That’s right, G6 with Goldrush comics. Me (Crowsong) and my pal Miles Greb, and his editorial person Drew Pierce are going to be in Spokane June 3-4. Come by the Spokane Convention center Sat and Sun @ 10 am. I’ll have copies of my graphic novel Vile: Legends of Thunder Valley and other goodies too.
It’s been awhile, but not as long as before. Just celebrated another Santa Claus holiday. Lots of goodies for lots of good boys and girls. I was pretty proud of some of my gifts too. I got Kris a keychain with a scorpion inside because she’s a scorpio. I also ended up picking her out some magical healing crystals. Boy was that a funny story. I got a pretty sweet Israeli paratrooper messenger bag and a blue tooth lamp that has sound! I did TOO need it! You don’t know me at all.
Lost 3 dear people this past few days. George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. So many others this year.
In addition to finishing Vile, and getting ready for the next project “Ded-Head, Made of Lead”, I’ve been working on my coloring and drawing skills. I’d love to be a good flatter and save a colorist time. I draw well enough, but not good enough for comics, so I’m trying to go from being able to plan-out a rough storyboard, but I want to help conceptualize and better relay what’s in my head to the fine readers. What about coloring though?
I started flatting Kirby pages a couple months ago. I started by inking and then coloring a Blackbolt pinup, and now this week I’ve decided I need something more complicated. I decided I’d find an old Mcfarlane Spidey page and give it a shot. Let me just say-holy crap he liked drawing birds. In one page of Spider-man there were like, 12 birds. And that beautiful webbing that he changed. Oh goodness, it is magnificent. Until you have to color it however…(my grumpy face here). Love the way it looks once it’s done, but Todd’s pages are SO full of information. The dude must never sleep.
We’re running a kickstarter starting January 3rd to raise a few more dollars for printing. As it stands now, we are clear to print 3000 copies and have that revenue from publisher. If we can raise 2000 more though, we can get a better deal with the printer and get the price down to less than a dollar. Anyone that knows anything about business can understand the cost and margins concepts. It’s creative and it’s artistic… but it’s still a business. I want to find a way to tell more of my stories because I think they help and people like them. Anything we raise over $2000.00 will go to paying back the expenses of creating the comic itself. Anyway, I hate hocking my stuff, but that is coming up.
So, a little bit about process. My little Post Script area I just conceived of. So, with any comic book, or book, or work of literature, there is a long and arduous and on-going process known as editing. Or proofing. Or checking. Or all of those. We check and test and read and let others read. It helps to catch mistakes and to round the edges so to speak. When I decided to finish Vile, and get a new team together, I wanted to say FUCK it and do things punk rock. I was paying to have it made anyway, so why not do it how I want?
I’m the fucking boss, ain’t I?
I made some decisions early on to be edgy and experiment with speech and text and SFX. I wanted to be full of shit is what I wanted, HAHA. I found a partner in Dyan Johnson who decided to experiment. Anyway, I got a list of changes from the editor, and it included all my edgy ideas. Ugh. What an ego hit. So, anyway, knowing how close I was to this thing, know what I decided to do?
Sendin’ out an S.O.S.
I decided to ask someone for help. Anyone close to me, within arm’s reach, knows that I don’t take critique as well as I should. So, knowing myself and knowing that I needed to breathe, to do things the right way and to stop sabotaging: I reached out to two of my comic book friends. I asked them to look at the edits and the story and to give me their honest opinions. They both did and it was so helpful. Thanks so much Frank Mula and Miles Greb. Anyway, I made sure that we would make the deadline of November and I’m proud to say that. I didn’t want to potentially delay the book, but in the interest of it, I was willing to do that if it were the right thing. My point here? …
… Is that I am awesome. Yeah, I have some swagger and confidence. I should. I’ve fought and lost and won a couple times too. I finished up a 2-month training regimen, and I killed it. I was beating myself of over not making better progress, but that’s just silly. You can’t beat yourself up because it wasn’t. You can be proud for what it wasn’t and then became. Yeah contemplate THAT one kiddos. Talk soon.
Folks, I am too sorry to even be here typing. It seems as though every time I type here, or post something, it’s been forever, so I won’t apologize anymore and we can all agree that I’ll be better about being a good friend. Awesome, moving on.
A few things, house cleaning, announcement stuff etc.
Vile is complete. The story of Hard Pants and Clem Styles has been told in graphic novel form. It was arduous, but it is finally complete. The team was up late into the night filing and editing and shifting and coloring. I wish I could say I was one of those people-my parts were done, and I was playing the role of oaf and being hard to get a hold of on the last day of deadline. Sorry again my dear friends Eleonora and Dyan.
