Magdalena

In Stores This Week

I’m happy anytime I get to write Magdalena. This week brings Artifacts #27, which stars my favorite monster hunter/supernatural enforcer for the Catholic Church, along with defrocked priest Tom Judge. It’s an interesting pairing to write, one I hope to return to even after this two-part storyline is finished. In this issue, Tom seeks out Magdalena to convince her to aid him in tracking down the missing Glacier Stone. Their quest leads to them a spooky mansion above the arctic circle.

This is artist Marco Turini’s second published issue of Artifacts, though it’s actually the first one that he drew. There’s also some very nice color work by Andy Troy and Bill Farmer, all wrapped in covers by Stjepan Sejic and Marco Turini.

A preview of the issue can be seen here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=16323

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


In Stores This Week

Finally, this week sees the release of Magdalena #12, bringing to a close the present “One, True Cross” storyline. As usual, my partners-in-crime are Nelson Blake 2nd, Dave Marquez, Sal Regla, Dave McCaig and Troy Peteri. You can see a preview of the issue here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=12486

Some advance reviews for the issue have already been released. Newsarama’s Best Shots scored it 8 out of 10, saying, “…it doesn’t let up on strong characters and the potential of what’s to come.” The full review is here:

http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-advance-reviews-120522.html

Meanwhile, Geeks of Doom calls Magdalena herself “…a well written, driven character that shows purpose in her actions and is in it for the long haul.” The full review is here:

http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2012/05/23/comic-review-the-magdalena-12/

My Shelf Life column at CBR this week will be about the last dozen issues of Magdalena, and the ultimate fate of the book. Look for the column around 5 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

It’s not new, per se, but it is a new edition. In stores this week is a new pritning of the previously sold-out First Born trade paperback, now branded as part of an Artifacts line of collected editions. The volume contains the First Born mini-series as well as the tie-in Witchblade issues, featuring art by Stjepan Sejic, as well as the incomparable Kevin Nowlan inking over Luke Ross, Stephen Sadowski, and Rick Leonardi, plus a gorgeous Magdalena short story by Ryan Sook.

The storyline is one of my favorites, both because of the gorgeous art, and because we were able to bring a permanent of status quo-altering change to Sara Pezzini’s life. Even if you’re not familiar with the Top Cow Universe or characters, everything you need to know is within the pages of First Born.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Magdalena #11 hits stores this week, continuing the “One True Cross” storyline by the usual gang: me writing, art by Nelson Blake 2nd, Dave Marquez and Sal Regla, with color by Dave McCaig and letters by Troy Petri. The story goes some unexpected places, both literally and figuratively, as Patience, Kristof and guest star Sara Pezzini (of Witchblade fame) visit new locations, and come face to face with what I hope is a surprise revelation.

I’ve made no secret of the fact that Magdalena is a series I’d been wanting to write for years. As with almost any non-Big Two book, we have to fight for every sale in order to stay afloat. The Magdalena Vol. 1 TPB collection has sold well, and for that we’re incredibly thankful. But sales of the individual issues play a large part in keeping the book alive, and I desperately want to keep Magdalena alive. Hope you’ll give it a try.

Cheers,

Ron


in stores this week

Big week for new books, as Witchblade #150, Magdalena #10 (from Top Cow), and The Storyteller hardcover from Archaia all hit shops.

Witchblade #150 marks my last issue on the title, bringing to a close my run of 71 consecutive issues, plus assorted mini-series and Annuals. It’s kind of bittersweet, because I’ve come to really love writing Sara Pezzini and her world. But Stjepan Sejic and I will be moving over to the Artifacts monthly series, starting with issue #14. Our last issue of Witchblade brings to a close the current chapter in Sara’s life, and sets the stage for what comes next.

Magdalena #10 is the second part of “The One True Cross” storyline, with art by Nelson Blake 2nd, David Marquez, Sal Regla and Dave McCaig. Beautiful work from all those gentlemen, as the story globe-hops from the mountains of Mexico to Seattle. I’m enjoying the hell out of writing Magdalena … pun intended.

