Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures # 2...

Regular cover by Jon Sommariva.

The second issue of our Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures mini series is hitting stands this week. And if you thought it was fun to see the Turtles face off agains Mudbutt... err... Clayface last issue, wait until you see what happens when Joker and Harley Quinn arrive in New York City. The art for the issue is once again masterfully handled by the team of penciler Jon Sommariva, inker Sean Parsons, and colorist Leonardo Ito, with letters by Shawn Lee and edits by Bobby Curnow.

Subscription variant cover by Rick Burchett.

Anxious to read it? Here's a five-page preview you can check out right now.

Incentive variant cover. Art by Chad Thomas.

I'm also happy to report the response to the first issue (now sold out and available in a second print) has been great. In fact, we've just been nominated for Comic of the Year by the Diamond Gem Awards!

Dynamic Forces exclusive cover. Art by Ken Haeser.

Not only that, we have a special Director's Cut issue on the way in February. It will feature Jon's awesome pencils, some of my script pages, and more insider glimpses of how we put the series together.

The Director's Cut edition of issue # 1!
More updates and Turtle news soon!

To be continued...

Fried Pie exclusive cover. Art by Tony Fleecs.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Batman Files and The Marvel Vault...

Two new books arrived on my doorstep this week, just in time for the holidays. The first is a brand new printing of the long sold out hardcover edition of The Batman Files.

A smaller size than the first edition, this now easier to carry book tells the history of the Dark Knight in his own words in the form of a scrapbook of sorts that Bruce Wayne has curated for a successor. Recounting Batman's history from his childhood until days before the New 52 revamp, The Batman Files is easily my favorite of the over fifty books I've written, so I'm very happy to see it back in print in such an impressive new edition.

Also out now in bookstores is the newly updated edition of The Marvel Vault. A complete history of Marvel comics by longtime historians Roy Thomas and Peter Sanderson, The Marvel Vault was due for an update, and I was happy to write about the goings-on for the last decade or so of Marvel's history. Complete with pull out replicas from nearly every era of Marvel's past, The Marvel Vault is also now in a more compact, bookshelf-friendly size.

I'll have more projects to talk about soon, so keep checking back!

To be continued...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Batman/TMNT Adventures # 1...

The wait is over. Batman/TMNT Adventures # 1 finally hits stands this week! To celebrate, I'll be signing copies at Comic Envy in Asheville, North Carolina all day Wednesday (November 9th).

I'm happy to report that the first issue already sold out at the distribution level, so the only issues available are the ones your store will have on the racks Wednesday. But don't worry, for those that miss it, a second printing is already in the works.

For those wondering what all the hubbub is about, Batman/TMNT Adventures # 1 is the first issue of a five-issue series featuring the fantastic art of Jon Sommariva, inked by Sean Parsons, colored by Leonardo Ito, and lettered by Shawn Lee. The series teams Batman, Robin, and Batgirl from the iconic Batman: The Animated Series with the current incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles featured on the popular Nickelodeon show.

I'd like to take a quick second to thank all those involved with this series, from IDW editor Bobby Curnow, to DC editor Jim Chadwick, to the folks at Nickelodeon including Joan Hilty, Linda Lee, and Kat van Dam. Everyone has been very supportive of our crazy little comic, and I can't wait for readers to see it.

Oh, and did I mention that issue # 1 alone has 21 variant covers (by my last count)? I've included images of the regular variants throughout this post, but in addition to those and a blank cover perfect for commissioning sketches, several stores are offering their own exclusive cover. Check inside issue # 1 for a list of those available.

For more info on the series, you can read an interview here, and a free preview here.

To be continued...

Friday, October 28, 2016

Deadpool: Drawing the Merc With a Mouth...

My new Deadpool book has a commericial! Check it out below!

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 freecomicbookday.com.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

TMNT - Amazing Adventures # 9...

