NEWS

Fri

08

Dec

2017

'TIS THE SEASON

I've been blathering on for a while about the pulp RPG supplements I've been working on for Adamant Entertainment. 

 

Typically, these are PDF only—we publish through DriveThruRPG/RPGNow—and the system available to us does allow for print-on-demand. 

 

That said, the individual supplements are designed to be low-cost for the consumer, so they don't run more than 35-40 pages. Meaty pages, but still, not giant mega-sourcebooks. 

 

This means that the print-on-demand option is not particularly cost effective for the consumer. 

 

Recently, though, we took a page from the comics biz: we've amassed enough of these supplements to combine into a "trade paperback" of sorts—edited and updated, with some new material into the bargain, and can charge a not-extravagant price for it as a print-on-demand book. (Plus you get the PDF, too.) 

 

So, I give you, for Thrilling Tales, Second Edition: "Axis of Evil, Volume One," an omnibus of pulp villainy. 

 

This book contains a heavily updated version of Pulp Villains: Violet, plus:

 

Pulp Villains: Count Shadau

Pulp Villains: The Yellow King

Pulp Villains: Von Keiner

Pulp Villains: The Subterranean Monarch

Pulp Villains: Baron Korga

 

Be bad for the holidays, and order a copy from DriveThruRPG or RPGNow! Six villains, twenty bucks. 

 

 

HEY KIDS, COMICS!

Cover by Michael Lark.
Cover by Michael Lark.

Also out, just in time to celebrate the holidays with tales of a soul-crushing dystopian oligarchy: LAZARUS X +66 #5! This issue, we're joined by the incredible Bilquis Evely (Wonder Woman).

 

LAZARUS X +66 #5

WRITTEN BY: Greg Rucka & Eric Trautmann

ART BY: Bilquis Evely

COLORS BY: Santiago Arcas

LETTERED BY: Jodi Wynne

 

Sére Cooper has spent years not only surviving but thriving as she delivers the Family approved news via CEEtv. Now, she’s told one truth too many and finds herself sidelined. When a puff-piece story leads to an explosive revelation, she must decide what matters more: the truth or her life.

 

Image Comics |  Color  |  40pg  |  Mature Readers  | $3.99

Cover by Nicola Scott w Eric Trautmann
Cover by Nicola Scott w Eric Trautmann

Also available now:

 

BLACK MAGICK #9

WRITTEN BY: Greg Rucka

ART BY: Nicola Scott w/Chiarra Arena

LETTERS BY: Jodi Wynne 

BOOK DESIGN BY: Eric Trautmann

 

"Awakenings II," Part Three. The Hammer is in Portsmouth. Alex learns the name of one enemy and the face of another. And Rowan's troubles only grow as both Samhain and the baby come due. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Comics | Color & B/W  | 40 pg.  |  Mature Readers  |  $3.99

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Fri

15

Sep

2017

I HAVE RETURNED AND I BRING WITH ME PULP MENACE.

I've been super busy of late, and consequently have been lax about updating the website and mailing list, for which I apologize and will attempt to be better about. 

 

In addition to updating the bibliographical portions of the site to include the work I've been doing on Lazarus, the Lazarus SourcebooksLazarus: X +66Black Magick, and The Old Guard, the RPG section has gotten some love, too. 

 

Including the newest Thrilling Tales Pulp Villain RPG supplement, Baron Korga.

 

The Pulp Villains line features pregenerated NPC villains designed to be easily dropped into ongoing pulp-genre Savage Worlds/Thilling Tales campaigns, with detailed stats, maps, character histories, henchmen, tactics, and adventure hooks. 

 

Baron Korga, written by Michael B. Lee and featuring original cover art by Colton Worley (Dynamite Entertainment's The Spider) also includes a dozen bonus downloads, 11 x 17, print-resolution posters of Korga's robot army, maps of his lair, and internal and external schematics of his skyscraper-sized submersible, The Kraken.

