Archive for May, 2013

Bates Motel & Super-Fly Podcast #12

It’s been a delightfully relaxing holiday weekend that included a lot of sleep and a bit more “doing nothing,” which is always nice. Just before the holiday hit though I did write up something for Panels on Pages about one of my favorite new shows, Bates Motel. I was initially very wary of the idea but the show won me over very quickly and I highly recommend checking it out in reruns, on DVD, Netflix or however you get your TV.

And of course there was a Super-Fly Podcast, dedicated mostly to the announcement of the new Xbox One, which frankly sounds like the exact opposite of what we all want in a gaming system. This may just be one of those “Life is passing you by” moments, which is kind of a bummer. Listen for yourself to see if you agree or not.

The Super-Fly Podcast Episode 12

This week, the Super-Fly Crew continue to not go to any shows, get visited by totally sane people and talk about Microsoft’s huge reveal of their new console, The Xbox One.

The Super-Fly Podcast: Jason Bateman was in Teen Wolf Too.

Closing music: Crystal Method – The Name of the Game

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05 2013

THE GATEWAY Preview art

Since I’m someone who’s really good at trying (and occasionally failing) to balance as many projects as possible it should come as no surprise that in addition to THE ROBOZOIC AGE (which is still chugging along) I’m also working on a project tentatively called THE GATEWAY with artist Alex Smith. Earlier this weekend Alex posted some preview art, which is really just the tip of the iceberg of awesomeness we’ve got in store. So here you go…

I’m really excited about this project, and hopefully I’ll have more to show you shortly.

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05 2013

Doom Likes Me & Super-Fly Podcast #11

Last week an interview with me was posted on the Geeks of Doom site wherein I discuss the writing life, the Winston & Churchill series and some of my upcoming comic projects (all in various states of being made). It was a really good time and I’m very happy that Spartacus took the time out to talk to me.

Also on this week’s Super-Fly podcast I go full on Star Trek nerd as we talk about our disappointment with the latest Star Trek movie, something I thought I’d never have to say again. I’ve added a player on the right hand side of the site for the latest Super-Fly podcast via Stitcher (which is a great service, btw) but it occasionally takes some time to update after an episode goes live

The Super-Fly Podcast Episode 11

This week, our buddy Zane Reichert returns to the show to talk about Star Trek: Into Darkness and what we thought, (SPOILERS AHEAD) DC and Marvel cancelled some books and Tony and Jared yelled at a Canadian.

The Super-Fly Podcast: Sometimes you have to go up a generic villain.

Closing music: Cashmere – Percolator

Got a question you want answered by Super-Fly? Send us an email atSuperFlyComics@gmail.com Talking about us on Twitter? Use the official show hashtag #SuperFlyPodcast. Want to join the conversation? Check out the official Super-Fly Podcast thread on the forums

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05 2013

NEVER LET GO on “The Monthlies”

The first Winston & Churchill story, NEVER LET GO, is featured this month on Costa Koutsoutis’ monthly fiction site, “The Monthlies.” It’s just the first half or so of the story but I’m very glad that he enjoyed it enough to put it up there. Costa’s a writer himself and you should check out his series of stories about private investigator Ben Miles in RUNNING THE TRAIN.

Meet P.I. and part-time bondsman Ben Miles. He’s not the best investigator, or the toughest, or even the most competent. But somehow he manages to get the job done, even when he’s in way over his head.

And he gets in over his head quite a bit. Luckily he’s got far-more competent friends, which in this business, are something that you need in spades. Ben’s gonna need them, dealing with rogue bondsmen, the sex trade, the Midwestern Mafia, and more in this introduction to the character.

“Running The Train…and Other Stories” is an all-new collection of the Ben Miles Stories “Mob,” “Old Dogs,” “Fireflies,” “Cul de Sac,” and “Running The Train.”

Costa is a great guy that I met over at the now defunct Standard Attrition message board hosted by Jason Aaron (I think) that had a host of other comic pros hanging out there (Brian Wood, David Lapham, Ivan Brandon and a few others) in a relatively informal setting. Like a lot of on-line communities it ran its course after a bit and folks sort of drifted away, but through the magic of social media those connections never really die out.

Costa & I talked a bit recently about becoming writing buddies, which would be kind of nice. Writing can end up being so solitary and I know that I tend to react badly to that at times (“Why am I doing this? No one cares. None of it is any good”). Basing your self worth just on site hits and story sales can be pretty damaging to your ego after a while.

In any case, thanks to Costa for the new eyes on things that I write. You folks help me return the favor…

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05 2013

The Super-Fly Podcast #10

The Super-Fly Podcast Episode 10

Forever in transit, the Super-Fly crew is back from a trek out in the wilderness. Jared and Tony talk Free Comic Book Day and RathaCon, Iron Man 3 was seen and was talked about, Angela has a belt and Superman fights He-Man. All that and more sleep deprived fun stuff on this week’s Super-Fly Podcast.

