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Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Back a few months ago I made a post about how a lot of my creative endeavors were going to be put on hold because of the insanity that August 2012 was going to be for me.  Well, a crazy August turned into a crazy September, but I’m now back on the horse and revitalized for the remainder of 2012 and 2013. 
What does that mean? Well it means that it’s time for me to kick things back in gear.  Hit the link below for a full rundown of the next few months!

I did not go to as many shows in 2012 as I wanted to, but I’m finishing strong with two more appearances in November.  On November 7th, I will be having my first ever in-store signing at a local comic book shop to celebrate the release of Dear Dinosaur Vol II!  More details on that are to come.  That following Saturday, November 10th, I will be appearing at I-Con in Des Moines, IA.  I had a blast at the show last year and have no doubt that I’ll have another great year at the show.
I have completely finished work on the second volume of Dear Dinosaur, which runs through November 22nd.  I will be releasing another printed volume (the cover for which is on the left) a few weeks prior, so if you go to those signings I mentioned above, you can pick up a copy of the collection, which also features killer pin-ups from some amazing artist pals of mine.
Dear Dinosaur Volume III will kick-off on December 6th and run through April 2013.  I’m building in a break week on November 29th to help me get ahead of the curve, though I will still have a post that day (it just won’t be a new comic).  Volume II ends with a major shift in the status quo for Dear Dinosaur and I’m really excited to explore how that will affect our titular hero in the new volume!
As you know from my previous posts, I have a lot of projects currently in development.  OREN TAKES FLIGHT should start making the rounds to publishers within the next few weeks.  My original graphic novel STRAY is being drawn by Mat Nixon right now, who is battling some wrist issues that have slowed our timeline down a bit.  I’m also working on a new volume of MAKEbelieve, my minicomic series for kids, and hope to have it ready by my November signings.  I don’t want to jinx myself, but I think we are really close to getting a contract on HOW THE KRAMPUS SAVED CHRISTMAS, so expect news on that pretty soon.
I’m working on a few things that I can’t talk about yet, including some amazing anthology shorts that are very personal for me and should be released this Spring by the totally awesome folks at Grayhaven Comics.  I also have a one-shot in the works for the non-profit publisher Comic Aid Press, which will support ongoing relief efforts in Japan following the devastating 2010 earthquake.  I’m also waiting for the green light on a HUGE new comic opportunity that will be completely life-changing for me, but my lips are sealed on that until I 1) get the gig and 2) get the green light to talk about it.
I’m also looking to launch a few new projects and I’m shopping around for artist collaborators now:

NESSY: SWORD OF OHIO – A 22-page one shot that addresses teenage bullying, mystical artifacts, and crazy demonic monsters in a suburban Ohio town.  This is a project I've been mulling over for a really long time and I feel that now is the perfect time to move forward.  I think the world is finally ready for Vanessa Symon and her struggles with teen angst and ancient monsters.
THE LARGEST HEART – I originally envisioned this as a 100+ page graphic novel, but it was scrapped when I took on some other projects.  The story is inspired by (but not an adaptation of) the life of professional wrestler Andre the Giant and is a very touching, personal story.  I’m strongly considering launching this as a weekly webcomic, but I’ll need to find an artist that can commit to a 100-120 week run.
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS ANTHOLOGY – This is still on the back burner for me and is still something that I’m passionate about, but it will remain on hold for the time being.  The response I received from perspective contributors was fantastic, but until I know how some of my future projects pan out, I cannot commit to the massive amount of time editing and arranging this anthology will take.
That is all I really feel comfortable talking about now, but you can expect some more announcements coming soon!  I always have multiple projects going at once, but with a major project potentially on the horizon, it is hard to commit to anything new at this point.  As always, if you have any questions about these projects, leave a comment or contact me directly!

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