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Happy New Year and looking ahead to 2017

cmcoloredHappy New Year everyone! I know some of you are ready to put 2016 behind you, but I’m ever the optimist so I’m anticipating 2017 to be a great year. I’ll add the obligatory “I can’t believe it’s 2017 already! Where has the time gone?”

I don’t have a lot of convention appearances lined up just yet, but one is fairly immediate. On Jan 19-20, I’ll be a guest at Auburndale City Con (near Lakeland, FL). The other shows I have lined up are: Daytona Beach Comic Convention on April 23, MegaCon in Orlando in May, Wizard Orlando in August. I’ll do something for FCBD (Free Comic Book Day) in May, but don’t have that hammered down yet. Wherever I end up, it’ll likely be with my pal Barry Gregory—three years running. Last year his lovely and talented wife, Jenni joined us, as did Thomas and Rene Florimonte. So, I’ll be somewhere, just not sure where yet. I hope to add a few more shows to the list, and I’ll be sure to let y’all know.

silverblade-cover-posterOn the family front, Brittany is starting 2017 off in LA as she seeks work there. I’m anxious to learn all that she’ll be getting to do this year and anticipate seeing her on the screen before the year is up! Brett will become a senior this year—OH MY!—and he’s becoming quite the young man. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but one of my weekly (mostly) pleasures is my Friday night game session with Brett. Now that Brittany is in LA, she’s talked about joining us…if she can figure out the time difference. BJ’s still working hard on her Young Living business venture and we’re both pretty excited to see what’s in store for her there. If you haven’t “liked” her FB page yet, I’ll ask that you please go do it now: CLICK HERE!

I’m pretty excited about several things on the creative front. I’m working on two projects with long time friend and artist Dean Zachary. I’ll give you more as they develop, but a peek at them looks like: the first we’re calling SilverBlade and the high concept is Indiana Jones meets John Constantine. Joining me and Dean on SilverBlade is Barbara Kaalberg on inks and Thomas O’Connor on colors. You should see an image on this page somewhere. The second project Dean and I are working on is a revamp of Cat & Mouse, a series I did with the talented Mitch Byrd (and Steven Butler on some of the early issues) back in the late 80s/early 90s. Dean and I have made changes and updates, obviously, but the spirit will remain. The first story is about human trafficking, something I’m pretty passionate about. While Barb inked the image you see on this page, we’ve got another super-talented inker in mind to join us here, and the coloring is done by Kevin Gallegly.

Demon's Tails Ad

Demon’s Tails Ad

I can’t mention C&M without folks thinking about Demon. I’m excited to say that Paul Pelletier has agreed to reunite with me and produce a second Demon’s Tails mini-series. As I write, we’re still working on the story details, and—of course—the story will have to move at Paul’s pace, but I’m excited that we’re getting started on it. Thomas Florimonte has agreed to round out the reunited team as inker. So, yeah, I’m pretty excited about it. Long time pal Barry Gregory colored the image you see here, and we’re currently planning for it to be part of the Gallant Universe where Barry and Steven have just wrapped up their incredible John Aman, Amazing Man series. If you haven’t seen it, you need to check it out!

There’s nothing really specific that I can mention, but I’ve been talking to Barry about some pretty cool comic-related projects. I’m looking forward to more on that end. Sorry about being so mysterious about it. You know that you’ll be the first to know when I can talk about it…but the possibilities are pretty exciting.

Hope your year looks to be as exciting as mine. Happy New Year one and all!

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Daytona Beach Comic Con

Sunday will be my last show for 2015 as I’ll be a comic guest at the Daytona Beach Comic Con in—of all places—Daytona Beach, Florida! And hey all you north of Florida…yeah, it’s still not “jacket” weather here yet, some come on down!

If you’ve got an hour to kill—which I know MANY of you do during your commutes—pop on over to the Riley and Kimmy Show and listen to me and Patrick chat it up for a bit. We talk a little of everything comic related; writing, conventions, comics moving from the periodical (or floppy) format to trades/graphic novels, access/distribution, my time as editor for Marvel/Malibu…and even get to talk about my current day job: teaching creative writing students how to write comics (yes, it’s a cool job. No, you can’t have it!). So give it a listen and show some love to the Riley and Kimmy Show!

The Daytona Beach Comic Con made the news, too: http://buff.ly/1Qj8JYt

In other news…well, 2015 is rapidly coming to an end. Man but they fly by faster and faster, don’t they. Dunno if I’ll talk much about them before the new year—probably not—but I’m real excited about a couple of projects that I’m hoping will see light of day in 2016! So, stay tuned here and I’ll be showing some art soon, too!

