Tuesday, August 29, 2006

GREAT MONTH For Fans of 24!

Following a great Emmy night for 24, it's a great time to check out two new products based on the show:

24: NIGHTFALL #1 - Presenting a special six-part 24 Season One prequel! In 24: Nightfall, future CTU agent Jack Bauer heads an elite Special Forces team sent to take down the mass murderer, Victor Drazen. But events in the war-torn former Yugoslavia quickly spiral out of control as the hunters become the hunted. The secrets behind Bauer’s pivotal Operation: Nightfall mission are revealed here! 32pg, FC..........$3.99

It's on Page 299 of the September 2006 edition of PREVIEWS from Diamond Comic Distributors and received a "Featured Item" nod. Published by IDW Publishing!

Attention Retailers: There are also special retailer incentives at the 25, 50 and 75 copy levels. These include a Jean Diaz sketch variant cover, a Joe Corroney sketch variant cover, and a photo cover, respectively.

The 24 trading cards have an exciting new home, and it's Artbox Entertainment. These guys produce some awesome cards, and they're going to do a great job with them. They're written by regular 24 comic book scribe J.C. Vaughn (that's me). They're on Page 408 of the September 2006 edition of PREVIEWS from Diamond Comic Distributors

IDWords (interview with JCV & Mark Haynes) - http://www.idwpublishing.com/idwords/oct2006.shtml
The Pulse Interview (another interview with JCV & MLH) - http://www.comicon.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=36;t=005470

24 Wins Emmys

Monday, August 28, 2006


ZOMBIE-PROOF by yours truly and Vincent Spencer (future superstar in the making, mark my words) is coming together really nicely.

This preview is Page 1 through Page 5.

Once you get to know the characters, you'll see he's totally captured them, including Billy Bob Driwahl, Dave, Rob, blood brothers John Firewalkwithme and Vjay Gupta-Patel, and the rest of the gang way out in far west Texas.

And the man is a machine. Each day brings a new page or a newly colored page. I can't say enough about him or his work.

I probably won't show a lot more of the book in progress -- I think it wastes the energy you should be using on being creative -- but I couldn't help it in this case.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

ACTOR Comics Presents "I Know Everything"

"I Know Everything" is written by yours truly, illustrated and lettered by my Antiques - The Comic Strip collaborators Brendon and Brian Fraim, and edited by our pal Charlie Novinskie.

It appears in the fundraiser anthology ACTOR Comics Presents (see story below).

As always, the guys have knocked themselves out on this one. It's a period piece, set in the '40s, and I tried to do that romantic comedy kind of snappy dialogue from movies in that era. It was a blast!

ACTOR Comics Presents debuts at the Baltimore Comic-Con, September 9-10 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Be there. Aloha.

Sunday, August 20, 2006


Each week, Scoop has an article about our new museum facility in Baltimore's historic Camden Station. Jeff Robinson supplied this one this past Friday.

Here's a couple other articles about it (more to come):

Baltimore Business Journal

Comics Buyer's Guide/CBGXtra

VANISHED Debuts Monday on FOX

I haven't seen much about this show, Vanished, but I know my friend Ming-Na is one of the players and from the preview they ran during the last episode of 24, I think it looks like maybe she has a role see can sink her teeth into...

It's on at 9 PM Eastern Time, starting Monday, August 21, on Fox.

Let me know what you think of it. I'll be watching, too.

ACTOR Comics Presents

ACTOR (A Commitment To Our Roots) is the Federally-chartered charity created with the goal of assisting comic book industry veterans, particularly those many older creators who toiled without benefits such as health insurance over the years. It's a great organization, and I urge you to consider donating to it.

One of their means of fundraising this year is the creation of ACTOR Comics Presents, a 152-page anthology featuring stories from a variety of writers and artists.

Charlie Novinskie, my good friend and ACTOR Secretary, told me of his reaction when Stan Lee asked if he could contribute a story. Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn) illustrated it.

Dave Sim (Cerebus), "Death of Superman" illustrator Dan Jurgens, Michael Avon Oeming (Powers), Ron Marz (Samurai: Heaven and Earth), Mark Waid (Legion of Superheroes) and many others are featured.

And "many others" includes yours truly. I teamed with my Antiques - The Comic Strip collaborators Brendon and Brian Fraim for a five-pager, "I Know Everything," about a wife who thinks she's found out about her husband's affair.

The top cover is the limited edition that will be available at the Baltimore Comic-Con, September 9-10, 2006. The standard edition will debut at the show and then be available in comic shops on Wednesday, September 13.

Monday, August 14, 2006



Find out soon (relatively speaking)!

from Gene Gonzales & J.C.Vaughn!

Sunday, August 13, 2006


Last week's installment of Antiques: The Comic Strip (in the August 16, 2006 cover-dated issue of Antique Trader) was one of my favorites to date.

