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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


Oscar Worthy

I discovered this Oscar-nominated short film, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” via my friend, author and illustrator Jim Gurney, on his Gurney Journey blog (which you all should be following anyway). It’s a delight that will likely have you in tears by the end (that’s what it did to me). Created by Moonbot Studios, its obvious influences include “The Wizard of Oz,” Buster Keaton and, of course, the love of books. It certainly (and silently) captures the way I feel about books, and I wanted to share it.

The film was co-directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, with terrific music by John Hunter. Joyce is one of my favorite children’s book illustrators and authors, and his influence is obvious if you’re at all familiar with his work. Delightful.

Youtube link


Update: Comics for Tots

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I know there are some kids who had a bit nicer Christmas thanks to your generosity. The Comics for Tots initiative brought in more than $500 (and that’s after the shipping costs were calculated), beating last year’s total by quite a bit. All packages have been mailed, except for the Magdalena sketch/TPB combos; we’re just waiting for Nelson Blake 2nd to finish up the sketches; thank for your patience with those. Special thanks to those of you who made donations and requested for no comics in return. You know who you are.

We still have copies of everything except the Magdalena TPBs, so feel free to order if you’re inclined. Any funds generated now will go towards next year’s Toys for Tots drive.

Check out the full list here : http://ronmarz.com/2011/12/comics-for-tots/
Cheers,

Ron


Comics for Tots

Last year I offered signed copies of Artifacts #1 in exchange for donations to Toys for Tots. You guys bought the issues, we collected the money, and went on a shopping spree for toys that we then dropped off with the Marines stationed at the local Air National Guard base. A great success, if I do say so.

So we’re doing it again.

No Artifacts this year, but after consulting the hive mind on Twitter, I came up with a number of books to offer up. To keep it simple, we’ve built the postage into the price of each book (or set of books). All books are signed by me, and can be personalized if you desire. Here’s what we’ve got available this year:

Update (Dec 29, 2011)
All Magdalena vol 1 TPB’s are gone. Rest of the list is still available.

*Green Lantern Retroactive 1990s, also signed by legendary inker Terry Austin, for $15.
*Shinku #1, #2, #3, my creator-owned book with Lee Moder (mature audiences), all three issues for $22.
*Sojourn #8, #23, art by Greg Land, both issues for $15.
*Scion #6, #7, art by Jim Cheung and Rick Leonardi respectively, both issues for $15.
*Scion #8, #9, art by Jim Cheung, both issues for $15.
*The Path Prequel and #1, art by Bart Sears, both issues for $15.
*Mystic #6, #7, art by Brandon Peterson and Steve McNiven respectively, both issues for $15.
*Mystic #8, #9, art by Brandon Peterson, both issues $15.
*CrossGen Chronicles #5, one of my favorite issues, with some stellar art by the great George Perez, $15.
*Magdalena Vol. 1 TPB, signed by me and artist Nelson Blake 2nd, and including an original Magdalena sketch on a backing board by Nelson. We have only TWO of these available, so act sooner rather than later on these. The TPB and sketch package is $50.

Again, ALL proceeds, except postage, go to Toys for Tots. If we run out of anything, I’ll update this site.

The easiest way to do this is via PayPal. Please PayPal your order to: kmarz@nycap.rr.com

On the PayPal form, please include the address to which you want the issues sent. If you’d like the books personalized, please include that info as well. We’ll try to have issues in the mail within 24 hours after the order is received. All comics will be sent via USPS.

For anyone who doesn’t have a PayPal account, please use the Contact button on this website and drop me an e-mail; we’ll figure out something. Also, we WILL mail out to international addresses, but we’ll have to add an additional postage charge. Please let us know your location, and we’ll get a postage quote.

We’ll do this right up through Christmas. However, many Toys for Tots drop-off locations are collected by the middle of December (as the Marines need time to sort and deliver donations). So ordering as soon as possible is appreciated.

Thank you all. Your generosity will provided a merry Christmas for some kids in need.

