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


Dragon Prints For Sale

There’s remaining stock on both of the Ravine dragon prints, featuring the amazing art of my collaborator Stjepan Sejic. These are the first two offerings in what will be a series of Ravine prints. We intend to eventually open an e-store for Ravine and other items, but for now, this will be the only outlet for these prints.

The prints measure 13 inches by 17 inches, printed on heavy stock, limited to an edition of 200 each. The prints are individually numbered and signed by me (since we had them printed in the U.S., and Stjepan is in Croatia).

The price is $15 each, or the pair for $25, plus shipping/packaging. For shipping to U.S. addresses, please add $6.50 shipping. For foreign shipping, please use the contact button above, give us your location, and we’ll provide a shipping estimate. Also, please use the contact button for any questions.

All payments should be made via PayPal to: kmarz AT nycap.rr.com (please replace AT with @).

Include your complete shipping address when making payment. After investigating the best shipping methods, we’ve decided to ship the prints rolled in sturdy mailing tubes, thanks to hearing too many horror stories of damage due to flat shipping. We’ll endeavor to include matching numbers on print sets when possible.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

This week’s list is short and silly, just like the story in Pathfinder: Goblins #3, published by Dynamite. Based on Paizo’s “Pathfinder” role-playing world, I co-wrote “To Read or Not to Read” with my buddy Dave Rodriguez, and the sequential art is by Lee Moder and Craig Rousseau. Jennifer L. Meyer contributed a batch of amazing storybook pages to the story, as well as the fantastic cover.

The solicit info for the issue says, “Nothing strikes fear into a goblin’s heart like a good book, but one curious creature might well turn out to be the Shakespeare of his people…” Hopefully Shakespeare will forgive me for what I’ve done to “Romeo and Juliet” as well as “Hamlet.”

The other store in the issue a treat by Ray Fawkes and Alberto Jiminez Alburquerque.

A preview of the first five pages of “To Read or Not to Read” can be seen here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=18334

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Hitting shelves — both literal and electronic — this week is Artifacts #31, by me and South Korean painter Jung-Geun Yoon. The cover is by Stjepan Sejic. The story picks up threads from the previous issue, and seeds a few hints about the upcoming, ultimate fate of the Darkness, Jackie Estacado.

Preview pages for the issue can be seen here: http://www.topcow.com/moos/43-latest-moos/776-the-plot-thickens-in-artifacts-31

One convention note this week as well. Saturday and Sunday I’ll be at the Granite State Comicon, held at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire in downtown Manchester, NH. This is the first time the con is putting a two-day show, and there’s a pretty impressive guest list.

I’ll have collections of my creator-owned books Ravine, Shinku and Samurai: Heaven and Earth on hand, as well as other odds and ends. And if all goes as planned, I should be debuting the first offerings in a series of Ravine prints, with amazing Stjepan Sejic art. One words: Dragons!

Complete information on the show can be found here: http://www.granitecon.com/

Cheers,

Ron


In Store This Week

Releasing today is Monster Massacre Vol. 1 from Titan Comics, an oversize hardcover collection featuring the story “Pair of Rogues” story by me, artist Tom Raney and colorist Gina Going. “Pair of Rogues” is set in a fantasy world, and introduces a pair of … well, rogues for a series of adventures. The shorthand description of the story might be “Moonlighting” meets “The Lord of the Rings,” or maybe Fritz Leiber’s “Fafhrd and Gray Mouser” stories with sexual tension. The story originally appeared in an issue of Heavy Metal.

The plan for “Pair of Rogues” is to tell the tale in a series of short stories that will eventually broaden into a larger narrative of epic proportions. There’s a large backstory at play for both of these characters, secrets that will determine the course of not only the rogues, but of great empires. These short stories are the seeds from which we intend to grow a sweeping fantasy tale.

Right now Tom and I are working on the second short story, which will hint at the true origins of the characters. Hopefully the reception allows us to continue the series, and eventually tell the complete tale.

Cheers,

Ron


This Weekend: Baltimore Comic Con

On Sept. 7 and 8, I’m returning to easily one of my favorite shows, the Baltimore Comic Con, held in the Baltimore Convention Center in the city’s inner harbor area. The show is all comics, all the time, with great attendance and a great staff. Highest recommendation.

I’ll be set up at booth #2307, with my buddy Cully Hamner right next door at #2306. I’ll have Shinku and Samurai: Heaven and Earth TPBs on hand, as well as other collected editions, plus various con exclusive covers. I think I’m completely sold out of Ravine TPBs, but I might be able to get my hands on some copies between now and then. Hope you can come by and say hi.

All the information for the Baltimore Comic Con can be found here:

http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

Cheers,

Ron


Green Lantern #275?

At this past weekend’s ComiConn on Trumbull, CT, a very kind gentleman named Brian Cross presented me with the accompanying image you see here: Green Lantern #275, by me, Darryl Banks and Terry Austin, printed on cardstock, trimmed to comic-book size and slipped into a protective mylar. Of course, the issue doesn’t really exist, it’s a “what if” scenario pondering what might be if Darry, Terry and I were still producing Kyle stories.

Thanks to a commission piece by Darryl, with colors by Tom Chu, Brian was able to recreate the other cover elements and put together the package. The complete story of the image, along with Darryl’s original ink art, can be seen here:

http://indigotribe.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/green-lantern-vol-3-275/

Darryl’s not producing the a lot of comics work these days; instead, he’s doing a lot of commercial art. But we’re absolutely going to work together again when the right opportunity arises. Hopefully Darryl and I will both be the Cleveland Comic Con on Oct. 19. Maybe we can hatch some plans there…

Many thanks to Brian for creating and delivering such a unique piece.

Cheers,

Ron


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