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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Look at my Thing

…no, not that thing, The Thing. Watercolor and Ink on watercolor paper.



Monday, September 30, 2013

Use the force

If you've been checking out the kick-ass Sketch Lottery blog then chances are you've seen this piece, if not than here's a new sketch just for you. Yoda on watercolor paper.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Stay Dead 2: The Dead & The Dying

So, my second novel, Stay Dead 2: The Dead & The Dying is done and available. I tried to write the best story I could. I gave it my all and I'm really freaking happy with how it turned out. Writing this book was really a challenge--not because finding the time to write was hard, or anything like that, but because I let the negative reviews of my first novel--Stay Dead--get to me. I tried to block them out, tried not to pay attention to them, but they were always there. Regardless of my insecurities I pushed on and got it done.

I'll admit, I released Stay Dead before I should have. Not that, in my opinion the story isn't good, but because there were a lot of errors and mistakes and lots of little shit that could've been cleaned up before it's release. I was too eager to put it out and in the end the book and I suffered for it. Well, I like to learn from my mistakes. I hired an editor to go over Stay Dead and make sure there was nothing too glaring editorially. I made a few small changes, fixed some formatting issues, fixed a few more spelling errors and brought the same editor--Adam Staffaroni--in for book two. My wife and I labored over catching my spelling errors--of which there were many. My first readers were awesome and insightful as always. I held off. Reading it again, making sure it was just right and just where I wanted it to be. Now it's ready and now I don't care what the reviews will say--well, I probably will care a little, but I'm trying to ignore them all and just keep moving forward to books three and four where I think I will truly bring something new and original into the zombie genre.

If you haven't given any of my Stay Dead works a read, check out Stay Dead (Book One) it's FREE over here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/51562
Why is it free? Well, I want to reach new readers. The book doesn't sell too well since the bad reviews--even after I've cleaned up my errors and the misspelled words have been corrected--most of them anyway, but it's just not selling. The damage is done. So why not free? I hope more people will check it out and then check out The Dead & The Dying and all the hell that will follow in the coming installments.

Once amazon finds out it's free there, they will probably match it. Read it, and keep in mind that it's a series. Stay Dead 2: The Dead & The Dying picks up directly after Stay Dead. Book Three is in progress and I will warn you right now, we take a closer look at our characters in the Mount Weather Special Facility. So all the other characters in SD 1 and SD 2 will not reappear until Book Four. I'm in the process of outlining both of those books now and what I have planned out is something I think is truly different, some of which is foreshadowed in The Dead & The Dying which you can get at any of the links below.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/314720
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CPWUUFG
In Print: http://www.amazon.com/Stay-Dead-The-Dying-Volume/dp/0615803199
https://www.createspace.com/4245645

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Stay Dead (Book One) Print Edition now available

So for a while I didn't care to have a print edition of any of my written works. Not entirely sure why, as I still love printed books, so when I was finished with The Dead & The Dying (Stay Dead Book Two) I decided it was time. I personally want to see them sitting on my shelf--whether or not anyone else does. And I decided to go back to my original Stay Dead logo. I also changed the cover and brought in an Editor for the series--Adam Staffaroni whom I've worked with at DC Comics and BOOM! Studios. He's now going over Book Two and I hope to be publishing it soon--like in a month soon. So if you've enjoyed Stay Dead and want to grab a print edition you can get it from either of these links:

https://www.createspace.com/4193759

http://amzn.com/0615783090

 I thank you in advance, and I hope you look forward to Book Two. Book Three is already in progress too!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Die Winter Die!

