Comics Wednesday! Crystal Cadets #2 & Grimm Fairy Tales Holiday Edition: 2014

New comics for adults, for kids, for adults who are kids!  Got two comics that came out today, one digital, one that old-fashioned thing called “print!”  So if you want to see the latest and greatest work from artists all over the world, but all, sadly, written by me ;) now’s your chance!

First up is the holiday edition of Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales, a superhero comic series with a decidedly horrific twist.  This 36-page special comes with four covers to choose from!

10620682_10105334327446910_1895606678211970753_nGRIMM FAIRY TALES: HOLIDAY EDITION 2014
Story by Pat Shand, Ralph Tedesco, Joe Brusha
Written by Anne Toole
Art by Butch Mapa, colors by Hedwin Zaldivar & Valentina Pinto, lettered by Jim Campbell, edited by Nicole Glade.

Every Christmas, Krampus surfaces to punish humans most deserving of his wrath. However, the merciless killer wasn’t always a vengeful spirit. This holiday, Sela Mathers journeys back to a time before Krampus was the monster we have come to fear… *The Return of KRAMPUS!

If the thought of holding a physical product that smells like newsprint and dreams gives you hives, you may want to check out the exciting second digital issue of Crystal Cadets.  Fresh off reviews from the Escapist, Comic Book Resources, and Ain’t it Cool News, you can check in on Zoe, Jasmine, and the other cadets as they face off against their very first villain!

Written by Anne Toole
Art by Katie O’Neill, colors by Paulina Ganucheau, lettered by Erika Terriquez, edited by Adam Staffaroni.

Evil forces have found Zoe at home—and her parents have been taken over by The Darkness! Luckily, the mysterious “exchange students” from school come to save Zoe, and they each sport crystals a lot like Zoe’s diamond! What does this all mean, and who are these arrow-shooting, fireball-throwing girls? Team up with Zoe in the next issue of Crystal Cadets!

If that’s not enough for you, I wrote the story for a DEAD ISLAND digital comic earlier this month that is an accompaniment the games, but I’ll post about those anon…

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Comikaze Sunday unites Crystal Cadets & Lion Forge

Crystal Cadets will be joining the mother ship on a panel featuring all of Lion Forge’s titles, from Miami Vice to Punky Brewster.  In case you missed it, Lion Forge imprint Roar Comics’ newest venture, Crystal Cadets, came out earlier this month.  Buy it heeeere!  Or if you’re not yet sold, join us this Sunday at #Comikaze14 to learn more about awesome girls saving the world!  And some stories based on TV licenses ;)

Lion Forge Comics & IDW Publishing: Digital to Print and Beyond!
Date: Sunday
Time: 12:00pm
Room: Los Angeles Convention Center, 308AB
Panel Description: Join Lion Forge and Roar Comics creators as they discuss upcoming titles along with their recently announced print partnership with IDW publishing!

Moderator: Jonathan London
Panelists: Brandon Easton (Andre the Giant), Geoffrey Thorne (Knight Rider), Joelle Sellner (Wonderous, Saved By The Bell, Punky Brewster), Mairghread Scott (Sabre Riders), Anne Toole (Crystal Cadets), Rob Worley (Airwolf), Shannon Eric Denton (Editor-In-Chief of Lion Forge), Tom Pinchuk (Roboy)

See you on Sunday, or play the home game version by reading Crystal Cadets!

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Crystal Cadets comic launches today!

If magical girls in the vein of Sailor Moon sound entertaining to you, then you are in luck.  Crystal Cadets #1, first original comic book title from Roar Comics and Lion Forge, launches today on Amazon Kindle!  You can read it even if you don’t have a Kindle.  Crystal Cadets follows the story of Zoe, the shy new girl, who discovers she’s part of a long tradition of girls destined to fight the Darkness.  Adventure ensues!  I’m so excited to share this with everyone, and it’s been a lifelong dream to write a comic book series!  Drawn by the inimitable Katie O, colored by Paulina Ganucheau, lettered by Erika Terriquez, and written by me, this issue launches the series that we hope you will enjoy for the rest of its run! Get on board early and buy it here.

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Please share it with your friends, your daughters, your friends’ daughters.  You can also share it with whomever thumbs their noses at the notion of a target demo!  Check out additional sneak peek pages here.

What are your first impressions? Enquiring minds wanna know!

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Seek the Grail and win the game!

Graal SeekerGraal Seeker, a new indie game, is just around the corner, and you could win a copy if you share the Graal Seeker Indiegogo campaign.  In Graal Seeker, you take on the role of an adventurer seeking the Holy Grail and live the legends that surround it.  The game offers RPG fun with roguelike mechanics and tactical battles.  As a writer on the project, I’ll be with you on your journey as you seek your own personal Graal.  So hop on board and contribute to the Graal Seeker Indiegogo campaign and get involved with the contest!  You can also vote for the game on Steam Greenlight!

