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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


San Diego Comic-Con 2014

I’ll be returning to the madness of Comic-Con International in San Diego this week, appearing on three panels and doing a couple of signings. More and more, the real business of the con seems to be conducted away from the convention hall itself, so my public schedule is pretty limited. If you want to catch me at the show, these are your best bet:

Thursday

Noon-1 p.m., signing at Top Cow booth, #2629.

6-7 p.m., Skylanders panel, Room #7AB. I’ll be part of Activision’s Skylanders panel, talking about the forthcoming Skylanders comic series I’m co-writing with Dave Rodriguez for IDW Publishing. At the panel, there’s a Skylanders costume content with more than $5,000 in prizes.

Friday

10:30-11:30 a.m., Edgar Rice Burroughs panel, Room #8. I’m part of the “Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, and Edgar Rice Burroughs: What’s New?” panel, along with Jim Sullos (President, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), Scott Tracy Griffin (Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration), editor Joe Rybandt of Dynamite Entertainment, and artist Diana Leto. I’ll be talking about my work on the weekly strips “Korak the Killer” and “The Mucker” for the ERB website … as well as a new ERB project set to debut later this year.

Saturday

11 a.m.-Noon, Top Cow panel, Room #9. I’ll be talking about my Top Cow projects, including Witchblade, volume 2 of Ravine, and a new project that will be announced at the panel.

12:30-1:30 p.m., signing at Top Cow booth, #2629.

I’m also participating in a Hero Initiative/CGC signing with a number of others pros, including Walter Simonson, Dan Jurgens, Dave Gibbons, Denny O’Neil and many more. Books must be dropped off no later than 5 p.m. Friday at the CGC booth, #901. The cost benefits Hero Initiative. Complete information can be had here:

http://boards.collectors-society.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=7760386&fpart=1

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


Headed Down to Dallas Again

Before this year, I’d never visited Texas in my life except on flight layovers.Now I’m headed back there for the second time in five months. I’ll be at the Dallas Comic Con on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17; I will not be on the show on Sunday.

My appearance in Dallas is for the official release of 8 Percent, a comic benefiting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. I wrote a story about my father for 8 Percent, recounting his experiences as a tail gunner in a B-24J bomber in World War 2, as well as his death from pancreatic cancer. The art is by Rick Leonardi (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks) and Ross Hughes (color).

My recent Shelf Life column at Comic Book Resources is about the story, and includes a sizable selection of the beautiful art: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=52719

I’ll be at table A220, an endcap in Artist Alley, with Vanbreed Studios. Copies of the 8 Percent issue will be on sale, including some variant cover versions. All proceeds from the sale of 8 Percent will benefit pancreatic cancer research. The original art from the book will also be auctioned online to raise funds.

Hope to see you in Dallas. I’ll have some trade paperbacks of the Shinku and Ravine collections at the show. Complete information on the Dallas Comic Con can be found here:

http://www.fanexpodallas.com/

After Dallas, the next show up for me, on May 31 and June 1, is the new Hartford Comic Con:

http://hartfordcomiccon.com/

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


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


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

I’ve been looking forward to this week for quite a while, as the first issue of my return to Witchblade is released. Top Cow’s Witchblade #170 debuts this week in stores and online, the beginning of what I expect to be a long run by me, artist Laura Braga and colorist Betsy Gonia.

I stepped away from Witchblade with issue #150, after writing more than 70 consecutive issues of the title. Top Cow asked me to come back to the series with issue #170, and I was fortunate to see Laura Braga’s work thanks to a Twitter conversation with her. She and Betsy are a perfect fit for the story we’re telling, and I’m thrilled to be working with both of them.

The story opens with Witchblade wielder Sara Pezzini in a much different place, acting as Sheriff of Saratoga County in upstate New York. And as the preview pages seemingly indicate, Sara no long has the Witchblade. This initial story arc, “Borne Again,” will run through issue #174, and delve into Sara’s past, present and … well, it’s possible she might not have any future.

Witchblade #170 is wrapped in a stunning Marc Silvestri cover, and there’s a Third Eye Comics store-exclusive cover by Francesco Francavilla. A preview of the issue can be seen here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=18537

Update: “Sound on Sight” did a piece / interview on my return to Witchblade: http://www.soundonsight.org/the-witchblade-halloween-catch-up/

Cheers,

Ron


Skylanders: SWAP Force has Landed

This month, the latest installment of the Skylanders video game franchise debuted to strong sales and positive reviews. I was fortunate enough to be one of the writers of Skylanders: SWAP Force, working at Albany-area developer Vicarious Visions on 2012 and early 2013. I’m just one member of large team that created the game, but I’m proud the be associated with such a beautiful and frankly fun game.

I wrote about the experience in a recent edition of my regular Shelf Life column over at ComicBookResources.com. You can read the full column here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=48581

Cheers,

Ron


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