Thursday, February 28, 2019
My novel is now available for download! Check it out for free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited member.
Apparently, I do receive fairly decent royalties based on how far readers make it into the novel. With Amazon, you never know how long something lasts, but I hope you guys consider a download.
Black Hat Blues is the story of a washed up comics professional, facing the end of his career. Exciting stuff, I know.
Well, I’m not here to bore anyone. What if the bitter old man came face to face with his most malevolent creation? And people started disappearing?
Is the fictional comics pro based on any real creator? Well, there is that guy who still only communicates via fax.
And the prolific writer who once referred to Marvel’s editor-in-chief as “subliterate.”
And the living legend whose disdain for modern fanboys is palpable.
And the man who wove a creative tapestry over the course of decades, only to be removed in the middle of a storyline.
And the renowned artist who turned in pages of stick figure drawings, confident his contract allowed the creative expression.
And the creators who self-published an underground parody, later watching it become a worldwide merchandising sensation.
And the idealist writer working on that merchandising sensation who viewed it solely as a means of educating kids on hot-button environmental issues.
And the fiery lefty who was shamed by the internet, told his comic about a minority hero wasn’t “his story to tell.”
And the famous cheesecake artist who caused a stir when he dared present a fully clothed image of a superheroine with her butt in the air.
Seriously, he’s not based on anyone in particular. But all of these things were inspiration, adding some color to the character.
It’s not exactly a superhero story in the prose format, but comics-specific writing is an influence.
I’ve never read Mayer’s SUPERFOLKS, but I imagine it’s treading a similar path. Morrison and Busiek view SUPERFOLKS as revelatory. I’ve also heard complaints it’s poorly written. Don’t know.
I didn’t want the novel to influence what I was doing, but I’ll fully acknowledge other people have tested these ideas before.
Instead of setting a superhero story against the backdrop of a mid-life crisis, it’s more about looking back at the end and reflecting on what you’ve created.
It’s about creativity, and the forces standing against it. About family, what we leave behind, and how much of it even matters.
It’s also about those 1980s half-hour toy commercials, and the moral outrages of today, compared to yesterday’s.
I hope you give it a shot. I wrote it for a general audience, but comics fans, I think, can appreciate it on a different level.
However you feel, please leave an Amazon review. Apparently, a novel needs 15 reviews for Amazon's algorithm to notice, so I do need your help. Thanks!
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
I continue my deep dive into the HBO adaptation of Todd McFarlane's Spawn. This time, we're revisiting the (sorta) Stan Lee co-creation Overt-Kill.
Monday, February 25, 2019
Over at CBR, I'm examining the actors who would've made fantastic Wolverines in the MCU. Too bad they were already cast in other roles.
Friday, February 22, 2019
PART V: [ARE MADE OF THIS]
HIGH-PITCHED TRILL OF THE COBRA-LA DRONE WARRIORS was giving Low-Light a headache. The sniper was out of breath, sprinting through the crowd of crunchy bug-soldiers, trying to keep up with Duke and Falcon.
“Sniper for a reason…” he muttered to himself, in-between pained breaths.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
This week at CBR, I'm revisiting the Morlocks and Reavers' odd role in the animated adaptation of the original Phoenix Saga.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Monday, February 11, 2019
Sunday, February 10, 2019
CAPTAIN AMERICA #354 - Jun ‘89. Notice they even altered the corner box.
Experimental layout has two stories taking up equal portions of each page. Gives the reader the option of reading north-south or east-west.