Doin' my darnedest to bring down pop culture from the inside. Crack open a cover and see:
Congratulations to Ghostlight Theatricals, whose production of Crystal Skillman's & my play King Kirby earned a rave in the Seattle Times!
Flattered my short story "Neversleeps" was selected as a notable story for this year's BASF&F collection by series editor John Joseph Adams! Quite an honor.
Very cool to see a character co-created by Greg Pak and I in Incredible Hercules -- Helen Cho -- make her appearance in the blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron. Marvel.com interviews me and a bunch of great comics creators about the experience of seeing our creations up on screen.
Our pals at io9 have the complete first issue of my new series from Valiant, Ivar, Timewalker up for free -- make with the clicky!
Excited to announced that Evil Twin Comics, the company helmed by my Action Philosophers and Comic Book History of Comics compadre Ryan Dunlavey and I, have signed a four-book deal with Harper Collins Childrens publishing to produce at least four volumes of our Action Presidents series, beginning with OGN biographies of Washington and Lincoln in 2017.
Very cool King Kirby gets a shout-out in the Times' Best of 2014 in Theater roundup: "Not only was Crystal Skillman and Fred Van Lente’s KING KIRBY a supple, knowing account of the life of the influential comic artist Jack Kirby, but it was also a fine showcase for Steven Rattazzi, poignant in the leading role." Thanks to Andy Webster for the kind words.
As part of the "Hidden Language" series, Nat Towsen asked me to explain the "Hidden Language of Comic Book Writers." Does this mean I'm out of the Magicians Alliance?
Oliver Sava does a great job surveying the YA science project series Howtoons, focusing on Howtoons: [Re]Ignition, the latest energy literacy and adventure installment I'm doing with Tom Fowler, Jordie Bellaire, and Rus Wooten.
Very happy and humbled that Archer & Armstrong picked up three nominations this year: Special Award for Humor in Comics, Most Promising New Talent in artist Pere Perez, and, what I'm most proud of, Best Continuing or Limited Series.
Great news out of Hollywood that the Sean Daniel Company (The Best Man Holiday, the upcoming Ben Hur and The Mummy) is teaming with Valiant Comics to bring Clayton Henry's and my version of Archer & Armstrong to the screen. io9 explains why it could be "the next great comic book movie."
Andy Webster gave a great review to my wife Crystal Skillman's and my play King Kirby, which appeared at the 2014 Comic Book Theater Festival from June 20-29. Within thirty-six hours of the review running in the newspaper, the entire run sold out! We couldn't have done this without the great backers who pledged funds to us through our Kickstarter -- you can watch our video below.
Nothing warms my heart more than to see my name paired with the words "Hobo Treasure". So you can see why Brian Truitt's article about the Archer & Armstrong & Quantum & Woody crossover The Delinquents co-written by James Asmus & me warms the proverbial cockles of my heart.
I contributed to this survey of the Weird Western genre on Huffington Post to support the anthology I contributed to, Dead Man's Hand.
One of the best podcasts I've ever done, Ben Blacker takes me through the beginning of my career with Cowboys & Aliens and moves through Magnus, Action Philosophers, Incredible Hercules and more. Give it a listen!
The great editor has me interviewed about the high fantasy-meets-19th-century-America world of "Neversleeps", my short story in his upcoming Weird Western anthology Dead Man's Hand.
This Ask Me Anything was even better than the last one -- check out all the great questions, from how to break in, my favorite works, my favorite current comics, and discussions of Brain Boy, Archer & Armstrong, Taskmaster and more.
Too cool: Amy Ratcliffe has an exclusive preview of the American Sign Language (ASL)-inspired font lettering maestro Nate Piekos came up with for our 2014 Free Comic Book Day offering, Project Black Sky.
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".
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.
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.
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:
I dispense crucial wisdom about surviving the always-awesome New York Comic Con and talk about the city's (significant) influence on my writing.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Always fun when my lovely wife Crystal Skillman and I are interviewed together: Me about comics, her about playwriting. Stick it in your ears!
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