Preview here: http://comics.ign.com/articles/121/1214582p1.html

And The Storyteller hardcover is an anthology based on the Henson television show, and contains an eight-page story by me and Craig Rousseau, a retelling of the Japanese fable “Momotaro the Peach Boy.” The fable part of the story was drawn on Canson paper by Craig, a technique I’ve wanted to include in a story for years, ever since seeing Craig’s Canson sketchbooks. I was actually able to pick up an advance copy of The Storyteller at NYCC, and it’s an absolutely beautiful tome, with Archaia’s trademark exquisite production. Other creators represented in the book are Jeff Parker, Marjorie Liu, Roger Langridge, Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, Tom Fowler, Chris Eliopoulos, Jennifer L. Meyer and more. Nate Cosby, who also adapted an unused script from the show, pulled the whole thing together as editor.

Preview here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=10749

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

Two new issues out this week. First up, Magdalena #9, with art by Nelson Blake 2nd, Sal Regla and Dave McCaig. It’s the start of a new story arc, and a good jumping-on point, as we get back to a regular schedule on the book. The story is Part 1 of “The One, True Cross,” which is actually a concept suggested by my Witchblade collaborator Stjepan Sejic.

We’ve tried to maintain a globe-trotting aspect to the series, and this issue visits Romania, the Vatican and San Cristobal, Mexico, which is a town in the mountainous Chiapas region that I spent some time in a number of years ago.

There’s a Magdalena preview here: http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/1110/23/imagefirsts.htm

Also out this week is Voodoo #2, with art by Sami Basri, Hendry Prasetya and Jessica Kholinne. The story follows Priscilla after her departure from the Voodoo Lounge at the end of issue #1, and gives a bit more insight into Agent Jessica Fallon.

You can see a Voodoo preview here: http://comics.ign.com/articles/121/1210396p1.html

Cheers,

Ron


In stores this week

Can’t remember the last time I actually had four issues hit stores on the same day, but that’s the case Wednesday: Voodoo #1, Witchblade #148, Magdalena #8, and Artifacts #10.

All the issues were actually completed in different weeks, as I recall, but the vagaries of the shipping schedule sometimes result in a week like this. I’ll be signing all four issues, plus whatever else you have, at Midtown Comics Downtown, 64 Fulton St. in NYC, from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Witchblade issue is part 3 of the “Tiamat” storyline, with Stjepan Sejic on art, with an appearance by the Angelus. Magdalena is the second and final part of Keu Cha’s guest spot on art, and features a battle in the rain atop Notre Dame. Artifacts reveals more about the bearer of the mysterious 13th Artifact, with art by Jeremy Haun and Sunny Gho.

Voodoo #1

Voodoo, of course, is part of DC’s New 52 initiative, and already has sold out at distributor level (though stores should have copies on the shelves for at least a few days). A second printing is on the way. Hope you give it a try.

Witchblade #148 preview: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=9941



Magdalena #8 preview: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=9937



Artifacts #10 preview: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=9893



Cheers,

Ron


Panels and Sketches at Baltimore

The panel schedule for this weekend’s Baltimore Comic Con at the Baltimore Convention Center has been released. I’ll be participating in back-to-back panels on Saturday, both held in Room 307.

From 11 a.m. until noon Saturday, I’ll be part of the Deadlands panel, along with David Gallaher, Steve Ellis, Jimmy Palmiotti, Lee Moder and C. Edward Sellner, discussing the Deadlands one-shots I edited, as well as future plans for the weird Western franchise.

Then from noon until 1 p.m., I’ll stay right in the same seat and be joined by publisher Filip Sablik and writer Josh Fialkov for the Top Cow panel. The panel will give an inside look at plans for the coming year, including my ongoing “Artifacts” and “Magdalena” series respectively. All attendees will receive a free gift (a phrase that has always perplexed me in its redundancy).

The full panel schedule can be found here: http://baltimorecomiccon.com/2011/08/baltimore-comic-con-panel-announcement-costume-contest-update/

I should also mention that the Visionary/Deadlands booth will be offering a very limited, exclusive Baltimore Con sketch cover for “Deadlands: Death Was Silent,” the one-shot I wrote, with Bart Sears on art and Mike Atiyeh on colors. The regular cover hits shelves today, and there’s an advance review on Newsarama here: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-advance-reviews-110816.html The Best Shots review calls the issue, “…a nice addition to the current crop of horror comics.” You can see a sizable preview of “Death Was Silent” here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=9508


The sketch cover, which you can see here, is a jam piece by Steve Ellis, Lee Moder and Bart Sears, the artists on the first three one-shots. Ellis and Moder will both be on hand to sign copies. Get ’em while they last!

Cheers,

Ron


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