Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Rex, Zombie Killer mini-series #2 in comic shops 12/18/13

Rex, Zombie Killer #2--my creator-owned book with co-creator/artist DaFu Yu--will be in comic shops this Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

This is the second of the four issues in the mini-series that follows Rex the hyper-intelligent Golden Retriever and his growing pack as they make their way to Rex's human...who is being held prisoner in a military bunker.

The story picks up from last issue's cliffhanger (the cover provides a "hint" of what that was)...but the second half of the issue is my favorite part. We'll see what the animals do when they find a small girl trapped in a car by rotters.

Those who got a kick out of the squirrels--or the gorillas--from last issue are going to enjoy what happens in the latter half of this issue, I promise!

But it's all building to something even bigger in issue #3. (Issue #3 is in the current Diamond Previews catalog for pre-order, by the way. Let your Local Comic Book shop know that you want the issue now, to make sure you can get a copy!)

As always, the story is by me, pencils and inks are by DaFu Yu, with interior colors by Juan Romera, letters/design by E.T. Dollman, and Paul Allor editing. The covers are by DaFu with colors by Kevin Volo.

You can check out more information on the Rex, Zombie Killer website.

The series is published by Big Dog Ink and will be at your Local Comic Shop!

Monday, November 11, 2013

My Little Pony Micro-Series #9, Spike in comic shops 11/13/13

My Little Pony Micro-Series #9, featuring the spunky Spike, will be in comic shops on November 13, 2013. This is the first issue of MLP I've written!

The cover shown here is Cover A, by Amy Mebberson, inspired by the poster for the film, American Beauty.

Interiors and Cover B are by Agnes Garbowska, and I couldn't be happier with how the artwork turned out.

I had the good fortune to meet both Agnes and Amy at New York Comic Con this year, and I am a big fan of their work.

Anyway, as described in IDW's solicitation, in this issue Spike takes on the responsibility of being a pet-owner. But he's going to get more than he bargained for when his Sea Beasts ("just add water!") arrive in the mail.

You can check out preview pages over on Comics Alliance.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Rex, Zombie Killer mini-series #1 in comic shops 10/30/13

Rex, Zombie Killer--my creator-owned book with co-creator/artist DaFu Yu--returns to comic shops the day before Halloween, in a new four-issue, bi-monthly mini-series. The series is being published by Big Dog Ink.

I'm happy to be returning to our tale of a hyper-intelligent Golden retriever and his small pack, including Kenji, the gorilla with a baseball bat! The animals continue on their journey across California, trying to reach a "safe place" with Rex's human in Nevada.

This issue picks up from the double-sized Rex, Zombie Killer One-Shot released in 2012, so in addition to Rex and his pack...and the zombies...we'll also be seeing more of the apes and monkeys who escaped from the zoo. If you missed the earlier issue, the "Story So Far" on the inside front cover will bring you up to speed.

Story by me, pencils and inks by DaFu Yu, interior colors by Juan Romera, letters/design by E.T. Dollman, with Paul Allor editing. The covers are by DaFu with colors by Kevin Volo.

You can check out more information on the Rex, Zombie Killer website.

Drop me a line and let me know what you think of the issue!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Comics Experience "Making Comics" course begins 10/30/13

I'll be co-teaching a four-week course called "Making Comics: Self-Published and Creator-Owned" over at Comics Experience, starting October 30, 2013.

I've been associated with Comics Experience since October of 2009, the month I took the inaugural online Intro to Comic Book Writing course. I loved it so much that, after taking the Advanced Comic Book Writing course, Andy and I started chatting and talking business. By mid-2010, we had co-founded a brand new online community called the Creators Workshop. About a year after that, Andy asked me to become the General Manager of the entire Comics Experience operation; a job I'm still doing today.

So, in late October, nearly four years to the day after my first connection with Comics Experience, I'll be teaching my first course there! The first night of class is also the day my series, Rex, Zombie Killer, returns to stores, so I'm looking forward to that day.

