Number One Comics – November 2017

Here is a recap of all the number one comics covered from the InvestComics Hot Picks during the month of November. As always, click on the comic cover/images or RED links to buy/bid any of the comics from ALL available Ebay sellers.

Deadman #1 – Neal Adams
Jetsons #1 – Jimmy Palmiotti & Pier Brito
The Gravediggers Union #1 – Wesley Craig, Toby Cypress and Niko Guardia
Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast #1 – Llexi Leon, Ed Edginton and Kevin J West
Port of Earth #1 – Zachary Kaplan and Andrea Mutti

Buy/Bid – Deadman #1

Buy/Bid – Gravediggers #1

Buy/Bid – Jetsons #1

Buy/Bid – Port Of Earth #1

Buy/Bid – Iron Man #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star Wars Adventures #1 – John Layman, Jim Zub, Eric Jones and Derek Charm
Coyotes #1 – Sean Lewis and Caitlin Yarsky
Kong on The Planet of the Apes #1 – Ryan Ferrier and Carlos Magno
The Harcourt Legacy #1 – Brendan Cahill and Jason Federhenn
Fallen Suns #1 – Van Jensen, Leila Del Duca and Neil Collyer

Buy/Bid – Star Wars Adv #1

Buy/Bid – Kong #1

Buy/Bid – Fallen Suns #1

Buy/Bid – Coyotes #1

Buy/Bid – Harcourt Legacy #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Batman Who Laughs #1 – James Tynion IV and Riley Rossmo
Not Brand Echh #1 – Nick Spencer, Jay Fosgitt, Christopher Hastings, Jay Fosgitt and Gurihiru
Evolution #1 – Joshua Williamson, Christopher Sebela, Joe Keatinge, James Asmus, Joe Infurnari and Jordan Boyd
Dark Fang #1 – Miles Gunter and Kelsey Shannon
Ninja-K #1 – Christos Gage and Tomas Giorello

Buy/Bid – Batman Laughs #1

Buy/Bid – Not Brand #1

Buy/Bid – Evolution #1

Buy/Bid – Dark Fang #1

Buy/Bid – Ninja-K #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brilliant Trash #1 – Tim Seeley and Priscilla Petraites
Sugar Boogarz #1 – Michael Duron
Doomsday Clock #1 – Geoff Johns and Gary Frank
Demon Hell Is Earth #1 –  Andrew Constant and Brad Walker
Imaginary Fiends #1 – Tim Seeley and Stephen Molnar

Buy/Bid – Brilliant #1

Buy/Bid – Sugar Boogarz #1

Buy/Bid – Doomsday Clock #1

Buy/Bid – Demon #1

Buy/Bid – Imaginary #1

 

 

 

 

 

Long Lost #1 – Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle
Betty & Veronica: Vixens #1 – Jamie L. Rotante and Eva Cabrera
Doppelgänger #1 – Jordan Hart and Emmanuel Xerx Javier
Maxwell’s Demons #1 – Denis Camp and Vittorio Astone
The Villain #1 – William Applegate (writer) and Mikael Bergkvist

Buy/Bid – Long Lost #1

Buy/Bid – Vixens #1

Buy/Bid – Doppelganger #1

Buy/Bid – Maxwell Demons #1

Buy/Bid – The Villain #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Void Trip #1 – Ryan O’Sullivan and Plaid Klaus
Apocalypse Girl #1 – El Torres and Ramiro Borrallo
Doctor Radar #1 – Noel Simsolo and Bezian
Happy Hour In America #1 – Tim Lane
New Talent Showcase 2017 #1 – Various

Buy/Bid – Void Trip #1

Buy/Bid – Apocalypse #1

Buy/Bid – Doctor Radar #1

Buy/Bid – America #1

Buy/Bid – New Talent #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Sons Annual #1 – Peter J. Tomasi & Paul Pelletier
Batman Creature Of The Night #1 – Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon
Justice League Of America Annual #1 – Kelley Jones and Steve Orlando
Mystik U #1 – Alisa Kwitney and Mike Norton
Darchon #1Wayward Sons #1Katrina #1 and Markipiler #1 – Red Giant Productions

Buy/Bid – Super Sons An #1

Buy/Bid – Mystik U #1

Buy/Bid – Batman Creature #1

Buy/Bid – JLA Annual #1

Buy/Bid – Markiplier #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labyrinth 2017 Special #1 – Various
Gravetrancers #1 – M.L. Miller and James Whynot
Chasing Hitler #1 and Duel Identity #1 – Red 5
Sword Of Ages #1 – Gabriel Rodriguez

Buy/Bid – Labyrinth #1

Buy/Bid – Sword of Ages #1

Buy/Bid – Chasing Hitler #1

Buy/Bid – Gravetrancers #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Comics Video #503

A weekly video look at some of the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 11/29/17. Please utilize your common sense and READ the article to see why these covers are in this video –> InvestComics Hot Picks #503.

