Dynamite Entertainment invited me to contribute to their #100 issue of Vampirella, which was a blast.
The book is starting to preview on various websites, which typically means release is imminent—currently, the book is slated for a January 14, 2015 release date.
The book is a collection of short tales, and I was teamed up with artist Dave Acosta; his work is stellar, but is sadly absent from the previews currently circulating. Which is a pity.
In any event, here are the details:
Written by: Nancy A. Collins, Eric Trautmann, Brandon Jerwa, Mark Rahner, Tim Seeley
Art by: Francesco Mann, Dave Acosta, Eman Casallos, Javier Miranda-Garcia
Covers by: Joe Jusko, Joyce Chin, Tony Fleecs, Cedric Poulat
Get ready to party—Vampi style! With one hundred issues stacked high since Dynamite’s launch of Vampirella in 2010, it’s time for a giant-sized spectacular. To commemorate the occasion, we welcome the best Vampirella writers—past, present, and even future—to contribute short stories, guaranteed to send chills up your spine and quicken your pulse. Featuring Nancy A. Collins (who launched the current ongoing series with her bold new take), Eric Trautmann (who kicked off the Dynamite era), Brandon Jerwa (who expanded the mythology in over 20 issues), Mark Rahner (who spoofed pop horror culture with several one-shot specials), and Tim Seeley (the architect of Chaos who debuts his first-ever Vampi work here)!
Dynamite Entertainment | 48pg | Color | Teen+ | $7.99USD
Basically, they're offering 143 comics in the Bundle—pay what you want and choose 50, or pay $15.00 and you get all 143. It's a pretty cool deal.
The Humble Dynamite Bundle is a charity effort; you can choose for your money to go to MSF/Doctors Without Borders, Make-A-Wish® International, and the Comic Book Legal Defense
Laura Hudson, writing for Wired, lists Lazarus -- the Image Comics series written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Michael Lark -- as a "must read."
I'm unreasonably fond of the book, not just because I happen to work on it (I'm the series' graphic designer). I think Michael and Greg are doing career-defining work, and when you consider their respective careers? That's more than a little impressive.
Lazarus: The First Collection—a pretty substantial hardcover volume, collection issues 1–9 of the Rucka/Lark Image Comics series, Lazarus—hits store
The book includes the first 9 issues (which comprise the "Family" and "Lift" story arcs), plus a short preview comic that originally appeared in Diamond Comics' Previews catalog, as well as roughly 40 pages of bonus material.
The bonus material includes a never-before-seen geopolitical map of the world of Lazarus, plus complete bios on each of the major "Families" in the setting, a universe timeline, a gallery of the fake adverts I create for the series' back covers, process art from cover artist Owen Freeman, and a ton of previously-unseen artwork for series artist/co-creator Michael Lark.
I did the layout and graphic design for the volume, and it contains rather a lot of the behind-the-scenes work I do on Lazarus, and I must confess to a fair amount of pride in this edition.
I hope you'll check it out.
LAZARUS: THE FIRST COLLECTION Hardcover
Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Michael Lark (with Brian Level and Jodi Wynne)
Colors by: Santi Arcas
Cover by: Owen Freeman
This prestige hardcover collects the first two arcs of the critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling series; “Family,” which introduces Forever Carlyle and her Family as they are brought to the brink of war in a future of economic collapse; and “Lift,” where Forever uncovers a terrorist plot against her Family while another family altogether, the Barrets, take desperate measures to escape their life of poverty.
PLUS! Never-before-seen work by MICHAEL LARK and graphic designer ERIC TRAUTMANN, and exclusive world-building content. Collects LAZARUS #1-9 with four-page preview and additional content.
Diamond Order Code: SEP140626
Image Comics / 264 pgs / Color / Hardcover / Mature Readers / $34.99US
Sneak peek "unboxing" gallery:
Today, the European Space Agency managed to soft-land a probe—Philae—onto the surface of a comet.
I have a hard time wrapping my head around the enormity of that task, a mission akin to firing a bullet at an oncoming missile at just the right angle and speed as to gently land the bullet.
Maybe I should've paid more attention in math class. If it had been more about landing spaceships on comets and less about Johnny carrying five apples up a hill, I might've been more engaged.
This, following the destruction of an Arkyd satellite in a launch explosion and the fatal crash during a Virgin Galactic test flight, should remind us all that space exploration is music to a restless part of the human soul.
Congratulations, E.S.A. and Cassandra/Philae teams. Take a well-deserved bow.