March 1st is the debut of my Genius Factor series of novels!
You can preorder the the book HERE, or you can do a spiffy thing and talk to your local bookstore, because support local bookstores, because they are are awesome.
The Genius Factor series will have five volumes in all, telling the story of how, every Friday the 13th, 11-year-old genius Nate Bannister purposefully does three admittedly not-so-smart things, just to keep life interesting. After all, there’s nothing like a huge explosion of chaos to keep a genius interested! The Genius Factor adventures are all seen through the eyes of Nate’s classmate, Delphine Cooper, a girl with a penchant not only for adventure, but also detention.
In the first volume, Nate’s taught a caterpillar how to read, and he’s mailed a love letter to the most popular girl in school, and… well… he’s not only turned the family cat, Proton, into an abominable giant, but also made him invisible. And Proton, as cats do, is causing trouble. BIG trouble.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the nefarious Red Death Tea Society, known not only for their horribly nasty world-takeover plans, but also their admittedly impressive tea-brewing skills, are choosing the chaos of the feline crisis as the moment to strike against Nate and Delphine, the greatest threats to the society’s domination! It’s going to take all of Delphine and Nate’s courage, creativity, and friendship to save the day. Also a jet-belt. And a talking dog. And snacks.
The full jacket for the book. It is a pretty jacket. There is a picture of me.
And… oh look, there’s erasers! (I don’t have one of these. I want one of these.)
The Genius Factor books are geared for Middle Readers, but I wrote ‘em for everybody who enjoys adventure and humor and science, really. That’s probably you. You should read the books.
Be a satisfied reader!
This Wednesday is the release of the second issue of Mystery Girl, published by Dark Horse Comics, with me on the writing, art by Alberto J. Alburquerque, and colors by Marissa Louise. This has been one of my favorite all-time projects, a detective who already knows the answers to all the mysteries, but the ramifications of the solutions are often worse than the crimes themselves.
Reception for Mystery Girl has been tremendous, and I want to thank everyone for all the amazing reviews. We’ve been working our collective butts off on this title, so it’s great to hear!
Tell all your friends!
First issue still available in some areas, and online at ComiXology!
A sneak peek at the art for the 3rd and 4th covers!
It’s Friday the 13th, and that means it’s an EXCELLENT time to pre-order the first book in my new Genius Factor series, a series where Friday the 13th plays a major part! You see, Nate Bannister is a genius. I mean he’s SMART. And not just smart for a 5th grader. He’s the smartest person who’s ever lived… SO smart that he gets a bit bored, and so every Friday the 13th he does three different things that… aren’t smart. I mean NOT smart. This time, among other things, he’s made a giant invisible cat. It goes… WRONG. So wrong.
The Genius Factor books feature Nate and his Friday the 13th problems, all seen through the eyes of his adventurous classmate, Delphine Cooper. Unfortunately, it’s not just the Friday the 13th problems they have to contend with, because… together… Nate and Delphine are the last hope against the Red Death Tea Society, an organization of genius assassins bent on taking over the world and also making some really top-notch high-quality tea.
It’s a wild ride. With a giant invisible cat. And tea.
The first book in the Genius Factor series can be pre-ordered… HERE
Here’s the feeling you’ll have if you read this book!
And here’s the feeling you’ll have if you don’t.
YOU make the call!
People everywhere are talking about the latest release of… BANDETTE!
Daniel has been kidnapped!
Bandette is MAD.
Bandette # 11 is available NOW on ComiXology! Fight for your right to read!
I’ll be at the San Diego Comic Con this year, but only for a couple days. Here’s my current schedule. Really looking forward to seeing some of you there!
??????-???????: Getting in late. Seeking out friends. Refreshments.
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. DARK HORSE PRESENTS (Room 23ABC) For years, Dark Horse has brought the creations of the most talented creators in the comics industry to stands—and now’s your chance to jump onboard! Join Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson as he heads up a panel of Dark Horse’s incredible creative talent, including Rafael Albuquerque (EI8HT), Cullen Bunn (Harrow County), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Paul Tobin (Colder), Gene Ha (Mae), and more!
