Newsarama Interview About the Future of “The Beauty”

Today, the fine folks over at Newsarama posted an interview with myself and my co-conspirator on The Beauty, Mr. Jeremy Haun. It covers our reactions to winning the 2011 Top Cow Pilot Season, and gives a hint of what’s in store for the future of the book.

Read It Here!

This is the convention exclusive print that Jeremy had made for the book's debut at New York Comic Con last year.

Pilot Season: The Beauty, Vote Now!

Hey folks,

Voting has started for the 2011 Pilot Season at the Top Cow website. The book I did with Jeremy Haun is part of this awesome event. The only way we can do more issues, and tell the the rest of our story, is with your support.

Here’s a little quote from the Top Cow site about how the voting works:

Preliminary voting begins December 5th and runs through December 18th on our site. You guys can vote how many times as you want! Vote to your heart’s content! This is the best way to get your favorite book into the semifinals, so vote, vote, vote!

The top four books will continue onto the Semifinals, which is from December 19th through December 25th. You can only vote once per day for these.

Finally, the Finals are where the top two duke it out from December 25th through December 31st. You only have one vote per day, and the top vote-getter between the two will be deemed our new Top Cow miniseries!

That’s right, now through the 18th, you can vote AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT! I suggest TONS!

Thanks to everyone for your support of the book!

VOTE HERE!

A Short Trip To KC

While I usually try to focus on the writing side of things here on the blog, I’m also a comic dealer. I own and operate Hurley’s Heroes here in Joplin, and I travel to a lot of local shows and set up as a dealer. This weekend I headed up to Kansas City for the KC Fan Con. Craig runs about 4 shows a year in Overland Park, and while they’re not terribly big, I usually have a good time, and make a decent amount of money. This time was no different. Despite my complete lack of preparation for the show, I reached my sales goals, and meet up with some friends I don’t get to see as often as I’d like.

The one bad thing about the show, which was completely my fault, was my lack of stock on issues of The Beauty. I started last week at the store with over 20 copies of the book, and figured that that would be enough to hold me through the weekend. Boy, was I wrong. I sold out almost completely over the course of the week, and was only able to bring 2 copies to the show!  Don’t get me wrong, there are worse problems to have, selling out of a book is a good thing. Heading to your first local show since your book came out without any copies of said book to show around, however, is pretty annoying. Luckily, I was able to hold on to one copy of the book through most of the day, and at least let people give it a look. Like I say, selling too many copies is a pretty great problem in all honesty, but if I had to pick a low point of the weekend, that’d be it.

In addition to hitting up the con, it was my old man’s birthday! Happy birthday, Dad! My dad is awesome, and totally supports all of my crazy interests. I think a big part of his support of my comic book interests is the fact that he’s also a huge nerd. His nerd is model trains, he’s been into them longer than I’ve been alive and has a massive collection. He’s also incredibly talented in the building and painting of the models, and the scenery that surrounds them. You should check out his blog for some progress on his latest projects.

On my way out of town, I hit up the excellent Elite Comics in Overland Park, and chatted up the owner, William, for a while. He’s a great guy who runs a pretty sweet shop. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend checking it out.

All in all, I had a great time.

The Beauty: Interviews and Reviews

Just a little round up of all of the press The Beauty has garnered. I wanted to make sure I had easy access to all of these links, so dumping them here seemed like a good idea. I think I’ve found pretty much everything, but if you find any I missed, please let me know in the comments!

Interviews!

We were featured in USA Today, how crazy is that!?! http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-10-18/Top-Cows-Pilot-Season-continues-with-The-Beauty/50815448/1

Jeremy and I were guests on an episode of Comic Book Club Live, along with James Asmus http://comicbookclublive.com/?p=78

IGN interviewed Jeremy and I before the book came out, and provided a preview http://comics.ign.com/articles/118/1185367p1.html

Jeremy gets interviewed by John Siuntres on Wordballoon http://ifanboy.com/podcasts/word-balloon-chris-roberson-and-jeremy-haun/

Reviews!

Sci-Fi Pulse calls The Beauty “Street level science fiction at it’s best.”

Newsarama’s Best Shots gives The Beauty 8 out of 10! http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-rapid-reviews-111020.html

About.com says “I think the team of The Beauty #1 has put together something good here that deserves to continue.” http://comicbooks.about.com/od/comicbookreviews/fr/The-Beauty-1-Review.htm

The Daily Blam! Gives us 4 out of 5 Blams! http://www.dailyblam.com/news/2011/10/24/erics-top-cow-productions-comics-reviews-pilot-season-2011

Ology.com calls The Beauty “…a fresh idea we haven’t really seen before.” http://ology.com/technology/top-cow-rocks-new-comic-beauty

Forever Geek likes all of the Pilot Season books, but when it comes to The Beauty, “I think I have found my winner.” http://www.forevergeek.com/2011/10/beauty%E2%80%99s-in-the-eye/

NY Mag presents”Five Comic Books Worth Braving the Comic Book Store For” http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/recommends/#books

Pat Shand writes a piece simply titled, “Vote THE BEAUTY for Pilot Season”, and I agree with him. http://patrickshand.blogspot.com/2011/10/vote-beauty-for-pilot-season.html

Critiques 4 Geeks provides another 8 out of 10 review http://www.critiques4geeks.com/2011/10/27/comic-review-the-beauty-pilot-season-issue-1/

nFamous scores The Beauty at a 4.8 out of 5! http://www.nfamousgamers.com/reviews/books/pilot-season-beauty

Nerd Locker says that The Beauty has their vote, and gives us 4 0ut 0f 5 Nerd Skulls http://www.nerdlocker.com/comics/wolverine-aquaman-walking-dead-comic-book-reviews

Other Stuff!

