Archive for December, 2012

Green Lantern Hardcover Auction

This year’s Comic for Tots drive as been more successful than I could have ever imagined. I am indebted to both the generosity of the people who have made donations, and especially to some of my artist friends who have contributed signatures, commissions and sketches: Stjepan Sejic, Brett Booth, Dan Jurgens, Lee Moder, Matthew Dow Smith and Richard Clark. The response has been amazing. So far, more than $1,800 has been raised and used to purchase toys and books donated to Toys for Tots.

The final “unique” item for this year will be auctioned via my Twitter feed, which is @ronmarz, on Monday, Dec. 17. My friends Jim Starlin, Joe Staton and Darryl Banks have sketched inside a “Green Lantern: Fear Itself” hardcover, which I will also sign (and personalize, if you like). Jim drew Hal Jordan, Joe drew Guy Gardner, and Darryl drew Kyle Rayner. (Click on the image for a hires version.)

Bidding with start at $200, and continue to 9 p.m. Eastern on Monday. Just tweet me your bid, and I’ll update throughout the day on my feed. Obviously, the goal is to raise as much money as possible, so I hope we can find at least one very generous Green Lantern fan. High bid at 9 p.m. Eastern wins the book (postage is included). Paypal is preferred, but other payment methods can be worked out.

All the other signed items mentioned in the previous post are still available, with the exception of the sketched/signed Shinku TPBs, and the GL #49 issues. Again, thank you all for your generosity.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

This week, Artifacts #23 hits stores, concluding the two-part “Blood Rites” storyline, focusing on everyone’s favorite defrocked priest, Tom Judge. It’s got a demon, it’s got an exorcism, it’s got Tilly Grimes in some cool pants. The issue’s art is, as always, by my Croatian brother in arms, Stjepan Sejic. (He hates it when you call him the Croatian sensation.)

You can view a six-page preview of the issue here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=14517

Some nice reviews of the issue have already been published.

ComicBooked:

http://www.comicbooked.com/book-review/review-artifacts-23/

Comic Hype:

http://www.comichype.com/2012/12/10/artifacts-23-let-the-exorcism-begin/

Unleash the Fanboy:

http://www.unleashthefanboy.com/comics/artifacts-23-review/36804

Comic Attack:

http://comicattack.net/2012/12/artifacts23rev/

One Geek Nation:

http://www.onegeeknation.com/2012/12/13/review-artifacts-23/

Read Comic Books:

http://readcomicbooks.net/home/artifacts-23/

I also did an interview with Newsarama about Artifacts past, present and future. That can be read here:

http://www.newsarama.com/comics/witchblade-vs-darkness-artifacts-25-ron-marz-interview.html

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Two new issues out this week, though only one is available in stores. The one you can get in stores is Prophecy #5, continuing the crossover event from Dynamite Comics. Prophecy has been fun to write, trying to bring together disparate characters like Red Sonja, Vampirella, Sherlock Holmes, Allan Quatermain and even Ash from “Army of Darkness. This collection of characters probably shouldn’t work as a group, but it’s been fun trying to make it all come together. I feel like I stuck the landing in tying up all the plot threads for the finale in issue #7, but you’ll have to be the judge of that as the series barrels toward a conclusion.

My artistic collaborator, Walter Geovani, has been doing terrific work on the series, and issue #5 is no different. You can see a preview of the issue here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=14344

Also debuting this week is Blackburn Burrow #3, the book I’m doing for Amazon Studios, with my great art team of Matthew Dow Smith and Jordie Bellaire (with Brian Stelfreeze on covers). The issue is free, and available in a number of digital formats, just as the previous issues are. The Civil War-era, supernatural story is an adaptation of a screenplay optioned by Amazon Studios.

Complete information and download links here:

http://hollywonk.com/post/36812407590/blackburn-issue-3

In a rather curious coincidence, Prophecy #5 and Blackburn Burrow #3 share a character. Obviously wasn’t planned that way, and it’s certainly strange that the issues hit on the same day. But the same character — though visually different depictions — appears in both issues. Let me know if you pick up on it.

Cheers,

Ron


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