Archive for August, 2011

In Stores This Week

I’m going to endeavor to be a lot more regular about posting upcoming releases. Today, two books: the DC Retroactive Green Lantern 1990s issue, and the DC Comics Presents JLA: Heaven’s Ladder reprint.

I had a meeting with a DC exec this past weekend at the Baltimore Comic Con. One of the topics of conversation was what it was like writing Kyle again. The best comparison I could come up with was slipping into a comfortable, familiar sweatshirt again. It was pretty easy to slip back into the rhythms of writing Kyle in that era, especially since I was reuniting with my friends and artistic collaborators of Darryl Banks on pencils and Terry Austin on inks. The Retro GL issue includes a reprint of Green Lantern #78, which was one of my favorite issues of the run.

Heaven’s Ladder is a reprint as well, presenting the Treasury Edition-size story that began the Mark Waid and Bryan Hitch JLA run (featuring Kyle). My part of the book is a reprint of Green Lantern #1,000,000 issue, also drawn by Bryan Hitch. Crossover or tie-in chapters are not usually high on my list of favorites, but I’m fond of the way this way turned out, almost completely due to Bryan’s art.

Cheers,

Ron


Panels and Sketches at Baltimore

The panel schedule for this weekend’s Baltimore Comic Con at the Baltimore Convention Center has been released. I’ll be participating in back-to-back panels on Saturday, both held in Room 307.

From 11 a.m. until noon Saturday, I’ll be part of the Deadlands panel, along with David Gallaher, Steve Ellis, Jimmy Palmiotti, Lee Moder and C. Edward Sellner, discussing the Deadlands one-shots I edited, as well as future plans for the weird Western franchise.

Then from noon until 1 p.m., I’ll stay right in the same seat and be joined by publisher Filip Sablik and writer Josh Fialkov for the Top Cow panel. The panel will give an inside look at plans for the coming year, including my ongoing “Artifacts” and “Magdalena” series respectively. All attendees will receive a free gift (a phrase that has always perplexed me in its redundancy).

The full panel schedule can be found here: http://baltimorecomiccon.com/2011/08/baltimore-comic-con-panel-announcement-costume-contest-update/

I should also mention that the Visionary/Deadlands booth will be offering a very limited, exclusive Baltimore Con sketch cover for “Deadlands: Death Was Silent,” the one-shot I wrote, with Bart Sears on art and Mike Atiyeh on colors. The regular cover hits shelves today, and there’s an advance review on Newsarama here: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-advance-reviews-110816.html The Best Shots review calls the issue, “…a nice addition to the current crop of horror comics.” You can see a sizable preview of “Death Was Silent” here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=9508


The sketch cover, which you can see here, is a jam piece by Steve Ellis, Lee Moder and Bart Sears, the artists on the first three one-shots. Ellis and Moder will both be on hand to sign copies. Get ’em while they last!

Cheers,

Ron


Baltimore bound


I’ll be attending the Baltimore Comic Con next Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21. Baltimore is one of my favorite cons because it’s completely focused on comics: no retired wrestlers, no former TV stars, just comics, comics, comics. That’s one of the reasons it consistently has one of the best guest lists of the entire con schedule. Promoter Marc Nathan, right-hand man Brad Tree and the rest of the staff and volunteers always roll out the red carpet for their guests, and creators return year after year. It’s one of the few shows I actually look forward to, and I always return from it feeling recharged about this work I’m fortunate enough to do. It’s also a chance to catch up with friends in the industry, and make plans for future projects.

The Baltimore Comic Con website, with all the pertinent info, is here: http://baltimorecomiccon.com/ and the epic guest list here: http://baltimorecomiccon.com/guests/. Highly recommended.

I’ll be spending time at both the Top Cow and Deadlands booths. I don’t yet have a schedule for any panels or programming, but I’ll add it as soon as I do. I’ll have copies of Samurai: Heaven and Earth vol. 1 and vol. 2 TPBs for sale, as well as copies of Shinku #1 and #2 (both covers). Come find me and buy some, so I don’t have them bring them home.



Cheers,

Ron


1st Annual Depot Day @ Comic Depot Signing

I’ll be signing at Comic Depot in Saratoga Springs, NY (Map and Directions)

the guest list includes

  • Joe Staton
  • Matt Dow Smith
  • Paul Harding
  • Nelson Blake
  • Richard Kane Ferguson

Here are the details (shamelessly re-blogged from the Comic Depot blog)


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