Saturday, August 31, 2013

Deadworld from IDW in December.

The new Deadworld mini-series, Restoration, will be coming from IDW in December which means it will be in the October Diamond Previews for ordering.  IDW will also be releasing variant covers for it.

The art is from Sami Makkonen who did the last series, War of the Dead, and Slaughterhouse prior to that.

This story picks up from War of the Dead but I did try again to make it reader friendly.  Like War of the Dead, I don't know how well I succeeded.  Obviously, you want new people to be able to step into the storyline but when you have a history of some 100 issues, it's not easy to bring everyone up to speed without sacrificing a lot of the current storyline.  And with Deadworld, there has been some dramatic changes...but while I'll agree a newbie might have some questions, I think they can step right in and enjoy the story.

I'm not going to say too much what it's about but the title of Restoration is a clue...but it may not be exactly what some people think.  Some things will be restored but of course, others won't. 

But here's some preview pages and I'll be putting up some more information soon about it.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Updated Updates

You know, I keep saying that I’ll get more frequent on these blogs and I can do that by doing shorter pieces.  But usually once I do actually get started, I tend to ramble. 

There’s actually a lot going on behind the scenes even though I haven’t been too present in the comics market this year thus far.  My last release was late last year and that was the War of the Dead graphic novel from IDW.  There’s lots of stuff being worked on but most of my time has been spent on the “bigger” picture.  If that sounds ambiguous, that’s because it is…to me as well.   But it involves lawyers, accountants, and other business stuff and maybe next time, I can delve into that.

For now, a few updates, mostly on what I posted last time.

Night Pieces is a collection of my short stories and should be hitting Amazon and other sites any day now.  It collects stories from Negative Burn, Chillers, High Caliber, and other places.

Subversives is just about ready for the printer and should be out late August or in September.

Street Shadows will collect ALL the Street Shadow stories that appeared in Caliber Presents and that one is due out in September.

I’m doing two special collaborative books that will debut at Detroit Fanfare.  One will be an overview of the Tarot Cards with each card of the Major Arcana drawn by a different artist.  This is the third time I’ve done something like this, with the first two from Caliber.  This will be an all new edition of Book of the Tarot.  Another book will be a children’s book, again featuring contributions from a number of different artists and this is Zelda’s Zombie Zoo and I think the name pretty much says it all.  Again, both will debut at Detroit Fanfare and every contributor to the two books are planned to be in attendance at the con.

The new Deadworld series, Restoration, is nearly finished.  IDW has pushed it back to December as the artist, Sami Makkonen was put on a special project as IDW is working with Microsoft Studios on the digital and print comic book RYSE: Sword of Damocles.  Since War of the Dead, Sami has also been doing covers for Clive Barker books, the art on  Hatter M, and some other stuff, yet he has most of the new Deadworld series finished.  As usual, it looks great.

I haven’t announced the name yet of the mystery series I’m doing but will shortly.  I keep going back and forth between two names and will have to decide soon, of course.  Issue three of that is nearly completed and when that’s ready, I’m going to do it as a kickstarter project.  I’ve never done a project on kickstarter so I have to do some ground work on that.  I will also send it out to publishers to do as a comic series but I want to be sure the artistic team (artist, colorist, letterer) can get some guaranteed money and I really want this to be an ongoing.  Not since I did Saint Germaine have I been so attuned to a project so the goal is to keep it going.

See, I knew I could keep it shorter…now let’s see if I can get it more frequent.

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