LEGACIES #4: “Destroyed, Part 3”

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.

12th Level Intellects: Expectations for “Justice League”

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.

CIGARETTE CITY // cover and update

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.

ESCAPIST COMIX on 103.3 Asheville FM

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.

LEGACIES Special: “Asylum”

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.

ESCAPIST COMIX live launch

ESCAPIST COMIX held a livestream event on Friday, May 19th in celebration of its launch of digital reading platforms on sites like Patreon and ComiXology. As the Marketing Director, I joined Jarrett Rutland, CEO and founding artist, to broadcast a live stream on Facebook where we shared info on the brand, took questions and comments from the viewers, explained the new services, and teased upcoming projects and ESCAPIST’s convention schedule. We had a little over 100 people jump in and join us live, with close to 700 total views at the time of this post.

Escapist Comix Live Launch w/ Jarrett Rutland and Ted Kendrick ☠️???????

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We introduced STEAMPUNK EDDIE, a time travel adventure series that I am writing with Jarrett Rutland on art, who brought me on to develop his original concept. The story revolves around Eddie, a pre-teen from a country town with a knack for exploration, joined by his dog Oscar, in a high stakes mission with drastic consequences that threaten the entire space/time continuum, at the direction of the robotic time guardian Wing who must return stolen items, scattered throughout the past. The first issue is in production, and set to be published in a few months.

On Saturday May 20th, Jarrett and I attended the inaugural Asheville Comicon which was held at the WNC Agricultural Center. We ran a table with the usual books and merchandise, talked with fans and newcomers, and promoted the brand to more Asheville locals, some of which had seen the books on display at stores such as Orbit, Comic Envy, and Haywood Comics, who were also present at the convention. I thought it was an extremely successful event for its first year and look forward to returning next time, hopefully with a few printed books of my own.

Thanks for the memories, Asheville Comicon. You guys really know how to have fun ???????☠️???☄️??>?

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WDb interviews SUSAN EISENBERG

James Strecker and I recently had the pleasure of chatting with a major player in the DC Animated Universe, voice over actress Susan Eisenberg who played Wonder Woman in the JUSTICE LEAGUE animated series, in another segment of the 12th Level Intellects podcast hosted by the Watchtower Database channel.

Susan spoke about her experience working on the popular DC Comics series, the process behind voice acting, her gratitude and sense of responsibility playing such an iconic character, as well as her hopes and dreams for the character’s future.

The interview was especially timely as the highly anticipated WONDER WOMAN feature film, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, will soon premiere in theaters everywhere on June 2nd, and Susan Eisenberg herself was wonderful to speak with. We like each other’s pet photos on Instagram now.

LEGACIES #3: “Destroyed, Part 2”

After a few months of prep work, James Strecker and I released our latest issue of LEGACIES OF THE DCAU on Saturday, February 25th. Issue #3 is the second part of the “Destroyed” story arc which takes place days after the conclusion of JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED in response to the series’ final episode “Destroyer.”

After an international black-ops agency called Checkmate launch a revenge strike against the planet Apokolips, they realize the necessary devastation would affect its innocent neighbor of New Genesis as well, something seen as the wrong move.

The last issue had too many talking heads, so I wanted to ramp up the action for this installment, especially in regards to the Fourth World characters and concepts created by Jack Kirby, the King of Comics himself. Peacemaker and Agent Chase were also fun to include, though a bit of a gamble since neither character appeared in any of the animated series source material, but I believe readers were genuinely interested by their presence in the chess themed spy agency Checkmate.

This issue was also my first attempt at lettering a comic book. James walked me through the motions at first, and after a few weeks of close attention, I think I got the hang of the procedure pretty well. I enjoyed the process and plan to continue in the future, both on this webcomic as well as my other work in the medium.

Click the cover to read LEGACIES #3!

Issue #4 is in production now, along with a few smaller side stories that could be published more sporadically between main issues. I’m sure I’ll be speaking more about these in detail as they continue to come together. If you enjoyed reading LEGACIES, let us know by commenting on one of our various social media pages!

ESCAPIST // stamps and stickers

Images by J. Rutland

Escapist Comix has been busy these last few months growing in scope and size. Jarrett Rutland is preparing to add two books to the line-up: spiritual coming-of-age story LITTLE PREACHER and sci-fi, fantasy mashup DARK PLOTTER, while continuing to regularly release new issues of the steampunk action / adventure series ROBOT SAMURAI PENGUINS.

I’ve been helping strategize ways to grow the Escapist Comix brand lately, including the creation of an online presence and moving the books to other parts of the country. A beautiful wax seal was created for shipping purposes, which I think will make a great first impression on anyone receiving the merchandise above.