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Hey Kids! Free Comics!

I’ll be making two appearances for Free Comic Book Day on May 7. First up is the Comic Depot in the Wilton Mall on Route 50 in Saratoga Springs, NY. I’ll be signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also on hand will be sculptor and artist Paul Harding, illustrator Richard Kane Ferguson and Strong Arm Labs. More info on Comic Depot here:

http://comicdepotllc.com/

In the afternoon, I’ll be signing from 2 to 4 p.m. at Excellent Adventures, 110 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, NY. Paul Harding will be along as well, and so will artist Christian St. Pierre. More info on Excellent Adventures here:

http://www.myspace.com/eacomics

Both stores will have a limited number of copies of the FCBD offering I wrote this year, which is Silver Scorpion from Liquid Comics. The concept for Silver Scorpion was jointly created by handicapped school children from the United States and Syria, as part of a project sponsored by the Open Hands Initiative. I wrote the script, and the incredible Mukesh Singh provided the art. I have to admit, it’s pretty cool to have written a comic with a quote on the back by President Bill Clinton. A preview of Silver Scorpion can be seen here:

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/preview.asp?ItemNo=JAN110023

My friend Jen will be at both signings, posing for photos in her awesome Magdalena costume, so if you don’t show up for me, at least show up for her. For More information on Free Comic Book Day:

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

Cheers,
Ron


Showing Patience


Here’s a quick interview link for you while I’ve had my head down getting two books off to press this week: Artifacts #0, which is the Free Comic Book Day offering, and Magdalena #1). The FCBD issue serves as an intro to Artifacts, and gives a pretty expansive intro to the Top Cow Universe. I’ll be at a couple of New England Comics locations in the Boston area for Free Comic Book Day on May 1. More information on that soon.

The interview gives an overview of the upcoming Magdalena series, and shows off a few final art pages from the series. You can see the interview here.

Cheers,

Ron


Appearances can be … exhausting

Angelus Variant for Emerald City Comic Con 2010

I’ll be honest – conventions are not my favorite thing to do. I’ve been doing them long enough that the conventions themselves all tend to be the same show in a different building. That’s not to denigrate any of the shows I’ve done or will do in the future. But from my side of the table, a con is signings and panels and meetings. It’s a lot more like work than a vacation. It’s also a necessity. With so many books being published every month, doing the extra promotion to get your book noticed just goes with the territory. Still, the time away from home and family is not ideal, nor is the lost work time.

For me, the best part of the convention experience – besides getting together with industry friends that I only see at cons – is getting a chance to chat with fans. This job is a solitary one. Creating comics is a pretty individual pursuit. I think the only guys who get a lot of interaction “at work” are artists who share studio space. And even then, we all ultimately do what we do alone. So getting some feedback from the audience is a way to recharge creative batteries.

Taking all that into account, my next two months are pretty jammed with appearances.Top Cow Print ECC 2010

This coming weekend, March 13 and 14, I’ll be at the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, one of my absolute favorite cities. There will be a Seattle-themed litho and T-shirt available, featuring Witchblade artwork by Michael Broussard and Sunny Gho, as well as a con-exclusive Angelus #2 variant. [link]

ECCC Update: As I mentioned in my twitter feed, I can’t make ECCC due to work commitments. Rest of the listings here remain valid.

On April 10, I’ll be at the Empire State Book Festival in Albany, NY, for an autograph session and a panel on graphic novels with my buddy Matthew Dow Smith, among others. [link]
On April 16-18, I’ll be at C2E2, the big, new Chicago convention from the same people who bring you the New York Comic Con. Again, I’ll be at the Top Cow booth, and there’s rumor of an Angelus #1 con variant. [link]
On April 25, I’ll be at the Albany Comic Con, along with a number of my buddies like Terry Austin, Matthew Dow Smith, Lee Moder, Todd Dezago, Fred Hembeck, Joe Staton and more. Great little show, done for all the right reasons. Look for an Angelus #1 con variant by Matt Smith and Terry Austin. [link]
On May 1Free Comic Book Day – I’ll be signing at a number of New England Comics locations in the Boston area. I wrote Top Cow’s FCBD offering this year, which is a prelude to this summer’s Artifacts series. [link]
And finally, on May 15, I’ll be at the inaugural ComiConn in North Haven, Connecticut. You guessed it, there will be another Angelus #1 con variant, this one by Eric Battle. [link]

After that, most weekends you’ll be able to find me on my couch, watching the Mets. I hope.

Cheers,

Ron


Witchblade #135 in stores

Witchblade #135, the second chapter of the three-part “Almost Human” arc, hits stores today. There’s a cop with a supernatural gauntlet. There’s a cybernetic assassin with green hair. Stuff blows up. What more do you need?

The Top Cow Universe has a bit of split personality. There’s the supernatural side, which is where titles like Witchblade, The Darkness and Magdalena call home, and then there’s the more tech/sci-fi side that covers things like Cyberforce and Hunter-Killer. I don’t mix the two sides on a regular basis, but if done sparingly, I think the contrasts make for interesting stories. The aforementioned cybernetic assassin, Aphrodite IV, falls more on the tech side, but she’s encountered Witchblade wielder Sara Pezzini before. Issue #135 digs a bit more into Aphrodite’s “origin” and puts some pieces in place for her appearance in May’s Free Comic Book Day issue from Top Cow, which serves a prequel to the upcoming Artifacts series.

Story by me, art by Stjepan Sejic …who does not like to be called the “Croatian Sensation” despite being Croatian and sensational. Two covers, one by Sejic and one by Darick Robertson of Transmetropolitan and The Boys fame.

Cheers,
Ron

PS:
Ah! Before I forget, Comixology has a preview of Witchblade #135. That’s also where the images in this post came from. Hey, credit where credit’s due!

–RM


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