Upcoming Event: Free Comic Book Day 2016

It’s almost my favorite day of the year… FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is Saturday, May 7!

The reason I dig this holiday so much is because it brings comic lovers together all over the U.S. to celebrate the medium. Don’t get me wrong, conventions are a ton of fun, but with so many celebrities, T-shirt vendors, cosplayers, toymakers in the aisles, sometimes it’s hard to find people who are there for the comics.

During Free Comic Book Day, everyone is there for the comics. Not only are they there to scoop up free titles, but it gets new people into the shops and gives them an opportunity to see how much fun the experience can be.

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Each year for the past three years I’ve been fortunate to be invited to spend the day at Arena Comics and Gaming, a fine comic book shop in Panama City, Florida. And I’ll be back this year starting at 10 a.m. CT.

The event gives me an opportunity to meet and greet with the local comic-reading community, fellow writers and artists and the very nice people who run the store. I’m floored at the amount of support I get each year from people willing to toss down a couple bucks to pick up my crazy comics. It reminds me that all this hard work and rejection is bringing people joy. It’s an awesome experience.

This year I’ll join my pals Andrew Pate (colorist of my upcoming comics Edison, The Rocking Dead and 90 other things we’re not talking about yet) and Jayson Kretzer (artist/writer of Wannabe Heroes and my comic The Rocking Dead) who are two of the nicest people on planet Earth.

If you’re not able to come and get high fives from us, go to your local comic shop, meet the creators, pick up some free comics and maybe buy yourself a little somethin’ somethin’ to help support the shop. Then maybe go back the following Wednesday and buy some new comics. Then go the week after that until you’ve developed a habit you can no longer control.

What will I be stocking at FCBD2K16? I’ll be armed to the teeth with copies of Unit 44, The Undoubtables, Chambers, Maintenance, The Temporal, Hipsters Vs. Rednecks, and issue #1 of Edison! Don’t miss out!

Want to see what free comics you can pick up at no cost? Visit www.freecomicbookday.com

Maintenance arrives on ComiXology!

I had a birthday Monday. It was awesome. But the real icing on my birthday cake came today when MAINTENANCE, a one-shot comic I co-created with artist Stan Chou hit ComiXology.

Maintenance_AA_CoverSeriously… you can get 24 pages of robotic awesomeness for just $0.99.

Get it right here.

You don’t want miss a robot, newly endowed with human emotions takes a deadly romp through the bowels of a technology company.

Inspired by a little bit of Blade Runner, a little bit of Black Mirror and a lot of M.C. Escher, Stan and I put this together a couple years ago, originally serialized via my webcomic project, Innovation. We’re now unleashing it on a whole new audience by collecting it into a single book!

I’m also printing these up for some conventions, so keep an eye on the web store if you’d rather hold it in your non-robotic hands.

Big thanks to Stan for taking the journey with me on this one. He’s not only super talented, but one of the nicest people I know.

Enjoy!

Upcoming event: Alt*Con 2016

For those of you in Florida who have may have read my books or comics and want to come say hello in person (I enjoy a good high five over a hug), I’ll be tabling at Tallahassee, FL’s Alt*Con 2016 Convention this Saturday and Sunday at the North Florida Fairgrounds.

It will be my first time attending the show, as well as my first show of the year, so if you’re in the neighborhood, swing on by and let’s get things started off right.

Tickets are $15 per day or $20 for a weekend pass. Show hours are 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. ET Saturday and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET Sunday.

Grab tickets online at www.altconflorida.com

I’ll be stocking all four issues of Unit 44 along with the graphic novels The Undoubtables and Chambers, and my one-shots The Temporal and Hipsters Vs. Rednecks.

 

Free read: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

TMNT_Cover_thumbSince it’s always been a goal of mine to one day write licensed comics for various publishing houses, I made a New Year’s resolution for 2016 to write a few in my free time, set in worlds I enjoy, featuring familiar characters I dig.

After previously tackling the Battletoads in a 5-page comic (you know, that Nintendo video game from 1991?) I decided to turn my attention to the property that quite possibly had the biggest impact on me as a youngster.

That’s right… the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Regardless of how you might feel about recent movie interpretations of the classic characters, the bottom line is that the turtles have been on television in some form or fashion since I was three years old.

