Here’s all of Part one: Stonefacehugger…
And here’s Part two: Harpalien…
We came up with a short story in two parts, along the lines of “Buster Keaton and Harpo Marx versus Alien.”
The first issue of Heady Mental (available at the Comic Book Embassy and the Comic Book Lounge and Gallery) contained part one of our story, and today I saw that part two has just finished being serialized online.
It’s been a great summer for writing comic book stories. Last night I saw some absolutely beautiful pencils by Brice Hall for a story I wrote, and the sequel to our Silent Scream comic is currently up on the Heady Mental website (two of the three pages are up so far, with the last one set to go up next week–I’ll post another update when the complete story is up).
I’ve been working with a bunch of talented people over the past several months on a few projects, including more comic book stories, a film script, comedy sketches and even a pitch for an animated show…plus, I landed a new day job. On top of all that, I was fortunate enough to be able to contribute to the Holmes Incorporated again, and to take part in a project called Cerebus: Low Society.
I wrote a story for last year’s Holmes Inc. comic, and when I returned for this year’s project, my mind was totally blown because I learned that Ty Templeton would be drawing my story! It was an incredible experience, and it still blows my mind.
Here are some previews of the various stories in this year’s Holmes Inc. on Ty’s website:
And here’s the complete story I wrote, drawn by Ty:
I should have more information soon about where to find the complete issue. You can download the three previous issues of Holmes Inc. for free here.
Cerebus: Low Society was another interesting project, where I was able to work with Rob Walton as the editor (who also provided generous advice about that pitch for the animated show) and Dylan Kloepfer as the artist. I was very happy about writing a story that included a Harpo Marx character! Here are some details about the project, which should be available in comic book stores soon.
A few months ago I collaborated with Brice Hall on a two-page story for Heady Mental magazine, a great anthology of short comic stories put together by the talented and tireless Sam Noir of the Comic Book Embassy. Now it’s available for viewing online!
Brice is an absolutely amazing artist–take a look at his work on his website, http://brice-ink.com/.
Here’s a sample image from our collaboration, “Silent Scream.” Think, “Buster Keaton meets Alien.”
I came home to a great surprise yesterday: copies of my latest book, sent from Sterling Publishing! I was about to go out to meet my mom and brother at a Chinese restaurant, so I brought some books along for them. When we were ready to order dinner, one of the staff in the restaurant saw the cover of my book and became really excited and talkative. It seems she was convinced that the book was about how to play blackjack, and she loved to gamble. She was very friendly and happy, and offered a lot of advice about gambling, but I don’t think she believed us when we told her the book wasn’t about blackjack.
Here are a few links for buying the book:
I noticed the other week that a book I wrote several years ago would be available soon. The Ultimate Book of Family Card Games offers “over 50 games in all, organized by type and difficulty, and complete with instructions, rules, strategies, color illustrations, and a brief note on each one’s origins.”
I finished writing the book five or six years ago (I think). It’s a weird feeling to try to recall what I was thinking and where I was when this project was happening. I remember that I enjoyed researching and writing it. I’m very happy to see that it’s available now.
Here’s the latest book review I wrote for PopMatters.com. It’s a review of a coffee table book that celebrates Mad Magazine‘s sixtieth anniversary.
I liked it. It’s a big glossy hardcover that gives a mostly visual overview of the entire magazine’s run so far, and it includes 12 poster-sized prints that they call “the soul of MAD.”
I tried to write the review in a Mad-ish style. I hope it’s funny. Here’s an excerpt:
I first discovered MAD in the ‘70s, and my most memorable image was an Al Jaffee illustration explaining how to perform a particular magic trick that presented the illusion of squeezing blood from a stone (spoiler: it involves hiding shards of broken glass in your palm). Read more…