CHARMED: SEASON TEN #1 is out today. Pick it up and tell me how you think we’ve done!

CHARMED: SEASON TEN #1 is out today. Pick it up and tell me how you think we’ve done!

NYCC and Forbidden Planet signing

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Hey everyone!

I’ll be at New York Comic Con this weekend, starting Thursday afternoon. If you’re going to be there, let me know! I’d love to make plans now to make sure I get to see everyone. I’ll be working the Zenescope Entertainment booth during the show, and I’ll be posting my signing hours when I have them.

Besides the con, I’m going to be doing a signing at Forbidden Planet NYC on Thursday 10/9 at 8PM! Larry Watts, Tony Brescini, Claudia Balboni, and I will be doing a ROBYN HOOD/CHARMED: SEASON TEN event, and you do NOT need to be going to NYCC to join us. The first fifty people at the door get a FREE issue of the brand new Charmed: Season Ten #1, and everyone who comes in and talks to us gets Robyn Hood #1 and #2, as well as Helsing #1 while we’ve got ‘em. We’ll also have trades of the ROBYN HOOD TRILOGY and HELSING: THE DARKNESS AND THE LIGHT.

With ROBYN HOOD #2 nice and released, it’s time to start teasing #3.

Marian is uber cute here.

You Matter

I’m a big proponent of the idea that, as a person and as a creator, the writer owes no debt to their readers. However, even more, the reader owes absolutely NOTHING to a writer.

I am honored that people buy my work no matter how they do so. If you buy in single issues, digital, trade — it doesn’t matter. No one is responsible for the stability of a book except the publisher, marketing, and the creators behind it. So thank you for supporting me, no matter how you’ve done it.

Every single purchase matters, and don’t let fucking anyone tell you otherwise. Your hard-earned money matters. You matter.

Here’s your first PAT IS SUPER MEAN SNEAK PEEK at the cover for Charmed #4. No context, no explanation, just pure mean teases.
I’m in the middle of an indexing project right now. Yep. In addition to comics and teaching (formerly, maybe more in the future?) I’m an indexer. I index. Indexes? I write them. The one I’m working on now is only my second one — the other was for this book. It’s interested to dissect a book in such a way, completely divorcing the text from the experience I’d have as either a reader or someone more deeply involved in the process.
Also, it’s work that, should I fail to take breaks like the one I’m taking to write this entry, will lead to me with a fork in my eye, blood spurting everywhere, my cats freaking out, neighbors complaining about the screaming… not pretty. So break time.
I mentioned on Twitter that I’m not going to talk about Charmed #5 at all. And that’s true. ‘Cause anything I say would be a spoiler. And you don’t want to be spoiled, do you?
Don’t answer that.
I will talk about the rest of the series, though. I moved onto the sixth issue a few days ago, and I’m slowly writing that one. I’m a couple of months ahead at this point, which is why I was able to put that one on hold a bit and bang this index out this week. With the sixth issue in its rough draft phase, though, I thought now would be a good time to talk about the structure of this season.
I’ve been where you guys are. I was a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Supernatural, and a BUNCH of others shows that would later become comics. In the case of the “seasons” of comics, the books that sought to continue the narrative of a show that has ended, it causes the fandom — and me — a bit of a mental conundrum. These are comics, yes, and we should think of them — and specifically, CHARMED: SEASON TEN — as such. However, they’re also something else. With the use of the “season” terminology, a word I specifically requested we use for this series, along with my request that we begin with a new #1, we are appropriating the format episodic television. That purposely leads fans to think of what we’re doing as a television show, and when I was reading books that did the same thing, I found it unfair when creators urged the fans not to try to box comics into what they expect from a TV show. I saw countless fans arguing fucking PASSIONATELY over whether a single issue = an episode or if an arc = an episode. It seems trivial in the face of the fact that, either way, we’re getting more story.
But people care. I cared. And passion is never trivial.
So, after that way too longwinded, opening, here’s why I’m writing. CHARMED: SEASON TEN is going to be comprised of arcs and one-shots, yes. #1-5 is an arc. #6 and #7 are one-shots. #8 - 10 is an arc. That’s all set in stone. If all goes according to plan and I don’t make a last minute change, #11 will be a one-shot and #12 - 15 will be an arc.
However, to me, each issue represents an episode. The arcs are glued together by an overarching narrative, while the one-shots resolve themselves by the end of the story. However, each chapter of the arcs also sets out to do something specific, to deal with a specific theme or subplot. And, by the end of the season, even though there are arcs and one-shots telling their own stories, it will create a tapestry that also tells one large story about a family of witches and their hubbies. And Cole. And someone else.
So anyway, there it is. An excessively rambly confirmation that ISSUE = EPISODE.
Now, back to the forks. Er, indexing. 

Here’s your first PAT IS SUPER MEAN SNEAK PEEK at the cover for Charmed #4. No context, no explanation, just pure mean teases.