Happy Holidays,

Ron


MegaCon Bound

I’ll be a guest at MegaCon, held in Hall D of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, from March 25th-27th. Yes, this is the con that CrossGen once owned, and is still “in the family,” so to speak, having been purchased by, and now run by, former CrossGen employee Beth Widera. Beth is one of my favorite people in the world, and she runs an absolutely great show with her husband Richard and daughter Christine.
MegaCon is a chance for me to see some of my CrossGen buddies, as well as grab a few days of warm weather while winter desperately tries to hang on in the Northeast. I’ll have my own table at the con, with current artistic collaborators Kenneth Rocafort (Velocity) and Nelson Blake 2nd (Magdalena) nearby. If all goes as planned, I should have a few cases of various books for sale, as well as a pair of prints.





The first print is the cover to issue #1 of my June-debuting, creator-owned series Shinku at Image, with art by Lee Moder, Matthew Waite and Michael Atiyeh. The second print is a clever, minimalist take on Artifacts created by Matthew Waite. I’ll be selling the prints, which you can see accompanying this entry, for $10 apiece, and all of the money will be donated to the Japanese tsunami relief effort.

I’ll also be part of a different panel each day at the show.

  • Friday: 5-6 p.m., Top Cow panel (Room 221E)
  • Saturday: 10:15-11:05 a.m., Green Lantern panel (Room 222A)
  • Sunday: 4:10-5 p.m., Creator-Owned Comics panel (Room 222A)

Complete information on MegaCon can be found at www.megaconvention.com
Cheers,

Ron


Artifacts for Tots update

Haven’t had a chance to post an update after the last post on Artifacts for Tots, but I wanted to make sure it got done before we got too far beyond the holidays. Thanks to your generosity, more than $300 was raised via the Artifacts for Tots offer. Rather than simply donating the money, I wanted to be certain everything we raised was put to use this year. So a few days before Christmas my wife and I made a trip to the local Toys R Us and filled two shopping carts to overflowing with toys for both boys and girls, toddlers to teens. We dropped off all the loot – which filled the back of our Volvo – at the Air National Guard base in Scotia, NY, where the Marine unit coordinating the collection in based. We were going to take a photo of the toys with the Marines who helped us unload everything, but it was so viciously cold and windy that day, I didn’t want to ask them to stay outside any longer than necessary.

I have a few Artifacts #1 copies left, so if you want one, you can still get it. I’ll tuck the donation away for next year. I’ll definitely do something similar for Christmas 2011. Thanks again to everyone who donated.

Cheers,

Ron


Artifacts for Tots


If you follow me on Twitter – and thank you if you do – you might have seen a mention of this last week. I try to make sure I donate to Toys for Tots every holiday season, and I’ll definitely do so again this year. I usually make a run to a toy store in early December, grab a bunch of toys, and donate them at our kids’ elementary school, which has a toy drive every year. Or, more specifically, we have our kids bring in the toys and donate them, because I feel like giving to charity is an important lesson to impart. I also remember how magical Christmas was for me as a child, and I hope the donations can help bring someone else that experience.

So here’s what I’m doing. I have a stack of Artifacts #1 copies here, which I’ll be autographing and mailing out in exchange for a donations that I’ll collect and give to Toys for Tots. ALL proceeds will go to Toys for Tots, I’m not keeping anything.

The cost per Artifacts #1 issue is $13; essentially, $10 for the autographed issue, and $3 to cover first class postage. If you want more than one issue, the cost is $10 for any additional issues, and another $1 for additional postage. So two issues would be $24, three issues would be $35, and so on.

All issues will be autographed by me, and I’ll be more than happy to personalize any and all copies. Just to me know who you want the issue to be signed “to.” The issues will be the third-print edition of Artifacts #1 (cover shown here), also known as “Cover L.” For anybody who hasn’t read the issue, it contains some graphic violence and some swearing, so it’s not exactly a kid-friendly comic.

The easiest way to do this is through Paypal. The address attached to the Paypal account is: kmarz@nycap.rr.com.

When you make the donation, be sure to include all the information I’m going to need: how many issues you want, where the issues should be mailed, and to whom the issues should be signed (if you want them personalized). The goal will be to get issues into the mail within 24 hours of purchase. For anyone who doesn’t have a Paypal account, please use the Contact button on this website and drop me an e-mail; we’ll figure out something. Any questions or concerns, again, use the Contact button.

