Twenty years ago today Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuted on TV. I have to admit that I didn’t catch on to it when it first came on. I’m not sure what season I finally started watching it, but once I did I was hooked. Since then I’ve watched it multiple times on DVD. It was one of the first shows I purchased on DVD. It’s hard to pick the top favorite of all TV shows, The West Wing would definitely be up there as well as Firefly, but Buffy gives them all a run for their money. In honor of her anniversary I’ve started to re-watch the series.
Up late. Actually went to sleep around midnight and got a couple hours sleep. Woke up and laid there for about ten minutes and realized that I was not going to go back to sleep. So here I am. Staring at a computer screen and trying to figure out why I’m up and not sleeping. My goal is to try to write on this site more often. Not just comic related stuff, but pretty much anything to do with my life. This site is supposed to be where I share what’s going on in my life. So here I am at two in the morning sharing. This would be a perfect time for me to start whining about the past year of my failed relationship, but I really don’t feel like writing about it now. One day I’m going to devote a post to how I had my heart tore out and repeatedly stomped on, but to be honest I kept setting myself up to have the repeat performance. Until hopefully I’ve decided to realize that some things are just not going to happen and I need to move on and forget. Even if forgetting is hard sometimes. So at least I’m sparing you all that. And now I think I might try to see if I can go back to sleep. Good night, everyone.
I have a new comic coming out sometime next month. LIFE DURING WARTIME. I’ll write more about it very soon, but here are the covers to the first two issues. Issue one is by Javi Laparra and the second issue is by Tyler Carpenter. These covers just leave me speechless they are so good. I can’t wait to start talking about this comic and getting the issues out there for people to see.
This weekend, Oct 22-23 I’ll be in Memphis for the Memphis Comic Expo. I’ll be there with my partner on Skye Pilot Larry Guidry.
One of the nice things about going to any convention in the Memphis area is that my Mom lives about an hour outside the city, so I can skip hotel costs. Plus it gives me a chance to see my Mom for a bit also.
I’m excited to be going to this show for one simple reason. Most Cons nowdays are only partly comic book related, in fact, the comic book part of them is usually the smallest part. Media guests are what draws the crowds and what cons like to feature. I’m not complaining here, it’s just how it is. But this con is just about only comic creators. From what I’ve seen there are some wrestling guests, but everyone else has their foot solidly in the making of comic books.
George Perez, Peter David, The Hernandez Brothers, Peter Bagge…the list goes on and on. Some really influential names in the history and development of the comic book industry. And some of my favorite creators.
So this will be different for me. Instead of a table set up next to people that have nothing to do with creating comic books I should be among comic book creators. I’m looking forward to seeing how I do at a show like this as opposed to some of the others.
If you’re in the Memphis area you should come check this con out. And stop by and say hi.
This is the cover for the next book I’m working on. This will be similar is size and style to For What It’s Worth, which talked about writing for comic books and presented some tips and ideas that have helped me along this path in comic writing. The Making of a Comic Book will detail the creation of the first issue of Ayla Speaker for the Dead, from idea to the final finished product. I don’t claim in great knowledge in what I’m doing, but maybe some of what I’ve went through might help others in their quest for creating comic books. I talk about everything from getting the idea and working it out to getting the comic printed and shipped. The book will be finished and printed sometime before the end of this year.
And I have to add, isn’t that a great cover to Javi Laparra? The man is amazing. He even got Buffy on the cover. I love it.
I know it seems like it’s been forever. Or at least it does to me. But we’ve finally started to post the second issue of Ayla Speaker for the Dead online. The cover and the first page are you and you can read it here. In this issue we venture farther into the city of New Orleans and see how much it’s changed from its present day appearance. We also get little more information about the United States. Things are going to get pretty rough in this issue for Ayla and her friends. I don’t want to say too much so I don’t give too much away, but we hope you’ll be along for the ride.
My last post made me realize that I’ve been pretty bad about updating what new books I have out and what’s coming out. So I figured I’d take a moment to let everyone know what is out so far this year.
Ayla Speaker for the Dead #1
For What It’s Worth (writing on writing)
1: short comic book stories
2: short prose stories
A History of Voodoo
Looking back I can think not so bad for one year so far. And the year’s not over with yet. I have a few books upcoming and a few that might have to wait for the start of next year, just for finance’s sake.
Boxie: at the printer right now and will be in my hands on Oct. 7.
The Making of a Comic Book: I’m thinking this will be out this year. It’s going to be in the same format as For What It’s Worth. Basically it recounts how we created Ayla from start to finish. I thought it might be helpful for some to see how a comic book was created. I’m about half done with it and once it’s finished I think I’ll be able to swing the cost of publishing it this year.
Voices to hear: The Interviews: Done, but probably won’t be out till the start of next year. This is the biggest thing I’ve done so far. At least a hundred pages, maybe a bit more. Interviews with musicians from my music site Voices to hear.
Lucy: a children’s story told in comic book format. Probably next year, I’m still working on this one and don’t have an artist for it yet either.
My Own Second Line (an Enoch Miller mystery): this one is going to be a prose story, but I’m going to put it out in a comic book format. I’m not sure how big it will be, but I’m thinking around 36 to 48 pages. I’ve started it and am really enjoying writing it. It’s bringing together a lot of ideas and half started stories I’ve been trying to start and finish over the years. Hopefully this won’t go on that pile of half finished stuff, I figure if I talk about it here it’ll make me want to keep working on it. But I really have a feel for it now.
Lizards The Complete Collection: This is going to collect all my Lizards stories from Critters plus the one issue special that Caliber published. This will be close to a 100 pages. It will appear sometime next year.
Ayla Speaker of the Dead #2: We’re already working on this so it will be out sometime next year. I’m hoping for spring so I’ll have it for the summer convention season.
Boxie #2: Again we’ve started on it and I’m pretty confident we’ll have it out in the first few months of next year.
The Almighty Project #1: I was hoping that I’d have the first issue of this one out this year, but problems pushed it off the rails and we definitely won’t be out until 2017. I’m super excited about the new artist and think this is going to be really good. I’m hoping that like the second issue of Ayla we can have this out the first half of next year.
And that’s all I’m going to list right now. There are other projects with other artists, but none that I feel confident enough about announcing or putting a deadline to. And as always I’ll be thinking of new things and adding them into the mix as I go.