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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 brings the release of Artifacts #26, the fourth and final part of “Progeny,” the Top Cow Universe crossover. The issue is by me, artist Marco Turini and colorist Andy Troy. This marks Marco’s first issue of Artifacts, as he settles in for a run after taking over art duties from Stjepan Sejic, who departs to launch Aphrodite IX as a monthly title (and to work on volume 2 of Ravine). Marco’s work shows some obvious sensibilities from his native Italy, so his art is an intriguing mix of European and American influences.

The issue brings the story threads of “Progeny” to a head, hopefully in an unexpected way, and sets the stage for ensuing issues of the title. More than that, I don’t want to say, for fear of spoiling the story.

Also released recently is the Blackburn Burrow #4, the final issue of the supernatural Civil War-era tale by me, artist Matthew Dow Smith and colorist Jordie Bellaire, based on Jay N. Levy’s screenplay for Amazon Studios. Go to the Amazon Studios blog Hollywonk, for more information, and links to read the issue as well as download it for free on Kindle:

http://hollywonk.com/post/45264984398

I also wrote an essay on “Three Rules for Writing Visually” for Hollywonk, with some thoughts on writing for comics. Have a look here:

http://hollywonk.com/post/45351125083/marz-3-rules-visual

Cheers,

Ron


Doing Voodoo

Despite the remnants of Hurricane Irene knocking out our power and flooding our basement, VoodooI managed to write a process series for my Shelf Life column on CBR about the impending release of Voodoo #1, my part of DC’s New 53 relaunch. The series of columns traced a set of pages from issue #1, from script through art stages to finished pages. The week culminated with an interview. Links for the entire series can be found below.

It was a welcome chance to expose a book I’m excited about, because it’s not quite like anything else in the DCU. It’s sexy, it’s violent, and hopefully it’s smart and unexpected. Because Voodoo is not quite like anything else in the DCU, I expect it might well struggle to find its audience. So I hope you’ll give it a shot when it hits comic stores and same-day digital download (legal!) on Sept. 28.

Part 1: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34150

Part 2: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34166

Part 3: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34188

Part 4: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34215

Interview: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34217


My Shelf Life column runs on Comic Book Resources every two weeks. The archive of previous columns can be found here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=column&id=40

Cheers,

Ron


Shelf Life Continues

My Shelf Life column at Comic Book Resources, which started last December, is still dropping every two weeks. The two of the three most recent editions have taken on death in comics (and specifically the fleeting nature of it), creator-driven content vs. editorially-directed content. The most recent column deals with the phenomenon of comic book conventions and the topic of getting and writing out autographs.

Please give a read when you have a moment.

Links below:

Cheers,

Ron


Shelf Life column debuts at CBR

I’m writing a column called Shelf Life every two weeks at Comic Book Resources, widely viewed as the #1 web site for comic-related content. The invitation from CBR head honcho Jonah Weiland took me a bit by surprise, but the chance to run my yap about whatever happens to be on my mind was too good to pass up.

I actually penned regular columns in my former life as a journalist, writing both a film review column and a tennis column. I’m thinking films might come up once in a while in Shelf Life; tennis, not so much. Every other week, I’ll be writing about writing, and writing about the comics industry in general. The first two columns are already up:

Hope you give ’em a read, and comment on ’em if you’re so moved.

Cheers,
Ron


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