Thanks in advance to anyone who takes advantage of this. Let’s raise a bunch of money that will go to Toys for Tots.

Cheers,

Ron


New York Comic Con


I’ll be at the New York Comic Con this Friday, Oct.8, through Sunday, Oct. 10, held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s West Side. NYCC has quickly grown to be second only to the San Diego convention in size and importance.

My “home base” for the con will be the Top Cow booth, #2129. Rather than a set signing schedule, I’ll generally be at the booth to sign and chat when I’m not scheduled to be elsewhere. If I’m not around, you can ask one of the booth personnel when I’ll be back, or even to track me down. Two of my artistic collaborators, Michael Broussard of Artifacts and Nelson Blake 2nd ofMagdalena, will also be among the Cow herd for the show.

Top Cow will also be offering two con exclusive covers, both of which happen to be my books. Stjepan Sejic painted new covers for Artifacts #2 and Witchblade #138, both of which will be available at the booth. And if you’re around the booth at the right times, you might just bump into Aphrodite IV. She might even hand you a nice green balloon.

Here’s the rest of my public schedule for each day:

FRIDAY

4:30-5:30 p.m., Image Comics: The Writers panel, Room 1A14. I’ll be joined by fellow writers Robert Kirkman, Nick Spencer and Steve Seagle for a discussion of the writing process, and a Q & A session. Though, let’s face it, we’re gonna end up talking about Robert’s The Walking Dead quite a bit. And deservedly so.

SATURDAY

12:15-1:15 p.m., The Image Comics Show, Room 1A22. This is Image’s “company” panel, with announcements, updates, and a Q & A session. Other panelists scheduled are Joe Kelly, Ben McCool, John Layman and James Zhang. I suspect The Walking Dead will come up again.

1:15-2:15 p.m., Top Cow panel, Room 1A06. I’ll be on the panel, along with Filip Sablik, Michael Broussard, Jeff Katz of American Original and GeekWeek.com, Russ Cundiff of DiVide Pictures, and actor and comic geek Milo Ventimiglia (of “Heroes” fame). Expect Artifacts discussion (hopefully we can get just-announced artist Whilce Portacio to swing by), as well as some announcements of upcoming projects. Those who attend the panel can get a ticket for Milo’s autograph session that will follow immediately afterward.

4:30-5 p.m., signing at Graphic.ly booth, #1751. If you definitely want to get something signed, this might be the best time, as I absolutely know I’ll be here for at least 30 minutes.

SUNDAY

11 a.m.-noon, Writing Comics panel, Room 1A23. Billed as a “nuts-and-bolts discussion to help aspiring writers,” I’ll be joined by Paul Levitz, Jim McCann and Chris Eliopoulos. And hopefully a gallon jug of coffee.

One more NYCC note. My friends in the band Kirby Krackle will be playing gigs both Friday and Saturday night in the city. Check out their site for the details, as well as some pretty awesome music:

http://www.kirbykracklemusic.com/

Cheers,

Ron


Ron, Aron and Paulie

I made another appearance on the “Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie” podcast for Ideology of Madness. The interview is pretty loose and wide-ranging, covering a lot of topics, from the recent releases of Magdalena #3 and Angelus #5, to general concerns like accessible comics and even Darwyn Cooke’s recent comments. You can listen to the whole thing, clocking in at more than an hour, here.

I really appreciate the support Aron and Paulie have shown the Top Cow publishing line, and my books in specific. Hope you enjoy the interview.

Cheers,
Ron


Biking for Humanity

Over the weekend, my wife, daughter and mother-in-law completed a local triathlon as a team. Not Ironman length, of course, but still a pretty impressive accomplishment for three generations. Especially so, considering my daughter was the youngest competitor at 9 years old, and my mother-in-law was among the oldest at … well, I don’t want get myself into trouble. Very proud of all three of them.

My wife is also doing a charity bike race later this month to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. The link to the fundraising page is here.


Any donations are much appreciated.
Cheers,

Ron


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