I watched the shows, bought the toys, loved the original movies (yeah, even the one with Vanilla Ice), and the mutants even served as my gateway to comics. I spent years picking up copies of the Amazing Adventures series at the drugstore from the spinner rack.

Oh, yeah… my parents even took me to meet the creators of the turtles, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Not only did I meet them, Laird actually drew a sketch of Leonardo in two of the comics I brought along. I should probably track those down, huh?

Not only do the turtles mean a lot to me, but they mean a lot to artist Ed Jimenez, who I teamed up with for this comic. Remember Ed? He’s the crazy talented (crazy and talented?) guy created a little comic called Unit 44 with me. It came out last year. It was awesome. You should read it.

Ed gave me a list of villains he wanted to draw to choose from for the short, and what was intended as a five-page story quickly became six, and finally stabilized at eight as I wrote. It was just too much fun. I couldn’t stop. Ed and I strayed away from tackling a classic villain like Shredder and instead, went for an oddball character that just recently was reintroduced on television.

Not only do the turtles mean a lot to me and Ed, they also mean a lot to colorist Kote Carvajal who volunteered to bring his creativity to the pages. While I thought Ed’s pages and my writing were pretty good, Kote took the short to a whole new level. Wait ’til see it.

And while I’m fully aware that the turtles are well-represented in a licensed comic book right now, I wanted to bring my voice to the awesome foursome. So this is our little stamp. Our half-shelled homage to some of the best characters ever created.

So what are you waiting for? Click here to read my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic, Blood in the Water, for FREE!

If you enjoy it, do Ed, Kote and I a huge favor and share it with a friend! Let’s throw it back and soak in some nostalgia.

2016 in Preview: Symptoms

Last month I talked a bit about a new series I have in the pipeline, detailing the process which will soon lead to me unleashing the wacky science action/comedy Edison #1 (with Giovanni Capurro and Andrew Pate) on the public. (Read that here.) And while new miniseries are fun and whatnot, I wanted to spotlight a short story which will see release later this year.

I try to be selective with my anthology submissions. There are a ton out there, but you don’t want to over-saturate the market or take up real estate where other creators may be able to shine. I like to pitch or submit to collections that have a cool idea/theme, talented creators involved or are backed by a good publisher. All three? Even better.

2015 saw my work published in two anthologies — the Li’l Kaiju antho from GrayHaven Comics, where my short Monster Day (with Randy Z. Ochoa and Jeremy Treece) was the lead story, and the Lost In Space antho from Titan Comics, where my short Adrift (with artist Alex Diotto) also served as lead.

While both collections were very cool, I wanted to seek out an opportunity to do something that was a little more… how do you say… ballsy.

Enter Symptoms.

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Though I’ve sort of pigeon-holed myself over the past few years as the “funny guy” (which I’m proud of… and is infinitely better than being called the “funny-looking guy”) I like to step outside the box when Mercury is in retrograde and the mood strikes.

Running across a superhero-themed anthology online, I was immediately struck with a vivid idea. Normally I steer as far away from superheroics as possible, as those types of stories seem futile when going up against the established heavyweights that Marvel and DC have to offer. But to build a world, a hero and a different perspective across just a few pages? Irresistible.

It’s like jumping into an icy cold lake, then climbing back out and running inside where it’s warm and there’s hot chocolate waiting. With mini marshmallows. You did it once and survived… so maybe don’t tempt fate.

I had my idea… my take… my view…

I didn’t want to be saving damsels in distress with my story. I didn’t want to pull cats out of trees. I didn’t want a nerdy kid to be emotionally scarred with a distorted definition of responsibility when his uncle dies.

Symptoms is about a hero who finds himself losing his powers.

I wanted to explore what thoughts that might trigger inside the brain of someone who goes from powerful to powerless. From top banana to bottom water chestnut. From extraordinary to ordinary.

I went on an artist hunt, talking with several talented people hungry to collaborate, but the search was over as soon as I met Kansas-dwelling Graeham Jarvis, the artist and author of the popular InstaGram webcomic Wasteland Tales, based on the lore of the Fallout video game series (which I regretfully know nothing about, but I know talent when I see it).

With more than 4,000 readers visiting his feed daily I felt bad asking him to focus his energies elsewhere for a hot minute, but his art was too good and too perfect for what I had in mind. Plus, he was looking for a chance to stretch his wings a bit. How could I say no when he offered to draw the story?

