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In Stores This Week (Week of 8th May)

Two releases this week, one that’s more than 140 pages, the other checking in at a slim eight pages. The trade paperback of my seven-issue Prophecy crossover for Dynamite Comics is out today. The story features a disparate cast of characters, including Red Sonja, Sherlock Holmes, Vampirella and Dracula, who come together in order to thwart Hyborian Age sorcerer Kulan Gath’s plan to destroy the world. Art is by Walter Geovani, who did a phenomenal job all the way through the series, capturing varying eras and an unlikely group of characters.

The TPB includes all the character bios from the individual issues, as well as my complete script for issue #1 (though it’s bizarrely credited to Chuck Dixon for reasons I can’t begin to guess). A sizable preview can be seen here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=16392

Also in stores this week is Creepy #12, featuring a short story by me and artist Richard P. Clark, wrapped in a Richard Corben cover. Our story, “Fishing,” is a Depression-era tale about two brothers lured into basement of an abandoned house, and what lies in wait for them there.

Cheers,

Ron

Due to technical issues with the site, this post couldn’t be published on time last week (week of 8th May)


That’s the Chicago way

I’ll be appearing at C2E2 at McCormick Place in Chicago on April 26-28. The con will be a debut of sorts for Athelta Comics, the publishing company founded by longtime Chicago Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije. Athleta’s first comic, The Protectors #0, will be available at Athleta’s booth, #903 (which I’m told will be located fairly close to Marvel’s large booth).

The #0 issue features 32 pages of content, including the prequel story that was serialized on the Athleta website, a full preview of issue #1, bios of all the main characters, as well as interviews. There are two covers by series artist Bart Sears, one showcasing the Protectors team, and the other a very limited sketch cover of Idonije in uniform. I wrote about putting together the issue in my CBR Shelf Life column, which can be read here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=45007

The Athleta booth will have limited-edition #0 issues available for $10, while they last. Once the print run is gone, it’s gone. There’s also going to be a signed lithograph of the Bart Sears wraparound cover to issue #1, a strict edition of 100; a few different styles of Protectors T-shirts; giveaway cards and bookmarks; and the first three releases in the Athleta poster series, featuring NFL stars Brian Urlacher, Julius Peppers and Jay Cutler. Israel Idonije, Bart Sears and I will be available at the Athleta booth to sign autographs.

The Athleta panel will take place 2-3 p.m. Friday, April 26, in Room W474, with Israel, Bart, me, letterer Troy Peteri and John Siuntres, of Word Balloon podcast, serving as moderator. There will be some special prize giveaways for panel attendees.

There will also be a ticketed signing with me, Bart and Izzy for Hero Initiative, the worthy charity that provides aid to elderly and in-need comic creators. The signing is 2-3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Hero Initiative booth. Tickets are $25, and include an exclusive Bart Sears litho of Israel Idonije. More information here:

http://www.heroinitiative.org/newsdetail.asp?n=326&ti=Hero+Initiative+at+Chicago%2592s++C2E2

Athleta intends to make a big impression in Chicago. Hope you can join us there.

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


Convention Appearances This Month

I’m appearing at conventions on back-to-back weekends, something I usually try to avoid, but the shows involved were too enticing to pass up.

On Feb. 23-24, I’ll be at the London Super Comic Con, held at the Excel Centre in London. I believe I’ll be set up at the Top Cow booth, and if all goes as planned, I’ll hopefully have a few copies of Ravine Volume 1 for sale. I’ll definitely be bringing the Shinku TPB with me, so please send me home with lighter luggage.

More information on the show can be found here:

http://www.londonsupercomicconvention.com/

On March 1-3, I’ll be at one of my favorite shows, Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, held at the Washington State Convention Center. I’ll be set up at table C-16, and doing a couple signings at the Dynamite Comics booth as well. I’ll also be joining the Dynamite Comics panel, held 6-7 p.m. Saturday in Hall B. I’ll have copies of both Shinku and Ravine at the show.

And the big news: Chicago Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije will be joining me for a special signing from noon-1 p.m. Sunday. We’ll be in the signing area, giving away an exclusive mini-litho for The Protectors, the series Bart Sears and I are working on for Athleta Comics, the publishing imprint Israel has founded. We’ll have 200 lithos to give away, so come early!

More information on Emerald City can be found here:

http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/

My con schedule for the remainder of the year is taking shape. Be aware, this is a only a partial list, as a number of confirmations/announcements are still falling into place. But thus far, I expect to be at:

  • Woodstock Day School Comic Con, Woodstock, NY, April 13.
  • C2E2, Chicago, April 26-28.
  • MCBA SpringCon, St. Paul, Minnesota, May 18-19.
  • Albany Comic Con, Albany, NY, June 16.
  • ComiCONN, Trumbull, Conn., Aug. 24.
  • Baltimore Comic Con, Baltimore, MD, Sept. 7-8.
  • North Carolina Comicon, Durham, NC, Nov. 9-10.

