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...