Here are the rules of the contest:

We are pleased to launch an Indiegogo contest starting today until October 21th. You can win copies of the game, alpha and beta access & more! The rule is simple: Share the campaign with your friends, family and to the world. Only 1 restriction: you need to be logged in to Indiegogo and use the sharing tools in the Graal Seeker page. This is how we count your score.

How to win: earn 1 point per click on your link and 10 points for each € spent by your visitors. The top 5 referrers will get rewards.

If you have not contributed yet: you win The Druid.
If you already have The Peasant, The Archer or The Druid: you win an alpha access and a t-shirt.
If you have contributed for at least 20€: you win an alpha access, & a t-shirt or an Easter Egg. If you already have all of this, you win the opportunity to create an event for the game.

How to share: use your unique URL link to post around the Internet.

So contribute to the Graal Seeker Indiegogo campaign and/or share the campaign.  You only have until October 21st!

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PAX et Scriptio: Writing panel at PAX

You’re SO mature! Is Storytelling in Games Coming of Age? is the title of my panel coming up at PAX Prime next week!  While you may think you already know the answer, join me and my other esteemed writing colleagues as we discuss what’s working and what isn’t in the world of narrative and games.  Of course, there’s still time to bone up on the latest games that are examples and counterexamples of great game storytelling.  Got a favorite… that’s not LAST OF US?  Got a least favorite… that’s not LAST OF US?  Drop a comment and share your opinion, or join us for the panel:

You’re SO mature! Is Storytelling in Games Coming of Age?
When: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 7pm
Where: Sphinx Theater, Penny Arcade Expo (PAX)

It feels like video games have been around for ages, but in truth they’re still a relatively young medium. In the last few years we’ve witnessed them beginning to take on more serious subjects and mature themes in their narrative. Is this the start of the adulthood of storytelling in games? Join our all-star panel of game writers and narrative experts as we discuss this exciting new direction in game narrative and speculate on a bold new future of interactive storytelling.


Chris Tihor [Game Writer/Designer, Ironic Iconic Studios], Toiya Kristen Finley [Narrative Designer/Game Writer & Game Designer, Schnoodle Media, LLC], Richard Dansky [Central Clancy Writer, Ubisoft/Red Storm], Qais Fulton [Narrative Designer, Freelance], Anne Toole [Writer and Narrative Designer, The Write Toole], Raphael van Lierop [Creative Director, Hinterland Games]

See you at PAX, or in the comment section!

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First look! Crystal Cadets at Comic-con

CrystalCadetsIf you’ll be at SDCC, you’ll be the first to get the inside scoop on the launch of Roar Comics, a new comics imprint brought to you by Lion Forge.  Conveniently, they’ll be publishing an original title, Crystal Cadets, written by me and drawn by the inimitable Katie.  The series follows the adventures of seven girls who inherit amazing powers, kick butt, and take names.

Join us for a panel to learn about Crystal Cadets and all the other shenanigans going on at Roar!

Roar – Friday (July 25th) 5:30 – 6:30 PM Room 8

Roar Comics: Saved By The Bell, Punky Brewster, and more!

Saved By The Bell! Punky Brewster! Magical Girls! Teen Mermaids! As Jessie Spano would say, “I’m So Excited!” Roar Comics is making it’s debut at SDCC! Come check out Lion Forge’s new all-ages and YA comics imprint as we bring together genre-busting talent with fan-favorite characters. Join Senior Editor Adam Staffaroni to hear what’s next for Punky, the gang at Bayside High, plus Roar’s new digital-first original titles – Roboy, Crystal Cadets, and MER. Featuring Roar’s incredible roster of creators including: Chynna Clugston Flores (Blue Monday), Joelle Sellner (Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes), Anne Toole (Emmy Winning “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”), Lesley Vamos, and Eisner Nominee Brandon Easton. Fun all for all ages, plus some big new announcements! #RoarComics

See you in San Diego!

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Lizzie Bennet is seeing Starz!

Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Just in time for Vidcon, the LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES has gotten another boost with the announcement that Starz Digital Media will be repackaging that puppy on various platforms, including my personal favorite, XBox Video. This just goes to show you that everything I write ends up on XBox, one way or another.

The novelization has hit bookstores this week, as well.  If you’re not into actually venturing into bookstores, you can order THE SECRET DIARY OF LIZZIE BENNET online on Amazon, or wherever your heart takes you.

If you’re curious about which episodes I wrote, here’s a round-up I did mid-season.

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