Thursday, May 31, 2012

To the Book Cave

My podcast interview from The Book Cave with Ric Croxton and Arthur Sippo is now available. We mainly talked about my HALLOWEEN LEGION, but also touched on THE SPIDER, SHERLOCK HOLMES, and TARZAN, and went off on several tangents.

So, if you can put up with my nervously excited stammering, you'll hopefully have some fun and a chuckle or three while listening.

Thanks again to Ric and Art for their support and for making me feel so welcome.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pablo and I at Spring Con 2012 and Beyond

The legendary Pablo Marcos and I at our table, toward the end of Spring Con 2012, right before we sadly said good-bye. Pablo's brilliant art on Marvel's classic TALES OF THE ZOMBIE utterly took hold of my imagination when I was fourteen years old, and changed my whole conception of what a comic book story could be. There were suddenly so many more possibilities than capes and masks and superpowers. And I never looked back.


Pablo's depiction of Simon Garth, the undead monster-hero of the series, possessed more depth and poignancy than any other comics character I'd ever witnessed. Beautifully and sensitively pantomimed by Pablo upon the page, this zombie never needed to utter a single word for me to understand and sympathize with his tragic plight. That b&w horror magazine certainly changed me and the creative direction I had been going in even at that early age, and Pablo's art sparked something in me that continues to burn.

It was one of the great highlights of my life when Silver Age Wonder Woman artist, and mutual friend, Jose Delbo introduced me to Pablo seventeen years ago. Impeccably dressed in an immaculate tailored suit, Pablo proved to be a rather shy and soft-spoken gentleman, despite the fact that he had long been a phenomenally accomplished, nationally known artist three decades before in South America, and he gave me the charming impression that he wasn't at all aware that he was, indeed, the celebrated Pablo Marcos.

Pablo and I happily hooked up again two years ago, and it was a tremendous thrill for me having him illustrate a couple of my adventures for THE SPIDER. A dream come true, to be sure. We are continuing to plan new projects, and talked over a couple concepts that I will be excitedly announcing in the near future.

My dream continues...

Friday, May 18, 2012

Spring Con 2012 This Weekend

Starting tomorrow through Sunday!

I'll be signing and selling my books, including THE HALLOWEEN LEGION, THE SPIDER, SHERLOCK HOLMES, new kids books, and a few surprises, too. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Rudyard Kipling and I Together for the First Time

My comp copies of my newest children's book finally arrived. I'll have a stack to sign and sell at Spring Con 2012 in a few weeks.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Pablo Marcos at Spring Con 2012

I just learned that the legendary artist Pablo Marcos will be attending Spring Con 2012, and will be seated next to me. Pablo has been one of my heroes since I was about twelve years old, and it was a dream come true when he joined me as artist on THE SPIDER # 1. Pablo will be doing commissioned sketches and we'll both be signing copies of THE SPIDER. Come see us on May 19 & 20th here in Saint Paul, at the MinnesotaState Fairgrounds.