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After jamming out some sketches of giant robots and superhero costumes (necessities), Graeham dove in and delivered a short that punched me in the gut and didn’t apologize afterwards. Since the proposed anthology is black and white, a wash of gray set the tone and we were off to the races. Graeham’s work conveyed the exact vibe I was hoping to present and stuck what I thought could be a tricky ending, leaving the reader to consider the story long after the pages were turned.

We submitted to the anthology several weeks ago and got a rather quick letter of acceptance. I’m pretty sure this is going to be Graeham’s first officially published work. Needless to say, I’m stoked for him. Hopefully we’ll get to high five one day at a comic convention.

I’m jazzed for people to read Symptoms, see Graeham’s art, and I look forward to reading the other shorts chosen for the book. It’s gonna be super.

Stay tuned. This one drops in November.

Free Read: Battletoads!

Since it’s always been a goal of mine to one day write licensed comics for various publishing houses, I made a New Year’s resolution for 2016 to write a few in my free time, set in worlds I enjoy, featuring familiar characters I dig.

The trepidation I have with licensed properties is that I figure a publisher will say, “Hey, Wes…come up with stories ideas for this character that starred in a TV show you never saw,” and I’ll be all, like, “Can’t… too stressed.”

Well… let my clarify… I felt like that once upon a time and then a publisher actually asked me to pitch ideas for a pre-existing character from a property I wasn’t remotely familiar with… and it was all kinds of fun. I didn’t get the job, but man, was that good practice.

I’m also of the mindset that practice makes perfect, so I made a list of properties I dug from the 90s through today, writing short comics around them and then finding artists who share an equal love and are willing to help put them down on paper to release to readers for free.

That catches us up to the present.

So today I’m releasing the first of those shorts in the form of the Battletoads (yes, the notoriously difficult video game from 1991).

Check out what artist Loch Ness, colorist Andrew Pate and myself created as the ‘Toads star in our 5-page short, Turbo Tunnel Trouble. Click on the cover to ch-ch-ccheck it out. Or the link in the sidebar. Or the link in the published work section. C’mon… I’m making it as easy as I can here!

If you’re familiar with the Battletoads, then you’re more than likely familiar with the Turbo Tunnel (stage 3, for those keeping score at home) which was the most ridiculous, frustrating and painful level ever constructed by a human brain. Loch and I commiserated over the difficulty of the game and decided to show our love the only way we know how — through the majesty of comics.

Do us a solid — if you dig it, share it up on the social media, maybe tag someone who you know is a fan of the game. Let’s make it a Throwback Tuesday.

Enjoy!

2016 in Preview: Edison

Following last month’s 2015 in review post, I thought over the next several weeks it would be fun to explore what 2016 will have to offer my readers as far as comic book projects go.

Now, these are the projects I hope to bring to the shelves, but in an industry as unpredictable as comics, they could go sideways at any moment! However, I’m really excited about them, so I’m hoping you will be, too.

Back in October I announced a project that had recently gone into production and as of January is quickly speeding along toward completion.

That’s right. I’m talking about…

Edison

Ah, Edison… another concept that shouldn’t be interesting and yet, it took over ever fiber of my brain when the germ of the idea hit.

With many historical figures taking center stage in 2014 and 2015, I figured I had to either stake my claim on someone or miss out entirely. But if I was going to build a book around an actual human who, y’know, really existed, I didn’t want it to simply be retelling of his or her life… I wanted to offer a new experience entirely. And just because this is how I function — the idea had to be really weird.

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You see, I’m a huge fan of science. Now, this doesn’t mean I’m any good at it… I have no business being a scientist. Back in high school I actually hated the subject and got pretty terrible grades. This is most likely because my teacher prefaced every lesson about evolution with, “Guys, I don’t believe this crap, but the school is forcing me to teach it to you.”

What a tool, right? Don’t even get me started on the time we dissected cats.

I also enjoy history. Well, some history. I prefer my history to be right around the time that life was full of possibilities and everyone was basically insane and trying new things. Hence, I had the urge to set a story around the 19th century when civilization was finally becoming…ehm… civil, and as a nation we were laying the groundwork for some of the biggest inventions in history. (Such as toilet paper.)

When I thought of that time period, there’s really one person who everyone knows… and that’s of course, inventor Thomas Alva Edison.

But, I figured, what if a comic book about him focused not on the later, more cranky parts of his life, but on his younger years when he was using his ingenuity to get out of the biggest scrapes this side of science.

