Wow, I been gone a long time (yes, that awful grammar was on purpose for any Every Time I Die fans out there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAwwoUdnc7k)…anyway, I haven’t posted lately because I’ve been, you know, writing comics. That usually takes precedent.
But here are some updates on where I’m at:
Scum of the Earth is getting close to being finished! Rob is coloring the last batch of pages for issue 3. Action Lab hasn’t set a release date yet, but Scum will be the flagship book in their “digital first wave”. I can’t wait for everyone to read this.
Apes With Uzis: Thugs Electro is also moving along nicely. Kevin’s finished pencils and inks and has started coloring, and the book looks incredible. Who would have thought a couple of throwaway characters from the main AWU book would have turned out to be so much fun?
I just got word that Broken will hit Comixology in the very near future, so that’s good news. I’ll keep you informed when that happens.
El Diablo Rojo is looking fucking stunning. Valentin is a genius. We’ll be ready to start pitching this book soon, I finished the dialogue and now Magnus needs to letter it, and then we can submit it. We’re going to start at the top with this: Image. I admit to having submitted stuff to Image before, with a sense that maybe there’s not a great chance it will get picked up. But I don’t have that feeling with Diablo. I think this could be a very big thing for Valentin and I.
Matt Mossman is revamping his Dog Catcher designs because he feels what he originally designed is too similar to certain aspects of the new Superman movie. I haven’t seen it yet (I know, I know), but Matt’s a dynamite artist and I can’t wait to see the new designs.
Kevin Enhart and I are moving along with Fear and Pain, actively looking for an inker and a colorist for the pitch package. Kevin’s up to page 5 of 8 now for the submission package.
I’m working on the dialogue for the two short stories Michael Tyler sent me, Old Friends and Forest. I’ve been staring at these pages for years on Mike’s websites, and now we’re (hopefully) going to get them submitted to Challengers Comics. These stories are too goddamn nice to not be seen by more people.
I started work on a new project this week called Hell To Pay. It’s a hardcore revenge story with elements of sci-fi, superheroes, and crime noir. Shaping up to be the bloodiest thing I’ve written. I’m planning on making this a 60-some page graphic novel, and have started to “audition” artists for it. Julia read some of it and said it was disgusting and disturbing, so I’m on the right path.
I also created a new Facebook page to cover all of my writing. I had one for Breakneck, one for Broken, one for Instinct…and I didn’t keep up with any of them. But this new one I’ll try my best to keep on top of. You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/Markbertoliniwriter and right now I’m running a contest – if I can get to 200 likes, I’ll do a random draw for a free signed copy of Long Gone and a free signed copy of the Instinct limited-edition sampler. I was originally going to give a signed copy of the Oxymoron hardcover, but that book is heavy and would be expensive to ship and I’m giving away this stuff so just deal with it.
Also, if you’ve sent me an email lately and I haven’t responded it’s probably because I lost it. I recently switched phones and I’m a little concerned that a bunch of emails got lost in the shuffle.
Anyway, until next time, do yourself a favor and go listen to “The Soft Bulletin” by the Flaming Lips.