Newsarama’s Exclusive Process Shots http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album_view.php?gid=3725&page=20

The Beauty tops The Runaround on Bleeding Cool http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/10/12/wednesday-runaround-the-beauty-the-girl-and-other-stories/

THE BEAUTY! THE CONTEST!

Pilot Season: The Beauty, by myself and the amazing Jeremy Haun, hits stores today, and to celebrate, we’re giving away free stuff!

Here are the rules-

5 random people who tweet #TheBeauty or reply and share this link on Facebook before midnight tonight CST, October 26th, will win a signed copy of THE BEAUTY and the PSA poster (featured below). Repeat as many times as you want.

A Welcome, And A Few Words About New York Comic Con

Hello all, and welcome to my new blog.

I recently attended the New York Comic Con. It was my first time in New York City, and it was also my first time attending a convention as a creator. In case you’re unaware, I’m the co-writer and co-creator of the new Pilot Season book from Top Cow, The Beauty. Here’s some preview pages!

Jeremy Haun (co-creator, co-writer, and artist of The Beauty) and I spent 8 days in the city, and had a great time. If I tried to list all of the awesome stuff that we were able to do on our trip, this would be an incredibly long post, so I’ll just hit some highlights.

  • First and foremost, I was able to hold a copy of The Beauty in my hands. This isn’t my first comic work (I wrote a short story for a Troma Films anthology that Jeremy illustrated a few years back), but it is the first time I’ve had my name in print on the cover of a book. I can’t tell you how excited I was to see that.
  • I actually hand sold and signed copies of the book. I’ve never signed books for fans before, and thanks to the awesome people at Image Comics and Top Cow Entertainment, I had that opportunity. It was a real thrill, and it was awesome to hear just how excited people were about the book.
  • I was on my first panel. The “Top Cow: We Create… Franchises” panel featured a short segment about this years Pilot Season books, and I was able to get on stage, and pitch the book to a room full of strangers. It was a pretty surreal experience, but I got a few laughs, and people seemed to dig the idea, so I’m calling it a win.
  • I was on a podcast. We were invited by Pete, Justin, and Alex to be guests on their show, Comic Book Club along with James Asmus. It was a ton of fun, and I think the show ended up being pretty listenable.
  • We did an in-store signing, another first for me. The folks at Jim Hanley’s Universe had us come by the Tuesday after the show, and sign some books. It’s a great store, and Jeremy and I had a hell of time while we were there. The highlight of the evening was meeting the legendary Paul Levitz, who was also signing. He was super gracious to both Jeremy and I, and gave us tons of excellent advice. He’s definitely one of the good guys.
  • I met the man with the most interesting stories about the comic industry I’ve ever heard. Gabe Sauro, of Avenue 4 Communications, has been working as a printer in the comic book field since the early 80s. He’s full of hilarious stories about an aspect of the industry that almost no one knows about, and he’s a hella-nice guy to boot. Meeting Gabe was a true highlight of my trip, and I really hope to see him again at future shows.
  • Then, of course, there was the food. New York is chock full of simply amazing restaurants. If you want a full list of every single thing that we ate, with pictures, (and you have an iPhone) I recommend checking out Jeremy’s Instagram Feed. However, here’s a quick rundown of some of the most awesome eats and drinks: Spotted Pig – the best burger I’ve ever had. Seriously. Blue Smoke – Not only was the food here great, but we got comped a bunch of appetizers and a round of drinks! Katz’s Delicatessen – Hands down, the best Reuben I’ve had in the history of EVER. This is coming from a guy who friggin’ loves Reubens folks. Pommes Frites – A restaurant that serves nothing but french fries, with an insane variety of sauces. Also, Poutine. My favorite eatery of the whole trip. The Flatiron Lounge – Insanely good cocktails. Magnolia Bakery – Cupcakes, scones, brownies, and really good coffee.
  • We went to a screening of Flatliners that was followed by a Q&A with Joel Schumacher, an emergency physician, and a neurological specialist from DARPA. Our buddy, Rick Loverd, got us an invite to this presentation by the Imagine Science Films Festival. It was a very cool, very informative, very entertaining evening, and I can’t thank Rick enough for getting us in.

I also met a ton of great people, both in and out of the comics industry, and had meetings with collaborators on upcoming projects. All in all it was a fun productive trip, and I can’t wait to make it to NYCC again next year.