The Super-Fly Podcast: That Belt is RIDICULOUS!!!!

Closing music: Theme to Black Dynamite

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05 2013

C2E2 2013, Yellow Springs and a new Winston & Churchill story

The past month has been like a whirlwind, although even as I type that I realize it’s only been about three weeks, not even a full month. See? Crazy busy.

First of all my friend Viet Hyuhn stayed with us for a week while he was a feature performer at Zanies Comedy Club here in Chicago. It’s always great to hang out with him, not just because he’s a fun guy but because we always end up brainstorming and talking about ways that creative folks like us can help promote ourselves and, for lack of a douchey-sounding term, “build our brands.” Well, most he talks and I go “Yeah, yeah, that’s a great idea.” It’s invigorating.

After that it was C2E2, which was a whirlwind of an event. It’s my favorite comic show to go to as it’s a great mix of comics and other things, not to mention the fact that it brings in friends from all over the country due to its centralized nature. Not only was it a good time but I had an opportunity to moderate two panels, one for Mystery Writer and the other for Science Fiction writers. Both were really interesting and informative and all of the authors were great folks and I learned a lot from them. On Sunday was the big Super-Fly Podcast panel which went amazingly well and we had a blast doing, but unfortunately only half of it recorded. While that’s a bummer you can’t take away the memory of doing the show in front of a live studio audience (which now that I type this, I should’ve put a clip of me saying that in front of the episode, like the good sitcoms of yore).

The Super-Fly Podcast Episode 9

It’s finally here! C2E2 happened and that means the long-awaited live Super-Fly Podcast recording and panel at the midwest’s greatest comic convention is here. Unfortunately there were some recording problems with both the things we used to record the show, but most of it is here. We talk about the Diamond Retail Summit, Jared’s time DJing at the show and more. Sit back, take a listen and gird your loins for next year.

Intro/Walk-in Music: Girl Talk – Oh No

Outro Music: Queen – One Vision

Not only that, but I also did some interviewing an reporting in the form of this article for Panels on Pages: Counter Culture Special – Comic Retailers at C2E2.

After that Gwyn and I headed back to Yellow Springs for our friend Jason and Mary’s wedding. Not only was the wedding and the after party with Adam WarRock and Viet at Super-Fly great, it was kind of nice to see the the town, show Gwyn where I’d lived for nearly 15 years and answer the question “How’s Chicago treating you?” over a dozen times (seriously, everyone phrased it like that. It was weird.) I also got a chance to see my daughter and have her and Gwyn meet which was really nice. I get to see my kid so rarely that the times that I do see her always end up with me being a big mixture of happy and sad. Then again, this is why we have phones and text messages and all that stuff. Being back there was enough to almost make me want to give up city living and live on a lot somewhere there in the sweet ass Gulfstream trailer I saw someone selling. Of course, I would require internet.

All in all this whirlwind of three weeks has finally dropped me off and I’m sort of back onto my regular schedule, or at the very least rebuilding it. I’ve suddenly become someone who goes to be early and wakes up at 6am to do writing and actual internet chores. It’s weird but at the same time I’m finding I’m getting a fair amount of stuff done and that’s led to me feeling more positive about life and my future than I’ve been in quite some time.

Armed with all that, I’m very excited to see what’s coming next. The latest Winston & Churchill story A SHADOW UPON THE SCENES debuted yesterday on Smashwords and Amazon and is only 99 cents. If I had my say, I’d have you buy it on Smashwords rather than Amazon, seeing as how I make $.81 from them rather than the $.35 I get from Amazon.

ShadowUponTheScenes

Lexie Winston & Henry Churchill are closing in on the person selling dangerous magical items to the desperate and deranged. Hiring some new help, Henry concocts a plan that should expose the sellers identity but instead leads them into a trap endangering all of their lives, jeopardizing their partnership and exposing secrets Henry would do anything to keep hidden.

This story was a little bit more difficult to write than the others, but ultimately I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. The one thing that does bug me about it a little is the fact that it’s not entirely “new reader friendly.” It references the four Winston & Churchill stories before it (the ones in SUMMER OF SINS) quite heavily, but I’ll just have to let that be. This begins the second of three seasonal themed quartet collections, that’s just going to be the cost of doing business until this series of stories is finished. Now that we’re back to publishing again there should be a new story every month. If you’re reading this I encourage you heavily to buy it, or at least give the first story NEVER LET GO a try. NEVER LET GO is free (and probably always will be) so getting it is easy. I would love to see more reviews for it on both Amazon and Smashwords, as that’s one of the only ways that I’ve got to entice strangers to pick it up. It’s real quick and real easy, just click on how many stars you want to give it an voila. If you really, really enjoy it, share it with a friend. It’s the only way folks who make a living doing art can, well, make a living doing art.

All that out of the way, I’m looking forward to and am positive about what happens next. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to say that…

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05 2013