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In Stores This Week

This week sees my last issue of Artifacts released, as Artifacts #32 hits stores, both your local comic shop as well as digital venues. The issue follows Tom Judge back to Hell as he searches for missing Darkness host Jackie Estacado. The art is by Korean painter Chan-Hyuk Lee, wrapped in a Stjepan Sejic cover.

A full preview of the issue can be seen here:
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=19141

The next few issues of Artifacts are being created by the winners of Top Cow’s Talent Hunt, and the series will likely then go on hiatus. It’s a little bittersweet to close this chapter of Artifacts. I’ll miss writing the book, but I’m proud we were able to extend the series far beyond the original 13 issues. The initial storyline (with artists Michael Broussard, Whilce Portacio, Jeremy Haun and Dale Keown) was successful enough that Stjepan Sejic and I were able to turn the maxi-series into an ongoing, exploring all corners of the Top Cow Universe. All the support that the series received is very much appreciated.

I’ll still be writing Witchblade, of course, as artist Laura Braga and I settle in for a nice long run together. And Stjepan Sejic and I have Ravine Vol. 2 poised for release, and we’re working up a number of other projects. Plenty more to come…

Cheers,

Ron


“Cortez the Killer”

Check out this video of an EPIC version of Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer” by Dave Matthews Band with Warren Haynes, recorded earlier this month. “Cortez” is one my favorite songs, and second only to “All Along the Watchtower” in DMB’s regular cover repertoire. I’ve always been fascinated by the story of Hernan Cortes, who conquered the Moctezuma and the Aztecs with only a handful of conquistadors at his side. His story has become a mixture of fact and citions, casting him variously as hero, conqueror, adventurer and war criminal. There’s been a graphic novel about Cortes and the Aztecs simmering in the back of my head for years. Hopefully it’s a story I get to tell one day.

The Vimeo Video if you can’t see the embed above


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