STEAMPUNK EDDIE #1 has hit the printers, and will be available soon at Asheville based comic book shops, such as Comic Envy, Haywood Comics, and Orbit, as well as digital streaming services like ComiXology and Patreon. The series is written by myself Ted Kendrick, with watercolor art by Jarrett Rutland, and published by Escapist Comix. Issue #2 is in production.
James Strecker and I finally started reading the same monthly comic book series, so we can chat about them on the 12th Level Intellects podcast. We have enjoyed discussing METAL, written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo, the now classic team behind BATMAN comics over the last 5 years (starting in The New initiative with the acclimated “Court of Owls” storyline). METAL isn’t for the casual comics fan, but with many fun cameos by obscure characters, and easter eggs on a cosmic CRISIS Multiversal scale, the series is a joy for anyone familiar with such stuff. No, the thumbnail image is not a Batman Joker, but in fact a Joker Batman.
Steven Spielberg recently announced he will be directing a film about the Golden Age hero BLACKHAWK in a new DC Universe feature. The Blackhawks were a squadron of fighter pilots during World War II. This is not the first time Spielberg has attempted a film based on this character. An attempt in the 1980s with Dan Aykroyd eventually became the comedy classic 1941. In the world of animation, James Strecker and I review the latest DC animated movie SUICIDE SQUAD: HELL TO PAY, written by Alan Burnett, who we interviewed in a previous episode.
Of course we saw the new AVENGERS movie and had to talk about it. I thought it was everything you’d want in a comic book crossover event, now in a film format. Josh Brolin’s Thanos was a captivating villain, and the visual effects were not nearly as disorienting as last year’s JUSTICE LEAGUE with its poorly rendered villain Steppenwolf. Sure, we’ve seen SPIDER-MAN and IRONMAN in movies about a half dozen times now, but we’ve never seen them like this, pushed to the limits of their abilities, joined by all their Avenging allies. James and I also answer a questions pertaining to BATMAN BEYOND, and how Terry McGinnis’ Batman operates differently from the original Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne. Also TOY STORY puns.
BATMAN NINJA was hilarious. Truly a train wreck, but what I will recall as a fascinating chapter in the history of the Dark Knight. Almost no other character in comics is as adaptable for storytelling possibilities than Batman, so maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised to see a Voltron robot constructed of Joker, Harley, Penguin, and other Gotham villains fighting off against a golden monkey mecha fused with psychic bats. It makes a little more sense in the movie, but not really.
STEAMPUNK EDDIE is coming to life! The upcoming time travel / adventure comic book series for an all-ages audience is co-written by myself and Jarrett Rutland, who is also on art. Check out the character profile for Eddie, the main character of the book. You will note his watch-making skills, thirst for Grape Pow, and trusty (not handy dandy) notebook, where Eddie tracks ideas both good and bad.
Although the profile notes Eddie’s hat has his favorite gear design, the emblem isn’t conveyed in this artwork, though the gear logo can be seen in the background of Oscar the dog’s character profile, which I will share as soon as it’s released publicly online by Escapist Comix. A few designs are available via Patreon for subscribers.
Escapist Comix unveiled the cover to the STEAMPUNK EDDIE comic series that I’m co-writing with Jarrett Rutland, who is also on art duties. We’ve been developing this book for a little over a year now while Jarrett was deep in the creation of his ROBOT SAMURAI PENGUINS series. STEAMPUNK EDDIE will run for an initial 5 issues with further story possibilities down the road if the readers are there.
On the cover, you will notice Eddie and his dog Oscar, front and foremost, with a tire garden bed and water-tower in the background, as well as the blue streak of what might be a comet. You’ll have to read the issue to find out what it is for sure. The cover art is framed by two lampposts on the sides, one light on and the other off, as well as traffic lights below bracketing the credits, one on go and the other on stop. The Escapist Comix logo of a key can be seen in the bottom right corner.
Another issue of LEGACIES OF THE DCAU dropped on Saturday, November 25th. Issue #4 concludes the first major story arc “Destroyed”, which takes place days after the conclusion of the JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED series finale episode “Destroyer”, and sets the stage for LEGACIES’ future as it ventures into uncharted territory, setting up a confrontation between the Justice League and black ops agency Checkmate, led in part by the political powerhouse Amanda Waller.
