Monday, May 30, 2011

Heroes Con - 2011!

In just three days Gabriel Hardman and I will be back in North Carolina for our third appearance at HeroesCon. Come find us at table 305 in Artist's Alley!

Gabriel will be doing sketches (he's currently too snowed under to start a pre-order list, but drop by in the morning Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to get your request in) starting at $100 for an inked full figure or $150 for two figures. And of course we'll have copies of Heathentown. Gabriel will also be selling pages from Hulk and Agents of Atlas.

So stop by the table, introduce yourself, and say hello. And let me be the first to wish you a Happy HeroesCon!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Book Blitz! Volume 3 - Ghost Stories

Ghost stories! What's not to like? I'm a sucker for any sort of atmospheric horror tale. Creeping dread? Yes please! If you're a fan too, read on. Today I'm offering my opinion on two very different spooky tales. Don't agree with me? Please let me know in the comments. I'm quite curious to know what other folks thought of these.

First up is The Man in the Picture, by Susan Hill. I found this at The Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle when we visited during the Emerald City Comicon. It's my very favorite place to shop for books, and I had high hopes for this one. It was billed as an update of the classic gothic ghost tale, complete with family secrets, chills up the spine, and an elderly academic with deep regrets, all placed in the modern era. Well, it did deliver on those things, and it was indeed much like a Victorian ghost story, but for me it somehow fell flat. The story felt a bit airless, even, dare I say, stuffy. It was an entertaining read and I don't at all regret picking it up, but I think it hued a bit too close to convention for my tastes. That said, the book itself is a thing of beauty. Palm-sized, hardbound, nicely printed, and tastefully produced: a real little gem. I hope books like these are never completely replaced by digital copies.

At the other end of the spectrum is Volume One of Joe Harris and Steve Rolston's Ghost Projekt. I have to admit, I picked this up at House of Secrets in Burbank based only on its cover. Sure, there's some sort of ghost horse on there. But even better, holding the book is a tactile experience. There's a swirly, sandy veneer to it that kind of glows in the dark. I'm usually not such a push-over for that kind of thing, but c'mon, how could I resist?

What's inside, you may ask? Well, I don't want to give anything away but I will say that it's a real romp through post-soviet Russia, if such a thing is possible. There are scary ghost-things, a possibly trustworthy cat, high stakes for the American that gets himself involved, and some quite creepy disease-like killings. I say give this one a go if you aren't afraid of touching the cover. I can't promise that it's not feeding off your soul through your fingertips.

And please, feel free to suggest some of your favorite ghost stories. I'm always on the lookout for creeping dread!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Heathentown News!

It's been a long time coming, but Heathentown, my graphic novel with the brilliant artist Gabriel Hardman, is finally available in more than just a print edition. We were lucky enough to have it sell out its first run and enter a second printing last year (many, many thanks to everyone who bought a copy!) so it's time to conquer new realms by going digital.

Now (finally) you can read Heathentown right on your iPad, iPhone, Android, iPod Touch, or on the web. It's priced at only $3.99 from Comixology, and is guaranteed to give you your RDA of mammoths in just one sitting. Want to know more? Here's the way Comixology describes the book:

98 pages! When Anna travels deep within the Florida Everglades to attend her lover's funeral, she finds herself in an eerie small town where death is but a horrible beginning! In an attempt to discover the truth, she digs up her lover's coffin, starting a chain reaction which brings an ancient malevolence into the town - bent on her destruction!

Super spooky! You can learn what's lurking in the Everglades by hopping over to Comixology. Just think... Atmospheric horror for less than the price of a fancy latte!
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