Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Spidey Storybook...

Up for pre-order now (and in bookstores on June 5th) is another one of my new Spider-Man projects, The Amazing Spider-Man Storybook Collection. An anthology of classic Stan Lee/Steve Ditko stories adapted into children's book prose, this new Disney hardcover will be over 300 pages long and will feature the work of a variety of writers and illustrators. For my story, I was asked to adapt the first appearance of Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man # 9.

Next week I'll be posting about yet another new Spider-Man project that's proving to be a lot of fun (and work) to write. So if I were you, I'd stay on this website and just keep clicking the refresh button until then. You might lose some sleep, but it will totally be worth it.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New Poem Day # 2...

This week's new old poem:

Their Fault

If they had
told us that
we weren't
allowed to
fiddle with the
pizza before
sending it back
in exchange
for a new one,
we never would
have formed the
pepperonis into
an angry face,
and Domino's
would still deliver
to my house.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friendly Neighborhood DK Guide...

Up now for pre-order is my new guide from DK Publishing, Spider-Man: Inside the World of Your Friendly Neighborhood Hero. Matching the style and format of my other two DK character guides, Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon and Iron Man: The Ultimate Guide to the Armored Super Hero, this book tells you everything you need to know about the wall-crawler's fictional exploits. Packed with hundreds of illustrations by some of the best artists in the business, the book is also co-written by longtime Spidey writer and expert Tom DeFalco. It's going to hit bookstores everywhere on April 30th, so reserve your copy now.

I've got a few other Spider-Man related projects in the works as well, so keep checking back as I'll be announcing one of them next week.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Poem Day # 1...

It's been a while since I've updated this site, and that's mostly due to the fact that I can't yet talk about most of my upcoming projects. So in an attempt to add a bit more content to this place, I'll be introducing a few new features. In the months to come, I'll be posting the occasion editorial about some hidden gems I've discovered during my years of writing and reading comics or whatever's got me angry at the moment.

But since I'm currently bogged down with another book I can't quite talk about right now, I'm going to be posting some of my older writing in a column called New Poem Day.

Back in college (and a few years following), I wrote quite a few poems. Some were adapted into comic book form and a handful were printed in some poetry magazines. But the majority of these little guys have never seen the light of day, so I thought I'd dig them out and post one here a week.

So without further ado, here's this week's offering:

What she thinks about during my sitcom

She paused from washing dishes
to ask me why I’d ever want to be a father.
I looked up from the television and said that
sometimes, when I get home from school
and I lay down on the couch,
the cat will lay on my stomach.
I hold it, it purrs gently,
and we just look at each other.
Then usually it bites my nose.
I told her I wanted that,
but without the biting.