That’s right… I wanted to take Thomas Edison but mix him up with the qualities found in James Bond and MacGyver.

The elevator pitch I came up with was something akin to:

One part James Bond, one part MacGyver, inventor Thomas Alva Edison uses his ingenuity and creativity to combat the scientific threats of the late 1880s.

Edison simply sitting in a workshop dreaming up new ideas would not have a good comic book made, but put Edison into bad situations where he has to invent his way out? Sign me up.

This project also gave me an opportunity to do something else interesting… I decided that I wouldn’t restrict the first issue of the comic. Normally, where I might draw the line at 20-24 pages for an issue, I decided to write as many pages as it took to tell the story I wanted to tell and establish the world in which the character lived while introducing a supporting cast (made up of other real inventors) to anchor the story to the times.

Additionally, I wanted to set the story in 1880, making Edison a handsome 32-years-old, but any artist insane enough to hop on this project  would have to be willing to draw clothing, buildings, transportation and household items as era appropriate.

That’s a pretty big wish list.

So I took my laundry list of ideas, stuck them in a blender and in mid-2015 went to town, scribing an action-packed and humor-filled first issue script that I was quite pleased with. At 30 pages I had the first story, the characters, a great cliffhanger and a metric ton of reference photos ready for an artist, but who could I get on board to draw such an insane story?

That’s when I met artist Giovanni Capurro.

As most comic writers do, when we have a new story idea, we tend to throw them out into the aether of social media. I’m writing this new thing, it’s like this… who would want to draw it, haha?

It sounds like we’re just joking when we writers make these types of posts, but what we’re really doing is protecting our fragile and needy egos.

Rather than make fun of me or close me inside of a locker, the Nebraska-based artist actually dug what I was proposing, and perhaps most importantly, Giovanni had been researching the late 1800s for a personal project and was very familiar with the necessary clothing, mannerisms and technology. He shared with me his minicomic Idols, which I read and enjoyed and had a gut feeling he might be a good fit. I heard from other artists about the project, but something about the way Giovanni handled comedic timing in his art kept the artist at the forefront of my mind.

I took the next step, sending Giovanni my script. He read it. He dug it. He wanted to move forward, not blinking an eye at the length.

He did some sketches of our intrepid hero, Edison, which went wonderfully with the visual style I had in mind and within a matter of weeks I was being treated to amazing art in our Dropbox, featuring scenes like this:

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It was like a comedic noir comic book. How cool is that? After the first six or seven pages were complete, not only was Giovanni confident with the story and style, but we were ready to bring on a colorist to help take the pages to the next level.

That road led me to reaching out to Andrew Pate, a colorist local to the Florida Panhandle, who I’d met over the course of several area conventions and store signings. Not only did he boast wicked sideburns, but he was nice, outgoing and had a genuine love of comics. After tabling next to him on Free Comic Book Day 2015 and seeing some of his coloring work, I knew he was someone I wanted to bring onto a project.

I’d asked Andrew to color of a 4-page short earlier in the year which he did with much skill and soon presented my case to Giovanni on why this fellow who, aside from being capable of big things, could be the ruby to our Staff of Ra.

A test page was completed and Andrew just blew it out of the water.

In fact, even as the pages got crazier and crazier he continued to make them better, never shying away from the nuttiest of scenarios.

Heck, you don’t need me to brag on him, see for yourself what Andrew’s brought to the Edison table:

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At the time of this writing, we’re working on art for the final nine pages of the issue and hope to pitch it around and find a great home for it. If there are no takers, I have a super slick idea for how to release this online. Whichever route we pursue, it’s going to be awesome.

We hope you’ll come along for the ride.

2015 in Review

Hello?

Is this thing on?

Things got a bit quiet around these parts following October. It’s interesting how the busier I get, the less time is available to post about the things that are going on. It’s a vicious circle as my time constantly eats its own tail like some sort of insatiable beast.

As end of the year lists start appearing on news sites and fellow creatives look back at what they’ve accomplished over the past 365, I allow myself to join in not only share what I’ve accomplished this year with readers, but also to remind myself to celebrate those accomplishments, no matter how large or small.

Each year, my goals for writing are simple: Produce more and better content than the previous year.

I’m happy to report that I continued doing just that for a third year running.

