Sunday, June 26, 2022

NEVER GETTING OLD

I had a deep-dive conversation with the Never Gets Old podcast—talking about comics (of course!), as well as learning disabilities, the need for compassion, the creative process, and other things.

Enjoy!




Tuesday, June 21, 2022

EXCAVATION DAY!

My novella The Excavator—with illustrations by the brilliant Vassilis Gogtzilas—is on sale today. You can learn more at the Neotext site or order directly from Amazon.
You can also read a sample here.

Very excited about sharing this story with all of you. Hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, June 18, 2022

HAPPY 80th, SIR PAUL!

I am, as anyone who follows this blog knows, a hard core John Lennon fan: He remains my one true rock and roll hero. But the truth is, preferring John to Paul is like preferring breathing to the beating of my heart. Both are necessary to my existence.

Paul McCartney's music has brought me joy, comfort, and inspiration since I first laid eyes on the Beatles in the fifth grade, when they exploded across America's TV screens on The Ed Sullivan Show. There are a handful of other artists whose work has impacted me as much as Paul's, but none that have impacted me more.

My favorite Paul solo albums?  McCartney, Band on the Run, Tug of War, Flowers in the Dirt, and Memory Almost Full.

Favorite solo songs? In chronological order:

1.  "Junk"

2.  "Every Night"

3.  "Maybe I’m Amazed"

4.  "Too Many People"

5.  "Band on the Run"

6.  "Let Me Roll It"

7.  "Mamunia"

8.  "Let 'Em In"

9.  "London Town"

10. "Waterfalls"

11. "Tug of War"

12. "Here Today"

13. "The Pound is Sinking"

14. "Wanderlust"

15. "Put It There"

16. "Motor of Love"

17. "Calico Skies"

18. "Jenny Wren"

19. "Mr. Bellamy"

20. Medley from Memory Almost Full ("Vintage Clothes/That Was Me/ Feet in the Clouds/House of Wax/The End of the End")


If I had to pick one as my absolute favorite solo McCartney song, it would be the gorgeous, haunting "Waterfalls," which you can hear (and see!) in the video below.  (And how is it Paul looks younger there than he did during the Beatles years?)

Happy 80th, Sir Paul! 



Wednesday, June 8, 2022

BEN'S GOODBYE

The final issue of Ben Reilly: Spider-Man—wrapping up our four part exploration of Ben's life and psyche—is on sale one week from today.  It's been a genuine pleasure immersing myself in this unique, unforgettable character again—and doing it in the fine company of David Baldeon, Israel Silva, Joe Caramagna, and Danny Khazem.

Hope you've all enjoyed the ride.  And here's to the possibility of more untold tales of Spider-Man in the future!



Monday, June 6, 2022

VISITATIONS

I had an interesting conversation with Scott Larson of the Visitations podcast, discussing Spider-Man, the creative process, death, duality, and...Jack Benny?

COMING SOON!





And you can preorder it right here.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

STRANGER THINGS

My friend, the brilliant Jon J Muth, was going through old files and unearthed this:  an early 90s proposal I wrote for a Phantom Stranger graphic novel. The PS pitch clearly didn’t sell, but the idea evolved into the Mercy graphic novel that was part of the 1993 launch of editor Karen Berger’s Vertigo line. 



Actually, the book didn’t start at Vertigo:  Art Young, Karen’s former assistant, was working for Disney Publishing, tasked with putting together a line of mature readers comics—dubbed Touchmark—and Mercy was originally part of that.  When the Disney line collapsed, Art returned to DC, and brought Mercy—along with several other Touchmark projects—with him.  (Mercy is currently available in a "director's cut" version from Dover Books.)



I have all the early Mercy materials in my files, but no trace of the Stranger pitch.  In fact, I have no memory of writing it and Jon has no memory of it, either.  It’s like it manifested itself from the ethers—which sounds like something the Phantom Stranger would do!