Comic Book Life
STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW I’M… kinda in the middleish area of the bottom.
- Margaret Atwood (via cannonbonecracks)
Ouch… maybe that’s true.
If you love, like, or tolerate me even a bit - drop by a comic shop and put in your order for ROBYN HOOD: WANTED #1 today.
This is what happens when…
…I do so many interviews in one week that I start trying to entertain myself through the answers.
“RCB: Just to give our readers a feel for who you are, could you tell us about the first comic you ever read, what made you decide to work in comics, and what the first comic you ever worked on was?
PAT SHAND: I’m the seventh son of a seventh son, born under a blood-red moon on a night when cats sang and birds meowed. Or, I’m a bearded ginger who writes funnybooks.”
The interview really does give a LOT of information about the upcoming Robyn Hood sequel I’m writing, ROBYN HOOD: WANTED. Check out the whole thing right hurr.
I’m starting a mailing list. This will include links to downloadThomasina’s Human Zoo when the issues have been released, information about pre-ordering my books at very low prices, my appearances at conventions, and more. If you are interested in signing up, message me your e-mail address.
Joss Whedon changed my life.
I know, that’s true for a lot of folks. I was going through some books I’d stored to keep safely for Hurricane Sandy, and came across the book pictured above. ANGEL: YEARBOOK from IDW Publishing. It was the final Angel comic before the rights transferred to Dark Horse… and my first ever published comic book is in there.
A year and a half later, I’ve published twenty comics. This year alone, I’m going to do triple that number. I have a career because of a two page short story in an Angel comic.
It was a dream come true then and remains one now.
Thank you for this and for your stories, Joss Whedon.
GODSTORM Expanded Reading Order
A lot of people have been tweeting at me, messaging me, and blogging about how Godstorm ties into the other Zenescope titles. While all of the Grimm Fairy Tales titles are linked, there is a definitive build to the events of Godstorm. While you can definitely read the series on its own (I’d be a fool and a bad writer if you had to read supplementary comics to understand it), I figured I’d offer a somewhat official list to those who want to get the big picture.
1. Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2012: Venus, one of the main players in Godstorm, attempts to align herself with the other power players in efforts to begin a war against humanity. This sets up the overarching storylines for her, Neptune, and Zeus. You can purchase the issue through Zenescope or digitally through Comixology.
(1.5 Grimm Fairy Tales presents… Angel one-shot: Now… I’d never write a series that absolutely required another writer’s work to be read, but this will certainly add to the overall experience. Dan Wickline, current Sleepy Hollow writer, wrote this one-shot that focused on Zeus’s daughter, Heather. I wrote a recap panel in Grimm Universe #1 that catches the audience up to speed on this character, but this is certainly worth reading. This resolves the Ares subplot from my annual.)
2. Godstorm #0: While this is part of Godstorm and directly sets up Zeus’s arc and Zagreus as an impending threat, I purposely wrote it so that it adds to the experience while not being essential to understand #1-4. It’s a prologue, sure, but it has ramifications, character-wise and especially thematically, throughout the series. You can purchase the issue through Zenescope or digitally through Comixology.
3. Grimm Universe #1: This just came out today! It picks up Neptune’s story from the annual and takes it in a really dark direction. Hades plays a big part, and Heather does as well. This standalone story sets a lot of things up for the overall direction of Grimm Fairy Tales as a fictional universe, but also sets up character arcs for Neptune and Heather that will play into Godstorm #3-4. This is in stores right now and just hit Comixology for digital download.
4. Godstorm #1-4. And that’s it! Here’s the series that has all been building toward. #1 debuts at NYCC, and hits local shops next Wednesday (10/17).
Tomorrow: My New York Comic Con schedule.