OVERTHINKERS ANON.
A panel from Helsing #1, coming next month.

OVERTHINKERS ANON.

A panel from Helsing #1, coming next month.

ASCENSION #2

Hey all. I wish I had time to keep up with the writer commentaries I was doing last year, but with the amount of titles I’m writing, my editorial duties, and my other job, I’m barely finding the time to blog here at all.

I did, however, want to issue a blanket trigger warning for ASCENSION #2, which came out today. The issue features a would-be school shooting and, later, one instance of attempted suicide and another of fairly extreme violence. When writing these kinds of scenes, figuring out the best and most honest way to tell the story, I always strive to be respectful while also being true to the idea. I think ASCENSION #2 does that, and I hope you do, too. I do, however, know how devastating even reading about this kind of thing can be, so I did want to give a bit of a warning before moving on with it. (SPOILERS: the shooter does not get more than two yards past the doors before he is dealt with),

That said, this issue is of great personal importance to me. If the impact of reading it has a fraction of the power than writing it did on me, I’ve done my job.

There’s not much I can show without spoilers, but here are a few panels. It’s truly one of the highlights of my career thus far, so I can’t help but show a little.

A sneak peek at a few panels from HELSING #1, written by me with art by Tony Brescini and colors by Fran Gamboa!

A sneak peek at a few panels from HELSING #1, written by me with art by Tony Brescini and colors by Fran Gamboa!

Writing the final issue of ROBYN HOOD

ROBYN HOOD: LEGEND #4 was written last night in a flurry of espresso, feels, tears, and manic-manicness. And then, after that, I wrote 3/4 of the next issue. Now that I’ve cleaned up the mess of #4, it’s time for me to do the same with #5.

And then write my final few pages of the Robyn Hood trilogy. It’s insane to think that Robyn Hood Volume One was my first EVER miniseries for Zenescope Entertainment. Hell, it was my first ever miniseries, period. Now, over one-hundred comics later, the story is ending tonight.

Here’s to Robyn. And to you, for reading the series enough that we got THREE VOLUMES. That’s crazy. CRAZY. I remember I had two versions of the story. There was the version that I told myself was going to happen.

VERSION ONE. Robyn Hood #1 sells decent. I knew it’d be at least decent. I did a shit-ton of press on it, Zenescope’s marketing was on point, the covers were phenomenal, and I was basically just confident we wouldn’t fuck that up. But I thought, best case scenario, Robyn Hood #1-5 sell decent and then I get to use the character in other parts of the Grimm Universe.

VERSION TWO. Robyn Hood #1 does REALLY WELL and then every thing we do with the character after the first series does REALLY WELL and I can tell this story exactly how I want to. But this is the painful line of thinking, Patrick, this hurts. Don’t think this way. This will never happen.

IT HAPPENED.

So, I got to tell my crazy story. I’m about to finish it. Again, thanks for sticking around.

And fuck, wait until you see what I’m launching the month after the final issue…

ROBYN HOOD: LEGEND #1.

March 2014.

ROBYN HOOD: LEGEND #1.

March 2014.

Robyn Hood: Legend interviews

Hey! Robyn Hood series artist Larry Watts and I both did interviews with Geek Mom for our upcoming Robyn Hood: Legend series. We’ve got exclusive art, first looks at covers, and a LOT of information coming at you!

Here’s my interview:

http://geekmom.com/2014/01/robyn-hood-wanted-pat-shand/

And here’s Larry’s interview:

http://geekmom.com/2014/01/robyn-hood-wanted-larry-watts/

Tomorrow, CODE RED #2 hits shelves.
It will be my 100th published comic book.

Tomorrow, CODE RED #2 hits shelves.

It will be my 100th published comic book.

asker

randomfire27 asked: Have you ever doubted your own ability as a writer?

mattfractionblog:

have you ever read this blog? 

like, always, every day, all the time, with literally everything I type. i already regret typing “have you ever read this blog” because I’m sure it’s not going to be read in the jovial, joking, manner in which it was typed, so i’m typing this, and already regretting IT, because it’s so fucking cloying and like-me-like-me-don’t-be-mad-at-me ARRGH i am going to stop now and get back to sucking FOR MONEY instead of sucking here FOR FUN

sometimes

Fucking poetry.

Also GPOY