Upcoming Appearances – October/November 2017

Occasionally I like to get out of my office and intermingle with other bipeds of the human variety. Occasionally.

I have two signings coming up, so if you’re in the Northeastern Ohio part of the world, you can come and see me face-to-face. We can high five, or create a secret handshake, or whatever.

You can also buy some comics, including, but not limited to, the Unit 44 graphic novel, out now from Alterna Comics!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017
Comics, Cards and Collectables
724 Cleveland Ave SW, Canton, OH 44702
Halloween ComicFest 2K17!
Tons of in-store sales, free comics, and local creators.
Starts at 10 a.m.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017
Barnes & Noble (Fairlawn)
4015 Medina Rd, Akron, OH 44333
Local author event!
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

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.

Order Unit 44 @ Amazon.com
Order Unit 44 @ Target.com

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.

Order Unit 44 @ Amazon.com
Order Unit 44 @ Target.com

Unit 44 Kickstarter – 75% funded!

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UPDATE: We’re just $469 away from meeting our goal and getting Unit 44 in comic shops worldwide!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/weslocher/unit-44-ever-wish-the-x-files-was-a-sitcom

Back in 2014 I created a silly sci-fi/comedy comic book with the amazingly talented artist Ed! Jiménez called Unit 44, a ridiculous four-part series about inept Area 51 employees that forget to pay the rent of the facility’s off-site storage unit, leaving the secret contents to be sold at public auction. And when an alien invasion threatens earth, the agents must recover an item from the locker to stop the extraterrestrial threat.

Our publisher, Alterna Comics, not content with only a digital release asked if we’d like to bring the Unit 44 trade paperback to comic book shops worldwide. Of course we said yes.

So now it’s official… Unit 44 will be available to comic book shops, book stores and libraries in August 2017! How cool is that?

Unit44_MiniPoster_WebOf course, in the world of indie comics, you have to work hard and hustle, so if we want to meet the monumental (life long) goal, we have to fund the initial print run ourselves. To help facilitate that step, we’ve turned to Kickstarter where YOU can pre-order the 100+ page volume one graphic novel and in the process, help ensure it’s available to all these comic shops.

Hit the link below to check out all the cool stuff we’re offering in exchange for your support, like copies of the book, posters, totes, art from Ed!, story critiques by me and more!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/weslocher/unit-44-ever-wish-the-x-files-was-a-sitcom