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES (signing at Dark Horse booth: 2615): with me n’ Jeremy Vanhoozer
5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. BANDETTE, COLDER: (signing at Dark Horse booth: 2615): with me n’ Colleen Coover
6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FIRE AND STONE (PROMETHEUS, ALIENS, ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, PREDATOR, PROMETHEUS: OMEGA): (signing at Dark Horse booth:2615): with me, Chris Roberson, Joshua Williamson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Dave Palumbo
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. THE WITCHER: (signing at Dark Horse booth: 2615): with me, Rafal Jaki, and Damien Monnier
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m I WAS THE CAT: (signing at Oni Comics booth: 1833)
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. FROM CONSOLE TO COMICS: THE ART OF VIDEO GAMES (Room 7AB) Your favorite video games have expanded beyond your screen and into comics! Join Dark Horse editor Dave Marshall and special guests Nick Thornborrow (BioWare’s Dragon Age), Rafa? Jaki (CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher), Paul Tobin (The Witcher, PopCap’s Plants vs. Zombies), Corinna Bechko (Tomb Raider),Christofer Emgård (DICE’s Mirror’s Edge), and others as they discuss bringing some of gaming’s most popular titles—including World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, Halo, and more—to comics and art books.
7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. EISNER AWARDS CEREMONY: I’m nominated for both Bandette and I Was The Cat, so I’ll be there eating free cookies and drinking wine and trying to look suave and more eating free cookies and wondering if anybody’s noticing me taking extra cookies for the plane ride home.
SATURDAY: I’M FLYING HOME! Yay!
So… here they are! The covers for the American and UK editions of one of my MAJOR projects of late. Genius Factor is the story of awkward super-genius Nate Bannister, as seen through the eyes of his sixth grade classmate, Delphine Cooper. Together, they fight a secret war against the Red Death Tea Society, a society of genius super assassins who also happen to brew some pretty darn good tea.
The first book, “How To Capture An Invisible Cat” comes out in March of 2016, and then four more books will follow at 9 month intervals, published by Bloomsbury. I have a LOT of fun writing these all-out constant adventure stories, and while they’re marketed for younger readers, I think they’re fitting for everyone who likes cracking a smile, and wondering what’s next, always what’s next. Plus… there’s a dog.
No, Bandette, you are wrong. The news is not fearsome. It is, instead, wonderful.
I’m proud to announce that Bandette has been nominated for three Eisner awards. The award categories are…
Best Continuing Series: Bandette
Best Digital/Webcomic: Bandette
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist: Colleen Coover / Bandette
Colleen and I could not be happier. Thanks so much to Chris and Allison at Monkeybrain, and to everyone at ComiXology, and to Brendan Wright and the rest of the fine folks at Dark Horse Comics. And, of course, to everyone who reads and enjoys the adventures of our charming thief, Bandette.
And, in addition, I’m super pleased that another of my projects received an Eisner nomination!
I Was The Cat, by me and Benjamin Dewey, was nominated for Best Publication For Kids (ages 8-12). It’s a real honor for Ben and I to be nominated. We consider the book to be for everyone, no matter what age, and it’s certainly a complex book full of world history and drama and cats. Some of which die. Man… one gets stabbed with a bayonet. Ben drew the hell out of that.
I’d love to thank editors Jill Beaton and Robin Herrera, as well as the whole cast of the fine folks at Oni, for helping us get this book out there.
And, HUGE thanks to all the readers and retailers and everyone in the whole dang industry, no matter what side of the table you’re on. It’s a great time for comics, and I think this must have been one of THE hardest years to come up with the nominations, so I’m even more humbled that my books received four nominations. Thank you, everyone!
