Saturday, July 30, 2011

Beware the Moon

A suspenseful scene of lycanthropic horror from a new project by artist
Steven Gordon and I. This will be published by Sequential Pulp Comics, an imprint of Dark Horse.

The title, for now, remains mysterious.

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Artwork © Steven Gordon

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Halloween Muse

Many writers seem to "live" their work, but what happened to me yesterday was rather eerie and can only be described as the work suddenly developing a life of its own.

While writing an integral chapter of The Halloween Legion a profound secret within my little group of weirdos abruptly made its presence known to me on the page, taking literal control of the story.

I was utterly stunned.

This is the rare moment when creatively motivated folks genuinely feel the presence of their "Muse", something seemingly outside of themselves, guiding the process. My characters were actually writing themselves and telling me what they wanted me to do--practically demanding it.

A rather bizarre experience even for me, to say the least, but also kind of wonderful.

The Halloween Legion © Martin Powell. Artwork © Danny Kelly and Thomas Boatwright.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Scarlet in Gaslight at 25

The 25th Anniversary Edition of Scarlet in Gaslight, my Sherlock Holmes/Dracula graphic novel, is moving along nicely, from the heroic folks at Pulp 2.0 Press.

This will be my book's 7th printing since it was originally published in 1987, when it was nominated for an Eisner Award. We're gathering lots of fun special features material and a very classy new cover to make this a real event. There will be some cool merchandise, too. It will be available around Christmas.

Sure hope you'll join us!

Scarlet in Gaslight © Martin Powell. Artwork © Seppo Makinen.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Halloween Legion Lives!

Although they haven't been born yet, The Halloween Legion are slowly, but surely, expanding their universe and taking on a life of their own.

Already in the works are an illustrated prose novella, comics, and a coloring book. Wonder what should be next? Card games? Board games? Masks? Action figures? Saturday morning cartoon?

Maybe a children's book written in fun, rhyming verse?

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The Halloween Legion © Martin Powell. Artwork © Thomas Boatwright.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

One Giant Leap

Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before."

Happy 42nd Anniversary Apollo 11!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Get Well, Jenna!

I'd like to express a very special Get Well wish for my friend, hard-rockin' Jenna Enemy. She was struck and injured by a moving vehicle last week while rescuing her dog from being hit.

That makes Jenna a hero to me. She's like Wonder Woman--only cuter and she can play a mean bass.

Hope you're up and at 'em soon, Jenna!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My View of the Future --Today

Sitting here in my new studio, inside our new house, still feels rather dream-like. I'm full to bursting with creativity, and there simply aren't enough hours in the day for all I want to write.

Most oddly inspirational to me is that the Minnesota State Fair's 330 foot tall "Space Tower" is practically in our front yard, and can be viewed from my studio, the kitchen, the bedroom, and our backyard deck.

Once things are a bit more in order I'm snap some photos to show. For now, here are some pics of the Space Tower so those not in the Twin Cities can see what I'm talking about
, including a view of our neighborhood as seen from on top of the structure. In fact, our house is in this picture. That's the Saint Paul skyline looming in the distance.

I'm thinking that eventually a gorilla running amok needs to climb this.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

More ERB!

Another amazing pre-production illustration from artist Tom Grindberg for our yet-to-be announced licensed Edgar Rice Burroughs property for Sequential Pulp Comics, an imprint of Dark Horse.

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Artwork © Tom

Sunday, July 10, 2011

It's All Ours!

A miracle just happened.

We're now completely moved in to the new house! It only took three weeks of every spare moment we could scrape together outside of our jobs. Often back-breaking work, it was still worth every bruise, scuffed knuckle, each drop of blood and sweat we shed, and every financial sacrifice we made in the past fifteen months.

Thanks again to all my generous, stout-hearted friends. Without you we would have been lost.

Big summer party later in the season--and you're all invited!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Peek at Another Edgar Rice Burroughs Project

Tom Grindberg's amazing prehistoric "doodle", as he calls it, for our yet-to-be announced licensed Edgar Rice Burroughs property for Sequential Pulp Comics, an imprint of Dark Horse. I'm so excited to be writing this!

More news soon...!

Artwork © Tom Grindberg
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

There's No Place Like Home

I'm finally sitting at my desk in my studio, in our new house.

It's cluttered with boxes, my mammoth eight foot book shelves are not yet assembled, and my walls are bare of art prints--but I'm open for business, at last. I'll post more pictures in the days and weeks to come of the studio's transformation, but for now here it is in its pristine and ethereal state.

First order of business is to complete and polish my first novella of The Halloween Legion. The plan is for the book to be on sale later in the summer, in plenty of time for All Hallow's Eve.

They know what scares you--and they're going to do something about it! The World's Weirdest Heroes, published by Wild Cat Books!

This will be the first major piece of work I'll complete here.

It's so good to be home.

The Halloween Legion © Martin Powell. Artwork © Danny Kelly

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy July 4th

Happy 4th of July!

Today is also special for me because it's my parent's anniversary.

Dad--hope you're celebrating in style today...that's what Mom would've wanted from all of us.

Friday, July 1, 2011

An ERB Trilogy Begins

A pre-production illustration by artist Will Meugniot for an officially licensed property by the estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs, to be illustrated by Will and written by me.

Can't mention the name before the press release, but I will drop the hint that this story is part of a very popular trilogy of ERB novels. Published by Sequential Pulp Comics, an imprint of Dark Horse.

Coming in 2012!

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Artwork © Will Meugniot