Chambers comes to ComicsFix!

In the era of streaming services that allow media consumers to program their own reading, listening and viewing habits a la carte, the website ComicsFix.com is one of the first sites to lead the way in “all-you-can-eat” comics for the price of $8.99 a month.

In it’s mission to become the NetFlix of the comic book world, the site offers a huge backlist of great books (updating weekly) from larger publishers like Dynamite Entertainment, Valiant and tons of indie pubs including, but not limited to, Arcana Studio, Markosia Enterprises, Alterna Comics and more.

This week, one of my comics found its way to the ComicsFix platform and as of this writing, my 2013 crime-fiction graphic novel CHAMBERS, with art by Kristian Rossi and colors by Kefas Armando is live on the platform. If you have a subscription to the service, consider giving my book about crooked cops and bloody revenge a read and then be sure to get in touch and let me know what you thought! The book was published by Arcana Studio and I appreciate not only that the company is taking takes to expose its catalog to a wider audience, but that my book was chosen to be submitted.

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As a comic book creators, ComicsFix, along with other digital distribution methods helps to spread the word of comics that may not have made it onto store shelves or may have been lost in the monthly shuffle.

We live in a really cool age and it’s wonderful to see comic books reaching a wider audience with each passing year.

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Panama City Creative Con 2014 wrapup

A huge thank you goes out to Jayson Kretzer and the rest of the staff at the 2014 Panama City Creative Con held over the weekend at Gulf Coast State College.

I was fortunate enough to spend the day behind a table meeting area folks who shared a love of creativity of every shape, size and form. For a city without a big comic “scene,” people came out to spend the afternoon immersed in the culture and I appreciate everyone who stopped by my booth to chat or explore the books I had available for purchase.

An extra big thanks goes out to everyone who picked up a copy of Chambers, The Undoubtables, or Unit 44.

The fact that someone would spend their hard-earned money on something I created (along with some talented artists and colorists) means the world to me.

If you missed out on the event, I’ve restocked signed copies of Chambers, The Undoubtables trade paperbacks along with the self-published copies of Unit 44 issue #1 in my web store. Copies are very limited, so get ’em while they last!

Below is a photo of my booth from the event. It was my first chance to fly the banner designed by Unit 44 artist Eduardo Jimenez. Ed offered to draw the amazing image of our characters Gibson and Hatch to help promote our book. It was appreciated by many and I found it to be the perfect segue into telling passersby about our silly comic.

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Upcoming Appearance: Panama City Creative Con

In just three weeks I’ll be a guest at the 2014 Panama City Creative Con, to be held at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida.

The event will be held on Saturday, September 13 and the one-day show will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Central Time.

If you’re in the area, come out and celebrate comics with creators that include, but are not limited to, Jayson Kretzer, writer/artist of WANNABE HEROES, one of the funnest comics I’ve ever read, Chris Arrant, who has written backup material for countless Marvel trade paperbacks, Erica Heflin, Editor-in-Chief of GrayHaven Comics, and writer of Zenescope’s WONDERLAND series (among other and numerous awesome books), K. Michael Russel, colorist of HACK/SLASH, Amanda Rachels and Kevin LaPorte of Inverse Press, and countless others. Check out the full lineup by clicking here.

And of course, I’ll be there with the remaining copies of the self-published run of UNIT 44 issue #1, the collected edition of CHAMBERS, and maybe…just maybe…something else! That all depends on the speed at which the U.S. Postal System works.

For those in the Florida panhandle, I encourage you to come out and say hello. Tickets for the event are available for just $8.50!

See you there.

Interview: Vodka O’Clock Podcast 2

A week ago I made my triumphant return to the Vodka O’Clock podcast where I chatted with host Amber Love about my new heist graphic novel THE UNDOUBTABLES, published in July by Markosia Enterprises, and my upcoming sci-fi/comedy comic book UNIT 44, to be published soon by Alterna Comics.

