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Read League of Valor for Free

The names of heroes like Leander, Siddharasa and Airfox probably aren’t familiar to you, but you can get to know them via Unbreakable Valor #1, a comic I wrote for Panasonic starring the stalwart League of Valor. Panasonic put together Unbreakable Valor #1 as a showcase for its Toughpad series of devices, and brought in a creative team that includes me, penciler Rick Leonardi, inker Mark Pennington, colorist Mike Atiyeh, and letterer Troy Peteri to create a group of heroes and a storyline to introduce them. Bart Sears also provided additional artwork.

You can read the entire story online for free at Panasonic’s website. A very limited number of print editions were also published. Check out the story here: http://info.panasonic.com/unbreakable-valor-issue1.html

Panasonic is also offering a contest with a prize that includes a trip to Comic-Con International San Diego in 2015, a Toughpad, and the opportunity to appear in a future issue of League of Valor. Full details on the contest here:

http://www.panasonic.com/business/toughpad/us/toughpad-sweepstakes.asp

We had a great deal of fun putting together the issue, so I’m glad we’ll be continuing the series. The next issue is slated for November release.

Cheers,

Ron


Covering All the John Carter Bases

The cover images for John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1, by me and artist Abhishek Malsuni, have been released. It looks like there will be at least 11 covers, everything from images by J. Scott Campbell, Bart Sears, J.G. Jones, Ed Benes, Abhishek Malsuni and many more, to a black-and-white version of Bart’s cover, to a blank cover for sketching. You can see all 11 versions below.

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1 will be a completely ground-floor read; you don’t need to have read the previous comics, or the novels, or even watched Andrew Stanton’s unfairly-maligned movie (which I thought was pretty great). If you’re unfamiliar with the Mars of Edgar Rice Burroughs, you’ll learn everything you need to know right in the issue.

I would love to be your tour guide to Barsoom. If you’d like to take the trip, pre-order from your local comics retailer. Pre-ordering is the lifeblood of monthly comics, and often the difference between a series continuing and getting canceled. You must like at least one of those covers, right?

Here’s the preview blurb for the book:

JOHN CARTER WARLORD #1 CVR A CAMPBELL MAIN
(W) Ron Marz (A) Abhishek Malsuni (CA) J. Scott Campbell

John Carter: Warlord of Mars returns in a new monthly series, officially authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.! Superstar writer Ron Marz finally gets to pen the series he has always wanted to write, with amazing new art talent Abhishek Malsuni joining him. Return to the exotic landscape of Barsoom, as John Carter has to save his adopted world, not to mention his beloved Dejah Thoris, from an enemy like no other he has ever faced. John Carter must truly become Warlord of Mars against an adversary who is every bit his equal on the savage red planet. An amazing new era for John Carter of Mars starts here!

Cheers,

Ron


Download Ravine Volume 1 for Free

The entirety of Ravine Volume 1, the fantasy original graphic novel by Stjepan Sejic and me, can now be downloaded for FREE from Stjepan’s Deviant Art site:

http://nebezial.deviantart.com/art/ravine-full-issue1-enjoy-you-have-to-download-469914842

Obviously we hope you still pick up the print version of the book — it’s a beautiful package thanks for Stjepan’s amazing art — but the download should whet your appetite. Ravine introduces a vast fantasy landscape and a large cast engaged in a sweeping story.

After a few delays, Volume 2 will be released by Top Cow/Image on Oct. 1. The book is complete and ready to go, as the story deepens and battle lines begin to be drawn. If all goes as planned, the complete Ravine saga will encompass 10 to 12 graphic novels.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

I’m almost certain this is a first for me: this week I have four issues from four different publishers being released on the same day. Not everything was written at the same time, of course, but in a quirk of the schedule, everything is hitting stories on July 30. Here’s a rundown:

From Marvel, 100th Anniversary Guardians of the Galaxy #1, written by me and Andy Lanning, with art by Gustavo Duarte and color by Edgar Delgado. The story takes place 100 years in the future, with an all-new, all-different Guardians team, and amazing art by Gustavo.

Preview here:
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=22769

From DC Comics, Adventures of Superman #15, written by me, with art by Evan “Doc” Shaner and color by Matt Wilson. The issue collects the three-part digital story from earlier this year, which is honestly one of my favorite projects ever, thanks to the chance to write Superman, and the pitch-perfect work of Doc and Matt. Short version: it’s Superman meets “the Iron Giant.”

Preview here:
http://www.comicosity.com/exclusive-preview-adventures-of-superman-15/

From Top Cow/Image, Witchblade #177, written by me with art by Laura Braga and color by Betsy Gonia. Witchblade bearer Sara Pezzini makes a return trip to New York City to uncover some buried secrets. The issue marks Laura Braga’s return to the title after a one-issue break.

Preview Link: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=22718

From Dynamite Comics, The Shadow Over Innsmouth one-shot, written by me with art by Ivan Rodriguez, color by Inlight Studios and cover by Matthew Dow Smith. I’ve always wanted to write a story featuring the Shadow, and I got my chance by combing the classic pulp hero with H.P. Lovecraft’s infamous coastal town. It’s such an obvious combination, I’m stunned no one beat me to it.

Preview here:
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=22779

Cheers,

Ron


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


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