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Top 5 Hot Picks #140

Every week before new comic book day, InvestComics provides our fans with the Top 5 Hot Picks for new comics coming out on Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. This week’s Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #503 and new comics coming this Wednesday 11/29/17.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #246 – The new Snake-Eyes debuts. SHE looks quite awesome and ready to kick some butt. Creators Larry Hama and Netho Diaz.
Spawn #280 – A new character is to emerge in this comic. She’s been background music for a couple of issues. Here’s the thing with this comic. There is an “exclusive limited” 666 copy variant cover by McFarlane and Mattina. It’s going for big bucks on Ebay already. If you’re a regular around these parts (InvestComics website), you’ll already know how variants are viewed around here. Here’s the quick version; variants are pretty. Some variants are expensive. Some variants are just that, expensive and pretty BUT with nothing more to give than a “rare” cover. If the expensive variant you’re purchasing has NOTHING to offer within the guts of the comic book, as in a major first appearance, a new status quo, a major costume change, etc. then guess what..? You’re essentially paying A LOT of money for a pretty cover that 665 other people will own. It will be devalued in major way when the comic book market correction hits. Heck though, if you can bounce off a copy and make yourself a few bucks, then have at it! But don’t hold onto this comic too long if you you want some serious cash for it. NOW is the time you’ll get max money on that pretty cover variant, not later. Unless of course it has the criteria I spoke about already.
Spider-Gwen #26 – Gwenom is real hot character right now, the story continues this week.
Batman Creature Of The Night #1 – A newer focus on the Batman origin. Creators Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon.
Giantkillers #0 – New IDW series from Bart Sears, Ron Marz and Tom Raney.

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Buy/Bid – Adventure Comics #210

Buy/Bid – Detective Comics #336

Also appearing in this weeks InvestComics Hot Picks #503
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New Talent Showcase #1 (1984)
New Talent Showcase 2017 #1
Super Sons Annual #1
Adventure Comics #210 (1955)
Batman and Robin #2 (2011)
Batman Annual #2
Green Lantern Corps #33
Justice League Of America Annual #1
Mystik U #1
Detective Comics #336 (1965)
Captain America Sam Wilson #11
Darkhawk #1 (1991)
Darkhawk #51
Ominous Press World Premiere #1 (2016)
Trump’s Titans #2
Darchon #1Wayward Sons #1Katrina #1, Markipiler #1
How the Trump Stole Christmas
Sink #3
Labyrinth 2017 Special #1
Gravetrancers #1
Chasing Hitler #1Duel Identity #1
Sword Of Ages #1

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 11-29-17

New comic book release day 11/29/17. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite comic covers from the new arrivals this week. Shown below are the comic book covers with the cover artist.
Always remember, all of these new comics are just as awesome in the inside as they are on the outside. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Buy/Bid – Eric Powell

Buy/Bid – Sho Murase

Buy/Bid – John Royle

Buy/Bid – Siya Oum

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buy/Bid – Ediano Silva

Buy/Bid – Kevic Djurdjevic

Buy/Bid – Fernando Goni

Buy/Bid – Khary Randolph

 

 

 

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Buy/Bid – Mukesh Singh

Buy/Bid – Emiliano Tanzillo

Buy/Bid – John Cassaday

Buy/Bid – Adam Gorham

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Buy/Bid – Robbi Rodriguez

Buy/Bid – Aaron Lopresti

Buy/Bid – Tim Seeley

Buy/Bid – Jacen Burrows

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Buy/Bid – Santolouco

Buy/Bid – Lee Weeks

Buy/Bid – Smith & Sears

Buy/Bid – Andrew Jerz

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Mattina & McFarlane

Buy/Bid – Leon

Buy/Bid – Derek Kirk Kim

 

 

 

 

 

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InvestComics Hot Picks #503

InvestComics Hot Picks provides readers and speculators the low down on the new releases coming out on Wednesday each week.
Hot Picks have been weekly since 2005. InvestComics LLC is the longest running entertainment/speculative website on the net.
This week, new comic book release day 11/29/17.

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Buy/Bid – Batman Annual #2

Buy/Bid – Batman Creature #1

Buy/Bid – Showcase #1 1984

Buy/Bid – Showcase 2017 #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buy/Bid – Spider-Gwen #26

DC Comics will bring back a great concept book this Wednesday. A comic dedicated to up and coming creators within the industry. In 1984, I recall the New Talent Showcase #1 (1984) comic being a book I truly was looking forward to. I was curious to witness the new blood coming down the pike. The series lasted only 15 issues. Here’s a couple of things to note regarding a comic dedicated to the new talents in the industry. These are points regarding DC’s New Talent Showcase comics in general. First, back in 1984’s version of this series, DC blew all of their “new talent” out too quick. In other words, why would you put so many talents in ONE book, thus not giving the fans MORE of a new talent’s work instead? Don’t give us 10 new writers or artist in on book. Spread it out. Give us two stories with two new creative teams per book, thus making room for more comics to sell in the long run. And the series will last much longer as well. The advertising would consist of leading up to a new creative team(s) by teasing their work well before the releases of their particular story. Make sense? Instead DC will release their New Talent Showcase 2017 #1 this Wednesday with approximately four writers and six artists. Let’s spread this out guys. The second thing, back in 84, these new creators showed off ALL-NEW characters. Why not stick with this plan and wait for one or two or more to hit a chord with fans and run with it from there. It’s a great testing point to create new content for your fans and possibly make money with a new character(s). Having “new talent” draw Batman, Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, etc. is like having a great singer on a talent show sing a Whitney Houston song. Doing an original is where talent really shines. This IS a testing book anyways isn’t it? Third, some of the “new talent” here are in fact not all that new. Yes, their library is not as extensive as others, but they do have quite a few books in their library. The actual first professional work (year) for some of these creators looks something like this, 2009, 2010, 2002, 2003, 2016 and 2005. That’s a 15-year span on one of them, that’s not a “new talent”. Neither is the one from 14 years or 12 years….ahhh! Why not make this a TRUE new talent book? It would be a super anticipated DC series for fans if the format was truly NEW TALENT. Someone wet behind the ears, fresh out of college or an undiscovered talent living in their parent’s basement. Lastly, the New Talent Showcase 2017 #1 sports a cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams. Really?? Ugh, really? We get it, fans love this team, It’ll get eyeballs on it, but why? This makes little to no sense except the fact they’re showing no confidence in a “new talent” to get the job done and sell a comic from its cover. Come on DC, get with it. This is lame.

