Genghis Con 2018!

BS_1_cover_webMy favorite local comic convention of the year is this Sunday, Nov. 25! (That’s TOMORROW for those of you keeping score at home.)

Genghis Con will celebrate its 10th year as a comics-focused show, featuring some amazing talented from Ohio and the surrounding area.

I’ll be there with artist Loch Ness, who co-created and drew the heck out of the new action/comedy comic book BUG SLUGGER! We’ll have preview copies of issue #1 at the show! Get ’em while they’re around!

Show details:
Sunday, November 25th.
2pm to 7pm at The Lake Erie Building at 13000 Athens in Lakewood, Ohio.
The show is FREE, family friendly and open to the public!
More info & exhibitor list: http://www.genghisconcleveland.com/

In addition to Bug Slugger #1, I’ll have a brand new print run of the Hipsters Vs. Rednecks one-shot, Edison #1, the Maintenance one-shot, as well as the graphic novel collections of Unit 44, The Undoubtables, a bunch of books from Alterna Comics’ newsprint line, and more!

Don’t miss out! It’s my last show for the year, and it’s one of the best!

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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.

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Now available for FREE: Bucky O’Hare in “Oneness”

The day has arrived!

I hope you’re prepared for another free comic!

I invite you all to take your first spin on the frigate Righteous Indignation for the first time in 20 years as I unleash a brand new FREE short comic featuring Bucky O’Hare.

Click here or on the cover image to check out the seven-page short “Oneness.”

My partner is crime for this short was Loch Ness, a lifelong Bucky fan who jumped at the chance to bring these characters to… to life.

His passion for the characters, world and story translated beautifully to the page and I couldn’t be more proud of what we created based on the characters originally created by writer Larry Hama and artist Michael Golden.

We had such a blast putting this comic together, and I hope you enjoy the 90s nostalgic tingles you get from reading it. Hit us up on social media and let us know what you thought. Most importantly of all, if you like it, consider sharing it with your friends and let’s spread some joy on this Throwback Thursday.

Thanks for checking it out!

If you like the Bucky comic, be sure to check out another free comic Loch Ness and I did last year, called Turbo Tunnel Trouble based on the 90s video game property, Battletoads.

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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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!