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 …
Hey! You done with your holiday buying yet?
Well, ARE you?
If not, no problem! As we all know, giving the gift of “Paul Tobin” written novels or graphic novels is a tradition that stretches back for several centuries, and is perhaps the most important moment in any holiday season. But, which of my projects is right for you and your loved ones? All of them, really. They’re all perfect for you, and were in fact written specifically with you in mind, and weren’t at all written by a severely cookie-dependent barely-functioning shut-in with a slew of borderline mental problems. I swear! Okay, you got me, but despite all that, I think I know the holiday spirit when I see it.
And his elves!
Okay then, let’s get to the shopping!
And, before I list all the cool things you could buy for YOURSELF (or others, I guess) for the holidays, let me list some handy links. And, all kidding aside, I’m very proud of all of these projects, and I really appreciate the love that I’ve gotten back for them. Thank you, people… you’re all pretty excellent.
BANDETTE VOL 1: PRESTO
BANDETTE VOL 1: STEALERS KEEPERS (preorder)
I WAS THE CAT:
PREPARE TO DIE:
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES:
The above links are to Amazon, but… PLEASE… if you can buy from your local stores, DO SO! And now, here’s a better look at these books n’ graphic novels…
This is the Eisner-award-winning series focused on the adventures of Bandette… the greatest thief in the world! Bandette is illustrated by the Eisner-award-winning and Paul-Tobin-wife-ing cartoonist, Colleen Coover! It features a mix of our favorite things, from vintage heist films, to Tintin, Modesty Blaise, Diabolik, and adventure… adventure… adventure.
Motorcycle / moped chases!
Big-nosed special detectives with colorful language!
Bandette volume 2 is on the way!
Ahh, here’s some of my writing in a whole different direction than Bandette. Colder is a look at insanity, at horror that unsettles you, the story of what went horribly wrong in the early LSD experiments at Sansid Asylum, and the “Hungry World” that it opened. Art for Colder is by the incredibly talented Juan Ferreyra. The above image is to the first issue, but we loved it so much we used it for the trade collection of the first 5 issues, too!
Oh look. The Hungry World. It is look like a nice place, right?
Nimble Jack. He’s not bad… he’s just hungry. Okay… maybe he’s bad, too.
And don’t forget to check the 2nd of the planned 3 arcs, featuring the unsettling Swivel, as pictured in the above image, which you could probably use on a Christmas card!
I WAS THE CAT
This my graphic novel with that talented guitar-playing artistic moppet known as Ben Dewey.
The back cover has a pretty good rundown of what it’s all about, so I cheated and put it here.
A talking cat. Is he good, or evil? Ha ha ha… silly question. Cats are evil.
I still kinda want a talking cat, evil or not.
The I WAS THE CAT graphic novel is a walk through Burma’s past lives, as well as the combined love of history shared by me and illustrator Ben Dewey.
PREPARE TO DIE!
Look! It’s my first novel. It’s the story of what rather unexpectedly happens when a hero’s arch-nemesis yells “Prepare To Die!” I’ve long wanted to delve deeper into the characterization of super-heroes, and this novel allowed me to explore MUCH further. LOTS more novels from me on the way, including a middle readers series starting in early 2016.
Another project with Colleen Coover! Gingerbread Girl is a mystery of whether the lead character, Annah, is insane, or if her father actually DID extract a portion of her brain and make… in mad scientist fashion… a sister. And it’s all told by a series of unreliable narrators, so the mystery deepens!
Unreliable they might be, but I like them.
Here’s black and white art, but the graphic novel has tones, similar to the dog n’ pigeon panel above.
Gingerbread cookie sex!
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES
Man, who doesn’t love Plants vs. Zombies? I’ve had a lot of fun first creating, and then exploring the greater Plants vs. Zombies world.
Art by my pal, Ron Chan!
Don’t forget that I’m writing lots of other things, too. If you’re at the comic stores, pick up such projects at Prometheus, Jungle Jim, Turok, Witcher, Angry Birds, and many others!
Your author, gettin’ into that ol’ holiday spirit.
And I am sorry that I ruin everything.
It’s FINALLY time for Juan Ferreyra and I to continue the story of Declan and Reece, in our Eisner and Bram Stoker nominated horror story… Colder.
We know you’ve just been waiting… and waiting. Us, too!
Juan and I have been working hard behind the scenes, though, deciding how we wanted the next two arcs to play out. The first step was coming up with this fine fellow.
His name is Swivel. He’s swell. Invite him to all your parties. Here’s some art-in-progress of him being swell.
See? Swell. The above sequence turned out really incredibly well. Juan does an AMAZING job of bringing our warped ideas to life. I couldn’t be happier than to work with him.
