Unit 44 #1 coming Wednesday, March 25

At long last, my sci-fi/comedy comic book UNIT 44, co-created with artist Eduardo Jimenez will debut on the ComiXology platform on Wednesday, March 25 courtesy of Alterna Comics!

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Our silly, irreverent four issue miniseries tells the story of what happens when inept Area 51 employees Agent Gibson and Agent Hatch forget to pay the rent on the facility’s off-site storage unit and the secret contents are sold to a pair of backwoods rednecks at public auction. After an alien invasion threatens planet Earth, the agents must recover an item from the locker if they hope to stop the extraterrestrial threat.

It’s a comic book designed for one purpose: for you to forget all of your cares in the world and laugh your butt off.

The road to Unit 44 began in late 2012 when I was watching an episode of Storage Wars (a show about people who making a living off purchasing unpaid storage units and selling the contents for a profit) and wondered what would happen if someone on the broadcast accidentally purchased a locker containing government secrets. From there, the story was born over the course of the subsequent months and I quickly wrote my first drafts of the scripts over the holidays.

In early 2013 I linked up with the talented and hilarious artist Eduardo Jimenez to bring the story to the comic book page. In fall of that year we successfully raised funds via Kickstarter to complete the first issue and got all kinds of great feedback from readers and industry pros. In 2014 we Kickstarted the remaining three issues and now the series is complete.

Along the way, we pitched the book to numerous publishers and while they liked it, the consensus was that a straight humor book could be a hard sell in the market. Having a publisher wasn’t a make or break for us as Ed and I were completely content to self-publish the book if needed. Ultimately, Peter Simeti, head of Alterna Comics (publisher of the New York Times bestselling zombie anthology FUBAR, and many other fine comics) got in touch to see what we’d decided to do with the book.

Unit44_Issue1_CoverAfter some conversations, it turned out that Alterna’s name and brand perfectly signified what Unit 44 was all about…it was an alternative to the mainstream comic. An utterly silly and pretty ridiculous alternative. In June of 2014 we decided to team up with Peter and Ed and I started fast-tracking the book to completion.

All completed issues of the series were turned over to Alterna earlier this week and we’re preparing for the first issue to drop in less than a month’s time.

Of course, that’s the story in a nutshell.

Though I’ve released hundreds of pages of comics over the past few years, Unit 44 is the project that I feel is the best possible representation of who I am as both a writer and a person. I hope that if you’ve enjoyed any of my past works you’ll give this a shot, too. It’s also Ed’s first miniseries project and he drew this series as though it was the last thing he’d ever draw. I can’t thank him for enough for translating the jokes to the page and adding in tons of fun and hilarious things to look at. Heck, Ed, being the trooper he is, even the drew the first issue of the series twice. That’s how much we believe in this title.

I can’t thank Ed and Peter enough for their hard work and support in bringing this comic to readers, and I can’t wait to see what happens with it.

Want to get a sneak peek at what you’re in for? I’m offering a free preview of the first 5 pages of issue #1 which you can read here or by clicking the cover image above.

I hope you enjoy…and remember…it’s okay to laugh.

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