New Day, new project: The Argus

Back again, folks. Not quite as frequently as I’d planned, but here we are anyway. Rest assured, the time spent away from writing here in this blog is being used to write the scripts for your new favorite comics.

Today we’ll discuss my upcoming pitch The Argus.

The Argus was an idea I had a number of years ago. I wanted to do a straight-up sci-fi thing, something I hadn’t really attempted before. There’s a very hard sci-fi core to The Argus (one that I’m not going to spoil here), dealing with time travel and paradoxes and the like.

The best part about writing science fiction is that you can make up the rules as you go. I’ve made up a ton of rules about time travel for The Argus, and in my mind, they all make sense. So when you eventually read this story, you’ll see the sense being made.

Anyway, the first attempt at creating The Argus was with my buddy Joel Seguin, a Montreal native who I worked with to create the first iteration of this story. It didn’t pan out, and Joel got busy with other, more high-profile work, and the story didn’t move for a while – like, a couple of years?

But it always picked away at me, at that corner of my brain where ideas won’t shut up until they get made. So I knew I had to get this story out of my head. I actually posted for an artist on Digital Webbing, a site that I used to use very often and haven’t been to much lately. But I got a hit from an artist named Darryl Knickrehm. He showed me some samples of a sci-fi book he was working on, and they blew me away – this guy was the real deal and I couldn’t wait to work with him.

Darryl did a bunch of designs for the story, for the characters, different ideas for their outfits and uniforms, and he killed it on every level. One of the main things about The Argus is how the characters look – for a very specific reason that I still won’t get into here (I want you to read it and be surprised, okay?), but Darryl nailed it perfectly.

What I will do is show you the cover.


Darryl thinks about covers the way I do – strong, bold, graphic images. Something different, something that will stand out. We’re planning on using this format, with the upside-down triangle, as the basis for each cover for this series (which is planned to be 4 issues in total).

With my buddy Matej Stasko on colors and eventually the maestro Micah Myers on letters, we’re getting closer every day to having this pitch ready to go. I have my eye on a specific publisher for The Argus, one that I’ve already been in contact with.

That’s today’s post. Enjoy.


Steve Dillon. RIP.

Over the weekend, the news broke that comic book artist Steve Dillon passed away.

I never met the man, nor exchanged words. We didn’t know each other at all, but he influenced the path of my life like few others have.

I read comics as a kid. GI Joe was the big one for me, but I eventually branched out into superhero books like Spider-Man and X-Men, and then the Image revolution hit and I got into everything that had the Image ‘I’ on it.

But as I got older, I started to fall out of love with comics. The same old superhero books just weren’t doing it for me. I still picked up Wizard magazine each month though, just to see what was going on in the industry. And around late 1995, early 1996, I remember starting to see a lot of stuff about this comic called Preacher. Wizard was all over it, how crazy it was, how different, how dangerous.

I remember going to the comic store near my house and picking up Preacher issue 6.


That’s the one, there. And goddamn, I was hooked.

I’d never read anything like Preacher. It was smart, and funny, and scary, and disturbing, and foul and genuine and adult. It was unlike anything I’d ever read before. And it opened my eyes to the true possibilities of comic books. You didn’t have to do superheroes. You didn’t have to recycle old stories over and over. You could create something new, something grown-up. You could do anything you wanted, tell any kind of story you had locked away in your head.


And it made me want to write. Before this, I’d wanted to illustrate comics, but after Preacher, I realized you could write anything. It was a truly freeing and moving experience and it set me on a path that would, for all intents and purposes, dominate the rest of my life.

I love to write. I love to write comics. I love to create. And a lot of that comes from my experience reading Preacher. And half of that credit goes to the dearly-departed Steve Dillon, a man I never knew and will never know, but a man who’s legacy is that he inspired me, and probably thousands of others, to create, to run with that crazy idea, to make that thing a reality – because you could.

Rest in peace, Mr. Dillon. You’ve most definitely earned it.


Broken Hill.

Okay, so I missed a day, but I’m ending the week off strong.

The next project I want to talk about is called BROKEN HILL, subtitled The Burning Man.