Buy/Bid – Super Sons Annual #1

Buy/Bid – Batman & Robin #2

Buy/Bid – Adventure #210

Buy/Bid – JLA Annual #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Super Sons Annual #1 is the first met and greet between Krypto and Titus. Yes, they are dogs and hopefully we do not get the first time “real life” meeting of two dogs. That would be gross. And just in case you’re in the market for first appearances of K-9’s, Titus first appeared in Batman and Robin #2 (2011) and Krypto first appeared in Adventure Comics #210 (1955). They are spayed and neutered already too. We know this for a fact. We fact checked.
Get in on the early origin story of when Batman and Catwoman first met. It happens in Batman Annual #2. Written by Tom King and art by Lee Weeks. With a creative tandem like this, you know it’s going to be good.

A new Green Lantern epic story lines hits Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #33 this week. Check out “Twillight Of The Guardians” part one. Creators Robert Venditti and Jackson Herbert.
Sticking with the thought of a great team, Batman Creature Of The Night #1 will feature a new spin on the young Master Wayne’s struggle within. Check out a new tale that changes the way you have always thought of the death of Bruce Wayne’s parent’s and how Bruce emerges as the Batman. The emotional aspect of Bruce comes to light here. Creators Kurt Busiek and John Paul Paul Leon.
If you’re a Lobo fan, then Justice League Of America Annual #1 is right up your alley. A full length story teaming with Black Canary as secrets about Lobo are revealed. Artist Kelley Jones! And writer Steve Orlando.
DC’s new bi-monthly series; Mystik U #1 this Wednesday. Alisa Kwitney and Mike Norton. Collector’s know Zatanna’s first appearance, but her second appearance occured in Detective Comics #336 (1965). 

Darkhawk #51

Darkhawk #50

Darkhawk #1

Mystik U #1

Detective Comics #336

 

 

 

 

 

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Gwenom became an instant hit for Marvel. Now part two of Gwenom; Spider-Gwen #26. A ridiculously awesome Robbi cover too. That’ll make the Best of… this week.
A semi-popular character in the early 90’s makes his return to comics this week. Well, not really returning, but continuing where he left off in his own series at issue number fifty (1995). Darkhawk has appeared sparingly throughout the years right up to an appearance in last years Captain America Sam Wilson #11. It’s actually been a year since he was last seen, so why are we getting a new lease on life exactly? Marvel wants it, so Marvel delivers it. Darkhawk first appeared in his self-titled series; Darkhawk #1 (1991). The new Darkhawk series starts off with Darkhawk #51, with a killer David Nakayama comic cover. Anyone notice how Mr. Nakayama has been nailing some of these comic covers lately? Check out our Best Comic Covers Of The Week post each week, he makes the cut every week now. Always on point since coming onto the scene in 2001, but we’re officially on team Nakayama.

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InvestComics Indie Hot Picks; Indie comics do not always show up on Ebay right way. Please check back on a regular basis, some of the smaller print indie books usually list after new comic book release day or a few days after.

G.I. Joe #246

Giantkillers #0

Hal Green Lantern #33

Ominous Press #1

Spawn #280

 

 

 

 

 

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Spawn #280 Special 666 print run

Returning readers here would know we gave a heads up regarding a new character emerging from the Spawn series. It seems as though the emergence of this new Spawn character superhero is closer to appearing than before in Spawn #280. This could be the true introduction issue so keep an eye out on this. The special McFarlane/Mattina variant print run of 666 copies is blowing up on Ebay right now. 
Emerging (appearing) as a definite new character this week will be the new Snake-Eyes in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #246. SHE looks like a bad-as* and we cannot wait to read this one. Check out some of the great covers appearing on our Best Covers… coming soon.
Straight from the Ominous Press World Premiere #1 (2016) comes Giantkillers #0. All-star creative power here; Ron Marz and Bart Sears. Look for a possible sell-out here.
If the fidget spinner sticks as the final cover of the new Trump’s Titans #2, it will be the first fidget spinner cover ever!! Watch as the other speculative websites pick this up as a MUST BUY!!! We’re just messing and having some fun with the nonsense that goes on. Kind of like the Harley Quinn RARE appearance in that Scooby Doo comic everyone bought into. More nonsense.
Red Giant Productions hits fans with four new number one comics; Darchon #1, Wayward Sons #1, Katrina #1 and Markipiler #1. Mark Fischbach is a Youtube sensation with 11.5 million subs, so it’s quite obvious Red Giant is trying to hit this audience. Although this is not an innovation at all. Nothing new here. Several other comic companies have tried creating a comic book with the Youtube sensation/multiple subscriber and have come away with lack-luster results. Maybe this time will be different and fans of Mark will buy into this comic book venture and make it worth the effort.
The Trump train continues in the comic book world this week with How the Trump Stole Christmas (Antarctic Press). The Brian Denham solicit is an absolute gem here. So much so here it is, word for word. Too funny. “It might be an orange Christmas this y-WRONG! We’re going to have a gold Christmas! We have a new cover, the best cover, a cover that is…is just incredible, it’s incredibly gold. The fake news media probably won’t even report this cover, or they’ll tell you it’s orange, but you know the truth. We are going to have gold foil editions available, and it’ll be so easy to get one, believe us.” Bravo guys, bravo.
Sink from ComixTribe continues to be a hit with the fans. With last months Jock homage cover selling out and drawing even more attention to the series, Sink #3 hits this week. Sink your teeth into this hot series because everyone else has and you’re probably missing out.
Labyrinth 2017 Special #1 (Boom Studios) – Various.
Black Mask Gravetrancers #1 – M.L. Miller and James Whynot.
From Red 5, Chasing Hitler #1 and Duel Identity #1.
Sword Of Ages #1 (IDW) – Gabriel Rodriguez.

