Wizard World Today!

AMcC_nonfictionFANTASYLast minute announcement!  I’m spending today at Wizard World Portland 10am – 5pm.  Most of the time I’ll be at Table C62.  Between 1 and 2pm I’ll be signing at the Dark Horse booth.  *I believe* they will have free Dark Agnes prints for me to sign and give away.  See you there!…?

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REH’s Savage Sword Issue #7 Preview

Saint Denis deliver me from such tender care as this Hellcat has shown!”

The third and final installment of the origin of the sword woman Dark Agnes appears in Issue #7 of Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword out January 29th.  You can preview pages from the 80 page giant at DarkHorse.com.  The Dark Agnes story is adapted by Paul Tobin and illustrated by me.  Below are the 2 preview pages along with a bonus teaser page (no letters).  I hope to post some of my sketches for this installment in the coming week, so please check back.  Also, I’ll be attending Wizard World here in Portland next Friday (Jan. 24th), and on Sunday I’ll be a doing a signing with a special promotion.  I’ll provide the details when I have confirmation.  Another reason to check back.

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All Aboard!

The Periscope Studio Kickstarter is down to the final hours.  Last call to board the Maiden Voyage!

Here’s a link to a Newsarama Interview, and here’s a link to the latest Kickstarter Update.

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Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #6

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Featuring Dark Agnes: Part 2 adapted by the profoundly prolific writer Paul Tobin with art by me.  The extraordinarily prolific artist Francesco Francavilla was at the helm for the art on Dark Agnes: Part 1 in Savage Sword #5, so Aaron McWhothehell?! might be an unpleasant surprise to some.  However, I did make an effort to retain consistency with Francavilla’s first part, and  one advantage in my favor was that this 3 part tale is the origin story of Dark Agnes.  She abandons her oppressive past in Part 1, discovers her “darkness” in Part 2 and …well, I’m not giving away Part 3.  Point being, I think the transitions in the 3 parts can handle a little stylistic deviation.  But, by all means, judge for yourself.  The issue came out a week or two ago, so please pick it up if you like this type of adventure comic.  What do I mean by that, exactly?  Well, the type that gets a little bloody.  But there’s humor here, too, and if it doesn’t immediately come across, I suggest reading it aloud.  Agnes has a voice that is distinct from the run-of-the-mill strong woman role, IMHO.

Here are the preview pages from the Dark Horse website:

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And here’s another page in appreciation of my blog readers.  (Sorry, no text, though.):

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Dark Horse gave the blessing for me to show some preliminary sketches, as well:

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Finally, the link to the full preview of Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #6.

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Periscope Studio Maiden Voyage

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Have you ever heard of the legendary book titled “The Studio?”  I’ve only heard of the book myself and haven’t actually seen it, but it collects artwork by Jeffrey Jones, Michael Kaluta, Barry Windsor Smith and Berni Wrightson into a single volume.  Well, that book made a splash in 1979 and became a legend.  I’m going to put my futurist thinking cap on and boldly compare “The Studio” to Periscope Studio’s Kickstarter project Maiden Voyage.  At the $95 pledge level one receives a hardbound volume collecting artwork by 6 members of Periscope Studio, Portland, Oregon: Benjamin Dewey, David Hahn, Paul Guinan, Ron Randall, Erika Moen, and Natalie Nourigat.  Of course there are lower pledge level alternatives, and higher pledges with tantalizing rewards, but either way I hope you consider a contribution to the Kickstarter.  If Maiden Voyage successfully launches we’ll be able to continue kickstarting artbooks by the other members of the studio (myself included), but it all starts HERE!  Thanks for your consideration!

Library Love

I’m happy to announce that The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation made a best of 2013 list, thanks to Library Journal.  We’re on a short list alongside enormous talents like Peter Bagge and Gene Luen Yang.  What an honor!

In addition, I received some pictures of the exhibit in Chicago that I mentioned in my last post.  I wish I could see these large scale prints in person, but the photos will have to do for those of us not in Chicago between now and March 2, 2014.  My thanks to the Chicago Public Library and the Harold Washington Library Center for hosting the show.

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Below are pictures from earlier this year, but I thought I’d round out this graphic novel update with a snapshot that Jonathan Hennessey took at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington DC Sept. 21-22.  Again, looking at the surrounding books…what great company!

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I have more blog posts on a variety of topics coming this week/month, so stay tuned!  

Lanky Link’s Gettysburg Address 150th Anniversary

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It is for us, The Swingin’, to pick up the dues of these Fine Studs who cut out here and flieth through to Endsville…

There is all manner of reflection on the Gettysburg Address today, and I thought I’d illuminate a little Easter Egg that Jonathan Hennessey hid on page 162 of The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation.  He sent me some reference material of various memorabilia commemorating the speech to include in the above panel as I saw fit, and I included this red vinyl album for visual interest without knowing anything about “Lord” Richard Buckley.  If you aren’t familiar with his recitation of the Address you have YouTube to thank:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4u8bblgV1g

I have various links to share, and hope that you have time to check them out, so here we go:

  • Chapter 2 in its entirety (pages 31-49) available for you to read at Slate.com.
  • “The Gettysburg Address — a prescription for America’s split personality” written by Jonathan for Foxnews.com.
  • The Chicago Public Library has an exhibit of pages from the book printed at large scale in the Harold Washington Library Center.  Here’s the info and location for those who may be in Chicago sometime between now and March 2nd, 2014.
  • Interview with Jonathan on the Library of Congress Blog.
  • Jonathan will also be on WBEZ’s “Morning Shift.”  In Southern California he will be on KPCC’s “Take Two” with Alex Cohen.  Link to WBEZ interview.  Link to KPCC interview.
  • And here is a podcast that briefly recommends our book along with some other good books about the Gettysburg Address.

As always, I thank you for your interest.

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