One of my blog readers reached out to me to see if he could use one of my pieces for a band flyer. I said sure. I used to make a few flyers in my day, and I don't think I ever asked anyone if it was cool if I used their art or images. He sent me a pic of the flyer and it looks pretty cool. Here it is…


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pet Semetary VS The Bravest Warriors

So tonight I finished listening to an audio book of Stephen King's Pet Semetary and man did I forget how heartbreaking and utterly crushing this story is. I was lettering some pages for Bravest Warriors #7--a funny book from BOOM! Studios, a book that will usually have me laughing aloud as I work, but not this time. I was so bummed out. I'm glad the story is over now. There, I feel better already.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Kickstart my heart

Hey Everyone,
I know it's been awhile since I've posted on the regular, but that will be a changing. 2013 I'm going back to basics, cutting out a bunch of bullshit and finding time to do the creative things I really want to, rather than things I get paid to do. Sometimes, they are one and the same, but not always. One of the things I want to this year is to help get Omega, Earth's Hero funded. This is a new original comic book written by Keith Latch with a stellar art team signed on to see it through. To learn more about that, check out this link to it's kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brokenmind/omega-issue-1crashing-into-earth

I'll be posting some more shit soon…

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Zombie sketch


And here's a crummy sketch/drawing of zombies on a lunch break. I just banged this out really quickly so I could get the sketch assignment done on time. I kind of like the face of the zombie looking at us, but that's about it.

Dick Tracy character modernizations.



I did these for a sketch group/blog that I belong to--Sketch Attack!--they were modern takes on old Dick Tracy characters. So here you have Prune Face and Flattop.

Sketch Attack! Sixshooter from the Puppet Master movies.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

AFFLICTED

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/06/25/dont-lose-your-head-over-afflicted-mia/

I lettered this book about a year ago, and now it's finally seeing a release. Check out the teaser over at Bleeding Cool and some more info about a cool new mini-series.

Friday, June 22, 2012

American Vampire: Lord Of Nightmares

So it's been a while since I've been able to blog--which is a good thing, cause it means I've been busy! But I just wanted to say how excited I am to be back on an American Vampire comic...it's a mini-series and features some truly stunning artwork from Dustin Nguyen, and a great story by Scott Snyder. The colorist, John Kalis--I think I spelled that wrong--is also bringing a lot to the mix and is really setting the mood.

Some other things I've been lettering that you can still find on the shelves are…Dial H #2 (a really cool and quirky series), Adventure Time, coming soon you should be seeing Marceline and the Scream Queens (where I also colored one of the covers! More on that soon!), Supurbia will be out as an ongoing series in the next few weeks! Actually, there's a lot of cool things going on so maybe I'll resurrect my old weekly post "Things I Lettered" if anyone's interested.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012

DIAL H #1 out this week!!

DIAL H is out this week and is going to be a fun ride. This is exactly the kind of book I want to read more of so I hope it does really well--which I think it will. It's dark, strange, and just stunning to look at.

Here's a link to read more about it over at Newsarama: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/china-mieville-dial-h-dc-comics-new-52-second-wave.html

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Two new paintings…

So I've been able to get some painting done. Mostly to warm myself up for a super secret project I'm working on, and I came up with these:
Jake was at my side for most of them and was working on some paintings of his own, which I think came out far better than these.

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Last Woman On Earth eBook Free for your kindle!

Hey Everyone, today you can pick up The Last Woman On Earth short story for free for your kindle, or kindle reading app: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007FR0QQ4

Hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Last Woman On Earth eBook

Hey everyone, this month's short story, The Last Woman On Earth, is up and available for purchase. It's enrolled in KDP Select, so pretty soon I will be picking my promo days and you can get it for free.

The Last Woman On Earth is a short story where Noelle, a good girl with a mean streak, is pressured into joining her boyfriend, Zeke, and his younger, simpler brother Burt to hang out in their new fallout shelter. Little does she know the two boys have ulterior motives, but little do they know her father taught her to be prepared for anything.

Approximate word count: 2,700

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

GI Joe mania over at Sketch Attack

Our last sketch assignment was G.I. Joe and it was a ton of fun. I love G.I. Joe and couldn't wait to get started, unfortunately I couldn't devote the time to it that I wanted to. I really wanted to make a double page spread of the all the dreadnoks partying it up around a campfire, I was only able to get as far as character sketches, and  a rough 'cover' idea. Anyway, go check it out, there's a lot of really good sketches over there: http://sketchattack.tumblr.com/ we have more artists involved and it's really turning out to be an awesome blog.


