I had a blast at the inaugural RETCon Comic Book Convention this weekend and the San Diego Comic-Con a few weeks earlier. Since Voracious started coming out I’ve really enjoyed talking comics with people at shows, and hanging out with so many amazing writers and artists. I’ve got one more big appearance in 2017 at the Baltimore Comic-Con. Can’t wait to invade the East Coast in September. Hope to see you there.
Hi everyone. Been a while since I posted, so I thought I’d give you an update. VORACIOUS: Feeding Time is about to wrap up with issue #5 next week! Very excited for the issue to hit shops for a number of reasons. If you’re a Maribel fan, issue #5 is going to make you happy. The issue features a pretty huge reveal about her past and details her earliest history with Tony. The issue also features a limited edition variant cover by me! I dusted off my drawing pens after 20 years and illustrated young Maribel. And skulls! It took me a long time to get it right, but it was something I was really motivated to do. I love the story and the characters so much that I was compelled to do something extra special. Thankfully Andrei’s amazing colors made my art look halfway decent.
VORACIOUS: Feeding Time #5 also marks the completion of my second ever comic book miniseries. That’s just weird for me to say. Being a comic writer still feels like a bit of a dream and I have no idea if that’s ever going to go away. I hope it never does.
This month you can help us celebrate the completion of miniseries 2 at C2E2 in Chicago, April 21-23. I’ll be there with VORACIOUS artist Jason Muhr and we’ll have lots of great VORACIOUS stuff. We’ll have the Vol. 1 TPB, a limited number of 1-4 sets from the first series, all the Feeding Time issues and variants, prints, shirts, free buttons, Jason’s sketchbook and 5 (and only 5) issues of Cretaceous #1, the very first attempt at VORACIOUS that we used to pitch publishers. You can find us at Table R16 with writer Ben Kahn (Shaman). Hope to see you there!
So this happened yesterday! The whole team is incredibly honored to make this Best New Series list. VORACIOUS is by far the least known and most indie book selected. It’s an amazing feeling to know that our work and passion on the series is getting noticed. We’re in some truly remarkable company with the other 5 selections. Excited. Humbled. Grateful. Thank you, Comics Alliance!
VORACIOUS returns this week (Dec. 7) with VORACIOUS: Feeding Time #1 (of 5)! This arc takes our story in a new direction, following the big twist ending in VORACIOUS #4.
The issue features 2 cover designs. The regular version by my buddy and series artist Jason Muhr, and a limited edition, wraparound Smiths tribute cover by Wuvabale Oaf creator Ed Luce. Ed, Jason and I designed it together to look just like a cassette insert, which I’ve never seen done in comics before.
We’ve already started to receive some amazing reviews for the new issue. Check out these advance critiques:
9.5/10 “A comic with only one, albeit pretty major, downside: the long wait to the second issue.”
“Incredible story with just as incredible illustration. This latest issue goes to prove we knew a good thing when we saw it.”
I will be signing copies of VORACIOUS: Feeding Time #1 with Jason at comic shops here in Chicago to celebrate the release. Here’s a rundown of where we’ll be appearing in the next couple weeks:
December 7, 2016
Graham Crackers Comics
77 E Madison St
Signing 12-2 PM
December 7, 2016
CHALLENGERS Comics + Conversation
1845 N Western Ave
Signing 5-7 PM
December 11, 2016
The Lazarus Pit Comics
47 Highwood Ave
Signing 1-4 PM
December 14, 2016
5304 N Clark St, Rear
Signing 5-8 PM
In January Jason and I will be hitting the road to sign at shops in surrounding states, and we are also starting to fill our schedule with conventions. Take a look at the FIND section of my website for all the appearances currently scheduled for 2017. I will update the calendar as we solidify events. We’re hitting the West coast in July and hopefully the East coast in the Fall. VORACIOUS can no longer be contained!
Hope you enjoy VORACIOUS: Feeding Time #1. Jason and I could not be more proud of the book.
It’s official! The next VORACIOUS story arc starts in December! It’s called VORACIOUS: Feeding Time. It will run 5 issues and it picks up right where the 1st volume left off. You can pre-order the new series at your local comic shop right now by giving them this fancy order form we created for the series. Check out Jason’s glorious cover for the 1st issue and the amazing Smiths “Meat is Murder” cassette tribute variant by Wuvable Oaf creator Ed Luce!
A couple years ago when I pitched VORACIOUS to Jason, I revealed that the book really had two hooks. The “Jurassic Park meets Top Chef” high concept that everyone would know about right away. And a second, secret, game-changer that would be revealed at the end of the first arc. In VORACIOUS #4 (which came out yesterday), you get that big, second hook.
VORACIOUS #4 marks the end of our first story arc and concludes my first comic book mini-series, which is a little hard to wrap my head around. I could not be more proud of the work we’ve done on the series so far. Jason and Andrei astonish me every time they send me a finished page. When you see what they’ve been doing for the next arc, just make sure you’re prepared to pick your jaws off the floor every time you flip a page.
VORACIOUS: Feeding Time is the next mini-series and it picks up right where VORACIOUS #4 left off. Five issues. On sale this Winter from Action Lab.
