Wednesday, October 26, 2016

DC Encyclopedia and Deadpool...

Halloween's not yet here, so you know what that means. Time to start your holiday shopping. And what better way to begin than with two huge books destined to keep you occupied with comic book minutia for way too many hours.

First up is the new edition of The DC Comics Encyclopedia. A complete rewrite of the original best-selling book, this updated version tells the current New 52 origin and history of each character, from small 100 word entries focusing on minor characters, to large, two-page spreads for major players like Batman and Superman. Not only that, the book also includes sidebars detailing past incarnations of various heroes and villains, so no era of DC's vast history is left out. The book is so immense that it took several writers to complete it. I was fortunate enough to share the workload with a few of my former collaborators, including the always great Alex Irvine, Steve Korte, and Alan Cowsill. The DC Comics Encyclopedia is out now in book and comic shops, as well as at this link on Amazon.

Deadpool: Drawing the Merc With a Mouth is another giant-sized tome to weigh down your bookshelf. Featuring a brand new cover by Reilly Brown, as well as large eye-catching artwork from all three decades of Deadpool's comic book existence, this book serves as a complete history of the Merc With a Mouth, including interviews with Fabian Nicieza, Mark Waid, Joe Kelly, and Reilly Brown. You can find it at your local comic book store or book store, or order it on Amazon with this link.

Monday, October 3, 2016

New York Comic Con 2016...

It's almost time for the New York Comic Con, and I'll be there once again, this time signing at both the DK Publishing Booth (# 2311) and the IDW booth (# 1844). The show is from October 6th through the 9th, but I'll be skipping the show on Sunday.

I'll be promoting my new Batman Character Encyclopedia at DK as well as the upcoming Batman/TMNT Adventures at IDW. (I hear there might even be free posters involved!) As always, I'm happy to sign any of my older work as well, as long as you're happy to lug it around for the remainder of the show...

Here's my full convention schedule:

Thursday, October 6th

- 1:00-2:00 at the IDW Booth (# 1844) - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles signing alongside Paul Allor and Caleb Goellner

- 3:00-4:00 at the DK Booth (# 2311) - Batman Character Encyclopedia signing

Friday, October 7th

- 3:00-4:00 at the DK Booth (# 2311) - Batman Character Encyclopedia signing

Saturday, October 8th

- 3:00-4:00 at the DK Booth (# 2311) - Batman Character Encyclopedia signing

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures # 14...

Out this week from IDW is the second half of my latest two-part Teenage Mutant Ninja: Amazing Adventures tale featuring the threat of our new mutant, the Drip. The lead story features art by Chad Thomas and colors by Heather Breckel. You can check out a preview for the issue here.

This is the last issue of Amazing Adventures for the time being, as IDW clears some room in their schedule for our five-part Batman/TMNT Adventures miniseries.

Want a preview of that highly anticipated series? Well look no further than the back-up tale of this very issue. Also written by me, the second story of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures # 14 features art by Jon Sommariva, who is currently busy drawing some awesome pages for our Batman crossover. Don't believe me? Take a look at his cover for issue # 2 below, as well as an equally impressive variant cover by the great Rick Burchett.

See? I wasn't kidding. This comic is going to be great!

To be continued...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

So Many Turtles (and even a little Batman)...

San Diego Comic Con 2016 has come and gone, and my big news out of the show this year was the announcement of Batman/TMNT Adventures, a five-issue mini series I'll be writing that features the dynamic art of my sometime Turtles collaborator Jon Sommariva. This series will pair the iconic version of the Dark Knight from Batman: The Animated Series with the current incarnation of the animated Ninja Turtles. This is a dream come true project for me, and I can't remember the last time I've had so much fun writing a script. Look for plenty of guest stars from bat-sidekicks to TMNT rogues to familiar faces from Arkham Asylum...


But in all the con craziness, I neglected to mention my newest release, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures # 12. I penned a back-up mystery feature for this issue, illustrated by Jamal Peppers that I'm really happy we got to do. Expect twists upon twists! The issue also features a Muckman story by writer Caleb Goellner and artist Chad Thomas, and a cover by my future Batman/TMNT collaborator, Jon Sommariva.

And don't forget the variant!

And that's not all! Out this Wednesday is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures # 13, the first part of my new two-part tale with artist Chad Thomas, a story featuring a new mutant villain we co-created called the Drip. The issue also includes a back-up tale by the team of Caleb Goellner and Buster Moody, and another great Jon Sommariva cover.

Plus more variant madness!
So my best advice? Head to your local comic shop and get studied up on the Turtles. You'll thank me when Batman/TMNT Adventures hits the stands!

Get excited! It's gonna be great!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Day In the Life...

Find out how the Ninja Turtles spend a typical day in my new back-up tale entitled (rather creatively) "A Day in the Life" in this month's issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures (# 11). The story is drawn by Ben Harvey, with colors by Heather Breckel and letters by Shawn Lee. The issue also features a Muckman adventure written by Caleb Goellner and drawn by Chad Thomas.

Lots more great Turtles work on the horizon, so check back soon for updates!

Variant cover! Ah!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ninja Turtles, Basketball, and Frogs With Spears...

A few months ago I was hired to write a comic book with probably the strangest premise of any I've worked on so far. It was a team-up special starring professional basketball player Carmelo Anthony and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It's an admittedly absurd concept, and so I responded in kind with one of the oddest pitches I've ever worked up. Happily, Nickelodeon, IDW, and Carmelo's people were right on the same page, and let me run with the idea. The result is a way-too-much-fun 30-page one-shot, brought to life in style by artist Chad Thomas and colorist Heather Breckel. The issue debuts this week at comic shops.

But wait, there's more!

This Wednesday also signals the release of the second part of my current two-part tale in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures featuring the Punk Frogs. It's also rendered by the ever-busy Thomas and Breckel, and features a back-up tale by writer Caleb Goellner and artist Ben Harvey.

For a free preview of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures: Carmelo Anthony Special click here.

For a free preview of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures # 10, click here.

And don't forget the variants!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Free Comic Book Day 2016...

May 7th is Free Comic Book Day, the one day a year that the majority of comic book stores offer up a great free selection of brand new issues for anyone who pops into their shops. Much like Netflix, Amazon Prime, or other addictive street drugs, the first taste of comics is absolutely free for everyone (in many cases, shops allow shoppers to pick five free titles from their Free Comic Book Day selection). Store owners are hoping you enjoy the quality comics on the stands and keep coming back every Wednesday for another fix, so they're quite happy to start your reading addiction.

This year, a variety of great titles are being offered, from a Marvel tie-in to their new Civil War II event, to an issue of DC Comics' new kids' property DC Super Hero Girls, to independent titles like Love and Rockets. My daughters are pretty excited about nabbing Strawberry Shortcake and SpongeBob issues.

I'll be celebrating the day here in Asheville, North Carolina at Comic Envy (144 Tunnel Rd.), with table set up and a wide variety of my past books and issues for sale. The store is also hosting a raffle and a costume contest, so if you're in the area, be sure to drop by. Free Comic Book Day will be running from 11:00 am until 7 pm., and I'll be sticking around as long as my Batman-like endurance can maintain.

Hope to see you Saturday!

To find your nearest participating comic book store and for a full list of the new batch of free comics to be handed out this years, visit