A huge thank you to YOU if you purchased/read (hopefully both) any of the stories I discuss below. If you haven’t, perhaps you’ll see something that piques your interest. Fear not, I’ve conveniently added links to where you can purchase all comics mentioned in the format (print/digital) of your choosing.

So what did I release this year? Let’s dive back into the year that was 2015.

Unit 44

Published digitally in issues March-June, and as a collected edition in September.

Having successfully released a miniseries or graphic over 2013 (Chambers) and 2014 (The Undoubtables), it was a personal goal to have another series hit shelves in 2015. After a wonderful showing on Kickstarter, co-creator/artist Ed Jimenez and I were able to bring our sci-fi/comedy Unit 44 to completion and we launched the 4-issue series digitally in March backed by indie publisher Alterna Comics.

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Our silly tale about inept Area 51 employees who forget to pay the rent of the facility’s off-site storage unit leaving the secret contents to be sold at public auction brought a ton of laughs to readers and the reviews were both plentiful and generous.

Through this comic I explored one of my favorite topics (Area 51) got to employ a ton of deadpan humor, sarcasm and got to write rednecks, which is always a blast. Ensuring the comic was funny while still telling a gripping narrative was a challenge, but one I feel we handled gracefully.

Unit 44 was a joy on so many levels to work on. It connected me with Ed, who has since become a good friend and constant collaborator, had great marketing support from Alterna Comics publisher Peter Simeti and has sold like gangbusters at conventions because, let’s be honest, even the logline for this book makes people chuckle.

I’ve always enjoyed comics infused with comedy and to be able to leave a mark on that genre alone was worth all the hard work that went into creating the series. It was also the first project where two creators handled everything. Ed handled the art and colors while I took charge on the writing and lettering. We made the exact book we wanted to, never compromising. And to top it all off, Unit 44 is actually making money. Ed and I won’t be retiring anytime soon, but it’s nice to get a little kickback here and there and see the fruits of your labor, y’know?

While the current project I’m working on is always my favorite, Unit 44 just might be the first comic I can still read now and not see everything wrong with it. That’s gotta mean something, right?

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We’re still hoping to get this book into print at some point, going through the Diamond Previews catalog and into shops, but the more we sell, the sooner that dream can become a reality. If you read the series and liked it, tell a friend!

Sound like fun? Purchase Unit 44: ComiXology

Monster Day

Published in print and digital formats in June.

A lesson I learned this year is that all ages comics can be fun. Despite Unit 44’s cartoony art style, the humor was more geared toward adults,

but when I found out my pitch had been accepted to GrayHaven ComicsLi’l Kaiju anthology, I was excited to write something for a younger crowd.

Now, I don’t have kids nor do I have any desire to do so, but I was in the third grade when I discovered comic books, so when writing something that would be accessible, fun and cool to kids, one can’t help but think about a story that could be someone’s first.

The 4-page story I concocted for the collection explored what would happen when school was canceled due to a monster day, rather than a snow day (for my friends up north) or a hurricane day (for my readers in the south). What artist Randy Z. Ochoa and colorist Jeremy Treece and I ended up with is a charming little tale about one boy’s unlikely relationship with that monster.

The story looked great both in print and digitally and I was further humbled that the tale was used as the lead story in the anthology. If you have a younger sibling who likes monsters and that you’d like to introduce to comics, this could be the entryway you’re looking for. This volume is packed with cute little stories about some big bad creatures. Big thanks to editor Erica J. Heflin and the art team for bringing this one to life.

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Do the Monster Mash by purchasing the Li’l Kaiju anthology: Print | ComiXology

Adrift

Published as a free digital download through ComiXology in June.

In 2014 I went out on a limb and entered the Titan Comics Undiscovered Talent Competition. The publisher was seeking short comics, 4-6 pages in length with a science fiction setting. The official prompt was “Lost in Space.” The contest was run by both the UK publisher and the organizers of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

LostInSpaceTitan2015Not really expecting anything I wrote my script and put a shout out into the internet void looking for an artist to collaborate with as the competition started gaining some buzz. I found interest from Italian artist Alex Diotto, whose previous works include Southern Dog at Action Lab and Mayday at Black Mask Studios, and over the course of a month we nailed down a 4-page story about astronauts who were…you guessed it…lost in space.

Instead of doing something dramatic we put a humorous spin on the whole thing crafting a comic that not only met the guidelines of the contest, but was appropriate for all ages. Then we forgot about it.

