Magdalena

ONE MORE VIDEO

One more video shot at New York Comic Con last fall has surfaced, with me talking about what’s going on in the Witchblade and Magdalena monthlies. Enjoy!

Cheers,

Ron

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Ron, Aron and Paulie

I made another appearance on the “Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie” podcast for Ideology of Madness. The interview is pretty loose and wide-ranging, covering a lot of topics, from the recent releases of Magdalena #3 and Angelus #5, to general concerns like accessible comics and even Darwyn Cooke’s recent comments. You can listen to the whole thing, clocking in at more than an hour, here.

I really appreciate the support Aron and Paulie have shown the Top Cow publishing line, and my books in specific. Hope you enjoy the interview.

Cheers,
Ron



Signing in Albany on Saturday

I’ll be appearing at Earthworld Comics in Albany, NY this Saturday, August 7, for an Artifacts #1 release party. The signing is from noon to 4 p.m., though to be perfectly honest, I could be a few minutes late, as my kids have their league championship swim meet the same day.


The signing is to celebrate Artifacts #1, but of course I’ll sign whatever else you’ve got. Maybe you can badger some spoilers for the series out of me. I’m told there will be a costumed Magdalena on hand for photos, and presumably, impaling demons. I’m also told Earthworld’s quarter bins have been restocked, and let’s face it, there’s nothing cooler than finding a stack of sweet comics for 25 cents apiece.

Earthworld is located at 537 Central Ave. in Albany. The website is http://www.earthworldcomics.com/for more information. Hope to see you on Saturday.



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Cheers,

Ron


Magdalena #2 Preview

I have two books hitting stores this week: Magdalena #2 and the Witchblade Vol. 7 trade paperback. First up, Magdalena, the opening sequence of which you can see by clicking the simply amazing Ryan Sook cover pictured below.

Response to the first issue was pretty overwhelming and extremely gratifying. We got a wealth of positive reviews, and the issue sold out at the distributor level within a week or two of release. Issue #2 picks up pretty much right where we left off, with Patience and her mentor Kristof confronted by a demonic presence on the island of Elba. The rest of the issue takes us inside the Vatican, including a glimpse of a hall that isn’t part of the usual visitor tour.

The art is by the regular team of Nelson Blake the 2nd (pencils), Sal Regla (inks) and Dave McCaig (color). As great as I think issue #1 looked, I’d venture to say issue #2 looks even better, as the artists get a little more used to the book and to each other. We’re just getting started on Magdalena, so I hope you stick with us for the duration.

Cheers,
Ron


The Lunch Bunch

Thursday I was able to attend a lunch that gathered a lot of the comic pros who live within an hour’s drive or so. Doing the job we do, most of spend a lot of hours at home, without the kind of social interaction that most people with, uh, real jobs take for granted. So the chance to get together and swap stories is a welcome one.

I was the relative young punk at the table, with only two decades in comics under my belt. Clockwise from bottom left in the photo: cartoonist Fred Hembeck; Fred’s wife Lynn Moss; inker Bob Wiacek; legendary Kirby/FF inker Joe Sinnott; inker Terry Austin; me; inker Dan Green (in cowboy hat and shades); that’s writer-artist Jim Starlin’s bald head peeking out; Mark Sinnott (Joe’s son); writer-artist Walter Simonson; Silver Age artist Ramona Fradon; penciler Joe Staton; and writer Todd Dezago.

I’m fortunate enough to be able to call these people friends, and especially fortunate to be able to get together with them. We don’t do it often enough. I gave Walter a copy of Magdalena #1, the Ryan Sook cover of which was inspired by Walter’s iconic Thor #337 cover. Joe Sinnott shared some (literal) war stories. Starlin and I discussed the intro I’m going to write for his art book, which will be released by Desperado later this year. Fred revealed he’s going to be throwing out the first pitch at a Class A minor-league ballgame in July, and Fred, Mark and I commiserated about the Mets (as usual).

Walter related some stories of teaching at the School of Visual Arts, and also told a tale of Jim Shooter having John Romita, Sr. redraw a Thor head on one of Walter’s covers, because Shooter deemed the original Thor head not handsome enough. Mark Gruenwald, the editor on Thor, waited until Shooter was out of the office, got Tom DeFalco to okay Walter’s original cover, and sent the book off to press. Grueny was a clever fellow.

After a few hours, the gathering split up and everybody went their separate ways, most headed to their home studios to get back to work. But the afternoon was yet another reminder of how fortunate I am to be working in this business.

