Monday, June 19, 2006


The July 2006 issue of Antique Toy World includes a feature article by yours truly about the our new facility, Geppi's Entertainment Museum at Camden Yards. I'm happy to say the article has been very well received. We've sent out hundreds of copies in addition to the magazine's regular circulation.

GEM's Grand Opening is September 8, 2006, the day before the Baltimore Comic-Con.


David Michael Beck, the incredible artist of many GI Joe, Star Wars, and other covers, has just started doing interior pencils. His issue of Jonah Hex, which I saw at Wizard World Philadelphia, is simply amazing. His short story in The Wicked West 2, which got him the Jonah Hex gig, is a treat, too.

Well, I'm happy to say that David has agreed to do the cover for Zombie-Proof, my original graphic novel tentative scheduled for April 2007.

His work is amazing, and he's good guy, too.

It's going to be fun!

Twenty-First Century Romances

The trade paperback edition of Twenty-First Century Romances is scheduled for the first week of February 2007, just in time for Valentines Day. The trade will include everything from the first issue (released at the Pittsburgh Comic-Con 2005) and a whole lot more!

Mark Ricketts (Nowheresville) and Micah Farritor (The Living and the Dead), who just teamed for the amazing Image Comics graphic novel Night Trippers, have already turned in "Renee," an amazing short story.

Matt Anderson and Leanne Buckley, who've also already turned in their story, are relative newcomers, but I bet you'll be impressed with "The Fall" (and I bet it's not the last you hear of either of these two).

Chris Chua (Liquid Fury) did a fantastic job with "The Best of Times," a story from my McCandless & Company trade paperback. It'll be included with this trade, too.

Likewise, the stories from the first issue: Todd Livingston & Robert Tinnell (The Wicked West, The Black Forest) wrote "Backstage Love, which Ben Dale (SFPD) illustrated, Andrew Sands (Zacherly's Midnight Terrors) and Joanna Estep (Road Song) combined their talents on "All of My Ex-Boyfriends Are Monsters...Really!" and I teamed up with Traci Spenser for "Dreaming with Mary Sutherland," based on my short story.

We will also have contributions from my 24 co-writer Mark L. Haynes and former Gemstone Publishing Editor (and now Curator of Geppi's Entertainment Museum) Arnold T. Blumberg and his wife, Stephanie Crawford.

And more! Stay tuned!

Antiques Update

The June 21, 2006 cover-dated edition of Antique Trader features the first edition of Antiques - The Comic Strip. I'm very happy with the feedback so far -- not much, but what there's been has been very nice -- and it's exciting to see it finally reaching the public.

Antiques - Feature Article

The June 7, 2006 issue of Antique Trader included a full page article on our new comic strip, Antiques - The Comic Strip. It included a nice profile of me, as well as of Brendon and Brian Fraim, our intrepid artists. Special thanks to AT Editor Catherine Saunders-Watson, who wrote the article and who has been incredibly supportive of the project since its concept stage.