Friday, March 27, 2015

New CBLDF fund-raiser via Groupees.com and Dynamite

 from the official press release . . . . .

March 26, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Groupees LLC, a unique media and charity bundling site, will host - for the first time ever - a ten-day comic book bundle promotion that allows fans and curious newcomers to purchase over 80 digital Dynamite comics and graphic novels with "Pay What You Want" purchasing power.  A portion of proceeds will be contributed to one of the industry's most important charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  The bundle promotion will run from Thursday, March 26, through Monday, April 6, on the website Groupees.com.

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Through the Groupees program, customers can purchase a bundle of digital comic book and graphic novels for a price they decide.  The first tier of exciting digital content is unlocked with the dollar minimum investment, but consumers can double their take by reaching the $5.00 second tier.  Dynamite offers a highly desirable batch of comics at the third tier for a $10.00 minimum investment, including the bestselling Dynamite Art of Alex Ross art book.

For those who participate in the "Pay What You Want" initiative with considerable support, Dynamite will reward the top ten consumers with special prizes.  The Top Prize will see the contributor illustrated on the cover of an upcoming Dynamite comic book, alongside the title character, and the cover will be drawn by superstar artist Jae Lee.  The winner will also receive 100 copies of the comic and the original artwork.  The second, third, and fourth-highest contributors will be illustrated as characters on one interior page of a Dynamite comic book, while the fifth through tenth-highest contributors will receive a hand-drawn illustration of their favorite Dynamite character, illustrated by Jae Lee. Additionally, top-secret Group Bonuses will be unlocked for all consumers to enjoy when the overall orders reach certain thresholds.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Dynamite Entertainment to offer this First Edition Dynamite Groupees Comic Bundle," says Thomas Brooke, Groupees Founder and CEO.  "Dynamite has an exceptional catalogue of titles and is offering fans in this promotion an amazing deal on some truly exceptional books including the likes of George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.  As we expand into this category of media, we look forward to continuing to work with Dynamite to offer literary fans of all types curated, great deals during our online social events that connect fans and artists."

The $1.00 Minimum Tier features superhero action, pulp intrigue, Victorian mystery, tough-talkin' private eyes, and mind-blowing swords-and-sorcery, courtesy of some of the comic industry's brightest stars: Gail Simone ( Batgirl), Alex Ross ( Kingdom Come), Tim Seeley ( Hack/Slash), Jim Krueger ( Earth X), David Liss ( Black Panther), and more.   This accessible bundle includes:

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Project Superpowers (Vol. 1) #0 - #7

Dawn/Vampirella #1

The Spider #1 - #6

Chaos! #1 - #6 Chaos01-Cov-Campbell

Shaft #1

Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives #1 - #5

Red Sonja (Vol. 2) #1 - #6

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The $5.00 Minimum Tier features 48 comics written by the mainstream's most beloved authors and movie directors, like George R.R. Martin ( A Game of Thrones), Quentin Tarantino ( Pulp Fiction), Kevin Smith ( Clerks), Warren Ellis ( Iron Man, Red), Garth Ennis ( Punisher), Jim Butcher ( Dresden Files), and Nancy A. Collins ( Sunglasses After Dark).  Also, the Fox cartoon sensation Bob's Burgers, gaming powerhouse Pathfinder, and rock ‘n roll icon Alice Cooper round out the package, making it worth the additional investment.

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A Game of Thrones #1

Vampirella: Feary Tales #1 - #2

Warren Ellis' Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1

Garth Ennis' Jennifer Blood #1 - #3

Alice Cooper #1 - #3

Bob's Burgers #1 - #2

Army of Darkness (Vol. 3) #1 - #5

Purgatori #1 - #4

Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #1  - #10 BloodQueen-01-Cov-Anacleto

Django/Zorro #1 - #2

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Storm Front (Vol. 1) #1 - #4

Pathfinder #1 - #6

Cryptozoic Man #1 - #4

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Finally, the $10.00 Minimum Tier features 17 comic books by Bill Willingham ( Fables), Jim Starlin (the creator of Thanos from Marvel's The Avengers), and Tom Clancy (the video game Splinter Cell), as well as the bestselling Dynamite Art of Alex Ross, a 328-page retrospective of the influential painter's cover artwork and character designs on such characters as Vampirella, Green Hornet, The Bionic Man, the Kirbyverse, Black Terror, and more. Legenderry01-Cov-Benitez

