Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Batman Files and The Marvel Vault...

Two new books arrived on my doorstep this week, just in time for the holidays. The first is a brand new printing of the long sold out hardcover edition of The Batman Files.

A smaller size than the first edition, this now easier to carry book tells the history of the Dark Knight in his own words in the form of a scrapbook of sorts that Bruce Wayne has curated for a successor. Recounting Batman's history from his childhood until days before the New 52 revamp, The Batman Files is easily my favorite of the over fifty books I've written, so I'm very happy to see it back in print in such an impressive new edition.

Also out now in bookstores is the newly updated edition of The Marvel Vault. A complete history of Marvel comics by longtime historians Roy Thomas and Peter Sanderson, The Marvel Vault was due for an update, and I was happy to write about the goings-on for the last decade or so of Marvel's history. Complete with pull out replicas from nearly every era of Marvel's past, The Marvel Vault is also now in a more compact, bookshelf-friendly size.

I'll have more projects to talk about soon, so keep checking back!

To be continued...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Batman/TMNT Adventures # 1...

The wait is over. Batman/TMNT Adventures # 1 finally hits stands this week! To celebrate, I'll be signing copies at Comic Envy in Asheville, North Carolina all day Wednesday (November 9th).

I'm happy to report that the first issue already sold out at the distribution level, so the only issues available are the ones your store will have on the racks Wednesday. But don't worry, for those that miss it, a second printing is already in the works.

For those wondering what all the hubbub is about, Batman/TMNT Adventures # 1 is the first issue of a five-issue series featuring the fantastic art of Jon Sommariva, inked by Sean Parsons, colored by Leonardo Ito, and lettered by Shawn Lee. The series teams Batman, Robin, and Batgirl from the iconic Batman: The Animated Series with the current incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles featured on the popular Nickelodeon show.

I'd like to take a quick second to thank all those involved with this series, from IDW editor Bobby Curnow, to DC editor Jim Chadwick, to the folks at Nickelodeon including Joan Hilty, Linda Lee, and Kat van Dam. Everyone has been very supportive of our crazy little comic, and I can't wait for readers to see it.

Oh, and did I mention that issue # 1 alone has 21 variant covers (by my last count)? I've included images of the regular variants throughout this post, but in addition to those and a blank cover perfect for commissioning sketches, several stores are offering their own exclusive cover. Check inside issue # 1 for a list of those available.

For more info on the series, you can read an interview here, and a free preview here.

To be continued...

Friday, October 28, 2016

Deadpool: Drawing the Merc With a Mouth...

My new Deadpool book has a commericial! Check it out below!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

DC Encyclopedia and Deadpool...

Halloween's not yet here, so you know what that means. Time to start your holiday shopping. And what better way to begin than with two huge books destined to keep you occupied with comic book minutia for way too many hours.

First up is the new edition of The DC Comics Encyclopedia. A complete rewrite of the original best-selling book, this updated version tells the current New 52 origin and history of each character, from small 100 word entries focusing on minor characters, to large, two-page spreads for major players like Batman and Superman. Not only that, the book also includes sidebars detailing past incarnations of various heroes and villains, so no era of DC's vast history is left out. The book is so immense that it took several writers to complete it. I was fortunate enough to share the workload with a few of my former collaborators, including the always great Alex Irvine, Steve Korte, and Alan Cowsill. The DC Comics Encyclopedia is out now in book and comic shops, as well as at this link on Amazon.

Deadpool: Drawing the Merc With a Mouth is another giant-sized tome to weigh down your bookshelf. Featuring a brand new cover by Reilly Brown, as well as large eye-catching artwork from all three decades of Deadpool's comic book existence, this book serves as a complete history of the Merc With a Mouth, including interviews with Fabian Nicieza, Mark Waid, Joe Kelly, and Reilly Brown. You can find it at your local comic book store or book store, or order it on Amazon with this link.

Monday, October 3, 2016

New York Comic Con 2016...

It's almost time for the New York Comic Con, and I'll be there once again, this time signing at both the DK Publishing Booth (# 2311) and the IDW booth (# 1844). The show is from October 6th through the 9th, but I'll be skipping the show on Sunday.

I'll be promoting my new Batman Character Encyclopedia at DK as well as the upcoming Batman/TMNT Adventures at IDW. (I hear there might even be free posters involved!) As always, I'm happy to sign any of my older work as well, as long as you're happy to lug it around for the remainder of the show...

Here's my full convention schedule:

Thursday, October 6th

- 1:00-2:00 at the IDW Booth (# 1844) - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles signing alongside Paul Allor and Caleb Goellner

- 3:00-4:00 at the DK Booth (# 2311) - Batman Character Encyclopedia signing

Friday, October 7th

- 3:00-4:00 at the DK Booth (# 2311) - Batman Character Encyclopedia signing

Saturday, October 8th

- 3:00-4:00 at the DK Booth (# 2311) - Batman Character Encyclopedia signing

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures # 14...

Out this week from IDW is the second half of my latest two-part Teenage Mutant Ninja: Amazing Adventures tale featuring the threat of our new mutant, the Drip. The lead story features art by Chad Thomas and colors by Heather Breckel. You can check out a preview for the issue here.

This is the last issue of Amazing Adventures for the time being, as IDW clears some room in their schedule for our five-part Batman/TMNT Adventures miniseries.

Want a preview of that highly anticipated series? Well look no further than the back-up tale of this very issue. Also written by me, the second story of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures # 14 features art by Jon Sommariva, who is currently busy drawing some awesome pages for our Batman crossover. Don't believe me? Take a look at his cover for issue # 2 below, as well as an equally impressive variant cover by the great Rick Burchett.

See? I wasn't kidding. This comic is going to be great!

To be continued...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

So Many Turtles (and even a little Batman)...

San Diego Comic Con 2016 has come and gone, and my big news out of the show this year was the announcement of Batman/TMNT Adventures, a five-issue mini series I'll be writing that features the dynamic art of my sometime Turtles collaborator Jon Sommariva. This series will pair the iconic version of the Dark Knight from Batman: The Animated Series with the current incarnation of the animated Ninja Turtles. This is a dream come true project for me, and I can't remember the last time I've had so much fun writing a script. Look for plenty of guest stars from bat-sidekicks to TMNT rogues to familiar faces from Arkham Asylum...


But in all the con craziness, I neglected to mention my newest release, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures # 12. I penned a back-up mystery feature for this issue, illustrated by Jamal Peppers that I'm really happy we got to do. Expect twists upon twists! The issue also features a Muckman story by writer Caleb Goellner and artist Chad Thomas, and a cover by my future Batman/TMNT collaborator, Jon Sommariva.

And don't forget the variant!

And that's not all! Out this Wednesday is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures # 13, the first part of my new two-part tale with artist Chad Thomas, a story featuring a new mutant villain we co-created called the Drip. The issue also includes a back-up tale by the team of Caleb Goellner and Buster Moody, and another great Jon Sommariva cover.

Plus more variant madness!
So my best advice? Head to your local comic shop and get studied up on the Turtles. You'll thank me when Batman/TMNT Adventures hits the stands!

Get excited! It's gonna be great!