I expect to visit at least a few more shows, so I’ll update with additional appearances as soon as they’re confirmed. Hope to see you this year.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

This week sees the release of Prophecy #7, the concluding part of my crossover for Dynamite Comics. I’d like to tell you that I had every last detail of Prophecy figured out from the start, and that I knew how everything would tie together at the end, in issue #7. I’d like to tell you that … but it would be an utter fabrication.

I always had a general idea of where we were headed in Prophecy, and that it was ultimately a Red Sonja story. Because of that, the climax need to be driven by Sonja, and her enmity for Kulan Gath. I also knew that by bringing Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson into the story early on, I’d need to pay off their involvement. Everything would have to be brought full circle: Sonja, Sherlock, all of it. It’s a juggling act, keeping all these characters in the air. But no matter how deft your juggling, if you drop everything at the end, that’s what the audience remembers. You have to catch what you’ve been juggling, and then take a bow.

I think artist Walter Geovani and I pulled it off. But, of course, the audience is the ultimate judge. A five-page preview of Prophecy #7 can be seen here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=15093

Cheers,

Ron


Ravine Releasing on February 20, 2013

Volume 1 of the original fantasy graphic novel Ravine, by Stjepan Sejic and me, will be released in comic stores on Feb. 20, according to the latest update we’ve received. Ravine introduces an expansive new fantasy world, one Stjepan has been dreaming up for the past decade. The book is at press right now.

Volume 1 checks in at a hefty 160 pages, with more than 120 sequential pages, plus almost 40 pages of extras, including maps, character bios, a glossary, an illustrated prose story, and historical entries. It’s certainly the biggest package of original material I’ve ever been involved with, and absolutely the best work of Stjepan’s career. All for $15!

The Amazon listing indicates the book will be available to ship from them on March 6:

http://www.amazon.com/Ravine-1-TP-Stjepan-Sejic/dp/1607067226/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359757733&sr=1-1&keywords=ravine+volume+1

We’re planning on releasing Volume 2 this summer. Hopefully the reception … in other words, the sales … for the first two volumes will allow us to continue the series to completion. Ultimately, we’re planning on a total of 12 volumes. Here’s a look at some more art from both Volume 1 and Volume 2.

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argal-and-orlin_02

Cheers,

Ron


Welcome to Sportscenter?

Recently, ESPN ran a nice story on The Protectors, the comic project I’m doing with Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije and his Athleta Comics imprint. The story showcased a new image (seen below) by series artist Bart Sears, and included some quotes from Israel, including this one:

“I wouldn’t necessarily say superheroes are athletes but whether they like it or not, athletes are heroes. To have the platform that you have, people look up to you and watch the things that you say. Because of that, there’s a certain level of influence. In that sense, as an athlete, you have the potential and the ability to be a hero.”

You can read the entire story on the ESPN site:

http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/fandom/post/_/id/17356/israel-idonije-turns-athletes-into-superheroes

Cheers,

Ron


In Store This Week

Okay, so the world didn’t end last month, as the Mayans predicted. Or, at least as the people who couldn’t properly read the Mayan calendar predicted. Another explanation, though, lies in Prophecy #6, by me and artist Walter Geovani, from Dynamite Comics. Doomsday impends, and only a disparate collection of characters can save the world.

The issue continues the Dynamite crossover, featuring Red Sonja, Dracula, Vampirella and more. Newsarama reviewed the issue and rated it 8 out of 10, calling it “…well worth reading and … a model for a good crossover.”

A five-page preview can be found here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=14933

 

Prophecy concludes next month with issue #7.

Cheers,

Ron


Promoting the Protectors

The Protectors is a comic I’m writing, with artwork by my buddy Bart Sears, based on characters and concepts created by Israel Idonije of the Chicago Bears. The story combines sports, super-heroic action and cosmic spectacle into something that both comics and sports fans can grasp. The project was announced at October’s New York Comic Con, where Isreal and I did the press rounds, including the videos you see here.

iFanboy

View at iFanboy

Newsarama

View on YouTube

CBR

View at CBR TV

Keep an eye on www.AthletaComics.com for updates, including character introductions and a pretty cool web comic we’re working on right now. We expect The Protectors #1 to debut at Chicago’s C2E2 convention in late April.

Cheers,

 

Ron


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