic Con this Sunday

One benefit from having to miss the Armageddon Expo event in New Zealand this weekend is that I’ll be able to attend the Albany Comic Con again, at least for a few hours. As with previous shows, it’s being held at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road in Albany, NY from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24.

Other guests include artists Mike McKone, Matthew Dow Smith, Herb Trimpe, Joe Staton, Fred Hembeck, Mike Borkowski, Declan Shalvey, Mark McKenna, and Bobby and Peter Timony; sculptor Paul Harding; writers Todd Dezago, Keith Dallas and Nick Tapalansky; and plenty more. Legendary Fantastic Four inker Joe Sinnott, still recovering from surgery, is scheduled to stop by to sign for a few hours in the afternoon. Admission is only $5. The show site is here.

I’ll only be at the show until around 2 p.m., when I have to leave to coach my son’s final fall baseball game. I’ll have some Magdalena posters and Artifacts bookmarks to give away, a stack of Artifacts #1 copies to unload, and some other goodies. Hope to see some of you.



Artifacts #2 Review Scorecard

Reviews of Artifacts #2 are still trickling in, but the list below is the bulk of ’em. First up is a video review from Sara Lima at Comic Vine. The most gratifying aspect to it all is that reviewers and readers seem to be finding the series accessible, even if they’re not regular readers of the Top Cow Universe (yet).

We’re planning to send issue #3 off to press late this week, so it should be in stores a few weeks after that.


  1. Guerilla Geek :
  2. Crave Online :
  3. Graphic Policy :
  4. Newsarama :
  5. Comic Book Revolution :
  6. Techland :
  7. Comic Attack :
  8. Comic Impact :
  9. Weekly Crisis :
  10. Behold the Geek :
  11. Player Affinity :
  12. CBR :
  13. Boutiques & Geeks :
  14. PsychoRelik Studios :
  15. The Comic Addiction :
  16. Newsarama :
  17. Comic Vine :
  18. Phoenix Lantern Corps :
  19. Weekly Comic Book Review :
  20. Comic Related :

In case you missed it earlier, here’s the Artifacts #1 Scorecard

Con updates

Two convention updates before I hop the train to the New York Comic Con tomorrow morning.

The first concerns NYCC itself. Originally, Saturday’s Image Comics panel, which I’m supposed to be on, was scheduled for 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Room 1A22. But for some reason the con moved the panel to a 1:15-2:15 p.m. time slot, which directly conflicts with the Top Cow panel in Room 1A06. I don’t have an explanation as to why. So I’ll be trying to make about half of each panel, dashing from one room to the other about halfway through. Sounds like fun.

The other announcement concerns my trip to Melbourne, Australia and Auckand, New Zealand the latter half of October. Unfortunately, I’ve had to pull out of the trip due to work commitments. Here’s my statement that went up at the Armageddon Expo website:

“It’s with much regret that I have to announce I won’t be joining fans at Armageddon Expo’s Melbourne and Auckland events this month. I want to extend my sincerest apologies at having to cancel. An unforeseen confluence of deadlines forced me to choose between my work commitments and the convention appearances. Unfortunately, the work has to come first, so in the interest of getting a number of my books to press on time, I won’t be able to attend the shows. I was looking forward to visiting Australia and New Zealand more than I can say, and I’m far more disappointed than anyone at this turn of events. I sincerely hope I’ll have another opportunity to make the trip in the future, so I can meet everyone I’m missing this time around. Again, please accept my apologies.”

So … that sucks. Very sorry to miss the shows. But getting the books out is paramount. Sigh.



New York Comic Con

I’ll be at the New York Comic Con this Friday, Oct.8, through Sunday, Oct. 10, held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s West Side. NYCC has quickly grown to be second only to the San Diego convention in size and importance.

My “home base” for the con will be the Top Cow booth, #2129. Rather than a set signing schedule, I’ll generally be at the booth to sign and chat when I’m not scheduled to be elsewhere. If I’m not around, you can ask one of the booth personnel when I’ll be back, or even to track me down. Two of my artistic collaborators, Michael Broussard of Artifacts and Nelson Blake 2nd ofMagdalena, will also be among the Cow herd for the show.

Top Cow will also be offering two con exclusive covers, both of which happen to be my books. Stjepan Sejic painted new covers for Artifacts #2 and Witchblade #138, both of which will be available at the booth. And if you’re around the booth at the right times, you might just bump into Aphrodite IV. She might even hand you a nice green balloon.

Here’s the rest of my public schedule for each day:


4:30-5:30 p.m., Image Comics: The Writers panel, Room 1A14. I’ll be joined by fellow writers Robert Kirkman, Nick Spencer and Steve Seagle for a discussion of the writing process, and a Q & A session. Though, let’s face it, we’re gonna end up talking about Robert’s The Walking Dead quite a bit. And deservedly so.


12:15-1:15 p.m., The Image Comics Show, Room 1A22. This is Image’s “company” panel, with announcements, updates, and a Q & A session. Other panelists scheduled are Joe Kelly, Ben McCool, John Layman and James Zhang. I suspect The Walking Dead will come up again.

1:15-2:15 p.m., Top Cow panel, Room 1A06. I’ll be on the panel, along with Filip Sablik, Michael Broussard, Jeff Katz of American Original and, Russ Cundiff of DiVide Pictures, and actor and comic geek Milo Ventimiglia (of “Heroes” fame). Expect Artifacts discussion (hopefully we can get just-announced artist Whilce Portacio to swing by), as well as some announcements of upcoming projects. Those who attend the panel can get a ticket for Milo’s autograph session that will follow immediately afterward.

4:30-5 p.m., signing at booth, #1751. If you definitely want to get something signed, this might be the best time, as I absolutely know I’ll be here for at least 30 minutes.


11 a.m.-noon, Writing Comics panel, Room 1A23. Billed as a “nuts-and-bolts discussion to help aspiring writers,” I’ll be joined by Paul Levitz, Jim McCann and Chris Eliopoulos. And hopefully a gallon jug of coffee.

One more NYCC note. My friends in the band Kirby Krackle will be playing gigs both Friday and Saturday night in the city. Check out their site for the details, as well as some pretty awesome music:



I’m on a Boat

Actually, it was more of a yacht. At this past summer’s San Diego con, Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri got our sea legs for a video interview on the Comic Book Resources yacht. The interview went up on CBR Wednesday, which also happened to be the same day that Artifacts #2 hit comic shops. Marc is the tall one. Heh.



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