PLEASE and pretty please preorder and tell your local comic store to carry Vile: Legends of Thunder Valley. It’s as independent as it gets and comics aren’t cheap to make. Indie Comics are never easy easy in any way. The finished book is 60+ pages of western-fantasy goodness.
If you want to read the comic that started it all, it’s available here at Comixology and print on demand here. I’ll be posting some teaser pictures here over the coming days and getting ready for a couple of comic conventions, so, stay tuned. I promise to write more. Oh, speaking of teaser art, the featured image here is a western style scene from Vile. It features a character named Masterson Kline from the story. Antonio Brandao did an amazing job bringing his character to life and helping to define him and the other characters in the story. Anyway! Anyone is welcome to use it for non commercial uses. If anyone is interested in using art form the book as wallpaper for their computers, or home :).
Eleonora Dalla Rosa did the amazing colors on the previously described art too.
Oh, and we have prints coming today as well as a revised updated edition of Vile coming tomorrow, which is the amazing Black Sparrow’s B-Day. Happy Birthday love.
Hello everyone. I wanted to drop in and touch base. Because, it has really been too long. I was inspired, got off of my butt, and now Vile is off of life support and running naked through the woods. I’ve added some really great members to the team, made some more friends and gotten things going again. Issue #2 is nearly complete! Although, the news about issue #2 has to wait, because we have another publisher! Rats and Crows Publishing, and they have some great things in the works.
Yeah, so right now, the plan for Vile is to release it once the story is completed and release it in February. Finally, the REAL hard work can begin. That brings me to the point of the writing. The new team.
But before we do, my new pal Steve Orlando, the writer for Midnighter, Super-Girl and Batman and Robin Eternal had this to say about Vile: Legends of Thunder Valley
VILE is a bold drumbeat resounding with Native American culture infused with raw myth and wonder — a rich, textured world where new gods are born every day and wake to welcome the tough face of a new century.
I’m honored this fine writer and person took the time to not only BUY Vile Legend, but to also give me this blurb. We need more people like Steve Orlando in the world.
The members of Vile: Legends of Thunder Valley, or Vile #2
Hey friends. Right now, Vile is available in 3 locations in and around Seattle, with more to come. Arcane has sold out and restocked once already, so go get your copies.
Couple of items here. Arcane comics in Ballard has purchased 15 copies of Vile total. I’ve restocked 3 times there. Tiny little shop with knowledgeable staff and an area upfront near the register that moves copies. Other than their exceptional staff, easy to find location and well placed new comics, I cant figure out why they’ve sold so many copies of the book. Other stores have sold copies, but just not as well as Arcane for some reason. Anyway, I’m clearly not complaining, but, I wonder if it’s because I live a block away? Some things to think about.
Subspace comics in Lynnwood WA. is now on board to carry Vile #1. It’s in the back of the store in their Independent area. It’s a great well lit shop that is next door to an AWESOME used video game store named Another Castle Games. Cool and helpful staff. I found a copy of Shadow of Colossus for 16.50, and a copy of The Getaway for $1.00. Crazy good prices. They have a new, unopened copy of Shadow for $40.00. Anyway, if you’re in the area, stop by both stores.
Hey all, as many of you know I’ve been sharing stories and talking comics with you for awhile. I’ve also been an aspiring comic creator for sometime as well. I’m happy to say that TWO of my comics have been picked up by publishers. The first is “VILE” and Alterna Comics has decided to publish the indie comic. The second is an ongoing series called GEARS AND GHOSTS by INC. comics.
Right now, I’m trying to raise the money to get VILE finished and out to publication late this summer. I have to raise money to finish the costs and hoping some of my readers could help spread the word. Spreading the word, contributing or perhaps offering services are all great and useful ways to contribute. I’m adding the campaign links below, as well as the web address. It goes without saying that I won’t be reviewing any more comics, but Hank may still! Thanks so much and please keep coming back, as I’ll still do some video games stuff as well as posting about my comics, and your news too.
Yep, another “What’s old is new again” series from Marvel. Seems as though they’re taking the most impactful series and twisting them for their new Battleworld event, gimmick or whatever else you’d like to call it. It’s certain though, there are some talented folks at Marvel working overtime to get quality words and art written for the crazyness Marvel is unleashing with titles like Planet Hulk #1. They’re also doing wonky things with Google and search terms, as all of these old comics are resurfacing and causing confusion. Way to go MARVEL! Ha! Anyway, read on for the short details about Planet Hulk #1 and have a sneak peek at some of the fantastic art if features.
