Saturday, January 6, 2018

CONVENTION ANNOUNCEMENT: Oak City Comic Con!

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be in Raleigh, North Carolina in March for this year's Oak City ComicCon -- ready to sign comics, chat, heck, maybe even do some sketches!

I could not be more excited.

Want more info? Here's the link!

Monday, January 1, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR

As I write this, 2017 is not much longer for the world

As a year, it has brought happiness and pain, more of one than the other for some, but for most of us, an even mix of each.

My (long) recap follows the break!


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Guess Who Has A Newsletter

That's right!

I'm jumping back to 1997 and starting up an email newsletter.

Why? Well.

I love social media, but sometimes the algorithms of the facebooks of the world -- or the churn of the twitters -- has obscured my missives to folks who want to know when work is coming, or where I'll be appearing... I can't tell you how many times I've heard "this miniseries is happening? When is it coming out?" after a month of promoting.

Things fall through the cracks.

I don't plan on giving up social media by any means, but I do want folks who are interested in me and my work to not miss out on stuff... and it's a busy world; missing out is easy.

Thus the list.

How often will it be coming out? That'll change on my workload. Expect it no less than once a month, and no more than once a week. I don't want to inundate anyone.

What will it include? Release dates, preorder numbers, interviews (links to some asking me questions, and me interviewing others), signing and convention appearances, and the occasional thoughts on pop culture (which is where I make my living!)

Again, I don't want to inundate anyone.


So look to this space (and all the old usual spots, too) for news on books, comics, appearances, a patreon, and more.

SPEAKING OF BOOKS...

Up for preorder right now is the Ghostbusters annual 2018! 


Art by Dan Schoening/Luis Antonio Delgado
When urban miners discover what appears to be a centuries-old, man-made chamber 600 feet below the streets of New York City, they unwittingly unleash an unnamed entity with designs on dominance... an entity that will soon answer to the name SAMHAIN. Join the original Ghostbusters in this double-sized annual that will also sow the seeds for Crossing Over!

Here's the preorder code you'll need to bring to any shop -- brick and mortar or online -- to get the right comic:

DEC170466

And please, folks, if you have a pull list or order at a comic shop, pick up your books and pay for them! These shops operate on razor-thin margins, and that can mean a LOT.





Coincidentally, you've just read my first newsletter. If you'd like to sign up for more, just put your email into the sign up form to the right!

That said, I'm off to enjoy me some Christmas. I hope everyone has the best possible new year in front of them; I'll talk to you all in January 2018!


--Erik


EDIT -- For those looking at this on a mobile version of the site, the newsletter signup is at this link: SIGN UP FOR ERIK'S NEWSLETTER!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

It's a Blog! Con announcement, Star Wars, and a happy holiday to you all!


  • First up!It's not my first appearance of the year chronologically, but it's the first one to be announced!

    In June, I'll be down in the gulf coast of the Sunshine State -- Fort Myers, Florida -- for Space Con! Should be a fun time for geeks of all stripes. Here's where you can dig up some info on that:



  • Second off, some non-spoilery talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi.Holy cow.

    I haven't seen so much fan divisiveness (of a critically praised movie) in a loooooong time. There's plenty to unpack with that, but in all honesty... I loved it.

    I loved that it wasn't quite the A-B-C of a hero's journey. I loved that it didn't give is all the same things, simply packaged in a different way.

    And I loved the voice Rian Johnson brought to it. I loved the humor, and I loved (this could be me being an Indiana Jones fan over and above a Star Wars fan) that there was so much more about how the characters -- hero and villain -- coped with failures. 

    Some of these failures were big, some small (not limited to death, indignity, misunderstandings, insults, failure to act on an impulse, and perhaps largest of all, for many of the characters, failure to be what you expect of yourself.)

    That resonated with me. In fact, I can't overstate how much I connect with that.

    I do expect enough was left vague for JJ Abrams to pivot the story back to grand high mythology, but if I'm being honest, this is a Star Wars movie I connected to in ways I didn't expect. I know Mark Hamill was disappointed in Luke's storyline. I know fans are mad because it didn't follow the feel of TFA.

    And without a doubt, I would've done things differently.

    But -- even with the longer running time -- I loved this flick.
  • Okay, last but not least...
    It's the end of the year, and 2017 has been one tough cookie in so many, so VERY many ways. Political incompetence and infighting, natural disasters, conspiracies, illness, and darkness in the human spirit on display.

    I'm kind of cynical, but I still believe there is better coming, and that's because I fundamentally believe, despite my grousing, that there is better in us.

    So here at the end of 2017, I want to wish all of you a 2018 that is so great, we're not ready for it to be over twelve months from now. I wish you health and happiness. I hope to see some of you at conventions or signings or elsewhere, and to laugh about the good we've seen recently.

    And of course, I hope my work will continue to entertain some of you when the good is otherwise hard to spot.

    Thanks for being here, there, and everywhere.

    And Happy Holidays!
--Erik


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

New Project: Pitching in on RED SONJA

I'll be helping out on Amy Chu and Carlos Gomez' RED SONJA series over at Dynamite, scripting issues 12-16.

There's plenty of craziness in Amy's story, and Carlos is killing it on art.

#12 should be out pretty soon, but in the meantime, here's a short interview about it!


Friday, November 17, 2017

Movie Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE

Warner Bros. Pictures
I haven't done a movie review on this site in a while -- mea culpa, I've been busy -- but I couldn't let the Justice League movie pass by without one.

Bear in mind, I liked half of Man of Steel, a third of Suicide Squad, 2/3 of Wonder Woman, and ... let's not talk about BvS. How does the League fare?

I had too many thoughts on it. Some, I admit, may not be fair, as there were quibbles and observations that are coming more from my place as a creator than as a member of the audience...

But though there was stuff I didn't like, I did like a lot of it. A whole lot.

I do want to say -- for those whose favorite version Superman started with John Byrne's revamp, this is arguably the best overall onscreen representation of the character.

Needless to say, spoilers will be HEAVY after the break, and there will be some rambling, too. (Much.)

Let's do it.




Thursday, September 28, 2017

New Appearance: VALLEYCON

Hey, folks!

I'll be at VALLEYCON in Fargo, North Dakota this year!

Well -- for most of it. I'll be appearing on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21 -- but will have to leave on Sunday for a previous engagement... so if you want to say hi, be there before Sunday!

Looking forward to seeing everyone--!

--Erik