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John Carter of Marz … and Skylanders too!

Just a quick note before I dash out the door to San Diego. Among the pre-SDCC announcements was this one: I’ll be writing a regular John Carter: Warlord of Mars series for Dynamite, with the first issue releasing in November. If you know anything of my affection for Edgar Rice Burroughs in general, and John Carter in specific, you know I’m pretty ecstatic about the assignment. It is, quite literally, a dream come true.

Indian artist Abhishek Malsuni is joining me on the series, and he’s been turning in amazing work. Obviously there will be much more about the series as we get closer to release, but for now, more details and additional art can be seen at this link:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=54235

There’s also a recent feature about my work on bringing the Skylanders video game/toy franchise to comics with IDW Publishing. The regular series will debut in October. Check out the article via this link:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=54221

Cheers,

Ron


San Diego Comic-Con 2014

I’ll be returning to the madness of Comic-Con International in San Diego this week, appearing on three panels and doing a couple of signings. More and more, the real business of the con seems to be conducted away from the convention hall itself, so my public schedule is pretty limited. If you want to catch me at the show, these are your best bet:

Thursday

Noon-1 p.m., signing at Top Cow booth, #2629.

6-7 p.m., Skylanders panel, Room #7AB. I’ll be part of Activision’s Skylanders panel, talking about the forthcoming Skylanders comic series I’m co-writing with Dave Rodriguez for IDW Publishing. At the panel, there’s a Skylanders costume content with more than $5,000 in prizes.

Friday

10:30-11:30 a.m., Edgar Rice Burroughs panel, Room #8. I’m part of the “Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, and Edgar Rice Burroughs: What’s New?” panel, along with Jim Sullos (President, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), Scott Tracy Griffin (Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration), editor Joe Rybandt of Dynamite Entertainment, and artist Diana Leto. I’ll be talking about my work on the weekly strips “Korak the Killer” and “The Mucker” for the ERB website … as well as a new ERB project set to debut later this year.

Saturday

11 a.m.-Noon, Top Cow panel, Room #9. I’ll be talking about my Top Cow projects, including Witchblade, volume 2 of Ravine, and a new project that will be announced at the panel.

12:30-1:30 p.m., signing at Top Cow booth, #2629.

I’m also participating in a Hero Initiative/CGC signing with a number of others pros, including Walter Simonson, Dan Jurgens, Dave Gibbons, Denny O’Neil and many more. Books must be dropped off no later than 5 p.m. Friday at the CGC booth, #901. The cost benefits Hero Initiative. Complete information can be had here:

http://boards.collectors-society.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=7760386&fpart=1

Cheers,

Ron


A Giant Among Comics: Eli Manning

Earlier this year I got to write a comic featuring New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, thanks the DC Comics and Gatorade. Being a die-hard Giants fan, I obviously jumped at the opportunity to tell Eli’s tale (especially the part about him beating the Dallas Cowboys).

The entire story, featuring art by Neil Edwards, is now available to be viewed free online, along with stories featuring NFL players Peyton Manning, Robert Griffin III, J.J. Watt and Cam Newton . All of the stories, which include some interesting effects, can be accessed via this link:

http://leagueofcaptains.gatorade.com/#/comics

And, of course … GO GIANTS!

Cheers,

Ron


Headed Down to Dallas Again

Before this year, I’d never visited Texas in my life except on flight layovers.Now I’m headed back there for the second time in five months. I’ll be at the Dallas Comic Con on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17; I will not be on the show on Sunday.

My appearance in Dallas is for the official release of 8 Percent, a comic benefiting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. I wrote a story about my father for 8 Percent, recounting his experiences as a tail gunner in a B-24J bomber in World War 2, as well as his death from pancreatic cancer. The art is by Rick Leonardi (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks) and Ross Hughes (color).

My recent Shelf Life column at Comic Book Resources is about the story, and includes a sizable selection of the beautiful art: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=52719

I’ll be at table A220, an endcap in Artist Alley, with Vanbreed Studios. Copies of the 8 Percent issue will be on sale, including some variant cover versions. All proceeds from the sale of 8 Percent will benefit pancreatic cancer research. The original art from the book will also be auctioned online to raise funds.

