“In the Drink” now in Print!

I’m excited to announce that The Gathering: Survival anthology has hit the stands published by GrayHaven Comics. If you pick it up (for just $3.50) then you’ll be treated to 36 pages of awesomeness, three of which are a short comic comic called In the Drink, written by me and brought to life by the very talented writer/artist, Robyn Seale.

If there’s one thing that this project has reminded me of, it’s that comics are not a race.

Robyn and I started discussion on this piece in March of 2013 and by June had all three pages complete and turned in to the publisher. Then, as happens in comics…we waited. Anthologies require extra patience as the other creative teams finish their contributions and the publisher finds a spot for the book on its schedule. So 1.5 years later… here we are, bringing In the Drink to your eyeballs.

Personally, I’m super excited about this piece because I did something I never had before…the story is completely silent. No dialogue, no captions…just a title, credits and your imagination to see the story along.

After a brutal car crash a man must fight for survival, no matter what the cost and to make matters worse, he must do so underwater.

Being a silent story, it allowed Robyn to showcase her amazing storytelling chops and I’m proud of how the pages came out. She’ll run you through the whole range of emotions, so be prepared for some feels!

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In addition to our short, you’re guaranteed to read fresh stories by some of the best and brightest up-and-coming talent in comics.

While on the GrayHaven site, consider picking up some of the publisher’s other wonderful anthologies and ongoing titles. I also have stories featured in the Crime, Sci-Fi 2 and Spies and Public Domain volumes, should you need some recommendations.

A big thanks goes out to the GrayHaven team for their support of both independent comics and burgeoning creators. I’m happy to report that GrayHaven will publish another short of mine soon in the Lil Kaiju anthology, which is shaping up to be an amazing collection of talent.

GrayHaven Comics sale

One of my favorite indie publishers, GrayHaven Comics, is having a huge sale in their web store and you should totally take advantage of their generosity.

In addition to helping more than 200 writers, artists, colorists and letterers get their start in the comic book biz, they’re practically giving away books and you can pick up some of my published comics work for very cheap!

Check out what they’re offering!

The Gathering: Crime – 32 pages for just $0.99!
Crime was one of the most requested themes for an anthology and GrayHaven heard the call! This volume features my 5-page short, YOU MAY ALREADY BE A WINNER with art by Jacob Warrenfeltz.
Get it here: www.grayhavencomics.com/comics/the-gathering-crime/

The Gathering: Sci-Fi 2 – 38 pages for just $0.99!
This was the follow up to one of the publishers most successful anthologies and features my 3-page comic, TIMELESS, with art by Michael Nigro and letters by Amanda Kent.
Get it here: www.grayhavencomics.com/comics/the-gathering-sci-fi-2/

The Gathering: Spies – 36 pages for just $0.99!
The Spies edition of the long running Gathering anthology covers the quiet to the fanciful and all areas in between in the world of espionage. The volume features my 3-page short COMPROMISED with art by Tomas Witaz.
Get it here: www.grayhavencomics.com/comics/the-gathering-spies/

The Gathering: Public Domain – 32 pages for $1.99!
For years, hundreds of creators have come to The Gathering to tell tales of their original characters but in this volume they put their spin on existing characters in the public domain. The volume features my 4-page Robin Hood story HOODWINKED with art by Kristian Rossi.

In case you weren’t counting, that’s 138 pages of comics (and 15 pages of Wes-written comics) for just $5!

Looking to bulk up your cart a little bit more? You can’t go wrong with any of the books the publisher has to offer, but MOTHER AND SON, SPARKS and LIVING WITH DEATH all get my seal of approval!

Act fast as the sale will only last a little bit longer!

Monster Day update #3

That’s a wrap on my short, MONSTER DAY, with art by Randy Z. Ochoa and some slick new colors from Jeremy Treece!

The all ages short, which will appear in early 2015 in GrayHaven Comics’ LIL KAIJU anthology, has been approved and begins its process from our screens to print.

Based on the preview art that I’ve seen for this edition, it’s shaping up to be an amazingly awesome volume, spearheaded by Editor-in-Chief Erica J. Heflin. She’s brought on some amazing talent and I hope that any of you comic book readers with kids will consider picking it up for them. I’m proud of the short we contributing and I’m impressed with the creative team for both their timeliness and professionalism. It was my first time working with Randy and Jeremy, and I can’t wait to do so again.

For those writers or artists looking to get some work published, I can’t say enough good things about working with GrayHaven. Artists — send them your portfolios and consider doing a few free shorts for one of their anthologies. Writers — send their pitches their open submission periods (coming again in September). If you truly want to make comics, then even tackling a 3-5 page short will help you understand and respect what goes into the craft. You’ll work with supportive and amazing people and you’ll treasure the print versions you ultimately get to hold in your hands.

Until the LIL KAIJU volume debuts, here’s a final sneak peek at the panel I teased last update…but in color!

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Monster Day update #2

Previously, I teased some of artwork from Randy Z. Ochoa on our 4-page short, MONSTER DAY, for release next year in GrayHaven Comics’ LIL KAIJU anthology.

Though Randy has completed his art for the short and I was able to letter them up, we recently received some great news from the publisher. Due to recent success on a GrayHaven Kickstarter campaign, word came down from on high that this particular issue will be printed in color, so we’re super excited to bring our all-ages adventure to life with a new dimension of flair.

Color wunderkind Jeremy Treece will be lending his talents to the art and we look to have everything submitted by the end of September. Based on some other preview art I’ve seen from this anthology, it’s going to be a ton of fun, and something I would buy even if I wasn’t directly involved. Keep an eye out for it!

Take a sneak peek at a panel from the (currently) black and white short below, and know that next time you see it, it’ll be presented in technicolor!

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We’ve also gotten a sneak peek at the work in progress cover for the anthology with art by Donal DeLay.

Monster Day update #1

I’m excited to announce yet another upcoming project slotted for release in 2015.

The fine folks over at GrayHaven Comics have been good to me. In 2012, I first contributed a 5-pager to the crime edition of THE GATHERING anthology series and since then, I’ve had shorts published in their sci-fi 2, spies, and public domain editions. Additionally, I’ll have a short published later this year in their Survival-themed book and in 2015 I’ll be contributing to their Noir and Terrible Jobs editions.

There’s another book being released next year that I had the opportunity to pitch on that I’m really excited about. The publisher will  release a collection of all-ages stories about Kaiju monsters, appropriately titled, Lil Kaiju. I mean seriously…how cool is that?

Thinking back on my own youth, I really wanted the opportunity to write something for a younger audience and thanks to the grace of editor Erica Heflin (writer of such fine books as Mother and Son from GrayHaven and Wonderland from Zenescope), I was recruited to try my hand. For this 4-page short I teamed up with Randy Z. Ochoa who is doing a phenomenal job bringing the script to life.

You’ve heard of snow days and hurricane days, but what happens when your school announces a monster day?

We’ll be showing you soon!

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