VORACIOUS TOUR

VORACIOUS: Appetite for Destruction #1 will be in comic shops on WEDNESDAY! To celebrate the release of our new series, VORACIOUS artist Jason Muhr and I will be embarking on an end of spring tour. We’ll be signing issue #1 at three venues in Chicagoland and you can catch me solo at two comic book conventions. The schedule and details are below. Hope to see some of you out there!

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Signing at Chimera’s Comics
La Grange, IL
May 29, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
VORACIOUS: Appetite for Destruction #1 release day signing with series artist, Jason Muhr!

Comic Con Revolution
Donald E. Stevens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL
June 1-2
Brand new show in Chicago! You can find me in Artist Alley, Table A9.

Signing at Homestead Meats
Evanston, IL
June 8, 1:00-3:00 PM
VORACIOUS: Appetite for Destruction #1 signing with Jason! The issue features a recipe by Homestead Meats owner Ehran Ostrreicher, so make sure to have him sign it too! Oh, and I hear there may be some dinosaur snacks for those who stop by…

Heroes Con
Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC
June 14-16
I’ll be in Artist Alley with my one of my very best friends, Dan Willner, who hand carves superheroes and other pop culture characters out of wood. Check out his amazing work here – Spandex Splinters!

Signing at Challengers Comics + Conversation
Chicago, IL
June 22, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Kick off your Summer with us at Challengers! Jason and I will be signing VORACIOUS: Appetite for Destruction #1 and #2. The first 10 people to buy either issue at the signing receive a free enamel pin! Plus, there will be a drawing to win an ultra-limited VORACIOUS cassette featuring an A-side commentary track on creating VAfD #1 and a B-side interview with us about the series.

FINAL FEEDING

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.

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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!

IT’S FEEDING TIME!

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.”
-GraphicPolicy.com Review

Incredible story with just as incredible illustration. This latest issue goes to prove we knew a good thing when we saw it.”
-Sci-Clops.com Review

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
Chicago, Illinois
Signing 12-2 PM
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December 7, 2016
CHALLENGERS Comics + Conversation
1845 N Western Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Signing 5-7 PM
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December 11, 2016
The Lazarus Pit Comics
47 Highwood Ave
Highwood, Illinois
Signing 1-4 PM
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December 14, 2016
AlleyCat Comics
5304 N Clark St, Rear
Chicago, Illinois
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.

Hook, Line & Sinker

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.

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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.

Voracious_TPB_Cover_Vol1Our 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!

VORACIOUSLY YOURS

C2E2 MuralIt’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.

Sign ‘O The Times

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!

voracious_signings-02Jason’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

VORACIOUS Debuts in February!

This comic book thing is starting to get real.

VORACIOUS #1 is spotlighted in the new PREVIEWS, which is a catalog that retailers and their customers use to order comic books two months in advance. And it’s in comic shops NOW!

So, if you want to go back in time with us to find the perfect sandwich, please ask your local comic shop to order VORACIOUS for you by December 18.

For those of you who don’t read comics regularly, like my Mama, you can find a local comic shop at www.comicshoplocator.com or www.findacomicshop.com.

Go to a shop and let them know you want to order a copy (or multiple copies) of VORACIOUS. You can even tell them it’s in the December PREVIEWS catalog on p. 240 so they can see it. It looks like this:

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There are two versions of issue #1 available – the regular cover version and a limited edition wraparound variant cover. The order codes are DEC150933 for the reg. cover and DEC150934 for the wraparound variant cover edition.

The extra-sized #1 issue will be in comic book shops on February 10, 2016! You can stay up-to-date by visiting Voracious on FB or follow our Twitter page @VoraciousComic

 

Batman Will Never Die

16full500Very excited to see Cody Walker’s book The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh: Understanding Grant Morrison’s Batman on the shelves. It’s a fascinating and enlightening examination of Morrison’s multi-layered and historic interpretation of the Dark Knight. I know because I spent a lot of time editing it and making suggestions for new chapters and analysis. Ever wonder what the @#$% was going on with Grant Morrison’s Batman run? Stop hurting your brain. Cody Walker sacrificed his melon for you.

The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh: Understanding Grant Morrison’s Batman also features an interview with the man himself, Grant Morrison.

We Made a Comic Book!

So my buddy, Jason Muhr, and I created a comic book series called CRETACEOUS and it’s making it’s debut as an Ashcan at C2E2 in Chicago this weekend. We are very excited to pitch it to publishers.

The first issue kicks off our story about a young NYC chef named Nate Willner who is left unmotivated and hollow after his restaurant explodes, killing his sister. Forced to move back to his tiny hometown of Blackfossil, Utah and live with his grandmother (who suddenly has a fondness for knives) he tries to carve out some semblance of life working at a coffee shop. But just when Nate thinks he’ll be forever stuck making breakfast sandwiches for old people, he unexpectedly inherits a mysterious house built into the side of a mountain and a dive suit that can take him to the age of the dinosaurs. Stranded in the Cretaceous, waiting for the suit to re-power and take him home, Nate accidentally reignites his passion for cooking by eating a dinosaur. And then he gets a really crazy idea…

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Cretaceous #1 Cover

The idea for Cretaceous first came to me when someone posed that age-old geek question, “If you could have any superpower, what would it be?” My answer was, and always will be, that I’d want complete mastery over time and space. But if I could travel to any place at any time what would I actually want first? Surprisingly, the first thing that popped into my head was that I’d absolutely love to make a dinosaur sandwich.

Now here we are, years after I pictured the perfect lunch. I had no idea that craving would turn into a comic book, but I can’t tell you how excited I am to be writing the series and co-creating it with Jason.

The plan is to pitch this series to publishers. If we don’t find an official home for it we will get the first issue colored and make it available on the web as a digital comic. But before all that happens, the 48-page, black-and-white ashcan edition of the 1st issue will be available in print at C2E2 this coming weekend at Outfit Comics Booth #1629. There are only 100 copies and they are all hand-numbered. You can check out a 5-page preview of the book and the wraparound cover at Jason’s Website. Jason will also be selling some amazing prints of Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099 and Game of Thrones. Please stop by and check out the book. You can also get updates and more information on the series by following us on Twitter @CretaceousComic.

Talking with Terry Moore

My new Colloquium podcast interview with legendary comic book creator Terry Moore is now available on Sequart and iTunes! It’s an hour and 20 minutes of spoiler-free ear candy as Terry and I discuss Rachel Rising, his critically acclaimed horror series. Terry talks about what makes terror work, creating the creepy town of Manson and the unique characters who live there, having his heart broken over Supergirl, and why he decided to create a series with a lead character who starts off dead. On Twitter Terry just called the interview “the most open & detailed ever on my work & challenges.”  It was a huge honor for me to talk comics with him.