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My Three Favorite Metaphorical Children

Show us your Hype Dance!

As a writer, I begin to hype my favorite projects whenever I take too many or too few of my special pills, and today is one of those days. SOOOOO….

COLDER is available at the goodest of comic stores.

PREPARE TO DIE! is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all fine bookstores.

BANDETTE is available online from the wonderful folks at ComiXology.

And here’s a little peek at each of em….

BANDETTE! This year Colleen and I started the adventures of Bandette, an artful dodger, a thief, a teen girl who fights crime (sort of) with pluck and presto!
BANDETTE! It’s the adventures of Bandette, an artful dodger, a thief, a teen girl who fights crime (sort of) with pluck and presto!
At heart… it’s an adventure comic. There’s not that many adventure comics out there, and I love to read them, so Colleen Coover and I took it upon ourselves to MAKE one.
And then there’s my other type of writing. Well, one of my other types of writing. I love to write horror books as well. Right now, Juan Ferreyra and I are releasing our creator-owned series Colder at Dark Horse Comics. Above is one my all time favorite characters to write, the insane bastard known as Nimble Jack.
Look! Doesn’t the cover of the first issue just put a warm spot in your heart? Group hug, everybody!

Yes. Let. Us. Hug. It. Out.

And… OH LOOK! Paul does prose real goodly too! I’m super proud of this novel, and it’s been receiving rave reviews across the board (Publisher’s Weekly, Barnes & Noble, etc, etc) and I’m certainly going to be doing more novels. Some day a meteor will hit you. You know that, right? Do you want your last thought on Earth to be, “Oh shit! METEOR!” Me either. That has nothing to do with this book. It really IS a good book, though.

Here’s them links again!

COLDER is available at the goodest of comic stores.

PREPARE TO DIE! is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all fine bookstores.

BANDETTE is available online from the wonderful folks at ComiXology.

Average readers of my writing. JOIN THEM.

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Cartoonists Model Socks

I know that it’s terribly cliche for cartoonists to model socks, but here’s yet another batch of cartoonists modeling them, including me. The photos come from SOCK DREAMS (the company that makes half of my studio shiver with near orgasmic glee) after they stopped by Periscope Studio (aka: Studio That Paul Belongs To) and we did us some modeling. I can only say I’m sorry for spreading SO MUCH SEXY on your computer screens.

That's my bald head in the 2nd panel. And the dog is Sally, who is our unofficial mascot, and who ghost-writes about half my comics.

That ol' Periscope gang of mine. Look how well we model socks! I'm right there in the middle of it, rocking the "lights shining off my head" look. I wish you could see how awesome the socks I'm modeling are. Also, hey "Why Aren't There More Women In Comics?" people... note the look of Periscope Studios, please. There are a LOT of women in comics. There just aren't a lot of women doing comics of the type that women don't generally care about. It's like saying, "Why aren't there more women in competitive ball-scratching?"

This scares me. Probably going to use this as an author photo for my horror titles.

 

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Blackhawk Speaks Truth

Huh, indeed, Blackhawk. Huh, indeed.

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A Lesson On The Creative Process

It just really needs to be kept in mind.

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Seattle Signing! January 30th!

To all those in the Seattle area, or willing to fly in, or send their robot doubles, I’ll be doing a reading at the University Book Store at 7:00 on January 30th! My pal Mark Teppo will also be reading, so it’s a double shot of words that will amaze and surprise, and perhaps I’ll open my world famous kissing booth, despite local law enforcement and certain legal restrictions. (This is pure hype: I will not be opening the kissing booth. Sorry.)

HERE BE SIGNING INFORMATION!

I'll be reading from my 1st novel, which I wrote when I was irritated at the lack of character development in superhero comics, so I went n' solved that shit.

Mark will be reading from Earth Thirst, his newest novel. Him words be good!

Mark (right) and myself at an earlier reading.

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NEW BANDETTE: FREE! Urchin Stories # 2

BIG NEWS! BIG NEWS!

We’re continuing our fun exploration of some of the secondary characters in Bandette, as part of my personal belief that there’s no such thing as secondary characters, only untold stories. This time the focus is on the hardest working and most-secondhand-smoke-breathing police officer in the story, Heloise!

Helping with the art this time is my friend, the lovely and talented Tina Kim. Thanks for art-ing, Tina!

Tina’s website is… HERE.

Okay… the FREE STRIP can be found RIGHT HERE!. You can click RIGHT HERE and GET A FREE TWO PAGE COMIC. There is also a link for the first of the free strips, and of course you can purchase episodes of Bandette for a mere 99 cents right here! I will humbly say that it is the greatest thing of all great things.

