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Thanks Dan Schoening!

September 28, 2011

Thanks Dan!

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Appearance #26! Ghostbusters #1 by Dan Schoening!

"We're the best. We're the beautiful. We're the only... Ghostbusters."

They're back!

I'm in issue #1 of the new Ghostbusters series from IDW, drawn by the awesomely fantastic Dan Schoening!

Back in March I believe they announced the new series, and I was already aware of Dan's Ghostbusters work. I'd found his Ghostbusters art on DeviantArt (do check it out) and could see the love of the movies in his work. Truely great stuff!

He'd even worked on a Ghostbusters comic book pitch once before. The book is in great hands, and can't wait to see what's to come!

As a child of the 80's, this is a truely awesome addition to an already impressively growing list of appearances.

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Contact! Simone Guglielmini!

September 23, 2011

With all of the new #1's coming out this month from DC Comics, it's easy to overlook a few other new comics from other publishers. But thanks impart to a quick review from a comic shop on Bleeding Cool, last Wednesday at my local comic book store I picked up the new #1 issue of Near Death from Image Comics.

The story was written by Jay Faerber with art by Simone Guglielmini. Here's the solicitation from Image:

Markham is a professional killer who has a near death experience during a botched mission. Determined to avoid ever returning to the Hell he glimpsed, Markham dedicates himself to balancing the scales. He's going to save a life for every life he's taken. And he's taken a lot of lives...

I don't normally follow "crime books" but I like the hook. Plus I dig the artwork. So I'm on board.

I contacted Simone and told him how much I enjoyed the book. I of course also told him about my campaign and Simone agreed to put my cameo in a future issue.

Simone also told me he has quite a few issues completed already, and was finishing up issue #6. So I have a few months yet to wait for this, but now DMI also has something on the books already for 2012!

Pick up Near Death #1!

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Kansas City Comics!

CW Cooke has his OWN recent article in the Kansas City Star! Check it out!


Yesterday I got a very nice write-up about the site here, written by one of our local Kansas City area writers, CW Cooke!

It's a very flattering article and CW sells my idea so wonderfully. He gets my graditute. But I also think I found a new blurb for the site.

"insanely brilliant idea" - CW COOKE comic book writer


The article can be found on the Kansas City Comics website, feel free to follow the link to read the story.

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Contact! Lee Leslie!

September 18, 2011

Received an e-mail from Lee Leslie, artist on Screamland from Image Comics!

I've been checking out a lot of new books by local writers and artists... helping the cause and all.

I'd missed out on Screamland during it's first incarnation, so I thought I'd check out the on-going run of the book. I'm glad I did. I'm loving this first arc!

So imagine my surprise to get an e-mail telling me to look out for an appearance in issue #5!

Can't wait!

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Free State Con 2011!

September 10, 2011

What a great day for a comic book convention!

Artist Greg Smallwood!

First off, yes I've mentioned it before... but a big shout out to Greg Smallwood for putting me in the show's promotional artwork for this year's convention. I got so much mileage with that there, thank you sir!

Second... there are so many comic book professionals in the Kansas City metro area, that we are so lucky to have conventions like this at all! And I'm so glad I got to talk to some of the pro's that I might not have normally got a chance to chat with at a bigger con.

Show promoter Craig Klotz. Also eye squinting contest winner!

Meet the guy who put on the show, one Mr. Craig Klotz. I'd say he did a good job! Thanks for making me feel like a vip dude. As if my ego wasn't big enough (please see Draw Me In... ha ha).

Picked up some convention swag, a poster and a T-shirt too.

It's a TRAP!

Meet C.W. Cooke, writer of a handful of those Bluewater Comics bio comics. I've never picked one up before, but I am a fan of Conan O'Brien... and I couldn't pass picking that issue up!

And since I'm also at the con to be sneaky and hand out DMI fliers to creators, I told him about my campaign and Mr. Cooke seemed highly interested in it! And may I say, you have the best Star Wars shirt ever. Period.

Guess who this is?

Admitidly, I don't have a lot of Steven Sanders' work. But I've talked to him before and he's a very talented and nice guy! So when the dude gets some big time press and praise for his recent Our Love is Real book, I've got to shake his hand and say congrats!

