Monday, December 20, 2010
XOMBI #1 will hit comic book stores on March 16, 2011. A lot of people have expressed excitement over the return of this series. Please show your support and ensure that XOMBI continues by pre-ordering a copy at your local comic book store. Sales do matter. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to be able to continue with my favorite project, but doubt it will ever be given a third chance, so please make sure it won't need one. You can find your nearest comic book retailer by using this service.
Frazer Irving will be providing the amazing artwork (as seen in the cover to issue #1 above). There will also be a variant cover with artwork provided by Brendan McCarthy which I'm excited about and can't wait to see. You can read DC's solicitation information for XOMBI #1 here.
If you're not familiar with XOMBI and are worried you won't know what's going on when you read the new series, there's no need to fret. I wrote the new series with a brand new readership in mind. You don't have to know anything going into it. However, if you'd still like to know a little something going in, you can always read my little XOMBI tutorial. I'll also be running some annotations such as biographical summaries of any possible returning characters and such here as the series progresses.
There's still time to have Dr. Quest, or many other animated cartoon characters, reach your door by Christmas. These are one of a kind hand made cut paper collage assemblage portraits and would make a great gift for the animation fan that you know. Or treat yourself.
These pieces are shipped express mail and should reach your home within just a couple days. The shipping cost is the same whether you by one or all of them.
For available characters plus further details on how to order look here.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Until loyal Scooby-Doo fan, Shaggydoo informed me I was unaware that the most recent issue of SCOOBY DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (#4) contained a story of mine. It's not a new story. In fact it's a reprint of a very old one going back to SCOOBY-DOO #17 from December 1998. "The Ghost of Christmas Presents" is actually the first Scooby-Doo story I ever wrote. At the time I thought it was going to be a one time deal. Little did I know that it would lead to more than a decade and well over 100 more stories featuring the Mystery Inc. gang. SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #4 actually came out over a week ago, but you should still be able to find it at a comic book store near you or wherever you find comics sold.
Yesterday I received my copy of MAD SCIENTIST #22 which contains a cut paper collage portrait of Boris Karloff as the Mummy which I made as well as a 12 page article I wrote on my favorite Hammer movie, BRIDES OF DRACULA. If that doesn't sell you, this issue also contains artwork by Bernie Wrightson, Don Marquez, and a great Varan cover by award winning artist, Bob Eggleton as well as articles on VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE, THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK, and a terrific interview with Larry Blamire, the man who brought you THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA and TRAIL OF THE SCREAMING FOREHEAD.
I highly recommend this magazine and would do so even if I were not a contributor. In fact it was because I thought so highly of MAD SCIENTIST that I began contributing to it. Ordering information can be found at the MAD SCIENTIST website. Tell them I sent you.
Thursday, December 09, 2010
I just reposted a whole batch of images that needed to be redone. This almost nearly completes the reposts from my "Fun With Scissors" posts from a few years ago.
All of these pieces are done as cut paper collages. many of those listed below, and a whole bunch more are now available for sale at astonishingly low prices. Take a look at what's available by going here.
There's still plenty of time to order in time for Christmas. If you don't see what you're looking for, just ask.
Loopy de Loop
Ruff and Reddy
Simon Bar Sinister
Pepé Le Pew
La Femme Skunk Fatale
Sam the Sheepdog
Monday, December 06, 2010
For ages, it seems, I've had to keep it a secret, but now I can announce that Frazer Irving will be handling the art for the upcoming XOMBI series which I'm writing. I can't think of anyone better suited to this project and my email exchanges with him only reinforce this. His artwork is gorgeous, but his approach to it, working from the characters and the individual perfomances of the characters outward, is completely in synch with my own approach. This is going to be a gorgeous comic book. Don't miss out.
Frazer's cover for the first issue can be seen above. Click on it to make it larger.
Check out what editor Rachel Gluckstern has to say about the upcoming series at DC's The Source.
Saturday, December 04, 2010
If you love animation, or know someone who does, then please consider this as a very cheap alternative to animation cells.
I recently came across a box of cut paper collage portraits of various animated cartoon characters which I created back in 2006-2007. Rather than leave them sitting in a box I've decided to sell them at very cheap prices so that they'll, hopefully, end up in the homes of people who will appreciate them more than my box does.
Here's a link to what's on sale.
The link can also be found on the right directly underneath the banner for this blog.
Please contact me for the availability of any pieces you're interested in.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Available at a comic book store or book store near you or through Amazon.com (use the link below) is Cartoon Network 2-in-1: Ben10:Alien Force/The Secret Saturdays. This 144 page trade paperback collects a whole bunch of stories from the Cartoon Network Action Pack comic book series published by DC Comics, including almost all of The Secret Saturdays stories, most of which I wrote. If your kid likes Ben10, The Secret Saturdays, comics featuring great art and storytelling, aliens, action, adventure or cryptozoology, then this very affordable book makes the perfect gift. Front and back covers shown above.
For your young superhero fan, Marvel's Super Hero Squad - Volume 2: Quest For the Infinity Sword is available on DVD from Shout Factory. This DVD contains 6 episodes from the popular animated television series including "Night in the Sanctorum" one of the episodes I wrote for the show. This DVD contains Marvel's most popular characters and plenty of guest stars. You can find it on sale at a retailer near you, or through Amazon using the link below.
For your older superhero fan, I suggest The Brave and the Bold: Milestone published by DC Comics, which collects the three issues of The Brave and the Bold that paired DC characters with characters from Milestone Media, which have now been incorporated into the DC Universe. The stories team Static with Black Lightning, Hardware with Blue Beetle and Xombi with the Spectre. This trade paperback also collects issues of the Milestone comics starring the three characters featured here. I wrote the stories featuring Xombi, who will be returning in his own new series, which I'm also writing, next Spring. Available at a comic book store or book store near you, or through Amazon using the link below.
For your fan of classic horror, I highly recommend Mad Scientist magazine. The newest issue (#22) features artwork and a lengthy article on Brides of Dracula by me. The rest of the contents are outstanding as well. All for $5.00 + $1.00 s&h. You can see the full contents and find order information for this issue as well as back issues of this excellent magazine at the Mad Scientist website. Tell them I sent you.
If that's not enough, check back tomorrow. I'm putting up a whole bunch of my cut paper collage portraits of various animated cartoon characters, like Sylvester shown above, for sale at shockingly affordable prices. Think of it as a cheap alternative to animation cells.