Monday, July 18, 2016

Tick exclusives at SDCC! Plus a Tick panel!

I'm leaving for Comic-Con in...about 15 hours, but that doesn't mean there's not time for a new blog post, right? ...right? Well, anyway, I just wanted to point out that there will be a brand new issue of The Tick on sale in San Diego! Duane and I put this book together a few months back and I'm excited to see it in person. It's limited to 260 copies and it'll be available exclusively at the New England Comics booth (#1807) during the show. I'll also be signing books there at various points during the convention!

There's a blank sketch cover as well! This one is also limited to 260 copies. I'm pretty sure it's not 250 this year so I can get some copies for myself, ha. Each issue will cost $7.99.

And if you're coming to the convention, don't forget to check out this Tick panel with creator Ben Edlund! It's happening on Friday, 7/22 from 2:30-3:30 at the Hornet Grand Theatre. This will be a ticketed event, as space is very limited. Tickets are free, but you have to grab 'em in the Sails pavilion the day of the event. Good luck!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Honcho: 3 Cheers preview

As I mentioned in my last post, I'll be premiering a new mini-comic, and the first "Honcho" publication, next week at Comic-Con. Here's a preview of the book, titled "3 Cheers". It's got art by Jeff McComsey and a short backup written by Jennie Wood! I'm pretty happy with it.

Backers of the Kickstarter will get a copy of this book with the first volume. I'll be taking a first look at the full series with me as well, showing it off to publishers and the like. I'm happy with how quickly this is coming together (though we've still got a way to go). If you're at Comic-Con, stop by booth M-06 to pick up this book!

Friday, July 15, 2016

A quick Honcho update

As the title states, here's a quick update on Honcho: we're working on it. More specifically, here are some pages that Jeff McComsey has been posting of roughs, pencils and inks:

I'm very excited to be working on this project and it's moving along speedily! We're probably going to round this volume out at about five single issues, or 125-ish pages. That's a hefty number but we're on pace to hit that and then some. Working with Jeff is great because he's strong in a lot of the areas that I'm weak, so we seem to complement each other well. I guess that's for others to decide, ultimately, but that's how I feel about it, anyway.

We'll have a mini comic available at Comic-Con (next week!) and I'll show a preview for that soon. At the very top is the cover for that comic and directly below is a sticker we'll have for backers of the Kickstarter campaign!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Visit Teddy and the Yeti on Tumblr!

I've been doing some spring cleaning with the website recently - removing broken links and trying to streamline things a bit. One of the things on this page that I've never been quite happy with is the "webcomics" link at the top of the page, which gets a lot of hits but isn't very user friendly. One of the problems as I saw it is that old entries get lost at the very bottom of the page and the dimensions of some of the pages weren't always big enough to easily read the comics, especially on a desktop.

I decided that it would be best to just scrap the entire page and load all of the comics that I feel like sharing onto a new, external page, and so is born!

There's still some work that I need to do on the page, with placement and other functional issues, but I'm happy enough with it at least to share the link and make it public. I'll be looking to do other things with it in the coming weeks, including following some other dang accounts and trying to drive a little bit of traffic to the page. One thing that I enjoy is the archive section, which serves as a way to compile all of the webcomics in a way that's easier to navigate that what was previously available. There's also an "ask me anything" tab which I'm sure won't fill my inbox with spam any time soon.

So if you're looking for the comics I've poster, the "webcomics" link at the top of the page now redirects you to Tumblr. I'm sure we've all been looking for a convenient site at which to view the Franks and Beans comic and that "Accordion Theory" strip, and now you have one.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New Tick original cover art from Ian Chase Nichols!

Hello, all! How was everyone's Free Comic Book Day? I was once again able to travel to Boston for the event and I had a great time. I'm glad to see that the new Tick issue is getting some positive reviews and it seems that most people were able to grab a copy if they wanted one. I walked away with a big stack of books and, surprisingly enough, some original art from an upcoming issue!

The image you see above is what will soon become the cover to this year's convention issue. The issue will first debut at the San Diego Comic-Con with a different cover, and will be offered with the above cover for the 2016 Boston Comic Con.

