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Comic-con International San Diego 2013 Schedule

Once more into the breach! My public schedule for this week’s Comic-Con International San Diego is below. Hopefully see some of you there. I’ll also be out and about at some of the various open-to-the-public parties, like the Boom! drink-up and the CBLDF/Image welcome party. If you see me, please come up and say hi.

 

 

More details about Top Cow’s complete con events can be seen here:

http://www.topcow.com/moos/43-latest-moos/763-top-cow-at-san-diego-comic-con-2013

Thursday

  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., signing at Top Cow booth, #2629, with Stjepan Sejic and Matt Hawkins.
  • 5-7 p.m., Hero Initiative/ComiXology “Blank Page Project” charity event at the Hilton Bayfront Vela Restaurant. More information here: http://www.heroinitiative.org/newsdetail.asp?n=330

Friday

  • 2-3:30 p.m., signing at Top Cow booth, #2629, with Stjepan Sejic.

Saturday

  • 11 a.m.-Noon, “21 Years of Top Cow” panel, Room 9, with Marc Silvestri, Matt Hawkins, Stjepan Sejic, Rahsan Ekedal and more.
  • 1-2 p.m., “Image Comics and the Genre Fiction Renaissance” panel, Room 7AB, with Ed Brubaker, Frank Barbiere, Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Kurtis J. Wiebe.
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m., signing at Top Cow booth, #2629, with Stjepan Sejic and Marc Silvestri.

Cheers,

Ron


Athleta Comics Store Open for Business

Previously, the only place to get a copy of The Protectors #0, the debut offering from Athleta Comics, by me, artist Bart Sears and NFL player Israel Idonije, was at a convention appearance. Now, however, the Athleta Comics web store is up and running here:

http://athletacomics.com/shop.html

 

 

You can find both cover versions of The Protectors #0 in signed and unsigned versions, as well as a 13 X 17 lithograph of the issue #1 cover (limited to 100 pieces), by Bart Sears, Mark Pennington and Neeraj Menon.

 

Other items available include the first posters in the Athleta Heroes poster series, featuring Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, defensive end Julius Peppers and linebacker Brian Urlacher. Bart Sears provided art for all three posters. Athleta Comics T-shirts are also available, in both a three-quarter sleeve model, and a gray athletic model.

 

Hope you find something you like, as we gear up for the debut of The Protectors series later this year.

 

 

Cheers,

 

Ron


In Stores This Week

This week brings Artifacts #28, the concluding chapter to the “Truth and Destinies” two-parter featuring Tom Judge, Michael Finnegan and the Magdalena as they hunt for the Glacier Stone. The storyline had a number of inspirations, including the desolate Nordic locations seen in Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” adaptation, as well as famed crazy person Aleister Crowley.

Marco Turini returns for art duties, with Bill Farmer on color. Stjepan Sejic provides the Magdalena-centric cover.

Next month’s Artifacts #29 will be a special issue written by Phil Smith, with art by Kalman Andrasofszky. I’ll return with issue #30, with a new artistic partner in tow, for an Angelus-oriented issue

Cheers,

Ron


Recommended Reading

Mumbai Confidential, by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde, published by Archaia.

Yes, I wrote the foreword for the book, but I’d be recommending it even if I hadn’t. One of the things I wrote in the foreword is this:

“As a creator, you learn that the most important stories are the one only you can tell.”

I believe that wholeheartedly, and certainly Mumbai Confidential is a tale that could only be told this well by Saurav and Vivek (with additional artists providing short stories).

MC is hardboiled noir; it’s violent and sexy and profane. It’s the kind of tale Hammett or Chandler would’ve written had they been born in India within the last few decades. There’s a tragic hero, dirty cops and dirtier villains, set against the backdrop of crowded, corrupt Mumbai.

It’s been a pleasure for me to watch Saurav’s growth as a writer since first editing him at Virgin Comics. His writing in MC is confident and brutal, and in Vivek Shinde, he’s found a perfect artistic partner for this dark tale.

The thick hardcover collection sports the usual gorgeous production from Archaia, including spot varnish on the cover (you know I’m a sucker for spot varnish.)

