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Stan the Man: two photos

I really love these two images of Stan Lee. They have such history to them, with all the books he / Marvel was publishing at the time. You can see in the first image that “Marvel” as we know it hadn’t sprung from the fertile minds of Jack and Stan, yet. And then in the second image it’s full swing. Also… clear and indisputable evidence that publishing great comics grows your hair back!

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Prepare To Die!… out in trade edition!

So, for those of you who were waiting for the trade / softcover edition of my superbly-and-gratifyingly acclaimed Prepare To Die! novel, it is time. Read it in bed. Read it on the beach. Read it at the park. On the toilet. On the train. On the train toilet. Read it at cafes and ignore the cute barista trying to get your attention because you’re far too into the book. Just… read it. Thank you.

You can get the book… here at Amazon.

Or here at Barnes & Noble.

Or at any proper bookstore, and many other places you might find. Let me know where you grab copies from. That sort of thing interests me.

The Stork dropped off a big box of these babies at my apartment. And I'm going to sell them. I guess I'm a horrible person. But a good author!

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and then… ANOTHER free Bandette story: With Erika Moen!

It’s time for a decidedly different style of Urchin Story, the short (2 or 3 page) stories that focus on side characters from the Eisner-winning Bandette universe. This time, it’s the newest and youngest urchin of them all… Belda, introduced in the 5th installment of Bandette! And, this installment is illustrated by the splendid Erika Moen! Erika is currently working on a fun-loving online guide to sex toys, called Oh Joy, Sex Toy!… so I thank her VERY MUCH for taking the time to add to the Bandette universe. We’ve had this comic ready to go for a few months, but had to wait until Belda actually premiered in the comic. SO happy to have it finally out in the world.

HERE’S THE LINK TO THE STORY!

See? I told you it was a decidedly different Bandette story.

AND… if you haven’t read the other free Urchin Stories… all of them written by me and illustrated by pals… they’re right here!

Let’s begin with… the free Matadori story by Mitch Gerads

Here’s… the free Monsieur story by Alberto Alburquerque

And… the free Monsieur story by Rich Ellis

Plus… the free Pimento story by Jennifer Meyer

Also… the free B.D. Belgique story illustrated by Steve Lieber

And then… the free story on Manon, Adalind and Kiyomi (the 3 Ballerinas) by Jonathan Case

Don’t forget… the free Heloise story by Tina Kim

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BANDETTE # 5 is HERE! Plus… bonus new FREE story

So, it’s time for BANDETTE # 5, with the intro of a rather horrible new villain, and the final (?) fate of Matadori, and Bandette’s lesson on folly! But that’s not the only new Bandette today! Artist Mitch Gerads and I have teamed up on a brand new, FREE story about Matadori, everyone’s favorite teenage sword-wielding assassin. That’s right… TWO new Bandette stories!

TWO new Bandette stories? How will you choose?

YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHOOSE! You can get both!

CLICK HERE FOR BANDETTE ON COMIXOLOGY.

AND THE NEW FREE STORY IS HERE!

AND… if you haven’t read the other free Urchin Stories, they’re right here!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE MONSIEUR STORY by Alberto Alburquerque

And… the free Monsieur story by Rich Ellis

And… the free Pimento story by Jennifer Meyer

And… the free B.D. Belgique story illustrated by Steve Lieber

And… the free story on Manon, Adalind and Kiyomi (the 3 Ballerinas) by Jonathan Case

And… the free Heloise story by Tina Kim

 

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New FREE Bandette “Urchin Story” by Rich Ellis

YES! It’s once again time for a brand new FREE Bandette story! Why do we keep putting out FREE Bandette stories? One simple reason. Colleen Coover and I want everyone on Earth to have the same joy of life that Johnny Cash had whenever he was eating cake.

Just LOOK at that guy.

This time, I’ve teamed up with artist Rich Ellis, who you might remember as the artist for Memorial over at IDW, or you might remember him for the years he spent as Jet Jaguar, protecting Japan from giant monsters.

