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Signing comics and talking games at San Diego Comic Con!

It’s happening! In a week, nerds of the world will unite at Comic-con for another fun-filled extravaganza. I’ll be doing a comic book signing at Kymera Press of a limited edition PET NOIR #5. Git yours as it’s not yet available on their site! I’ll also be speaking on video game writing along with a panel of illustrious greats! Like the villain in every movie, I say “Join usssss!”

Here be the schedule:

Crafting Story for Video Games
Thursday July 19, 2018 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Room 6BCF
Video game veterans from Telltale, Riot, Xbox, and other companies share tips and techniques they use for making successful game narrative. They’ll share real-life examples and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the origins of some of the most popular video game characters, worlds, and stories.

Signing Pet Noir
Sunday, July 22 2pm
Kymera Press, Booth #2003
Pet Noir is an adaptation of Pati Nagle’s series of linked short stories, “Pet Noir.” In “Pet Noir” feline investigator Leon, with opposable thumbs and the ability to talk, is possibly the most dangerous cat in the galaxy. The comic is drawn by Anna Giovannini, inked by Laurie Foster, colored by Liezl Buenaventura and written by Anne Toole.

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Writing on Pink Panther’s 55th anniversary comic

The Pink Panther is 55 years old! Not every day that you get to write for a character older than you are. I contributed a story to American Mythology’s Pink Panther special which came out last Wednesday. I was joined by artists Bill Galvan, Mario Zimprich, and Kyle Brightbill with Natalie Jane on lettering. We sound like an awesome band.

If you’re all in for old school Pink Panther, check out my “Pink Wallet” along with two other great stories. You can catch all three tails 😉 in print or on Kindle and Comixology. Enjoy!

Pink Panther 55th Anniversary Special cover by Jazz de la Cuesta

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Come Through the Looking Glass for this graphic novel adaptation

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016 film) poster.pngGuess what arrived in the mail today? The graphic novel adaptation I wrote of the 2016 film Alice Through the Looking Glass. My adaptation of Linda Woolverton’s screenplay merges with an adaptation of the first Alice in Wonderland film to form DEVASTATOR! No, actually, they merge to form Alice in Wonderland: The Graphic Novel Collection, which you can pick up now in time for the holidays if you are so inclined.

The collection includes hopefully not embarrassing pages from the comic script I wrote, showing how the work turned from words to image. The artwork for the story comes from Massimiliano Narciso, along with lettering from Brandon DeStefano and editing from the inimitable Jennifer Hale. If you liked the movie, or even if you haven’t seen it, it might be worth a look to see how an artist other than the director (James Bobin after Tim Burton) takes the subject matter.

I’m going to sit down and watch the movie with comic in hand to play “Which Medium Suited it Better?”

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Halloween Special, Grimm Fairy Tales edition

Two books this month from Zenescope! In honor of Halloween, Zenescope has unleashed Grimm Fairy Tales 2017 Halloween Special, written by me with art from several artist teams. This time, you get to join Mary Medina as she goes on a haunted tour in New Orleans where the ghosts may turn out to be a little more than just urban legends!

A bunch of preview pages can be found here and a review here. After you check it out, you can also take a gander at my other book from Zenescope this month, Dance of the Dead #1. Let me know what you think!
Grimm Fairy Tales 2017 Halloween Special Mary Medina Mystere Ghost Spooky Halloween Comic Book Cover Art

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Writing Zenescope’s Dance of the Dead #1

It’s New Comic Book Day, and my latest for Zenescope is here! I’m writing their Dance of the Dead five-ish mini-series featuring Mystere and Jasmine, and the first issue is out right now!

Synopsis: The Shadowlands are a dark and mysterious place, filled with the most evil creatures that have ever haunted mankind’s imagination. Now Mary Medina (Mystere) finds herself trapped there with no means of an escape, lured by a powerful enemy into a dance with the dead.

Those familiar with the Grimm Fairy Tales universe will recognize our main characters, but even if you’ve never picked up one of their books, you can dive right in with this first issue. Feel free to check out a preview of the comic and variant covers here or pick it up at your local comic shop. You can also read a review that’s already up at Fandom Post.

I’m looking at proofs for the second issue right now 🙂 If you’ve read the first, feel free to drop a comment below!

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A first (for me)! Heroic fantasy in French!

20170224_144058Bucket list item, checked off! I’ve always wanted to write something in French, but was a bit hampered by the fact my French is far from fluent. Enter comics to save the day! A call for heroic fantasy submissions from quarterly anthology Ganesha made my dream possible. In Ganesha #17, my story joins a host of other French fantasy stories involving everything from elves and wizards to Asian-inspired fantasy.

My story, “Petit Héros,” follows the adventure of an apprentice tanner on an errand in a fantasy version of medieval Paris. Martin van der Schuijt and Femke Schaars lent their art to the tale. If you’re interested and ready for a collection of other French stories, you can order the comic or subscribe to Ganesha at 92bulles.fr, or pick up a copy at one of the participating stores in France.

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Shipping characters and writing comics at SFCC – San Francisco Comic Con

Comic-con isn’t over, at least not in San Francisco. If you’ll be heading out to San Francisco Comic-con to see the likes of Jenna Coleman or Trina Robbins, come check out these panels on Saturday while you’re at it. I’ll be speaking on both!

SHIPPING AND WHY IT MATTERS
Saturday, September 3, 2016
10:30-11:30am, Pacific A
Bringing together passionate “shippers,” and writers, our panel will explore the reasons we ‘ship, why it matters, and how it affects the properties we love. After drawing 4.5 million votes in this year’s TV Couples March Madness Challenge, we at Zimbio know that many of the most vocal fans in TV, movies, and comics, are shippers. Following the controversial death of Lexa on the 100, this topic has never been more relevant. We will be joined by other fan writers in an interactive discussion on how ‘shipping changes the nature of the media we consume.

WOMEN WRITE COMICS
Saturday, September 3, 2016
1:30-2:30pm, Foothill E
There is more to comics than great art! A panel of women writers of comics and books discuss their craft. This panel features Trina Robbins, Dani Colman, Anne Toole, and Serena Valentino.

So come on over and share your favorite ‘ships, and find out about upcoming comics from a panel of awesome lady writers. See you there!

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