Unit 44 Graphic Novel in stores TODAY!

Head to your local comic shop to pick up a copy of the Unit 44 Graphic Novel, which hit stores TODAY from Alterna Comics.

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SPOILER — this is a pretty big deal for me. This series came to life in 2014 from the germ of an idea that popped to mind after watching an episode of the TV reality show Storage Wars.

“What if Area 51 employees forgot to pay the rent on their storage unit, and the contents were sold at public auction?”

Enter my artist (and now good friend) Ed Jiménez, who came on board to bring the initial five pages of the series to life. From there, we went to Kickstarter, successfully funded the first issue and set about putting it out into the world. When none of the publishers we approached showed interest in a “funny” comic, we figured, “No big deal… we’ll publish this on our own!”

We decided we’d go BACK to Kickstarter, raise another couple thousand dollars and create issues 2-4. It just days before we launched that campaign that Alterna Comics messaged us and was like, “Hey, what are you planning to do with that silly Area 51 comic?”

Alterna offered to publish the issues digitally under their banner (which was awesome because they had a handful of comics that I genuinely loved) and from March – June 2015, we released the series on the ComiXology platform to some acclaim, some confusion, and lots of laughs.

In 2016, Alterna asked us if we’d like to consider releasing Unit 44 as a graphic novel to comic shops.

Sign us up.

Earlier in 2017 we did another Kickstarter, raised a bucket of money and today, the beautiful finished book arrived in comic shops. At least, the comic shops that ORDERED it.

If you go into your local store and you don’t see it, you can ask them to order the book by giving them this code: JUN171148

Give them the code, a thumbs up, and ideally, you’ll have the book next Wednesday. How cool is that?

A big thanks to all of you who supported the Unit 44 (in digital issues, on Kickstarter, at conventions, etc). I’m super proud of how the graphic novel came out. It’s the third collected edition I now have on my shelf (it sits beside the Chambers TPB and The Undoubtables OGN), and let me tell you… the book is BEAUTIFUL. Not only does it have an amazing layout created by Alterna’s head honcho Peter Simeti, but in addition to our 88-page story we’ve included a NEVER BEFORE SEEN 4-page backup comic and pinups from some of amazingly talented artists including Loch Ness (who’s drawing our upcoming comedy/action miniseries Bug Slugger XL), Graeham Jarvis (who’s drawing our upcoming sci-fi/comedy miniseries Awry), Jayson Kretzer (who’s maybe(?) still drawing our one-shot The Rocking Dead), and colorist Andrew Pate, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on a whole bunch of books including the upcoming historical/comedy/action series, Edison).

So, what’s better than making a comic book with a good friend like Ed Jiménez and then inviting a bunch of your other friends to contribute art, all while putting the finished comic book on the world’s stage?

Today, there’s nothing better.

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Unit 44 Collected Edition is here!

The 100-page collected edition of Unit 44 arrived on ComiXology yesterday and is ready for consumption!

Unit44_CollectedEdition_Cover_thumbFor those who didn’t read the issues as they came out, this is a great opportunity to drink it all down in a single sitting. You’ll actually save some money in the process as the collected edition is retailing for just $5.99!

Grab it -> https://www.comixology.com/Unit-44/digital-comic/271168

With the release of volume 1 came plenty of new press and I’m thrilled to say that all of it was very nice and I can’t say enough thank you’s to the reviewers who took the time to not only read my email, but read the comic and took even more time to write about it, heaping praise on Ed Jimenez’s art and my silly words.

Check out what people are saying!

“Meanwhile, Wes Locher’s script is very strong. He knows exactly the sort of story he’s trying to tell and never shies away from it; just when you think things can’t get any crazier, he throws another curveball in to the proceedings to not only raise the stakes for the heroes, but keep the laughs flowing.”ComicsVerse.com

“If you liked Men in Black, Venture Brothers, Invader Zim, The Awesomes, and government conspiracies gone astray, give Unit 44 a shot.”ComicsOnline.com

“Once I picked up reading this collected volume, I couldn’t stop because I felt like I was reading a comic that spoke to my sense of humor and creativity.”GeeksWithWives.com

“Locher happily plays with other tropes along the way, throwing not one but two mismatched-but-loyal sets of partners, little green men, mysterious glowing crystals, and turncoats into the mix. The result is an amusing tale that swerves about in unexpected directions and laughs with and at our world and its stories.”FanboyNation.com

I also did a text interview with Sean at ComicsVerse.com while you can check out by clicking here. We talked about comic writing, comedy, Area 51 and creative collaboration. I appreciate him taking the time to chat. It was a ton of fun!

