Archive for December, 2011

Update: Comics for Tots

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I know there are some kids who had a bit nicer Christmas thanks to your generosity. The Comics for Tots initiative brought in more than $500 (and that’s after the shipping costs were calculated), beating last year’s total by quite a bit. All packages have been mailed, except for the Magdalena sketch/TPB combos; we’re just waiting for Nelson Blake 2nd to finish up the sketches; thank for your patience with those. Special thanks to those of you who made donations and requested for no comics in return. You know who you are.

We still have copies of everything except the Magdalena TPBs, so feel free to order if you’re inclined. Any funds generated now will go towards next year’s Toys for Tots drive.

Check out the full list here : http://ronmarz.com/2011/12/comics-for-tots/
Cheers,

Ron


Listen to me!

If you want to, that is. Before Christmas, I recorded a Talkspode! podcast with Josh Flanagan for iFanboy. The session went longer than either of us expected, almost a full 90 minutes, covering everything from how I broke in, the controversies of my Green Lantern run, my time with CrossGen, to my current work.

If you’re using a browser like IE which doesn’t support HTML5 Audio tag or can’t see the audio player above, you can listen to the podcast, or download it, here: http://ifanboy.com/podcasts/talksplode-49-ron-marz-writer-of-witchblade-artifacts-shinku-more/

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Two new issues on the stands for me this week, as both Artifacts #12 and Voodoo #4 reach stores.

Artifacts #12, the last issue in artist Jeremy Haun’s tenure on the series, brings the storyline to a head in a big way. To say much more than that would spoil the fun. The origin backup features the Thirteenth Artifact, with art by Michael Broussard. There’s a nine-page preview of the issue here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=10908

Artifacts #13 will be in stores next Wednesday, Jan. 4, so you won’t have to wait long to see how the storyline winds up … and how the stage is set for the ongoing Artifacts series.

Voodoo #4 is also out this Wednesday. It’s my last issue on the title, for reasons that, unfortunately, are still unclear to me, beyond DC wanting a “different direction” for the book. I absolutely loved working with my art team of Sami Basri and Jessica Kholinne, and hope to work with them again soon. I’d also like to thank my immediate editors on the book. I had three editors over the course of four issues, but all of them were a pleasure to deal with: Brian Cunningham, Rex Ogle and Bobbie Chase, ably assisted by Darren Shan and Katie Kubert. Best of luck to everyone from issue #5 onward.

You can see a preview of Voodoo #4 here:

http://www.comicvine.com/news/exclusive-preview-voodoo-4/144026/

Cheers,

Ron


in stores this week

Big week for new books, as Witchblade #150, Magdalena #10 (from Top Cow), and The Storyteller hardcover from Archaia all hit shops.

Witchblade #150 marks my last issue on the title, bringing to a close my run of 71 consecutive issues, plus assorted mini-series and Annuals. It’s kind of bittersweet, because I’ve come to really love writing Sara Pezzini and her world. But Stjepan Sejic and I will be moving over to the Artifacts monthly series, starting with issue #14. Our last issue of Witchblade brings to a close the current chapter in Sara’s life, and sets the stage for what comes next.

Magdalena #10 is the second part of “The One True Cross” storyline, with art by Nelson Blake 2nd, David Marquez, Sal Regla and Dave McCaig. Beautiful work from all those gentlemen, as the story globe-hops from the mountains of Mexico to Seattle. I’m enjoying the hell out of writing Magdalena … pun intended.

Preview here: http://comics.ign.com/articles/121/1214582p1.html

And The Storyteller hardcover is an anthology based on the Henson television show, and contains an eight-page story by me and Craig Rousseau, a retelling of the Japanese fable “Momotaro the Peach Boy.” The fable part of the story was drawn on Canson paper by Craig, a technique I’ve wanted to include in a story for years, ever since seeing Craig’s Canson sketchbooks. I was actually able to pick up an advance copy of The Storyteller at NYCC, and it’s an absolutely beautiful tome, with Archaia’s trademark exquisite production. Other creators represented in the book are Jeff Parker, Marjorie Liu, Roger Langridge, Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, Tom Fowler, Chris Eliopoulos, Jennifer L. Meyer and more. Nate Cosby, who also adapted an unused script from the show, pulled the whole thing together as editor.