PLANET HULK #1
Written by SAM HUMPHRIES
Art by MARK LAMING
Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
Variant Cover by MUKESH SINGH
We’ve been doing a ton of Marvel news, so I thought I would share a lot of their news that I receive in one convenient post. It’s copied from my newsletter that I receive via email. We’ll continue to post original art and news that they send my way.
New Star Wars Series: Kanan: The Last Padawan
If you think the Star Wars hype is over, you’re surely mistaken young Padawan! Speaking of Padawans, Marvel is happy to introduce a new ongoing Star Wars series coming this April, titled Star Wars – Kanan: The Last Padawan! Written by Greg Weisman with art from Pepe Larraz, Kanan ties into the “Star Wars Rebels” animated series, looking back on the earlier life of its main character, Kanan Jarrus. With a slightly darker tone than the television series, Kanan looks to match the feel of Episodes IV and V. Subscribe to this new series today!
Introducing The Uncanny Inhumans!
We’ve already seen the Uncanny X-Men, Uncanny X-Force, and Uncanny Avengers. What’s next, you ask? None other than the Uncanny Inhumans from fan-favorite creative team Charles Soule and Steve McNiven (Death of Wolverine). Beginning with issue #0 this April, the Uncanny Inhumans will focus primarily on Black Bolt and his pseudo death post-Inifnity. With two ongoing series, an appearance in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, and their growing presence in the Marvel universe, the Inhumans are here to stay! Subscribe to learn more about this Uncanny team!
Big Things Are Coming….
A Secret War is on the horizon! What does this mean for the state of the Marvel Universe? Well, it wouldn’t have “Secret” in the title if we gave it away that easily! All we can say for now is that you’re in for a surprise — a huge surprise that shakes the very foundation of the Marvel Universe! Stay tuned for more information. You don’t want to miss this!
Star Wars Comics are BACK!
Marvel’s Star Wars comics are back! You didn’t know? What, are you buried under a rock on the moon of Endor? It’s not too late to subscribe to all three new Marvel Star Wars series, including the self-titled Star Wars from Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, Darth Vader from Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca, and Princess Leiafrom Mark Waid and Terry Dodson. Subscribe to all three series today for a special combo price!
Spiders, Spiders Everywhere!
Are your spider senses tingling? It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s a new Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, or Spider-Gwen waiting for you! Best thing is, it’s not too late to subscribe to any of these new spider-rific ongoing Marvel series, including Amazing Spider-Man from Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos, Silk from Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee, Spider-Woman from Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodrigeuz, and the popular Spider-Gwen from Jason Latour and Javier Rodriguez! Subscribe to all the spider-series today!
The Great Destroyer Revealed in NEW AVENGERS #31 Hickman & Walker Bring You a Key Issue on the Road to SECRET WARS!
Head swimming with Marvel news, Batlleworld events and Spider-Verse Tie ins? Yeah, our heads are a bitty DROWNEDY at the moment here too. We’re trying to keep it all organized for you. That brings us to the Great Destroyer in New Avengers #31. Jonathon Hickman and Kev Walker bring you this universe shattering tale to debut in March. Details and a preview of New Avengers # 31 and the Battleworld tie in can be found deep below within this wonderful article. If you’re trying to make heads or tails or webs of things, have a look at our interactive battle map here. Thanks for reading, and keep your eyes peeled for more.
NEW AVENGERS #31 (JAN150812)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by KEV WALKER
Cover by IN-HYUK LEE
Women of Marvel Variant by LAURA BRAGA (JAN150813)
It looks like Marvel will continue the Spider-Verse event into Warzone! this May. The Spider characters from all over the many universes and realities will bring the battle to Morlun in Spider-Verse #1. We get to see a team comprised of Spider-man Noir, Spider-Girl, Spider-Ham as well as Spider-Gwen (couldn’t they have been more creative with the Spider-Man UK and Spider-Man India?) in a spider free for all.
Senior Editor Nick Lowe had this to say about the event:
“The SPIDER-VERSE event in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN brought you the first team of Spider-Men,but not the last! Here we build and expand upon the Spider-Verse story in insane new ways!”
Let’s see what happens, eh faithful readers? Make yours Marvel, if you want.
