In about 6 hours, Johnnie Christmas and I will be on a plane, headed to Toronto for Fan Expo Canada. Super excited to get back to Toronto (although considerably less excited to get up at 4:30am to leave). We’ll be at table P116 selling all sorts of goodies: we’ll have SHELTERED #1 and #2, including several of the SHELTERED #1 variants. I’ll have MURDER BOOK Vols. 1-3, COMEBACK and some other stuff I’ve worked on. Johnnie will have some SHELTERED prints and will be taking commissions. AND, I TOO will have some prints. For the first time ever, I’ve illustrated two prints, one of Lucas and the other of Victoria. Both are limited to 25 each and will never be reprinted. Check ‘em out at the bottom of this post.
I’ll also be on a panel on Thursday evening.
THURSDAY 6:45pm ROOM 715
WRITERS UNITE! PITCHING YOUR CREATOR-OWNED COMICS
Creator-owned comics have grabbed the imagination of the comic-reading community all over again and publishers are looking for fresh ideas from a new generation of talent. Listen closely as creators Ed Brisson (Sheltered), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), and moderator Jim Zub (Skullkickers) discuss pitching their comic series to publishers and offer advice on how to climb to the top of the treacherous submission mountain along with comic writing techniques and amusing anecdotes.
Anyhow, hope to see you folks in Toronto! More signing and con news coming soon!
And now, the prints!
It’s just about that time.
On July 10th, get your butt to your local comic shop and pick up SHELTERED — the new Image series by myself and Johnnie Christmas. Really excited to get this into people’s hands!
What’s it about, you ask? Well, let’s go to the solicit info to answer your question:
“A PRE-APOCALYPTIC TALE OF SURVIVAL AT ANY COST.The men and women of Safe Haven have been preparing for any-and-all end of world scenarios for years. However, their bunkers, weapons and training can’t save them from the one threat they never could have expected: Their own children.”
To celebrate the release, Johnnie and I have a bunch of things lined up!
JULY 10: RELEASE PARTY & SIGNING IN LAS VEGAS AT MAXIMUM COMICS 3.0
Johnnie and I will be in Las Vegas at MaximuM Comics 3.0 from 4pm until 7pm to launch SHELTERED and to do a store signing. And this isn’t just your usual store signing either! MaximuM Comics has their very own store variant!
From the MaximuM Comics events page:
“Image Comics and MaximuM Comics team up for the release of the Next BIG Image Comic—’SHELTERED’! Join writer Ed Brisson and artist Johnnie Christmas at MaximuM Comics store 3.0 on Wednesday, July 10th for a big, bad party/sale/raffle event like only MaximuM Comics can do! And YES there will be an exclusive MaximuM Comics-ONLY variant cover available that day! SWEET!”
After that, we’re back home for a few days before hitting the road for San Diego.
JULY 17: SAN DIEGO SIGNING AND YESTERYEAR VARIANT
On Wednesday, July 17th — before the doors at SDCC open — we’ll be signing copies of SHELTERED at Yesteryear Comics. And, wouldn’t you know it, they ALSO have a variant cover that is only available at their shop. Their first ever store variant, for which we feel honored.
From their events page:
“Both writer and artist of the new Image title SHELTERED will be at Yesteryear Comics July 17th signing the first issue. Johnnie has been kind enough to draw the first Yesteryear exclusive variant ever, for this signing. Both have also taken the time the morning of Preview night to come by the store and make sure that the people that can not obtain tickets to SDCC do not feel left out of the convention experience, so come by and say hello to the two classiest creators in comics and pick up a copy of SHELTERED #1.”
For more details on the event, check out the Yesteryear Comics events page.
SAN DIEGO COMIC CON!
From there, Johnnie and I will be headed to San Diego Comic Con, where we’ll have four signings at the Image Booth:
- Thursday, July 18th at 12pm-2pm
- Friday, July 19th at 12pm-2pm
- Saturday, July 20th at 4pm-5pm
- Sunday, July 21st at 12pm-2pm
LAST BUT FAR FROM LEAST!
As you can see, the cover is an homage to The Walking Dead #19 and was a lot of fun to put together. Well, a lot of fun in that I got to sit back while Johnnie drew it and Shari coloured it.
Larry has been amazing at pushing our book online! The dude is a machine.
Thanks in advance to everyone who picks up the book. We appreciate the support.
Be sure to follow the entire creative team on twitter to get SHELTERED news and sneak peeks.
Ed Brisson: @edbrisson
Johnnie Christmas: @j_xmas
Shari Chankhamma (our amazing colourist): @sharihes
Paul Allor (our intrepid editor): @PaulAllor
Ryan K Lindsay (our doom and gloom essayist): @ryanklindsay
Alright folks. I’m going to be at the Vancouver Fan Expo this weekend, camped out at table P4. I’ll have Murder Book, Comeback, Acts of Violence and issues of Near Death featuring Murder Book back up stories. I’ll also have a VERY LIMITED number of Peter Panzerfaust #10 Convention Sketch Special Editions with cover sketches by me – these will be $25 ea. Did I mention that I’d only have a VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF THESE? Haven’t you always wanted a cover sketch from the letterer of a book? I know you have! I KNOW YOU HAVE! (Here’s what they look like, if you’re curious)
Anyway, swing by, say hi and buy some stuff.