Our Bram Stoker nomination only talked about me. Ridiculous. I took a marker to it and served justice. Comics are a team sport. Editors Scott Allie and Daniel Chabon have been a huge part of Colder as well, and of course Nate Piekos, our letterer. All one team.
An upcoming page, with Declan, Reece, and foreshadowing.
An, in closing, COLDER VOL TWO, THE BAD SEED, IS OUT THIS WEEK!!! And, why should you read it? Well, for the same reason that Juan and I make the comic…
I won’t be having a table this year… so the only way to say “hello” is seeing me around!
Friday, October 10:
5:30 – 6:00: ONI: (Jeff Parker – Meteor Men / Paul Tobin – I Was the Cat)
6:15 – 7:00: (Panel Room 1A24): Dark Horse and Sega Present: 35 Years of Alien: Dark Horse achieved one of it’s earliest successes with the 1987 publication of Aliens. Now, following the release of the highly anticipated “Fire and Stone,” and Sega’s “Alien: Isolation,” we take a look at what makes the 35 year old film just as terrifying today as when it first hit theaters! Join Paul Tobin (Prometheus), Joshua Williamson (Predator), as well as other creatives behind these two massive releases, and a few surprise guests!
Saturday, October 11:
12:15 – 1:00: (Panel Room 1A05): Celebrating 15 Years of The Goon: Modern Horror, Humor and More! What started as a self-published sensation quickly grew into one of the most exciting books in the marketplace, with multiple Eisner wins, critical accolades, and a movie in development! Now, we get together some of the top writers and artists working in horror comics to pay tribute to the one and only Eric Powell! Join Dark Horse Publicity Director, Jeremy Atkins, along with a cast of creators, for a look at the past, present and future of comics’ most lovable brute and more!
2:00 – 2:50 (Dark Horse): Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover: Bandette / Colder
4:00 – 4:45 (Panel Room 1A10): Powered by Creators: Dark Horse Video Game Comics Level Up! Dark Horse established itself as the premier licensed publisher, by continuing story lines from the big screen to the page in the company’s early years. Now, this tradition is carried on through the most exciting video game tie-ins in the comics medium! Join Dark Horse Publicity Director Jeremy Atkins, along with a cast of the industry’s top writers working on these titles, including Gail Simone (Tomb Raider), Paul Tobin (The Witcher), and former Star Wars writer Brian Wood for an exciting announcement!
5:00 – 5:50 (Dark Horse): Paul Tobin, Josh Williamson, Chris Mooneyham: Fire & Stone Signing
6:00 – 7:00 ONI: (Zac Gorman – Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers / Paul Tobin – I Was the Cat)
Sunday, October 12:
10:30 – 11:30 ONI: (Zac Gorman – Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers / Paul Tobin – I Was the Cat)
12:00 – 12:50 (Dark Horse): Paul Tobin: Plants vs. Zombies
3:00 – 4:00 ONI: (Paul Tobin – I Was the Cat / Jeff Parker – Meteor Men)
It’s time! This week, our big Prometheus, Aliens, Predator, Aliens vs. Predator mega-series BEGINS! Artist Juan Ferreyra and I are humbly pleased to present the launch title for the project that links all these worlds.
We’ve put a LOT of work into these comics, working in tandem with the other writers… Josh “Nailbiter” Williamson on Predator, Chris “Edison Rex” Roberson on Aliens, Christopher “High Crimes” Sebela on Aliens vs. Predator, and our project mastermind, Kelly Sue “Pretty Deadly” DeConnick on our concluding “Omega” issue.
The above image is the regular cover, but… looky… here’s a nice Paul Pope variant cover.
Prometheus, I assure you, is full of… ACTION!
Okay, maybe it’s not quite like the above, but there’s definitely action. And… honestly… I was mostly going for characterization. I feel that’s my strong point, and it’s the horror of the Prometheus / Aliens movies that have always resonated with me… the combined sense of NOT knowing what’s out there, and also being fully AWARE of what’s out there.
Here’s a look at the love that Juan puts into every panel. LOVE HIM BACK by purchasing Prometheus # 1, and maybe a few beers.
Also… I would REALLY appreciate you picking up a copy of Prometheus # 1, because I’ve been waiting for SO long for this to come out, and… when it finally does… I’ll be at the dentist. Damn it.
And don’t forget it’s just the start of a lovingly constructed mega-series, with other books by talented folks, including Dave Palumbo, who did up this little ol’ painting for us!
It’s almost retailer order cut-off date for the second series of Colder, which begins in October. It really helps retailers (and me n’ co-creator Juan Ferreyra) if you let retailers know you need a copy, and that you would rather read Colder than sleep at nights! Thanks! And now, my go-to gif for the pain and sorrow of missing out on the good things in life.