Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ninja Turtles, Basketball, and Frogs With Spears...

A few months ago I was hired to write a comic book with probably the strangest premise of any I've worked on so far. It was a team-up special starring professional basketball player Carmelo Anthony and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It's an admittedly absurd concept, and so I responded in kind with one of the oddest pitches I've ever worked up. Happily, Nickelodeon, IDW, and Carmelo's people were right on the same page, and let me run with the idea. The result is a way-too-much-fun 30-page one-shot, brought to life in style by artist Chad Thomas and colorist Heather Breckel. The issue debuts this week at comic shops.

But wait, there's more!

This Wednesday also signals the release of the second part of my current two-part tale in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures featuring the Punk Frogs. It's also rendered by the ever-busy Thomas and Breckel, and features a back-up tale by writer Caleb Goellner and artist Ben Harvey.

For a free preview of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures: Carmelo Anthony Special click here.

For a free preview of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures # 10, click here.

And don't forget the variants!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Free Comic Book Day 2016...

May 7th is Free Comic Book Day, the one day a year that the majority of comic book stores offer up a great free selection of brand new issues for anyone who pops into their shops. Much like Netflix, Amazon Prime, or other addictive street drugs, the first taste of comics is absolutely free for everyone (in many cases, shops allow shoppers to pick five free titles from their Free Comic Book Day selection). Store owners are hoping you enjoy the quality comics on the stands and keep coming back every Wednesday for another fix, so they're quite happy to start your reading addiction.

This year, a variety of great titles are being offered, from a Marvel tie-in to their new Civil War II event, to an issue of DC Comics' new kids' property DC Super Hero Girls, to independent titles like Love and Rockets. My daughters are pretty excited about nabbing Strawberry Shortcake and SpongeBob issues.

I'll be celebrating the day here in Asheville, North Carolina at Comic Envy (144 Tunnel Rd.), with table set up and a wide variety of my past books and issues for sale. The store is also hosting a raffle and a costume contest, so if you're in the area, be sure to drop by. Free Comic Book Day will be running from 11:00 am until 7 pm., and I'll be sticking around as long as my Batman-like endurance can maintain.

Hope to see you Saturday!

To find your nearest participating comic book store and for a full list of the new batch of free comics to be handed out this years, visit freecomicbookday.com.