If you like crime comics … or just plain good comics … seek out

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In Store This Week

The next Artifacts collection, Volume 5, hit stores recently, from Top Cow/Image. The collection contains issues #19-#23, all written by me with art and cover by Stjepan Sejic. The book contains two story arcs expanding the Artifacts mythology.

The first re-introduces Heart Stone bearer Rachel Harrison, a doctor who moves back to her small hometown, only to find that the town’s history of supernatural goings-on is coming back to literally haunt her. The second arc takes Rapture bearer and defrocked priest Tom Judge to Washington, D.C. to investigate a murder on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. But what at first seems like a ritual killing turns out to be case of demonic possession, including a confrontation on the grounds of the National Cathedral.

Hope you’ll give it a look. We’re continuing to explore the breadth of the Top Cow Universe, as The Darkness and Witchblade titles head for some changes. If you hadn’t heard, it appears Jackie Estacado will perish in an upcoming storyline, and I’ll be returning to the writing duties of Witchblade with October’s #170. Good stuff coming!

Cheers,

Ron


C2E2 Postgame

The recent C2E2 convention in Chicago served as the launch for The Protectors #0 from Athleta Comics, the publishing company founded by longtime Chicago Bears player Israel Idonije. The Athleta booth was busy all weekend, thanks in large part (no pun intended) to the presence of Izzy himself, who signed autographs and posed for photos endlessly. Quite a few of Izzy’s Bears teammates put in appearances, including Brandon Marshall, Corey Wooten and others, as well Shea McClellin, who turns out to be a pretty serious comics fan. In addition to the #0 issue, the booth had Protectors T-shirts, lithos, and Bart Sears-drawn posters of Izzy’s teammates Brian Urlacher, Julius Peppers and Jay Cutler.

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Both artist Bart Sears and I were on hand to sign the #0 issue, as was letterer Troy Peteri. Izzy, Bart and I also appeared at the Hero Initiative booth, signing an exclusive litho to raise funds for comic creators in need.

HERO Initiative signing

The weekend also featured an incredible launch party at Benny’s Chop House, complete with drinks themed to Protectors characters, an exquisite array of food, a jazz combo and a Protectors ice sculpture. I felt blessed to be able to share it all with friends and family.

We plan to have the #0 issue, T-shirts and posters available for sale on the Athleta Comics website soon: www.athletacomics.com

Right now, plans call for The Protectors #1 to be released in September.

Cheers,

Ron


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)


FCBD This Saturday, May 4

This year for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4, I’ll be returning to Comic Depot in Saratoga Spring, NY, and Excellent Adventures in Ballston Spa, NY. They’re both, well, excellent stores, and in the area where I live, which enables me attend my son’s Opening Day ceremonies for the Little League team I coach.

I hope to be at Comic Depot, with is located in the Wilton Mall, by noon or so, and then rotate over to Excellent Adventures by about 2:30 p.m., and stay until 5 p.m. Other creators signing include Richard P. Clark, Matthew Dow Smith, Paul Harding, Jennifer Meyer, Christian St. Pierre and legendary Marvel inker Joe Sinnott.

In addition to some great sales, both stores will have the selection of FCBD titles that publishers have offered up, including the Liquid Comics FCBD title that features stories by me and artists Mike Oeming, Jim Starlin, Luke Ross, David Petersen and Bart Sears. Excellent Adventures and Comic Depot will also have a special FCBD comic that we’ve created, which will not be available anywhere else. There are two covers, one by Jennifer Meyer featuring Miss Depot, and one by Joe Sinnott featuring Captain E.A., at the respective stores.

The story inside is written by me, drawn by Paul Harding and Matthew Dow Smith, with tones and design by Richard Clark, and lettering by Troy Peteri. The pages take you through the step-by-step process of creating a comic, and present a meeting between Miss Depot and Captain E.A. The comic is free, but limited, so get to the stores early.

More info on Excellent Adventures here: http://www.excellentadventurescomics.com/

More info on Comic Depot here: http://comicdepotllc.com/shop/

FCBD is like Christmas for the comics industry. I hope you can make it out to one of the shops to say hi, and get some free comics!

Cheers,

Ron


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


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


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