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COBRAAAAAA! My G.I. JOE novella, ”Dirty Work,” will be on sale, for dangerous thrills, on the Kindle and other E-readers very soon.

Amazon’s Kindle Worlds staff invited me to write this in the summer - -right after MAX STEEL came out. Prose proved a tough challenge, but a highly rewarding one, and it’s been quite cool to be part of licensed fiction’s leap into the tablet era here. 

I’m stoked everybody will finally get to jump into this mission. More to come…

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A subtle hint about the next project I’ve got coming out…

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thanatosdiver:

Hey, look at that: a five page preview from issue 1! Want to find out more about the book before taking the plunge and preordering issue 1? Check out this Newsarama interview where we nerd out with Lan Pitts, or this awesome homecoming chat we had with tom-pinchuk at Anime Vice last week.

And why are we talking about preorders so much? Because retailers can’t return unsold copies of books, which means your local shop is less likely to order the book if they don’t know you want it! Be heard! Shout it out! 

Wanna make absolutely 100% sure you get a copy of that first issue? Here’s what you have to do before September 18th, which is the order cutoff date:

  • If you know the folks at the shop already, give them a high five and hand over the form. If you’re new there, introduce yourself and then do the high five/form hand-off maneuver. Because shops love new customers, particularly those who give awesome high fives.
  • And if for some reason the people in that shop don’t like your high fives, go to another shop. That one is weird and probably smells funny.
  • For all you digital fans, don’t worry: the book will be available via the usual outlets (and possibly some less usual ones) on the day of release.
  • Tell your friends! Hit that reblog button! Get excited! BE PUMPED FOR ADVENTURE!

Thanks for the support, everyone. There’s just two weeks left until the final order cutoff for the first issue, so we appreciate any signal boosting you can share. The numbers on these first few issues are going to determine just how long we can keep making the book (check out a breakdown on how that works over on the comics blog), and trust me, we have tons of adventures in store for Sam and company.

Join the dive! Help us spread the word! Adventure awaits!

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comicsalliance:

FROM ‘PEEPO CHOO’ TO ‘GHOST RIDER’: THE UNUSUALLY COOL CAREER OF FELIPE SMITH [INTERVIEW]

By Juliet Kahn

Felipe Smith lived the dream of a thousand starry-eyed DeviantArtists when, in 2008, his nerd-skewering masterpiece Peepo Choo debuted at Kodansha-owned manga magazine Morning 2. When asked about what went into accomplishing this feat — becoming fluent in Japanese, keeping pace with the manga industry’s rigorous schedule, being an American noticed by the manga industry at all — Smith is all shrugs and smiles. His work spans the globe, he’s completely reinvigorated Marvel’s Ghost Rider, and, as friends pop by his booth, he slides smoothly in and out of the three languages he speaks, but you know, no biggie. Smith takes it all in his stride.

Peepo Choo, a gleefully lurid tale of cultural fetishization, yakuza, teenage boys, and gravure idols, lies far afield from Ghost Rider in terms of content. But Smith’s zingy, earnest voice unites the two works, and it is this voice that makes Smith such an exciting creator with such a tantalizingly unpredictable future. ComicsAlliance sat down with him at San Diego Comic-Con to discuss living and working in Japan, nerd culture around the world, and what Robbie Reyes brings to the superhero table.

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IDW Asks...."What Comes After The Bigger Bang?"

thebiggerbangcomic:

Check out some interior pages and see if you’re as drawn to idwcomics' THE BIGGER BANG as the fine folks at Blurppy.

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PINCHUK PLUG POST :: The PPP goes a step farther today as I conduct a full-blown interview with the gruesome twosome, dudenukem and nicktapalansky, about their new, manga-esque th3rdworldstudios comic, THANATOS DIVER.
I’ve been following the development of this book since the first sketches, and the final product reads like a perfect distillation of LEGEND OF ZELDA and GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET, by way of Studio Ghibli. An exciting read for anybody who’s wanted to see Japanese-style fantasia coming out from this side of the Pacific.
It even has its own Tumblr — thanatosdiver

PINCHUK PLUG POST :: The PPP goes a step farther today as I conduct a full-blown interview with the gruesome twosome, dudenukem and nicktapalansky, about their new, manga-esque th3rdworldstudios comic, THANATOS DIVER.