 

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Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure #1 - #7

Dreadstar #1 - #6

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Echoes #1 - #4

Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment, says, "Groupees has a unique and incredible mechanism to engage fans and bring content to a new audience, as well as reward any fans of our existing audience who wish to take advantage of this promotion.  They've built a model that stands out and can help grow the fan base for comics, which in turn can bring more readers to the industry, and that is extremely exciting.  With comics being - if not the only, then one of the only - forms of print that has grown side by side with digital, we're proud to be working with Thomas and his team to create more awareness of comics among their audience, who in turn will come into our industry and many of whom will then become ongoing readers."

Part of the proceeds from the first-ever Dynamite Groupees Bundle will contribute to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers.

Fans and curious newcomers are encouraged to visit Groupees.com between Thursday, March 26, and Monday, April 6, to take advantage of the first-ever comic bundle hosted by Groupees.

World War Z Movie Review

World War Z is movie that shouldn’t be any good. The source material was a collection of stories from individual survivors that never intersected, leaving nothing useful to make a movie out of other than the title. Max Brooks, the author of the original book, is the spoiled rich kid of Mel Brooks and insists he created the modern zombie and decries anyone else’s work. The movie is PG-13 which is odd for a zombie movie. Add to all this, the movie being pushed back to do last minute re-shoots to accommodate negative preview reaction.
With all this against it, it’s amazing that the movie is actually my favorite of the summer so far. The source material was thrown out to create a totally new story. Max Brooks was passed over for script writing duty with J. Michael Straczynski actually writing the first version. The edits that make it PG-13 don’t detract from the story and the re-shoots obviously did what they were designed to do.
Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is a retired UN employee who is going about his normal life when the zombie plague overtakes his hometown of Philadelphia. Rescued by his previous employer, he quickly realizes he has been drafted back in to service as he jet-sets around the globe in a desperate attempt to find Patient Zero and find any clues that might turn the tide against the masses of undead.
The set pieces of multiple countries allows a little from the book to seep through as far as various defense scenarios and how the dead eventually overcome them. It’s always in the background and used as a plot device that would have to occur anyway.
The characters are all well fleshed out and the dynamic between husband and wife is instantaneous and believable despite the chaos that unfolds mere minutes into the movie. Gerry has a UN military escort but is not a stereotypical shotgun-wielding bad ass. That he survives his encounters with the undead is mostly due to luck and some planning.
The one part of this movie that propels it to be a five star review is the ending. In most zombie movies, the protagonists die until it comes down to one sole survivor (and sometimes his girlfriend, if she’s lucky). Although this movie does rack up an impressive body count, it manages to avoid this trope and the ending is one that convincingly dawns a new morning for the human race.
Note on 3D: All done post production. I saw it in 3D but aside from some falling zombies, it didn't have enough moments to be a great 3D film.  Suggest watching in 2D.
Final rating (out of 5): 5_Star

Monday, March 23, 2015

ONI Press gets two more new titles ready for release . . . .

from the official press releases . . . . . . .

EISNER-NOMINATED CARTOONIST BEN TOWLE'S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED COMIC COMES TO PRINT

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PORTLAND, OR March 23rd, 2015 - Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, announced today Oyster War, a colorful, comedic historical graphic novel by three time Eisner-nominated cartoonist Ben Towle (Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean). Oyster War will release on September 23rd, and will be an SPX debut.

In the coastal town of Blood's Haven, the economy runs on oysters.  Oyster farming is one of the most lucrative professions, but also the most dangerous.  Not just from the unforgiving ocean and its watery depths—there are also oyster pirates to worry about! Commander Davidson Bulloch and his motley crew are tasked with capturing these ne'er-do-wells—but they don't know that Treacher Fink, the pirates' leader, possesses a magical artifact that can call forth a legendary spirit with the power to control the sea and everything in it!