Labyrinth 2017 #1

Trump Stole Christmas

Sink #3

Sword Of Ages #1

Trump’s Titans #1

 

 

 

 

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-14-12

Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-14-12        Join the InvestComics Facebook page right HERE

As promised, the InvestComics Stan Lee interview will be coming. It’s in the stages of transcribing (audio not all that good) and will be here shortly. So hang tight!

The second release of the latest MegaCon 2012 Q&A came out. It’s a quick watch and it’s funny!  Click right HERE to watch that OR click on the video to the right of this page, you won’t have to leave here! The video features;  Jimmy Palmiotti, Billy Tucci, Tony Bedard, Frank Tieri, Jeff Balke, Sebastian Piccione, Jason Metcalf, Mike Wagganer, Brian Wolf, Karl Moline, and James Whynot. So go check it out!

Brian K. Vaughan will be returning to the comic book scene this week with a new ongoing series. InvestComics suggests that you check out You Tube’s Famous Faces & Funnies video’s regarding the new comic. Very funny videos featuring FFFIC’s very own Shaun Sorenson, Sebastian Piccione and Famous Faces & Funnies comic store owner Rick Shea.

Saga #1 from Image Comics will come with 40+ pages and no ads at a nice easy price of $2.99. Okay so you get all of these pages from a premiere writer in industry, a solicit that mentions “Star Wars action that collides with Game of Thrones”, written by Brian K. Vaughn, what more do you need here? This is a no brainer folks.

Brian K. Vaughn is well known for his epic comic series from Vertigo; Y The Last Man. If you’re looking for a nice collector’s item, the number one issue will cost you about $40. But buy the trade if you want to read the best written comic material in some time. A nice collector’s piece to own from Brian would be one of his first published works.  Marvel’s Tales From the Age of Apocalypse #2 from 1996 would be the one! This comic should (unfortunately) be found in one of those 50 cent boxes at your local shop. Pick this up and brag to your friends that you own Brian’s first work.

Brian (unfortunately) was a part of one of the biggest errors to ever occur in comic book history back in 1998. Wolverine #131 had an anti-Semitism word that rocked the comic book industry. Brian did NOT have anything to do with this error, but Marvel quickly retracted the comic and reissued the correct wording. The comic commanded some serious cash in the aftermarket after word got out about the error, but cooled down tremendously over time. The error book is only $6 these days.Marvel Comics will milk the new Avengers movie for all it’s worth with a new Avengers title Avengers Assemble #1. Will the big “reveal” happen that everyone suspects in Battle Scars #5? If you don’t know what that may be, pick up a copy and found out!

DC’s Suicide Squad #7 gives the reader the origin of Harley Quinn. Her first appearance of course is in Batman Harley Quinn from 1999. Vertigo will offer up an interesting look into politics, intrigue, and aliens. Yes it’s an election year folks! Saucer Country #1, sounds like fun!

Check out some lovely covers coming your way this week below.

See you soon. Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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MegaCon 2012 Q&A – Part 2

Part 2 of InvestComics at the Orlando MegaCon 2012. Simple task, ask several creators some simple questions and come back with some fun results. This Episode: What Celebrity/Person would you like to meet? And tell us a Joke! Again, check out answers from Jimmy Palmiotti, Billy Tucci, Tony Bedard, Frank Tieri, Jeff Balke, Sebastian Piccione, Jason Metcalf, Mike Wagganer, Brian Wolf, Karl Moline, and James Whynot. Special thanks again to Michael Frick Weber for the Inspiration.

Filmed By: Jay Katz
Video Edits & Graphics: Jay Katz

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-7-12

Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-7-12.

First off, in case you missed the release of the latest InvestComics You Tube video you can catch it right below! Wow look at that, technology! Just sit back and we’ll bring the entertainment to you!

This particular video was by far the most fun I have ever had putting together a montage. Although my video by no means is a new innovation with the piecing of questions together, but it’s “new” to InvestComics! I seriously owe much thanks to Michael Frick Weber for the inspiration to put together such a fantastic video. I’ve seen Michael work his magic with numerous videos and they are absolutely awesome. Check out Michael’s Videos on You Tube or just follow him on Facebook, great stuff.

Here’s the Video and description from the You Tube Page:

InvestComics goes out to ask several creators some simple questions and comes back with some fun results. Check out answers from Jimmy Palmiotti, Billy Tucci, Tony Bedard, Frank Tieri, Jeff Balke, Sebastian Piccione, Jason Metcalf, Mike Wagganer, Brian Wolf, Karl Moline, and James Whynot. Special thanks to Michael Frick Weber for the Inspiration.

Filmed By: Jay Katz

Video Graphics & Edits: Jay Katz

Image Comics gets the spotlight this week with their release of Hell Yeah #1. With a very “Millar/Bendis” feel to this comic, it may sell out due to that factor alone. But with award winning writer Joe Keatinge at the helm, along withElephantmen artist Andre Szymanowicz, this comic does not need much help to sell out anyway.

DC Comics brings back something old something borrowed. Marv Wolman returns with his original series from 1982 called Night Force. If you’d like to check out Night Force #1 from 1982 it would only cost you a dollar more than the new number one coming out this week. Actually you would probably find it in the 50 cent boxes at your local shop if you look hard enough.

DC’s Vertigo line will have a hit on their hands with Fairest #1. Built around the hit Fables series, creator Bill Willingham brings the Females from Fables into their own book. A beautiful cover from Adam Hughes will catch the buyers eye while Phil Jimenez’ pencils on the inside will keep the buyers around for more.

