Previews

Joining the Edgar Rice Burroughs Family

In my most recent “Shelf Life” column at Comic Book Resources, I announced I’m writing two weekly comic strips for the Edgar Rice Burroughs website. I’ll be adapting The Mucker pulp adventure novels, with Lee Moder providing the artwork. I’ll also be writing brand new adventures of Tarzan’s son, Korak the Killer, with artwork by Bart Sears. Both strips will be colored by Neeraj Menon, who is also coloring Bart’s work on The Protectors for Athleta Comics.

Lee’s character designs for protagonist Billy Byrne, as well as some incidental characters, plus Bart’s promo piece featuring Korak, can be seen here.


I grew up having my imagination utterly inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs, so I’m thrilled to be working with some of his creations, and in some small way, repaying the debt I owe him. The full column can be read here:
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=49146

The Edgar Rice Burroughs site currently offers eight other Sunday-style strips, most updated weekly, everything from Tarzan to Carson of Venus to Pellucidar. A monthly subscription to the entire slate of strips, including The Mucker and Korak the Killer, is a mere $2. I hope you take the plunge and delve into the fantastic worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Subscribe here:

http://www.edgarriceburroughs.com/comics/

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

This week sees the release of Prophecy #7, the concluding part of my crossover for Dynamite Comics. I’d like to tell you that I had every last detail of Prophecy figured out from the start, and that I knew how everything would tie together at the end, in issue #7. I’d like to tell you that … but it would be an utter fabrication.

I always had a general idea of where we were headed in Prophecy, and that it was ultimately a Red Sonja story. Because of that, the climax need to be driven by Sonja, and her enmity for Kulan Gath. I also knew that by bringing Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson into the story early on, I’d need to pay off their involvement. Everything would have to be brought full circle: Sonja, Sherlock, all of it. It’s a juggling act, keeping all these characters in the air. But no matter how deft your juggling, if you drop everything at the end, that’s what the audience remembers. You have to catch what you’ve been juggling, and then take a bow.

I think artist Walter Geovani and I pulled it off. But, of course, the audience is the ultimate judge. A five-page preview of Prophecy #7 can be seen here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=15093

Cheers,

Ron


Ravine First Look

The initial solicitation is out for Ravine, an original graphic novel by Stjepan Sejic and me, coming from Top Cow/Image on February 13. Newsarama had a “first look” at the project, including 44 images, which can be seen here:

http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album.php?aid=48148

Ravine is a 160-page original graphic novel, with amazing painted art by Stjepan, who has been my artistic collaborator on Witchblade, Angelus and Artifacts for Top Cow. Ravine is a passion project for Stjepan, and I think the book contains easily the best artwork of his career. Ravine is a multi-volume epic fantasy, with a large cast of characters and a lengthy storyline. We expect to be releasing at least one volume a year for the foreseeable future.

Ravine volume 1 will contain more than 120 pages of story, with a wealth of extras including maps, character bios and more, all for $14.99. Believe me, it’s epic in every sense of the word.

Now here’s the important part. Ravine is a creator-owned project for me and Stjepan. That means there is no up-front page rate; we’ve been paid nothing to produce this work. So we depend entirely upon sales to reap any kind of reward. Meaning that if you’re interested in Ravine, we need you to pre-order with your local comic shop. Tell your retailer that you want a copy, so we can boost those initial order numbers. We want to keep producing Ravine for a good, long time, but we can only do that if sales allow us to continue.

You can also check out this Ravine fan site for more art, and ongoing updates:

http://wolverinebs.wix.com/ravine

Thanks in advance for the support.

Cheers,

Ron

 

 

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Albany Comic Con this Sunday

I’ll be appearing at the Albany Comic Con on Sunday, Nov. 11, in Albany, NY. The show is once again being held at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road in Albany; the show has filled all the available space and continues to grow. Show hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and admission is only $5.

Albany Comic Con is my “hometown” show, and easily one of my favorite events. It’s an entirely comic-oriented affair, put on for the purpose of growing the hobby and attracting new readers (especially kids) to our medium. As always, the guest list is long and impressive, including legendary inker Joe Sinnott, writers J.M. DeMatteis, Ben McCool, Charles Soule, David Rodriguez, artists Lee Moder, Tom Raney, Matthew Dow Smith, Fred Hembeck, Richard Clark, Mark McKenna and many more.

I’ll be doing a panel discussion in the afternoon with J.M. DeMatteis about writing fantasy in comics. It’s one I’m looking forward to, as I’m a real admirer of J.M.’s work, especially the fully-realized fantasy worlds he constructs.

I’m also happy to announce that Lee Moder and I will have copies of the Shinku Volume 1 trade paperback available at the show, prior to its release in comic stores on Nov. 14. The collection includes the first five issues of our creator-owned series, plus more than 35 pages of extras, including sketchbook pages, pin-ups and the original black-white-and-red ashcan, all for $15. I’m very proud of what we’ve put together.