Broken Hill is a graphic novel project being created by Carl Yonder and myself, with my buddy Micah Myers on letters. For those who are unaware of our history, Carl and I have been working together for many years. I’ve created more pages of comics with Carl than with anyone else. We did the 4-issue series GHOST LINES. We’ve done countless short stories, for FUBAR, for Oxymoron, for other digital anthologies. We’ve always bounced work off of each other, and started putting together Broken Hill when another potential opportunity for us both fell through.

Broken Hill is kind of unlike anything I’ve ever worked on (same for Carl, I think). It’s a very grounded and realistic crime story. We’ve been describing it as True Detective meets Justified. It’s rural neo-noir.

Here’s the cover.


“Sheriff Alonso Wilkins is caught in the middle of an escalating drug war in the rural town of Broken Hill. Alongside his young deputy, Wilkins does whatever he can to protect his city from a deranged arsonist intent in destroying Broken Hill at the behest of the county’s most powerful drug lord.”

The subtitle The Burning Man refers to the events in this story. Our plan is to create Broken Hill stories in the same manner as Sin City, where we’ll create new works focusing on other characters. We’ll be living in Broken Hill for a long time, I think.

I’m proud of this one, and proud of my long-time association with Carl. We’re hoping to have this first 60-page (or so) graphic novella done by mid-next year. The story is currently being pitched to publishers.

As always, thanks for reading, and come back on Monday where I’m going to be sure to post again about another upcoming project.


Okay, so here’s the second consecutive day of blogging. I meant what I said yesterday.

Today I’m going to talk about a new project I’m involved in called TERMINAL.

Terminal is a 21st century pulp anthology created by 21 of indie comics’ best and brightest. I’m very fortunate to be involved, and very excited to be working with one of my favorite illustrators, my friend Jerome Eyquem.

Here’s the Terminal viral post – you’ll see it all over social media in the coming weeks:


See the creepy old guy skulking around at the back? That’s my guy, The Baron, who will be appearing in a 16-page story called Broken Colossus.

Terminal will be getting Kickstarter’d in early January 2017. I’m sure I’ll talk more about it as we get closer to the date.

Do yourself a favor tonight: create something. Anything. A picture. A poem. Write something. Cook something special. A doodle. Anything, just create. Okay?

It’s October. I’m back.

Okay, so here’s the deal – I’m going to try and post here more often. I put this blog address on my business cards, it’s in my email sig, and if people try to look me up (I’m sure it happens!), they’ll find a friggin’ ghost town here. So this is  my attempt to change that.

Let’s talk comics. That’s what I do, that’s most likely why you’re here (unless you were looking for some weirdly specific porn and clicked the wrong link).

I make comics. I create and write stories. I collaborate with incredibly talented and visonary artists to bring those stories to life. I occasionally get my stories published, both in digital form and in print.

I am a print comics fan. I have a huge graphic novel/trade paperback library in my basement. I recently purged about 400 books, leaving me with a measly 800+. I’ve spent most of my life collecting and reading comics. When I was younger, I wanted to be a comic book artist, but I didn’t have the patience or technical skill to do that. But I always loved creating stories, so I started focusing on the writing part of making comics, and never looked back.

I recently tabled for the first time at the London Ontario Comicon, and had a great time. I was invited as a guest, which was a first for me, which meant free table and accomodations for the three days of the show. I sold some comics, made some money, bought some comics, and talked a lot of comics. I also debuted the 8-page ashcan of my upcoming graphic novel See You in Hell alongside artist Colton Gilson.

What I’m going to do over the next few days is spotlight the stuff I’m working on, one book per day, so you can get a feel for what I’m up to. Even though I haven’t been posting here much (or at all), I have been working hard on getting new ideas to the page, putting together new pitches, working with new artists, and generally creating up a storm.

Speaking of See You in Hell, here is the ashcan cover.syih-letters-cover-01

Pretty cool, no? I love how it looks like an old-school B horror movie poster. We ran off 25 copies of the 8-page preview, and sold out before the end of the show. Post-apocalyptic weirdness, the redemption of a man who helped destroy the world, and monsters. See You in Hell – the full 100-page graphic novel will be dropping in 2017. Stay tuned!

That’s all for today. Keep checking back, because I will spotlight another project tomorrow, and so on. I mean it this time!

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.


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: 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!