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PAWN SHOP to be Published by Z2 Comics in the Fall

I’m so pleased to say that Pawn Shop, by me and Sean Von Gorman, is being published by Z2 Comics this fall, as announced by Publishers Weekly earlier today.

The book is currently available for pre-order on Amazon and at your local book and comic stores. If you were a Kickstarter backer or purchased one of the self-published editions from us at some point, your support means the world! If you enjoyed it, we’d love if you could continue spreading the word and get your local shops to order a copy or just tell a friend!

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Thank You for Making RISE a Reality

Over two years ago, I posted a piece calling out some severely inappropriate behavior by a comics retailer in my home state of MA. While I can’t say if his behavior has changed at all during this time, I can say that we followed through on the promise I made in that post — that we’d put together an anthology that uses comics to fight the type of bullying that, unfortunately, happens even within our own community of creators, retailers, and readers.

With the help of my co-editors Adam Pruett, Erica Schultz, and Kristopher White, we assembled an elite comic-book-making team ranging from superstar A-listers to exciting up-and-comers that donated their time, effort, and creative juices to create an anthology that we’re proud of with a variety of different styles and a theme that unites. It’s been a long, hard road to make this book a reality, with conversations with nearly every comic publisher you can think of, but we’re blessed to have teamed up with Northwest Press to get this book out the door.

A RISE cover by Sean Von Gorman

NWP launched a Kickstarter last month that ended yesterday — exceeding its goal of $10,000. The money was to cover printing costs to distribute these books to our partner organizations so they can give them away for free at schools and events. Our partners were also instrumental over these past two years of getting this thing together — GLAAD, Stand for the Silent, and PRISM Comics — and we can’t thank them enough.

So to everyone that kicked in or spread the word, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. This project has been a labor of love (and oftentimes a mountain of stress) for everyone involved, but knowing that people supported a project like this — getting it into the hands of kids for free — is amazing.

Head on over to the Kickstarter updates to see some of the stories that we’ve posted for a free sample!

 

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End of Olympus, Debuting at Boston Comic-Con

This coming weekend (August 8-10), Drew Zucker and I will be hunkered down in Artist’s Alley at the wonderful Boston Comic-Con (more accurately, Drew will be there all three days. I will be there Saturday and Sunday). While I’m always excited to table at another show, this one is particularly exciting, as Drew and I are debuting the END OF OLYMPUS ashcan, a 12-page preview book that serves as a teaser to our upcoming series of the same name (more on that eventually). We’ll be hawking it for $2 a pop and we think you’ll dig it.

You can read the whole thing now if you’re a Patron on Patreon, but if not, here’s the awesome cover (yes, it’s all B&W, but the series will be in color) by Drew. If you’re heading to Boston Comic-Con, please stop by the table and say hi — and maybe pick up an ashcan!

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I’m on Patreon

We live in a world where being a creative person doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve got to eat Ramen for days on end in order to make your projects happen. More than ever, creators are able to interact and receive direct support from the people that enjoy their work. I’ve been fortunate to have three successful Kickstarter campaigns to fund specific projects, but now I’m giving something new a shot — Patreon — a crowd-funding platform meant for ongoing financial support.

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Essentially, Patrons commit to a certain amount of money per month and receive content in return. For example, $5/month nets you some free short stories and comics, as well as behind-the-scenes looks at everything I create. Early art, scripts, etc. $10/month gets you all of that plus the Pawn Shop Script Book and an open channel to ask me any questions about making comics you might have. Finally, $20/month gets you all of that plus a new short story and a Google Hangout every single month. And all levels give you the benefit of knowing you’re helping make life a little more doable for creatives.

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It’s basically just a tool for creators spend less time doing odd jobs to meet their financial requirements — bills, rent, etc. — and more time creating. Will it work out for me? I hope so, but we’ll see. It’s definitely worth a shot though — we’ve got to try out any potential streams for income that we can — and I recommend any other creators reading this to set up a page and give it a try. Some other folks in comics have Patreon pages as well — check out my pal Rachel Deering, who is killing it.

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Archer & Armstrong #25, Coming in October

Valiant Comics has been doing these great anniversary spectaculars for the 25th issues of their books, and I’m happy to say that, as announced at NYCC’s Special Edition over the weekend, I’ll be featured in Archer & Armstrong #25 on sale in October.

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As you can see, there are a great many names involved, and I’m super excited to be a part of it. Here’s the full press release and solicitation info:

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Introducing Footprints: Bad Luck Charm

Back in 2011, co-creator Jonathan Moore and I crowd-funded our series FOOTPRINTS on Kickstarter — a story about Bigfoot as a private eye trying to hunt down his brother’s killer alongside Jersey Devil, Loch Ness Monster, Chupacabra, and Megalodon. A few years later, and we’re ready to return to this wonderful, bizarre world.

Today we launched a Kickstarter for Footprints: Bad Luck Charm, a new one-shot that features two stories. One of them is set before Footprints Vol. 1 and the other is set afterwards. The best part is you can read one of those stories RIGHT NOW over at the Kickstarter page.

Please click the image below and check it out, considering backing us, and share it with every single person you know!

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Pawn Shop Signing on April 30 at Carmine St. Comics in NYC

If you live in the New York City area, great news! Sean Von Gorman and I will be at Carmine St. Comics on Wednesday, April 30 from 5-8PM signing/selling copies of Pawn Shop.

The shop is at 34 Carmine St. in the West Village, so stop on by and say hello.

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Pawn Shop Script Book Now Available

Way back during the Pawn Shop Kickstarter campaign, we revealed the Pawn Shop Script Book as a stretch reward. It’s a collection of all my hand-written notes, the original rough draft, and the final typed draft of the entire graphic novel. It’s meant to show off the process of making a comic from conception to final product. The reward has gone out to the Kickstarter backers, but I’ve just listed it in my store for anyone that missed out on the campaign.

Buy the Pawn Shop Script Book

It’s $5 for a 222-page PDF, and you can buy it here. Here’s a sample of what you’ll get:

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Pawn Shop Now Available on Comixology

I’m pleased to announce that Pawn Shop is getting a digital release — starting today — courtesy of the fine folks at comiXology. We’ll be serializing the book into four installments — one issue per chapter — and releasing one issue a week at 99 cents each. That’s just $4 for the whole book digitally!

You can buy issue #1 here: http://cmxl.gy/OfvDDs

A huge thanks to John D. Roberts and Chip Mosher and the whole team over at comiXology for helping to make this happen. Here’s the full press release:

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Captain Ultimate, My New Book from Monkeybrain Comics

Hooboy, this was a hard one to not talk about. So, as announced today from San Diego Comic-Con, I’m doing an all-ages superhero book with the wonderful Monkeybrain Comics called CAPTAIN ULTIMATE. It’s written by me and my pal Benjamin Bailey, with art by Boykoesh, colors by the (recently Harvey Award Nominated!) Ed Ryzowski, and letters by Adam Pruett.

I won’t say a whole lot about it here, for two reasons: 1.) there’s going to be a crazy amount of interviews and such going up today across the web that I’ll be posting, and 2.) we’ve built a crazy awesome official blog for the book: captainultimate.wordpress.com!

There will be a bunch of neat stuff there, including previews (here’s a preview of issue #1!) and cool story-based stuff. At launch, we’ve got some fun character bios and what not that will be updated as the issues come out. We’ve got lots of stuff planned, so check out and subscribe to the Captain Ultimate blog for more info!

Our first issue is on sale now, and it’s a mere 99 cents on Comixology, so please give it a whirl. If you read it and you like it, tell your friends and subscribe so you never miss an issue!

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