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In stores this week

I’ve got two new issues hitting shelves this Wednesday, both from Top Cow. Artifacts #11, with art by Jeremy Haun and Sunny Gho, brings the storyline closer to its climax and features a character death by issue’s end. And it’s not a “comic book” death in which the character miraculously returns to life a few months later. Dead means dead … as in “not coming back.” There’s also another two-page origin, this one featuring art by the legendary Michael Golden.

Also in stores Wednesday in Witchblade #149, the final part of the “Tiamat” storyline, and my penultimate issue of the book with Stjepan Sejic. The issue wraps the current four-part arc, and sets the stage for the double-size #150 next month. After we wrap up our run on Witchblade, Stjepan and I will move over to Artifacts with issue #14, as the event series becomes a monthly title.



In stores this week

No single issues, but Witchblade: Redemption Vol. 3 hits stores (and Amazon) this week. The collection includes issues #142 through #145, plus Annual #2. Issues #142 and #143 are a solo adventure starring Sara Pezzini’s partner, Det. Patrick Gleason, drawn by my buddy Matthew Dow Smith. The tale is actually set in the upstate New York area where Matt and I both live.

Regular series artist Stjepan Sejic returns for issue #144, which is a retelling of Sara’s first encounter with the Witchblade, though in the form of a diary by her late partner. Issue #145 is another standalone tale about a creature in the NYC sewers, told via a few “Rashomon” points of view. The Annual’s lead story is a World War II adventure, set during the siege of Stalingrad, and featuring that era’s Witchblade bearer, with some lovely art by Tony Shasteen. Matt Smith also contributed an illustrated prose story.

Lastly, a little catch-up, as apparently Archaia’s hardcover anthology Immortals: Gods and Heroes hit stores last week. All the stories are all based on the upcoming film, expanding upon the mythos. My story, starring Ares, was drawn by another good friend, Rafael Kayanan, whom I’ve known for years, but this was our first time working together. As it happens, Raf also worked as a designer on the “Immortals” film for director Tarsem Singh. The rest of the anthology features a pretty grand array of talent, assembled by editor Nate Cosby, including Phil Hester, Jock, Ben Templesmith, David Gallaher, Ben McCool, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Dennis Calero and F.J. DeSanto.



NYCC 2011 Schedule

Looks like I’ll be making an appearance at New York Comic Con after all. Originally, I was to have been at Fest Comix in Sao Paulo, Brazil this weekend. But a delay in the visa process at the Brazilian consulate made that trip impossible. All apologies to everyone at Fest Comix. I’m already talking with the organizers of the show about making the trip to Fest Comix a reality in 2012.

So since I’m not going to Brazil this weekend, I’ll be making the much shorter trip to the Jacob Javits Center on the west side of Manhattan for the New York Comic Con. I’ll only be there Friday and Saturday, with most of my signings at the Image/Top Cow booth (schedule below). I’m also trying to work out time for a signing at the Archaia booth, which will have some advance copies of the Storyteller and Immortals hardcover anthologies, to which I contributed stories with my buddies Craig Rousseau and Rafael Kayanan, respectively. Check at the Archaia booth for the latest schedule.
I expect to have copies of Shinku #1 and #2 for sale at my Image signings. Come buy them so I don’t have to carry them home!


10:45-11:30 a.m., signing at Archaia booth, #1546, with Nate Cosby (Storyteller)

Noon-1 p.m. Friday, signing at Immortals booth, #444, with Rafael Kayanan (Immortals)

5-6 p.m., signing at Image booth with Jeremy Haun and Jason Hurley (Artifacts)

6-7 p.m., signing at Image booth with Nelson Blake 2nd and Keu Cha (Magdalena)


11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., signing at Image booth with Whilce Portacio and John Tyler Christoper (Artifacts)

1:30-2:30 p.m., signing at Image booth with Jeremy Haun and Jason Hurley (Artifacts)

2:30-3:30 p.m., signing at Image booth with Nelson Blake 2nd and Keu Cha (Magdalena)

4-5 p.m., Top Cow panel in Room 1A15



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



In stores this week

New in stores this week is Artifacts Volume 2 TPB, collecting issues #5 through #8 of the series, plus the text pieces that have appeared in all of the issues. The art, of course, is by Whilce Portacio, who brought a kinetic energy to these issues as the more sci-fi side of the Top Cow Universe is brought into the story.
Next week is a big one for me, with four different issues releasing.