Friday, February 3, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bone Bat Rising

Here's the final poster that transpired from those crummy sketches. Steve and Gord over at The Bone Bat podcast were happy and so was I. It was really fun to get to draw something for a change. Go check out the bone bat show's website and subscribe, they're funny as hell and play some good tunes: http://bonehand.com/bonebatff.html and you can find out more about the Film Fest.

Sketchytons Part 3

Then things started to shape up. Gone were the cartoony elements and I found myself on the right track.
 

Sketchytons Part 2

Then this abomination happened…

Sketchytons.

Here's the first sketch I did for the Bonebat Film Fest 2012 poster. I had in mind that these would be cartoony and animated. Turns out, this was the wrong approach. I eventually figured it out as you'll see soon.

Scars of Envy: Forsaken Me


If you're into heavy music, than you need to check out Scars of Envy's Forsaken Me. These guys are tearin' it up.


stand alone player








http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/scarsofenvy#

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Devil Gave Me A Gun free on amazon!

Here it is, The Devil Gave Me A Gun, for free on amazon.com for your kindle! Please go download it. Thanks in advance and Kieth and I hope you enjoy the story.
http://www.amazon.com/Devil-Gave-Me-Gun-ebook/dp/B0072PLMTE

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Devil Gave Me A Gun

The Devil Gave Me A Gun is a short story that I wrote with fellow writer Keith Latch over the last few weeks. It's a story that I don't think either of us could have wrote by ourselves. It was a really fun experience and it won't be the last time we collaborate on a story, either. Right now it's 99 cents at amazon and we're enrolling it into the KDP Select program, because the free promotional days are just amazing. The reach I've been getting by sheer amount of downloads still boggles my mind, whether it will translate to increased sales or some sort of fan base I don't know, in the meantime it's just cool to watch those download numbers skyrocket through a promo day.

So far, my trying to write a new short story every month this year is working out. This will be my February story and will be available for free in February for at least two days. Next month's story is done and I just have to go back in and fix it up so it's fit for consumption. So, get used to more of these posts, but I'm not trying to get you to cough up 99 cents every time I write something. No, what I'd like is for everyone to download it on a free day and leave a review. A story in exchange for a few words expressing your thoughts on it is a great deal, I think.

But enough about that, I have to get back to lettering comics…

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Muppet Sherlock Holmes

Here's one of our Sketch Attack assignments--it was for any version of Sherlock Holmes, so I used Muppet Sherlock Holmes. The last assignment was Godzilla which was a ton of fun too. I chose Hedora, which you can now see here: http://sketchattack.tumblr.com/ our current assignment is Medieval related and the doors are wide open. I think I might do a dragon. Not sure just yet.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A World Most Broken FREE for Kindle!

Just go here and download it for free: http://www.amazon.com/A-World-Most-Broken-ebook/dp/B006ZPRTU8

If anyone reads it, or has read it, I hate my product description on its amazon product page and would for someone or everyone to suggest a better one.

Monday, January 23, 2012

GODZILLA! GOJIRA! AND HIS MONSTER FRIENDS!

This week's Sketch Attack assignment was to pick a Godzilla character from any of the movies and either do a stand alone character or a fight scene. I didn't have enough time to do a fight scene but I did do a sketch of Hedora (The Smog Monster). You can check out the sketch over there, or over here: http://sketchattack.tumblr.com/
Also check out everyone else's sketches as they are all pretty rockin'.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

A World Most Broken

So I've been writing a lot of short stories lately. At least little bits of one here and one there. And I decided to put out what one of my favorite short stories of my own has been on it's own as part of KDP Select. I'll be running a special promo on it soon and I'll let you all know when you can pick it up for free. For anyone who picked up Dark: A Horror Anthology, it was my story from there: A World Most Broken. It's a world I've been wanting to revisit and I think this will be the year to do so since as some of you may know I've set myself a goal of writing a NEW short story every month with the intention of releasing it via amazon's KDP Select program. The chance to be downloaded hundreds of times per day is fascinating to me. Even if it yields more shitty reviews than positive reviews. It's lighting a fire under my ass and making me excited to write and create new stories which is all I've ever really wanted to do. I made a quick cover for it--nothing great--but I think it's suitable and serves it's purpose.

