Deep in the Heart of Texas

My convention season starts earlier than ever this year, with a show in Dallas this coming weekend. I’ll be at the North Texas Comic Book Show, at the Doubletree Hotel Dallas Market Center, on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 10 and 11. Other guests include Alan Bellman, Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz and Joe Corroney.

This will be the first time I’ve ever done a show in Texas, so I’m looking forward to seeing new sights and meeting new faces (not to mention getting a break from the deep freeze in the Northeast). I’ll have copies of the Ravine and Shinku TPBs with me, as well as both Ravine dragon prints, along with a some other odds and ends.

Complete information on the show can be found here: http://comicbooksdallas.com/index.html

I’ve confirmed a number of other convention appearances for 2014 thus far, including:

  • La Mole in Mexico City (March 14-16);
  • MegaCon in Orlando (March 21-23);
  • C2E2 in Chicago (April 25-27);
  • Albany Comic Con (June 15); and
  • Baltimore Comic Con (Sept. 5-7).

More con appearances will be announced as I firm up plans.

Cheers,

Ron


Look! Up in the Sky!

In case you missed the announcement, I’ve written a three-part story for DC’s “Adventures of Superman” digital series that will appear early next year. The storyline, “Only Child,” is being drawn by Evan “Doc” Shaner, an artist I was keen to work with, and a perfect fit for the story.

“Only Child” will appear in 10-page segments, available digitally on Feb. 17, Feb. 24 and March 3 for 99 cents each. I can’t reveal much about the story until DC is ready, but it examines Superman’s role as the last son of Krypton. I have huge respect and admiration for the Man of Steel, so I had a great time writing the story.

There’s more information on the next batch of “Adventures of Superman” stories available here:
http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2013/12/16/new-schedule-and-creator-line-up-for-%E2%80%98adventures-of-superman%E2%80%99-announced

Up, Up and Away!

Ron


In Stores This Week

Some pre-holiday cheers hits this week in the form of Witchblade #171. The issue continues the “Borne Again” storyline that began in the previous issue, which marked my return to the title after a few years away. A great deal had changed in the ensuing time, with Sara having cast away the Witchblade and become a small-town Sheriff. Sara was shot by an unknown assailant in the issue-ending cliffhanger.

The art is once again by the regular team Laura Braga (line work), Betsy Gonia (color) and Troy Peteri (letters). The issue features two covers, one by John Tyler Christopher and one by Stjepan Sejic.

A full preview can be seen here:
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=19386


Comics for Tots 2013

Once again, I’m putting together what has become known as Comics for Tots, an effort to raise funds for Toys for Toys. The idea started simply enough: I offered up autographed comics and collected editions that I’d written, and used the proceeds to purchase toys and books which were then donated to Toys for Tots. If you’re unfamiliar with Toys for Tots, it’s a national program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Foundation to get new toys into the hands of needy children for the holidays.

This will be the fourth year for Comics for Tots, and each year has brought in more donations that the last. In 2012, we were able to raise more than $2,300 to purchase toys and books, thanks in large part to generous donations from many of my friends in the comic industry, including a number of pieces of original art.

This year, I’ll be offering up signed books; some signed, original scripts; and comic script reviews from myself and Vito Delsante. There will also be original art and signed books from a lot of my very kind friends in the business, including Stjepan Sejic, Dan Jurgens, Bart Sears, Andy Smith, Darryl Banks, Cully Hamner, Phil Hester, Ande Parks, Jennifer Meyer, J.M. DeMatteis, Chris Eliopoulos, Richard Clark, Paul Harding, Matthew Dow Smith, Saurav Mohapatra, Steve Niles, Scott Kolins and many others.

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This year, we’ll be offering the items on Ebay, to reach as wide an audience as possible, and to hopefully make the logistics a bit easier. I’ve opened a seller account in the name “ronmarzstore” on Ebay, which should lead you to all the items.

Direct link: http://www.ebay.com/sch/ronmarzstore/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Donations of artwork, signed books or other items can be mailed to a post office box I’ve set up. The address is:

Ron Marz
P.O. Box 144
Duanesburg, NY 12056

Thanks in advance for any contributions, as well as any donations. If anyone wishes to make a simple cash donation, the Paypal address remains the same:

kmarz@nycap.rr.com

Please be sure to mark the donation as specifically for Comics for Tots. Many thanks!

Cheers,

Ron


Heavens to Etsy

We’ve opened an Etsy store for the Ravine limited-edition prints, featuring Stjepan Sejic’s amazing art, and signed by me, to make transactions easier. Thus far, we’re offering the the initial two dragons prints in the series, along with signed Ravine Vol. 1 trade paperbacks.

The direct link to the store is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RonMarzStore?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Happy shopping…

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

This week sees my last issue of Artifacts released, as Artifacts #32 hits stores, both your local comic shop as well as digital venues. The issue follows Tom Judge back to Hell as he searches for missing Darkness host Jackie Estacado. The art is by Korean painter Chan-Hyuk Lee, wrapped in a Stjepan Sejic cover.