Baltimore bound

I’ll be attending the Baltimore Comic Con next Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21. Baltimore is one of my favorite cons because it’s completely focused on comics: no retired wrestlers, no former TV stars, just comics, comics, comics. That’s one of the reasons it consistently has one of the best guest lists of the entire con schedule. Promoter Marc Nathan, right-hand man Brad Tree and the rest of the staff and volunteers always roll out the red carpet for their guests, and creators return year after year. It’s one of the few shows I actually look forward to, and I always return from it feeling recharged about this work I’m fortunate enough to do. It’s also a chance to catch up with friends in the industry, and make plans for future projects.

The Baltimore Comic Con website, with all the pertinent info, is here: http://baltimorecomiccon.com/ and the epic guest list here: http://baltimorecomiccon.com/guests/. Highly recommended.

I’ll be spending time at both the Top Cow and Deadlands booths. I don’t yet have a schedule for any panels or programming, but I’ll add it as soon as I do. I’ll have copies of Samurai: Heaven and Earth vol. 1 and vol. 2 TPBs for sale, as well as copies of Shinku #1 and #2 (both covers). Come find me and buy some, so I don’t have them bring them home.



MegaCon Bound

I’ll be a guest at MegaCon, held in Hall D of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, from March 25th-27th. Yes, this is the con that CrossGen once owned, and is still “in the family,” so to speak, having been purchased by, and now run by, former CrossGen employee Beth Widera. Beth is one of my favorite people in the world, and she runs an absolutely great show with her husband Richard and daughter Christine.
MegaCon is a chance for me to see some of my CrossGen buddies, as well as grab a few days of warm weather while winter desperately tries to hang on in the Northeast. I’ll have my own table at the con, with current artistic collaborators Kenneth Rocafort (Velocity) and Nelson Blake 2nd (Magdalena) nearby. If all goes as planned, I should have a few cases of various books for sale, as well as a pair of prints.

The first print is the cover to issue #1 of my June-debuting, creator-owned series Shinku at Image, with art by Lee Moder, Matthew Waite and Michael Atiyeh. The second print is a clever, minimalist take on Artifacts created by Matthew Waite. I’ll be selling the prints, which you can see accompanying this entry, for $10 apiece, and all of the money will be donated to the Japanese tsunami relief effort.

I’ll also be part of a different panel each day at the show.

  • Friday: 5-6 p.m., Top Cow panel (Room 221E)
  • Saturday: 10:15-11:05 a.m., Green Lantern panel (Room 222A)
  • Sunday: 4:10-5 p.m., Creator-Owned Comics panel (Room 222A)

Complete information on MegaCon can be found at www.megaconvention.com


Convention Schedule

My convention schedule for 2011 is starting to take shape. These are the shows for which I’m confirmed. More will be added if other shows are confirmed … though to be perfectly honest, I really like spending weekends with my family.

I’ll be set up at the Top Cow booth at Emerald City and Baltimore, and likely NYCC. For the other shows, I’ll be set up solo.




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!



Video link has been fixed!

Artifacts for Tots update

Haven’t had a chance to post an update after the last post on Artifacts for Tots, but I wanted to make sure it got done before we got too far beyond the holidays. Thanks to your generosity, more than $300 was raised via the Artifacts for Tots offer. Rather than simply donating the money, I wanted to be certain everything we raised was put to use this year. So a few days before Christmas my wife and I made a trip to the local Toys R Us and filled two shopping carts to overflowing with toys for both boys and girls, toddlers to teens. We dropped off all the loot – which filled the back of our Volvo – at the Air National Guard base in Scotia, NY, where the Marine unit coordinating the collection in based. We were going to take a photo of the toys with the Marines who helped us unload everything, but it was so viciously cold and windy that day, I didn’t want to ask them to stay outside any longer than necessary.

I have a few Artifacts #1 copies left, so if you want one, you can still get it. I’ll tuck the donation away for next year. I’ll definitely do something similar for Christmas 2011. Thanks again to everyone who donated.



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