Going to New York Comic Con?

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My man Errick Nunnally will be hanging around the Spencer Hill Press booth (#1058) on Saturday. His kick ass debut, BLOOD FOR THE SUN, comes out next March. Meet the man behind what is sure to be a long running series and grab a bookmark while you're at it.

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Ricardo Lopez Ortiz - the man, the myth, the legend - and a hell of an artist. I had the fortune of meeting Ricardo at Boston Comic Con this year and enjoyed his artwork so much that I've hired him to bring my comic, EXPATRIATE, to life. While the project is a WIP, Ricardo will have the script for the first issue and a few sketches on hand. Stop by (#AA2) for a look, a chat and save some monies for an illustration - his work is killer (I've got a Judge Dredd commission on my shelf to prove it!)

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John Dixon is having the most exciting week of his life. (It's true, he said so.) But seriously, John is doing some incredible work and I couldn't be happier for him. On Friday he'll be signing at the Simon & Schuster booth (#1828) and giving out ARCs of his debut novel, PHOENIX ISLAND, the basis for the upcoming CBS television series INTELLIGENCE, starring Josh Holloway, Marg Helgenberger, and Meghan Ory.

Just make sure you say no if he offers you hot peppers.

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I've met Andrew MacLean at Boston Comic Con for a few years now. He formed Brand New Nostalgia (where I found some of my favorite artists) and is Kickstarting the second issue of his terrific comic, HEAD LOPPER. Stop by (#DD5) and check out the first issue as well as some of his other projects.

Let's Kick this Pig!

Kickstarter is a fantastic site that allows creators to crowd-source funds for creative projects (books, games, music, photography, and more.)

I found stumbled onto Kickstarter via MEAT SPACE on BNN a few months ago and I'm hooked.  There is some amazing talent and it feels great to be able to support such creativity.

The Kickstarter Projects I'm backing:

Reincar(NATE) -  Reincar(NATE) is a 102-page, full-color graphic novel that tells the story of Nate McCoy, a well-meaning, down on his luck P.I. who has a special ability--he can see and interact with past versions of himself. The people he reincarnated from. With the help of Jameson (a Wild West lawman) and Alan (a 1960s-era hitman), Nate works to solve his latest case, one that digs straight to the heart of the city's criminal underworld.

The first project that I backed, Reincar(NATE) sold me with the video they created - very cool, stylized noir.  Helped that I had just read several noir comics at the time!  It was successfully funded on 05/04/2012.

Sullivan's SluggersLong past their former glory, the minor league Sluggers get an invitation to play a baseball game in a cursed small town. After the 7th inning stretch, the sun goes down, and the dysfunctional teammates find themselves fighting for their lives against a town of flesh-eating monsters!

Now, it's up to coach Casey Sullivan to help his team escape from being the next dish in the town's terrifying feeding frenzy!

Eisner & Harvey Award-winning graphic novel author Mark Andrew Smith joins forces with Eisner nominated illustrator James Stokoe for a gripping roller coaster of a graphic novel, packed with shocks, gore, and screamingly outrageous humor, when America's Favorite Past Time becomes one team's ultimate nightmare!

As of this post, Sullivan's Sluggers has 4 days to go and already has CRUSHED their initial goal of $6,000 (currently at over $69,000.)  Smith and Stokoe are extremely passionate about the project and have added new rewards every week for each fundraising milestone.  Again, the video for the graphic novel sold me - well produced compared to what I have seen on Kickstarter to date.  Can't wait to get my hands on this beast!

Nightmare Magazine - Nightmare Magazine is a monthly magazine of horror and dark fantasy short fiction which will be published both online and in ebook format.  It is edited by none other than John Joseph Adams and issue one has already lined up Laird Barron, Sarah Langan, Jonathon Maberry and Genevieve Valentine.

Nightmare Magazine was successfully funded on 06/07/2012.

Children of the Revolution - Children of the Revolution is a Vampire the Masquerade Twentieth Anniversary book that tells the stories of noteworthy and notorious kindred of the modern nights.

Growing up, I didn't play many pen and paper RPGs, but I read A LOT of books.  I found settings like Vampire, Werewolf, Hunter and Deadlands to be fascinating.  I've written tens of campaigns (most of which were never played out) but creating these adventures made me realize my passion for writing.  I still enjoy curling up with these tomes for bursts of inspiration and to travel back to the World of Darkness.

Children of the Revolution was successfully funded on 06/10/2012.

What will you help kickstart? I'm already eyeing my next...

Boston ComicCon!

Better late than never... I've been out of town since Boston ComicCon and I am just getting all of my thoughts together.  The level of talent in attendance this year was incredible.  I had a blast.  It was packed, but a good percentage of fans were there for cosplay and to shop, so there was plenty of time/space to chat with artists/writers one on one.

The Highlight Rundown

BRAND NEW NOSTALGIA - 3 BNN members were in attendance.  Joe Dellagatta, who I first met last year at Boston ComicCon and who did an awesome commission for my business card (hope to get him on another piece for me soon.) Andrew Maclean has a new comic through a successful kickstarter out called MEATSPACE. Definitely check out the first issue here. Logan Faerber is also an amazing talent and fellow Bostonian.  All three are great guys and I had a fun time talking with them.  Make sure to check out their work as well as the other members of BNN!

Paolo Rivera - currently on a SICK Daredevil run.  I picked up a signed print of the art from the cover of Daredevil #1.

Ben Templesmith - one of my favorite artists.  I talked to him awhile about his upcoming work (new Batman artist!) and then I threw down and asked him for a commission. I got this fantastic piece.

Sean Gordon Murphy - Sean Gordon Murphy is a badass.  His run on American Vampire was amazing and he is following it up with his creator-owned project, PUNK ROCK JESUS.

Kevin Church/ TJ Kirsch - These two guys have a great thing going over at Agreeable Comics.  I bumped into their table and remembered seeing their comic SHE DIED IN TERREBONNE on a list of top noir comics. I picked up the first edition trade and I am very impressed - awesome story and the production is solid.  You can read it for free here but I also highly recommend you pick up a copy.

Eric Canete - Last but certainly not least, I picked up CHOCOLATE, one of Eric's art books.  Eric is an amazing artist and I was blown away by his work (almost enough to pick up his $100 art book if the wife wouldn't have killed me!)

Those were my highlights.  There were so many excellent creators in attendance and I know I missed a lot (probably even forgetting to add some that I did meet).  But it was a great con and I can't wait to attend next year.