“I started work on Oyster War five years ago with a very specific vision,” says creator Ben Towle.  “I'd done several historical fiction books previously and now I wanted to jump squarely into the realm of the fantastic.  Oyster War is a nautical adventure story set in a not-quite-real late 19th century US that's full of pirates, brawlers, sea serpents, and shape-shifters.  It's far and away my favorite work to-date.  I couldn't be happier with the way Oni's bringing the Oyster War print collection to life.  Presentation was always in the back of my mind as I worked on the story.  From the get-go I conceived of Oyster War as a big, hardcover, European album-sized book with high-end production values—and that's exactly what's going to wind up in readers' hands!”

CULLEN BUNN, DREW MOSS AND NICK FILARDI CREATE A SOUTHERN HORROR TALE

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PORTLAND, OR March 22nd, 2015 - Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, announced today Blood Feud, a Southern horror series by Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Hellbreak), Drew Moss (Terrible Lizard), and Nick Filardi (Helheim, Brides of Helheim). Blood Feud will release on October 7th.

Blood Feud is a Southern tale of vampires, necromancers, horrific spiders and family feuds that survive beyond the grave.

Writer Cullen Bunn adds,  “Subtitled ‘A Vampire Yarn... With Spiders,’ Blood Feud is a book that means a lot to me on a lot of different levels.  It's a story that's been with me for years, and the characters are, in one way or another, people who were important in my life, especially while I was growing up in rural North Carolina and Missouri.  Spider Creek, the town in which this horrific little tale takes place, may be fictional, but it's also very real.  It draws bits and pieces from towns like Newton Grove and Dudley and Koshkonong and Thayer to form a place that might very well be the location for an invasion of blood-sucking demonic beasties.  Blood Feud is also my chance to re-team with Drew Moss and Nick Filardi.  This is a story of humor and horror in the vein of movies like Fright Night and Phantasm and Evil Dead 2, and I couldn't think of two better co-conspirators to bring this story to life!”

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A sneak peak inside the Valiant bullpen via BUZZFEED.COM

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Use the link below to check out a great write-up on Valiant Comics by Daniel Kibblesmith.  There are some insights into the creative process as well as a good overview of the entire company . . . . . . .

 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/danielkibblesmith/ninjak#.foBj5b6bqb

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Gages to create historical epic graphic novel for ONI Press

from the official press release . . . . . . . . . . .

PORTLAND, OR March 21st, 2015 - Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, announced today Lion of Rora, an original graphic novel by Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil, Avengers Academy, Buffy thb1ab0a35-5c46-4187-84b0-a373a6259123e Vampire Slayer Season Nine), Ruth Fletcher Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil, Law and Order: SVU), and Jackie Lewis. Lion of Rora will release on August 5th.

Lion of Rora tells the true story of Joshua Janavel and the Waldensians, a persecuted Christian movement in 17th century Italy. Joshua is inspired to lead his people to resist the tyranny of the local duke and fight for their freedom. His tale is one of hope, strength, and unshakable faith.

“The Waldensians are Ruth’s ancestors, so the story of Joshua Janavel is a personal and important one to us," said Christos Gage. "But it’s also a universal tale of the struggle for freedom, family and a safe place to call home. Jackie Lewis has done an incredible job capturing both the epic scope of the battles and the small moments that convey Janavel’s struggle between the simple man of peace he wanted to be and the brilliant general he became. We couldn’t ask for a better presentation than what Oni has given Lion of Rora. ”

Hopeless Savages Returns in August via ONI Press

From the official press release. . . .

ALL NEW HOPELESS SAVAGES STORY BY ORIGINAL CREATOR JEN VAN METER, MEREDITH MCCLAREN AND FEATURING CHRISTINE NORRIE



PORTLAND, OR March 20th, 2015 - Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, announced today Hopeless Savages: Break, a new chapter in the Hopeless Savages story, by original series creator Jen Van Meter and artist Meredith McClaren (Hinges), featuring art by original series artist Christine Norrie. Hopeless Savages: Break will release on August 12th, 2015.

Hopeless Savages: Break continues the story of fan favorite protagonist Zero and her punk rock family. Zero finds herself in college and thoroughly hating it, though an upcoming tour with her band The Dusted Bunnies promises to rejuvenate her spirits. A rival band threatens to end the tour early, and without her family, Zero is in no position to fight back. Meanwhile, the rest of the Hopeless-Savages are dealing with their own problems, including babies, contracts and drug addictions. If there’s one family who can pull it all off, it’s this one.

