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 Circumstances left the story unpublished in the United States, although it did see print in a comic magazine in Holland and Belgium.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.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A little something for everyone...

I've been a bit swamped with the new book I'm currently writing, so I've fallen behind on posting about some of my other upcoming projects.

Time to fix that:


First up, is Beware the Batman # 6. Sadly, it looks like this might be the final issue of this particular series. With Cartoon Network not currently airing the cartoon, it seems the comic isn't destined to fare much better. Either way, I'm glad I got the chance to get this issue in under the wire.

Shot entirely from Alfred's point of view, similar to a first-person shooter video game, this comic was a very fun experiment that I'm happy to say worked out even better than I expected. I've seen all of Luciano Vecchio's art for the issue, and the POV format combined with his fluid artwork and the energy he adds to every panel really works to heighten the tension. The end result is a comic book truly different from any other Batman issue, and one I'm very proud to have been a part of.

So if you're a Batman fan, or just a fan of unique comics, please do check this issue out when it's released on March 26th.


Next up is my newest book, The World According to Wolverine. Published by Insight Editions, this 64-page volume is written in Wolverine's voice, as if he's advising the next generation of mutants on how to best use their fantastic abilities.

Here's the publisher's synopsis:

In The World According to Wolverine, Marvel Comics’ favorite stoic loner finally opens up on a range of topics that are close to his mutant heart. With helpful tips on everything from clawed combat to outdoor survival and dealing with the agony of adamantium implantation, this book will delight fans who want to learn how to be just like the grizzled hero. Also featuring Logan’s ruminations on an extremely long and checkered life, his global travels, and the art of picking the perfect dive bar, The World According to Wolverine will offer unparalleled insight into one of the most fascinating and mysterious characters in the Marvel Comics universe. The book will also come with a number of removable items, including classified Weapon X paperwork, a report on Wolverine from Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Mutants, war memorabilia, beer mats from Wolverine’s favorite bars, travel mementos, James Howlett’s birth certificate, and much, much more.

Check your local book store for The World According to Wolverine on April 15th.


Next, is my second magazine for Eaglemoss. This offers a pretty thorough look at Doomsday, the monster that killer Superman, and comes alongside a great collectible chess piece as well. Expect to find it in comic book stores this April, or pre-order it here.



And finally, Scooby-Doo: Where Are You? # 44, from DC Comics. This was my first time writing for the famous Mystery Inc. Gang, and let me tell you, it's near impossible to not hear the Scooby background music when you're trying to script these guys. Here's what DC has to say about the issue:

The gang is trying to take a nice, peaceful vacation at an island resort, but the Jabberwocky infestation at the nature preserve next door isn’t making that easy! Shaggy and Scooby could be scared off by red-eyed monsters with lion-like paws, unless Velma’s keen eye for clues puts an end to the mysterious beasts!

Scooby-Doo: Where Are You? # 44 hits stores on April 9th.

Okay, that's all. Thanks for reading. Now let's all get back to work.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

On David Scheve...

I just learned that my friend David Scheve died Saturday morning. I'm not quite sure I've processed it yet.

If you've seen any of my posts on facebook in the last few years, then you've probably seen David's name in the comments. He was an up-and-coming filmmaker who'd recently started his own series, Hard Knock Rock. Animated shorts that took the style of Schoolhouse Rock and combined it with modern topics, David's work used humor to mask the seriousness of the subjects he was discussing.

But years before all that, he was a salesperson at the 57th and 5th Warner Brothers Studio Store, selling animation art with a borderline obsession for the art form. I was just a college kid at the time, and my similar passion for all things comic books instantly gave us something to talk about in between trying to get tourists to buy portraits of Bugs Bunny. But it was our similar sense of humor that made us friends.

One of my fondest memories of David was when the two of us went to see the remastered version of The Exorcist when it hit theaters years ago. There weren't many people in that particular daytime screening, which was probably for the best, as David had decided to add to the script here and there. Now normally I'm a stickler for complete silence during a movie, but there wasn't much I could do to curtail David's impulses, and to his credit, he only chimed in now and again.

At one point during the movie, there was a scratching, shuffling sound coming from the family's attic. David leaned over to me and said, "I think it's Jawas." We started laughing and for no reason whatsoever, so did the rest of the theater. And during the unique scene when the main character is repeatedly stabbing herself in a very sensitive region with a crucifix, David shouted, "Oh no she didn't!" instantly turning a disturbing moment of film into a excerpt from The Ricki Lake Show.

David and I lost touch for a while, but had reconnected over facebook in recent years. He was incredibly supportive of my career, and I don't think I repaid the favor as much as I should have. The truth is, I was always proud of David, and enjoyed watching him do the very thing he set out in life to do. It was clear he was just getting started, which makes this whole thing all the more frustrating.

If you're interested in seeing some of David's work, you can watch one of his movies here. Warning: it's very much not safe for work. But neither was David.


Monday, November 25, 2013

Beware the Batman # 2...


The doorbell rang at 7:30 this morning. While I'm not a big fan of any kind of activity that requires me to get out of bed before my daughters (or before it's time for lunch, to be honest), it was a nice surprise to find a package full of issues of Beware the Batman # 2 waiting for me.

Although it's the second issue of this ongoing series set in the world of Cartoon Network's new cartoon, like many all-ages books, Beware the Batman offers self-contained stand-alone stories, making it easy for readers to jump on board at any time. I had a lot of freedom and support from my editors at DC on this one, and I think our artist, Dario Brizuela, really captured the essence of the show and the issue's villain, Professor Pyg.

The comic comes out this Wednesday, so if you get a chance, stop by your local comic shop and pick up a copy. Then go take a nap. You've earned it.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

DC Chess Collection...


I've been a fan of the DC Chess Collection from Eaglemoss ever since they were first released in the UK. When they hit the States, it didn't take me long to amass way too big of a collection of these great little figurines.

As anyone who has purchased one of these pieces can attest to, half the fun of collecting the series is due to the great magazines that accompany each figure. So when I was contacted to write a few of their new DC Universe magazines, I jumped at the chance.

This month, my first magazine in the series is up for pre-order at your local comic shop or favorite online toy retailer. It stars Ocean Master, and offers plenty of info about the modern version of this classic Aquaman foe.

Keep checking back as I have a few more of these magazines coming out soon, and I'll be sure to update as soon as a I can.