Green Lantern

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


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

I’m going to endeavor to be a lot more regular about posting upcoming releases. Today, two books: the DC Retroactive Green Lantern 1990s issue, and the DC Comics Presents JLA: Heaven’s Ladder reprint.

I had a meeting with a DC exec this past weekend at the Baltimore Comic Con. One of the topics of conversation was what it was like writing Kyle again. The best comparison I could come up with was slipping into a comfortable, familiar sweatshirt again. It was pretty easy to slip back into the rhythms of writing Kyle in that era, especially since I was reuniting with my friends and artistic collaborators of Darryl Banks on pencils and Terry Austin on inks. The Retro GL issue includes a reprint of Green Lantern #78, which was one of my favorite issues of the run.

Heaven’s Ladder is a reprint as well, presenting the Treasury Edition-size story that began the Mark Waid and Bryan Hitch JLA run (featuring Kyle). My part of the book is a reprint of Green Lantern #1,000,000 issue, also drawn by Bryan Hitch. Crossover or tie-in chapters are not usually high on my list of favorites, but I’m fond of the way this way turned out, almost completely due to Bryan’s art.

Cheers,

Ron


Brian & Bruce

Check out this video of Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem signing “No Surrender” with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, from Bruce’s new Hyde Park DVD. I’ve written about Gaslight recently, and anybody who knows me, or maybe follows me on Twitter, knows of my fascination with and admiration for Springsteen. My college girlfriend introduced me to Springsteen’s music, as well as Stephen King’s writing, two debts I can never repay. Obviously both men are consummate storytellers, most often choosing to chronicle average lives.

More than just a great song, this video intrigues me from the standpoint of watching Brian’s joyous face as he gets to perform with one of his musical influences, maybe even one of his idols. There are moments in life that tell you what you’re doing is right, that you’re doing what you’re meant to be doing. This performance seems to me to be one of them.

I had that kind of moment when I got to work with Jim Starlin, Bernie Wrightson and Walter Simonson on respective projects. With Jim, it was a Green Lantern issue and a Hellboy: Weird Tales story. With Bernie, Batman vs. Aliens and the still-unpublished Batman-Solomon Grundy story. With Walter, an issue of The Path. Those jobs will always mean the world to me.

Cheers,

Ron


Making a Banks Deposit

I’m asked fairly often what my Green Lantern collaborator Darryl Banks is up to these days, because he’s not terribly visible in the comics market. Darryl is mostly working in commercial art these days, including designs for toys and statues and collectibles. But he makes room in his schedule for the occasional cover and commission pieces.


I pulled the above covers for The Phantom out of the files and thought I’d share, as I doubt many people saw them on the issues of the Moonstone series. I’m truthfully not even sure which issues these covered, but I do recall them being colored pretty dark. So here’s the glorious line work – pencils by Darryl, inks by Terry Austin.

You can check out Darryl’s Comic Art Fans gallery here.

The gallery includes a wealth of gorgeous commission pieces, including a lot of Green Lantern. But there’s also a pretty wide range of stuff, everything from Batman to Red Sonja, Adam Strange to Doctor Strange. I’m particularly partial to the Doc Strange pieces, especially the one with Doctor Fate. And, of course, the Kyle pieces. There’s really no one who draws Kyle’s costume (and mask) quite like Darryl.

I’d love to work with Darryl again, whenever our schedules will allow. Hope it comes to pass soon. Besides the obvious, what project would you guys like to see me and Darryl on?

Cheers,

Ron


I’m a pod person

I’ve done a handful of podcasts recently, talking about Magdalena, Witchblade, Artifacts, Green Lantern and whatever else came up in conversation. The first two podcasts have been posted, with more to come in the run-up to Artifacts.

First up, John Mayo and Bob Bretall interviewing me for the Comic Book Page Podcast here:

Next, the regular “Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie” feature at Ideology of Madness here.

Ideology of Madness is also doing a series of weekly articles, posted every Wednesday, exploring the 13 Artifacts of the Top Cow Universe. Obviously this is a lead-in to the July debut of Artifacts #1. You can check out the articles here.

Newsarama and CBR are also doing weekly articles leading up to Artifacts #1. CBR’s Josh Wigler interviews me and Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik every Wednesday for commentary on a specific Artifact and bearer. Meanwhile, Newsarama is posting in-character commentary about the respective Artifacts each Wednesday. So now you know how to occupy your time before your trip to the comic shop every Wednesday, right?

Cheers,

Ron


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