Cover by Jon Sommariva.
In December of 1987 I was a fourth grader living on a farm way outside a tiny town called Tipp City, Ohio. We had all of five TV channels at that time (including PBS), so whatever Fox would opt to show in the afternoons was what I watched. (This is why I've committed the Mr. Belvedere song to memory. Thanks, Fox. Thanks so much.) I had a weird little brain into things like The Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes, karate, drawing, and superheroes, so when the first episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiered during a trial airing of sorts, fourth grade me flipped the hell out.

I bought the toys, the cereal, and regaled my parents with the latest adventures of the TMNT whenever we took a long car ride. Again, we lived in the middle of nowhere. Every outing included a long car ride. My mom said she didn't mind, however. Since the Turtles were named after renaissance artists, I think she was just happy I was learning something.

Then came my favorite Turtle villains, the Punk Frogs. Mutant Turtles fighting Mutant Frogs, each Frog named after a famous despot?!?! This is what a fourth grader views as sheer genius. This was everything to me for a good few months.

The original Punk Frogs.
Their very wardrobe strikes fear into the hearts of heroes everywhere.
In stores this week is part one of my newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures two-part tale, "The Frogs of War." This issue features my first attempt at writing the Frogs, and at appeasing the still very vocal voice of Fourth Grade Matt. I'm happy to report the Turtles cartoon has matured over the years, evolving from something of a 22-minute toy commercial to true all-ages entertainment. The Frogs have matured as well, now serving as parodies of famous characters ranging from Marlon Brando to Napoleon Dynamite. They were a blast to write, and artist Chad Thomas did a great job of bringing life to the many, many Frogs I requested he draw.

Today's Frogs. The years have been kind.
To see more of this issue, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures # 9, please click here for a free preview. To, like me, get the Mr. Belvedere song stuck in your head, please click here. You're welcome, and also, I'm sorry.

Variant cover by Ben Harvey.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Batman Character Encyclopedia and Signing...

On Saturday, March 19, starting a 4pm, I'll be signing copies of my newest book for DK Publishing, Batman Character Encyclopedia at the Barnes and Noble in the Asheville Mall in North Carolina as part of the Batman v. Superman Day promotion.

New on book shelves last month, the Batman Character Encyclopedia is a 208-page guide for the current continuity of the DC Comics Universe, a great primer to Gotham City for fans young and old alike.

Check out the sample pages below, and if you're an Asheville Bat-fan, I hope to see you on Saturday!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Gotham City's Guardian...

I'm happy to announce that my book for Scholastic, Batman: Gotham City's Guardian was released a few weeks ago to bookstores nationwide. It's my first book for this particular publisher, and it was a fun little project that gave me yet another excuse to dive into my Batman comic book collection.

Set entirely in the current DC continuity established in the New 52, this book is the perfect entry point for readers new to Gotham City, featuring Batman's origin, a glimpse at his many gadgets and vehicles, and the stories behind some of the most notorious faces in his rogues gallery.

Check out a few sample pages below, and be sure to stop by next week when I talk about yet another new Batman book to hit the shelves, my Batman Character Encyclopedia from DK Publishing.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Batman and Scooby-Doo...

Two of my newest projects are hitting stores this coming week. First up is the Batman: Talking Bust and Illustrated Book set. This is a fun little history of Batman I wrote that comes complete with a mini talking bust of Batman guaranteed to scare evil-doers away from even the fanciest book shelf. It hits book stores on the February 9th and comic shops on the 10th.

Next up is my first You Choose book, Scooby-Doo! The Mystery of the Mayhem Mansion. Originally scheduled for the 1st of March, this book seems to be hitting stores and Amazon already. It features a Mystery, Inc. story told in the famous "Choose Your Own Adventure" style with 12 possible endings (some of them even pleasant).

For everyone's safety, don't follow the mystery waiter. Just listen to me this one time.

I'll be back with a new post soon, including some info on my first book for Scholastic, Batman: Gotham City's Guardian...