A few number one issues to possibly pick up this week include the latest in IDW’s Infestation 2 Event. The Turtles are in Infestation 2: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1. If you yearn for more of the Avengers movie after seeing the latest trailer (WOW), check out Marvel’s Prelude to Avengers #1……and rounding out this week, make sure to pick up Red Wing’s own Jonathan Hickman’s latest book Manhattan Projects #1.

Also as a reminder, my first written comic will be coming out from Bluewater Productions. Vincent Price: House of Horrors #1 is now available through your Previews catalog or any comic shop on line. You can catch a 5 page preview on Bluewater’s web site right now!

Check out some fantastic covers coming to a shelf near you this week below.

And yes the Stan Lee Interview from InvestComics will be here soon!

Have a great week. Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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MegaCon 2012 Q&A – Part 1

InvestComics goes out to ask several creators some simple questions and comes back with some fun results. Check out answers from Jimmy Palmiotti, Billy Tucci, Tony Bedard, Frank Tieri, Jeff Balke, Sebastian Piccione, Jason Metcalf, Mike Wagganer, Brian Wolf, Karl Moline, and James Whynot. Special thanks to Michael Frick Weber for the Inspiration.

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Zach Bassett and James Whynot

Andra Walt chats with 2 All Stars within the Comic Book Community. Cosmic Times boys and more, Meet Zach Bassett and James Whynot.

Andra Walt: What first got you interested in working in comics?

Zach Bassett: The art and superheroes, I wanted to inspire young artists like myself just as my influences had inspired me.

James Whynot: Ever since I can remember, I was always drawing. I was brought up on late eighties, early nineties cartoons. So I was always drawing the characters. It wasn’t until I was five when I received the Jim Lee run on X-men, that I really become interested in comics. But I was always interested in making my own characters. Don’t get me wrong, I could probably write some wicked good X-men or team type books for Marvel or DC.

AW: How did you first meet each other?

ZB: I met James in college – a time where you’d think I’d be surrounded by like minded people I felt totally out of place.

JW: It was my second quarter at SCAD, and Zach’s first quarter. We met through a mutual friend. And back in the day Zach and I looked very similar. Through this friend we went to a concert with a girl I was dating at the time. We had similar music tastes, but I don’t think we ever talked about comics then. It wasn’t until a year later that we realized we were both in the same major and the same class. And from there its history, we have been best friends ever since in our going on 6 year friendship.

ZB: Just about anybody that meets both of us would say we’re not that similar, we had the most in common of all the people I met there, including my wife – ha!

AW: Tell me about your time at SCAD?

JW: It was pretty awesome. It’s a really wonderful thing when something like college can work in so many different ways. For example, you are there to learn a skill and take to where you could work in the professional environment. Through college, I treated the classes as every man for himself (just a figure of speech, this there were girls in the class). I would look at the best person in class and try to be better than they were. But towards the end of my time at SCAD, I built up a lot of working relationships with people in my classes, and with some of them they have lead to working on projects with them.

ZB: It was a very inspiring and idealistic time, I really did a lot of work and really got the creative juices flowing that have basically kept me going ever since. I got the confidence behind my own, really improved on my strengths and grew to identify and address my weaknesses. I developed a philosophy about my art that has defined my work ever since – for better or worse. And it really seemed like I was firing on all cylinders – when my personal and artistic life was really taking off.

JW: My wallet is hurting a little bit from paying tuition but it’s a great experience. Highly recommended.

AW: Tell me what From Blood is about?

JW: Now my views on this book are totally different from really what the book is about. Anybody that knows me knows that I am an extremely excitable guy. So when I tell people about the book I only mention the violence. But it’s really so much more than that. Its got great character moments and development.

ZB: My original blurb was this: A psychiatrist (Dr. Reese) takes a personal interest in trying to help a particularly violent patient to overcome his mysterious past. When things escalate to the point that a SWAT team opens fire on the two of them, as the patient is trying to break out, he protects the Doctor, who in turn helps him escape. Has the Doctor risked her career on a hopeless muscle-bound psychopath, or can he transcend a past born “from blood?”

AW: So, how did From Blood come to be?

JW: I was taking a “writing for comics” class in college. And one of the stories I turned in was “From Blood” at the time it was titled “One” then “27” but I’m happy with the title now. Since Image has a book called 27. But “From Blood” is a great title and really explains so much about the character and his past.

ZB: I had just graduated college, gotten married and moved to Texas where I was working part time and trying to get my first few gigs in comics. Those ran dry pretty quick, so while walking my dog one day I had time to read James’ final script for a writing class at SCAD (complete with the teacher’s notes and all) and something about it caught my eye. Not for what it was necessarily, but for its potential. I gave James a call and asked for his blessing to add to the script, while preserving what he had written. He wasn’t even sure he still had a copy to refer back to, but agreed and off I went. I wrote as much more than he originally had, tying together plot points that James understood as connected but hadn’t shown in the script and adding some scenes that made the book mean something to me. Anyway, long story short, in about a week I had effectively doubled the length of the book to around 60 pages and gotten it to the point I was happy with it too.

AW: How do you approach writing with Zach?

JW: We work so well together and we bounce ideas on each other. If I could explain it to people it’s kind of like how Craig Kyle and Chris Yost work. They’ll take a book and either split it page per page, or one takes a plot and then the other writes it out the issue. But for anything Zach and I have worked on, we take the same sort of process. I’m more of the high concept guy and Zach adds great character stuff.

AW: How and where did you meet Martin Pierro?

ZB: At Megacon ’09, I think, I grabbed a free promo card for the first Arthur book Martin had done, trying to make contacts and find some paying work. I emailed him a link to my portfolio and we went on from there.

