A new post? What happened?

So, I’m not doing great at this blogging thing this year, but I am doing pretty well with my comic book writing, so maybe that makes it okay.

I’m writing all of this down today as my pledge to remain transparent with my goals.

Lots of short stories locked down in 2016 so far. Two for Caliber Comics Presents, done. A short for a wrestling-themed anthology called Kayfabe. A short in an upcoming David Bowie tribute anthology. A short in the Leo Cosmos anthology, which was recently successfully Kickstartered. A short published on the Challenger Comics website. A pulp short for the recently announced Out of the Blue volume 3.

I have another short completed that was turned down by Caliber Presents, so I need to figure out what to do with that. I might run it here on the blog, not sure yet.

One more short that I plan on submitting to Caliber is underway and looking fantastic.

And on to the pitches being developed. Lots of pitches, new stories, some old stories, stuff like:

SIRE – a psychological secret agent story, which is likely going to be on hold for a good reason to be explained later in this post.

Pig House – a story of two hitmen hired to kill the world’s most dangerous man.

Season of the Beast – a story of barbarians in an ancient world battling inhuman creatures.

Critical – the story of two men turned into more than human against their will, and how one will risk his life to put an end to the evil of the other.

Fisticuffs – X-men meets Fight Club.

See You in Hell – a sci-fi story about the end of the world and one man’s role in it.

Slow Heartbeat – a love story (?) about a hitman falling for his target.

Freakshow – a VERY LONG gestating story about a young man’s fight against his monstrous family.

Dog Catcher – a sci-fi story about futuristic police and class war.

Protection – the story of the world’s scariest supervillain and the young Secret Service agent assigned to protect him…from what though?

Harder – a crime noir story about a former porn star turned private detective.

God Mode – more sci-fi about parallel lives and the cheat codes to reality.

Broken Hill – a real backwoods noir with my constant collaborator Carl Yonder.

Goals:

Get a book published by Black Mask. A couple of these might fit in there.

Get a book published by Z2 comics.I came close last year, but this year I want to hit the nail on the head.

Get a book published by Aftershock. The lineup there is stellar. Amazing work being done.

Of course I want Dark Horse and Image as well, but I know my chances there. Baby steps.

I also have one other project about to start, a work-for-hire graphic novel that I can’t talk about, but it should be a very cool story, something being adapted from a screenplay.

I’m writing all this down to stay accountable. I want to make all of these stories a reality. You’ll enjoy them, I promise.

I will also try to update things here on the blog more often as well.

Stay good.

First post of 2016? Yow.

Thoughts and plans and things.

Welcome back, I know you were probably hoping for more Conscious Stream, so fear not, as season 2 is well underway. We should be back around April 1. More on that as we get closer.

I’ve had some luck, and some success, getting a few short stories landed. More than a few, actually, it’s pretty surprising to me just how many. Here’s a quick tally.

The Devil’s Hitman – originally intended as an ongoing, artist Matt Battaglia and I decided to keep it as a self-contained short, and it will be appearing on Challenger Comics. It went up this past Friday, here is the link: http://readchallenger.com/2016/02/read-the-devils-hitman-now/ This was a big deal for me, I’ve wanted to have something published at Challenger for a long time. Go check it out!

I have a 4-page sci-fi short story called Red Rover, illustrated by Daniel Pereira Dos Santos, that is currently being colored by Charlie Hogg, that will be published in the March/April edition of 100% Biodegradable. This will be my second story run in that anthology.

My short story for the Leo Cosmos anthology, currently on Kickstarter (and already surpassed it’s initial funding goal!) will see print later this year, once the campaign wraps up. I was lucky enough to work again with my buddy Carl Yonder on this.

I will have a 4-page short in the upcoming wrestling anthology called Kayfabe. My story, Last Legs, is beautifully illustrated by Daniel Franco with colors by Josh Jensen. It’s a gorgeous little story. Looking forward to this one.

I’m also going to have a story in the upcoming David Bowie Tribute anthology. I based my story on the song Golden Years, and I have a fresh new artist named Carlos Angeli working on it with me.

On top of all those, I also successfully pitched two short stories to Gary Reed over at Caliber Comics, to appear in the Caliber Comics Presents anthology. The first is a story I’ve run here on the blog before called Capacity, with artist Jason Jarava and letterer Micah Myers. The second is a story created with my Knowledge and Conscious Stream team, Jerome Eyquem and Chris Horan, called Unring the Bell. Very excited to have these stories appear in Caliber Presents.

Now, with all these shorts out of the way, maybe I can start to land some of these longer length pitches I’ve been developing for the better part of a year. There’s three almost ready to go. I’ll talk more about those as they get closer.

Also still in production is my neo-pulp anthology The Hand of Glory, and the Tom Waits anthology I’ve been spearheading. More on those in the coming months!

2015 – Last Post of the Year

2015 was a bit of an off-year, comics-wise, but was a great year, life-wise. I’ll explain shortly.

 Comics-wise, I had a few things drop in 2015 – Knowledge finally saw print as a collected edition of all six issues, and I think it looks fantastic. I really love the story that Jerome and I created, and I hope to be able to get this book into the hands of readers. I’ll have copies for sale at some conventions next year.

 I had a couple of great short stories hit this year as well, one in the newest edition of FUBAR, By the Sword, a story called “The Leper King” illustrated by Chris McFann – I actually got to sign copies on a couple of occasions towards the end of the year, setting up shop with a fantastic artist and great human being named Mike Rooth.

 The other short was for Out of the Blue volume 2, called “Graves”, illustrated by my buddy Joe Badon. Both shorts were a lot of fun.

 The other main thing that I did this year in comics was co-create an experimental comics narrative with my friend and frequent collaborator Jerome Eyquem. He approached me about creating a panel-per-week style comic, so I gave him a brief story idea, and he took it and ran. Once we created a dozen or so panels, he sent them back to me to add text, and then our lettering partner Chris Horan came in and threw down the text. So far we’ve hit nine consecutive weeks without missing a beat for the first season of the story, which is called Conscious Stream and could be found here on the blog until the decision to move to a Tumblr account was made.

 I put together lots of pitches this year, and got a lot of new pitches underway, so 2016 is shaping up to be a good year for my work. Stuff with titles like Slow Heartbeat, Reapers, See You in Hell, World of Hurt, Heavy Hitter, Nothing Left, Pig House, SIRE, and the Wolf is Loose – so many ideas, so many amazing artists I’m teaming with!

 Outside of comics, this was a big year for me. We took all four kids on vacation to Cuba in March, where I proposed to Julia, and she said yes. We bought a new house in August, and added a new member to our family in the form of a kick-ass puppy named Phoenix. We just celebrated our first Christmas in the new house, with all four boys and the dog. It was a great year, and it filled my heart to no end.

Let’s all get together and make 2016 a year to remember.

Thanks for reading.

 

Conscious Stream has moved!

Hi All,

Monday is the day that Conscious Stream gets posted, but I’ve moved the Conscious Stream updates to a new Tumblr to make things easier to read and follow.

Go check it out here: http://conscious-stream.tumblr.com/

Getting close to the end of 2015 and my end of the year update is right around the corner, where I talk about what was accomplished in 2015 and what to look forward to in the new year.

Cheers!

Conscious Stream – week eight

 

 

 

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Conscious Stream week eight is live! If you’re reading this and enjoying it, please considering Tweeting it out, or talk about it on social media.

Jerome, Chris and I are enjoying the creation of this story and really want people to enjoy it as well.

And as this will be the last post before Christmas, enjoy the holidays with your friends and families. Cheers!