A full preview of the issue can be seen here:
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=19141

The next few issues of Artifacts are being created by the winners of Top Cow’s Talent Hunt, and the series will likely then go on hiatus. It’s a little bittersweet to close this chapter of Artifacts. I’ll miss writing the book, but I’m proud we were able to extend the series far beyond the original 13 issues. The initial storyline (with artists Michael Broussard, Whilce Portacio, Jeremy Haun and Dale Keown) was successful enough that Stjepan Sejic and I were able to turn the maxi-series into an ongoing, exploring all corners of the Top Cow Universe. All the support that the series received is very much appreciated.

I’ll still be writing Witchblade, of course, as artist Laura Braga and I settle in for a nice long run together. And Stjepan Sejic and I have Ravine Vol. 2 poised for release, and we’re working up a number of other projects. Plenty more to come…

Cheers,

Ron


Joining the Edgar Rice Burroughs Family

In my most recent “Shelf Life” column at Comic Book Resources, I announced I’m writing two weekly comic strips for the Edgar Rice Burroughs website. I’ll be adapting The Mucker pulp adventure novels, with Lee Moder providing the artwork. I’ll also be writing brand new adventures of Tarzan’s son, Korak the Killer, with artwork by Bart Sears. Both strips will be colored by Neeraj Menon, who is also coloring Bart’s work on The Protectors for Athleta Comics.

Lee’s character designs for protagonist Billy Byrne, as well as some incidental characters, plus Bart’s promo piece featuring Korak, can be seen here.


I grew up having my imagination utterly inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs, so I’m thrilled to be working with some of his creations, and in some small way, repaying the debt I owe him. The full column can be read here:
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=49146

The Edgar Rice Burroughs site currently offers eight other Sunday-style strips, most updated weekly, everything from Tarzan to Carson of Venus to Pellucidar. A monthly subscription to the entire slate of strips, including The Mucker and Korak the Killer, is a mere $2. I hope you take the plunge and delve into the fantastic worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Subscribe here:

http://www.edgarriceburroughs.com/comics/

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

I’ve been looking forward to this week for quite a while, as the first issue of my return to Witchblade is released. Top Cow’s Witchblade #170 debuts this week in stores and online, the beginning of what I expect to be a long run by me, artist Laura Braga and colorist Betsy Gonia.

I stepped away from Witchblade with issue #150, after writing more than 70 consecutive issues of the title. Top Cow asked me to come back to the series with issue #170, and I was fortunate to see Laura Braga’s work thanks to a Twitter conversation with her. She and Betsy are a perfect fit for the story we’re telling, and I’m thrilled to be working with both of them.

The story opens with Witchblade wielder Sara Pezzini in a much different place, acting as Sheriff of Saratoga County in upstate New York. And as the preview pages seemingly indicate, Sara no long has the Witchblade. This initial story arc, “Borne Again,” will run through issue #174, and delve into Sara’s past, present and … well, it’s possible she might not have any future.

Witchblade #170 is wrapped in a stunning Marc Silvestri cover, and there’s a Third Eye Comics store-exclusive cover by Francesco Francavilla. A preview of the issue can be seen here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=18537

Update: “Sound on Sight” did a piece / interview on my return to Witchblade: http://www.soundonsight.org/the-witchblade-halloween-catch-up/

Cheers,

Ron


Skylanders: SWAP Force has Landed

This month, the latest installment of the Skylanders video game franchise debuted to strong sales and positive reviews. I was fortunate enough to be one of the writers of Skylanders: SWAP Force, working at Albany-area developer Vicarious Visions on 2012 and early 2013. I’m just one member of large team that created the game, but I’m proud the be associated with such a beautiful and frankly fun game.

I wrote about the experience in a recent edition of my regular Shelf Life column over at ComicBookResources.com. You can read the full column here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=48581

Cheers,

Ron


Media Matters

As I wrote in my most recent Shelf Life column at CBR (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=48270), interviews and promotion are part of being a working writer. This Wednesday, Oct. 9, I’ll be appearing on WAMC, the local NPR station, from 2 to 3 p.m. as part of the regular Vox Pop call-in program.

I’ll be joined on the program by Rick Marshall, late of MTV Geek, and recently moved back to the Albany area. We’ll be discussing comics and pop culture, and really anything that comes up, since it’s a call-in program. You can listen on the radio or online, and the call-in number is 1-800-348-2551. The station judges program success, to some extent, on the number of calls received, so please call in.

Complete WAMC information here: http://wamc.org/programs/vox-pop-wamc

I also recently did a Spreecast with sports reporter and comic fan Seth Everett, and the archived version of the live video chat can be seen here:

http://www.spreecast.com/events/meet-comics-writer-ron-marz

We discussed both comics and sports in the first of what we hope will be a continuing series of chats. You’ll also get a look at my office, if that holds any appeal. Again, the more views, the more likely we’ll be able to continue the series on Spreecast.

Lastly, you can catch a glimpse and mention of me in the short film, “Carol Tilley: Comic Book Crusader,” a nicely-produced documentary. You’ll see me, Bart Sears and Israel Idonije at the Athleta Comics booth (with a cameo appearance by Izzy’s friend Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears). Izzy gets some camera time, as do my buddies Alex Cox of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and artist Peter Krause. Well worth the watch.

Complete information on the film here:

http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2013/07/carol-tilley-featured-big-ten-network

Cheers,

Ron


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