Friday, June 15, 2007


As I've mentioned previously, Filip Sablik is knocking himself out doing regular sketches for his blog as we develop Dead Inspector. Thus far, it's going really well. Both of us having full-time jobs in the industry (he's VP of Marketing for Top Cow, I'm Executive Editor & Associate Publisher of Gemstone) and other freelance gigs, so this project is actually because we love it. I think that shows in Filip's daily sketches. You should check them out and get to know his work. He's honing his craft with each passing page and we'll all reap the rewards. In this particular sketch, we see the "cold case" assignment that starts the whole story off... More soon! (I just wrote another five pages of this one, so I know there's more coming!)


Beau Smith, better known to his regular readers as "the last real man in comics," has an excellent weekly column called "Busted Knuckes." I'm not certain, but I think the first place he used that title was Overstreet's Fan, back when I was Assocaite Editor. It was in there, regardless, whether it was the first place or just a stop along the trail. Anyhow, Beau has been entirely supportive in his coverage of Zombie-Proof. He was the first one to cover it, and now that it's officially rolling he gave us another great plug, this time in a column also featuring the high-profile 30 Days of Night.

You Are Getting Sleepy

Friday, June 08, 2007


More notices for Zombie-Proof...? Ay-yup!

Union de Bloggers Hispanos
(Muchos gracias, amigos! Lo siento, pero yo hablo esapnol muy mal.)

Top Blog Area

Crusade Fine Arts Forum - Comics & Film section

Paper Films Forum - J.C. Vaughn section

Andy Wood from Gamer's Circle
(Already noted for supporting us, now just doing so even more.)

Monday, June 04, 2007


The 2007 Harvey Awards Nominees have been announced with the release of the final ballot, presented by the Executive Committees of the Harvey Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con. Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, one of the industry's most innovative talents, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art. They will be presented September 8, 2007 in Baltimore , MD , in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Nominations for the Harvey Awards are selected exclusively by creators – those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field. They are the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. Professionals who participate will be joining nearly 2,000 other comics professionals in honoring the outstanding comics achievements of 2006.

ANTIQUES: THE COMIC STRIP J.C. Vaughn, Brendan Fraim & Brian Fraim Well-Defined Productions
• DOONESBURY Garry Trudeau Universal Press Syndicate
• THE K CHRONICLES Keith Knight United Comics /
• MAAKIES Tony Millionaire Self-syndicated
• MUTTS Patrick McDonnell King Features Syndicate


Gemstone Publishing was nominated for 20 Harvey Awards in a variety of categories. They Disney comics (including The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck Companion) lead the way, followed by The EC Archives and The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide also showing. Thanks to everyone who voted for us!

Friday, June 01, 2007


Dead Inspector is a ways off yet (we're shooting for online in September 2007), but Filip Sablik is posting a character sketch just about every day over on his blog, and he's really capturing the spirit of the story. This sketch is of Ashley Kramer, the main character's girlfriend and pretty important character in her own rite.

Stop by Filip's page for more frequent updates, or check back here for some as well.


24: Nightfall is a prequel to the ongoing hit Fox television series. Before the clock started ticking on season one, Jack Bauer was the head of an elite Special Forces team sent to take down the mass-murder, Victor Drazen in the war-torn former Yugoslavia. Events quickly spiral out of control, as the hunters become the hunted and the truth behind the pivotal Operation: Nightfall is revealed.

The new 24: Nightfall trade paperback from IDW Publishing is featured in the June 2007 PREVIEWS from Diamond Comic Distributors. The new book collects the five-part series I co-wrote with Mark L. Haynes, with pencils and inks by Jean Diaz.
"IDW Publishing and its talented team takes the 24 fans to a place before the series begins- and the writers continue to deliver on the taut, engaging and almost addictive quality of 24 in this creative iteration. If you're a fan of the televison series 24- then this prequel will satisfy beyond expectations," Michael Peikoff, Vice-President 20th Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising, said upon last Fall's release of the mini-series featured in this collection.

Read the story that Fanboy TV's Oliver Tull described as "Power Jack Bauer!"


A few sites, including Gamer's Circle (the first to start promoting us), have started to take notice of Zombie-Proof. We're really thrilled about the reaction since it's at least four weeks before the July 2007 issue of PREVIEWS hits the stands. Click the names below to see the news!


Oliver Tull and Meg Fischer hosted me on the May 24, 2007 edition of Fanboy TV to talk about the EC Archives, Scoop, Zombie-Proof and Antiques. It was awesome!
The only thing missing was host Scott Hinze, who decided to miss his first episode ever of either the TV show or the Fanboy Radio program.