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Wednesday was Ron Marz interview day

AngelusOr at least it seemed that way, as three interviews hit the ’net on the same day, despite the interviews themselves being conducted at widely varying points in the last few weeks. Interviews do tend to come in bunches, as new books are released or announced. Today’s trio was spurred by different projects, though the questions overlap a bit here and there.

First up, Newsarama interviewed me and artist Nelson Blake 2nd about our upcoming Magdalena book. [link]

Next, CosmicBookNews.com got into everything from Angelus to similarities between Witchblade and Green Lantern. [link]

And finally, ComicAttack.net covers Witchblade, Artifacts and even creator-owned work. [link]


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


You wanna read something for free?

If you happened to be checking out my Twitter stream earlier today, there was yet another discussion of pirating and illegally downloading comics. I won’t belabor the point here. Suffice to say that I’m wholly against downloading, and I’ve yet to see an argument for it that holds any water. If you want a comic, support the industry and pay for it. Or, if you’re just looking to read something for free, there are plenty of choices available. Even some by me. Last time I looked, Top Cow has various complete issues of my Witchblade run online, as well as the First Born #1 and number of other offerings. You can peruse them here.

Samurai Vol 1 on AmazonYou can also check out an 8-page Samurai: Heaven and Earth story that appeared as part of the first Dark Horse Presents “issue” on MySpace. Dark Horse was looking for something a little more visceral to run with Joss Whedon and Fabio Moon’s Sugarshock, and Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s Umbrella Academy (not to mention a short Rick Geary story). A guy with a sword fit the bill, so artist Luke Ross, and I put together a brief, violent tale of our displaced samurai, Asukai Shiro.

Samurai: Heaven and Earth is a creator-owned series by Luke and myself from Dark Horse, with two volumes in print thus far. It’s also absolutely my favorite project ever. The story follows a lone samurai who crosses the globe from East to West, following his kidnapped love, the lady Yoshiko. His travels bring him all the way to the halls of Versailles in Volume 1, where he meets some very familiar swordsmen. Volume 2 takes him to the sands of Egypt.Samurai Vol 1 on Amazon

I think the DHP short story, “The Forest,” stands on its own well enough. But chronologically it takes place between issues #2 and #3 of Volume 1, when Shiro begins his journey westward from China. At one point, I had toyed with the idea of a series of short stories, drawn by various artists, which would fill in the “untold tales” of Shiro’s journey. Luke is the artistic heart and soul of Samurai, but I’ve always liked “themed” anthologies, like Gaiman’s Sandman: Endless Nights or the Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall volume. Maybe that project will still happen at some point. But for now, “The Forest” is what you get, with beautiful art by Luke and colorist Dan Jackson.

For anybody that’s already read Volumes 1 and 2, thanks. Yes, there’s a Volume 3 planned, taking place in the Caribbean, but we’re waiting for Luke to find time amidst his Marvel schedule to draw it. For anybody that hasn’t read the first two volumes, I know they’ve been pirated and offered up online. But please, if you’re interested, do right thing and buy ’em:

Samurai : Heaven and Earth vol 1 Amazon Listing

Samurai : Heaven and Earth vol 2 Amazon Listing

Read “The Forest” at Dark Horse Presents / MySpace


Thanks. In the future, I’ll be running some of the pin-ups that have appeared in the collected editions, pieces by buddies of Luke and mine, like Jim Starlin, Greg Land, Mike Deodato Jr., Cully Hamner, Lee Moder and plenty more.

Cheers,

Ron

NOTE

For some reason the link to “The Forest” doesn’t take you directly to the story (it’s supposed to). You can read the story by scrolling down and selecting Issue 1 / Story 3 at the bottom of the page


Hello … Is this thing on?

So here we go. After much delay, RonMarz.com is finally open for business. We’ll be getting things up and running over the next few weeks, putting more aspects in place while juggling deadlines. The plan is to update regularly, including news about current and upcoming projects, both work-for-hire stuff like Witchblade and Magdalena, as well as creator-owned work like Samurai: Heaven and Earth; peeks at lots of artwork; pieces on previous work when I can dig something interesting out of the files; writing tips; and whatever else I happen to think of.

Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully I give you a reason to keep coming back. In the meantime, check me out on twitter.

cheers,

Ron


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