JW: I met Martin at Florida Super Show. Zach told me that he had been working with Martin and maybe I should go check out his company and see what they had to offer. Since meeting Martin, he has become my mentor, and second father. I come to him for advice for comic purchases, work questions, and really anything. Cosmic Times is really such a great place to work on comics. We have a real tight bond. Everyone involved in the books being published always talk.

AW: How did Cosmic Times become involved in this project?

JW: One of the companies that wanted From Blood had to pass because of financial problems they were having. So they passed. A couple months later at one of the conventions, I pitched Martin the story, but he wasn’t in love with the idea initially. I made the book sound like an ultra violent gore fest.

ZB: About 8 months later James had been inking Souled, for Cosmic Times, which I was penciling, and Martin and I were going back and forth on literally hundreds of properties and ideas for 2012, after he explained he was wanting to get as many books out this year as possible. I got him to read our script and showing him all the pencils and partial inks after re-pitching him the story through email or a phone call.

AW: Did Martin contribute to the writing process?

ZB: He initially rewrote almost all of the dialog for the first issue, using the finished art as a guide and we batted it back and forth on probably more than 15 color-coded drafts between the two of us to get everything just right and set everything up to tie back together for the conclusion in issue two. He also asked that we change two or three panels, one to tone down the gore and the others to make the page make sense.

AW: Where would you most like to focus, writing or drawing?

ZB: Well later this year my wife and I will be having our first child and I doubt I’ll have as much free time as I did before. So I will probably be trying to focus more on writing, and possibly doing layouts but my days of detailed penciling are probably starting to move behind me.

AW: Did you read comics in your youth? If so what titles were you into back then?

ZB: I’ve started to find comics I used to have and repurchase them for the nostalgia. I didn’t have other friends that were into it as heavy as I was and none that were artists. I got into reading comics right after the crash, so I was caught between collector and reader, which caused me to get a subscription to Wizard magazine to keep me up to date on what was new, while I bought about $30 of discounted 10-cent-bin comics from my LCS a few times a year.

JW: I think for anyone that knows me and has seen my comic collection. It’s massive. I’ve been reading and buying comics since I was a child. I had an uncle that worked in comics so every time I would see him he would give me a couple long boxes of stuff to read. A lot of X-books, so Avengers, pretty much anything that had come out. I would see him a lot so there was always a ton of comics. I can’t really remember all of them. When I was a child, I was a Marvel kid all the way. I had a DC book here and there but for the most part, just Marvel books because that was what my uncle was into.

ZB: I remember at one point I cut all my favorite panels out of my collection, made a few scrap books for inspiration and maybe kept a handful or issues or so and tossed the rest – which I now totally regret. Thankfully most of the issues I had aren’t worth that much more now – ha!

JW: Being a child of the late 80’s and early 90’s I was a huge fan of Image books. I loved Spawn, and anything that Greg Capullo was working on. Back then I loved the artwork more than the stories; I have since gone back and read all the comics I had from when I was a child.

ZB: I really liked Scott McDaniel’s Nightwing and remember buying Malibu comics’ Mortal Kombat: Blood Thunder #6 as a kid and my mom throwing it away after she told me not to buy “violent” comics. I got a lot of Classic Star-Wars with Al Williamson after seeing the Dave Doorman covers for Dark Empire that was coming out at the time, and I remember liking Darkhawk for some reason.

AW: Do you remember the first comic book you bought?

JW: I remember buying with my own money the first issue and variants of Ultimate Spiderman. Little did I know at the time that those white variant covers were worth money.

ZB: For me it was definitely at the grocery store – back when they used to still carry them in with the magazines – and it was probably one of a few that I can remember: Superman #59, Back to the Future #4, 6, 7, Wild West Cowboys of Moo Mesa #1, or an issue of Ultraman.

AW: Do you currently read comics? If so what titles interests you now?

ZB: I think my mentality of cheap comics from my childhood buying habits still has a strong hold on me. So I don’t buy nearly anything at anywhere near cover price unless I really love the creators. My library is my best friend as far as indie stuff and big events but on a issue to issue basis it’s really spotty – usually I’m just following an artist or an obscure character, then I get into the story. Buying the whole run of Elementals on ebay for $50 has probably been the most rewarding thing I’ve read in the last few years.

JW: I currently read too many comics. I have a stack of about 50 plus comics I have not got the chance to read yet. A lot of the new DC 52 books. Which I’m enjoying. Swamp Thing and Animal Man are two of my favorites right now. And the Green Lantern books. I can’t give enough praise to Green Lantern- new guardians. I seriously love that book. I recommend it highly to fans of GL books.

ZB: Recently I liked the Spider-Island: Cloak and Dagger three-issue series – the art was phenomenal, and there has been a lot of cool stuff in Spider-man: the gauntlet, David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp has such a different style then his earlier Batman: Year One type of work, it is an amazing accomplishment to see him do as an artist. But most of the stuff I’m actually interested in the story for is from two-decades or more back: The shadow, the question, dr. fate, Peter David’s Aquaman, The Spectere, and Daredevil just to name a few.

JW: There is so much I read every month. I would have to say I’m enjoying all of it. And of course The Strange Talents of Luther Strode. Since it’s a great book, and my buddies Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore work on it.

AW: What do you think of the DC reboot?

JW: I think the DC reboot is great, like I said I was never a big DC guy but since the launch its been the only books I’m really getting now. So I would say its worked on me, even though I do read a Marvel book here and there. But I love the new books that have come out of the relaunch.

AW: Who is your comic hero and why?

JW: If we are talking who do I take a lot of influence from, it would have to be Greg Capullo, even as a child I tried to draw like him. But now I try to incorporate aspects and techniques of people I like into my own work and still keep it my own. But there are a lot of people I take influence from. If we are talking Comic book super heroes. Martian Manhunter is my favorite character ever. He is a great combination of brains and brawn. Great origin and he’s got so many powers. And could go toe to toe with Superman and probably beat him.