If you’d like to hear us gab for an hour about our favorite real life heists, writing for graphic novels and the inspirations behind the story, click here to give the episode a listen.

We’ll make your commute that much sweeter. You can also download the podcast from iTunes or Stitcher radio.

 

 

 

Here’s to the Future.

With CHAMBERS on the books, THE UNDOUBTABLES poised to begin serializing digitally within the next month or two, NEW LIFE halfway complete, UNIT 44 in full-on production, and several shorts in various stages of completion, it left me with a well of new material that was on the verge of going dry.

Sure, INNOVATION is kicking behind the scenes and we’re releasing a new tale every few weeks, but in the comics game, creators always seem to be working roughly a year ahead of schedule. With 2014-2015 belonging to the titles mentioned above, I found myself wondering, “What about 2016?” As I grow older and time continues to move in fast forward, I knew that the year would arrive well before I was mentally prepared for it. Here’s to being proactive.

Looking back on the past month, updates have been sparse across this ye ole website, and the main reason being is because I’m in the process of writing my next comic book series.

I knew I had to get something going if I wanted to keep my name associated with comics, so in mid-April I hunkered down to begin what will (ideally) be my big release for 2016. The biggest problem with writing a new comic? You actually have to sit down and WRITE IT. As it turns out, these ideas don’t manifest themselves as written scripts while I sleep. Lame, I know.

I keep an “idea” file of different zany thoughts that come across my mind at any given time. Some are short, one-sentence riffs while others are full paragraphs and even others are full pages. When I need something new to work on, I go to that file, re-read everything and see what sparks my imagination.

One of the things I’ve learned about myself as a writer over the past year is that I had read enough comics that fell into the categories of “dark and gritty” and wanted to focus on things that were a bit lighter (Hello, Unit 44!). But because readers seem drawn to those dark comics, I thought it might be fun to tackle a subject that could be dark when it needed to, but also be a lot of fun. So, as I took a final scan through the ideas folder, I landed on an idea that will eloquently meld the qualities together.

This idea will take the reader to dark places and find the light within.
It will be funny.
It will  be entertaining.
It will be absolutely, completely bonkers.

It’s also one of the most autobiographical things I’ve written and I’d even go so far as to say that it’s (slightly) based on a true story. In my mind’s eye, I see this impending comic book as the perfect narrative to bring together fans of CHAMBERS with fans of UNIT 44, and I’m all about the unity. Sure, I’m being vague on the details, but that’s because they’re still being worked out. Why would I show you what I got you for Christmas before I wrap it?

So, where am I currently? Before I typed a word of script I spent several days connecting plot lines, building characters and giving myself a general outline to work from. I’ve completed work on issues 1 & 2 out of a (proposed) four issue series. I’ve also revised the first issue four times, with a fifth scheduled. On my past works I’ve done two revisions, maybe three if I’m really trying to get a certain theme across, but this book will likely have more love, care, time and attention put into it than all of my past works combined.

It’s interesting how as a creator, as soon as you put work into the public eye (where you can never take it back) you begin to notice everything that’s wrong with it and you have fleeting moments where you can’t help but feel like a complete hack and an utter jerk for coercing people into reading it. And while I’ll always stand by my past work, the benefit of these fleeting moments is that it shows me just how much I’ve learned. With that learning comes vast improvements to future writings. Everything I’ve learned from the books mentioned above is coming in full effect on this new script and you’ll eventually receive a story that is better for the missteps I have made in the past.

I’ve also been working on this narrative alongside reading The 90-Day Rewrite by Alan Watt, which is a fantastic book that has armed me with innumerable tools that have only strengthened what’s to come. If you’re a writer, I highly recommend this book. It’s like having a person in your corner who will yell at you and make you feel comfortable all at the same time.

So, why am I writing all of this?

For one, I fear that a lack of updates to this website indicates a lack of productivity. For two, because I’m excited about what’s next. Because I’m excited about the future. Because I’m excited that I found something else that I want to say through the comic book medium.

Most of all, I want you to be excited too.