WHAT I’VE BEEN/WILL BE UP TO:

Since my tumblr also doubles as my website/blog, I figured I’d give everyone an update on what I’ve been up to.  Because I haven’t had a book out in a while, and my convention presence has been pretty light since New York Comic-Con, I sometimes feel like I’ve been off the radar.  But in fact, it’s been one of the busiest years of my life.

1) UNTHINKABLE:

This is probably what I get asked the most about.  In the fall, FOX commissioned a pilot for my Boom! Studios comic from writer Ben Queen and producer Howard Gordon (24, Homeland).  I can’t say much, but: a) it’s very much alive at Fox b) I’ve gotten to read the pilot and I thought Ben did some very cool things that I quite frankly wish I’d thought of and c) Ben & Howard’s production company have been gracious to include me in the process.  I’ll update as soon as there is news I’m allowed to share.

2) DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON

Last year, salgood sam and I had a successful Kickstarter for what has been one of my dream projects, DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON.  It’s essentially a prequel to Dracula, the story of how the historical Vlad the Impaler became the vampire in Bram Stoker’s novel.  The first 15 page chapter of the first volume (of a projected 3-4 graphic novels) is out now in Salgood’s quarterly REVOLVER anthology, pictured above.  Digital copies were sent to backers, but you can order the copies directly from Salgood or pick one up from a convention where one or both of us are at (more on that in a sec).

Salgood is drawing the next 15 pages as I write this, and the good news is that what we planned as a 60 page graphic novel will now be closer to 70 pages as Salgood and I continue to expand the story.  The not so great news is that we are behind schedule.  But the full graphic novel should be out by the end of the year, and in the meantime we’ve fulflilled a ton of the rewards, such as the great print by Nathan Fox.  If you’re waiting on a reward, feel free to contact me and I’ll get it to you ASAP.

3) TEACHING AT THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS

Starting in the Fall of 2013, I began designing and teaching two courses for SVA’s (The School of Visual Arts) brand new Master of Fine Arts in Visual Narrative program.  Creative Script, an overview of writing for all visual mediums, and along with jimrugg Digital Short story, where are students wrote and illustrated/photographed/filmed 12 page digital short stories.

Our students work culminated in an exhibition which is running at SVA’s Flatiron Gallery in NYC from May 27 - June 14th at 133/141 West 21st Street.

You can also read my students stories online for free here:

Teaching was an incredible experience, especially the opportunity to design my own curriculum for a program that combines art and writing and gets to nurture new talent, especially new comics talent.  But it was also much more time consuming than I anticipated, forcing me to push back some of creative work which I’m now catching up on.

4) SCREENPLAY I CAN’T TALK ABOUT YET

Last year I was hired by two producers to adapt one of my recent creator-owned books into a feature screenplay.  Since there hasn’t been an official announcement I can’t say which book it is, but it’s one I’m extremely proud of.  At this moment that’s where I’m putting the majority of my creative energy.

5) VIRAL 

An original pilot I’m also writing because of the demand for TV work from me that the UNTHINKABLE has created.  Again, can’t say much more about it other than it’s like a very dark take on Quantum Leap.

6) WAR TOYS

I haven’t forgotten about comics!  I’ve mentioned WAR TOYS before, it was approved by Image Comics close to two years ago.  It’s a techno-thriller that’s not too far in tone from UNTHINKABLE and GRAVEYARD, about vigilantes using drones to fight crime in the inner city.  It’s co-created by Jonathan Betuel, writer of THE LAST STARFIGHTER.  Unfortunately, we lost our original artist, so the gestation period has been longer than I’d like.  But it appears we’ve found a new artist who I can’t wait to announce (but I kind of have to).

7) CONVENTIONS: 

I have two conventions scheduled so far.  NEW YORK COMIC-CON SPECIAL EDITION, where I’ll be appearing for the first time ever with Salgood Sam June 14th and 15th 2014, and SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON July 24th-27th.  I don’t know if or when I’ll be signing at SDCC.  I’m also hoping to be at NYCC in October.  I’ll post more when I get those plans finalized.

