Upcoming Appearances – October/November 2017

Occasionally I like to get out of my office and intermingle with other bipeds of the human variety. Occasionally.

I have two signings coming up, so if you’re in the Northeastern Ohio part of the world, you can come and see me face-to-face. We can high five, or create a secret handshake, or whatever.

You can also buy some comics, including, but not limited to, the Unit 44 graphic novel, out now from Alterna Comics!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017
Comics, Cards and Collectables
724 Cleveland Ave SW, Canton, OH 44702
Halloween ComicFest 2K17!
Tons of in-store sales, free comics, and local creators.
Starts at 10 a.m.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017
Barnes & Noble (Fairlawn)
4015 Medina Rd, Akron, OH 44333
Local author event!
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

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Edison #1 available NOW!

The first issue of my new comic book series EDISON is available NOW!

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.

Grab it digitally from ComiXology for just $0.99 or in print from my web store for $4!

This book is the culmination of one of my silliest ideas… what if we took the greatest scientific minds of the late 1800s (when most of the world’s technology was taking a significant leap forward) and clash them together as action heroes and villains in an alternate history setting?

They’re not superheroes, but rather the kind that use their minds, intelligence, and higher-than-average intellect to fight for science supremacy!

The first issue was drawn by the wonderful Giovanni Capurro with interior colors by Andrew Pate and we’re jumpstarting the series with a full 24 science-fueled pages! Get to know Thomas Edison, his bumbling assistant William Joseph Hammer, as well as the villainous Nikola Tesla!

Moving forward, each 12-page issue will have a different artist to help chronicle Edison’s adventures as he faces new adversaries, all of whom want to steal the title of “world’s smartest man (or woman!)”

Come for the action, stay for the jokes. I’d like to think that if Thomas Edison were still alive, he’d totally love this comic book. I hope you do, too.

Click here to pick up Edison #1 digitally at comixology.com for $0.99!
Click here to pick up Edison #1 in print from the web store for $4!

Free Comic: Compromised

Do you ever STOP being a spy?

This is the question explored in a the 3-page comic “Compromised,” available to read for FREE right now! Click here to check it out!

Written and lettered by me, I teamed with Orlando-based artist Joe Catapano, who handled pencils and inks, and brought a wonderful moodiness to the whole story.

Give it a read and drop your thoughts in the comments. Know someone who might like it? Share it with a friend: http://bit.ly/compromised2017

 

Unit 44 Graphic Novel in stores TODAY!

Head to your local comic shop to pick up a copy of the Unit 44 Graphic Novel, which hit stores TODAY from Alterna Comics.

Order Unit 44 @ Amazon.com
Order Unit 44 @ Target.com

SPOILER — this is a pretty big deal for me. This series came to life in 2014 from the germ of an idea that popped to mind after watching an episode of the TV reality show Storage Wars.

“What if Area 51 employees forgot to pay the rent on their storage unit, and the contents were sold at public auction?”

Enter my artist (and now good friend) Ed Jiménez, who came on board to bring the initial five pages of the series to life. From there, we went to Kickstarter, successfully funded the first issue and set about putting it out into the world. When none of the publishers we approached showed interest in a “funny” comic, we figured, “No big deal… we’ll publish this on our own!”

We decided we’d go BACK to Kickstarter, raise another couple thousand dollars and create issues 2-4. It just days before we launched that campaign that Alterna Comics messaged us and was like, “Hey, what are you planning to do with that silly Area 51 comic?”

Alterna offered to publish the issues digitally under their banner (which was awesome because they had a handful of comics that I genuinely loved) and from March – June 2015, we released the series on the ComiXology platform to some acclaim, some confusion, and lots of laughs.

In 2016, Alterna asked us if we’d like to consider releasing Unit 44 as a graphic novel to comic shops.

Sign us up.

Earlier in 2017 we did another Kickstarter, raised a bucket of money and today, the beautiful finished book arrived in comic shops. At least, the comic shops that ORDERED it.

If you go into your local store and you don’t see it, you can ask them to order the book by giving them this code: JUN171148

Give them the code, a thumbs up, and ideally, you’ll have the book next Wednesday. How cool is that?

A big thanks to all of you who supported the Unit 44 (in digital issues, on Kickstarter, at conventions, etc). I’m super proud of how the graphic novel came out. It’s the third collected edition I now have on my shelf (it sits beside the Chambers TPB and The Undoubtables OGN), and let me tell you… the book is BEAUTIFUL. Not only does it have an amazing layout created by Alterna’s head honcho Peter Simeti, but in addition to our 88-page story we’ve included a NEVER BEFORE SEEN 4-page backup comic and pinups from some of amazingly talented artists including Loch Ness (who’s drawing our upcoming comedy/action miniseries Bug Slugger XL), Graeham Jarvis (who’s drawing our upcoming sci-fi/comedy miniseries Awry), Jayson Kretzer (who’s maybe(?) still drawing our one-shot The Rocking Dead), and colorist Andrew Pate, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on a whole bunch of books including the upcoming historical/comedy/action series, Edison).

So, what’s better than making a comic book with a good friend like Ed Jiménez and then inviting a bunch of your other friends to contribute art, all while putting the finished comic book on the world’s stage?

Today, there’s nothing better.

Order Unit 44 @ Amazon.com
Order Unit 44 @ Target.com

Signing this Saturday in Canton, OH

Do you live in Ohio?

You know, the state responsible for Thomas Edison, President William McKinley, Brian K. Vaughan, and the current hideout of cartoonist Bill Watterson?

If you do live in the area, I’ll be selling and signing comics like a madman from 11 am until 7 pm ET on Saturday, August 5 at Bill’s Books and More in Canton, Ohio.

Each year, Bill holds a sale that coincides with Hall of Fame Week (it’s a football thing. I guess? I’m ignorant of sports) and the store offers DEEP discounts on comics, graphic novels, toys, statues, and more.

I’ll be set up somewhere slinging my comics including Hipsters Vs. Rednecks, The Temporal, Maintenance, Edison and graphic novels including Unit 44, The Undoubtables, Chambers, and the 2016 IFAnthology: Super Heroes from Alterna Comics.

Come grab some comics and hang out with local artists including Aaron Archer, Dan Gorman, Brandon Franklin, Landon Franklin… and that guy with zero artistic talent… ME!

Here are the details again without all those other words:

Saturday, August 5
Bills Books & More
2215 6th St SW, Canton, OH 44706
11 am – 7 pm

Hope to see you there!