Here’s a sort of map of where I’ll be at:
CBR has posted a listing of Image’s releases for July 2013! Which means I can start talking a little more publicly about the next series I’m writing.
First, check the cover:
Pretty slick, eh?
And here’s what it’s all about:
SHELTERED tells the story of a survivalist society gone wrong. A remote place called Safe Haven where necessity trumps morality. Where preparing for the worst can bring out the worst in others. No one knows this better than 17-year-old Lucas, who stages a rebellion against the adults of Safe Haven only to see his own leadership turn brutal in the aftermath. Or Victoria, the young outsider who watched Lucas’s violent coup unfold and now finds herself hunted by his loyal friends. For Lucas, survival will require an iron grip, no matter the cost. For Victoria, the only survival is an escape from Safe Haven through the winter wilderness of the American Northeast. Pitted against each other, Lucas and Victoria find themselves fighting for their lives.
There’s not much else to report right now. We’ll be hitting the promo trail pretty hard in a couple of weeks and should have a more to preview, including an early look at the process of some of the pages. We’ll have a Tumblr dedicated to the book as well.
Really looking forward to getting this out there and in people’s hands. I’m really proud of the work that’s going into this book and think that people are really going to dig it. But, prepare yourself: it gets DARK.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t already, please check out Midnight Walk, the first story that Johnnie and I did together.
Hey folks! Sorry for the late update on this! Been blasting through writing and lettering deadlines and am literally 10 minutes from running out the door for ECCC!
I’m going to be there sharing a table with my Comeback co-conspirator, Michael Walsh. Kurtis Wiebe will also be sitting at our table, you know… if you’re into THAT sort of stuff. Johnnie Christmas will be floating around too. If you ask, we might fill your ears with details on our upcoming project. Anyway, table I-03. That’s where we’ll be at.
If you’re afraid of stopping by tables (with all those artist, writers and other creators staring at you with their hungry, hungry eyes, who can blame you?), then feel free to swing by and visit Michael and I at one of our two Image Booth signing times.
Anyhow, I’m out the door! See you folks in Seattle!
A map, for your map-looking pleasure.
Just a quick heads up that I’ve been added as a special guest at SEE (the Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo) that will take place in Saskatoon this September.
From their website:
lanning is in full swing for SEE’s first Entertainment Expo, coming to Saskatoon in September of 2013. This is an exciting time of growth for Saskatchewan, and we think it’s about time our province had an Entertainment and Pop Culture Convention to match. We are planning to bring in exciting North American television and movie entertainers, as well as pop culture and comic book creators to provide a cultural experience in Saskatchewan that has yet to be attempted on this scale. Rounding out the immense talent, we will fill the hall with provincial and national vendors of all kinds, for a show that will appeal to adults and families alike looking for an exciting day out.
You can check out a full listing of other comic guests, including my arch-nemesis, Kurtis Wiebe, by clicking here.
See you folks there!
Just a quick reminder to let you know that Comeback #3 hit shops today (Jan 16).
Need more convincing? Check out this early review from the Silver Snail.
What? You still need MORE convincing? Well, why don’t you just head over to Comixology and read Comeback #1 for FREE.
If that doesn’t tickle your goat, then I don’t know what will.
My friend and yours, Robin McConnell has been curating the new site Canadian Comics Archive and it’s well worth a look. The site collects minis and self published comics/zines from the past 20+ years primarily from, at this point, Vancouver based creators.
I’m thrilled to see works from Blaine Thurier on the site. Thurier is probably now best know as the keyboardist for the The New Pornographers, but back in the 90s, he was one of my favourite local comic artists. I had all his minis and would clip his comics from the pages of Terminal City — a local, alt paper run primarily by comic artists.
Another creator worth a look — they’re all worth a look, but I’m talking close to my own heart — is Julian Lawrence. Julian is a Vancouver indie comics legend and is the sole reason that I first got into making minicomics in the 90s. I met Julian at Lollapalooza in 1994. He and Robert Dayton had a booth set up and were selling zines and minicomics that they and friends had created. I purchased one of everything and devoured them all that night. I was blown away by the Julian’s talent and by the idea that you only needed access to a photocopier to produce your own comics. Julian was my introduction to zines and minicomics, to the idea of not waiting around, but of doing.
Please, have a look and spread the love. Read the free comics. So many of the comics that influenced my own early comic making are on display for you to discover.
If you’ve talked to me about upcoming projects over the past year, you’ve probably heard me talk about The Ballad of Sang. If you caught me at the right time, you probably watched me act out the opening scene – like some sort of manic child on a crystal meth kick. The most basic boiling down of the idea is: mute, primordial dwarf hitman vs. everyone. There’s more to it than that, but I’m not giving anyone my ideas!
The Ballad of Sang is the project I’ve been itching to do for the better part of three years, but not one I’ve pitched yet. 2013 is the year that I get this sucker off the ground, one way or another.
A few friends of mine have been kind enough to do pin-ups to help me sell the idea of Sang to publishers and prospective artists. Please take a moment to visit their sites. They’re all great folks and amazing artists.