In September of 2014 we were notified that our story was one of the winning entries and that we’d be included in the anthology. I gotta say, that was pretty cool. I’m one of the people who never wins anything, so I guess my universal karma has been settled with this publication (goodbye Publishers Clearing House).

The comic was unleashed for free via ComiXology in 2015, coinciding with the next edition of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. It features six fun space-themed shorts and a wonderful cover by UK art superstar Sean Phillips!

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If you haven’t checked this out, go enjoy it (for free). You may notice that Alex and I even have the lead story! How about that?

Get lost in your space: FREE on ComiXology

Hipsters Vs. Rednecks

HvR_Cover_web_thumbPublished digitally in print/digital in September and via ComiXology in December.

During the beginning part of 2015, artist Tyler Kelting and I were knee-deep in creating the most ridiculous thing either of us had every done. I mean, it seemed like a good idea at the time, and truth be told… we had a lot of fun.

And to me, that’s what my year in 2015 was all about — having fun with comics.

It bears noting that addition to Unit 44 and HvR I actually penned three other comedy-focused miniseries that are either at various stages of production or awaiting the right artist to bring them to life.

I’m not sure if you noticed, but there was a lot of bad stuff happening in the world this year and my comics writing definitely took a turn to the light side. I had enough “gritty,” enough “street level” and enough realism. I wanted to escape through my work. More importantly, I wanted to laugh.

And laugh I did.

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Hipsters Vs. Rednecks is the story of an outsider, Sloane, who, following the apocalypse, finds herself caught in the middle of an ongoing war between the remaining two factions… the hipsters and the rednecks. Taken in by the hipster clan just as they suffer their biggest attack to date, Sloane must take a stand if she hopes to make it out of New Brooklyn alive.

How could you not want to read something so silly and irreverent?

Purchase to see who wins the apocalypse: Print | Digital

The Temporal

tempcovertest - thumbPublished digitally via ComiXology in September.

I went pretty in-depth on this title with a post back in September when the one-shot hit ComiXology. If you’re super curious about it, check that out by clicking here.

This fun 32-page, black and white sci-fi/time travel one-shot (yes, that’s a mouthful) was the first project that brought me together with artist Kristian Rossi, who also provided art for the short Hoodwinked (GrayHaven Comics, 2014) and my crime-fiction miniseries Chambers (Arcana Studios, 2013).

Though we had completed the book and I’d lettered it (several times, in fact, as I learned the craft) I’d always hoped to get the book colored prior to release. I ended up printing a few black and white copies for a convention and they sold really well. Not only did they sell, I got great feedback from readers and people really seemed to be digging the black and white approach to the story.

When you get feedback like that, how can you not want to distribute something to a wider audience? I made the book available on ComiXology for just $0.99 in order to make it super accessible and based on the few royalty payments I’ve seen, people are actually checking it out.

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Plus… who doesn’t love time travel??

Unlike some, this tale of unstable time won’t leave you with a headache. Well, at least I don’t think it will. I could be wrong.

Turn back time by purchasing: Print | ComiXology

Obligatory wrap-up paragraphs

See? It was one heck of a year.

I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted.

Now, if I were neurotic or some kind of super-dork (or a neurotic super-dork), I might show you how I tracked not only the number of pages I wrote this year, but also how many were published. Heck, if I were super geeky I might even show you how those numbers stacked up against past years.

Thankfully, I’m not like that.

Hah! Fooled ya!

By the Numbers

Pages written in 2011: 223
Pages written in 2012: 473
Pages written in 2013: 267
Pages written in 2014: 352
Pages written in 2015: 318

And how about pages published?

Pages published in 2011: 0
Pages published in 2012: 3
Pages published in 2013: 119
Pages published in 2014: 147
Pages published in 2015: 157

If I were a numbers person, which I am not, these numbers might indicate a modicum of success over the past year. While the number of pages written is slightly down (I’m stressing quality over quantity) I was able to publish 10 more pages of work in 2015 than I did the previous year. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?

If you picked up any of the comics listed above (or any from 2012-2014) please know that I appreciate your support!

For my next post:

2016 in Preview

Stay tuned for what’s on the horizon in the new year.

Hipsters Vs. Rednecks lands on ComiXology!

