Thursday, July 24, 2014

Signing at the Asheville Mall Barnes and Noble...




On Saturday, August 2nd at 3:00 pm, I'll be signing books at the Barnes and Noble at the Asheville Mall for their special Marvel Day. They'll have copies of my Marvel: Year by Year book on hand, as well as many of my other books, including some of my young reader Batman books from Stone Arch and my graphic novel adaptation of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. There's also a costume and trivia contest happening earlier in the day.

For more details, you can check out Barnes and Noble's site here.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...

When I first started writing comics, there were four established properties I wanted to work on to appease my inner kid. As a child of the 80s and 90s, I grew up on a steady diet of Batman, Spider-Man, ThunderCats, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Over the years, I've had the chance to write both Batman and Spidey, and now I can officially cross another comic off Childhood Matt's To-Do List.

Coming out this September is my first story for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a back-up tale in issue # 15 of the New Animated Adventures title. It stars Ice Cream Kitty, a mutant cat made up entirely of Ice Cream. Obviously, this is very, very serious stuff here.

Here's an image of the cover:


I'll have some more Turtles-related news to post in the near future, but in the meantime, someone offer me a ThunderCats job already. Childhood Matt won't stop talking about it.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Heroes Con...


For anyone around the Charlotte area this weekend (June 20-22nd), I'll be a guest at Heroes Con. This is my first year at the show, and I've heard nothing but great things. I'll be bringing copies of The Superman Files, Beware the Batman, and plenty of my other past projects, so be sure to stop by and say hello. I'm at table AA-1114.

For more info, visit the Heroes Convention website here. See you at the show!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Meanwhile in Gotham City...


It's Batman's 75th anniversary, and to celebrate, DC Comics is releasing plenty of new projects to pay tribute to the legendary Dark Knight Detective. I've been lucky enough to work on quite a few Batman-related books recently, most of which are now up for pre-order. So if you're a fan of the Caped Crusader, here are a couple things to keep an eye out for:

First up is the project that's been occupying the bulk of my time since I finished writing The Superman Files for Andrews McMeel Publishing. It's a massive 352-page hardcover history of the Dark Knight from DK Publishing entitled Batman Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle. If the book sounds familiar, it might be because I co-wrote the similar Spider-Man Chronicle a few years ago, and have worked on both DC Comics: Year by Year and Marvel: Year by Year for DK as well.

Batman: Year by Year essentially tells the history of the character, his villains and his supporting cast in a month-by-month format from May of 1939 until the most recent events of this year. It was quite an intense project, but a labor of love for a lifelong Batman fan like myself. The book includes additional writing by Matt Forbeck (who wrote about the 1960s), and an introduction by one of my childhood heroes, Frank Miller. It's available on September 15th, but you can preorder it now on Amazon. I'll post a picture as soon as the cover art is available.


Next is The World According to the Joker from Insight Editions. I wrote this 64-page hardcover entirely in the voice of the Joker, as a sort of book of wisdom from the absolute worst person in the world to take advice from. I've always enjoyed writing the Joker, and this project was a great chance to see the world through his twisted eyes. It includes plenty of fun removable items and lots of great new illustrations. Look for it on October 7th.

Also from Insight Editions are the Batman Hardcover Ruled Journal and The Joker Hardcover Ruled Journal. These mostly blank journals include a story handwritten by each book's title character. The idea is for Batman and the Joker to have each been writing a journal entry when their books are misplaced and wind up in the reader's hands. These were extremely fun little stories to write, and I'm very happy with the result. I'll be sure to post pictures of the covers for these as we get closer to their release date of September 9th.

On August 1st, make sure to check out Catwoman's Nine Lives, my newest chapter book in Stone Arch Book's selection of DC Comics readers. Set in the world of Batman: The Animated Series, it's a fun little caper story that's my seventh contribution to this great line for young readers. I'll post more about this book when it's released.


And finally, while not available for pre-order quite yet, my two issues of Beware the Batman are being collected into a trade paperback from DC Comics due to hit stores on January 27, 2015. This collection includes all six issues of the series, featuring stories also written by Ivan Cohen, Scott Beatty, and the legendary creator of Katana, Mike W. Barr. It features art by Luciano Vecchio and Dario Brizuela. You can find out a bit more about the book here, as well as a preview of my point of view story from issue # 6.

Be sure to be the first kid on your block to collect all six books. Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Scooby-Doo and the Island of Misfit Parents...


Last week I was in New York City attending the wedding of my old friend Mike Zagari to his new wife (and fellow comic book enthusiast) Janna O'Shea, so I didn't get a chance to post about my newest comic to hit the stands. That issue is Scooby-Doo!: Where Are You? # 44, an issue set on a small island named Fripp in South Carolina that is seemingly haunted by the legendary creatures known as Jabberwockies. (My parents also happen to live on that particular island, but that's a horror story for a different day.)

Each issue of Scooby features two stories, and mine was pencilled by Robert Pope with inks by Scott McRae. The second tale in the issue features the work of longtime DC writer Paul Kupperberg, with pencils by Roberto Barrios and inks by Horacio Ottolini.

With any luck, there should be a copy or two left at your local comic shop or news stand,  so why not see what the ol' Mystery Inc. Gang is up to? (Scooby Snacks sold separately.)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Beware the Batman # 6...


Out today is Beware the Batman # 6, the final issue of the short-lived tie-in series to the equally short-lived cartoon of the same name. This is my second issue of the series, and the one I was most excited to write, so I'm very happy to have gotten it in under the wire.

This issue also marks the first time a Batman comic has been told entirely from the point of view of a single character. Similar to the perspective you might see if you were playing a first-person shooter video game, this comic puts you in Alfred Pennyworth's shoes as he follows a trail of clues in an attempt to rescue the missing Dark Knight.

I'm very proud of this issue, and I think Luciano Vecchio did an incredible job with a script that was certainly a challenge to draw. Check it out the next time you visit a comic store and see if our little experiment actually worked.

Friday, January 31, 2014

God-in-a-Can




A few years ago, I collaborated with the brilliant M.K. Perker on a short comic called "One Bedroom, Spacious Bath, and God-in-a-Can." Circumstances left the story unpublished in the United States, although it did see print in a comic magazine in Holland and Belgium. It was even adapted into a short film at one point.

Not too long ago, I discovered it on my hard drive and thought it was a shame not to get the comic out where people can read it. I submitted the story to Simon Fraser over at Act-i-Vate Comix, and now they're generously hosting it on their site.

It's a short ten-page comic, and you can read it free from the beginning by clicking here.

Feel free to leave comments either on this site or at Act-i-Vate. I'd love to hear what you guys think.