Plans are still in the works to release a physical edition of the book sometime in 2016, so I’m happy to report this isn’t the last the world will be hearing about my irreverent series about Area 51, conspiracies, rednecks and storage units.

Stay tuned for more!

Unit 44 Collected Edition hits ComiXology!

Since the first issue of Unit 44 went into the hands of Kickstarter backers in 2014 the comic book, co-created with series artist Eduardo Jimenez, has been an absolute joyride and I’m thrilled to announce that the 100-page collected edition will hit ComiXology on Wednesday, Sept. 9 from Alterna Comics!

For anyone who didn’t read all four of our sci-fi/comedy issues as they were released in digital and print editions, this just might be the most fun you can have with a comic in the next week.

Unit44_CollectedEdition_Cover_MidIn addition to all 88-pages of the story we’re bringing in a new cover (see image at left… or wherever it ended up on the page), a bunch of pin-ups contributed by some of my amazingly talented friends and two installments of the Conspirator’s Gazette, where I write essays about… well… about whatever I felt like talking about any given time. In the case of the collected edition, one essay is about the genesis of the series and my love for all things Area 51 and the other is about why you shouldn’t be a hipster. It’s about other stuff, too, but mostly it begs people not be hipsters. Seriously. Stop that already.

I think the price point for the collected edition will drop to around $6 making it cheaper to grab volume 1 rather than the individual issues. See? How much easier can we make it to read this thing?

So, if you’re into Area 51, Aliens, government conspiracies, secrets, rednecks or laughing, then Unit 44 has you covered. If you’re tired of convoluted continuities and superheroes who never change, then this series is going to be a breath of fresh air for you.

Seriously, if you’ve resisted reading the series up til now, it’s totally time to give in. Don’t deprive yourself of these laughs. Please, think of the children.

Don’t want to wait? The issues are currently available at ComiXology!

If you did read the series and you received some joy from the experience, do me a huge favor and share the news on social media. Your friends will listen to you and buy what you like. Trust me, you can sell it to them better than I can. I’m just some dude who desperately needs a haircut.

And if you did read the series, then thank you. You rock. It means the world to Ed and I.

The Undoubtables print & digital editions

As a friendly reminder, the print edition of my upcoming heist graphic novel, THE UNDOUBTABLES, is currently up for pre-order from publisher Markosia Enterprises and will begin shipping later this week.

For those who enjoy reading comics on their smartphones or tablets, we just got word that the digital edition of the comic will arrive on ComiXology on July 30! Mark those calendars!

We’ll also be releasing a 7-page preview soon so you can get a taste of what’s beneath that beautiful cover.

The Undoubtables was written and lettered by me and drawn by Emre Ozdamarlar, with interior colors by Kefas Armando and cover colors by Kell Smith.

The Undoubtables

The Undoubtables available for pre-order

To those who supported my past works, whether it be shorts released through GrayHaven Comics, my free webcomic, INNOVATION, or my first miniseries CHAMBERS, I would love you to be aware of my latest comic book project, THE UNDOUBTABLES.

Written by me, with art by Emre Ozdamarlar, interior colors by Kefas Armando and cover colors by Kell Smith, the 96-page trade paperback is now available for pre-order through publisher Markosia Enterprises.

For just £11.99 UK/$20 US You can pick up the collected edition by clicking right here and it will ship to you on July 1, 2014. We also have a digital edition coming soon, if that’s what you’re into. Remember, it doesn’t matter how you read, just that you read.

Myself, Emre, and the rest of the creative team worked really hard on this book and we couldn’t be happier with the finished product. We hope you’ll give it a read and see what we’ve dedicated much of our time to over the past couple years.

If you enjoy a fun heist adventure (think Ocean’s 11 meets Payback) you’re absolutely going to love what we have in store for you. We hope to bring some preview pages your way soon, and once you start reading, you’re guaranteed to be hooked.

Please consider supporting both independent comics and my writing career. It means the world to me!

The Undoubtables