The Undoubtables to be published by Markosia Enterprises

At long last, an exciting announcement that I’ve been waiting on pins and needles to make…

My 4-issue action/heist comic book THE UNDOUBTABLES, co-created with artist Emre Ozdamarlar will be published by UK publisher Markosia Enterprises!

Our book just received a launch announcement over on their website and after more than two years of hard work, we’re excited for you to be able to read it.

The series will be published monthly via ComiXology in 2014 and once all four issues have been released, it’ll be collected into an 88-page physical trade paperback that you’ll be able to order at your local comic shop as well as a digital edition. We’ll announce firm release dates as soon as we have ’em!

What’s The Undoubtables about, you ask?

Spencer “Spade” Shelton and his rag-tag band of thieves, The Undoubtables, must outsmart the police and a crew of deadly mobsters if they hope to shake off the rust and pull off their latest heist.

Get ready to be introduced to Spade, Club, Diamond and Heart, a group of slick thieves who ooze personality. You’ll also meet some cops out to get their moment in the limelight and a handful of gangsters who don’t take kindly to being swindled. Like action, adventure, humor and some fun in your comics? This is a title you won’t want to miss.

The series boasts writing and letters from me, pencils and inks by Emre, interior colors by Kefas Armando and cover colors by Kell Smith. We had a fantastic team working on this book and I’m thankful to the folks over at Markosia for believing in our book and helping us bring it digital shelves.

And finally…at long last…we can show you art from the comic!

Take a gander at the cover below which will eventually find it’s way onto the trade paperback. I mean, c’mon…how awesome is that?

undoubtables-tradecover

 

 

The Undoubtables Update #12

After more than two years of work, I’m so absolutely thrilled to make the announcement that my action/heist comic book, THE UNDOUTABLES, is complete!

For this project, I had the joy of co-creating a four-issue miniseries with the talented Emre Ozdamarlar, an artist hailing from Sweden. We originally linked up through a post I made on Digital Webbing where, at the time, I was seeking several artists for shorts I had written in the genres of crime, superhero, heist and sci-fi.

I was putting together a small anthology to promote my work and Emre, along with several other talented artists, came on board to toss some comics into the world. We completed a five-page pitch that featured a colorful cast of thieves robbing a bank and paired with a pitch/synopsis for a four-issue miniseries, it went off to various publishers.

Two days later, one of those publishers emailed me back expressing an interest in the property and we jumped on the phone to discuss what he liked about the comic, his plans for promoting it, and what we as creators could expect from him if we decided to sign on the dotted line. As someone who never expected anything to develop from the pitch, it was a pretty surreal moment for me, and I greatly appreciated that the head of a company would take 30 minutes out of his day to chat with me about my silly comic book.

After considering all of the opportunities, Emre and I decided to sign with that same publisher. It was a big moment for me personally, and The Undoubtables will always hold a special place in my heart for being the first comic to be welcomed on a bigger level.

Since we had basically gotten in an order for an 88-page miniseries and only five pages currently existed, I did what anyone would do… I put my butt in the chair and started writing. I had spent plenty of time day dreaming about the story and had written outlines, but to sit down and hammer out all of the scripts was its own rewarding experience. I can recall sitting at my kitchen table in the middle of the night clacking away at the keyboard. I do remember writing the first 22-page draft of our third issue in under 24 hours, an accomplishment I’m still proud of because it might be my favorite installment of the series.

As scripts were completed, Emre sat down at the drawing board, sending me storyboards, pencils and inks as he progressed. With every delivery of new pages the project became more and more real. Once all inks were complete, the pages went off to colorist Kefas Armando and I lettered furiously as they came back in, sending them off to publisher each time we had finished an issue.

As of this morning, the final pages have been turned in, and it feels pretty amazing. The individual issues will hit ComiXology monthly with a printed trade paperback to follow once the series has completed. Stay tuned on how you can get your copies and I look forward to being able to share an official announcement from the publisher soon.

A huge thanks goes out to Emre for all of the time, energy and hard work he put into creating the art for the book. He’s a very talented collaborator and I’m privileged to have gotten to work with him over the past two years. When you get to see the art that I’ve been looking at, you’re going to be thrilled.

We’re just getting started!

TULogo

The Undoubtables Update #11

I’m not gonna lie… these are my favorite type of announcements to make.

The third issue of my upcoming action/heist comic book THE UNDOUBTABLES, co-created with artist Emre Ozdamarlar, is complete and has been turned over to the publisher!

