Pirate Dessa. First look at some pencils from Pirates of the Silver Coast.
“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”
“Stop saying that!”
When I taught sixth grade, after standardized testing was done, the school was going to show Harry Potter 4 over the closed circuit as a treat. Every kid I had had either seen it or wasn’t allowed to (those kids went to the library). So I showed them Princess Bride instead, which I had in my truck. Of the 120 kids, only 1 had ever seen it. I’d never seen the kids so pumped up. The all-boys class, generally packed with kids the administration thought of as disruptive or inattentive, all stood up as one during this scene, howling and clapping after previously shouting “no” when it looked like Inigo wasn’t going to make it. Best movie viewing experience of my whole life.
I’ve been intrigued by the recent trend of “trailers” for new book releases, so I thought I’d try my hand at creating one for The King’s Dragon, the next book in the Three Thieves series. I’ve kept people waiting a bit for this middle volume, which also represents a real turning point and change of pace for the series. Hopefully this video, which is chock-full of story hints and clues that longtime readers will recognize, will get those fans excited for the return of the series, and also convince those who haven’t yet tried the series that they’re missing something.
The whole idea behind these online trailers, of course, is to attract as many eyeballs as possible, so please reblog, tweet, Facebook, and email this thing to the far corners of the Internet. Thanks!
Here I am this past Monday telling the students at St. Andrew’s College how comics work. There’s a nice write-up on the school’s website about my visit.
Just five days left to pre-order your copy of the sequel to last year’s highly succesful True Patriot anthology, which features original superhero stories by me and a long list of Canada’s top comics talent. There’s lots of cool merchandise and incentives left, too!
Just a reminder that I’ll be signing in The Rotunda at Kitchener City Hal all day today and tomorrow as part of The G33K Art Show. I’ll also be on a panel today from 4-5 with Anthony Del Col from Kill Shakespeare. Don’t miss the fun!
I don’t traditionally do the type of comics that inspire a lot of fan art, but that seems to have changed with my superhero story in the recent True Patriot anthology. Here’s my character The Red Ensign, as imagined by fan Steven Legge.
Despite its unfortunate name, the The G33K Art Show is a promising little comics fest that’s being held in the Rotunda at Kitchener City Hall this weekend. Among the special guests are my pal Anthony Del Col from Kill Shakespeare, Kent Burles, and myself. If you want to meet some comics pros without the insanity of one of the big Toronto events, this is your ticket.
With just under two weeks left in the Kickstarter campaign to fund True Patriot 2, we’re sitting at 71% of our $20,000 goal. Can you help us get to 100% by the end of the month?
Page 81 of the free, online version of Tower of Treasure went live on the weekend over at Saturday Morning Webtoons. It’s a good place to remind yourself what happened in Kingsbridge before The King’s Dragon comes out in April and turns everything on its ear.
Just completed: 92 pages worth of rough layouts for Pirates of the Silver Coast. Now it’s pencilling time.
Speaking of Fearless Fred, be sure to scroll down and check out my interview with him from last year. Unlike a lot of people who do comics-related podcasts, Fred isn’t just a fan but also an experienced, professional media personality who knows how to put an interviewee at ease and ask smart questions that lead to interesting conversations. The result is, hands down, the best media interview I’ve ever given. Give a listen!
Apparently this was a real thing. Which is cool, even if the “atomic invaders” turned out to just be Russians. Either way, it’s on YouTube, which may yield some inspiration for my next Red Ensign story in True Patriot 2.
What was left of my grandfather’s platoon of 36 after the battle of Buron on July 8th, 1944. And two of these weren’t even his men. Two-thirds killed in a single morning, all of them someone’s father, brother, or son.
Lest we forget.