Tuesday August 9, 2016, at 11:35 pm
We are really looking forward to year two of this new Kansas City Comicon this Friday through Sunday! We had a great time last year, and people really seemed to enjoy it. If you are in the area, come by and check it out… you can find our table with the map above.
We are especially excited to finally debut the new Rook City Vol. 1 at this show! This book collects all three issues of the series, along with 25 pages of bonus content (including a new prologue and epilogue not featured on the webcomic). We’re pretty proud of how it turned out.
Elton will also be premiering the third book in his Middlemen series, The Brother’s War, at this show. He will also have copies of his other four books available, too. As usual, we will have prints for sale and will be drawing commissions all weekend. We hope to see you there!
Thursday June 30, 2016, at 12:19 am
Thursday May 19, 2016, at 1:58 pm
Convention season is upon us once again… it’s time for Planet Comicon in Kansas City this weekend! As usual we will be setup and drawing commissions the whole time. We will also be premiering some new books and prints at the show, including…
That’s right… ROOK CITY #3 is finally complete! This 36 page comic features two new stories. The first spotlights the Vlad Squad and Toby Fox as they attempt to figure out who is responsible for the “vampire attacks” on their campus. The second one delves deeper into the relationship between Rook City’s resident superhero, the Captain, and his arch-enemy, Dark Star.
Elton is has finished a new anthology of fantasy short stories… RANDOM FANTASIES. This anthology covers a wide variety of fantasy types, from modern day wizards hiding in plain sight to sword and sorcery tales. Its characters include an old wine merchant who has given up on the world, a young girl trapped in a city under siege, a wizard who discovered that magic is not as random as it seems and the luckiest man alive. Check it out right now on Amazon!
Then we also have two new prints available this year…
We hope to see many of you at the show once again!
Wednesday February 10, 2016, at 11:52 pm
Here are some desk shots of some penciled pages from the Vlad Squad story in the upcoming Rook City#3…
Wednesday December 30, 2015, at 4:32 pm
Well, as 2015 winds down, it seems like a good time to look back and look forward. This last year, we exhibited or spoke at five different events, some of them for the first time. We published the collected version of Duel, complete with dozens of new pages of backstory. (The images below are from the Lord Thornton Bartholomew’s story in that book.) Elton also published a sci-fi novel, and we created several new prints for the convention appearances.
What’s on tap for 2016? Well, in May we will once again be doing FREE COMIC BOOK DAY @ Hurley’s Heroes in Joplin.
PLANET COMICON in Kansas City is also moving to May this year, and we will be there for the ninth year in the row. In August, we have been invited back to the KANSAS CITY COMIC CON, and we are looking forward to year two of that show! There will probably be a few other appearances that pop up, but we will let you know as they develop.
What are we working on? Well, Elton is continuing work on his novels and is finishing up a new collection of short stories that will be published soon. We are working hard on Rook City #3 right now. The main story features the Vlad Squad and Toby Fox, and another tale in that issue will star the Captain and Dark Star. Once that issue is published, we will be collecting all three issues along with a lot of bonus content. We are also working on adapting all of our comics to digital format, so it will be easier for all of you to get a hold of them. Once Rook City is wrapped up, I will be starting a new long-term project (more details on that later). In addition to all of this, we will be continuing Random Ink with issue #5 later in the year.
If you are reading this, we want you to know that we really appreciate you following and supporting our work! It means a lot to know that you all are out there. Thanks!
Thursday August 6, 2015, at 11:59 am
We hope to see many of you at Kansas City’s newest convention this weekend! We will be set up in Artists Alley at table #1316. It looks like a great time with lots of great guests. We will be there with new comics, novels, and prints. As usual we will be doing commissions, too, so make sure to stop by if you want an original piece of art.
We will have the brand new collection of our Duel stories, which collects not only the first two issues of the series, but over 30 new pages of story and art! We’ll give some sneak peaks of the new stuff right here in the coming weeks. In addition to this book, Elton is also premiering his new sci-fi novel, Spaceship Vision: The Impossible Dream! More details on that soon…
Here are the two new prints we will have available this year:
Thursday July 16, 2015, at 12:22 pm
Some of you have been asking, so just a quick update to let you all know that there is indeed more Rook City on the way! This fall you can expect another longer story featuring the Vlad Squad and Toby Fox. After that, there will be a story featuring the Captain and Dark Star.
Once those stories are concluded, they will be published in the third issue of Rook City. At that time, we will also publish the first volume of Rook City, which will collect all three issues along with a lot of bonus content! Stay tuned!
Monday March 3, 2014, at 3:49 pm
Just a reminder that the new Rook City story will continue to update every weekday for the next two weeks. “Convention Blues” was a lot of fun to write and draw because of the chance to poke fun at a lot of comic book convention culture. The sheer amount of characters was challenging at times, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
If you’re completely new to Rook City then you probably want to start back at the very beginning. Or you can just start at the beginning of the current storyline… whatever works for you. I look forward to hearing your feedback as the story unfolds! And don’t forgett… the story will see print in Rook City #2, which will premiere at Planet Comicon next month! Thanks for checking it out!
Monday February 17, 2014, at 12:51 am
Well, after a massively long delay, our Rook City webcomic will once again be updating regularly at least for the next month or so as we finish off the “Convention Blues” storyline. 21 new pages will eventually be posted, making this by far the longest Rook City tale as of yet. The pages are all done (and even sent off to the printer) and will be posted one per weekday until the story concludes (except today when you get two pages and the cover). The story will see print in Rook City #2, which will premiere at Planet Comicon next month!
Why the delay in finishing this story? Well, the main reason is that I got pulled away into a lot of other projects. In the time since I started this story, we have published three other comics and I’ve illustrated eight children’s books. No real excuse, but that’s how it is. However, this story would never leave me alone. It was too much fun to abandon forever… it had to be finished. For those few of you who have been waiting all this time… I truly appreciate your patience. I really hope you all enjoy how it turns out!
If you’re completely new to Rook City then you probably want to start back at the beginning. Or you can just start at the beginning of the current storyline… whatever works for you. I look forward to hearing your feedback as the story unfolds! Remember to check back every weekday for a new page. Thanks for checking it out!
Sunday July 21, 2013, at 12:28 pm
Matt and I are working our way through the excellent Mastering Comics book (by Matt Madden and Jessica Abel). One of the assignments was to create a quick, one-page comic in your sketchbook that started with a drawing from real-life and went from there. So this is what I came up with.