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In Stores This Week (Nov 14)

This is actually a bit a of a special week, as it sees the debut of Shinku Volume 1,collecting the first five issues of the creator-owned series by me and Lee Moder, along with our collaborators inker Matthew Waite, colorist Michael Atiyeh, letterer Troy Peteri and editor/designer Phil Smith. These guys are more than out creative team, they’re like family to me. And I’m very proud of what our family has produced.

The back cover copy describes Shinku thusly:

“The sole surviving descendant of a once-proud samurai line, Shinku wages a solo war against a powerful vampire clan that has lurked in the shadows for centuries. But can she save the life of an American scientist who holds the key to her ultimate triumph?”

Or, to put in another way: if you want vampires that sparkle, look elsewhere. It’s bloody, it’s sexy, and rated M for Mature.

In addition to the initial “Throne of Blood” story arc, Volume 1 contains almost three dozen pages of extras, including pin-ups and alternate covers, a lengthy sketchbook section by Lee Moder, and the original ashcan, which presented the first nine pages in black, white and red. You can look at a preview of the book here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=14217

Shinku is absolutely a labor of love. Like most creator-owned books from Image Comics, there’s no payment up front for the work. The creative team reaps profit (if there is any) after the book is on sale. So we are very much dependent upon every reader to keep the book going. Hopefully we’ll garner some new eyes with the collection, which is the evergreen product, rather than the finite shelf life of the single issues.

My latest Shinku interview with ComicBook.com is up, touching upon the collection and the recent issue #5. Read it here:

http://comicbook.com/blog/2012/11/13/ron-marz-on-the-return-of-shinku/

Shinku Volume 1 can also be ordered from Amazon here:

http://www.amazon.com/Shinku-Volume-TP-Ron-Marz/dp/1607064804/ref=cm_sw_em_r_dp_kt7Oqb1S1H94D_lm

If you’re already a Shinku reader, thank you. If you haven’t tried it yet, here’s your chance. Hope you sink your teeth into it.

Cheers,

Ron


Witchblade Vol. 7 TPB preview


Along with Magdalena #2, in stores this Wednesday is Witchblade vol 7 TPB, the new volume in the Witchblade trade paperback series. This one has been a long time in coming, as Top Cow catches up on its TPB program. Since the trades are printed in China – for reasons of both cost and quality– the process takes a few months from start to finish. Top Cow managing editor and all-around awesome fellow Phil Smith put together the material and designed the book, and we all proofed it numerous times before the files were sent to China for printing. Once the entire run is printed, it’s shipped via literal slow boat back the U.S. and then the distributor gets it into stores.

Vol. 7 contains issues #121-#124 of Witchblade, the lead story from Witchblade Annual #1 (which I didn’t write), as well as the 16-page Free Comic Book Day story (which I did write) that’s previewed here. The FCBD story introduces the Gretch character, a journalist for an alternative newspaper who figures in the three-part “Crown Heights” storyline featured in this volume. Each page of the FCBD story is formatted in a 16-panel grid, the same format Frank Miller used The Dark Knight Returns, a story that influences me to this day.

“Crown Heights” is inspired in large part by a photo essay I saw in the New York Times a few years ago, which provided a window into the Lubavitch Jewish sect in Brooklyn. I find those kinds of cloistered societies fascinating anyway, but add n the visual component of the black clothing and fedoras, and I had to use it as a setting for a story. There’s another photo essay, along with a feature and a video, on the Chabad-Lubavitch Jews on the National Geographic site.

Vol. 7 has an intro by Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis, touching on Jewish mysticism, as well as a cover gallery, sketchbook section by Stjepan Sejic, and a scriptbook by me, featuring my complete script and Stjepan’s layouts for issue #121.

The Vol. 8 trade, with the “War of the Witchblades” storyline and an intro by Jim Starlin, is already buttoned up and headed off to press.

Cheers,

Ron


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