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CHOICE AND FREEDOM

In 2002 I self published a comic with some friends entitled “Robots R
Cool, Zombies R Jerks” about the inevitable robot/zombie war we all
know is coming and the frogs who are caught in the middle of it all.
The book was very Mad Magazine, with tons of great jokes, art, and
wacky gross out zombie vs robot carnage. My book was out before IDW’s
Zombies Vs Robots. My book was out before the Walking Dead. I’m still
immensely proud of that work.

We premiered the book at the San Diego Comic Con in 2002. Growing up I
had gone to every comic convention my family would drive me too. As a
“professional” I had attended the Chicago Wizard World in 1998, but
nothing had prepared me for SDCC.

San Diego Comic Con is ridiculously sized, with thousands of attendees
and exhibitors. For anyone who has been to our beloved New York Comic
Con, San Diego is easily twice that size and filled to the brim with
publishers, movie studios, toys, games and every other product you can
think of. This thing is as big as Asgard, and twice as magical.

My friend and I paid for our tickets, lodging and table out of pocket.
We sold 1,000 copies of our comic by hand at the con, making back our
table money but not our flight expenses. We made some friends, and got
featured in Mark Hamil’s Comic Book: The Movie.

It was a wonderful experience, and a true highlight on the small speck
of dust I call my career.

I went back to the SDCC in 2006 as a professional artist seeking work.
I didn’t get any. I did get in a fight with Sergio Aragones regarding
the price of a commission. I did leave the con with my suit cases full
of the most incredible haul of comic con swag you could imagine. I
picked up three original pages of my favorite comic book of all time,
Steve Purcell’s Sam and Max, which I bought personally from Steve
himself. I left with an empty wallet, Art Adams sketchbooks, signed
copies of Alan Moore’s Lost Girls (which was making it’s debut at the
show) and my personal copies of Roger Langridge’s early worked signed
by the man himself in one of his first, early US appearances.

I published more comics, had a great time exhibiting at Moca and the
New York comic cons. I grew as an artist and a writer. From all these
experiences, Jeff Ayers agreed to let me write for the Forbidden
Planet shop blog and newsletter.

I got married. I drew less. I had a baby. My artistic output shrunk to a pea.

On a whim I sent some writing samples to a noted comic book blog which
was looking for reporters. I passed. My first assignment?

You guessed it.

I’m happy to say that I will be attending this year’s San Diego Comic
Con as a freelance reporter forĀ bleedingcool.com. I’ll be doing my
best to get content out to bleedingcool, as well as to you loyal
readers here at the Forbidden Planet. I will also be keeping an eye
out for creative opportunities in order to get back on the horse and
publish more books.

This week we celebrate the 4th of July, the holiday where we Americans
applaud the freedom we so often take for granted. In America you have
the peace and safety to discover your own hopes and dreams, and a
nurturing environment ready to award innovation and hard work.

I want to be a cartoonist. I want make a professional living writing
and drawing funny material for folks who like quality work. It has
been over 11 years since my first trip out west. So much has changed
in that time…but one thing has not:

The comic books of tomorrow are written by the creators of today.

I can’t wait to get a first hand look at the new talents, titles and
techniques that will make the comic of the future sensational! I
promise to bring you all back some great news, rumors, and reports, as
well as the hard hitting comic book journalism you have come to expect
from your ole’ Unkiedev.

Thank you for your continued attention. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Now go watch some fireworks, read some comic books, and do your best
to be YOUR best. You can do it!

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YOU put the I in “COMIC.”

The comic book hits of tomorrow are written and drawn by the genius’ of today! I hope each and every one of you out there is creating your own amazing stories to thrill and entertain. Forbidden Planet has an excellent small press section, and there is no reason you books cannot be amongst them.
Until then, dear reader, maybe you’ll check out these other titels?
DREAM TEAM
Image has a brand new title out this week called The Dream Merchant #1, and Dark Horse has The Dream Thief #1 (of 5). Listen, we have GOT to get these two characters together! They might work out a plt for Inception 2.
Joking aside, both look like interesting sci/fi supernatural thrillers. In the Dream Merchant, a young boy has haunting dreams of an alternate timeline which has been erased by sinister forces. His dreams unlock the secrets to getting that reality back, but should he follow them or go back to sleep?
In the Dream Thief, an ancient mask worn by our hero once makes him the conduit for vengeful spirits while he slumbers. Think Poltergeist meets the Mask.
Here’s a helpful piece of advice: If you’re in a comic book and you should find a strange, creepy mask? JUST LEAVE IT ALONE! Same goes for drinking serums in laboratories, or flying in space or trying on any jewelry you find in a treasure chest or tomb.
Speaking of tombs,
MASTER OF HORROR
Edgar Allen Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher #1 (of 2) is a new horror comic out from Richard Corbin and Dark Horse. I don’t know much about the writer on this book…Edgar Allen Poe? What comics has he worked on before? Can anyone tell me if this guy has done any superhero stuff, I’d like to read more of his work. Still, Richard Corbin is one of the best in horror books. If you’ve seen Corbin’s work then you know he’s both cartoony and horrifying, grotesque and fun all at once!
Kinda’ like this next book; John K. Presents Spumco Comic Book HC (34.99) is my NUMBER ONE pick this week! IDW continues their fine work reprinting in large format print classic material from hard to find sources. Spumco Comics is a collection (plus new material!) of the comic works of John K., the animation super star behind Ren and Stimpy. John K. has a unique style, and humor so low-brow people will wonder if you have any brows at all.
THE BIG TWO
DC has the second issue of their He-Man relaunch title (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #2) as well as Justice League #20, and the 30 page, final issue of Sword and Sorcery #8. DC is gearing up for their big summer specials, as well as a few surprises for our pal He-Man!
Marvel is swinging back with Age of Ultron #8, FF#7, and Wolverine and the X-Men #29 amongst others. Both Age of Ultron #8 and the latest Wolvie title are alternate future versions of the current Marvel Universe. Alternate titles are always fun! I suggest you read these now, so when you pick up the Return to the Age of Ultron Universe title Marvel will be publishing in 10 years, you’ll know what’s going on.
STILL DRAWING?
How’s your comic going…you know, the one you’r working on? WHAT? You haven’t started it yet, you’ve been reading my column?! DUDE/M’AME, drop this thing like your butt in a bouncy castle and get working on new comic books!
Don’t forget to clip all the pages of your comic book together with staples. Comics without staples is just a series of nonsensical leaflets which won’t stay together.

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