Yep! Today marks the day that Colleen Coover and I, in conjunction with Dark Horse Comics, release the second volume of Bandette. We’re super happy about this, because in some ways it feels like having two volumes out is like having five times as many collections, when in reality it’s only like… what… three times? I’m not sure. I’m no good at math. But I am good at writer-ing, and Colleen is even super better at drawer-ing, and we’re really proud of what Bandette has turned into. And, if you’ve been already reading on ComiXology, where Bandette is first released, there’s still lots more in this volume to dig into. There are Urchin Stories by Jonathan Hill, Lucy Bellwood, Ron Randall, Patrick Scherberger, Sheli Hay, Emi Lenox, and my Plants vs. Zombies partner, Ron Chan! Plus, there’s a prose story by yours truly, with spot illustrations by Colleen. The story, “The Cards On The Table,” gives a secret background look at some of what’s been going on, and sets up what’s going to happen in the next storyline, entitled, “The House of the Green Mask.”
There’s also a real life look at some of what Bandette steals in the comic, and there’s a script sample and character designs pages, for a behind-the-scenes look at how Bandette is made.
And of course there’s action o’ plenty!
You don’t need to knock first… just come on in to the second volume of Bandette, available at all comic shops TODAY, and then bookstores soon after… on April 28th!
Oh, there CERTAINLY is. In fact, there are several thieves in the house of Absinthe, the dread leader of FINIS. Will they be discovered? Will Bandette forget to even hide?
Oh no! Is this the end of Bandette?
Oh Heloise, what have you done?
And what has Bandette found up her sleeve? All of these mysteries and more are to be revealed in Bandette, volume two, available today at all comic stores, and then in regular ol’ (still super cool) bookstores in the next couple weeks.
Don’t let the good things in life pass you by!
First, I’ll have my own table this time. I usually tend to just wander around conventions, but this time I’ll be at a table (artist conception of what I assume it will look like, above
) along with my wife, Colleen Coover
. The table number is 1214. Because of table duties, I’m cutting down on signings and panels this year, because I’m starting to value my sanity or something. Schedule below! Come and say hello!
FRIDAY, MARCH 27
6-6:50 p.m. Prometheus Signing at the Dark Horse table(with other Fire & Stone team creators, pending availability)
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
2-2:50 p.m. Signing for Colder & Bandette at the Dark Horse table
SUNDAY, MARCH 29
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 p.m. Hall C: Dark Horse Presents Kids & Comics: Plants vs. Zombies, Bandette, Itty Bitty Hellboy, Avatar: The Last Airbender & More!
Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Steve Sunu (Publicity Coordinator, Dark Horse Comics), Paul Tobin and Ron Chan (Plants vs. Zombies), Jeremy Vanhoozer (Plants vs. Zombies creative director, PopCap), Art Baltazar and Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy), and Joan Hilty, Comics Editor, Nickelodeon) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!
12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Plants vs. Zombies (with artist Ron Chan & Jeremy VanHoozer… creative director at PopCap)
Come join the fun!
Yes! It’s time for Bandette vol. 9, the thrill-charming conclusion to the first major arc in Bandette, out on the 4th! Absinthe against Bandette! Il Tredici the Strangler against Matadori! Scowls against smiles! Gravity against everyone except Bandette!
Don’t cry, Robin! You, or anyone else, can buy the 9th installment of Bandette over at ComiXology. Or, if you’re not currently caught up, you can purchase any and all of the installments for a mere 99 cents each! That’s less than the cost of something that costs a dollar!
Join the legions of erudite fans!
Oh, look… a preview image. Man… that Colleen Coover sure can draw. What else is in this installment? Well, how about…
Startling quasi-legal developments!
Bandette is Rambo-approved! (note: Bandette is not Rambo-approved. The author has made this up. Though he does like to think that Rambo would enjoy reading his comics.)
Don’t forget you can purchase Bandette vol. 1 already, and pre-order volume 2!
And now… it’s time to celebrate…
… because the time for Bandette vol. 9 is here, and …