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Bandette Cosplay

I can’t even express how tickled I am that artist Reetta Linjama (her spiffy website, HERE) dressed up as Bandette. It makes all the fun of creating Bandette comics even more funner!

Quite perfect!

Even the whimsical smile is in place!

 

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I’ve Never Wanted Scissors So Much

I've never known how barren my life was until I saw this 1970's advertisement for "Fabulous TV Detective Scissors." Who WOULDN'T want a pair of Columbo scissors? And Harry O? Sure! Kojak, Quincy, Rockford, Banacek and McCloud! I want the whole damn series. Sadly... I've been unable to find proof that these scissors ever actually existed, in which case Kafka was right and I can feel the abyss staring back at me.

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Abandoned Insanity: It’s even Colder

I did a bushel of research into insane asylums when I was writing Colder, and some of the images have lived with me, and haunted me, and so I thought I’d share, largely because I’m afraid the rest of you are getting a good night’s rest. Well… enough of that.

The images below are all taken from this book, which is a delightful morning read. I suggest orange juice, a bowl of Lucky Charms, a slice of toast with a marmalade spread, and all the gibbering insanity that comes from intaking the horror of these lost lives.

The Buffalo State Hospital served as one of the visual catalysts for the fictional Sansid Asylum in Colder. Why did we choose this one? Because... HOLY FUCK LOOK AT IT. You can't help but picture Sauron's eye on this thing.

Not even kidding when I say the angles / architecture / paint job of this hallway makes my head go a little crazy. It just feels... wrong. This is what it's like when H.P. Lovecraft talks about angles being wrong.

In case you were wondering what a tree would look like if it was nourished on the flesh of blood of the insane, here you are!

This is one of those "gets worse and worse the more you think about it" images.

I've never seen a casket like this one before and I never want to again. It makes my soul ache.

This one doesn't get me... UNTIL I picture people watching me from those windows. Then I don't like it.

This seems like a good time to mention that the first three issues of Colder, by myself and Juan Ferreyra, are already out, and you want them, right?

Right?

RIGHT?

Okay then... back to the horror. Here's a tub. Feel the isolation. Let it drift you away.

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust collected in copper cans and arranged in endless rows on shelves, left unclaimed.

Seriously, did Walmart have like... a REALLY GOOD DEAL on razor-wire that day?

You want sadness and melancholy horror? Here it is! Picture these suitcases being packed for the trip to the insane asylum. Suitcases that would never be used again.

Welcome. Here are your new friends. Enjoy your stay.

And the door closes behind.

 

 

 

 

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Treat Yourself (and others)

Don’t forget that Paul Tobin written projects are solely responsible for 23% of all the world’s pleasures, not including “that thing she does with her eyes,” cat videos, or Benedict Cumberbatch, BUT… there IS…

COLDER is available at the goodest of comic stores.

PREPARE TO DIE! is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all fine bookstores.

BANDETTE is available online from the wonderful folks at ComiXology.

And here’s what I’m talking about….

BANDETTE! This year Colleen and I started the adventures of Bandette, an artful dodger, a thief, a teen girl who fights crime (sort of) with pluck and presto!

BANDETTE! This year Colleen and I started the adventures of Bandette, an artful dodger, a thief, a teen girl who fights crime (sort of) with pluck and presto!

An example page. Colleen and I have SO much fun creating Bandette's adventures, the type of good fun adventure comics that "big company" marketing have squeezed away. Which, I think, is why SO many people enjoy it when they find it. Well, here it is!

YAY! Bandette!

On the OTHER side of the spectrum, Juan Ferreyra and I are doing a wonderfully unsettling horror comic. Here's Nimble Jack, one of the main characters, and a doggie.

The cover art for the 1st issue of COLDER. Ask for it by screaming!

OMFG! Colder!

And... this year, I expanded into the world of prose, with the extremely well-received Prepare To Die! More novels on the way, folks! Don't forget to know me before I'm famous, or have succumbed to an alcoholic depression.

Hell yeah! Paul writes prose! PREPARE TO DIE!

In case you missed it up top, here’s more ways to enjoy the holidays. Remember, my writings are CLINICALLY PROVEN (*) to be MORE EFFECTIVE at luring members of the opposite sex (**) into your bedroom than ANYTHING ELSE EVER.

COLDER is available at the goodest of comic stores.

PREPARE TO DIE! is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all fine bookstores.

BANDETTE is available online from the wonderful folks at ComiXology.

(*) This claim is patently false. Probably. But dare you take the chance?

(**) Or the same sex, if you’re into that, in which case super go for it!

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