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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:




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.






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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Writer Ron Marz

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.



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.


View at iFanboy


View on YouTube


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.




The Protectors Announced

At the recent New York Comic Con, I announced a new project for 2013, a series called The Protectors, which is the brainchild of Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije. Israel, or “Izzy,” founded Athleta Comics in order to bring The Protectors, and hopefully future projects, to life. The exclusive announcement story was featured in USA Today, with comments from both me and Izzy, and can be seen here:


The Protectors combines professional sports with the kind of superhero/cosmic storylines you might see in Avengers or X-Men. Now I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right: sports hardly ever works in comics. The vast majority of the time, it reads awkwardly and looks worse. So when The Protectors came across my desk, I knew we had to get the right artist to draw it, or all would be for naught. So I called my buddy Bart Sears, to see if I possibly could lure him back to comics. Bart has been working in video games and commercial art for the last few years, but the prospect of The Protectors brought him back to sequential storytelling. I truly can’t think of anybody more suited to draw this story.

The Protectors will feature original characters, as well as cameos by real-life athletes. We intend to create a story that accessible to both comic fans and sports fans. Follow the Athleta Comics website for a pretty steady stream of updates and exclusive content, and expect the first issue to debut at C2E2 in Chicago next April.



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