Preview here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=10749

Cheers,

Ron


Comics for Tots

Last year I offered signed copies of Artifacts #1 in exchange for donations to Toys for Tots. You guys bought the issues, we collected the money, and went on a shopping spree for toys that we then dropped off with the Marines stationed at the local Air National Guard base. A great success, if I do say so.

So we’re doing it again.

No Artifacts this year, but after consulting the hive mind on Twitter, I came up with a number of books to offer up. To keep it simple, we’ve built the postage into the price of each book (or set of books). All books are signed by me, and can be personalized if you desire. Here’s what we’ve got available this year:

Update (Dec 29, 2011)
All Magdalena vol 1 TPB’s are gone. Rest of the list is still available.

*Green Lantern Retroactive 1990s, also signed by legendary inker Terry Austin, for $15.
*Shinku #1, #2, #3, my creator-owned book with Lee Moder (mature audiences), all three issues for $22.
*Sojourn #8, #23, art by Greg Land, both issues for $15.
*Scion #6, #7, art by Jim Cheung and Rick Leonardi respectively, both issues for $15.
*Scion #8, #9, art by Jim Cheung, both issues for $15.
*The Path Prequel and #1, art by Bart Sears, both issues for $15.
*Mystic #6, #7, art by Brandon Peterson and Steve McNiven respectively, both issues for $15.
*Mystic #8, #9, art by Brandon Peterson, both issues $15.
*CrossGen Chronicles #5, one of my favorite issues, with some stellar art by the great George Perez, $15.
*Magdalena Vol. 1 TPB, signed by me and artist Nelson Blake 2nd, and including an original Magdalena sketch on a backing board by Nelson. We have only TWO of these available, so act sooner rather than later on these. The TPB and sketch package is $50.

Again, ALL proceeds, except postage, go to Toys for Tots. If we run out of anything, I’ll update this site.

The easiest way to do this is via PayPal. Please PayPal your order to: kmarz@nycap.rr.com

On the PayPal form, please include the address to which you want the issues sent. If you’d like the books personalized, please include that info as well. We’ll try to have issues in the mail within 24 hours after the order is received. All comics will be sent via USPS.

For anyone who doesn’t have a PayPal account, please use the Contact button on this website and drop me an e-mail; we’ll figure out something. Also, we WILL mail out to international addresses, but we’ll have to add an additional postage charge. Please let us know your location, and we’ll get a postage quote.

We’ll do this right up through Christmas. However, many Toys for Tots drop-off locations are collected by the middle of December (as the Marines need time to sort and deliver donations). So ordering as soon as possible is appreciated.

Thank you all. Your generosity will provided a merry Christmas for some kids in need.

Happy Holidays,

Ron


In stores this week

This Wednesday, the new issue of my creator-owned book Shinku drops in stores. There’s a hefty nine-page preview of Shinku #3 over at Comic Vine:

http://www.comicvine.com/news/exclusive-9-page-extended-preview-for-shinku-3-by-ron-marz-lee-moder/143910/





The issue is written by me, with pencils by co-creator Lee Moder, digital inks by Matthew Waite, color by Michael Atiyeh, letters by Troy Peteri, and production and edits by Phil Smith. The issue has been delayed a bit by health complications in the family of one of our creators. But we all believe the creative team is a family as well, and you always take care of your family members. Issue #4 is also completely drawn, and presently is being colored.

Issue #3 gives more insight into the real reason Davis Quinn is part of the story, and introduces another enemy for Shinku herself. If you need to catch up on the story, issues #1 and #2 are available digitally from Comixology:

https://comics.imagecomics.com/#/series/6050

The support you give creator-owned comics — which I absolutely believe is the most creative, exciting aspect of the comics market — is vital. In a very real sense, every dollar you spend helps the creators continue to tell these stories.
Cheers,

Ron


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