“The first Hopeless-Savages story came out in 2000,” Jen Van Meter notes. “Fifteen years! And for every one of them, I've been so grateful for the support of Oni Press and the work of every one of the many amazing artists who've helped me bring this family to life. It took a really, really long time to write Break--largely for personal reasons; I was growing up along with the characters, and I felt a disconnect I couldn't articulate. When James Lucas Jones--doing what a great editor does--suggested I run toward that, I finally found the emotional center for this story; then Meredith McClaren came aboard and brought beautiful storytelling, great instincts about the characters, and a wonderful sense of humor, making everything I wrote a thousand times better. The icing on the cake, for me, was when Christine Norrie was able to make time to do the flashback sequences; she's been with me, Zero, Twitch and the rest of the family since the beginning, and I'm thrilled she was able to continue on this strange road trip with us.”










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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Conner, Cooke, Palmiotti, Tieri return to Baltimore Con 2015

from the official press release . . . . .

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - March 16, 2015 -  Come to Baltimore's Inner Harbor for the 16th annual Baltimore Comic-Con on September 25-27, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center.  We are excited to welcome to our show returning guests Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Frank Tieri.

Working in the comics industry since the late 1980s, Amanda Conner got her start working for major publishers like Marvel Comics on Solo Avengers and Excalibur, and Archie Comics on Archie and The Adventures of Bayou Billy.  As her career progressed, she worked for a number of noteworthy titles at smaller comics companies, including Soulsearchers and Company for Claypool and Vengeance of Vampirella at Harris.  She has since had an extensive illustration career, both in and out of comics, and her latest industry work can be seen on DC Comics' Convergence and Convergence: Action Comics covers, and on Harley Quinn, where she is providing both art and writing (with her husband, Jimmy Palmiotti).

Last with us in 2008, Darwyn Cooke made his mark in the comics industry after working in animation such notable series as Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Batman Beyond.  His initial success at DC Comics on the graphic novel Batman: Ego parlayed into further work on Marvel's X-Force, Wolverine/Doop, and Spider-Man's Tangled Web. He later went on to work on such noteworthy titles as DC's Just Imagine..., Detective Comics, DC: The New Frontier, and Solo.  More recently, Cooke has been the cartoonist behind IDW's Richard Stark's Parker series of graphic novels as well as work on a number of DC's Before Watchmen series and variant covers for Action ComicsConvergence, and Harley Quinn.

Jimmy Palmiotti is renowned in the comics industry as a writer, artist, and editor.  Originally working as an inker, he has since gone on to contribute to major titles and runs at comic companies large and small.  He co-founded Event Comics in the mid-1990s, where he worked on titles such as Ash and Painkiller Jane.  He later moved to Marvel Comics, working on the launch of their Marvel Knights line with the "Guardian Devil" storyline in Daredevil.  In addition to co-writing DC Comics' Harley Quinn with his wife, Amanda Conner, he also writes their Batwing: Future's End and Star Spangled War Stories featuring G.I. Zombie (both with writing partner Justin Gray), and BOOM! Studios' Palmiotti & Brady's The Big Con Job,

Writer Frank Tieri  has established a strong voice in the comics industry, working for many publishers and injecting his unique style along with amusing references to popular culture .  He has contributed to a broad range of titles across many publishers, including Marvel's Iron Man, Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man, and Punisher: Noir, DC's Batman, Detective Comics, Hawkman, and Grifter, Dynamite Entertainment's Red Sonja: The Black Tower, and Top Cow's The Darkness.  His latest work can be found in DC Comics' Convergence: Suicide Squad, Convergence: Justice League, and Arkham Manor: Endgame, and Marvel's AXIS: Revolutions.

"It's been too long since we've seen Darwyn, and we missed Amanda and Jimmy last year ," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con.  "Along with Frank, this is another fantastic group of talented creators that our fans clamor for, and we're so pleased they're returning."

Oni Press prepares open submission policy for May 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: Attention Creators, Writers, Artists. Here’s a chance to make your pitch and partner with a great independent comics company . . . .

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PORTLAND, OR March 19th, 2015 - Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, announced today they will begin accepting submissions and pitches in May. Under this policy all writers, artists, cartoonists, and colorists seeking to publish their work with Oni Press will be able to submit their portfolio to the Oni Press editorial team.