Hope to see you in Dallas. I’ll have some trade paperbacks of the Shinku and Ravine collections at the show. Complete information on the Dallas Comic Con can be found here:

http://www.fanexpodallas.com/

After Dallas, the next show up for me, on May 31 and June 1, is the new Hartford Comic Con:

http://hartfordcomiccon.com/

Cheers,

Ron


Jersey Bound for FCBD 2014

For this year’s Free Comic Book Day on May 3, I’ll be appearing at Level Up Entertainment at the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing, NJ, near Atlantic City. In addition to signing anything and everything you’d care to bring by, I’ll be conducting a workshop on the step by step process of creating a comic.
The last few years I’ve stayed local for FCBD, but Level Up lured me away for this year. Complete information and schedule can be found at Level Up’s website:
http://levelupentertainment.com/

Cheers,

Ron


See You At C2E2!

I’ll be attending C2E2 at McCormick Place on April 25-27, set up at the Athlitacomics booth, #607, to celebrate the release of The Protectors #1. I’ll be at #607 all weekend, along with Athlitacomics founder and Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije, and artist Bart Sears.

We’ll have a strictly limited version of The Protectors #1 available at the booth all weekend (or at least as long as supplies last). I wrote at length about the issue, and especially my inspirations for it, in my latest Shelf Life column at Comic Book Resources:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=52229

We’ll also have a bunch of comic-book friends stopping by the booth to sign and sketch, including Andy Lanning, Anthony Williams, Todd Nauck, Phil Hester, Mahmud Asrar, Matthew Waite, David Rodriguez and plenty more. Follow the Athlitacomics Twitter feed, as well as signs at the booth, for the schedule.

Bart Sears, Israel Idonije and I will also be signing at Chicago Comics, 3244 North Clark Street in Chicago, from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Copies of The Protectors #1 will be available at the signing.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores April 14

This week brings the release of Witchblade #174, the fifth and final part of the “Borne Again” storyline that began with the new creative team of me, artist Laura Braga and colorist Betsy Gonia. The issue pays off the confrontation between former Witchblade bearer Sara Pezzini and the Angleus, who is presently in possession of most of the Witchblade.

The issue features another gorgeous art job by Laura and Betsy, wrapped in another great John Tyler Christopher cover. The arc concludes with #174, but the story really sets the stage for the anniversary issue #175, as well as the next year or so of Witchblade issues.

A six-page preview of the issue can be seen here:
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=21133

Thanks for following me back to Witchblade. Sometimes you can go home again.

Cheers,

Ron


This Weekend: MegaCon in Orlando

This weekend, March 21-23, I’ll be returning the MegaCon in Orlando, FL, one of my favorite conventions in the country, run by some of my favorite people in the world. The guest list, led by Stan Lee, boasts a lot of my friends in the industry, including Dan Jurgens, Cully Hamner and Mike McKone, and a lot of my CrossGen buddies like Bart Sears, Jim Cheung, Chuck Dixon, Brandon Peterson, Mike Perkins, Greg Land, George Perez.

http://megaconvention.com/

Here’s my updated, conformed convention schedule for this year, though there are still additional shows being discussed. Balancing working time and conventions is always a concern, but the boom in con business means more offers for visits to interesting shows and locations.

*April 6: Albany Toy Show. First time I’ve actually set up at the local toy show. My daughter will be with me, selling her cute clay sculptures (she’s a pretty damned good sculptor).

http://toyshow.albanycomicbookshow.com/

*April 25-27: C2E2 in Chicago, along with Athleta Comics, Israel Idonije and Bart Sears, as well as some surprise guests at the booth. Big things planned at Booth #607, including the debut of Protectors #1!

http://www.c2e2.com/Home/

*May 3: Free Comic Book Day appearance, location to be announced soon … but I can tell you it’s somewhere in the wilds of New Jersey!