Written by MIKE COSTA
Art by ANDRE LIMA ARAUJO
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
Variant Cover by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
Noooooo. So Swampy gets cancelled in March?!! Thanks alot Convergence. Truth be told I am distraught! By now you have also read this head line. Personally I have refused to believe it. It has me holding back the current issues of Swampy out of both fear and excitement. So, I have been grappling with this decision for a little while now. Then I decided to write a review about the Justice League Dark where so many of favorite axed characters (Swampy included) are currently residing and working only to discover a few days after posting that article, that it too is getting cancelled ! What is going on ?? DC, are you trying to mirror Marvel’s Disney excesses now? Who knows how long I will be blaming this Convergence event for putting out to pasture some of my favorite titles. I also dislike the choice to cancel Aquaman and the Others, but I will be addressing that in my next article. For all the success that the DC TV shows are breeding, they have also been holding their own with the brevity of many of their current comic book titles. I have no idea why they are throwing out so many babies with the bath water.
Swamp Thing is by far my favorite title ever and with its most current run, it adds yet another stellar chapter to his history in the comic books as well as further establishing his place in the DC universe. I have never picked up a title or issue of swampy that I wasn’t thrilled and enthralled by. I have too many good things to say to be objective. In fact, that’s why I have never attempted to review it because I love it so much.
I read and heard some rumblings about Swampy being a part of the Convergence, but I have yet to hear the title under which he will now dwell. I’d be delighted if anyone could share this info with me. From the very beginning of the New 52 Swampy has been right on and has been a fantastic vehicle for a slew of awesome writers! I cannot say enough good things about the Rot World arc, because it was a difficult battle for Swampy and he had to call on a lot of friends to eventually get the dirty work done. I find little fault in Swampy’s adventures, so I had no need to review something I already loved? Yet with the sudden developments I knew I had to do this review/obituary to indeed to not only confess my love for Swamp Thing as well as clearly express my doubts about this so called Convergence event. Which, at first glance appears to be nothing close to the success, mystery, and excitement of the Blackest Night event which accomplished a lot creatively and set the stage pretty solidly for The New 52 relaunch.
Now this is less of a review and more of an obituary. I also felt the need to share my disgust in a scathing criticism of the current state of affairs with DC. It appears to be somewhat chaotic and scrambling and for what reason? Why is DC compelled to reboot everything ? Personally I think this will work to get the smaller presses and their titles into the hands of readers and comic book lovers. Dark horse has always been adept at doing so, thus their longevity. Same with Boom and IDW, because they all have pretty strong rosters these days and I think they will all do even better this year than all the years previously due to all the confusion DC and Marvel have now started to seed on a weekly basis. With big promises and promotions that never really deliver on what they say they will, Over promising and under delivering is bad for any business. It is a both a compelling and sad state for the big boys of the comic book world however we can never underestimate the power of the little guys that have now an opportunity to by pass up the big boys. Yet on the other hand, we might have just flown past the current sweet spot comics has been in for a few years now. Alot of that success has been a byproduct of branching out and giving some of the lesser heroes their own titles. Doing so also helps to break in a lot of good writers who would otherwise never have a chance to break in with the big boys. I also like it when the titles keep it simple.
Swampy has always kept it simple and straightforward even when juggling different battles in different worlds, all the while sharing the pages with other DC characters. He has never gotten too busy. In fact Swamp Thing has always been accessible and relate able in any one issue no matter where it happens to be in a particular arc. So it’s sad by all means yet at the same time it seems to be a fertile field this year where the smaller guys are set up to make leaps and bounds over the big boys. Hopefully this will lead to a breath of fresh air in the comic world while giving birth to some new heroes and new titles. And until then if you get a chance show Swampy some love by telling DC they are making a huge mistake by removing one of their most iconic, popular, and useful hero’s from their universe.
Includes comicbook preview pages and variant covers.
It was just a matter of time before Disney unleashed its talented stable of Marvel creators and artists upon us. That time has come as Princess Leia #1 makes its debut. I’ve included the preview packet directly from Marvel, as well as other Star Wars comicbook news. The cover for the comic is a little more playful, with Leia showing some leg. We all have high hopes for the series and look forward to seeing what else Marvel can do with the Star Wars comics.
PRINCESS LEIA #1 (JAN150727)
Written by MARK WAID
Art & Cover by TERRY DODSON
Variant Covers by ALEX ROSS (JAN150730), MARK BROOKS (JAN150732),
J SCOTT CAMPBELL (JAN150729), SKOTTIE YOUNG (JAN150733)
And BUTCH GUICE (JAN150735)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (JAN150734)
Teaser Variant by JOHN CASSADAY (JAN150728)
Movie Variant Also Available (JAN150736)
Alex Ross Sketch Variant Also Available (JAN150731)