Oni Press will accept submissions electronically through email.  Creators whose submissions are selected for follow up will be contacted within a designated length of time. Further specific details on the process and where to submit will be released this May.


"We are on the hunt for new stories from new creators, featuring characters that reflect the diversity of the world around us," added Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones.  "Oni Press has always valued content and execution, and we are looking for creators and projects that can support our goal to publish excellent, varied, and original work."

About Oni Press
Oni Press has been Portland’s premier indie comic book publisher since 1997.  Home to a range of rad comics including Scott Pilgrim, The Sixth Gun, Invader Zim, Rick and Morty, Stumptown, Princess Ugg, Letter 44 and The Bunker, Oni Press strives to create comics for you.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

What’s New This Week? INVISIBLE REPUBLIC

 

INVISIBLE REPUBLIC #1 (Image Comics, release date March 18, 2015) Created and written by Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko. Art by Gabriel Hardman. Colors by Jordan Boyd. Design by Dylan Todd.

Do you enjoy your space opera spiced with a little politics and revolution?  Then INVISIBLE REPUBLIC may be your escapist ticket to ride.

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The year is 2843. Thanks to faster than light travel, human civilization has expanded to many planets across the galaxies.  Avalon, a small moon, has recently experienced economic collapse due to the failure of the Malory Regime to maintain power and influence. With no government services or police force, things deteriorate rapidly.  Most citizens, looking for better opportunities, opt to leave via crowded off-world transport. Commonwealth soldiers (of the Republic?) patrol the planet, mainly to ensure an orderly departure and enforce the curfew.

Croger Babb, a news reporter who apparently has seen better days, tries to question the remaining residents and gather some opinions through ‘man in the street’ interviews. While attempting conversation with a ragtag improvised food vendor, Babb spots some unusual papers being used as fuel for the tramp’s fire.  He recovers a manuscript that turns out to be a diary detailing an historic encounter forty years prior.

These handwritten pages turn out to be significant, as they provide a previously unknown background into the early days of the recently deposed dictator.  This is the set-up for future issues of INVISIBLE REPUBLIC.  The personal journal of Maia Reveron, which Croger Babb will try to market as a press exclusive, reveals some earlier times with her cousin Arthur McBride (who later became the dictator).  The diary notes with great detail (and amazing fight scenes as illustrated by Hardman) the disturbing violent tendencies of her cousin.

While reminiscent of several familiar stories of disintegrating society (BLADE RUNNER and 1984 among them, mainly for the scenes of weathered and desolate streets) I’m reminded most of the classic TRANSMETROPOLITAN Vertigo series (which also makes me very hopeful for INVISIBLE REPUBLIC’s potential).  However, with just one issue in of what looks to be an epic, it’s hard to determine if Babb is the main character or just a foil for introduction purposes.

Co-creator Gabriel Hardman calls INVISIBLE REPUBLIC a “political sci-fi conspiracy thriller” and Issue #1 provides plenty to support the first half of that description.  Along with co-creator (and wife) Corinna Bechko they paint a portrait of a despondent society in transition.

Any opportunity to view the dynamic art style of Hardman once more is a very welcome opportunity.  I’m been a fan of his work since Boom’s PLANET OF THE APES and DEATHMATCH series.

In early press releases, INVISIBLE REPUBLIC has been described as “Breaking Bad meets Blade Runner” like a Hollywood movie pitch always refers to other works.  I’m not sure that is a very accurate description, but it does get attention. Whether or not INVISIBLE REPUBLIC resembles either of those works remains to be seen. It’s too early to tell.  BLADE RUNNER at it’s root was a  speculation on artificial intelligence, posing the question  - will we be able to distinguish humans from life-like computers in the future?  As mentioned earlier in this review -  the barren, deteriorated planet in INVISIBLE REPUBLIC will remind some of the city back-drops in BLADE RUNNER.  At the root of BREAKING BAD is the story of a noble man corrupted by power, as season after season detailed his progression into darkness.  I could see how INVISIBLE REPUBLIC may follow that same path, as the found diary details the early life of the deposed dictator and may chronicle his ascension into political power and later descent into exile. 