I’ve been following the development of this book since the first sketches, and the final product reads like a perfect distillation of LEGEND OF ZELDA and GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET, by way of Studio Ghibli. An exciting read for anybody who’s wanted to see Japanese-style fantasia coming out from this side of the Pacific.

It even has its own Tumblr — thanatosdiver

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The Glorious Gutter Life: 005 - Preorders, or The Life and Death of Your Favorite Comic

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The Glorious Gutter Life

005 - Preorders, and the Life and Death of Your Favorite Comic

Last week on The Glorious Gutter Life: 004 - From Pitch to Page

You have a finished book.

Let that sink in for a second.

You finished a book. And whether it’s an issue or a whole OGN,…

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zackri:

Kid’s these days don’t know about the manga of inspector Gadget. 

Zack got me with this. 

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The Glorious Gutter Life: 004 - From Pitch to Page

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The Glorious Gutter Life

004 - From Pitch to Page

Last week on The Glorious Gutter Life: 003 - How Not to Take It in the Tailpipe (or, Comic Contracts 101)

I’m writing this column as I sit in the barest sliver of sunlight, trying to sneak it in between five…

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PINCHUK PLUG POST :: If Frankenstein stories represent reckless science, and zombies represent mob conformity, then ghost stories truly work best when embodying the phrase “Hell is other people.” We see random innocents — literally trapped in with the old, personal problems some wretched soul is constantly reliving — forced to be the ones to finally make that parasitic stranger move on.
What makes V.J. Boyd’s comic, GHOST COP, so fun is that it mashes the ‘impersonal horror’ of ghost stories with the ‘impersonal justice’ set-up of the Western. In other words, it shows what happens when two strangers — two forceful spirits — get mixed up in each other’s business.
On one hand, you have Tom Fraley, your classic gum shoe. VJ’s a writer on JUSTIFIED, and he’s crafted a very different kind of latter day gunslinger with this fella. Fraley’s been wandering the streets of LA ever since a serial killer murdered him in the 40’s. The case was never solved, but now he might get to finally tie off his ‘unfinished business,’ because the same killer seems to have inexplicably returned.
On the other hand, you have Leticia, a modern detective tormented by surreal visions of the end times. When Fraley crosses her path, he could actually bring an end to this psychic curse; and she’s only the living person who can actually help his afterlife vendetta. Problem is: if Fraley gets his revenge, it will cause the Apocalypse she’s been foreseeing. 
Add an utterly inept ghost hunter and a maniac with serious mommy issues into this crisscross, and you’ve got a strange and complex thriller. GHOST COP cleverly turns horror tropes on their ear, and bends genres together like only comics are free to do. 
Pick up the trade in print, or go all digital with the singles on Comixology. 

PINCHUK PLUG POST :: If Frankenstein stories represent reckless science, and zombies represent mob conformity, then ghost stories truly work best when embodying the phrase “Hell is other people.” We see random innocents — literally trapped in with the old, personal problems some wretched soul is constantly reliving — forced to be the ones to finally make that parasitic stranger move on.

What makes V.J. Boyd’s comic, GHOST COP, so fun is that it mashes the ‘impersonal horror’ of ghost stories with the ‘impersonal justice’ set-up of the Western. In other words, it shows what happens when two strangers — two forceful spirits — get mixed up in each other’s business.

On one hand, you have Tom Fraley, your classic gum shoe. VJ’s a writer on JUSTIFIED, and he’s crafted a very different kind of latter day gunslinger with this fella. Fraley’s been wandering the streets of LA ever since a serial killer murdered him in the 40’s. The case was never solved, but now he might get to finally tie off his ‘unfinished business,’ because the same killer seems to have inexplicably returned.

On the other hand, you have Leticia, a modern detective tormented by surreal visions of the end times. When Fraley crosses her path, he could actually bring an end to this psychic curse; and she’s only the living person who can actually help his afterlife vendetta. Problem is: if Fraley gets his revenge, it will cause the Apocalypse she’s been foreseeing. 

Add an utterly inept ghost hunter and a maniac with serious mommy issues into this crisscross, and you’ve got a strange and complex thriller. GHOST COP cleverly turns horror tropes on their ear, and bends genres together like only comics are free to do. 

Pick up the trade in print, or go all digital with the singles on Comixology