Kefas Armando is currently putting the finishing touches on the colors for the fourth and final issue of the series and after some lettering, the project, which began back in 2012 will be complete! It’s been a lot of work, but this has been one of the most satisfying projects that I’ve had the pleasure of working on to date.

With three issues now in the hopper, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a publisher announcement soon, along with info on how you can get the book digitally!

I sincerely hope that you’ll give The Undoubtables a chance, especially if you enjoy heist movies or comics with a large, colorful casts.

I always get bummed out that I can’t show any art from this book due to our NDA, but as soon as we get the go-ahead, rest assured you’ll be the first to see it.

What Ever Happened to: The Undoubtables

In this week’s edition of WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO… I thought I’d spotlight my upcoming 4-issue heist miniseries THE UNDOUBTABLES that I co-created with artist Emre Ozdamarlar and with colors by Kefas Armando.

Spencer “Spade” Shelton and his rag-tag band of thieves, The Undoubtables, will have to stay one step ahead of the police and a crew of deadly mobsters if they hope to shake off the rust and pull off their latest heist.

Once again, we have to jump into the way, way back machine and venture to a strange and dangerous land where music was ruled by Lady Gaga and the final Harry Potter flick was making billions in ticket sales… a world known as 2011.

It was around this time that I had written my first set of five-page pitches that included a superhero story, a sci-fi space tale, a gritty crime yarn (see: Chambers) and a fun Ocean’s 11-esque heist story. In 2012 I found gracious artistic collaborators to bring these stories to life and by the end of the year, they were making the rounds to publishers, with most being rejected as quickly as I could send the digital files.

Then it all changed…I got a nibble on the heist story known as The Undoubtables, and soon I found myself on the phone with a publisher (seriously, no one ever uses the phone anymore…I thought that was pretty awesome) and they walked me through what they’d like to do with the comic, how they’d promote it and why they liked it. Digital was just becoming a thing, and they were excited for the comic to help pave a digital path for them. Then they offered Emre and and I a contract.

Well, as you can imagine… I was ecstatic. I hit up Emre and after some discussion we decided to give it a go and bring the full 4-issue series to life. It would be a ‘breakout’ project for the both of us and would help us put (and hopefully leave) our mark on the comics world, establishing us as creators. Emre, who was attending comics school in Sweden at the time, was encouraged by his teachers to draw the book as part of his training, which I still think is just about the coolest thing ever, and since the contracts were signed we’ve been hard at work on the finished product.

Fast forward a bit — In August 2013 we completed work on the debut issue and then in December 2013, wrapped the second installment. Here in 2014, I’m proud to say that the entire 88-page series has been colored. Currently, we’re finessing some of the colors on issues 3 & 4 and once those are settled, I will letter the last 44 pages and we anticipate to see the first issue released digitally within the next couple of months. In fact, the first issue is poised to release as soon as we’ve turned in the third!

Much like my 2013 series, Chambers, once all four issues have debuted digitally, they will be collected in a print trade paperback edition that you can hold and cherish forever.

The publisher has been patient with us and is still very encouraging with the title. They’re excited and I have to admit, I’m really excited too.

It’s gonna be a good year.

TULogo

The Undoubtables Update #10

I’m not gonna lie…making comics is hard work.

My eyes may feel like they’ve gone permanently crossed, but I successfully lettered the second issue of my upcoming action/heist comic book THE UNDOUBTABLES, bringing the second issue to completion!

22 pages went off to the publisher last night and I gave myself a big pat on the back. I’d pat the rest of the creative team on the back, but they’re in Sweden and Indonesia, so unless someone wants to help me with plane fare, a nice email and an electronic high five will have to do the job.

I couldn’t be more proud of this issue as it’s jam packed with action, adventure, fun characters and a whole bunch of humor. It’s a meaty read and I’m ecstatic to get it out to potential readers. Of course, I might be biased.

Yeah, I’m totally biased.

Series artist Emre Ozdamarlar completed work on the four-issue series earlier in the year and it’s been down to myself and colorist Kefas Armando to bring the remaining pages to life. At this stage, we’re nearly halfway complete with the third issue! While lettering can be a mundane task at times, I get to spend hours staring at Emre and Kefas’ gorgeous work and I’m lucky to have collaborated with such talented folks.

We have a publisher locked in and are excited to announce who will be bringing the book to your eyeballs. Expect the comic to be available digitally in the first quarter of 2014 with a physical trade paperback to follow!

I’ve been stingy on showing an preview art because we have one of those NDA things in place, but it will all be worth the wait, Scout’s honor.