Archive for June, 2013

Upcoming Convention Appearance Schedule

I’m committed to more convention appearances than I expected in the next few months. The list below contains all the shows for which I’m presently confirmed. However, I’ve received invitations for some additional shows and signings through the rest of the year, so I’ll update this list as those fall into place.

 

Cheers,

Ron


Albany Comic Con on June 16

This year’s Albany Comic Con is being held Sunday, June 16, a.k.a. Father’s Day. It’s my local show, and one of my favorites, because it’s done for all the right reasons. Chief among them: spreading the gospel of comics. Albany Comic Con has avoided bringing in celebrities or other autograph fodder in order to maintain a focus on comics.

This year’s guest list includes me, Joe Jusko, Joe Sinnott, J.M. DeMatteis, Rick Leonardi, Joe Staton, Matthew Dow Smith, Todd Dezago, Fred Hembeck, Dave Rodriguez, Paul Harding, Richard Clark, Doug Hills, Mark McKenna and a bunch more. I’ll be doing a storytelling panel in the afternoon with fellow writers DeMatteis and Rodriguez.

I’ll be set up in the main room, with trade paperbacks of Shinku and Ravine on hand, as well as some Witchblade volumes and a few other goodies. I’ll also have a limited number of copies of Protectors #0, by me, artist Bart Sears and NFL player Israel Idonije, which was previously only available at C2E2.

Albany Comic Con will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 16 at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road in Colonie. Admission is still a mere $5. Complete information can be found here:

http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com/index.html

Albany Comic Con is also putting together a night at the ballpark on July 6 to honor legendary inker Joe Sinnott. Albany Comic Con and the Tri-City Valley Cats, the local single-A baseball affiliate of the Houston Astros, are teaming up for “Meet Joe at the Joe.” The Valley Cats play their home games at Joseph Bruno Stadium in Troy.

 

 

Joe Sinnott, for my money the best inker Jack Kirby ever had, will throw out the first pitch for the game, and be on hand to autograph a special baseball card (with art by Paul Harding) honoring his career. A number of area comic pros, including Paul and myself, will also be at the game to sign autographs.

Proceeds from “Meet Joe at the Joe” will benefit the Albany Ronald McDonald House Charities. Tickets for the 7 p.m. July 6 game are only $5, and are currently available on the Albany Comic Con website, as well as comic shops Excellent Adventures in Ballston Spa and Comics Depot in Saratoga Springs. Game tickets will also be on sale at Albany Comic Con, at which the Valley Cats mascot will make an appearance. Play ball!

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

This week brings Artifacts #28, the concluding chapter to the “Truth and Destinies” two-parter featuring Tom Judge, Michael Finnegan and the Magdalena as they hunt for the Glacier Stone. The storyline had a number of inspirations, including the desolate Nordic locations seen in Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” adaptation, as well as famed crazy person Aleister Crowley.

Marco Turini returns for art duties, with Bill Farmer on color. Stjepan Sejic provides the Magdalena-centric cover.

Next month’s Artifacts #29 will be a special issue written by Phil Smith, with art by Kalman Andrasofszky. I’ll return with issue #30, with a new artistic partner in tow, for an Angelus-oriented issue

Cheers,

Ron


Recommended Reading

Mumbai Confidential, by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde, published by Archaia.

Yes, I wrote the foreword for the book, but I’d be recommending it even if I hadn’t. One of the things I wrote in the foreword is this:

“As a creator, you learn that the most important stories are the one only you can tell.”

I believe that wholeheartedly, and certainly Mumbai Confidential is a tale that could only be told this well by Saurav and Vivek (with additional artists providing short stories).

MC is hardboiled noir; it’s violent and sexy and profane. It’s the kind of tale Hammett or Chandler would’ve written had they been born in India within the last few decades. There’s a tragic hero, dirty cops and dirtier villains, set against the backdrop of crowded, corrupt Mumbai.

It’s been a pleasure for me to watch Saurav’s growth as a writer since first editing him at Virgin Comics. His writing in MC is confident and brutal, and in Vivek Shinde, he’s found a perfect artistic partner for this dark tale.

The thick hardcover collection sports the usual gorgeous production from Archaia, including spot varnish on the cover (you know I’m a sucker for spot varnish.)

If you like crime comics … or just plain good comics … seek out

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