This issue is essentially a love letter and homage to the Fourth World characters created by comic book legendary creator Jack Kirby. After an action packed intro where Mister Miracle saves the day, Superman leads a peace treaty between the New Gods and the World Assembly of Earth. Orion is the focus of one sequence where he reclaims the throne of Apokolips after his father Darkseid’s apparent demise at the end of the JLU animated series, which was one of my favorite scenes to write so far. Read the full issue linked below on the webcomic’s official website.
Click the cover to read LEGACIES #4!
Six-page special “Powers That Be” is coming soon, following up on last summer’s “Asylum”, both of which were written by myself and drawn by Marcello Millicay. These Gotham based specials will culminate in a thematic series of issues leading into the eventual aesthetic of the BATMAN BEYOND animated series.
James Strecker and I recorded a new episode of the 12TH LEVEL INTELLECTS, a podcast hosted by the WATCHTOWER DATABASE. In this episode, we discuss the upcoming DC Comics event series DOOMSDAY CLOCK, the Blu-ray release of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, among other fascinating and similar topics. Give it a watch below via YouTube or find it available for listen on Soundcloud.
James Strecker and I recently debuted the first episode of our new podcast 12TH LEVEL INTELLECTS, named after the DC Comics term for a cosmic genius, and an offshoot from the fan theory discussions of the same name we recorded for the WATCHTOWER DATABASE. We focus the conversation specifically on niche topics relating to DC Comics and DC Animation. Adam Mullen composed the intro music.
We hope to release an episode every other week where we discuss relevant news, comic book recommendations, and dive into a random topic, the first being our expectations for the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE feature film. Listen to the episode embedded below via YouTube or find us for streaming on Soundcloud.
Progress is being made on CIGARETTE CITY: RUDE AWAKENINGS, a gritty crime short comic in the genre vein of GRAND THEFT AUTO. Gabriel Fobert has been diligently completing digital color, and I have been lettering along behind him.
The cover for RUDE AWAKENINGS was recently completed, also by interior artist Gabriel Fobert. Depicted is a literal cigarette city with a burning skyline overlaying its tip above a sinister skull, all to show that, like THE TWILIGHT ZONE, this is a dark place of infinite possibility. Check out the undressed version below.
Cover by Gabriel Fobert
I plan to print CIGARETTE CITY: RUDE AWAKENINGS as a limited self-published run with an accompanying digital release at a lower price point in early 2018.
Sagan Thacker, host of the Radio Active Kids program on 103.3 Asheville FM, had myself and Jarrett Rutland on the air to discuss the Escapist Comix emerging line of children’s comics. Despite being such an early morning that Saturday, July 24th, we had a great time promoting the brand, discussing the comics medium, teasing upcoming work, and plugging our online platforms like Patreon and ComiXology.
Image by Sagan Thacker
Listen to the entire broadcast, or skip to 31:00 for our interview through 43:00.
The next issue of LEGACIES was released, a special 6-pager titled “Asylum” which was written by myself, pencilled and colored by Marcelo Millicay, composite effects by James Strecker, with a gorgeous cover by Robert Castellano. Serving as a companion to the issue’s release, Strecker animated a 20-second teaser trailer with voice acting from Brizzy Voices as Batgirl and Zizzoro as Killer Croc.
“Asylum” is set in Gotham City, shortly after Darkseid’s siege destroyed Arkham Asylum off-screen, resulting in the early release of its inmates with Robin and Batgirl the only ones around to clean up the mess. I thought it was important to put all of Batman’s villains back on the table for LEGACIES after they were noticeably missing in the JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED animated series due to the studio imposed Bat-embargo. Many familiar Bat-villains will return in future installments.
Click the cover to read LEGACIES!
“Asylum” was originally written as the first half of issue #5, but we split the issue into two 6-page specials instead. Expect the next special entitled “Powers That Be” to follow up on similar plot threads that will continue to unfold over the series.