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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


Return to Blackburn Burrow

Issue #2 of Blackburn Burrow, the first comic project from Amazon Studios, has gone live in a variety of venues. Based on a screenplay by Jay Levy, the book is written by me, with art by Matthew Dow Smith, color by Jordie Bellaire, and a cover by Brian Stelfreeze.

As with the first issue, the full issue #2 is being offered up for free as a Kindle download, on Facebook, and on Graphicly. Yes, another 20 pages of comics, completely free. The full details on the formats can be found on the Amazon Studios blog, Hollywonk (I’ll also have a post there in the near future):

http://hollywonk.com/post/33897864020/blackburn-2-announce

The mystery in titular town deepens with issue #2, as supernatural hunter Mister and his new companion, Merrin, descend into the depths of the mine. Deadly danger awaits them, as well as revelations neither of them is prepared for. Amazon Studios is very interested in reader feedback for the series, so please take a few minutes to complete the survey that follows the issue.

12 Gauge Comics put together Blackburn Burrow for Amazon Studios, pairing me with and my pal Matt Smith, and bringing in the great Jordie Bellaire for colors. Collaborating with an artistic team like that isn’t work, it’s a privilege. We’re all having a great time, and I hope that comes through in the pages.

Cheers,

Ron


Blackburn Burrow For Free

Free comics are good, right? Good free comics are even better. Available right now from Amazon Studios is Blackburn Burrow #1, by me, artist Matthew Dow Smith, colorist Jordie Bellaire, letterer Troy Peteri and cover artist Brian Stelfreeze. The package was put together by 12 Gauge Comics. Blackburn Burrow is a four-issue adaptation of an Amazon Studios screenplay, and the issues are being offered free.

Set during the waning days of the Civil War, Blackburn Burrow is the story of a man known only as Mister, who is engaged in an ongoing battle with the supernatural. In a remote Georgia mining town, Misters finds terrors beyond any he has ever faced, as well as shocking secrets to his own past. There’s adventure, there’s horror, there’s even a little romance.

At Baltimore Comic Con, Matt Smith and were on hand along with the Amazon Studios team to give away special print editions of issue #1, as well as posters featuring the great Stelfreeze cover. For anyone who wasn’t at Baltimore, issue #1 is available free in a number of digital formats. You can download the issue for Kindle here:

http://www.amazon.com/Blackburn-Burrow-Issue-1-ebook/dp/B005CRQ4AQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1347512293&sr=1-4

View it on the Amazon Studios Facebook page here:

http://www.facebook.com/amazonstudios/app_105395256203337

Read it on the Amazon Studios site here:

http://studios.amazon.com/projects/2705

Or grab it from the Graphic.ly here:

http://graphicly.com/12-gauge-comics/blackburn-burrow/1

To make it even more enticing, Amazon wants your feedback on the story, and is offering $5 gift cards for completing a brief survey after reading the issue. That’s right, you get $5 for reading a free comic. Pretty great, right? The survey can be found here:

http://studios.amazon.com/blackburnburrowsurvey

Ensuing issues will be released on a monthly basis. I’m proud of Blackburn Burrow #1, and happy to be working with such a great team. Please give it a look.

Cheers,

Ron


Baltimore Comic Con 2012

I’ll be appearing at this weekend’s Baltimore Comic Con, held this Saturday and Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center in the inner harbor. Show hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The Baltimore show is among my favorite cons, thanks in no small part to the great work by promoter Marc Nathan and his right-hand man Brad Tree. I look forward to it every year, though this year in particular brings some new wrinkles.

I’ll be set up at booth #2307, along with my buddies Lee Moder and Matthew Dow Smith, both of whom will be taking commissions and selling original pages. There might even be a surprise appearance by Nelson Blake 2nd. Lee and I will have copies of Shinku on hand for your purchasing pleasure, with a few other assorted items.

I’ll also be appearing both days at the Amazon Studios booth, #1602, with a sneak peek of Blackburn Burrow #1, by me and Matthew Dow Smith, with color by Jordie Bellaire and a cover by Brian Stelfreeze. The issue is part one of a four-issue adaptation of an Amazon Studios screenplay by Jay Levy, and Amazon will be giving away the Baltimore Comic Con exclusive edition all weekend. So … free comic! Pretty awesome, huh? If you can’t be in Baltimore, don’t worry, issue #1 soon will be offered online for free.

I’ll be signing at the Amazon Studios booth, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Saturday; and 1:30-3 p.m. on Sunday.

Blackburn Burrow is supernatural historical adventure, set in 1864, as the Civil War rages on. It’s about secrets buried deep in a Georgia mountain, and secrets buried deep in the heart of its ghost-hunting protagonist, known only as Mister.

Last and certainly not least, I’ll be announcing a new project on Sunday at the show, during a spotlight panel with me and artist Jamal Igle. The panel will take place from noon-1 p.m. Sunday in Room 301. Jamal and I will talk about our respective careers, and then discuss our new project (though you might well get a sneak peek of the project at CBR this week).

Baltimore starts a surprisingly (for me) busy fall con season. In the next few months, I’ll be appearing at:

Hope to see you at one of them.

Cheers,

Ron


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