In addition to all of the above, I’m constantly working on new projects in multiple mediums.  As much as I love TV and film, I’m really itching to get back to creator-owned comics, which is what made me fall in love with writing in the first place.

If you’re a fan - and particular a Kickstarter backer - I can’t thank you enough for your patience and support.  While I feel overwhelmed with work at times (it’s taken me two weeks just to write this blog entry), I’m incredibly fortunate to have all the opportunities I’ve listed above, and I wouldn’t have them if it weren’t for you.

@salgoodsam’s Revolver quarterly, containing the first installment of out DRACULA: SON OF DRAGON story. Kickstarter backers already got a digital edition, print editions are available from Salgood Sam.
I cannot say how thrilled I am with how this turned out, kudos to Salgood. Also thanks to Jeremy Haun, Kevin Mellon and Richard Pace whose beautiful pinups (a word that doesn’t really do them justice) appear.Salgood and I are already at work on the next installment, stay tuned…

@salgoodsam’s Revolver quarterly, containing the first installment of out DRACULA: SON OF DRAGON story. Kickstarter backers already got a digital edition, print editions are available from Salgood Sam.


I cannot say how thrilled I am with how this turned out, kudos to Salgood. Also thanks to Jeremy HaunKevin Mellon and Richard Pace whose beautiful pinups (a word that doesn’t really do them justice) appear.

Salgood and I are already at work on the next installment, stay tuned…

DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON prints by @nathanfoxy, one of the perks for my Kickstarter withSalgood Sam.  Together they form a diptych depicting the vampiric excesses a young Vlad the Impaler experiences in the Sultan’s court.  

For those of you who don’t know, DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON is the the epic comic book story of how the historical Vlad Tepes became the vampire in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  

Looks like the first chapter of DRACULA will be out in Salgood’s REVOLVER quarterly in the next couple weeks.  Details on that soon.  Big thanks to Nathan - for whom I’m teaching classes with Jim Rugg for SVA’s Visual Narrative MFA program.  Oh, and Salgood is selling some of his art, which you can buy here.

DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON:

Some of artist Salgood Sam’s process constructing a Medieval Tournament for our book DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON. IN this scene, Dracula’s father Dracul battles his nemesis John Hunyadi for the favor of the Holy Roman Emperor - head of the mysterious Order of The Dragon.

I couldn’t be happier with how the book is coming out, and there’s more where this came from - check out our Facebook Page (and give us a “like” while you’re there, if you’re so inclined). And of course, if you’re a Kickstarter backer you are seeing this and more way before everyone else.

This Wednesday, May 29th I’m the guest at @GAppleComics monthly “SAUCED” Wine Mixer. 
This event is a huge THANK YOU to all of you who supported the DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON KICKSTARTER, and I’ll also be celebrating the release of the GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES TPB.
Regardless of whether you backed the book or not, or you’d like a signed GRAVEYARD TPB I hope you can make it.  Golden Apple is a great store, and SAUCED is a great industry mixer.  And oh yeah…there will be FREE WINE.
I’ll be there from 6-9 PM, and Golden Apple is 7018 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles CA, 90038.
Really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible there.

This Wednesday, May 29th I’m the guest at @GAppleComics monthly “SAUCED” Wine Mixer. 

This event is a huge THANK YOU to all of you who supported the DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON KICKSTARTER, and I’ll also be celebrating the release of the GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES TPB.

Regardless of whether you backed the book or not, or you’d like a signed GRAVEYARD TPB I hope you can make it.  Golden Apple is a great store, and SAUCED is a great industry mixer.  And oh yeah…there will be FREE WINE.

I’ll be there from 6-9 PM, and Golden Apple is 7018 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles CA, 90038.

Really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible there.