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In Stores This Week

Two new issues out this week, though only one is available in stores. The one you can get in stores is Prophecy #5, continuing the crossover event from Dynamite Comics. Prophecy has been fun to write, trying to bring together disparate characters like Red Sonja, Vampirella, Sherlock Holmes, Allan Quatermain and even Ash from “Army of Darkness. This collection of characters probably shouldn’t work as a group, but it’s been fun trying to make it all come together. I feel like I stuck the landing in tying up all the plot threads for the finale in issue #7, but you’ll have to be the judge of that as the series barrels toward a conclusion.

My artistic collaborator, Walter Geovani, has been doing terrific work on the series, and issue #5 is no different. You can see a preview of the issue here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=14344

Also debuting this week is Blackburn Burrow #3, the book I’m doing for Amazon Studios, with my great art team of Matthew Dow Smith and Jordie Bellaire (with Brian Stelfreeze on covers). The issue is free, and available in a number of digital formats, just as the previous issues are. The Civil War-era, supernatural story is an adaptation of a screenplay optioned by Amazon Studios.

Complete information and download links here:

http://hollywonk.com/post/36812407590/blackburn-issue-3

In a rather curious coincidence, Prophecy #5 and Blackburn Burrow #3 share a character. Obviously wasn’t planned that way, and it’s certainly strange that the issues hit on the same day. But the same character — though visually different depictions — appears in both issues. Let me know if you pick up on it.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Big week this week! I have three books appearing in comic stores and digitally this week, and another on the horizon. First up, Shinku #5, from Image, finally makes its appearance after a long delay; you can read about the reasons in my CBR column, Shelf Life, this week. Issue #5 brings the concluding chapter to the first arc of the series, “Throne of Blood” (a nod to Kurosawa, of course), with Shinku breaching a vampire shrine. Hopefully you’ll think the issue is worth the wait. I love how it turned out, and how it sets up the ensuing arc, “The Hidden Fortress.”

Next is Prophecy #4, from Dynamite, continuing the time-spanning crossover bringing together a diversity of characters including Red Sonja, Vampirella, Dracula and Sherlock Holmes. Issue #4 introduces a new character into the mix, someone that should come as a complete surprise … unless you peeked at the preview pages seen here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=13911

Newsarama’s Best Shots has already reviewed the issue, giving it a 10 out of 10, and saying,

“Prophecy is helmed by a great creative team at the height of their craft, playing with ancient legend, pulp favorites, and cult classics to make a story that’s not to be missed. Don’t let the licensed characters fool you into passing on one of the best comics out there right now.”

The full review can be read here: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-mega-column-reviews.html

Next, my buddy Tom Raney and I have a story in Heavy Metal #259, a fact that would make 14-year-old me’s head explode. The story is called “Pair of Rogues,” and introduces a pair of a creator-owned characters in a fantasy world that Tom and I hope to return to often. Our plan is to create a series of short stories, published in various outlets, growing into an epic tale that can stand on its own.

Lastly, keep an eye out for Blackburn Burrow #2 from Amazon Studios, by me, Matthew Dow Smith and Jordie Bellaire, which will go live very soon. As with issue #1, Blackburn Burrow #2 will be offered by Amazon for free in a variety of digital formats. The story deepens, literally, as the enigmatic Mister and his new companion Merrin delve deep into the mine, uncovering a shocking buried secret.

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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