HvR_Cover_web_thumbAfter debuting in September in print and as a PDF download, Hipsters Vs. Rednecks, my 24-page comedy one-shot co-created with artist Tyler Kelting landed today on the ComiXology platform!

Get it right here for just $1.99: www.comixology.com/Hipsters-Vs-Rednecks-1/digital-comic/313537

If you’re in the mood for some laughs, then this might just be the perfect holiday gift for yourself or a friend.

HvR is the story of an outsider, Sloane, who, following the apocalypse, finds herself caught in the middle of an ongoing war between the remaining two factions… the hipsters and the rednecks. Taken in by the hipster clan just as they suffer their biggest attack to date, Sloane must take a stand if she hopes to make it out of New Brooklyn alive.

Here’s what the reviewers thought of HvR:

“If you don’t absolutely love this comic, you are a fool” – ComicsBastards.com

“Seriously, Hipsters vs Rednecks is Adult Swim at its best. More to the point, Hipsters vs Rednecks is what Adult Swim SHOULD be doing.” – ComicsOnline.com

“Read it now so you can tell everyone you knew about it before it was cool.” – ScreenGonzo.com

“If the idea behind this one shot comic sounds even remotely interesting to you, then you should be thinking about reading this comic; it’s a fun look at what could be a disastrous future should these two factions remain in order to rebuild the human race.” – GraphicPolicy.com

I was worried this might be sort of a one-note joke, which wouldn’t be so bad for a one-shot comic, so I’m glad it was actually a pretty damn funny book.” – TheGravyAge.com

This comic is a quick, irreverent read that’s sure to make anyone who rolls their eyes at hipsters or rednecks laugh until it hurts.

Look at it this way… the more copies we sell, the higher the potential for a sequel, so do Tyler and I a solid and help spread the word!

Project Announcement: Edison

With the Unit 44 collected edition, Hipsters Vs. Rednecks and The Temporal all being set free into the wild over the course of September, the kids have officially gone off to school and I am left to focus on new projects that will come together over the course of 2015/2016. I have several fun things to announce, but there’s one project in particular that has gained some ground and will likely be coming to your eyeballs sooner rather than later.

Edison_previewThat project is Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park. (Working title… you dig?)

There has been some really interesting alternate history stories hitting the comic marketplace over the past few years… Action Lab’s Herald features H.P. Lovecraft and Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein: Time Mason features… well… you know, and there are several web comics out there that take a page from history. With the historical star on the rise, I knew I needed to stake my claim quickly or get left behind.

More so, I thought it would be hilarious to look at inventor Thomas Edison as some sort of MacGyver/James Bond mix. Thus Edison was born:

One part James Bond, one part MacGyver, inventor Thomas Alva Edison uses his ingenuity and creativity to combat the scientific threats of the late 1880s.

While the story is grounded in historical fact as it pertains to the people, places and major inventions happening in that era of history (trust me, I’ve been doing my homework), I’m taking Edison for a spin as a smart and dangerous man who’s amazing intellect and intelligence often outshines his common sense.

After penning (typing) a script that was equal parts humor and action I set out to find an artistic collaborator to help bring this silly series to life like some sort of Frankenstein’s monster. That search led me to the electronic doorstep of Giovanni Capurro, whose art style lies somewhere between Darwyn Cooke and a Tim Sale with a little bit of roughness around the edges. While I spoke with several interested artists about the series, it was Giovanni’s back catalog that made me sit up and take note. I saw what he wanted to do with comics, saw what he was capable of, and with what I envision in my head for the series, I was confident he was the fella for the gig.

edison0102final_color_snip1We’re currently in the midst of developing the inaugural 30-page #1 issue and I’m thrilled with how it’s coming together. With several inked pages already in the bag, we’ve enlisted the services of talented colorist Andrew Pate, who will breathe an extra layer of life into the pages.

Hey, Wes… that’s great and all, but when is this book coming out?

Yeah, I don’t know.

Okay… but who’s going to publish it?

The short answer here is: who cares?

So far this comic has been an absolute blast to work on. Once the first issue is in the bag, we may show it around a bit to see if there’s any interest, but if publishers aren’t clamoring for a comic book about Thomas Edison, well, that’s a-okay, too.

If you have interest in humor, science, or the 1880s and its most prominent creative minds, then this comic is going to fill a void in your happy place that you probably didn’t know you had.

Are you excited? I’m really excited.

Keep it tuned here for more.

 

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