The back pages content of INVISIBLE REPUBLIC provides a glimpse at the script and art process in progress and how they mesh, as well as profiles of all creative team members.

I would hazard a guess that comic shop initial orders were on the light side for INVISIBLE REPUBLIC. So, if you are interested and want to insure that you get a copy of Issue #1, contact your local comics store now and ask them to hold a copy for you.  Otherwise, the shelves could be empty by the time you arrive there. If you are a fan of well-developed science fiction, then I urge you to do so.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Comics now a regular feature at SXSW Festival via Comixology

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s been three years since COMIXOLOGY launched SUBMIT, offering small independent press and self-published works via their digital platform.  That announcement occurred at South By Southwest (SXSW) the premier music, film and cultural event held every March in Austin, Texas. For their third appearncement at SXSW, COMIXOLOGY has some big offerings.  We will share that information in a separate article.

Author Duane Swierczynski visits Comic Book Shop: A lifelong interest in crime and horror in comics and literature

          Despite outward appearances and a reputation for dark and gritty crime fiction, you won’t find a nicer, more amiable person in Philadelphia than author Duane Swierczynski.  He visited The Comic Book Shop in Wilmington, Delaware on Sunday afternoon March 8 to sign copies of THE BLACK HOOD from Archie Comics as well as hardback editions of his latest crime novel CANARY. In between the signings he took time to chat with fans and readers of his works, willing to discuss a variety of topics from comics to crime novels, television shows, and the craft of writing.  He had some particularly good advice and words of wisdom to share with this aspiring fiction writer and blogger.

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         THE BLACK HOOD is the flagship title in Archie’s venture into more mature markets with it’s Dark Circle imprint.  THE BLACK HOOD is definitely worthy of that honor, being the story of a Philadelphia police officer who regrets a decision that left him disfigured and also guilty of downing an innocent man.  He turns to vigilantism on the dark streets of Philadelphia.  It’s both gritty and realistic - -  and a much different take on this genre than his bloody, violent work on X for Dark Horse Comics.

        Speaking of X and his other current work in comics, Swierczynski is at a transition point.  Several of these titles are ending, and he’s hard at work on new creations.  X will wrap up with Issue #24 (due in April).  With sales tapering off, Dark Horse has decided to suspend publication of X for the time being, leaving open the possibility of a return as a limited series or several mini-series.  Swierczynski does have a new project in the works for Dark Horse, of which he’s not at liberty to discuss.

        He’s still writing JUDGE DREDD for IDW. That title will conclude at Issue #30. Swierczynski says he’s grateful that it ran as long as it did, considering many other new works don’t make their one year anniversary.  He also feels that he’s told the stories of Judge Dredd that he wanted to tell; and there might be some more work in his future with IDW.

    As for THE BLACK HOOD, the first story arc concludes in Issue #5.  The next five-issue story arc is in discussion with the editorial department at Archie Comics, although his contract does not specify a fixed number of issues and is wide open to continue indefinitely as a  monthly title.

     Finally, he’s hard at work on a creator-owned property for Fall 2015 publication. All he can share right now is that it’s a crime comic done for a known publisher who will be creating a new imprint.

   On the crime fiction side, CANARY is his ninth novel.  He’s now writing on average one novel per year. Novel #10 was just turned in to an editor - - REVOLVER – expected to debut in 2016.  

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 Photo at left: Swierczynski confers with his young son, a newly promoted sales assistant as they debate some marketing plans and strategy.  The mini-muffins have served well as a magnet to draw in hungry readers.

 

 

 

          Swierczynski has been reading comics since childhood, with a short break. His favorite reads are crime and horror comics, which he started reading when books cost only 25 cents and could be picked up at a local newsstand.  He especially remembers one of his first prized treasures – a copy of Marvel’s WEREWOLF BY NIGHT that came in a special edition with a 45 rpm vinyl record.  He stopped reading comics after college, and came back to them in 2000. Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN got him interested in comics all over again, and a stop each Wednesday to a comic  store has become part of his weekly routine.

    He’s currently a fan of the recently released BIG MAN PLANS from Eric Powell and cites HIT by Bryce Carlson and 100 BULLETS by Brian Azzarello as among his favorite works.