Tag: Creator owned

In stores this week

This Wednesday, the new issue of my creator-owned book Shinku drops in stores. There’s a hefty nine-page preview of Shinku #3 over at Comic Vine:

http://www.comicvine.com/news/exclusive-9-page-extended-preview-for-shinku-3-by-ron-marz-lee-moder/143910/





The issue is written by me, with pencils by co-creator Lee Moder, digital inks by Matthew Waite, color by Michael Atiyeh, letters by Troy Peteri, and production and edits by Phil Smith. The issue has been delayed a bit by health complications in the family of one of our creators. But we all believe the creative team is a family as well, and you always take care of your family members. Issue #4 is also completely drawn, and presently is being colored.

Issue #3 gives more insight into the real reason Davis Quinn is part of the story, and introduces another enemy for Shinku herself. If you need to catch up on the story, issues #1 and #2 are available digitally from Comixology:

https://comics.imagecomics.com/#/series/6050

The support you give creator-owned comics — which I absolutely believe is the most creative, exciting aspect of the comics market — is vital. In a very real sense, every dollar you spend helps the creators continue to tell these stories.
Cheers,

Ron


Shinku stakes its claim

Last week, my new creator-owned series, Shinku, debuted from Image Comics. Short version: it’s a modern-day tale of vampires vs. a lone samurai. The series is intended for mature readers, since I’ve always thought vampires were about sex and violence, not sparkling. The art is by my buddies Lee Moder, Matthew Waite and Mike Atiyeh, with letters by Troy Peteri and edits/design by Phil Smith.

The reception has been gratifying. Reviews have been great, and many of the comic sites have been kind enough to throw some coverage our way. The links below include preview pages, features, reviews and podcasts.

If you’ve taken the plunge and picked up the first issue, thank you. If not … what are you waiting for?

Cheers,
Ron

Preview pages:
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=8203

Feature articles:

  1. Westfield Comics: http://westfieldcomics.com/blog/interviews-and-columns/interview-ron-marz-on-images-shinku/
  2. MTV: http://geek-news.mtv.com/tag/shinku/
  3. CBR: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=31610
  4. Newsarama: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marz-moder-shinku-more-albany-con-110422.html
  5. USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/2011-05-19-Shinku-pits-female-samurai-vs-Japanese-vampires_n.htm
  6. CBR (again): http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=32606
  7. Cedar Rapids Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/comic-books-in-cedar-rapids/shinku-more-blood-no-sparkles-review

Reviews:

  1. Rawnzilla blog: http://www.rawnzilla.com/post/6048602424/shinku-1-review
  2. Newsarama: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-advance-reviews-110531.html
  3. Comic Attack: http://comicattack.net/2011/05/shinku1/
  4. Image Addiction: http://imageaddiction.net/?p=3509
  5. Newsarama (again): http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-extra-110601.html
  6. Quarter Bin: http://thequarterbin.com/2011/06/02/shinku-1/
  7. MyComicNetwork: http://www.mycomicnetwork.com/v2/?p=1557
  8. Comic Related: http://comicrelated.com/news/12176/nerd-girls-eye-view-27
  9. Popgun Chaos:  http://www.popgunchaos.com/2011/05/26/preview-for-shinku-1/
  10. Player Affinity: http://playeraffinity.com/comic-reviews/shinku-1-review.html
  11. IGN: http://comics.ign.com/articles/117/1171969p1.html
  12. Comic Related/Nerd Girls Eye View: http://comicrelated.com/news/12176/nerd-girls-eye-view-27
  13. Comic Buzz: http://comicbuzz.com/shinku-1-review
  14. Daily Blam: http://www.dailyblam.com/news/2011/06/04/erics-image-comics-reviews-reed-gunther-1-50-girls-50-1-shinku-1-the-darkness-91-hal

Podcasts:

  1. Ideology of Madness: http://ideologyofmadness.spookyouthouse.com/archives/18045
  2. iFanboy: http://www.ifanboy.com/content/audio/DON_T_MISS__Shinku__1_with_Ron_Marz
  3. Image Addiction: http://imageaddiction.net/?p=3518
  4. Retcon Podcast: http://retcon.podbean.com/2011/06/03/retcon-19-interview-with-ron-marz/

Analysis:

  1. Comic Related: http://comicrelated.com/news/12164/samurai-from-marz

“Russian” Translation

A few years ago, a creator-owned project of mine called Russian Sunset was announced at Desperado Press. It was a five-issue crime/espionage story about an enforcer for the Russian Mob, drawn by a talented Serbian artist named Mirko Colak. Short version, we completed the entire first issue, but the project didn’t come out due to a number of factors that I won’t go into. It just didn’t work out. I’m still friends with Joe Pruett of Desperado, and I’m sure in the future we’ll work together on something (in addition to the foreword I’m writing for the Jim Starlin art book that Joe is publishing). Mirko is presently drawing albums for French publishers, and hopefully we’ll get to collaborate again.

Russian Sunset itself landed at Top Cow, with a different artist attached, but not too long before we were going to begin anew on the series, the artist accepted a DC exclusive. No hard feelings at all, it was the right thing for him to do. But it put the series back into limbo, where it presently resides. At some point, though, I fully intend to get it up and running again. I’m thoroughly enjoying all the work-for-hire gigs I’m doing – Witchblade, Magdalena, Angelus, Velocity, Artifacts and a few other things that are still under wraps. But there’s nothing like working on creator-owned projects. You’ll be seeing a few more of them from me in the future.

In the meantime, here’s the original cover to Russian Sunset #1, pencils and inks by Bart Sears, color by Mike Atiyeh. Come back tomorrow for a look at two versions of the Luke Ross cover to issue #2.

Cheers,
Ron


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