Friday, March 10, 2017

ROB CON III: One Signing To Rule Them All

It's time for another trip down to the always awesome Limited Edition Comics in Cedar Falls, Iowa!

It's always great to see Rob and his crew, and this store is one of my very favorite in the country.

This signing and sketching extravaganza takes place ALL DAY on Saturday, April 1st, and will feature not just me -- but superstar pals (and artists extraordinaire) Tom Nguyen and Brent Schoonover!

All the relevant details are here:


All three of us will be doing sketches at the con, and yes, I'll be taking a few requests in advance. Details at the link. Drop me a line early if you want a sketch for sure -- otherwise, it'll be first come first served!

KONG: SKULL ISLAND -- A Quick Review

Warner Bros./Legendary
Look, to get this out of the way... look at the poster. They're not even being subtle about the fact that they wanted to blend in as many nods to Apocalypse Now as possible to this film.

Also, the helicopters, formation of the soldiers, and Kong himself form the shape of a skull, don't they?

You're subtle, marketing department. You all get a cookie.

Now, as a fan of the 1930s original, what did I think?

Is this Kong a king?

My rambling thoughts after the ol' break, to protect the sensitive to spoilers.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

LOGAN -- A review.

20th Century Fox

So I ventured out into the cold and windy afternoon (that turned into a cold, windy, and snowy night!) to catch a screening of LOGAN, Hugh Jackman's swan song as the titular character (otherwise known as Wolverine.)

Jackman took over the part, starting in 2000's X-MEN, from Dougray Scott -- getting to the movie after production had started...

...And he's shown up in every X-Men film since (if you include his non-appearance in Deadpool) and starred in three solo Wolverine films.

Jackman's made this part his own over 17 years, and this is the way he chose to say goodbye.

I'd heard so many wonderful things about it (including the typical spoilers) before I got a chance to see it, so I may have watched for things to be critical about.

And what did I think? I admit, my thoughts here may be a bit of a meandering journey... but I think that could be appropriate here...

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A Dynamite Kind of May -- with KISS and Red Sonja!

Courtesy Dynamite. Cover by Yildiray Cinar. 
Just recently announced, I'll have two extra-sized one-shots coming out from Dynamite in May 2017!

The first one is KISS: FOREVER, with art by Daniel HDR.

We take a look at four different historical eras, and place one of the KISS avatars in each, interacting with the people of that time!

The Catman shows up in the stone age, the Demon shows up shortly before Rome burns during Nero's reign, there's a Caribbean pirate pastiche with the Starman, and a near-silent Spaceman story set during that period of time where NASA was sending men to the moon!

I hope you'll all find the mix of stories and settings as much fun as I did while working on it!

PREVIEWS order code is MAR171686! 

Courtest Dynamite. Cover by Moritat.

The second one-shot is RED SONJA: THE LONG WALK TO OBLIVION.

If you've read Red Sonja #0, you know that Sonja was fighting a demon in the land of Meru before being blasted into another time and place -- and this book takes place right before, leading Sonja to Meru and the demon she battles at the beginning of #0!

This story features a lot of good old fashioned warrior fun -- including a good reason not to get nosy with Sonja, a flying monster, a bands of mercenary scum looking for revenge... and lots of Sonja showing folks the bloody business end of her favorite sword.

Honestly, the story could be about anything and still be awesome, since this book features art by comics legend Tom Mandrake!

To order, just give your favorite comic shop this order number: MAR171686

Red Sonja and KISS were a whole lot of fun to work on -- a bit of a departure into pulp fantasy for me, and I had a blast working on them. So much of a blast, in fact, I'm looking forward to a chance to jump back into these genres again soon!

Look forward to hearing your thoughts, folks!

(Let me amend that. I look forward to hearing your good and happy thoughts!)


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2 - A Quick Review

So last night, struggling with the plot for a project, I decided to just head out and see an unapologetic action film, the sequel to a movie I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

The original John Wick was the story of a heartbroken man with a borderline supernatural talent for killing people. He was trying to avoid using those skills, until a fool steals his car and shoots his puppy.

The next hour and change where Keanu Reeves, as John Wick, shoots about 80 people in the face... well, it's justified.

They killed his puppy.

Totally justified.

But the revenge was had, the villains killed, the story ended.

And then, it became a hit. (On to Wick 2, after the break!)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

How I Got To This Point As A Writer, A Repost From Tumblr

About four years ago, I wrote three posts on Tumblr about my writing journey from folded over minicomics in 1989 to my pro-writing of an ongoing comic in 2011.

I re-present them here, after the break!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Out today! Ghostbusters International, vol. 2 -- this collects issues #6-11, with art by Dan Schoening, Rachael Stott, Erik Evensen, and colors by Luis Antonio Delgado.

It starts with a trip to Puerto Rico with Egon Spengler, Kylie Griffin, and Special Agent Melanie Ortiz -- and continues to span the world -- and the pits of hell -- in the story of the Ghostbusters vs. a rogue Scandinavian warlock!

Finish the maxiseries with this hefty tome (and get all of the Haunted America files illustrated by Corin Howell, too!

Hit your friendly neighborhood comic book store today, or, if you don't have one, CLICK HERE to order it now from Amazon!

Also available, the 2017 Ghostbusters Annual! This one contains several
short stories, all written by me, all colored by Luis Antonio Delgado, and drawn by a murderer's row of talent! The stories include:

  • Where Winston Was (art by Dan Schoening): Find out where Winston was while his colleagues were being sued for tearing up the streets of NYC during the events of Ghostbusters 2!
  • Haunted America (art by Corin Howell): Join Mel Ortiz on a creepy case in the American heartland! Evil in Iowa, and an assist from Peter Venkman and Kylie Griffin!
  • Second City Ghostbusters (art by Erik Evensen): The Chicago Ghostbusters (Rookie, Ron Alexander, Lou Kamaka, and Dani Shpak) investigate a haunting at a high-end hotel!
  • A Prelude to 101 (art by Rachael Stott): Meet Janine's niece Cait Banner and her friends, Zoe Zawadzki & Evan Torres... they have a problem with a ghost and borrow a trap to take care of it. Nothing could go wrong, right?
  • The Origins of the Green Ghost? (art by Dan Schoening): Ray, Egon, and Kylie posit their theories as to just where the green ghost fans know as Slimer might have come from -- the answer may surprise you!
  • Pagan's Bust (art by Tim Lattie): A vignette about Kylie Griffin's pet cat and a messy apartment!
Again, check out your local comic shop to get a copy now, or CLICK HERE to order from Amazon!

And don't forget, Dan, Luis, and I return to Ghostbusting duty in March with GHOSTBUSTERS 101 -- pre-order issues #1 and #2 now from any comic shop or digitally via comixology!

Thanks, folks!!