ZB: As far as creators go it’s a toss-up. There are so many, but right now I’m really trying to get my work to look as effortless and instinctual as guys like Walt Simonson and Rick Leonardi seem to. For a character I would say Grifter from Wildcats, because I’ve always seen him as a mix of three of my other favorite characters, Gambit, Punisher, and Batman.

AW: Zach, it seems that you have become the house penciler for Cosmic Times, how is it working with Martin?

ZB: Honestly, if it weren’t for my positive experiences with Cosmic Times I might have quit by now. The worst people I’ve ever met are people I’ve met in the comics industry, just in the few years I’ve been in it. That may sound pretty depressing but such an immense amount of time goes into making these comics, time away from our families, friends, other hobbies or time we’ll tell ourselves the next day that we should have spent sleeping, all for relatively nothing besides the satisfaction of seeing our work in print. All that unintentionally gets tied up into our work on these books, so that when a project goes south and you get that horrible feeling when you realize you know a project will never see the light of day, it can get very personal very quickly. You have to grow kind of a thick skin to be your own rep and with the anonymity of working with others over the internet, I’ve been saved by James’ cynical perspective more than a few times while being roped along by someone promising untold fortunes only to have it all fall apart after I’ve done my part, but it’s earnest guys like Martin that keep me moving forward to the next project, trying not to get hung up on the snags along the way and believing that there are others like him out there just as eager to find me, just as I am them.

AW: James, you are also inking Souled for Cosmic Times, how is it like working with Martin and Chris?

JW: I don’t come into play really with what happens in the story, Chris and I talk sometimes about stories and ideas, and Martin will get my input on the story here and there. I do like the group mentality that we have with Souled. For example when all of us are at conventions, we normally have a meeting about the books and ideas for books. So that is the perfect time to give your two cents about the current books we work on and maybe any improvements. Four brains is always better than one.

AW: Zach, you also worked with Martin on a book for Bluewater what can you tell me about that project?

ZB: I had planned to do three issues with Bluewater, after Martin had told me about them when we met at Super Show ’10 while he was working on Ariana Huffington So as I finished my first book with them and he wrapped up writing Huffington, we both talked to the editor and asked to work together. We’re both unabashed Star-fans, be it Trek or Wars, so Martin set the story of Bill Gates’ life against a futuristic pair of robots looking back at the history of the computers that allowed them to be built so I could draw some futuristic cities and environments. There are a bunch of nerdy references on billboards and so on that I had fun thinking up, and a few familiar faces in the crowd to round it out. Lastly, there are some double-page-spreads (which is something I’ve only gotten to do a handful of times) in there, that I am especially proud of.

AW: What other projects have you worked on for Bluewater?

ZB: My first book for Bluewater was Female Force: Cher, which I spent as much time penciling as it would have to just ink so on my second book I chose to do both. The result was Steven Hawking’s biography comic, which I am very proud of because so much of that book is actual drawing and creating because there aren’t that many images of Hawking not in a wheelchair, at least not doing the things the script called for. But there’s not a page in that book I didn’t like and the writer was able to fit in similar nerdy Easter-eggs that made it fun to draw, and there’s lots of cosmic stuff that was great fun too.

AW: How much research is involved in working on a Bluewater biographical comic?

ZB: Usually it’s a bunch of research to find reference images, which I usually don’t do as much of, and then finding out as much as I can for the panels where I don’t have any specific reference, so that I can create it as accurately as possible. So with those constrictions I try and have fun with it, like a page in Cher that goes over her history as an actress, I have a reel of film swirling through the page to divide the panels and on Bill Gates we have something even cooler planned.

AW: James, you seem to be Zach’s go to inker, how does that process work for you two?

JW: Zach I know each other styles so well, that it’s easy to work with him. I know what he is looking for when I ink or do finishes over him. And when he is drawing he’ll leave me some stuff to do that plays to my strengths. I would say it’s hard for him, just because my style is always improving and changing. It’s really a good surprise for him when he sees what I have done. We really just help each other grow as artists. We have great chemistry when we work together and the final product always comes out better than we thought at first.

AW: What other comics have you worked on?

ZB: Well, right now, I’m finishing up my third and final issue of a western called No West to Cross that I’m also doing covers on. I’ve done a few stories either penciling, inking, doing both, writing or coloring for various anthologies – usually working with James. A few other small projects here and there but nothing as consistent as with Cosmic Times, with which I’ve now done five issues.

JW: To name a few, Zach and I both worked on a book called Kord and Harley for Arcana comics. I’ve done some issues for Bluewater productions, some anthology work. I just finished up TS-101 for Creature Entertainment.

AW: What comic book conventions are you planning on attending in 2012?

JW: I always try to hit up the big cons. San Diego and New York. 2011 was my con year. I loved Heroes Con. so I might try to do that one. C2E2 maybe. Supercon. Its tough to make a choice of which con to go to. I’ll be gone for most of the summer this year, since I will be in Paris and then Israel. So hopefully I can hit up a few before I leave.

ZB: Living in the midwest it costs a lot to travel and since I’m starting this year, I’ve had to cut back to just Megacon and Denver Comics Fest.

AW: Do you have any interesting or humorous convention stories that you would like to share?