Ian Nichols, who drew the "Tick, P.I." story in the FCBD issue, is on hand for the Boston exclusive cover. There's a lot to like about the cover, especially how many important Tick characters are featured on it! Beyond the Tick and Arthur, there's original series characters like Paul the Samurai, the Running Guy and the Chainsaw Vigilante, newer additions like Caped Cod and Bumbling Bee...

...there's the Man Eating Cow...

...and wouldn't you know, at the top, tumbling backwards out of the boat is none other than Roger, the Tick's maybe-one-time sidekick, who first appeared in the 2015 FCBD issue! Ah, Roger, we hardly knew ya.

I'm obviously thrilled to have this new page of art to add to the collection. Look for the book itself to show up in the next few months!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

New Tick comic out on Free Comic Book Day!

This Saturday is the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day celebration at comic shops all over the world. Once again, there's a new Tick book coming out. The cover is above, and it's a take on a classic Adventure Comics cover with Superboy and the Legion of Super Heroes!

Joining me again on art is Duane Redhead, who has done some really nice work for this issue. There's also a backup story with art by Ian Nichols that ties into the main story!

In a few days, I'll be traveling to Boston for the weekend to sign some copies of the new issue with lots of other guests. I'll be at New England Comics' Norwood location from 10:30-5:00 on Saturday. These signings are always fun and it's great to see people and explain that I'm not Ben Edlund. If I have the opportunity, I might try and sneak over to another store after my signing is over. If you're in the Boston area, I hope that you'll stop by and pick up a book!

In other (very exciting) Tick news, the Amazon Prime pilot will be filming soon! Several of the actors have posted updates online, including this picture of the pilot script from Brendan Hines, who will play the new character Superian! I am obviously thrilled that this is happening. Here's hoping that it moves forward to a full series soon!

Friday, April 22, 2016

The birthday haul, 2016

Well, it's that time of year once again where I show off some of the stuff I have. I guess I do that more than once a year. I'm okay with this. Anyway, my birthday has come and gone as it seems to do, and I got some neat things. So you get to see them! But first, check out this sketch of The Tick and Arthur from Rob Crooenborghs! I thought that this was pretty cool.

First up on the docket is the Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot hardcover collection from Dark Horse Comics. I'm excited to break into this as I've actually never read the story before and it's, if you can believe it, one of Frank Miller's stranger co-creations. I wonder if the '90s cartoon is out on DVD? Hmm...four seconds of Amazon research tells me that it isn't. I wonder why?

It was recently announced that "Weird Al" Yankovic would be the new co-host and band leader of IFC's "Comedy Bang! Bang!" beginning in season five. This means, of course, that it's time for me to catch up on the series so far, and I got the first two seasons that I'm pouring through. It really is a fantastic program. It's weird and irreverent and it suits my sense of humor just fine.

Also in the stack is a book all about old comic book ads, "Mail-Order Mysteries"! It shows the actual products behind many of the more ubiquitous ads that showed up in comics. It does not disappoint and seems oddly tailor-made to me specifically.

Lastly you'll see "Save the Cat", a book on screenwriting for jerks like me who will one day probably sell out and write a screenplay. If I haven't already.

Next up, we've got some more DVDs, including the second volume of the Conan the Adventurer series, the complete Planet of the Apes tv series, and the first season of very Clone High alumni heavy "The Last Man on Earth".

Just as I predicted, I'm getting sucked into the amiibo fad and now I own two. I keep telling myself that I'm stopping with Pac Man. Who knows if this is true? I also picked up a new audiobook set in the "Ender's Game" universe. "Ender's Game" was such an incredible book and everything afterwards just slowly and unfortunately went downhill. I guess I'm still trying to recapture that initial wonder.

Oh, and I spent all of last month stalking Larry with a fake Twitter profile before revealing it to him with a birthday cake from (of course) Dairy Queen. Revenge isn't the only thing that's best served cold. Ice cream cake is. Because it's made of ice cream. You get it.