I’ll be bringing other items for the table, so if you’re looking for something in particular, please let me know in the comments section. I’ll also have free promotional posters for Blackburn Burrow (the Amazon Studios series by me and Matthew Dow Smith), and free cards for The Protectors, the 2013 series by me, Bart Sears and Israel Idonije of the Chicago Bears.

Lastly, Albany Comic Con will also be conducting a silent auction of numerous pieces of original art to benefit Ronald McDonald House. Many of the artists attending the show contributed new Superman-themed pieces, including Joe Sinnott, Lee Moder, Matthew Dow Smith, Paul Harding, Richard Clark and others. How often do you get a chance to see Joe Sinnott draw Superman?

Complete information on Albany Comic Con can be found at the show’s website: http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com/

Hope to see you Sunday.

Cheers,

Ron


Baltimore Comic Con 2012

I’ll be appearing at this weekend’s Baltimore Comic Con, held this Saturday and Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center in the inner harbor. Show hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The Baltimore show is among my favorite cons, thanks in no small part to the great work by promoter Marc Nathan and his right-hand man Brad Tree. I look forward to it every year, though this year in particular brings some new wrinkles.

I’ll be set up at booth #2307, along with my buddies Lee Moder and Matthew Dow Smith, both of whom will be taking commissions and selling original pages. There might even be a surprise appearance by Nelson Blake 2nd. Lee and I will have copies of Shinku on hand for your purchasing pleasure, with a few other assorted items.

I’ll also be appearing both days at the Amazon Studios booth, #1602, with a sneak peek of Blackburn Burrow #1, by me and Matthew Dow Smith, with color by Jordie Bellaire and a cover by Brian Stelfreeze. The issue is part one of a four-issue adaptation of an Amazon Studios screenplay by Jay Levy, and Amazon will be giving away the Baltimore Comic Con exclusive edition all weekend. So … free comic! Pretty awesome, huh? If you can’t be in Baltimore, don’t worry, issue #1 soon will be offered online for free.

I’ll be signing at the Amazon Studios booth, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Saturday; and 1:30-3 p.m. on Sunday.

Blackburn Burrow is supernatural historical adventure, set in 1864, as the Civil War rages on. It’s about secrets buried deep in a Georgia mountain, and secrets buried deep in the heart of its ghost-hunting protagonist, known only as Mister.

Last and certainly not least, I’ll be announcing a new project on Sunday at the show, during a spotlight panel with me and artist Jamal Igle. The panel will take place from noon-1 p.m. Sunday in Room 301. Jamal and I will talk about our respective careers, and then discuss our new project (though you might well get a sneak peek of the project at CBR this week).

Baltimore starts a surprisingly (for me) busy fall con season. In the next few months, I’ll be appearing at:

Hope to see you at one of them.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Finally, this week sees the release of Magdalena #12, bringing to a close the present “One, True Cross” storyline. As usual, my partners-in-crime are Nelson Blake 2nd, Dave Marquez, Sal Regla, Dave McCaig and Troy Peteri. You can see a preview of the issue here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=12486

Some advance reviews for the issue have already been released. Newsarama’s Best Shots scored it 8 out of 10, saying, “…it doesn’t let up on strong characters and the potential of what’s to come.” The full review is here:

http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-advance-reviews-120522.html

Meanwhile, Geeks of Doom calls Magdalena herself “…a well written, driven character that shows purpose in her actions and is in it for the long haul.” The full review is here:

http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2012/05/23/comic-review-the-magdalena-12/

My Shelf Life column at CBR this week will be about the last dozen issues of Magdalena, and the ultimate fate of the book. Look for the column around 5 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.

Cheers,

Ron


In stores this week

I’ve got two new issues hitting shelves this Wednesday, both from Top Cow. Artifacts #11, with art by Jeremy Haun and Sunny Gho, brings the storyline closer to its climax and features a character death by issue’s end. And it’s not a “comic book” death in which the character miraculously returns to life a few months later. Dead means dead … as in “not coming back.” There’s also another two-page origin, this one featuring art by the legendary Michael Golden.

Also in stores Wednesday in Witchblade #149, the final part of the “Tiamat” storyline, and my penultimate issue of the book with Stjepan Sejic. The issue wraps the current four-part arc, and sets the stage for the double-size #150 next month. After we wrap up our run on Witchblade, Stjepan and I will move over to Artifacts with issue #14, as the event series becomes a monthly title.

Cheers,

Ron


Shinku stakes its claim

Last week, my new creator-owned series, Shinku, debuted from Image Comics. Short version: it’s a modern-day tale of vampires vs. a lone samurai. The series is intended for mature readers, since I’ve always thought vampires were about sex and violence, not sparkling. The art is by my buddies Lee Moder, Matthew Waite and Mike Atiyeh, with letters by Troy Peteri and edits/design by Phil Smith.