*May 9-11: WAP! Comic Con in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Trying out a new show in a beautiful location.

http://wap-coco.com/home.html

*May 16-17: Dallas Comic Con, in support of a charity comic I wrote (with Rick Leonardi on art) to benefit Pancreatic Cancer research. Please note: I will not be at the show Sunday, May 18.

http://www.fanexpodallas.com/

*May 31-June 1: Hartford Comic Con, another new show for me, put on by friends of a friend.

http://hartfordcomiccon.com/

*June 15: Albany Comic Con, my “hometown” show, with a special event at the Tri-City ValleyCats baseball game in Troy the night before. Great way to spend Father’s Day weekend.

http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com/

*Sept. 5-7: Baltimore Comic Con, easily one of the best cons in the country, a purely comic-oriented event. The show is moving to three days for the first time.

http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

*Sept. 26-28: Alamo City Comic Con, San Antonio, TX. This seems to be my year for visits to Texas.

http://alamocitycomiccon.com/

*Nov. 7-9: La Mole Comic Con, Mexico City. I’ll be here with Stjepan Sejic, as well as a few other industry pals that are yet to be announced.

http://www.lamole.com.mx/

As always, at any of these shows I’ll have copies of the Ravine and Shinku TPBs with me, along with Ravine dragon prints and some other odds and ends. Hope to see you on the road.

Cheers,

Ron


Super Mondays

My Adventures of Superman digital arc begins this Monday, Feb.17, with ensuing chapters releasing on Feb. 24 and March 3. The three-part story is titled “Only Son,” and I could not be more proud of how it turned out. The art is by Evan “Doc” Shaner, with color by Matthew Wilson, and it’s an absolutely gorgeous job.

In my mind’s eye, this is just what Superman, his supporting cast, and Metropolis are supposed to look like. I wrote the story with Doc’s art in mind, and thankfully everyone’s schedules matched up. Doc’s Superman and Clark and perfect, and I fell in love with his Lois. Write this down: Doc is going to be a big-time artist in this business.

I don’t want to reveal too much about the story, other than I tried to capture everything I love about Superman, both the human and superhuman aspects. Each 10-page chapter is 99 cents, and can be downloaded from the DC site, as well as Comixology:

http://www.readdcentertainment.com/Adventures-of-Superman-2013/comics-series/10176

http://www.comixology.com/Adventures-of-Superman-2013/comics-series/10176

Preview pages of part 1 can be seen at Comic Book Resources:
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=20295

One more note on an upcoming project. Dynamite Comics has announced a oversize one-shot by me and my buddy Matthew Dow Smith, The Shadow Over Innsmouth. The story places the classic pulp avenger in H.P. Lovecraft’s spooky setting, in a way that hopefully honors both concepts.

The Shadow is one of those itches I’ve always wanted to scratch, like Tarzan or The Phantom (both of which I’ve been fortunate enough to have written, though I’d love to do so again). I can’t think of a better collaborator than Matt for this kind of Shadowy tale. The one-shot is due in April.

Cheers,

Ron


And We’re Back! With Convention Updates

After some technical difficulties, the site is back up and running. Thanks for your patience while we straightened out the issues.

A few convention updates:

*Feb. 28-March 1: Great Lakes Comic Con in Detroit area. I’ll be appearing at this show with my buddies Darryl Banks and Tom Raney, along with Chris Claremont, Ryan Stegman and many others. Complete information here:

http://greatlakescomiccon.org/

*March 21-23: MegaCon in Orlando, FL, along with Dan Jurgens, Cully Hamner, Bart Sears and a lot more.

*April 25-27: C2E2 in Chicago, along with Athleta Comics, Israel Idonije and Bart Sears. Big things planned with Athleta Comics!

*May 3: Free Comic Book Day appearance, location to be announced soon.

*May 16-17: Dallas Comic Con, in support of a charity comic to benefit Pancreatic Cancer research. (Please note I will not be at the show Sunday, May 18.)

*June 15: Albany Comic Con, my “hometown” show, with a special event at the Tri-City ValleyCats baseball game the night before.

*Sept. 5-7: Baltimore Comic Con.

*Sept. 26-28: Alamo City Comic Con, San Antonio, TX.

There are a few other conventions that I’ve committed to, but which haven’t been announced yet. There are also a number of other con appearances that are in the discussion stage, and will be listed here once confirmed. I’ll likely attend San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con, but my public schedule for those shows will be pretty limited.

As always, at any of these shows I’ll have copies of the Ravine and Shinku TPBs with me, along with Ravine dragon prints and some other odds and ends. Hope to see you on the road this year.

Cheers,

Ron


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