An on-going illustrative collection from Canadian Comic Book illustrator Scott Kowalchuk.
So, Saturday May 4 was the big day! My latest series, THE STRANGERS, with writer Chris Roberson was released. The wonderful and supportive folks at ONI PRESS offered-up issue #1 to readers for FREE. I’ve heard back from colleagues and fans and the response has been overwhelmingly positive! Hazzuh!
Now that everyone has gotten a taste of Roberson’s and my 60s Supernatural SpyFi we very much hope you, fans and readers, high-tail it to your local comic book shop and let those fine folks know you want issue #2 ordered ASAP. Your PREVIEWS order #MAY131215.
Issue #1 will be re-released the same month as #2 and I want everyone ordering to know the skinny. The FCBD issue had a stand alone cover. The cover to the regular edition #1 will look like this:
While #2 will look like this:
From the outset Chris planned to work this series in a 2-issue plot format. Meaning, #2 will resolve the story set out in #1. #4 will resolve #3, and so-on. Being the entrepreneur he is, Chris suggested we connect both covers to further highlight the format of the book.
Thus, the covers to issues #1 and #2!
It’s a little added incentive to all you cats and kittens to give our creator-owned book from ONI PRESS a whirl! I was informed by a few friends, colleagues and fans their local comic shop did not have the FCBD version of the STRANGERS, so please, ensure you let your Shopkeep know you want these ordered. Creator-owned books depend on early fan response and pre-orders really mean a lot. If your retailer knows there is an appetite for the book, they may give us another look and have a few more copies on hand.
And, please, link or copy this post on your own forums, we would love to have your support on this series. After all, I love it, and I really want to share with all-of-you-all!
Thanks all, you’re SWELL
PREPARE YOURSELVES. THE STRANGERS ARE COMING!
Seriously, look at that ad!
The Cary Bates/Don Heck/Carmine Infantino run on the Flash (#275-350) is my absolute favourite storytelling in comicbookdom! Thanks for asking for these, John!
The good people at CBR have posted a preview of the first issue of The Strangers, my new book at ONI with artist Scott Kowalchuk and colorist Dan Jackson. This will be available for FREE on Free Comic Book Day, so what do you have to lose?
Here’s a bit of description, if you prefer text to images:
“The last thing you want to see is my hands.” They’re called the Strangers. They’re deadly. Dangerous. And you’ll never see them unless they want you to. But now they’ve come up against something big - United States government big. A cover-up of international proportions, and at the center of it all is the Strangers’ deadliest foe, a man known only as Capricorn. A man who knows the Strangers. A man who sees them.
2013 is shaping up to be a terrific year! Announced with all the other Free Comic Book Day titles last month was my upcoming series with [pause for effect] CHRIS ROBERSON! I know, I know, I don’t get it either. I mean, IZombie, Memorial, MASKS, Edison Rex — I’m in pretty good company. Please, ensure to mention it to your local retailer. Creator-owned relies heavily upon PRE-ORDERS and this rip-roaring new series is well worth your time. And, hey, it’s free! I’m having an absolute blast with it. More artwork soon!
And the description:
W) Chris Roberson (A/CA) Scott Kowalchuk
“The last thing you want to see is my hands.” They’re called The Strangers. They’re deadly. Dangerous. And you’ll never see them unless they want you to. But now they’ve come up against something big — U.S. government big; a cover-up of international proportions. And at the center of it all is The Strangers’ deadliest foe, a man known only as “Capricorn”; a man who knows The Strangers…. sees them.
Announced at NYCC this weekend — DOWN SET FIGHT! My upcoming ONI PRESS book with the stellar writing duo of Chris Sims and Chad Bowers!
In Down Set Fight, “Fearless” Chuck Fairlane was one of the fastest rising stars in professional football, but his career came to a screeching halt when he was expelled from game after causing the biggest team-on-team brawl in the history of sports. Today, Chuck’s a teacher and football coach at Darius Rucker High School in Columbia, South Carolina, and is more than content in his new life. But when costumed mascots begin attacking him for seemingly no reason, Chuck soon discovers that even though he’s put the past behind him, it’s not always so easy to move on.
“This is one of the craziest comics in the history of crazy comics,” said editor Charlie Chu. “This is Superman vs. Muhammad Ali level nuts. But none of the insanity or hilarity would matter if Chuck weren’t such a fully realized character. This is a story about never being able to truly outrun your past, but always having the option to punch it square in the face.”
Down Set Fight, by Chad Bowers, Chris Sims, Scott Kowalchuk and Josh Krach. Coming April 2013 from Oni Press.
Playing around with an old commission for 30 minutes before calling it a night.
The single greatest idea I have ever been pitched for a commission. You completely rock, Rich! I hope someone out there wants to try and colour this.