I asked him about up-coming projects and he showed me pages from a future Generation Hope issue. Those were some great pencils!

I kept running into this guy... Buster Moody.

Now this was a helpful gent... Buster Moody (or whatever your real name is.. ha ha), colorist on Screamland. I picked up the missing issues from the current run and chatted a bit. Nice guy.

Mr. Kevin Mellon!

Another local artist who's stock has risen in recent months is Kevin Mellon. How's that you say? Coming in November Kevin has a new book from Image written by Blair Butler called Heart. Please... like you haven't heard about it. It's getting all sorts of buzz!

He also hooked me up with some missing issues of his and Phil Hester's Thirteen Steps. I got a lot of reading material from this convention!

B. Clay Moore as always is a cool guy to chat too. He talks to you. About the industry. Behind the curtain storys about projects. I love to hear this stuff.

Recently a story he did through Oni with artist Jeremy Haun, The Leading Man, was optioned thru Universal Pictures and picked up by Fast 5 director Justin Lin. I'd never read the story, but B. Clay was nice to bring along and sell me his only copies of the book he had left. Thanks man, I feel like I robbed you. And thanks for the updates on Hawaiian Dick. I can't wait for the next chapter.

B. Clay Moore (left) and Seth Peck (right)

Lightning round for the rest of the usual suspects!

Seth Peck has recently wrapped on his Marvel tie-in series Wolverine: Fear Itself. We discussed some of the makings of the book and I got a couple signatures.

Alex Grecian was on hand to sign my last two un-signed issues of Proof. Now that I have the whole run autographed, I feel empty... and sad. I really hope he comes back to comics and busts out some more Proof stories. Until then he's turned his energies toward writing novels. Best of luck man!

Jai Nitz... is a super nice guy. I seriously enjoy his conversations, but I didn't have anything to get signed because unfortunately I don't read a lot of his books written thru Dynamite. Now that I think about it, I don't think we talked at all. Sorry man.

Host of The Basement Sublet of Horror!

And lastly on a non-comic book note, we have horror host Gunther Dedmund! This guy really seems to enjoy doing what he does. In the picture above he is holding a prop comic book he used for a promotion video for the Free State Con, which he had me sign. Unfortunately I missed him on my second go-round of the floor. But hey, I'll give him a plug here. If you're into B horror films, give it a look.
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Thanks David Messina!

September 9, 2011

You rock!
-Jeff and Rachael

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Appearance #25! True Blood: The French Quarter #1 by David Messina!

September 7, 2011

I've wanted to blog about this for almost a year now! At least I know I can keep a secret.

My wife Rachael is a fan of the HBO show True Blood. Even though I read them too, she's the sole reason I pick up the True Blood comics by IDW. This of course was a no brainer for me... I had to try and get her drawn into an issue.

Secretly I had her pick out a few photos I would have used as reference, and sought out to contact series artist David Messina. David had no problem at all with helping me out with this. However for anyone who read the first six issue series, was set only in a bar featuring flashbacks of the main cast. Due to the script he could not fit us in.

The next True Blood series was also six issues long, but no longer had David as the artist. However David assured me he would be back on this, the next six issues, and would squeeze us in somewhere.

Sure enough he did... issue one, page one.

I presented the issue to my wife and she couldn't believe I got her in the book. I explained to her what I had done, pulled out the issue and told her to turn to the first page. Her eyes opened and said, "No WAY!"

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2011 Free State Comicon!

September 5, 2011

In just five short days will be the 2011 Free State Comicon in Lawrence Kansas!

In the Kansas City area, this is probably the second biggest convention around. One day only.. Saturday September 10, just about all the local guys will be in attendance!

You got guys like Ande Parks, B. Clay Moore, Kevin Mellon, Alex Grecian, Jai Nitz, and Seth Peck.

I'll be there for sure. Artist Greg Smallwood put me on the shows flier, that kinda gets my attention!
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Appearance #24.5!

September 3, 2011

The Walking Dead Weekly #35 drawn by Charlie Adlard!

This one is a cheat... so I'm not really counting it. But as part of reprinting the entire run of The Walking Dead, my appearance in The Walking Dead #35 (surprise, surprise!) showed up in The Walking Dead Weekly #35!!

I love this panel.

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