If you want to pick it up for 99 cents, I won't stop you:
http://www.amazon.com/A-World-Most-Broken-ebook/dp/B006ZPRTU8
but I'd rather you pick it up for free and help me climb the charts and leave an honest review instead of shelling out the pennies.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Myctophobia Begins Fundraising And Preproduction

Freakwolf Productions is happy to announce that their upcoming short film Myctophobia begins
production in February as part of the short film compilation The Collective Volume 4. The theme of
all the films on The Collective Volume 4 is emotions. Writer/Director Bryan Wolford was given Fear and
while researching different phobias Bryan settled on Myctophobia which is labeled as a Fear of Darkness. He then crafted a story about Kelly who has a fear of the dark and while at home by herself the lights go out. She soon finds herself bombarded by sights and sounds that only strengthen her fear of the dark. Is all of it really happening or only in her head? The Collective Volume 4 is scheduled to premiere at the Days Of The Dead convention (www.daysofthedead.net) on July 6th -July 8th in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The project is currently fund raising through Indie Go Go in the hopes of raising a small amount
of money to make sure the cast and crew gets a little pocket change out of the experience and to help
pay for some special effects for the film. All of the filming with be done over a weekend in late
February thus keeping the costs low. Anyone can donate to the project through the Indie Go Go page
and receive incentives like signed copies of The Collective Volume 4, an invite to the cast and crew
screening, and a cast and crew exclusive t-shirt. Info for donations can be found at IndieGoGo.Com/Myctophobia.

Even a little bit helps!

Monday, January 9, 2012

City of Ruin eBook for FREE

Here it is, enjoying a promotional day, City of Ruin: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006UW9COM

Friday, January 6, 2012

City of Ruin eBook cover

Here's an eBook cover for my latest short story, and one I'm very happy with. It's a sci-fi tale in the vein of Children of Men. I'll let you all know when it's available. I'm enrolling it in the KDP Select program and plan on using my promo days very quickly. So you can all pick up for free--which means you better leave me a damned review!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

STAY DEAD: A Novel for $0.99!!

http://www.amazon.com/Stay-Dead-A-Novel-ebook/dp/B004VB514O

I'm running a sale for the next few days on amazon.com putting STAY DEAD at 99 cents. If you haven't checked it out--now is the time. This will probably be the last time I drop the price for a few months. And if you've read it and haven't left a review--please do.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sketch Attack Art Blog

A few weeks ago I was asked to join a new Sketch blog by a friend of mine--Pat (who is also running the blog--and one helluva talent). Of course I said yes and so far haven't missed a deadline. All of two of them. Our first subject was a Star Wars character--I chose Bossk, as you can see here in this post and the next subject was Sherlock Holmes. I chose Gonzo from BOOM! Studios Muppet Sherlock Holmes' books and you can check it out here: http://sketchattack.tumblr.com/ when it's live of course, which will be sometime by the end of the day. Regardless you should go over there and check out the blog and follow it. It's going to rock. Each artists gets to choose a subject and I have a few ideas for when my turn comes up.

Monday, January 2, 2012

2011: GOOD RIDDANCE!

Last year was a roller coaster of some very epic proportions for me--mostly career oriented, but anyone who has a career or even a job knows what that can mean. For most of the year I had no idea how I was going to pay my mortgage and what the hell that meant for my future, and more importantly my family's future. I've survived and things are getting better so I can't really complain anymore.
2012 is going to be a year of rebirth for me. I plan on getting off this roller coaster and then setting it on fire. 2012 is going to be a year of smarter moves. 2012 is going to be a year full of exciting projects, and the year I really start focusing on my personal projects. Things like Stay Dead 2, a convention sketchbook, t-shirts and new tattoos.
Also, as you can see, I tweaked the blog a bit. I like it and think I won't touch it again till 2013.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Xmass presents for you! Two FREE eBooks!

