Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Round 2 Voting for Small Press Idol!

Round 2 of Small Press Idol begins tomorrow, April 1st. For anyone who hasn't signed up over at the forums to vote I would urge you to do it now. That way when its time you can just log on and vote quickly. And remember you can vote every day to really keep our numbers up.


We will need every vote we can get so tell your friends and family. And hopefully we can get DS into Round 3!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Joy of Comics

When I was younger I was an avid comic book fan. I use the term fan because I wasn't a collector until I got slightly older and grew concerned about having my childhood comics to read. I unlike some people was never in it for money, I didn't care how much a given issue would fetch me some day. This was long before the days of E-Bay and your only real source of comic sales were stores and conventions anyway. But I was more interested in getting complete runs of series. I can still vividly recall finding old issues of comics in long boxes stacked in dusty old stores and happily adding it to my collection. With the advent of trades and now digital comics this is no longer necessary. My old comic books now sit snugly in my attic tucked away in a corner where I rarely venture. I think about taking and issue out now and again but most of the time it isn't worth the hassle. But something strange has happened recently that made my struggle with what to do with my collection come into perspective.

My daughter has begun getting her own comics. She picks up Savage Dragon, Tiny Titans and Batman Brave and the Bold. Also anything with Spider-Man and Wolverine ( though I try to censor those a bit since most aren't for small children) and just this past week she got the first issue of The Incredibles. Which also happens to be her favorite movie. In the few days she has had the comic it has been turned into a treasure map and a spyglass. It also has had numerous trips in the family car as she reads it over and over while we drive. And by reads I mean makes up a story to go along with the pictures in the issue. It is already battered and beaten and is not close to mint condition, but I would suggest that this comic has given her more fun then anything that may have ended up bagged and boarded and only read once in a blue moon.

I think this is a point my generation has missed the mark on greatly. Comic books are disposable entertainment. Not something to be hidden away in the corner of the attic. We rail against people destroying our childhood by making movies that don't conform to our memories. Or comics that lack what the ones from our childhood made us feel. But the whole time what we are really doing is ruining it for the next generation. We've made comic lovers a smaller and smaller group by excluding anyone who doesn't hold comics as some high art form. When most times it is a guy in a goofy costume made to entertain kids.

The rush of the digital age will most likely save comics from the scrap bin of history and thankfully new generations will discover the joy of reading comics. But something is lost in translation when a kid can't just roll a comic up and stick it in their back pocket. So next time you're at the local comic shop pick something up for your kid and let them destroy the thing, after all that's what comics are for.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Doorknob Society

For anyone interested go on over and check out the forum for Doorknob Society. And you'll get to see all the latest info on the comic.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

DKS Promo

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Doorknob Society

Here is a new ad for the The Doorknob Society. I'll be posting a bunch of these so feel free to grab them and drop them around the net. Every little bit helps. Thanks all.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Doorknob Society in Small Press Idol

The Doorknob Society is a story idea I've been working on for awhile now. I submitted it over at the Small Press Idol competition and its just made it through round 1. I'm working on it with DeAndre Truesdale and hopefully we can go far with it. So please go check it out and during round 2 remember to vote for us.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


You'll be hearing more about this shortly. Its a new concept I've been working on for awhile now and DeAndre Truesdale has been good enough to join the team and help out.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Superhero shilling

When I talk to other creators we often find ourselves discussing what path comics in general will take in the future. Most agree that it'll find a true home online and in the mobile world. Maybe even amazon will get on board and make a kindle that can display comic books. But I think one thing we tend to miss is good old fashioned marketing. If you take a look over at cisco you'll find they have Mike Mayhew doing a new webcomic for them that ties into their different types of infrastructure. It is presented semi animated that are all the rage now such as Invincible and Watchmen, motion comics. This goes back to the days of superheroes and comics in general shilling for all kinds of companies.

It got me thinking about all the old ads they use to run with heroes shilling for different companies. So I found a bunch of them online and have them here for you guys to check out. It really seems like superheroes loves to eat twinkies and other junk food.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Raiders of the Lost Ark

This is awesome check out this blog that has a breakdown of the 1978 story conference regarding Raiders of the Lost Ark. It is practically a primer for anyone interested in writing. Especially good for screenwriting and comics if you ask me.

Hey, guys, you’re going to love this (and thanks, Viktor).

There is a link now available to download the 125-page transcript (in the form of a .pdf document) of the original 1978 story conference between Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Lawrence Kasdan for a little film called Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Some background first. Spielberg suggested that Kasdan write Raiders because he admired his Continental Divide script. Lucas agreed.......

Monday, March 09, 2009

Adam Zero #5

Sneak peek at #5 of Adam Zero.

Adam Zero TPB

I'm now working on the Adam Zero trade which should be out soon collecting the first four issues. here is a possible cover for you guys to check out.

I also have some news regarding Marshal Tyme I should be able to talk about in a few days. Marshal Tyme fans should be pretty excited about this and I am looking forward to sharing with you guys.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Win a copy Marshal Tyme

Over at Musings of a Wordsmith they are running a contest to win copies of Marshal Tyme. Be sure to check it out and win a copy of the new Marshal Tyme comic book.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Marshal Tyme Diaries

Pick up the collected Marshal Tyme stories now available over at Indyplanet.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Adam Zero pinup

Pinup done by Atula Siriwardane over at the Adam Zero fan page on Facebook. Sorry I've been sick for a few days finally feeling better so I should be posting regularly once again. It was nice to also get the snow day today so hung out with the little monkey and played in the snow which is always a good time.