Aaaannd... my web site has reverted! I experimented with a service that lets you design a more commerce-y site, which would certainly be nice in some regards, but which created some complications in others. Like, for example, no file hosting beyond images incorporated directly into the design. Now I'm looking for something a little in between what that site was and what this is, will get around that in between all the other projects on my plate. In the meantime, I had a story in Dark Horse Presents! Alongside Neil Gaiman and Paul Chadwick! So definitely check that out.
Well, an embarrassing amount of time has passed since I last updated. And much has changed. First, and significantly, I'm no longer doing regular interviews for CBR--I still do convention coverage and contribute to the occasional list feature (such as the upcoming "Best of 2012"), but now I'm focusing on my own comics and fiction projects. Speaking of... the startup through which I'd been planning to launch The Red King, my historical Macbeth epic, failed to start up. So that story is back on the market. Gonna go ahead and post a sample. Click the cover for eight pages of goodness from me, Anna, and letterer extraordinaire Ed Brisson!
Finally, I also have a few new issues of Hell, Nebraska up at Comixology. Have a look, won't you?
Will try to keep this place a little more current, a bit more tidy. Hold me to it!
Hey, wow, it's time for an update, right? Overdue, even. As my own comics projects are clicking along, I've had some opportunities for awesome interviews at Comic Book Resources:
Three interviews about recent developments in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9," the comic book continuation of the show. (There was also a Season 8, if you missed it. Big changes for Buff, read the comics before you read my interviews.
Douglas Rushkoff is brilliant. Here's us talking about the big ideas behind his new comic.
Gene Yang is a fantastic, award-winning cartoonist. He's been tapped to continue "Avatar" in comics.
"Transformers" was my first comic, and I still remember where I was when I read the final issue. So this was cool.
Garfield goes from comic strips to comic books!
As does Popeye!
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
Here's a brief profile of me in the Michigan Record, a the faculty/staff publication of the University of Michigan:
My Q&A with Dr. Ole R. Holsti on his new book, for the University of Michigan Press blog: Q&A with Ole R. Holsti, author of American Public Opinion on the Iraq War
It's an interesting book, and an engaging discussion.
I wrote about my experience creating Hell, Nebraska for the Comics Experience blog: Shaun Manning on Hell, Nebraska & Comics Experience
Comics Experience offers writing, art, and production classes for aspiring comics professionals, as well as a workshop group to critique work in progress. I've found it a very good value.
So, the big dance is now behind us, all of my articles have been turned in and nearly all of them have posted at CBR. Many of them, though, were done live, which can be tricky but does have the benefit of being entirely finished within the space of an hour. Good times! Personal highlights of the show including interviewing Torchwood actors John Barrowman and Eve Myles, seeing Cowboys & Aliens director Jon Favreau DJ, and of course staying up til obscene hours with some amazing friends and colleagues. Here are a few things I worked on:
Thought I'd catch up by linking a few recent highlights from CBR. I especially enjoyed speaking with Tony Lee about the Doctor's adventures in football, and of course Jim Woodring is always amazing. Lee Scores in "Doctor Who"
Another UMP blog entry: Stephen T. Ziliak Discusses ‘Cult of Statistical Significance’ on BBC Radio 4
It's an interesting interview, and I'd actually like to listen to this particular radio show a bit more.
Recently began a new position as a marketing manager with University of Michigan Press, where one of my many responsibilities is to write short blog entries about our authors' accomplishments. Here's my first: ‘The Americanist’ Author Daniel Aaron Awarded National Humanities Medal
Of course, I'm also still writing very regularly for CBR, where I have a new profile. Spent last weekend at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), a new-ish convention, where I got to see a number of friends and industry colleagues, and meet a few for the first time. Some fun recent articles:
Among my recent articles for CBR was press call on G.I. Joe comics—specifically, relating to the death of a very famous character. If you've ever paid any attention to G.I. Joe, ever, you've heard of him. Some other fun stuff in the works, too, including a look at the impending return of "Dark Horse Presents." G.I. Joe Enters the "Cobra Civil War"
My series of year-end interviews with Mike Mignola is now in progress at Comic Book Resources. First three are below: HELL(BOY) ON EARTH: Hellboy in 2010
I also spoke with Mark Waid a couple times:
And a cool "Process of the Artist" interview with Patric Reynolds, which I understand will soon be reprinted in an issue of the "Let Me In" series:
Pages are coming in for my series set in Hell, Nebraska, which I'm going to publish digitally in 11-page installments as soon as I've got enough material. For now, though, the construction of Dis, as imagined by Anna Wieszczyk:
Also, I took the leap and set up Pizza Good Times for the Kindle. Click the creepy cover to buy or read a preview:
I recently had a chance to travel to Austin, TX, to play video games all day. Sometimes I love my job. Sony Online Entertainment paid airfare, hotel, and meals for me and some other members of the press to check out their studios and get an early look at "DC Universe Online." Here are some articles that came out of that. Studio Visit
Then, I did karaoke. "White Wedding," "Anarchy in the UK," and Ke$ha's "TiK ToK," which you can imagine was amazing.
Show of hands: would you buy this book based on its cover?
Personally, I love it. I can't stop laughing every time I look at it. Art by Anna, once again.
Pizza Good Times is my comedy novella, largely written in Scotland but very American in most other ways. I've won awards for reading it but have as yet not been able to secure an agent or publisher for it. I'm considering pushing PGT to digital devices to see how it fares—people who've heard/read it seem to really enjoy it, but it's been kind of a hard sell for agents and publishers because it's quite short. It may in fact be more suited to digital. I really, really want a printed copy of it at some point (and not a self-published one), but possibly success as a digital title would catch the print world's interest. Maybe not. A cover, though (and a really nice one at that), at least gives me the option.
The two biggest publishers I cover had a bit of an unusual crossover when it was recently announced (accidentally) that the "Angel" comics (of "Buffy and Angel" fame) would be moving from IDW Publishing to Dark Horse late next year. So I got to cover that. And some other stuff. The Future of "Angel"
Also working a lot on scripts, especially Macbeth but also some other ideas that have cropped up. One is a parody of several nursery rhymes, one is a parody of a well-known DC Comics character done using a bunch of nursery rhymes. Possibly this is because my daughter just turned one. Happy birthday Lila!
The madness of San Diego Comic-Con International is complete! Had some good meetings about my Macbeth story and covered a slew of panels. Here are few highlights since the last update: IDW on "Bone" for PSP and More
Oh, and here's a sample of my Macbeth project with Anna.