Archive for September, 2012

Interviewed in India

Not being a lovely lady in a state of semi-undress, I did not expect to ever make an appearance in FHM. And yet, there I am, in FHM India, interviewed about my editing duties for Rovolt Entertainment’s Legends of Aveon 9 title.

Click on the pieces for a “larger, more readable version.

I’ve been fortunate enough to be interviewed by a number of India-based publications in the press blitz surrounding the release of Aveon 9, including the Times of India, which can be found here:

I’ve also written a travel story for Air India magazine, illustrated by the supremely talented Abhishek Malsuni, artist of Aveon 9. I’ll try to post a link for that when it’s available.



Update: The Historians

Unfortunately, I have to announce that I am no longer involved in The Historians project that was unveiled at the Baltimore Comic Con. This was not my choice, nor the choice of artist Jamal Igle, or publisher IDW. I’m disappointed the project did not work out as planned. To my knowledge, Jamal has left the project as well.

It’s best to describe the situation as one of creative differences, and leave it at that. I hope to work with both Jamal and IDW at some point in the future. I wish the best of luck to The Historians moving forward.



In Stores This Week

This week brings Artifacts #21 by me and artist Stjepan Sejic to store shelves, the third and concluding chapter to the “Phantoms of the Heart” arc. Our new Heartstone bearer, Dr. Rachel Harrison, has returned to her hometown in search of a simpler life. However, she didn’t count on the supernatural complications of the Artifact she has inherited, much less horrific hauntings at the hospital where she’s taken a job.

As I was creating Rachel’s hometown, I was very conscious of the kind of cozy, yet somehow menacing small towns Stephen King writes to such great effect. We’re seeing only a bit of the town in these three issues. I have more characters and deeper mysteries percolating, so I hope we get a chance to return and tell further stories featuring Rachel.



Blackburn Burrow For Free

Free comics are good, right? Good free comics are even better. Available right now from Amazon Studios is Blackburn Burrow #1, by me, artist Matthew Dow Smith, colorist Jordie Bellaire, letterer Troy Peteri and cover artist Brian Stelfreeze. The package was put together by 12 Gauge Comics. Blackburn Burrow is a four-issue adaptation of an Amazon Studios screenplay, and the issues are being offered free.

Set during the waning days of the Civil War, Blackburn Burrow is the story of a man known only as Mister, who is engaged in an ongoing battle with the supernatural. In a remote Georgia mining town, Misters finds terrors beyond any he has ever faced, as well as shocking secrets to his own past. There’s adventure, there’s horror, there’s even a little romance.

At Baltimore Comic Con, Matt Smith and were on hand along with the Amazon Studios team to give away special print editions of issue #1, as well as posters featuring the great Stelfreeze cover. For anyone who wasn’t at Baltimore, issue #1 is available free in a number of digital formats. You can download the issue for Kindle here:

View it on the Amazon Studios Facebook page here:

Read it on the Amazon Studios site here:

Or grab it from the here:

To make it even more enticing, Amazon wants your feedback on the story, and is offering $5 gift cards for completing a brief survey after reading the issue. That’s right, you get $5 for reading a free comic. Pretty great, right? The survey can be found here:

Ensuing issues will be released on a monthly basis. I’m proud of Blackburn Burrow #1, and happy to be working with such a great team. Please give it a look.



Baltimore Comic Con 2012

I’ll be appearing at this weekend’s Baltimore Comic Con, held this Saturday and Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center in the inner harbor. Show hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The Baltimore show is among my favorite cons, thanks in no small part to the great work by promoter Marc Nathan and his right-hand man Brad Tree. I look forward to it every year, though this year in particular brings some new wrinkles.

I’ll be set up at booth #2307, along with my buddies Lee Moder and Matthew Dow Smith, both of whom will be taking commissions and selling original pages. There might even be a surprise appearance by Nelson Blake 2nd. Lee and I will have copies of Shinku on hand for your purchasing pleasure, with a few other assorted items.

I’ll also be appearing both days at the Amazon Studios booth, #1602, with a sneak peek of Blackburn Burrow #1, by me and Matthew Dow Smith, with color by Jordie Bellaire and a cover by Brian Stelfreeze. The issue is part one of a four-issue adaptation of an Amazon Studios screenplay by Jay Levy, and Amazon will be giving away the Baltimore Comic Con exclusive edition all weekend. So … free comic! Pretty awesome, huh? If you can’t be in Baltimore, don’t worry, issue #1 soon will be offered online for free.

I’ll be signing at the Amazon Studios booth, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Saturday; and 1:30-3 p.m. on Sunday.

Blackburn Burrow is supernatural historical adventure, set in 1864, as the Civil War rages on. It’s about secrets buried deep in a Georgia mountain, and secrets buried deep in the heart of its ghost-hunting protagonist, known only as Mister.

Last and certainly not least, I’ll be announcing a new project on Sunday at the show, during a spotlight panel with me and artist Jamal Igle. The panel will take place from noon-1 p.m. Sunday in Room 301. Jamal and I will talk about our respective careers, and then discuss our new project (though you might well get a sneak peek of the project at CBR this week).

Baltimore starts a surprisingly (for me) busy fall con season. In the next few months, I’ll be appearing at:

Hope to see you at one of them.



In Stores This Week

Arriving in stores this week is The Ride: Southern Gothic #1 from 12 Gauge Comics, containing a crime story by me, Rick Leonardi and Dexter Vines, presented in glorious black and white. It’s actually the first half of a story involving meth runners, the Dixie Mafia and the familiar car of the title. Part two of the story, drawn by Tom Raney, will appear in the concluding issue #2. Other creators in issue #1 include Nathan Edmondson, Jody LeHeup, Paul Azaceta and David Lapham, with a cover by Andrew Robinson.

I like crime stories, I like writing short stories, I like black and white, and I love working with Rick Leonardi, whom I consider one of the best storytellers in comics. My previous story for The Ride appeared in the Foreign Parts one-shot, with phenomenal art by Chris Brunner and Rico Renzi. It’s one of my favorite stories, and got a nice notice in Entertainment Weekly back when the print version actually paid some attention to comics.

Hope you seek out The Ride: Southern Gothic #1 this week. Independent books like this need your support.

Also, last week slipped by without a mention of Prophecy #3, which arrived in stores Aug. 29, continuing the Dynamite Comics crossover. The story brings together disparate characters including Red Sonja, Vampirella, Dracula, Herbert West, Pantha and Athena, among others, gathered to oppose the sorcerer Kulan Gath’s attempt to end the world. Issue #3 includes a return appearance by Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, who opened the series.

The Unleash the Fanboy review called Prophecy #3 “…a continuation of an already stellar event…”  [read more…]

If you haven’t picked up the issue yet, a preview of the first eight pages can be seen here:



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