 

Available (PDF only) from RPGNow and DriveThruRPG for a mere $5. 

 

(For some reason, there's a technical issue with DriveThru, so searching for the book won't yield any results, but the direct link above should function.)

BONUS DOWNLOADS PREVIEW

Fri

14

Apr

2017

SOME NEW STUFF

A few cool things I can talk about, finally. 

 

First:

WILD TIMES: THE ORAL HISTORY OF WILDSTORM STUDIOS

Cover design by George Sellas.
Cover design by George Sellas.

Joseph Hedges ran a successful Kickstarter for this project—collecting a ridiculous amount of interview material and charting the history of Wildstorm Studios; for non-comics folk, this was part of the upstart Image Comics "movement" years ago, and later was purchased by DC Comics. Wildstorm produced some amazing and innovative comics material from some of the biggest names in comics. To be frank, a lot of them became the biggest names in comics because of their Wildstorm work. 

 

Joseph hired me to tackle the book's interior layout chores, and I'm pretty pleased with the result. (The cover is by the excellent George Sellas.)

 

To purchase the print or digital editions, visit the book's official store

 

There's also some cool related material on the book's Tumblr

ATOMIC ROBO: ULTRA FIELD MANUAL

I've been a big fan of the comic series Atomic Robo since pretty much day one and it's been a pleasure to get to know the book's creators (writer Brian Clevinger and artist Scott Wegener) a bit. 

 

 

 

A while ago, they ran a Kickstarter (I'm sensing a theme), and one of the rewards was an employee handbook for Atomic Robo's company, Tesladyne. It's a lovely bit of work, funny and smart. 

 

So I was super-thrilled to be invited to help them put together a similar project for them, a military-style field manual for the super-secret shadowy paramilitary organization ULTRA (which intends to seize and re-engineer as much of Robo's / Tesla's technology and use it to SAVE THE WORLD mumble mumble but also secret bad guy agenda mumble mumble). 

 

It was a blast

 

It also made for a fun design challenge—make something that looks credible as a military manual (which, historically, tend toward the deeply, vastly ugly) without making it look deeply, vastly ugly.

 

In addition to typesetting Brian's text, I got to create all kinds of fun things like requisition forms for exotic / world-breaking weapons, requisition forms for those requisition forms, a "Secret Vampire" checklist (your commanding officer might be a vampire! Be ever vigilant!), Vampire autopsy forms, unit insignia for ULTRA, and all kinds of fun stuff.

 

For details, visit the Kickstarter page here.  

 

And some samples of the material: 

And a peek behind the curtain; my "worksheet" for designing the ULTRA insigne. 

Thu

30

Mar

2017

OUT THIS WEEK: LAZARUS #26(!) AND THE OLD GUARD #2

Kind of a busy week this week—two titles I did design work for hit store shelves on Wednesday: the long-awaited Lazarus #26, and the second issue of The Old Guard

 

Health stuff and work stuff and travel stuff and life stuff have reduced my output tremendously over the last couple months, but things seem to be ramping up nicely. 

 

A new Sekret Projekt™ has been added to my to-do list, and it involves working with a creative team on a series I've loved unreservedly for many years. Can't wait to let the cat out of the bag. 

 

Anyway:

LAZARUS #26

Cover A by Michael Lark.
Cover A by Michael Lark.

 

Written by: Greg Rucka

Art by: Michael Lark (with Tyler Boss)

Cover by: Michael Lark

"Women's History Month" Variant Cover by: Michael Lark

Colors by: Santiago Arcas

Letters by: Jodi Wynne

Publication Design: Eric Trautmann

 

“Cull,” Part Five

 

Vassalovka strikes. The Beast is unchained. Forever suffers a devastating loss.

 

Image Comics /  40 pgs  /  Mature Readers  /  $3.99US

 

THE OLD GUARD #2

Cover A by Leandro Fernández.
Cover A by Leandro Fernández.