The reception has been gratifying. Reviews have been great, and many of the comic sites have been kind enough to throw some coverage our way. The links below include preview pages, features, reviews and podcasts.

If you’ve taken the plunge and picked up the first issue, thank you. If not … what are you waiting for?

Cheers,
Ron

Preview pages:
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=8203

Feature articles:

  1. Westfield Comics: http://westfieldcomics.com/blog/interviews-and-columns/interview-ron-marz-on-images-shinku/
  2. MTV: http://geek-news.mtv.com/tag/shinku/
  3. CBR: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=31610
  4. Newsarama: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marz-moder-shinku-more-albany-con-110422.html
  5. USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/2011-05-19-Shinku-pits-female-samurai-vs-Japanese-vampires_n.htm
  6. CBR (again): http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=32606
  7. Cedar Rapids Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/comic-books-in-cedar-rapids/shinku-more-blood-no-sparkles-review

Reviews:

  1. Rawnzilla blog: http://www.rawnzilla.com/post/6048602424/shinku-1-review
  2. Newsarama: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-advance-reviews-110531.html
  3. Comic Attack: http://comicattack.net/2011/05/shinku1/
  4. Image Addiction: http://imageaddiction.net/?p=3509
  5. Newsarama (again): http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-extra-110601.html
  6. Quarter Bin: http://thequarterbin.com/2011/06/02/shinku-1/
  7. MyComicNetwork: http://www.mycomicnetwork.com/v2/?p=1557
  8. Comic Related: http://comicrelated.com/news/12176/nerd-girls-eye-view-27
  9. Popgun Chaos:  http://www.popgunchaos.com/2011/05/26/preview-for-shinku-1/
  10. Player Affinity: http://playeraffinity.com/comic-reviews/shinku-1-review.html
  11. IGN: http://comics.ign.com/articles/117/1171969p1.html
  12. Comic Related/Nerd Girls Eye View: http://comicrelated.com/news/12176/nerd-girls-eye-view-27
  13. Comic Buzz: http://comicbuzz.com/shinku-1-review
  14. Daily Blam: http://www.dailyblam.com/news/2011/06/04/erics-image-comics-reviews-reed-gunther-1-50-girls-50-1-shinku-1-the-darkness-91-hal

Podcasts:

  1. Ideology of Madness: http://ideologyofmadness.spookyouthouse.com/archives/18045
  2. iFanboy: http://www.ifanboy.com/content/audio/DON_T_MISS__Shinku__1_with_Ron_Marz
  3. Image Addiction: http://imageaddiction.net/?p=3518
  4. Retcon Podcast: http://retcon.podbean.com/2011/06/03/retcon-19-interview-with-ron-marz/

Analysis:

  1. Comic Related: http://comicrelated.com/news/12164/samurai-from-marz

Preview Package

Both Angelus #6 and Witchblade #139 will hit stores this Wednesday, Nov. 10. Preivew pages of both can be found below.

Angelus #6 is the finale of the mini, bringing the storyline to a (hopefully) satisfying conclusion. After some health concerns that landed him in the hopsital, artist Stjepan Sejic is back to full strength on the issue, and I think it shows in the art, including that fairly stunning spread on pages 4 & 5.

The art for Witchblade #139 is by Eisner winner Michael Gaydos, probably best known for his work on Aliaswith Bendis. Michael had an available slot in his schedule, which made the decision to bring in a pinch-hiiter for regular WB artist Stjepan Sejic a bit easier. While Stjepan concentrated on Angelus #6, Michael penciled, inked and colored #139, and turned in a gorgeous job. The story follows up on the tragic events in Sara’s life revealed in Artifacts #1, showing the emotional fallout for Sara and those around her. You don’t need to have read Artifacts to fully grasp the Witchblade issue, and you don’t need to read the Witchblade issue to “complete” Artifacts in any way. But if you read them both, I think you get a bit richer story experience.

Hope you check ‘em out.

Angelus #6:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=6903&disp=table

Witchblade #139:

http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album.php?aid=39627

Cheers,

Ron


Artifacts info uncovered

Pretty good week for Artifacts last week. Preview pages for issue #2, introducing Jackie Estacado into the storyline, hit a number of sites. You can find them here, among other places. Artifacts #2 will be in stores this Wednesday, Sept. 29.

The third printing of Artifacts #1 also hit stores, the first time a Top Cow release has ever gone to a third printing.


News also broke revealing the identity of the next artist on the 13-issue Artifacts series. Michael Broussard is drawing issues #1-#4, of course. The next arc, issues #5-#9, will be drawn by Whilce Portacio, probably best know for his work on Uncanny X-Men. Whilce and I had breakfast out in San Diego during the con, and discussed the kind of story we wanted to tell, especially in terms of scope. We’re very much on the same page in terms of wanting to bring an epic scale to the page. It’s going to be a great collaboration.

USA Today had the first story, which includes comments from Whilce. You can read it here.

Cheers,

Ron


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