Our first trade paperback collection is dropping hot on August 10. It collects issues #1-4 in a 160-page volume. You can pre-order it at your local comic shop by bringing them this handy form. The book is also available for pre-order on Amazon. We are setting up signings for the book in August. Check the Find section of my website for dates. They will be updated as we confirm signings. Or, like our Voracious Facebook page for more news and event announcements.
For those of you who have already found VORACIOUS, thank you so much for reading. Big internet hugs and sandwiches for all of you!
My Pop used to host boxing parties when I was little. For a long time I wasn’t allowed downstairs to see the fights because I was too young to stay up late. But in my room there was floor vent that happened to be located directly above the family room where all the big events took place. It went straight through. I would lay next to it whenever my Dad and his friends gathered to watch a fight on HBO or Pay-Per-View. I remember listening to the announcers call the battle, trying to catch every word. I remember covering my mouth tight with my hand so I didn’t let out my excitement whenever my Dad and his buddies cheered.
When I was finally old enough to watch the fights with the boys, my Dad taught me all about boxing. We watched hundreds of old fights together that he had recorded on BetaMAX in the eighties. Sugar Ray Leonard. Roberto Duran. Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Mike Tyson. But my Dad especially adored Muhammad Ali and he made sure I did too. I remember watching as many Ali fights as I could, including rebroadcasts of The Fight of the Century, The Rumble in the Jungle and the Thrilla in Manila. Ali’s unique personality and talent cemented my father’s love for the sport of boxing, and it was the same for me. I instantly adored him. For his supreme skill in the ring, his quick wit and bravado, his sting.
Boxing is the only sport I watch now. It’s the only sport I love because of those late night listens and the time I spent with my Pop marveling at all the great fights and the great fighters who laced up their gloves and stepped inside the ring. But none more so than Muhammed Ali.
Tonight we lost The Greatest of All Time.
Thank you for all your talent and passion, Ali. Thank you for all your unmatched showmanship and skill. Thank you for standing up for what you believe in. And thank you for giving me so many treasured moments with my Dad. Wherever you are, I hope you’re floating like a butterfly once more.
This last week has been really hard. I had to travel to Kentucky to attend a funeral for my wife’s grandfather and the morning after we laid him to rest, I heard the news that Darwyn Cooke had passed away. He was one of my all-time favorite comic book creators. I also had the unique opportunity to do an in-depth interview with him about his life and his work for The Comics Journal in 2007. The Journal has re-posted our 40+ page interview. They also asked me to write a eulogy for Darwyn. I did my best to do him justice. I’m very much going to miss him, but I’m glad his work will always be in the world.
It’s been an amazing couple of months. Two issues of VORACIOUS have now been released. We’ve received glowing reviews for both issues and issue #1 is just about sold out at the distributor. On top of that, our publisher, Action Lab Entertainment, greenlit the next arc of our story!
Jason and I are amazed and humbled by all the interest in our little series and we’ve really enjoyed talking about the book with everyone since it started coming out. We did seven signings around Chicago and the Logan Theatre hosted a creator showcase event for us with Challengers Comics. And this past weekend we attended our very first comic con for VORACIOUS at C2E2. Special thank you to Warwick Johnson for graciously sharing his table with us and for being an all-around awesome dude. The show was a huge success. We sold a ton of issues, got to chat with lots of people about our book and Jason sketched his ass off. We also got to meet some of the Acton Lab team at for the first time. It was fantastic to shake hands and hug the people who gave us a shot in the comics industry, and continue to support us so enthusiastically.
We are working hard on the 2nd series now, which will debut in September. We’ll have more news on that soon. Until then, thank you to everyone who picked up a copy of VORACIOUS. Your support really means the world to us.
In 10 days VORACIOUS #1 will be on comic book store shelves. To help celebrate the big release of our very first comic book series, my buddy Jason Muhr and I are doing 7 signings in the Chicagoland Area. You might even call it a tour. Check out the official poster!
Jason’s doing free sketches for anyone who buys a copy of the book, we’ll have posters and I’ll be wearing a spectacular hat. If you’re in the area, stop by to grab a copy and tell us which dipping sauce goes best with Triceratops Nuggets.
For more information on the specific signings, visit the official event pages below. Hope to see you at one of these fantastic shops!
February 3, 2016 – VORACIOUS #1 Official Release Day Signing at Graham Crackers Comics Downtown Chicago, 12:00-2:00 PM
February 3, 2016 – VORACIOUS #1 Official Release Day Signing at Graham Crackers Comics Naperville, 5:00-7:00 PM
February 6, 2016 – VORACIOUS #1 Signing at Defiant Comics, 12:00-2:00 PM
February 6, 2016 – VORACIOUS #1 Signing at Third Coast Comics, 4:00-6:00 PM
February 10, 2016 – VORACIOUS #1 Signing at Comix Revolution, 12:00-2:00 PM
February 10, 2016 – VORACIOUS #1 Signing at Challengers Comics + Conversation, 5:00-7:00 PM
February 13, 2016 – VORACIOUS #1 Signing at Lazarus Pit Comics, 1:00-3:00 PM