New book on the way!

I’ve spent the past eight months working on a passion project and within the next few days it will be available for purchase on Amazon—always an exhilarating feeling!

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Braving Britannia: Tales of Life, Love, and Adventure in Ultima Online is a nonfiction book featuring 35 interviews with players, volunteers, and the game’s developers over 320 pages as I sought to answer the question, “What do you do in a game where you can do anything?”

Released in 1997, the fantasy game Ultima Online is regarded by many as “the grandfather of massively multiplayer online games” (paving the way for titles like EverQuest, World of Warcraft, and EVE Online) and it’s a game that captured my attention from 1998 until 2003, when I played it religiously.

Having worked as a video game writer for the past few years, I came to realize how formative my own experience with Ultima Online was for me and how much it influenced how I look at video games, and how I approach writing them. The fact that you could meet with complete strangers, adventure through dungeons, and in effect, tell your own stories is something that I look for in every game I play.

While I knew what I had done and experienced in the game, but I wondered what other people did when they logged in. So, I put on my journalist hat and set out to find them. Over eight months I interviewed dozens of players as well as members of the game’s development team to find out what Ultima Online meant to them, what they did within the virtual world of Britannia, and how it changed their lives.

In short, the stories I gathered are absolutely amazing. Even if you’ve never heard of the game, if you have an interest in video game history, or just like to read life-changing human stories, I hope you’ll consider checking it out.

Braving Britannia will soon be available in paperback and Kindle formats.

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Free Comic Book Day 2018!

We’re just 5 days away from my favorite day of the year — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

I urge all of you to visit your local comic shop(s) on Saturday, May 5 to pick up some free comics from some of the best publishers in the business. Remember, they’ve paid some steep cash to bring you these free comics, so be sure to say thanks and help keep the lights on by dropping some cash on that one graphic novel you’ve had your eye on.

I’ll be celebrating the day at Comics, Cards & Collectables in Canton, OH! I’ll be there from 10 am until my feet just can’t take it anymore.

While my comics aren’t free, they are cheap!

I’ll be selling and signing my graphic novels Unit 44 and The Undoubtables for $15 each, as well as the one-shots Edison, Maintenance, and the always-popular Hipsters Vs. Rednecks for $4 a pop. Also on hand will be dozens of comics from the Alterna Comics newsprint line available for just $1.50 each!

Saturday, May 5 2018
Comics, Cards, & Collectables
724 Cleveland Ave SW
Canton, OH 44702
10 am – ???

New FREE comic coming Thursday!

Hey — I didn’t die.

(Sorry guy who bullied me from fourth grade through eighth grade.)

No, in fact I’ve been hard at work creating some awesome new comics that I’m extremely proud of!

And on Thursday of this week I’ll be unleashing a brand new short comic for FREE right here on the website.

Artist Loch Ness, who I teamed with for the free Battletoads: Turbo Tunnel Trouble short we released last year, have been hard at work on a new four-issue miniseries called Bug Slugger XL (more on that later) and we took a short break after completing issue one to put together a short comic featuring one of our favorite early 90s TV show/comic book/videos game properties. The response to Battletoads was just too awesome for us not to tackle another fan-favorite IP.

That’s right, folks… this time we tackled the green, space-faring rabbit, Bucky O’Hare.

Created by Larry Hama and Michael Golden, we’re taking Bucky and his anthropomorphic crew for a ride on the Righteous Indignation in a seven-page short comic.

Don’t miss out on this one. It gets crazy.

See you Thursday.

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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 Appearance: Panama City Creative Con

In just three weeks I’ll be a guest at the 2014 Panama City Creative Con, to be held at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida.

The event will be held on Saturday, September 13 and the one-day show will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Central Time.

If you’re in the area, come out and celebrate comics with creators that include, but are not limited to, Jayson Kretzer, writer/artist of WANNABE HEROES, one of the funnest comics I’ve ever read, Chris Arrant, who has written backup material for countless Marvel trade paperbacks, Erica Heflin, Editor-in-Chief of GrayHaven Comics, and writer of Zenescope’s WONDERLAND series (among other and numerous awesome books), K. Michael Russel, colorist of HACK/SLASH, Amanda Rachels and Kevin LaPorte of Inverse Press, and countless others. Check out the full lineup by clicking here.

And of course, I’ll be there with the remaining copies of the self-published run of UNIT 44 issue #1, the collected edition of CHAMBERS, and maybe…just maybe…something else! That all depends on the speed at which the U.S. Postal System works.

For those in the Florida panhandle, I encourage you to come out and say hello. Tickets for the event are available for just $8.50!

See you there.