My co-instructor on the course is my friend Paul Allor (TMNT, Pathfinder: Goblins, Strange Nation), and we'll be discussing all aspects of making comics, from finding collaborators, to marketing and distribution. In other words, all the nuts and bolts I wish I had known when I started getting serious about making comics four years ago.

You can read more about the course over on the Comics Experience website right here.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Strange Nation #1 from Monkeybrain Comics, now on Comixology

Strange Nation #1, co-created by Paul Allor and Juan Romera and published by Monkeybrain Comics, is now available on comiXology.

Why am I mentioning that here? Well, because I'm lucky enough to be the Editor on this fine series! It's been a blast working on this book, and having seen where things are headed, I can tell you, you don't want to miss this series.

What's it about? In a nutshell, the story follows a somewhat-disgraced journalist on the trail of bigfoots, aliens, and secret cults...and that's just the first couple pages!

Paul's character work is as stellar as always here, and Juan's art and colors are perfect for the world.

It's only 99-cents, and will be released monthly.

You can check out a preview over on comiXology right here.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

NYCC 2013 - Signing at Big Dog Ink booth #1665

If you'll be at NYCC, come by the Big Dog Ink booth (#1665) to pick up an early debut copy of the #1 issue of the new REX, ZOMBIE KILLER mini-series!

Co-creator/artist DaFu Yu and I will be at the booth signing from 1pm to 5pm on both Friday and Saturday.

Please stop by and say "hi," and check out the book!

You can get more information on the series on the Rex, Zombie Killer website.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Rex, Zombie Killer short story in Magic Bullet #7

There's a brand-new one-page Rex, Zombie Killer story in Magic Bullet #7. The story, titled "A Walk in the Park," takes Rex's pack of animals into a zombie-infested amusement park.

Magic Bullet is a free tabloid-sized newspaper that's available all over the Washington D.C.-Virginia-Maryland metro area, with a circulation of about 5,000 copies per issue. It's published by D.C. Conspiracy, a comics creators’ collective in the capital region.

It's been fun and challenging writing these "done-in-one" single-page stories for Magic Bullet. I love working at the tabloid size in a newspaper format--it reminds me of DC's Wednesday Comics series, as well as the old Sunday newspaper cartoons.

You can see the first panel to the left, and the cover to the issue below.

Pick up a copy at comic shops, coffee shops, etc. You can see the locations on the Magic Bullet website.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

SDCC 2013 Announcement--My Little Pony Micro-Series #9

I was excited to hear that my new project was announced at the IDW panel at San Diego Comic-Con! I'll be writing the My Little Pony Micro-Series #9, featuring Spike.

Well, technically, I finished writing it long ago, but now I can talk about it! I've already seen some of the interior art by Agnes Garbowska, and I can't wait for everyone else to see it. I definitely asked her to draw a LOT of little creatures in the script, so hopefully she doesn't want to kill me at this point.

I wish I could have been at the panel in person, but I had to miss SDCC this year. At least I had the vicarious pleasure of reading about it on a couple MLP sites like Derpy Hooves News. The shot at the top left was taken of a slide on the screen at the panel. I believe we're seeing part of the Retailer Incentive cover there.

The Spike issue will be solicited for pre-order by comic shops in the September Diamond Previews catalog and will ship to stores in November 2013.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Great Zombies in History trade paperback from McFarland Books

The Great Zombies in History trade paperback is now available for sale from publisher McFarland Books.

I wrote a story in this anthology, entitled "Immortal Resistance."

If my memory is correct, this is actually the first short I ever did with my Rex, Zombie Killer co-creator/artist, DaFu Yu. Essentially, the story revolves around the idea that the Spartan 300 were facing a zombie horde at the battle of Thermopylae.

I also was the project editor on the original three issues, published in floppy form by Elevator Pitch Press, although my friend Joe Sergi was the editor of this collected edition, as you can see by the cover.

This is a fun collection of short comic book stories, set all throughout history, and features samurai, vikings, astronauts, and even Teddy Roosevelt and George Washington.

You can check out more information and order it over on the McFarland website.

There's also a fun feature on DaFu, including some art-in-progress images, over on the McFarland site right here. That cover you see above is by DaFu, too!