8/5/05 ~ Austin says hello

This next weekend on Saturday, August 13th from 12 noon to 3 PM, I'll be signing copies of Karma Incorporated #1 at Austin Books. Special thanks to Brad Bankston for setting it up, and for his support of small press comics.


* Brent Schoonover sent me some character designs for Astronaut Dad. I've loaded them to the site. (click here 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8)

Astronaut Dad is a long term project for us. I wrote the first draft over two years ago. It's encouraging to see Brent's enthusiasm for this story match my own. I couldn't ask for a better artist. Heck, it took me two years to find someone suited for the task. Brent is it. This is exciting.

* Speaking of exciting, Brock has been working furiously on Emily Edison #2. I've seen thumbnail sketches for the entire issue... and damn. It looks good, really good. Really, really good.

I finished the script for issue three, so this project is moving along at a nice pace. Expect it sometime in early 2006, as of right now, no specific dates set.

* Karma Incorporated is completely finished and off to the printers. Issue one is in stores now. Issue two will come out sometime later this month, with the last issue following in September. No rest for colorist Marlena Hall though. She immediately went from working on Karma to Dead@17: The Protectorate. The Protectorate #1 is in Previews this month (order code AUG053251), written by Alex Hambry and illustrated by Benjamin Hall. It's a story about one of my favorite characters-- Jake Sullivan, who you might remember from Rough Cut, Vol. 1.

* I will be reading an excerpt from my online novel-in-progress Let's Get Lost (featured on Velvet Goat) at Art Night, taking place at the Arlington Art Museum, hosted by Axxess. The event is on Sunday, August 21st from 6:30 PM to 10 PM. More information coming soon.

* Yes, I did indeed get a My Space account. My website traffic has steadily increased ever since, so cool. Thanks for visiting.

* Finished reading Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus, a slightly disturbing, but still enjoyable read. Now, as a promise to Melissa, I'm reading Harry Potter. I know I'm going to love it, but I fear one more obsession may be one too many. Do you think I can read all six books by Christmas? I'm a notoriously slow reader.

Other books I'm looking forward to...
The Quitter, written by Harvey Pekar, illustrated by Dean Haspiel (DC/Vertigo)
Strangetown, written by Ian Shaughnessy, illustrated by Chynna Clugston (Oni Press)
Local, written by Brian Wood, illustrated by Ryan Kelly (Oni Press)

Movies I'm looking forward to...
Serenity (duh)
V for Vendetta
Walk the Line