Cheers,

Ron


Con in Conn


This Saturday, May 15, I’ll be appearing at the first ComiConn in North Haven, Connecticut. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at 201 Washington Avenue in North Haven. Admission is $10. More information here

It’s a one-day show with a pretty nice guest list for a first-time affair, including my buddy Matthew Dow Smith, as well as Jamal Igle, Jerry Ordway, Frank McLaughlin and quite a few others. One of the real draws, as far as I’m concerned, is a tribute panel for the late, great Dick Giordano, featuring Ordway, McLaughlin, Bob Greenberger and Mike DeCarlo.


The show also features a con exclusive edition of Magdalena #1, with a cover by guests Eric Battle (pencils), Jack Purcell (inks) and Tom Chu (color), all of whom will be present to sign the cover (shown with this post). A little news:
Magdalena #1 has already sold out at the distributor level, so copies are not that easy to come by. A little more news: a percentage of the ComiConn exclusive books were damaged in shipping, making the edition even a little more exclusive than planned.

ComiConn will be my last appearance until the ordeal known as the San Diego con in July. Hope you can make it to North Haven on Saturday.

Cheers,

Ron


Video vixen

Newsarama’s Pete Lepage caught up with me at the Top Cow booth at C2E2 in Chicago to talk about Magdalena, Artifacts and all the rest of my Cow projects. I seem to be a little bleary-eyed, due to a late night out in Chicago, and a lack of sufficient Starbucks in the morning. But, who knows, maybe I was coherent anyway.

Cheers,

Ron


Free Comic Book Day in Boston

And the whirlwind tour continues. I’ll be in Boston for Free Comic Book Day this Saturday, May 1, signing at two New England Comics locations. I’ll be at the Brockton store from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and at the Harvard Square store from 4 to 7 p.m. More info can be had here.

I’ll be happy to sign anything you bring, but obviously the big item is going to be Artifacts #0, Top Cow’s FCBD offering for 2010. I wrote the story, and my Witchblade and Angelus collaborator Stjepan Sejic provided the art, with some sweet design work by Phil Smith. The story, which focuses on green-haired cyborg assassin Aphrodite IV, serves as a lead-in to this summer’s Artifacts 13-issue maxi-series. If you’re not all that familiar with the mechanics of the Top Cow Universe, this serves as a primer, setting up the important concepts and characters. If you’re already a regular reader, the issue moves the story further along, and drops some hints of what’s to come. A four-page preview can be found here.

We went for a stark cover, hoping it would stand out among the plethora of FCBD titles being offered. Guess I’ll be signing copies with a silver Sharpie, rather than a black one, huh? Hope some of you can make it out to the signings.

Cheers,

Ron


Magdalena graces Albany

Had a great time at Sunday’s Albany Comic Con. Caught up with old friends, made some new friends, and signed books from Silver Surfer to Green Lantern right up to Magdalena #1. The GL-centric panel with my buddy Joe Staton was a lot of fun, as we compared notes about our respective runs, and “our” respective Green Lanterns. David Pepose of Newsarama was in attendance, so there should be a report on the panel online sometime this week. David Pepose of Newsarama, who was in attendance, has posted a report on the panel.

The end of the GL panel was interrupted by the local chapter of the 501st Legion, who strode into the room to bestow Honorary Membership upon me. More on that in a post later this week, but suffice to say I was very flattered and pleased. It’s not every day you get a laser-etched plaque handed to you by a Stormtrooper in full armor.

I also got to meet the real Kyle Rayner at the show. He’s 4 years old. His mom and dad brought him by, and I have to admit, I was pretty stunned that someone thought enough of our everyman GL to actually give their child his name (“Kyle Rayner” is his first name and middle name). How cool is that?

The other highlight of the show was a cosplayer named Jen Wicks who wore a kick-ass Magdalena outfit all day. She posed for photos, including this one with me, as well as a group shot of me, Terry Austin and Matthew Dow Smith (who of course provided the art for the con exclusive cover of Magdalena #1). Yes, I know I need a haircut.


One of the nicest things about the Albany Con is the burgeoning local and semi-local comics community that’s developing around it. I’ve known guys like Terry Austin, Matt Smith, Todd Dezago, Joe Staton, Fred Hembeck and Lee Moder (who made it to the conn all the way from Pittsburgh) for years. But it’s been great to meet or reconnect with other creators like Dave Rodriguez, Nick Tapalansky, Saurav Mohapatra, Paul Harding, Declan Shalvey and the Timony Brothers, as well as critics/journalists including CBR’s Tim Callahan and Newsarama’s David Pepose. Virtually all the guests who attend the show end up wanting to come back, so I expect many of them will return for the fall show, which is scheduled for Sunday, October 24. Hopefully the guest list will include a few surprises. As always, you can watch the Albany Con MySpace and Twitter feed for updates.

Cheers,

Ron

P.S.
Saurav Mohapatra also posted some photos he took during the conn on his blog.


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