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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


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


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


Radu’s Coffee

Yes, that’s Radu’s Coffee Shop, from my Green Lantern run with Darryl Banks, looking very much like a real place.

The photo was snapped by my buddy (and letterer) Troy Peteri while he was visiting Six Flags Magic Mountain in California. The signs, unfortunately, are merely for atmosphere; the coffee shop is only a facade, not actually open. As you can see, there’s also a sign for Coast City around the corner, all window dressing near the Green Lantern ride. Troy reported there were also signs for Ferris Air, Big Belly Burger from the Superman titles, and Planet Krypton from Kingdom Come.

I had no idea such a thing existed before Troy sent me the photo. The signs appear to be taken directly from the original design created and drawn by Darryl and inker Terry Austin. Would be pretty cool to have one to hang in my office…

Cheers,

Ron


Green Lantern Hardcover Auction

This year’s Comic for Tots drive as been more successful than I could have ever imagined. I am indebted to both the generosity of the people who have made donations, and especially to some of my artist friends who have contributed signatures, commissions and sketches: Stjepan Sejic, Brett Booth, Dan Jurgens, Lee Moder, Matthew Dow Smith and Richard Clark. The response has been amazing. So far, more than $1,800 has been raised and used to purchase toys and books donated to Toys for Tots.

The final “unique” item for this year will be auctioned via my Twitter feed, which is @ronmarz, on Monday, Dec. 17. My friends Jim Starlin, Joe Staton and Darryl Banks have sketched inside a “Green Lantern: Fear Itself” hardcover, which I will also sign (and personalize, if you like). Jim drew Hal Jordan, Joe drew Guy Gardner, and Darryl drew Kyle Rayner. (Click on the image for a hires version.)

Bidding with start at $200, and continue to 9 p.m. Eastern on Monday. Just tweet me your bid, and I’ll update throughout the day on my feed. Obviously, the goal is to raise as much money as possible, so I hope we can find at least one very generous Green Lantern fan. High bid at 9 p.m. Eastern wins the book (postage is included). Paypal is preferred, but other payment methods can be worked out.

All the other signed items mentioned in the previous post are still available, with the exception of the sketched/signed Shinku TPBs, and the GL #49 issues. Again, thank you all for your generosity.

Cheers,

Ron


Comics for Tots

This marks the third year for what’s become known as Comics for Tots. I offer up signed comics in exchange for donations to Toys for Tots. All the money collected (after shipping costs) is spent on toys donated to the Toys for Tots drive. Last year’s drive resulted in donations of more than $500.

Yes, there are many worthy causes that need donation, especially at this time of year. I chose Toys for Tots because my own childhood memories of Christmas are so fondly held, that I hope in some small way, this effort helps make magical memories for those who might not otherwise have them.

We have a couple of unique sketched/signed items this year that are still being prepared, but I can tell you they include artwork by Darryl Banks and Dan Jurgens. I’ll post an update as soon as they’re ready, and then set up an auction (likely on Twitter) to maximize the donation. Check back for updates soon.

Postage is included in 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’s available this year:

*Shinku Vol. 1 TPB, signed by me and artist Lee Moder, who has also sketched a head shot of Shinku inside each volume. The accompanying photo shows the general type of Sketch Lee has done. There are only six of these available, and they’re first come, first served, $50. Mature readers.

*Green Lantern #49, also signed by penciler Darryl Banks. There are only six of these available, and they’re first come, first served, $25.

*Shinku #1-#5, the single issues of my creator-owned book with Lee Moder (mature audiences), all five issues for $30. Mature readers.

*Mystic Volume 2 TPB, art by Brandon Peterson and George Perez, cover by Phil Noto. This is the original CrossGen printing, collecting issues #8-#14, plus CrossGen Chronicles #5. There are five of these available, and they’re first come, first served, $30.

*Scion #6, #7, #8, #9 set, art by Jim Cheung and Rick Leonardi, all four issues for $25.

*The Path Prequel and #1, art by Bart Sears, both issues for $20.

*Friday the 13th: Bad Land #1, #2, art by Mike Huddleston; not exactly a holiday tale, but at least it’s set during a blizzard, both issues for $20. Mature readers.