Artist Rich Ellis

If you’re unfamiliar with the Urchin Stories, it’s where I team up up with artist friends to delve into the stories of some of the characters in BANDETTE who deserve a bit more screen time. This time, Rich and I have teamed up for a brand new three page Monsieur story, which you can read by clicking RIGHT HERE.

Le Preview

Or, you know, I suppose you could read it by clicking this whole line. This one too.

 

Le preview, part deux.

AND… if you haven’t read the other free Urchin Stories, they’re right here!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE MONSIEUR STORY by Alberto Alburquerque

And… the free Pimento story by Jennifer Meyer

And… the free B.D. Belgique story illustrated by Steve Lieber

And… the free story on Manon, Adalind and Kiyomi (the 3 Ballerinas) by Jonathan Case

And… the free Heloise story by Tina Kim

 

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BANDETTE collection at… Dark Horse

Have you been sitting around waiting for a print edition of Bandette? A lot of people have, myself included. So I decided to do something about it! Colleen Coover and I are pleased to announce that we will be partnering with Dark Horse Comics for a Bandette hardcover, to be released on November 6th. And it’s going to be chock full of extra cool things, including detailed instructions on how to steal priceless masterpieces from the hands of known criminals. Okay, maybe not that last bit, but it WILL have lots of nice things that will be appreciated, and people will certainly discuss them favorably.

Average everyday citizens discussing Bandette.

Here’s a tidy little article with more news about the collection, thanks to the good folks at Comics Alliance.

We want to make it clear that Bandette will still be released the same way as always, with Colleen and I partnering with Monkeybrain (who are a dream publisher) and releasing through ComiXology (who kick ass)… it’s just that every now and then we’ll collect the digitally published material into a spiffy book that everyone can leave on their coffee tables so that guests will quickly understand that we are intelligent, capricious, sexy, and perhaps a little dangerous.

And, THANKS SO MUCH to everyone for the fantastic reception on Bandette. Colleen and I MUCH appreciate it. And if you haven’t already been reading Bandette, come on over to ComiXology and JUMP IN!

 

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Japanese Monsters n’ Rorschach Tests

I had to do research on Rorschach tests for a video game project I’m working on, and I came across the following image.

So… my question to you… is it just the way my mind works, or do every single one of these inkblots look like monsters from Japanese television?

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BANDETTE # 4… Presto!

Yes, that’s right, Bandette # 4 is up and ready for your reading pleasure! What waits within? Will there be a fight?

Looks that way! Could there also be… a mysterious woman?

Yep. And graveyards and thievery and big-nosed special police officers and LOTS of other wonderful things await in the fourth episode of Bandette, available by clicking HERE! And… if you’ve been undecided about reading Bandette, keep in mind that it’s now been nominated for FOUR Eisner awards. That’s right, it’s no longer just me with a whiskey bottle and a bullhorn, standing half-dressed on the roof of a car dealership bellowing about how wonderful Bandette is… it’s now Eisner-certified!

Best New SeriesBandette, by Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)

Best Penciller/InkerColleen Coover, Bandette (Monkeybrain)

Best ColoringColleen Coover, Bandette (Monkeybrain)

Best Digital ComicBandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)

OH! Bandette #4 is here!

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Bandette and the Eisner Awards

Colleen and I are super happy to announce that Bandette has been nominated for FOUR Eisner awards. Very humbled today, folks. 

Here are the nominations…

Best New SeriesBandette, by Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)

Best Penciller/InkerColleen Coover, Bandette (Monkeybrain)

Best ColoringColleen Coover, Bandette (Monkeybrain)

Best Digital ComicBandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)

And here is how it makes us feel.

 

 

 

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Fuck yeah, Godzilla

Here’s my new favorite drawing of Godzilla.

Art is by Mike DiPetrillo, aka Mikeatron. He paints fun stuff.

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