March 16, 2017

Like Jason Bourne? Tom Clancy stories? Then Samaritan is for you!
In SAMARITAN, a woman with a vendetta decides she’s going to take down the largest military contractor in the world and has the means and a plan that just might work. How do you bankrupt one of the richest, most technologically advanced and successful companies in the world? You steal all their research and give it away to everyone. Can she survive long enough to pull it off with the entire US government trying to kill her?
SAMARITAN #1 (MAR170694) hits stores on Wednesday, May 24th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 1st.

New Think Tank in stores this week!

New Think Tank is in stores this week! The entire first volume is free here along with 50 other books: http://topcow.com/moos/43-latest-moos/949-free-comic-downloads-from-top-cow

Dante, Postal 17 and Mechanism V1 live from the Top Cow sexy offices in Los Angeles!

In comic stores 1/18 is Dante by me and Darick Robrtson, Mechanism V1 by Raffaele Ienco and Postal 17 by Bryan Hill and Isaac Goodhart.

Sunstone V5 in stores 1/18

The concluding volume of Sunstone hits 1/18.

https://www.amazon.com/Sunstone-5-Stjepan-Sejic/dp/1632157241/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483741240&sr=8-1&keywords=sunstone+volume+5

Read V1 for free here: http://topcow.com/moos/43-latest-moos/949-free-comic-downloads-from-top-cow

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Dante Graphic Novel releases 1/25

Dante is releasing 1/25 by me with art by Darick Robertson you can read a free preview here: https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/1YSvE

 

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Think Tank: Animal #1 to hit in March

Think Tank: Animal #1 hits March 1st by me and Rahsan Ekedal! If you’ve never tried Think Tank before you can read for FREE here the first four issues of VOL 1:
 
Issue 1: http://topcow.com/files/Think_Tank_01_Digital.pdf
Issue 2: http://topcow.com/files/ThinkTank02_lo.pdf
Issue 3: http://topcow.com/files/ThinkTank03_lo.pdf
Issue 4: http://topcow.com/files/ThinkTank04_lo.pdf
 
Here’s the solicit info for March:
 
THINK TANK: ANIMAL #1 (VOL 5)
MARCH 1 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99
 
Several key NATO figures are assassinated…by animals? Someone has perverted Dr. David Loren’s surface thought-reader and turned it into a device sending animals on kill missions. Still recovering from his recent suicide attempt, Dr. David Loren is forced back into the military game to help uncover who is behind this. His fragile relationship with Mirra Sway is tested even further as his father shows up…with a sister he didn’t know he had.
 
People always ask me what I recommend of mine to read, well this is the one! I love doing this book =)
 
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The Clock

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What would happen if people started dying around the world in record numbers from cancer? It appears to be spreading like a virus and it’s fast. By the time it’s diagnosed it’s too late… An eugenics conspiracy thriller about overpopulation, scarce resources and survival as told through the lens of the leading cancer researcher and his lifelong quest to eradicate cancer and save his daughter!

The Clock by Colleen Doran and myself will be out in mid to late next year!

Wondercon schedule

WONDERCON SCHEDULE

FRIDAY 3/25/16

1-3 At Top Cow’s section of Image Comics booth #1802

3:30 – 4:30 Panel Room 515B

Space Goat: Prep Your Portfolio to Impress a Comics Editor
Space Goat Productions is the comic industry’s premier creator management company, representing dozens of comic creators worldwide. This presentation will provide the resources, techniques, and tips for aspiring artists to best prepare their portfolio for viewing by a comics editor. Join Space Goat’s Shon C. Bury and Dave Olbrich plus panelists Matt Hawkins (Top Cow Productions) and writer/editor Shannon Eric Denton discuss putting your best foot forward to begin or advance your career in comics.

5-7 At Top Cow’s section of Image Comics booth 1802

SATURDAY 3/26

10-11 At Top Cow’s section of Image Comics booth 1802

11:30-12:30 PANEL Room 515B

Top Cow Productions: From Then to Now
Founded by Marc Silvestri in 1992, Top Cow Productions soon made its name as the publisher of hit comics like Witchblade, The Darkness, and Cyberforce. The series stood the test of time, spawning a whole multimedia empire. Sit down with Silvestri, Matt Hawkins (COO of Top Cow Productions) and Bryan Edward Hill (story editor) for an exclusive look at where Top Cow has been and where it’s going next.

1-3 At Top Cow’s section of Image Comics booth 1802

5-7 At Top Cow’s section of Image Comics booth 1802

SUNDAY 3/27

11:30-12:30 PANEL Room 515B

Comic Book Editorial Panel 2016
Vince Hernandez (Aspen Comics VP/editor-in-chief), Matt Hawkins (Top Cow Productions publisher), Barbara Randall Kesel (editor), David G. Wohl (DC Comics editor), and Shannon Eric Denton (editor, writer) detail the keys to success in getting published and hired by a comic book publisher.

1-3 At Top Cow’s section of Image Comics booth 1802

This is a local show so I do NOT hang out in the evenings. I go home and recoup. See you next week.

