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Friday the 13th? I got a whole book about that!

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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!

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Bandette #11 is out… TODAY!!!


People everywhere are talking about the latest release of… BANDETTE!


Daniel has been kidnapped!

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Bandette is MAD.

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Bandette # 11 is available NOW on ComiXology! Fight for your right to read!



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My San Diego Comic Con schedule

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

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5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. BANDETTE, COLDER: (signing at Dark Horse booth: 2615): with me n’ Colleen Coover

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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)

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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.






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GENIUS FACTOR book covers: revealed!

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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.

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Bandette & I Was The Cat both nominated for Eisner Awards!

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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.

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And, in addition, I’m super pleased that another of my projects received an Eisner nomination!

I Was The Cat

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!



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And then there were two… volumes of Bandette!

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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.

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And of course there’s action o’ plenty!

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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!

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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?

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Oh no! Is this the end of Bandette?

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Oh Heloise, what have you done?

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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!


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My Appearances at the Emerald City Comic Convention

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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!


6-6:50 p.m. Prometheus Signing at the Dark Horse table(with other Fire & Stone team creators, pending availability)


2-2:50 p.m. Signing for Colder  & Bandette at the Dark Horse table


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!

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Bandette # 9 is out on Wednesday! Let the thrill commence!

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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!

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Join the legions of erudite fans!

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Oh, look… a preview image. Man… that Colleen Coover sure can draw. What else is in this installment? Well, how about…

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Villains! And…

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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.)

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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 …

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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.

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And his elves!

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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.








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…


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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… adventureadventure.

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Motorcycle / moped chases!

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Big-nosed special detectives with colorful language!

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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!

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Oh look. The Hungry World. It is look like a nice place, right?

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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!


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This my graphic novel with that talented guitar-playing artistic moppet known as Ben Dewey.

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The back cover has a pretty good rundown of what it’s all about, so I cheated and put it here.

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A talking cat. Is he good, or evil? Ha ha ha… silly question. Cats are evil.

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I still kinda want a talking cat, evil or not.

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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.



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!

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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.

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Gingerbread cookie sex!


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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.

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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!

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Your author, gettin’ into that ol’ holiday spirit.

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Merry Christmas!


And I am sorry that I ruin everything.

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Colder vol. 2: The Bad Seed! This week!


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.

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His name is Swivel. He’s swell. Invite him to all your parties. Here’s some art-in-progress of him being swell.

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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.

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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…




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