I’m in the middle of an indexing project right now. Yep. In addition to comics and teaching (formerly, maybe more in the future?) I’m an indexer. I index. Indexes? I write them. The one I’m working on now is only my second one — the other was for this book. It’s interested to dissect a book in such a way, completely divorcing the text from the experience I’d have as either a reader or someone more deeply involved in the process.

Also, it’s work that, should I fail to take breaks like the one I’m taking to write this entry, will lead to me with a fork in my eye, blood spurting everywhere, my cats freaking out, neighbors complaining about the screaming… not pretty. So break time.

I mentioned on Twitter that I’m not going to talk about Charmed #5 at all. And that’s true. ‘Cause anything I say would be a spoiler. And you don’t want to be spoiled, do you?

Don’t answer that.

I will talk about the rest of the series, though. I moved onto the sixth issue a few days ago, and I’m slowly writing that one. I’m a couple of months ahead at this point, which is why I was able to put that one on hold a bit and bang this index out this week. With the sixth issue in its rough draft phase, though, I thought now would be a good time to talk about the structure of this season.

I’ve been where you guys are. I was a fan of Buffy the Vampire SlayerAngelSupernatural, and a BUNCH of others shows that would later become comics. In the case of the “seasons” of comics, the books that sought to continue the narrative of a show that has ended, it causes the fandom — and me — a bit of a mental conundrum. These are comics, yes, and we should think of them — and specifically, CHARMED: SEASON TEN — as such. However, they’re also something else. With the use of the “season” terminology, a word I specifically requested we use for this series, along with my request that we begin with a new #1, we are appropriating the format episodic television. That purposely leads fans to think of what we’re doing as a television show, and when I was reading books that did the same thing, I found it unfair when creators urged the fans not to try to box comics into what they expect from a TV show. I saw countless fans arguing fucking PASSIONATELY over whether a single issue = an episode or if an arc = an episode. It seems trivial in the face of the fact that, either way, we’re getting more story.

But people care. I cared. And passion is never trivial.

So, after that way too longwinded, opening, here’s why I’m writing. CHARMED: SEASON TEN is going to be comprised of arcs and one-shots, yes. #1-5 is an arc. #6 and #7 are one-shots. #8 - 10 is an arc. That’s all set in stone. If all goes according to plan and I don’t make a last minute change, #11 will be a one-shot and #12 - 15 will be an arc.

However, to me, each issue represents an episode. The arcs are glued together by an overarching narrative, while the one-shots resolve themselves by the end of the story. However, each chapter of the arcs also sets out to do something specific, to deal with a specific theme or subplot. And, by the end of the season, even though there are arcs and one-shots telling their own stories, it will create a tapestry that also tells one large story about a family of witches and their hubbies. And Cole. And someone else.

So anyway, there it is. An excessively rambly confirmation that ISSUE = EPISODE.

Now, back to the forks. Er, indexing. 

The first CHARMED: SEASON TEN #1 review!

I’ve got a LOT of work piled up, so I’m going to take a couples of days away from social media to blast through it. However, I had to share this first. We let the most active Charmed news site get an early peek at CHARMED: SEASON TEN #1, and the review is glowing!

http://charmedcomicfan10.jimdo.com/2014/09/27/review-charmed-season-10-issue-1/

Charmed: Season Ten #1 is written by me, drawn by Elisa Féliz, colored by Valentina Cuomo, lettered by Jim Campbell, and edited by Paul Ruditis (Writer) with a beautiful cover by David Seidman. It hits shelves October 8th, and we’ll be doing a special launch at this year’s New York Comic Con.

Before leaving the Catholic church, I was told — almost verbatim — what Robyn is told here. Think about that. I hope this scene plays comedically, because it’s so ridiculously broad that it should be silly… but the punchline is that it was never a joke to begin with.
Robyn Hood #2 is in stores now.

Before leaving the Catholic church, I was told — almost verbatim — what Robyn is told here. Think about that. I hope this scene plays comedically, because it’s so ridiculously broad that it should be silly… but the punchline is that it was never a joke to begin with.

Robyn Hood #2 is in stores now.

Robyn Hood day!

ROBYN HOOD: THE ONGOING SERIES #2 is out today!

Hey guys!

I know I mostly talk about current work on this blog, but I can’t stress enough how much I want you guys to check out my HELSING series that I did with Tony Brescini! It’s marketed as this steampunk vampire adventure, but really it’s a globe-spanning story about a genius inventor from the 1800s who has been living in a hell dimension for over a century returning to Earth in 2014, and attempting to find herself while going on dates with Hades, the god of hell.

Also, there ARE vampires and fights, but c’mon, cupcakes and hell-gods!

We’ve retitled the book HELSING: THE DARKNESS AND THE LIGHT and it’s currently available as a graphic novel at:

AMAZON

ZENESCOPE

TFAW

or you can read the issues digitally at

COMIXOLOGY

ROBYN HOOD: THE ONGOING SERIES #2 hits shelves in four days!

ROBYN HOOD: THE ONGOING SERIES #2 hits shelves in four days!