‪#‎wondercon‬ ‪#‎convention‬

Convention tips

While I’m thinking about conventions, let me offer some tips:

1) If you aren’t good at talking to people, you’ll need to bring someone that is
2) Best opening is “hello” or “would you like a free ______”
3) Best sales are always in the final hour of the day so don’t leave early
4) Ask people what they like to read, let them tell you which of your books they’d be more interested in (what kind of movies do you like can be good too).
5) Have 10 second and 60 second pitches for each book. With the 60 second know which key pages of art to show.
6) Have a cheap entry level thing they can buy to try (or give for free)
7) Have expensive quality items for your hardcore fans
8) Have a variety of things. Some people like to choose.
9) When you leave your table leave a sign saying when you’ll be back. I do this and every time someone is waiting for me when I get back (at the time I indicate so don’t be late!)
10) Take credit cards. With the square register there is no reason not to. You’re missing out on sales when you don’t.
11) Hand a person talking to you a book to flip through
12) Smile
13) Make positive comments about their cosplay, kid, t-shirt and follow it up with a question. Where’d you get the shirt?
14) Plan your calories. You need to eat to keep your energy level up
15) Have a clear display with your name, best known property (ies), even a single banner behind you is enough.
16) Have something visible with your social media. I have a “fan card” I give out that has my name and social media on it. Also good to give people who ask for your business card that you don’t want having your email or phone #
17) Bring a small water bottle you can refill at the water fountain.
18) If you’re getting angry, annoyed or are dead on your feet…take a break. Go walk around a bit. Bring a sheet or something to cover your table and as said earlier put a sign, be back at 3:30 or whatever
19) Try and make people laugh. Try different things. Practice and come up with one liners that will make people smile.
20) Don’t be pushy. People come to comic conventions to chill. You can actively sell them without coming across as a used car salesman. And yes you have to “sell” most comic books don’t sell themselves.

Symmetry #3 Sociology Class with links

SOCIOLOGY CLASS

Welcome to the 3rd issue of Symmetry and thanks for reading! I really liked how Raffaele Ienco’s art fit the sad tone of this issue. We saw Matthew die in the first five pages of issue #1 and now at the end of the 3rd we see what’s going on. I was talking to my wife about the different series I write and she asked me whom the villain of Symmetry is. The primary antagonist is the system itself. The Elder Committee is certainly interesting and could be perceived as “villainous” but it’s not clear-cut.

 

The next issue is the final of the first arc and will answer a LOT of the questions I’m sure you have. We have Michael confronting SOL and there will be some fun twists and turns leading into the second arc.

 

NARRATIVE

Had a question online about the Michael’s narrative as recordings for his unborn child. He’s recording more than just the words printed in the narrative text boxes. He’s also recording what’s being shown in the art. This story is his version of events as he’s relating them to his unborn child. It’s his perspective and is intentionally skewed a bit based on that. If you’ve ever gone back and compared memories with old friends, people remember things very differently.

 

EGALITY VERSUS EQUALITY

These don’t mean the same thing. Egality is an “extreme leveling of society.” Equality is “the state of being the same quantity, measure or value as another.” One of the Four Pillars is equality, but we clearly see that it’s bullshit. Egality is more appropriate since people are the same economically and everything is first come, first serve. It’s part of the point and perspective of the story.

 

SEGREGATION VERSUS SEPARATION

There’s a difference between these as well. It’s summed up well by this quote:

“Segregation is that which is forced upon an inferior by a superior. Separation is done voluntarily by two equals.” Malcolm X

Researching segregation, it’s impossible to not get hit over the head with the Civil Rights movement and the insane George C. Wallace. I realize he’s a relic of his time, but this guy could have been President.

“I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” George C. Wallace

In this story we learn about how people are segregated by race, age and disposition. The ENTIRE point of it is to avoid conflict.
ARE HUMANS NATURALLY VIOLENT?

From my perspective, the answer to this is yes. All you have to do is read the news and you can see how depraved and violent humanity is to itself. The war of ideas over violence and human nature has raged since the 1600s, when philosopher Thomas Hobbes first speculated that the “natural condition of mankind” was one of violence and conflict. I tend to agree with that, but stumbled across this:

http://www.alfiekohn.org/article/humans-innately-aggressive/

When you read that you’ll see psychologists discussing that it’s not a natural state. I don’t think anyone knows for sure. History has shown that at least a percentage of us are consistently violent throughout recorded events. This link shows murder rates around the world and I found the misconception about the Third World analysis in here very interesting.

https://mises.org/blog/mistake-only-comparing-us-murder-rates-developed-countries

 

WOLVES AND SPEED

I wrote the wolves in the story originally as mountain lions, but Raffaele wanted to draw them as wolves so wolves they are! In editing I frequently will cut down the # of words from previous drafts and in some cases eliminate certain threads or explanations because they bog the story down. My philosophy on writing is that if you can think of a reasonable explanation as to why something happens, then you don’t need to go out of your way to explain it. Point being I wrote a bunch of narrative explaining why the wolves didn’t immediately catch up with Matthew and Elder Sharon in the pursuit. The reason I gave is that these wolves had never seen humans before and were slightly cautious. This was four narrative captions and I took it out because it bogged down the story and isn’t terribly important to what’s going on. Full out wolves run between 31 and 37 mph

https://www.californiawolfcenter.org/education/wolf-facts/

 

That’s it for this issue, thanks again for reading and if you like this book please recommend it to a friend!

Carpe Diem,