Monthly Archives: April 2020
Not just a day off, but a day where we are closed. So no stress about work, no worry about everyone at the store, nothing but sitting on the porch today with a book and something to drink.
While my main goal this year is and has been getting some uncompleted comic storylines completed, the gist being Ayla and Boxie, while continuing to put out new Lizards material, sometimes life throws a few curve balls at you.
The fourth issue of Ayla is being colored and lettered even as I type these words by the wonderfully talented Mr. Tyler Carpenter. Once it’s done I plan to get the fourth issue printed and all four issues collected in one trade.
While I’m still not finished with the script for the third issue, finishing up the first storyline for Boxie my plan is to finish it this year. It’s plotted and I know just about every move in the script, it’s just finding the time to sit down and put such thoughts to paper.
Lizards #6 was the first all-new Lizards comic in a long time. It’s the start of a four-issue storyline, so of course, I plan to continue with it. Plus Lizards is one of my favorite creations and I want to keep working on it for as long as I can.
So that was the plan for this year. Sometime at the end of last year or so I had an idea while driving to the bookstore. By the time I arrived at said bookstore I had the general plot outline for the story complete. The whole story came to me on the drive. Later I’ve added parts to flesh out parts of it, but pretty much the beginning, middle and ending was there. Not a new series, just a single issue stand alone comic. And in a genre I haven’t done much writing in, crime stories.
I haven’t talked much about it until now. Roman Gubskii, my artist collaborator from the most recent issue of Lizards is taking on the art chores. The title of the comic is The Getaway Driver. It features Andy, a getaway driver for hire. And that pretty much sums it up.
Here’s Roman’s first sketch of Andrea, also knows as Andy. And the first page of the script. I’ll be posting a lot more about this and more art over the next few weeks as we move along in the production of the book.
I need something cool today. I’m on the verge of shutting down, so I need something to pick me up. And not much can be better, or cooler, than the Beatles’ singing “Eight Days A Week.”
The first 45 (I know that’s really dating me) I ever bought was, if you couldn’t guess, was “Eight Days A Week” by the Beatles. It’s always been one of my favorite songs by them.
Knuckles and Tales is a collection of atmospheric, disturbing, spooky, and downright weird Southern Gothic short stories by award-winning author Nancy A. Collins, best known for her edgy novels featuring the punk vampire/vampire slayer Sonja Blue. The original hardback edition of Knuckles and Tales was nominated by both the Horror Writers Association and the International Horror Guild for Best Collection of 2002. The stories on display in Knuckles and Tales range from suspense and psychological horror to dark fantasy and black comedy, with the occasional weird love story thrown in for good measure.
Knuckles and Tales features two never before published novelettes in the Seven Devils Cycle: “Junior Teeter And The Bad Shine” and “the Pumpkin Child”, as well as the previously unpublished short story “Big Easy”
I’ve been a fan of Nancy Collins for years. Her vampire series starring Sonja Blue is one of the few vampire stories I enjoy. I bought this book on my Kindle a few months ago and just finished reading it. I think the first story I ever read by Nancy Collins was “The Two-Headed Man” and that story has stuck in my mind ever since. I didn’t realize it was in this collection until I got, but glad it is.
I’ll be truthful, I don’t know why Nancy Collins is not a bigger name in the horror field. I’m not a big fan of a lot of horror writing, so for me to be a fan of a horror writer, they have to be really good. And Nancy Collins is one of my favorite writers in the field.
Oh, and for the comic fans, check out her Swamp Thing stories. They just were collected in one of those huge, giant doorstops of a book. I think she was the first writer on the series after Alan Moore and the quality of the book never declined.