New Releases

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


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


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


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


Deep in the Heart of Texas

My convention season starts earlier than ever this year, with a show in Dallas this coming weekend. I’ll be at the North Texas Comic Book Show, at the Doubletree Hotel Dallas Market Center, on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 10 and 11. Other guests include Alan Bellman, Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz and Joe Corroney.

This will be the first time I’ve ever done a show in Texas, so I’m looking forward to seeing new sights and meeting new faces (not to mention getting a break from the deep freeze in the Northeast). I’ll have copies of the Ravine and Shinku TPBs with me, as well as both Ravine dragon prints, along with a some other odds and ends.

Complete information on the show can be found here: http://comicbooksdallas.com/index.html

I’ve confirmed a number of other convention appearances for 2014 thus far, including:

  • La Mole in Mexico City (March 14-16);
  • MegaCon in Orlando (March 21-23);
  • C2E2 in Chicago (April 25-27);
  • Albany Comic Con (June 15); and
  • Baltimore Comic Con (Sept. 5-7).

More con appearances will be announced as I firm up plans.

Cheers,

Ron


Look! Up in the Sky!

In case you missed the announcement, I’ve written a three-part story for DC’s “Adventures of Superman” digital series that will appear early next year. The storyline, “Only Child,” is being drawn by Evan “Doc” Shaner, an artist I was keen to work with, and a perfect fit for the story.

“Only Child” will appear in 10-page segments, available digitally on Feb. 17, Feb. 24 and March 3 for 99 cents each. I can’t reveal much about the story until DC is ready, but it examines Superman’s role as the last son of Krypton. I have huge respect and admiration for the Man of Steel, so I had a great time writing the story.

There’s more information on the next batch of “Adventures of Superman” stories available here:
http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2013/12/16/new-schedule-and-creator-line-up-for-%E2%80%98adventures-of-superman%E2%80%99-announced

Up, Up and Away!

Ron


In Stores This Week

Some pre-holiday cheers hits this week in the form of Witchblade #171. The issue continues the “Borne Again” storyline that began in the previous issue, which marked my return to the title after a few years away. A great deal had changed in the ensuing time, with Sara having cast away the Witchblade and become a small-town Sheriff. Sara was shot by an unknown assailant in the issue-ending cliffhanger.

The art is once again by the regular team Laura Braga (line work), Betsy Gonia (color) and Troy Peteri (letters). The issue features two covers, one by John Tyler Christopher and one by Stjepan Sejic.

A full preview can be seen here:
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=19386


Heavens to Etsy

We’ve opened an Etsy store for the Ravine limited-edition prints, featuring Stjepan Sejic’s amazing art, and signed by me, to make transactions easier. Thus far, we’re offering the the initial two dragons prints in the series, along with signed Ravine Vol. 1 trade paperbacks.

The direct link to the store is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RonMarzStore?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Happy shopping…

Cheers,

Ron


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