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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


Recommended Reading

Mumbai Confidential, by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde, published by Archaia.

Yes, I wrote the foreword for the book, but I’d be recommending it even if I hadn’t. One of the things I wrote in the foreword is this:

“As a creator, you learn that the most important stories are the one only you can tell.”

I believe that wholeheartedly, and certainly Mumbai Confidential is a tale that could only be told this well by Saurav and Vivek (with additional artists providing short stories).

MC is hardboiled noir; it’s violent and sexy and profane. It’s the kind of tale Hammett or Chandler would’ve written had they been born in India within the last few decades. There’s a tragic hero, dirty cops and dirtier villains, set against the backdrop of crowded, corrupt Mumbai.

It’s been a pleasure for me to watch Saurav’s growth as a writer since first editing him at Virgin Comics. His writing in MC is confident and brutal, and in Vivek Shinde, he’s found a perfect artistic partner for this dark tale.

The thick hardcover collection sports the usual gorgeous production from Archaia, including spot varnish on the cover (you know I’m a sucker for spot varnish.)

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In Stores This Week

This week brings the trade paperback collection “Conan and the Daughters of Midora and Other Stories” to shelves. Contained within is the “Island of No Return” storyline by me, Bart Sears, Randy Elliott and Mark Roberts, including the 8-page prequel story that ran in USA Today. The volume also offers Conan tales by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Texeira, Tim Truman, Marian Churchland and Mike Oeming, among others.

The 8-page USA Today story can still be accessed here:

http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/2010-11-22-kissoftheundead22_ST_N.htm

I grew up on Conan, both the Ace paperbacks and the comics, especially Savage Sword magazine. Getting to write Conan, especially with my buddy Bart on art, was very literally the fulfillment of a dream for me. I love the character, I love the world he inhabits. The work of Robert E. Howard is one of the primary reasons I do what I do. So I’m very happy our tale is getting collected with some other “orphan” stories, and wrapped in a lovely painted cover by Tex. This was my first shot at Conan. I hope it’s not my last.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week (and a signing)

On the shelves of your fine local comic emporium this week, Artifacts #20, part two of the three-part, Heart Stone-centric “Phantoms of the Heart” storyline. It’s been an interesting task, building the character of Dr. Rachel Harrison from square one, into (hopefully) some the audience will care about. This issue portrays a fairly major turning point in Rachel’s life, and sets up a new status quo for her.

A hospital drama is certainly a change of pace for my artistic partner, Stjepan Sejic. I’m pretty sure he’d rather be painting dragons and armored warriors instead of hospital beds, but he rose to the challenge beautifully. You can see preview pages here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=13219

One more note: I’ll be doing a signing at the Comic Depot in the Wilton Mall, Saratoga Springs, NY, this Saturday, Aug. 11, from 1-4 p.m. It’s the annual “Depot Day” celebration, with numerous guests and even a Batmobile appearance. For more information, contact Comic Depot:

http://comicdepotllc.com/shop/

Cheers,
Ron


Hello … Is this thing on?

So here we go. After much delay, RonMarz.com is finally open for business. We’ll be getting things up and running over the next few weeks, putting more aspects in place while juggling deadlines. The plan is to update regularly, including news about current and upcoming projects, both work-for-hire stuff like Witchblade and Magdalena, as well as creator-owned work like Samurai: Heaven and Earth; peeks at lots of artwork; pieces on previous work when I can dig something interesting out of the files; writing tips; and whatever else I happen to think of.

Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully I give you a reason to keep coming back. In the meantime, check me out on twitter.

cheers,

Ron


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