Lots of bad news around the world these days. Let’s try to remember that and everyone make and effort to be a little nicer to others. Here’s my challenge to you: think of that person in your circle who is diametrically OPPOSITE of you (politics, religion, whatever)…and make it a point to BE NICE to them regardless of whether they’re a jerk to you or not. Hey, SOMEbody has to start it, right?

So, this is where I’ll be Sunday: http://daytonabeachcomicconvention.com/

Drop by and say hi. Perfect time to pick up some books from me—they make GREAT Christmas presents. I’ll even sign them—for FREE! (just don’t tell Neal Adams!)

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Daytona Beach Comic Con Report and Leesburg Tomorrow!

Last Saturday I attended my first ever Daytona Beach Comic Book Convention held on the campus of Embry-Riddle. Wow. Pretty much what I have to lead with! The show was held in the basketball gym…but it’s not like you think; remember, this is a university gym, so it’s much fancier than most high school gyms. Truthfully, except for entering and exiting, I didn’t notice it at all.

What I DID notice, however, was the abundance of comic books! If I were a betting man—and I’m not—I’d bet there were more comic books at this show than at MegaCon. I didn’t count them, of course, but it sure felt that way.

Me with Jeff Whiting at Daytona Beach Comic Con

Me with Jeff Whiting at Daytona Beach Comic Con

A highlight was having my table situated next to both my old pal Jeff Whiting and my new pal Jesse Hansen. I’ve swapped some email with Jesse over the last year that might end up turning into something in the future (you always know you’ll be the first to know here); and Jeff I’ve known since I worked with him back in the early 90s. Jeff was one of my go-to inkers when I was an editor. He was there with his own creator-owned book, Shanghai! We had a blast catching up. Plus, he rocks a pretty mean hat!

I also got to meet a couple of folks I’d never met face-to-face before. Artist Alex Saviuk (who I seem to recall meeting briefly when I was at con while a Malibu editor) and Bill Black, now retired publisher of AC Comics. (Bill is also the photographer of the photo of me and Jeff; while Jeff’s wife Patricia is the photographer of the Jeff POV photo!)

Jeff's POV from our tables at Daytona Beach Comic Con (actually, this is Patricia's POV, Jeff's wife)

Jeff’s POV from our tables at Daytona Beach Comic Con (actually, this is Patricia’s POV, Jeff’s wife)

It was such a fun show, I’m working hard to stay in the good graces of the show’s organizer Tom Raupp—because I want him to invite me back for the next one!

Tomorrow (Saturday, June 13), I’ll be at the first ever Leesburg Public Library Comic Con

. They’ve got a whole slate of guests, including the band Grabthar’s Hammer (if you don’t know that reference, what are you doing still here? Go Google it so you can be cool like the rest of us!); some live action roleplaying; and a bunch of cool authors…including me!

So, head on up to Leesburg, listen to some music, buy some books and get some autographs—it’s FREE! I’ll see you there!

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Come see me at Daytona Beach

This Sunday, June 7, I’ll be at Daytona Beach Comic and Toy Convention. Those of you in driving distance, get there. I mean, what more could you ask for? Comics and beach! Just be sure you avoid the sharks. Follow the link above for directions, but it’s only $5 to get in the door and there’ll be some cool creators I get to hang out with, including Jeff Whiting, an artist I worked with “back in the day.” I’m also working hard to convince him to do some creative stuff with me! Hopefully this will help! Ha Other folks there include: Tom Lyle, Jim Fern, Jesse Hansen, some of the Walking Dead’s actors, and some other creative types!

Me and mah boy manning the table at SCNF 2015

Me and mah boy manning the table at SCNF 2015

Last week Brett and I hid out at Space Coast Nerd Fest and had a great time meeting folks there. Brittany and BJ hit the beach for some sun and sand. Brittany even brought back a trophy: SUNBURN! Ha.

I enjoyed SCNF as it reminded me much of the shows in Mississippi I went to when I first started going to shows. The name is a giveaway, of course, but it was all things nerd, from comics to games to toys to Walking Dead. I got to meet Sebastian Piccone (no, don’t ask me to pronounce it for you—he graciously said I could call him “Seb”), a teacher/comic writer local to the area, and had a great time chatting comics with him. Here’s a link to his site—go show him some Mann-love and tell him I sent you!

Next weekend, on Saturday the 13th, I’ll be in Leesburg for their first ever comic con. I’m excited to be a part of their first event. If you’re local, you should make plans to help them make it successful! More about it next week!

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