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03.27.2014 The Nerdist

A cool interview with Dan Casey about the climactic arc of my run on Valiant's Archer & Armstrong, the movie/music conspiracy-themed "American Wasteland".

01.17.2014 Comic Book Resources

As part of CBR's "Year of the Horse" coverage, I'm talking about all my many new titles for Dark Horse Comics, including Project Black Sky, Conan the Avenger, Brain Boy II and new editions of classics like Action Philosophers and The Silencers.

10.13.2013 The Hollywood Reporter

Very happy to be working with Dynamite Comics and Dreamworks Pictures to revive the classic science fiction comic MAGNUS: ROBOT FIGHTER 4000AD with soon-to-be-superstar artist Cory Smith. Check out the amazing Gabriel Hardman cover to #1 above.

10.10.13 YouTube

OK, I may be just a tad biased, but this fan-made Archer & Armstrong trailer could be possibly be the greatest thing I've ever seen:

10.08.2013 AM New York

I dispense crucial wisdom about surviving the always-awesome New York Comic Con and talk about the city's (significant) influence on my writing.

09.13.2013 Critical Hits: A Journal of Gamer Culture

I thought this was super cool: Dave Chalker adapted Francis Portela's and my book MODOK's 11 into an adventure/module (or as they call it, an "event") for Marvel Heroic Roleplaying. Check it out, it's tons of fun.

09.10.2013 USA Today

"Psychic jerk with a heart of gold" is the headline in which Brian Truitt brilliantly sums up the new Brain Boy on-going series from Dark Horse -- we chat about it in this interview.

08.15.2013 Comics Alliance

Artist/co-creator Reilly Brown and I discuss bringing our comics re-imagination of the legend of Saint George to Dark Horse Presents beginning with issue #30 in November.

06.25.2013 Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Very proud to be raising donations for a great charity like CBLDF with a special GI Joe #5 variant cover from retailer supporter Heroes & Fantasies -- and a special signing with me in San Antonio to celebrate.

06.06.2013 New York Post

Enjoyed talking to Dan Greenfield of the "Parallel Worlds" blog about the new arc of Archer & Armstrong, the nature of conspiracy theory, and being an NYC creator.

06.04.2013 Trip City

Always fun when my lovely wife Crystal Skillman and I are interviewed together: Me about comics, her about playwriting. Stick it in your ears!

02.20.2013 Comixology

I had a great time talking GI Joe and Archer & Armstrong with Matt Kolowski in-studio at the Comixology offices -- and both those series, in fact, along with many others, are available digitally on their app.

02.09.2013 Robot 6

As part of their Robot Roulette series, I get six randomly generated questions and the answers range the gamut from growing up in the same town as Bill Watterson, getting fired a lot, time travel, my morning routine to how I use music to help me work: Enjoy.

12.11.2012 MTV News

Valerie Gallaher talks to me about the new storyarc debuting in this week's Archer & Armstrong #5: "The Wrath of the Eternal Warrior," featuring a new faction of the Sect, a new threat in the form of Armstrong's fellow immortal brother Gilad, and the truth behind global warming: It's not a hoax! It's a conspiracy!

11.21.2012 Boing Boing

Lots of fun being the guest on this week's Gweek podcast hosted by Maker magazine editor Mark Frauenfelder along with blogger Michael Pusateri. Give it a listen.

11.15.2012 USA Today

Brian Truitt debriefs me about my upcoming run on IDW Publishing's GI Joe monthly, deploying with a new #1 in February.

10.23.2012 Reddit AMA

Had great fun participating in Reddit's weekly comic Ask Me Anything (AMA). Full transcript is at the link above. They persuaded me to post one of my scripts -- for the one-shot MARVEL ZOMBIES HALLOWEEN. Hope y'all find it enlightening.

09.14.2012 Nerdist Network

A great LIVE! podcast from the packed theater of Comic Book Club, in which Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons and I talk about the whole line, including the return of Eternal Warrior to the pages of my title, Archer & Armstrong. Features an absolutely awesome live performance by Pearl and the Beard -- give it a listen!

09.06.2012 Kotaku

Very pleased I can at last announce the game I've been working on for the last year-plus (and counting) is Avengers Initiative, a fighter for iOS and Android with the first installment starring the Hulk (with three more heroes to follow). Kotaku gives us a very nice review here, calling it "almost the strongest portable game there is."

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