Written by: Greg Rucka

Art by: Leandro Fernández

Cover by: Leandro Fernández

"Women's History Month" Variant Cover by: Nicola Scott

Colors by: Daniela Miwa

Letters by: Jodi Wynne

Publication Design by: Eric Trautmann

 

PART TWO

 

The Old Guard is revealed. A new immortal is discovered. Things go sideways, fast.

 

Image Comics / 32 pg. / Mature Readers / $3.99US

 

THE OLD GUARD #1 GOES TO A SECOND PRINTING

If you missed out on the first issue of The Old Guard, a second printing has recently been released, too. 

Second printing cover by Leandro Fernández
Second printing cover by Leandro Fernández

Written by: Greg Rucka

Art by: Leandro Fernández

Colors by: Daniela Miwa

Letters by: Jodi Wynne

Publication Design by: Eric Trautmann

 

PART ONE

 

Eisner-winning writer Greg Rucka (LAZARUS, BLACK MAGICK, Wonder Woman) and critically acclaimed artist Leandro Fernández (THE DISCIPLINE, Deadpool, Punisher: MAX) team up together to introduce The Old Guard, the story of old soldiers who never die…and yet cannot seem to fade away.

 

Trapped in an immortality without explanation, Andromache of Scythia—“Andy”—and her comrades ply their trade for those who can find—and afford—their services. But in the 21st century, immortality is a hard secret to keep, and when you live long enough, you learn that there are many fates worse than death.

 

Image Comics / 32 pg. / Mature Readers / $3.99US

Wed

08

Feb

2017

I AM ONE WITH THE FORCE, THE FORCE IS WITH ME

Illustration by Darren Calvert.
Illustration by Darren Calvert.

 

No work update or anything this time—just a goofy little project.

 

Years ago, I was a freelancer, then editor, then line editor, for West End Games' Star Wars roleplaying game line. 

 

An illustrator friend, Darren Calvert (who I have wanted to work on something with for more years than I care to count), recently sent me some portraits he'd drawn of the Rogue One primary cast and asked if I wanted to "stat" them in the style of the WEG Star Wars RPG. 

 

He'd drawn them very much in a style reminiscent of the WEG material, and as I began to hunt for reference material to begin writing up the characters' game stats, I thought it might be fun to not just post the stats, but to lay the whole thing out like an old WEG product. 

 

That led to a week of design necromancy—trying to remember the approved font choices, the paragraph styles, and so on, in order to create a faithful reproduction (though I did tweak some things that always bugged me, including the "opening crawl"); it's close, but some of it, by design, authentic enough without being a straight up reproduction.

 

It occurs to me: Much of what I know about page and logo design actually came from sitting in the West End art department, peppering the guys in there with a million questions, so thanks (for many things) are due to Tom O'Neill, Brian Schomburg, Tim Bobko and Stephen Crane. 

 

Thanks are also due to Darren, who is a hell of an artist and a great guy into the bargain. Thanks for reaching out, my friend.  

 

I should also point out: these are NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT "official" or approved in any way—I researched the entries just as I would've back in the WEG days, by culling through what official material is available publicly (notably the movie adaptation novel, and the Rogue One visual guide). But I have friends at Lucasfilm, so I want to make sure there's no confusion here. This ain't a real thing—just some goofy fun. It's not for sale, Darren and I don't own the characters, we're not challenging the copyright, we're not using it to make money, and speaking purely for myself, it's not intended as a resumé piece—it's just fan-work. 

 

Hopefully, it will amuse any of you old-school D6-system fans out there. 

 

There are two versions of the PDF available: a "mint condition" one, and a "vintage" one that's been digitally weathered and "aged."

 

(An aside: about the West End Games "sticker" on the inside front cover; one of my first tasks at WEG was taking a bunch of our shipping labels, cutting off the top part containing the company name and address, and stickin' them on the inside front covers of a bunch of the editorial reference library books to mark them as company property. 

 

Couldn't resist doing it again, though I had to design that one from memory—the original didn't have a WEG logo, if I recall correctly.)