It is only surpasssed (at this point) by this week's installment, in the August 23, 2006 cover-dated Antique Trader (funny how that works, eh?).

We're continuing to get great reactions, particular from our fellow creators. That's very encouraging!

Monday, August 07, 2006

THE WICKED WEST Returns in the new Graphic Novel THE WICKED WEST 2

Published by Image Comics
Last we saw Cotton Coleridge, he'd traded in his six-guns for stakes when he fought a frontier town full of vampires. This time around the lightning rod for the supernatural faces zombies, ghosts, resurrectionists, giant flies, carnivorous slugs, demons and lots o' pure evil!

Anchored by the Todd Livingston, Robert Tinnell & Neil Vokes novella, "Abomination," the book features stories from the likes of Mike Baron, Mike Oeming, David Michael Beck, Mark Ricketts, Mike Hawthorne, Tommy Castillo, and others.

It also features two stories by yours truly (see two additional entries below) along with John K. Snyder III and Gene Gonzales.

And as for the original...

Published by Image Comics
Here's how Mssrs. Livingston, Tinnell & Vokes described the original graphic novel prior to its release: Imagine the Outlaw Josey Wales riding into Salem’s Lot – that’ll get you to the core of The Wicked West. 1870 - The Texas frontier town of Javer’s Tanks. Cotton Coleridge is a man running from his past. And being new in town, he’s the one locals blame when folks start dyin’ mysteriously. By the time the truth gets out, half the town has died - and come back. Cotton’s quick with a gun – but guns don’t work on vampires!

It was picked by Scoop as the Best Trade Paperback of 2004.

FASHION IN ACTION Returns in the new graphic novel THE WICKED WEST 2

FASHION IN ACTION, the first all-female action hero team in comics is back! After a 957-year abesence, it's about time!

Actually, FIA first appeared in the pages of Scout as a back-up to Tim Truman's main feature in the first eight issues of the comic. FIA then graduated to two stand-alone specials before disappearing...until now!

Created by artist John K. Snyder III and published by Eclipse, FIA was Danger Girl a full decade before there was Danger Girl.

For more than five years I've been pestering John to bring back these characters. Think about it... cool female action heroes are common today, but JKS3 was doing this before Lara Croft and Danger Girl (but admittedly after Mrs. Thatcher).

I'm happy to report that the first published new Fashion in Action story since the 1980s is ready to rock. It's set to appear in in the new graphic novel The Wicked West 2: Abomination and Other Tales.

At this point, those who think, "Hey, isn't FIA set in the near future, and wasn't the original Wicked West GN set in the past?" are correctly wondering to themselves, "How can J.C. Vaughn possibly make that work?"

Well, along with JKS3, we've done it... . Of course the story might not make much sense if you don't know that Terror Over Texas is the 1930s movie version of the horrifying events in 1870s Javers Tank, Texas in The Wicked West. If for some strange or sad reason you haven't read the work by Todd Livingston, Robert Tinnell and Neil Vokes.

McCANDLESS & COMPANY Returns in the new graphic novel THE WICKED WEST 2

McCandlesss & Company returns in The Wicked West 2: Abomination and Other Tales.


How does our 21st century detective agency tie into vampires in 1870s Texas? Well, believe it or not, it makes sense!

What happens when the 96-year-old screenwriter of the 1932 film Terror Over Texas dies under mysterious circumstances? McCandless & Company finds out! You can, too. Just ask your comic book retailer to carry this book! It's a graphic novel from Image Comics.

Illustrated by my regular McCandless compadre, Gene Gonzales, it was a lot of fun to see if I could make the story fit in both universes (the only vampires in the McCandless stories are Hollywood agents). Everyone who's read it so far thinks we succeeded. You decide for yourself!

Sunday, August 06, 2006


Antiques - The Comic Strip made its T-Shirt debut at the National Auctioneers Association convention, where Antique Trader set up and gave 500 or so of them away (and everyone was wearing them by the end of the convention!).

My partners in this noble enterprise, artists Brendon and Brian Fraim, have a great new page about the strip on their website. Check it out!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Another Great ZOMBIE-PROOF Concept Piece!

More Vincent Spencer magic with another illustration of Billy Bob Driwahl and a couple of zombies.

Cool stuff!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Variant Cover for 24: NIGHTFALL #1

This is the variant cover for 24: Nightfall #1 by Joe Corroney. I wasn't familiar with Joe's work previously, but you can bet I will be in the future! Wow!

ZOMBIE-PROOF Concept Sketch!

Take a look at the first concept work on Zombie-Proof, illustrated by future superstar Vincent Spencer. At Comic-Con, Vince was sent over to see me by Mark Wheatley and Bob Tinnell... and boy, were they right! We've just started working on it, so it's really too early to be showing material from it, but I got this in the email this evening and I just had to post it.

The first piece is the story's central character, Billy Bob Driwahl.

More soon!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006