Just Super 1 – The Gentleman No More

Just Super is a series of vignettes about super-people reimagined as yet another wave of gentrification in the big city, co-created by me and artist ZEES. This first episode was self-published by me in my anthology series Americans UK: Rocktronic Mixtape 1Just-Super_01_6_20_2011-1Just-Super_01_6_20_2011-2Just-Super_01_6_20_2011-3Just-Super_01_6_20_2011-4Just-Super_01_6_20_2011-5Just-Super_01_6_20_2011-6Just-Super_01_6_20_2011-7

After the villains, come the artists. After the artists, come the bars. Then the coffee shops and boutique stores. Once the boutique stores arrive, here come the heroes! Capes and cowls are just another wave of gentrification here in Zap City, jewel of the Meta East Coast. Think you’ve got problems? My landlord was bitten by something radioactive on the subway, and has since gained the proportional strength and stench of a rat! Just super.

[“Classy Lass” pin-up by Scott Forbes + “The Gentleman” pin-up by Terry Taylor]

Just Super 2 – Bibbin’s Bodega

Just Super is a series of vignettes about super-people reimagined as yet another wave of gentrification in the big city, co-created by me and artist ZEES. This second episode was originally published on the now defunct Trip City, an online arts magazine.Just-Super_2_02-1Just-Super_2_02-2Just-Super_2_02-3

After the villains, come the artists. After the artists, come the bars. Then the coffee shops and boutique stores. Once the boutique stores arrive, here come the heroes! Capes and cowls are just another wave of gentrification here in Zap City, jewel of the Meta East Coast. Think you’ve got problems? My landlord was bitten by something radioactive on the subway, and has since gained the proportional strength and stench of a rat! Just super.

 

Just Super 3 – The Tragic Air of Miss Chiff

Just Super is a series of vignettes about super-people reimagined as yet another wave of gentrification in the big city, co-created by me and artist ZEES. This third episode was illustrated by James O. Smith, a bit darker than the rest, and originally published on the now defunct Trip City, an online arts magazine. (Note: I had to cut up James’ amazing two-page spread so that it’s legible within the format of this blog; I have posted the original layout at the end of this entry).

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After the villains, come the artists. After the artists, come the bars. Then the coffee shops and boutique stores. Once the boutique stores arrive, here come the heroes! Capes and cowls are just another wave of gentrification here in Zap City, jewel of the Meta East Coast. Think you’ve got problems? My landlord was bitten by something radioactive on the subway, and has since gained the proportional strength and stench of a rat! Just super.

 

[Character Designs by ZEES]

 

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[Original 2-page spread by James O. Smith.]

 

Just Super 4 – How the Gentleman Gets His Mask Back

Just Super is a series of vignettes about super-people reimagined as yet another wave of gentrification in the big city, co-created by me and artist ZEES. This fourth episode was illustrated by Ben Rosen, and originally published on the now defunct Trip City, an online arts magazine.

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After the villains, come the artists. After the artists, come the bars. Then the coffee shops and boutique stores. Once the boutique stores arrive, here come the heroes! Capes and cowls are just another wave of gentrification here in Zap City, jewel of the Meta East Coast. Think you’ve got problems? My landlord was bitten by something radioactive on the subway, and has since gained the proportional strength and stench of a rat! Just super.

 

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[“Le Girl” character design by ZEES.]

Love Is Love

I am very proud to have written a story for the Eisner-award-winning Love Is Love anthology, which debuted at Number 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List, illustrated by Sean Von Gorman, with color art by Paul Mounts. Our story, “Love Rock Love,” features Rainbow Boy, and takes place at Rockbar, a very real New York City venue located in Manhattan’s West Village.

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All proceeds for this book go to the victims, survivors and families of those killed in Orlando this past June. The book was released on 12/28/16, and you can grab it at your local comic shop, directly from from IDW or Amazon. Also, there is a digital version with exclusive content available via ComiXology.

Per CBR, creators include Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming, Gail Simone, Scott Snyder, Tom King, Cecil Castellucci, Mirka Adolfo, Paul Dini, Mark Millar, Cat Staggs, Amanda Diebert, Brad Meltzer, Sina Grace, Ed Luce, Jason Aaron, Jason Latour, Kieron Gillen, Olivier Coipel, Phil Jimenez, Patton Oswalt and Damon Lindelof, plus an introduction from “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins; with Marc Andreyko, the project’s organizer, writing a story and the afterword.

DC Comics has since released the full creator list which includes creators like J. K. Rowling, Jim Lee, Grant Morrison, George Perez, Taran Killam and so many more!

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“Love Rock Love” preview

Finally, here is a description of the book from IDW’s website:

The comic industry comes together in honor of those killed in Orlando. Co-published by two of the premiere publishers in comics—DC and IDW, this oversize comic contains moving and heartfelt material from some of the greatest talent in comics, mourning the victims, supporting the survivors, celebrating the LGBTQ community, and examining love in today’s world. All material has been kindly donated by the writers, artists, and editors with all proceeds going to victims, survivors, and their families. Be a part of an historic comics event! It doesn’t matter who you love. All that matters is you love.

Blood + Brains

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BLOOD + BRAINS by Jeffrey Burandt and Dean Haspiel was first published in December of 2012 in Image Comics’ Creator Owned Heroes #7, which you can buy now, digitally, on Comixology by clicking HERE.

Pitched as a full-length graphic novel, Blood + Brains takes the “vampires vs. zombies” premise, and pushes it to a whole new, adrenaline-infused level, where the ubiquitous zombie horde is but the first wave of monsters our protagonists must survive as they head out on a death-race, cattle-drive against werewolf motorcycle gangs, chupacabra long-haul truckers, and creepy, cancerous mutants. Penny Dreadful meets Mad Max.

Bleeding Cool says, “Smart storytelling can bring new life into any convention, walking dead included. And that is what “Blood + Brains” delivers, smart storytelling and new life […] into a trope that constantly seems to be on it’s last, undead legs.”

The Comics Beat says, “[D]eliver[s] something readers have simply never seen before, imploding any expectation of the familiar. [….] “Blood and Brains” retools zombie narrative by removing excess accretion and celebrating its potential in creator-owned style.”

Unleash the Fanboy says, “[Y]ou can’t help but love it.”

Adventures In Tasteful Living

My first published comics work was a special promotion for Amstel Light that ran serially in Details Magazine for 3 months in 2006, drawn by Terry Taylor, and developed by then Promotion Director Kristin Joker. Interesting note: the pitch that got me the job became Just Super 1, but Amstel or Details or both didn’t want to go with supes.

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SH3: Human Hunter

I see a similarly named (and great looking) book running a successful Kickstarter, so I thought I’d share this short story I published in 2012 that spun out of the planned ending for the Americans UK comic book series (that we never finished–one day, perhaps). SH3 tells the story of a super-android lady who is responsible for the near extinction of humans, and is trying to round up and save the remaining survivors, in an attempt to redeem herself. It was imagined as sort of a reverse Magnus, Robot Fighter. Written by Jeffrey Burandt, illustrated and colored by Paul Ciaravino, logo designed and lettered by Jeff Powell, “SH3: Human Hunter,” was first published on the now-defunct, online magazine, Trip City on August 1, 2012.

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SH3 is an android who navigates a hellish dystopia of her own making, attempting to rebuild a world that she helped destroy, and save humanity from the brink of extinction.

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