Sunday, April 24, 2016

SNAFU: Unnatural Selection



Hot on the heels of the announcement about SNAFU: Black Ops, comes the table of contents of an anthology that will be out even sooner. This one contains a team-up between Jonathan Crowley and Carter Decamp.


Here's the toc for SNAFU: Unnatural Selection (in no particular order). Due for release August 2016.
James A Moore & Charles R. Rutledge
Richard Lee Byers
Tim Lebbon & Christopher Golden
Michael McBride
Lee Murray
Justin A Coates
David W Amendola
David Beynon
B Michael Radburn
Justin Bell

Friday, April 22, 2016

Windriders

The perfect MMO Trio. Tank Tryll, Healer Brielen, and DPS (Damage per Second) Kharrn. The Windriders of Rohan still doing what they do best and taking names too.

Monday, April 18, 2016

SNAFU: Black Ops Cover Reveal!

As promised, the SNAFU:BLACK OPS cover reveal, with updated contents list, revealing that my story with James A. Moore will feature Jim's signature character Jonathan Crowley teamed with my 12,000 year old Barbarian Kharrn.


And here's the cover art for SNAFU: Black Ops.
Again, the list of contributors for this one:
-- Jonathan Maberry with a Tom Imura/Joe Ledger crossover
-- Nicholas Sansbury Smith with an Extinction Cycle story
-- John O'Brien with a New World tale
-- Hank Schwaeble with a Jake Hatcher thrill-ride
-- James Lovegrove and N.X. Sharps with a Pantheon series narrative
-- Alan Baxter with an adventure set in the Alex Caine universe
-- Kirsten Cross
-- Richard Lee Byers
-- James A Moore & Charles R Rutledge with a Jonathan Crowley and Kharrn crossover
-- Tim Marquitz
-- Seth Skorkowsky
-- Christine Morgan
-- R.P.L Johnson

Sunday, April 17, 2016

SNAFU: Black Ops

Cohesion Press released this info today, so now I can too. A new anthology with a new story by me and my frequent collaborator James A. Moore.


ANNOUNCEMENT:
SNAFU: Black Ops is coming toward the end of this year.
It's an invite-only SNAFU, with 13 ALL-ORIGINAL stories by some of the best writers around.
Including:
-- Jonathan Maberry with a Tom Imura/Joe Ledger crossover
-- Nicholas Sansbury Smith with an Extinction Cycle story
-- John O'Brien with a New World tale
-- Hank Schwaeble with a Jake Hatcher account
-- James Lovegrove and N.X. Sharps with a Pantheon series narrative
-- Kirsten Cross
-- Alan Baxter
-- Richard Lee Byers
-- James A Moore & Charles Rutledge
-- Tim Marquitz
-- Seth Skorkowsky
-- Christine Morgan
-- R.P.L Johnson



More info and hopefully a cover preview in the not too distant future.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Barbarian and the Palantir

Been a while since I posted a game pic. Weird bit of Lord of the Rings lore this morning in LotR Online. Denethor, the steward of Gondor shows Kharrn his Palantir or seeing stone, and Kharrn,as a phantom, sees Frodo, captive in Cirith Ungol. These are the things that make the grind of the MMO worth it. This was pretty creepy. I'm down to just barely playing the game these days, but I would like to see the One Ring get to Mount Doom.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I Told You So

   Back in May of last year, when I mentioned how glad I was to see 'MY' Superman in DC's Convergence, and how I hoped to see him in his own series again, I was told by a comic book insider, who assured me that he knew far more about the industry than me, that 'No one cares about that character, and that would never happen.'
   But it's happening. This June, the pre-Flashpoint Superman will be the lead in the reborn Action Comics, which will return the venerable comic book to it's original numbering.
    I rarely say 'I told you so.' But I'm saying it now.

 I told you so.

Monday, April 04, 2016

The King and His Queen



   Over on social media, I had referred to “That time that Batman ‘creator’ Bob Kane had been rude to Cliff Biggers and me, and Jack Kirby had set him straight.”
   Several folks had wanted to hear the story and my buddy Cliff wrote an excellent account of the incident, showing the vast difference in attitude and behavior between Kirby and Kane. I will refer you to that post at the end of this one. One thing that Cliff left out, probably because it makes me look like the fanboy goofball that I am, was that Jack’s amazing wife, Roz Kirby saved the day for me.
   See, back in 1989 I was attending my very first San Diego Comic Con, and I was there specifically to meet Jack Kirby, my all-time idol, as Ben Grimm would say, and probably the single most important creator in the history of comic books. During my first day at the con, I had seen Kirby walking around but I’d never worked up the nerve to approach him.
On Saturday night the convention held a dance in the main ballroom and Cliff and I had wandered in to see what was happening. The place was full of comics professionals and fans and it was really really loud. After we’d been there for a bit and talked to some folks we knew, Cliff nudged me and said, “Hey, there’s Jack Kirby. Come on and I’ll introduce you.”
   Cliff led me over to where Jack and Roz were standing and introduced himself (Cliff had recently interviewed Jack for Comic Shop News) and then me. Kirby shook my hand and told me he was glad to meet me, and I…
Froze.
   For one of the few times in my life I was struck silent. This was Jack Kirby, the man who had created or co-created Captain America, The Fantastic Four, The Hulk, The X-Men, the Silver Surfer, The New Gods, Mr. Miracle, and so many others. He was also my primary influence in those days when I wanted to be a comic book artist. He was, as I said, my hero.
   I’d like to think I mumbled that I was glad to meet him too, but I don’t actually remember it. After a couple of minutes, Roz mentioned that she wanted to get out of the noise, and she and Jack took their leave.
   Cliff and I left the ballroom soon after. I was feeling pretty dejected because I had my chance to meet JACK KIRBY and I blew it. We walked downstairs to the lobby, and Jack and Roz were sitting on a sofa in a corner near the stairs. I made eye contact with Roz and she waved us over. To this day, I will swear that Roz Kirby had seen how much I wanted to talk to Jack and how nervous I was, so she invited me and Cliff over.
   There weren’t any other chairs available, so Cliff and I sat cross-legged on the floor, literally at the feet of the master, and for the better part of an hour we talked with Jack and Roz. Much of it was about comics, of course, but Jack also told us some of his favorite World War Two stories. Years later, I would see some of those stories had made it in to Jack’s short run on DC’s The Losers.
   A funny bit was that I had recently written a short story about a guy traveling back in time to New York in the 1930s, where he had met Kirby, Eisner, and other Golden Age comic creators and with the research still fresh in my head, I asked several questions about when Jack and Roz were dating, and Roz was delighted to tell us all about those days.
Finally, Roz said they needed to head up to their room and rest for a bit. Cliff and I got up and as we were finishing our talk with the Kirbys, Bob Kane barged in.
But I’ll let Cliff tell you the rest.
I will always remember that talk with Jack Kirby, my hero, and the King of Comics. And I will never forget the kindness of his Queen, Roz Kirby.
Now go see what Cliff has to say.