Right now, holding the #9 spot out of the top 100 Free Kindle Best Sellers in Fiction Anthologies, Graveyard--my first Stay Dead collection of short stories. You can download it for free here:

http://www.amazon.com/Graveyard-short-story-collection-ebook/dp/B004VT4UWU

Horror Stories: A Macabre Collection has been in the top 100 Free Kindle Best Sellers in Horror for the last two days, and you can get it free here:

http://www.amazon.com/Horror-Stories-Macabre-Collection-ebook/dp/B004OL260I

All I ask is that you download them and hopefully read them. If you're compelled to review them I'd greatly appreciate it. You can email me a link to the review when it's live and I will email you an eBook of your choice.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Here's a little card I whipped up just in time for the holidays. Have a good one--be safe, drink plenty of egg nog and screw a few elfs.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Horror Stories: A Macabre Collection

Horror Stories: A Macabre Collection is now free on amazon till the end of the night. I enrolled a few of my titles in the KDP Select program and wanted to try out those promotional days they are offering as part of the exclusivity. I have to say it already looks like its working. Its not even 10:00 yet and I have 40 downloads. I'm really excited to see what the rest of the day will bring. If you have a kindle or a computer, please download it--its free!

Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004OL260I

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Rinse #4 out now

Issue 4 wraps up The Rinse--a neat little crime story by one of my new favorite companies (BOOM! Studios) to work for. If you haven't been picking these up then you are clearly a fool. Pick them up today, for four issues you get a ton of story, quality art, and okay lettering. Or you could wait till the trade comes out.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Mardock Scramble Volume 3

So for those curios to know what I've been working on lately this post's for you. I started up a relationship with Random House over the last few months and my first project with them is a book called Mardock Scramble. I lettered Volume 3 and it should be out very soon. I'm really happy with how it came out. This is my first time lettering something that was initially published in Japanese and then translated for english markets. I developed a better understanding of Manga while working on it. It probably helped that it's a dark book with adult storylines and just all out craziness. Anyway, I'm rambling, borderline incoherent and tired as all hell. I've also done Volume 4, and am waiting to start Volume 5 any day now.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Justin Robinson author of The Dollmaker

I urge you all to go check out an old buddy o'mines author's page over at MuseItUpPublishing. I worked with Justin on a comic book a few years ago (that still has yet to see the light of day--but rumor has it that it's finally slated to print) and he's a super-talented writer with a love of horror. His new book The Dollmaker sounds awesome and makes me wish I thought of it first. So go check out the page and give the synopsis a read. After that, I'm sure you'll want to read the book.

Here's the link: http://museituppublishing.com/musepub/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=268:author&catid=35:authors

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Raise the roof!

Ah, the sweet sound of roofers hard at work this morning. It's been a rough time getting the money up for my new roof but it needed it pretty badly. I had a few bad leaks and probably plenty of unseen water damage in places that will no doubt show up years from now. My studio was on hold mostly due to the roof, so once this is done than I can start putting time into my studio and get my shit out of what will eventually be my son's second room. I already have the grandiose plans for the space but as usual a strict budget will dictate the outcome.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Stay Dead 2

So over the last few days I have begun writing Stay Dead 2--not sure what the actual title will be as of yet, but it has begun. If you've read the first one, or any of the short stories, I'd like to hear what you like/dislike about the series and what you might want to see in this one. Some goals I'm hoping to achieve with it are; greater character development, better syntax, more world building and some semblance of a mythos.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

All is lost

So, my hard drive crashed the other day. I lost all my shit. Lost a lot of work. Lost some personal projects--two of which are still killing me; one, Water Rats, my novel-length follow up to Tunnel Rats which was practically done. And a kids book that had a cover and 9 out of the 20 pages finished. So pretty shitty. I spent a year writing Water Rats and it's all gone. I'm going to start re-writing it, but its going to be hard. I also lost all of my beer reviews that I was going to post. But I'm not too concerned about that. Well enough of this crap--Happy Turkey Day.