Here it is, almost the end of August, and as we continue living much different lives due to COVID-19, I hope that all of you are staying safe and healthy. As for me, while I’ve enjoyed my time at home, both working and playing, I do have to say I’m ready to be able to travel again and see some familiar places and faces, as well as some new ones.
However, I’ve not been idle while spending so much time at home. I’ve been writing at a fairly steady clip, and while some things aren’t quite finished, there are two projects that I’m proud to announce are completed!
Dan Fowler G-Man Vol. 3
First up, I’m excited to announce that my story, “The Mask of Mesud,” has been published in Dan Fowler G-Man, Vol. 3, from Airship 27 Productions. My good friend (and editor and publisher of Airship 27) Ron Fortier approached me about two years ago to see if I wanted to contribute a story to an upcoming Dan Fowler anthology. I’d never written a pulp story before, but I was excited at the opportunity. After about a year or so of writing, rewriting, and refining my story, I sent it off to Ron. Now that all of the stories are in and the cover and interior illustrations are done, the book is available for purchase! You can buy it online on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle format, or directly from Airship 27. I will also have copies in hand soon that you can purchase from me directly.
Barren Fragments #1
Back in March, after months and months of looking for an artist to collaborate with on a comic book script I had finished at the end of 2019. Andi Fikri, an artist from Indonesia, contacted me, and he was responding to my post on Digital Webbing, an online forum for comic book artists, writers, and other professionals. While I had actually posted about a different script, and thought I had someone lined up to work on that one, I asked Andi if he’d be interested in a science-fiction script I’d written in Ron’s “How to Write Comics and Graphic Novels” class way back in the fall of 2018. He said yes, and we began collaborating on the book. After a few weeks, he emailed me some fantastic penciled artwork that blew my mind. He did the inks on the finished pages as well, and once I had those files, I got to work on lettering the pages (digitally, of course – a shoutout to my friend James Gaubatz, who is a professional letterer, for some tips and ideas on how to go about lettering my first comic).
Once the pages were lettered, and I had colored the great cover that Andi had penciled and inked, the book was ready for print. I’m still figuring that part out, but rest assured, I will have copies ready to sell in the very near future!
Who’s Who in New Pulp
This update is a few weeks’ old now, but still worth mentioning. With my story being a part of Dan Fowler Vol. 3, making my first foray into the world of “New Pulp,” I am proud to announce that I was included in the recent book, “Who’s Who in New Pulp,” from Airship 27. You can purchase this book on Amazon, and all of the proceeds of the book go towards St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I also have copies available, if you’re interested in an autographed book!
Fort Collins Comic Con 2020
Even though most, if not all, comic book conventions have been cancelled or postponed this year, that doesn’t mean that the coordinators haven’t come up with alternative solutions. San Diego Comic Con did it in July, DC put on their FanDome event last week, and now, the people behind Fort Collins Comic Con have put together a virtual event for August 29th and 30th, 2020. FC3 will be all virtual this year, so be sure to check out all that they have going on this year, including featured guests, panelists, and vendors. I will be a vendor again this year, so while you’re enjoying all the pop culture fun, be sure to check out my Books page to pick up something new to read!
Well, I’ve rambled on long enough – I hope you’ve stuck around to read all the exciting updates. If not, that’s okay, but if you have – thank you. Please stay safe and healthy during these trying times!