Now available for FREE: Bucky O’Hare in “Oneness”

The day has arrived!

I hope you’re prepared for another free comic!

I invite you all to take your first spin on the frigate Righteous Indignation for the first time in 20 years as I unleash a brand new FREE short comic featuring Bucky O’Hare.

Click here or on the cover image to check out the seven-page short “Oneness.”

My partner is crime for this short was Loch Ness, a lifelong Bucky fan who jumped at the chance to bring these characters to… to life.

His passion for the characters, world and story translated beautifully to the page and I couldn’t be more proud of what we created based on the characters originally created by writer Larry Hama and artist Michael Golden.

We had such a blast putting this comic together, and I hope you enjoy the 90s nostalgic tingles you get from reading it. Hit us up on social media and let us know what you thought. Most importantly of all, if you like it, consider sharing it with your friends and let’s spread some joy on this Throwback Thursday.

Thanks for checking it out!

If you like the Bucky comic, be sure to check out another free comic Loch Ness and I did last year, called Turbo Tunnel Trouble based on the 90s video game property, Battletoads.

Hipsters vs. Rednecks Update #2

With the new year comes new progress on my upcoming silly one-shot comic book HIPSTERS VERSUS REDNECKS, co-created with the wonderful Tyler Kelting.

This 24-page one-shot comic explores what happens when a survivor of the apocalypse finds herself in the middle of an epic battle between the hipster and redneck factions as they battle for control of New Brooklyn, the last known city.

It’s gonna be silly and it’s gonna be out there. I hope you’re ready. We may see the book as early as spring, but you know how comics are! As soon as you can get your hands on it, I’ll let you know how!

While Tyler and I work diligently behind the scenes, here’s a peek at the cover art. Tell me you don’t want to read this comic. I dare you. Even I want to read it and I wrote the thing!

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Hipsters vs. Rednecks Update #1

I spend a lot of time thinking back to when I was a young man reading comic books. I think about what grabbed my attention, what kept me coming back week after week and what enthralled me about the characters that I like to this day.

For me, it all comes down to fun.

I think comic books should be fun.

This will be evidenced in early 2015 when I unleash my sci-fi/comedy comic book UNIT 44 through Alterna Comics. Aside from that, I noticed that a large majority of projects that I wrote this year had something fun about them. None of the books were gritty, or dark, or took themselves too seriously. In fact, the more I wrote, the more “out there” I got with my story ideas, wrapping them up with lots of over the top exaggeration and laugh-out-loud humor (subjective, of course). This increasing desire to write something that would just be a ton of fun for readers lead to my latest project which has gone into production: a 24-page one-shot called HIPSTERS VERSUS REDNECKS.

What I love most about this upcoming comic is that when readers ask, “Hey, Wes, what’s that book about?” I’ll be able to refer them directly back to the title, ’cause the name says it all.

In comics, I find that if you want to do humor, you need an art style to support it. Mainstream art just doesn’t go with funny words. For UNIT 44, artist Eduardo Jimenez’s style is nothing like my other projects…it’s brighter, more expressive and has a cartoony look that perfectly suits the vibe of the story. I knew that if I was going to write a comic about Hipsters and Rednecks fighting one another, I’d need to take the same approach and I linked up with the talented artist Tyler Kelting, who’s drawing style is a tad left of center.

Tyler is the writer and artist of the self-published comic MY FRIEND DEATH, which has this raw, indie comics vibe that reminds me of so many fun books I read in my youth. Tyler read the script I’d written, had some laughs, and agreed to draw the book, so off we went, aiming to have it available sooner rather than later. I’m grateful that he saw the humor in the script and is willing to spend some hours of his life to co-create this book with me.

So, with all that said, you’re probably wondering what the comic book is all about, huh?

How’s this grab you?

In a post-apocalyptic world, two factions have risen to power—the hipsters, who control the thriving city of New Brooklyn and the rednecks, who will do anything to get inside. After letting a stranger into the walled city, oblivious hipster Pete Hughes must survive a deadly redneck onslaught, and when the dust settles he’ll never look at the world the same way again.

Now imagine that narrative paired with a bunch of jokes about both hipsters and rednecks. How could you not want to read that?

We’ve just gotten started, but here’s some early preview art from Tyler. More to come!

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Adrift update #3

Let’s hop in the time machine for a moment and go back to July of this year.

I made a few posts on this site about a competition I had entered…a little thing called the Titan Comics Undiscovered Talent Competition (cue loud, boomy music) where UK publisher Titan Comics was accepting original submissions in an effort to give exposure to fresh blood in the comic book industry.

To enter the contest, artist/writer teams had to create a 4-6 page all-ages submissions from scratch based on the theme “lost in space.”

In that same previous post I mentioned that while I wanted to enter the competition, I didn’t have any ideas for a story. Then, as with all good stories, when I least expected it, an idea struck. Over the course of a morning I penned a humorous 4-page comic called ADRIFT and took to Twitter seeking an artist to team up with. Those fateful Tweets led me to Alex Diotto, artist of the comic book Southern Dog at Action Lab Entertainment. He wanted to draw something funny…and as it turned out, I had something funny that needed drawn. It was a match!

One month later after Alex finished the inked pages, I slapped some letters on those bad boys and we fired them over to Titan Comics and said, “Here you go, have fun.” (Not verbatim.)

Alright…we’re all caught up…we’re jumping back to the present.

A week ago Alex and I got an email from the organizers of the The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (being held in October in the UK) who chose finalists for the contest before letting the editorial staff at Titan Comics make the tough decisions, saying that our little comic was named as one of six winners in the competition. Out of 40 entries, our silly tale of aliens and astronauts made quite an impact on the judges.

Adrift, along with five other submitted shorts, will be available this fall in an anthology published by Titan Comics, available exclusively through the ComiXology platform.

So…I ask you…how cool is that?

Answer: It’s pretty darn cool.

An official announcement of the winners will take place next month at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Oct. 17. Hopefully we’ll have more info to share at that time about the release date.

As for Alex and I? We’re just getting warmed up.

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Adrift update #2

As quickly as it began, it was over.

I’m thrilled to report that artist Alex Diotto has completed work on our 4-page short comic, ADRIFT!

Last evening, the finished inks hit my inbox and I quickly went about lettering them up and completing the project.

This short initially came together in a matter of hours as a submission to the upcoming Titan Comics Undiscovered Talent Competition. Winners of the competition will be included in the publisher’s “Lost in Space” digital anthology, to be released later this year via ComiXology. In a matter of hours the idea hit, the script was written, the call was put out, and Alex answered. Here we are one month later with the finished product. Together, we’ve produced an all-ages piece that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

I want to extend a huge thank you to Alex for his enthusiasm toward this short. He’s a charming collaborator who breathed life into a big world contained in just a few small pages. The art is exhilarating, vibrant and absolutely stunning to look at. It’s been a super-hero team-up that I don’t want to end. Now that I think about it…maybe it won’t. (Hint hint.)

Judging for the Titan Comics competition is in mid-October. Until then, sit tight and know that if we’re not selected for the anthology, then we’ll still be releasing this online for free!

Enjoy some of Alex’s amazing art below. And trust me, this one’s gonna be gooooood.

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