Tuesday, August 29, 2006

X-Men Fairy Tales 4 - On Sale August 30th

X-Men Fairy Tales #4, the last issue of my mini-series, goes on sale tomorrow, August 30th. Starring Gambit and Rogue in a Southern ghost story, it's beautifully illustrated by the amazing Kei Kobayashi, lushly colored by Guru eFX, and features a breathtaking Claire Wendling cover! I hope those of you that pick it up really do enjoy it and I look forward to discussing it with you here.

Wendling XFT4 Cover

Thanks for your suport!

Take care,

Monday, August 21, 2006

White Men Can't Dance

Even at the risk of much personal embarrassment, I promised a friend I would post the following picture taken at my brother's wedding this past weekend. So here's photographic proof that I should never ever be allowed on a dance floor. This was snapped as I was doing my impression of Beyonce from her "Crazy" video. Uh-Oh, Uh-Oh, Uh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh! Luckily for you all, shots of my ass-shaking, manboob-grabbing rendition of Britney Spears' "Toxic" have yet to surface...


Monday, August 14, 2006

CBC Sneak Peeks

For those of you who haven't been checking out my new message boards, you may want to cruise over there as I've been posting a few sneaks peeks to some other projects I'm in the early stages of developing these days.



Monday, August 07, 2006

News Out of Wizard World Chicago

As announced at Wizard World Chicago last week, I'll have the honor of teaming up with Skottie Young on a new Spider-Man: Legend of the Spider-Clan special, Elemental Evil. Spider-Clan will be the lead story in the new Spider-Man Family Special this November.

More details to come, but here's a taste of the cover...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Talk About a Writers Workshop!

Tonight I had the pleasure of being part of something special as I got to see three of the most popular authors in the world gather together under one roof to talk about their work. Stephen King, J.K Rowling and John Iriving joined forces and spoke at Radio City Music Hall in a charity event called And Evening With Harry, Carrie and Garp. And boy, was it amazing! To be in the presence of such greatness...

Whoopi Goldberg was the guest MC and welcomed everyone while lightening the mood with some ad-libbed jokes and quick wit. Each of the three authors were then introduced by a celebrity fan and read a passage from one of their books.

Kathy Bates spoke for a while and welcomed Stephen King to the stage, and he proceeded to read the story of Lardass Hogan and the Pie-Eating Contest from Stand By Me. "The hardcore version.", as he put it.

Andre Brauer reflected on the life of John Irving who then came out to read the Christmas pageant segment of A Prayer for Owen Meaney, doing Owen's falsetto voice as if in character.

Finally, an incredibly hilarious Jon Stewart emerged and got the audience rolling in laughter before he introduced J.K Rowling. And when she emerged, the place simply erupted as the screams of thousands of teen girls echoed through the joint. It was a bit surreal when you thought about it; they weren't screaming and chanting for a rock star or actor... but for an author!! Long live reading! Rowling read a passage from Half-Blood Prince, the part where Dumbledore goes and finds Tom Riddel in the orphanage. And you gotta love her accent!

Stewart had the line of the night in my opinion though. After he pronounced her name "Raw-ling", the fans started screaming "It's Roll-ing!" to correct him. He quipped back that J.K had told him to do that so that they'd all start screaming "Rolling". Then as the crowd quieted down, he added, "And she also told me to tell you you're all wrong!!", and the place cracked up again. But then, just when you thought it was over and a hush fell over the crowd as if she was about to appear, Stewart adds "And I bet you didn't know the J was silent, did you?", which went over most of people's heads for a second, but then got everyone "rolling" in laughter all over again.

This was all followed by a Q&A, most questions being Potter related and directed to Rowling, but with a few good ones tossed in by some adults that opened up interesting observations, insights and comments on inspiration, the method of writing and revisions.

I had a blast and would love to go back tomorrow night for more. But alas, it's sold out. Even Stephen King commented on that in closing, noting incredulously that three authors, who sit alone in their rooms and type to their inner voices, are now selling out Radio City Music Hall!