Tag: Magdalena

In Stores This Week

I’m happy anytime I get to write Magdalena. This week brings Artifacts #27, which stars my favorite monster hunter/supernatural enforcer for the Catholic Church, along with defrocked priest Tom Judge. It’s an interesting pairing to write, one I hope to return to even after this two-part storyline is finished. In this issue, Tom seeks out Magdalena to convince her to aid him in tracking down the missing Glacier Stone. Their quest leads to them a spooky mansion above the arctic circle.

This is artist Marco Turini’s second published issue of Artifacts, though it’s actually the first one that he drew. There’s also some very nice color work by Andy Troy and Bill Farmer, all wrapped in covers by Stjepan Sejic and Marco Turini.

A preview of the issue can be seen here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=16323

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Finally, this week sees the release of Magdalena #12, bringing to a close the present “One, True Cross” storyline. As usual, my partners-in-crime are Nelson Blake 2nd, Dave Marquez, Sal Regla, Dave McCaig and Troy Peteri. You can see a preview of the issue here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=12486

Some advance reviews for the issue have already been released. Newsarama’s Best Shots scored it 8 out of 10, saying, “…it doesn’t let up on strong characters and the potential of what’s to come.” The full review is here:

http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-advance-reviews-120522.html

Meanwhile, Geeks of Doom calls Magdalena herself “…a well written, driven character that shows purpose in her actions and is in it for the long haul.” The full review is here:

http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2012/05/23/comic-review-the-magdalena-12/

My Shelf Life column at CBR this week will be about the last dozen issues of Magdalena, and the ultimate fate of the book. Look for the column around 5 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Magdalena #11 hits stores this week, continuing the “One True Cross” storyline by the usual gang: me writing, art by Nelson Blake 2nd, Dave Marquez and Sal Regla, with color by Dave McCaig and letters by Troy Petri. The story goes some unexpected places, both literally and figuratively, as Patience, Kristof and guest star Sara Pezzini (of Witchblade fame) visit new locations, and come face to face with what I hope is a surprise revelation.

I’ve made no secret of the fact that Magdalena is a series I’d been wanting to write for years. As with almost any non-Big Two book, we have to fight for every sale in order to stay afloat. The Magdalena Vol. 1 TPB collection has sold well, and for that we’re incredibly thankful. But sales of the individual issues play a large part in keeping the book alive, and I desperately want to keep Magdalena alive. Hope you’ll give it a try.

Cheers,

Ron


In stores this week

Two new issues out this week. First up, Magdalena #9, with art by Nelson Blake 2nd, Sal Regla and Dave McCaig. It’s the start of a new story arc, and a good jumping-on point, as we get back to a regular schedule on the book. The story is Part 1 of “The One, True Cross,” which is actually a concept suggested by my Witchblade collaborator Stjepan Sejic.

We’ve tried to maintain a globe-trotting aspect to the series, and this issue visits Romania, the Vatican and San Cristobal, Mexico, which is a town in the mountainous Chiapas region that I spent some time in a number of years ago.

There’s a Magdalena preview here: http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/1110/23/imagefirsts.htm

Also out this week is Voodoo #2, with art by Sami Basri, Hendry Prasetya and Jessica Kholinne. The story follows Priscilla after her departure from the Voodoo Lounge at the end of issue #1, and gives a bit more insight into Agent Jessica Fallon.

You can see a Voodoo preview here: http://comics.ign.com/articles/121/1210396p1.html

Cheers,

Ron


In stores this week

Can’t remember the last time I actually had four issues hit stores on the same day, but that’s the case Wednesday: Voodoo #1, Witchblade #148, Magdalena #8, and Artifacts #10.

All the issues were actually completed in different weeks, as I recall, but the vagaries of the shipping schedule sometimes result in a week like this. I’ll be signing all four issues, plus whatever else you have, at Midtown Comics Downtown, 64 Fulton St. in NYC, from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Witchblade issue is part 3 of the “Tiamat” storyline, with Stjepan Sejic on art, with an appearance by the Angelus. Magdalena is the second and final part of Keu Cha’s guest spot on art, and features a battle in the rain atop Notre Dame. Artifacts reveals more about the bearer of the mysterious 13th Artifact, with art by Jeremy Haun and Sunny Gho.

Voodoo #1

Voodoo, of course, is part of DC’s New 52 initiative, and already has sold out at distributor level (though stores should have copies on the shelves for at least a few days). A second printing is on the way. Hope you give it a try.

Witchblade #148 preview: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=9941



Magdalena #8 preview: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=9937



Artifacts #10 preview: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=9893



Cheers,

Ron


ONE MORE VIDEO

One more video shot at New York Comic Con last fall has surfaced, with me talking about what’s going on in the Witchblade and Magdalena monthlies. Enjoy!

Cheers,

Ron

Video link has been fixed!


Albany Comic Con this Sunday

One benefit from having to miss the Armageddon Expo event in New Zealand this weekend is that I’ll be able to attend the Albany Comic Con again, at least for a few hours. As with previous shows, it’s being held at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road in Albany, NY from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24.

Other guests include artists Mike McKone, Matthew Dow Smith, Herb Trimpe, Joe Staton, Fred Hembeck, Mike Borkowski, Declan Shalvey, Mark McKenna, and Bobby and Peter Timony; sculptor Paul Harding; writers Todd Dezago, Keith Dallas and Nick Tapalansky; and plenty more. Legendary Fantastic Four inker Joe Sinnott, still recovering from surgery, is scheduled to stop by to sign for a few hours in the afternoon. Admission is only $5. The show site is here.

I’ll only be at the show until around 2 p.m., when I have to leave to coach my son’s final fall baseball game. I’ll have some Magdalena posters and Artifacts bookmarks to give away, a stack of Artifacts #1 copies to unload, and some other goodies. Hope to see some of you.

Cheers,

Ron



Signing in Albany on Saturday

I’ll be appearing at Earthworld Comics in Albany, NY this Saturday, August 7, for an Artifacts #1 release party. The signing is from noon to 4 p.m., though to be perfectly honest, I could be a few minutes late, as my kids have their league championship swim meet the same day.


The signing is to celebrate Artifacts #1, but of course I’ll sign whatever else you’ve got. Maybe you can badger some spoilers for the series out of me. I’m told there will be a costumed Magdalena on hand for photos, and presumably, impaling demons. I’m also told Earthworld’s quarter bins have been restocked, and let’s face it, there’s nothing cooler than finding a stack of sweet comics for 25 cents apiece.

Earthworld is located at 537 Central Ave. in Albany. The website is http://www.earthworldcomics.com/for more information. Hope to see you on Saturday.



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Cheers,

Ron


Magdalena #2 Preview

I have two books hitting stores this week: Magdalena #2 and the Witchblade Vol. 7 trade paperback. First up, Magdalena, the opening sequence of which you can see by clicking the simply amazing Ryan Sook cover pictured below.

Response to the first issue was pretty overwhelming and extremely gratifying. We got a wealth of positive reviews, and the issue sold out at the distributor level within a week or two of release. Issue #2 picks up pretty much right where we left off, with Patience and her mentor Kristof confronted by a demonic presence on the island of Elba. The rest of the issue takes us inside the Vatican, including a glimpse of a hall that isn’t part of the usual visitor tour.

The art is by the regular team of Nelson Blake the 2nd (pencils), Sal Regla (inks) and Dave McCaig (color). As great as I think issue #1 looked, I’d venture to say issue #2 looks even better, as the artists get a little more used to the book and to each other. We’re just getting started on Magdalena, so I hope you stick with us for the duration.

Cheers,
Ron


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