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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


Dragon Prints For Sale

There’s remaining stock on both of the Ravine dragon prints, featuring the amazing art of my collaborator Stjepan Sejic. These are the first two offerings in what will be a series of Ravine prints. We intend to eventually open an e-store for Ravine and other items, but for now, this will be the only outlet for these prints.

The prints measure 13 inches by 17 inches, printed on heavy stock, limited to an edition of 200 each. The prints are individually numbered and signed by me (since we had them printed in the U.S., and Stjepan is in Croatia).

The price is $15 each, or the pair for $25, plus shipping/packaging. For shipping to U.S. addresses, please add $6.50 shipping. For foreign shipping, please use the contact button above, give us your location, and we’ll provide a shipping estimate. Also, please use the contact button for any questions.

All payments should be made via PayPal to: kmarz AT nycap.rr.com (please replace AT with @).

Include your complete shipping address when making payment. After investigating the best shipping methods, we’ve decided to ship the prints rolled in sturdy mailing tubes, thanks to hearing too many horror stories of damage due to flat shipping. We’ll endeavor to include matching numbers on print sets when possible.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Hitting shelves — both literal and electronic — this week is Artifacts #31, by me and South Korean painter Jung-Geun Yoon. The cover is by Stjepan Sejic. The story picks up threads from the previous issue, and seeds a few hints about the upcoming, ultimate fate of the Darkness, Jackie Estacado.

Preview pages for the issue can be seen here: http://www.topcow.com/moos/43-latest-moos/776-the-plot-thickens-in-artifacts-31

One convention note this week as well. Saturday and Sunday I’ll be at the Granite State Comicon, held at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire in downtown Manchester, NH. This is the first time the con is putting a two-day show, and there’s a pretty impressive guest list.

I’ll have collections of my creator-owned books Ravine, Shinku and Samurai: Heaven and Earth on hand, as well as other odds and ends. And if all goes as planned, I should be debuting the first offerings in a series of Ravine prints, with amazing Stjepan Sejic art. One words: Dragons!

Complete information on the show can be found here: http://www.granitecon.com/

Cheers,

Ron


In Store This Week

Releasing today is Monster Massacre Vol. 1 from Titan Comics, an oversize hardcover collection featuring the story “Pair of Rogues” story by me, artist Tom Raney and colorist Gina Going. “Pair of Rogues” is set in a fantasy world, and introduces a pair of … well, rogues for a series of adventures. The shorthand description of the story might be “Moonlighting” meets “The Lord of the Rings,” or maybe Fritz Leiber’s “Fafhrd and Gray Mouser” stories with sexual tension. The story originally appeared in an issue of Heavy Metal.

The plan for “Pair of Rogues” is to tell the tale in a series of short stories that will eventually broaden into a larger narrative of epic proportions. There’s a large backstory at play for both of these characters, secrets that will determine the course of not only the rogues, but of great empires. These short stories are the seeds from which we intend to grow a sweeping fantasy tale.

Right now Tom and I are working on the second short story, which will hint at the true origins of the characters. Hopefully the reception allows us to continue the series, and eventually tell the complete tale.

Cheers,

Ron


Green Lantern #275?

At this past weekend’s ComiConn on Trumbull, CT, a very kind gentleman named Brian Cross presented me with the accompanying image you see here: Green Lantern #275, by me, Darryl Banks and Terry Austin, printed on cardstock, trimmed to comic-book size and slipped into a protective mylar. Of course, the issue doesn’t really exist, it’s a “what if” scenario pondering what might be if Darry, Terry and I were still producing Kyle stories.

Thanks to a commission piece by Darryl, with colors by Tom Chu, Brian was able to recreate the other cover elements and put together the package. The complete story of the image, along with Darryl’s original ink art, can be seen here:

http://indigotribe.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/green-lantern-vol-3-275/

Darryl’s not producing the a lot of comics work these days; instead, he’s doing a lot of commercial art. But we’re absolutely going to work together again when the right opportunity arises. Hopefully Darryl and I will both be the Cleveland Comic Con on Oct. 19. Maybe we can hatch some plans there…

Many thanks to Brian for creating and delivering such a unique piece.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

A collection containing some of my earliest work hits stores this week in the Infinity Gauntlet Aftermath TPB. In addition to a number of my early Silver Surfer issues, it also contains some Warlock and the Infinity Watch issues, and a few Doctor Strange tales.

The collection includes Silver Surfer #60-#66, and some other odds and ends that I penned, most of which are drawn by Ron Lim, the first artistic partner I ever had. It’s interesting for me to look back at this material. Yes, some of it’s pretty awkward, with all the hallmarks of a writer trying to learn his craft. But there’s also exuberance, which hopefully makes up for some of the shortcomings.

I also had two releases out last week, one a short story and the other a trade paperback collection. The short story is in Skullkickers #24 from Image Comics, a “Before Skullkickers”-themed anthology showing the series characters in earlier days. Series creator Jim Zub asked me to contribute a story starring Kusia, and I was more than happy to drag in my pal Stjepan Sejic for art duties.

Truth be told, the entire seven-page story took four days to create. One for me to write it, two for Stjepan to digitally paint it, and a few hours on day four to letter it. Yes, Stjepan drew and colored the entire story in two days. Because he’s a beast. I’m still stunned.

The other release is the Progeny trade paperback from Top Cow, collecting the recent storyline that ran through Artifacts, Witchblade and Darkness. My contribution to the collection is Artifacts #25-#26, which bookend the storyline of the Top Cow Universe’s Artifacts bearers confronting Jackie Estacado, master of the Darkness. The entire story was very much a collaborative effort, with David Hine setting the direction and Tim Seeley and I following along.


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