*Magdalena #1, art by Nelson Blake 2nd, with one of my favorite covers ever by Ryan Sook, $15.

*Broken Trinity #2, art by Phil Hester and Stjepan Sejic, $10.

We also have a unique item donated by my pal, sculptor and artist Paul Harding. Paul has signed and donated a Fables Snow White bust, designed by series artist Mark Buckingham and sculpted by Paul. The first donation of $60 takes it.
SOLD!!!

Payment details and shipping notes

The easiest method of donation is PayPal, so 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. I try to have issues in the mail within 24 hours of the order being 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, I WILL mail out to international addresses, but there will be an additional postage charge. If you let me know your location, a postage quote will be sent.

We’ll accept donations 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 makes this possible. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season.

Happy Holidays,

Ron


Listen to me!

If you want to, that is. Before Christmas, I recorded a Talkspode! podcast with Josh Flanagan for iFanboy. The session went longer than either of us expected, almost a full 90 minutes, covering everything from how I broke in, the controversies of my Green Lantern run, my time with CrossGen, to my current work.

If you’re using a browser like IE which doesn’t support HTML5 Audio tag or can’t see the audio player above, you can listen to the podcast, or download it, here: http://ifanboy.com/podcasts/talksplode-49-ron-marz-writer-of-witchblade-artifacts-shinku-more/

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Two new issues on the stands for me this week, as both Artifacts #12 and Voodoo #4 reach stores.

Artifacts #12, the last issue in artist Jeremy Haun’s tenure on the series, brings the storyline to a head in a big way. To say much more than that would spoil the fun. The origin backup features the Thirteenth Artifact, with art by Michael Broussard. There’s a nine-page preview of the issue here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=10908

Artifacts #13 will be in stores next Wednesday, Jan. 4, so you won’t have to wait long to see how the storyline winds up … and how the stage is set for the ongoing Artifacts series.

Voodoo #4 is also out this Wednesday. It’s my last issue on the title, for reasons that, unfortunately, are still unclear to me, beyond DC wanting a “different direction” for the book. I absolutely loved working with my art team of Sami Basri and Jessica Kholinne, and hope to work with them again soon. I’d also like to thank my immediate editors on the book. I had three editors over the course of four issues, but all of them were a pleasure to deal with: Brian Cunningham, Rex Ogle and Bobbie Chase, ably assisted by Darren Shan and Katie Kubert. Best of luck to everyone from issue #5 onward.

You can see a preview of Voodoo #4 here:

http://www.comicvine.com/news/exclusive-preview-voodoo-4/144026/

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


In stores this week

Voodoo #3 hits stores this week, featuring an appearance by Kyle Rayner, the Green Lantern I co-created with artist Darryl Banks. The beautiful art is again by Sami Basri and Jessica Kholinne.

It’s also my penultimate issue on the title, as Voodoo #4 will be my last issue. That was DC’s choice, not mine. I’m truthfully still not sure what prompted the decision. My full comments on the situation:

“The only thing I was told was that they wanted a different direction for the book. I had a 10-minute phone call with the outgoing editor, who gave me the news. I asked what direction they wanted, but since the editor was leaving staff the next day, he didn’t really know. So that’s all the information I was given. I haven’t heard from anyone else, beyond a call from the book’s new editor to work out details on my last issue.”

“I have to admit, I was pretty surprised, since I’d been making the revisions and changes that had been requested by editorial as the book evolved. But it seems like they want something other than what I was giving them. Obviously I’m disappointed that I won’t get to continue the story we began telling, and I’ll certainly miss working with the art team of Sami Basri and Jessica Kholinne, who are doing amazing work on the series. I wish them and the new writer much success as Voodoo moves forward. I still feel like the New 52 was a very bold and positive move for DC, and for the industry as a whole, and I’m glad to have been a part of it.”

Here’s a link to the full story on Newsarama: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/voodoo-writer-switch-marz-williamson-111114.html

I appreciate everyone who gave Voodoo a try while I was on it. We tried to do something a little different with the book, and still keep it firmly set in the DCU. It’s up to you to decide how successful we were.

Cheers,

Ron


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