ZB: Well I met Larry Watts (who did the Megacon edition cover for From Blood for Cosmic Times) at Megacon ’09 – my first convention. I was getting a portfolio review at a booth and Larry was in line behind me. While the guy was talking to me, Larry kept bugging me to see my portfolio after he was done. So after it was over we took a look at each other’s stuff and traded numbers. We met back up that night in the hotel lobby where we were both staying and ended up hanging out at the bar for about two hours with Darwyn Cooke and Jimmy Palmiotti. Me and Darwyn started talking about his work on Batman Beyond and the Richard Starking Parker novels, which we both loved. So it’s kind of ironic that just in the last year or two he’s been doing the comic book adaptations, which are great.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JW: I’m not going to go into specifics but any time Martin, Zach, and myself attend cons it’s always a good time. We are like teenage boys that pull pranks on people.

AW: Where will you be located at Megacon?

ZB: I’ll be at the Cosmic Times booth, last year we had two separate booths on opposite sides of the convention center, but this year we will all be together.

JW: You can find me at the Cosmic Times booth and the Creature Entertainment booth. I’ll have to keep people posted on the times for the Creature Entertainment booth though. You can also find Martin and I at the Nerd Nation panel after the con on Saturday I think. Not sure. But go to the two booths, you’ll find me. And if not just look for Greg Capullo’s table, I’ll be standing there being a fanboy – just kidding.

AW: Will you be selling any art at Megacon?

ZB: James and I will be doing sketch covers for Souled #1, and will have the original art for sale from From Blood #1 and Souled #1-2. I may have the pages from Decisions #1-2, but since I penciled and inked them and my wife hand-lettered them they are particularly special to me. But we’ll see.

JW: I will always have my portfolio with me. And everything in that is for sale. I’m not sure if I will have any prints with me this year. Only because it’s more about the books we were doing.

AW: Can you tell me about any of your upcoming projects that you are currently working on?

ZB: I’m collaborating with Martin and James on the concluding issue of From Blood (#2), writing and maybe drawing issue 3 of Decisions and working with Martin on a new title, but I’ll let him talk about that if he decides to. I’m also writing James’ comic mini-series and drawing and working on the plot with Chris Faulkner (of Souled) on an original horror comic mini-series called Undercurrent, which we think Larry Watts will be inking.

JW: I’ve also worked on Bellringers which is waiting for a response from the publisher to move forward on that. Zach and I co-wrote another story called Counterparts which is in production right now. I’ll be working with the writer of Souled on a book that he created. I’m in talks right now to work on a children’s book with a writer right now. I’ve got a lot stuff going on for this year.

AW: Do you try to stay plugged in to the comic book world or follow any news sites or podcasts?

ZB: I used to listen to Comic Geek Speak but now Uncanny X-Cast gives me about all I can stomach of the state of the industry as seen through the eyes two average guys reading the X-universe, and I always get a few laughs. James spends more time in a comic shop per week then he does anywhere else and I talk to him for a few hours probably three times a week or more at night – so I hear it all through the grapevine.

JW: I try not to have upcoming stories ruined for be by going to comic sites, but I do listen to podcasts a lot including Nerd Nation & Uncanny X-Cast.

AW: Do you use social media networks? Why, or why not? If so how can people find you?

JW: I use face book and deviantart. You can find me by searching for James Michael Whynot on Facebook and JamesWhynotInks on deviantart. I think social networking is such a part of people’s lives now, I can’t think of what we did before it, to stay connected with people.

ZB: I see Facebook as a necessary evil for now, it’s reformed the way we interact and stay in touch with our friends – and not necessarily for the better if you ask me. But I have some people that I only keep in touch with through there, so it’s more of an address book of sorts, than anything else. I update xaqbazit.deviantart.com every few weeks or as soon as I finish a project, have some relevant news or images for one of my new my books that are coming out etc. Then I also keep a blog at xaqbazit.blogspot.com, but I’ve become more and more personal over the years and try to keep my nose to the grindstone, believing that if I keep at it I’ll end up where people are looking rather then getting them to look where I am.

AW: How do you think the digital world will affect the comic industry?

ZB: I’ve had some very heated discussions at length about this topic, drawing a very similar opinion to the Uncanny X-Cast podcast I mentioned earlier, but in short: The medium, or way that we interact with it, to experience music has stayed the same, no matter if the actual recording is digital or analog, but with comics the medium is will actually change which is a subtle difference but a paradigm shift in our experience as readers. And I think it will take a new generation of never knowing analog (paper) and a system for sorting through the now possibly infinite middle class of quality (the equivalent of iTunes for comics) for them to ever fully be embraced as anything but a substitute to long time readers like myself. And for digital, I think the price has to be right; if I’m paying more for a digital copy then I can find a physical one and they didn’t have to print, distribute, sort and shelf the issue, then that discount should be passed on to me the reader, I feel. Especially since file formats are so quickly ever changing and evolving, that if I buy a .cbz file now, there’s no guarantee that in five years I’ll be using a reader that even supports that file type and I may be out an issue that I paid for that I can no longer read, while in print I could have kept and read it till I died. But if we don’t find a way that they embrace comics could die with my generation. They’re no longer in grocery stores, barley in newspapers and rarely seen as anything more than a step in the path towards becoming the next intellectual property that TV, movie and toy companies can use to fill their pockets. At one point in time, Stan Lee left Marvel comics to get the cartoons running that introduced the generation before me into the comics wrote and pioneered, but now we’ve made it so easy to get into comic book characters in a post-literate world that you can do it without ever picking up a comic book. Though some have suggested a Netflix or sorts for comics, a flat rate to read anything and permanently own nothing. But that all depends on the mentality and demands of readers. For now I’ll buy what I want to keep and stick to my library card for the rest. But I’m not saying I bought my wife an e-reader for Christmas this last year just so she could read her books. Guess that wasn’t so short, but the transition could mean the difference between a new life or the end of the industry, so it’s on everyone’s minds on the inside of the field and if we’re lucky outside it as well.

JW: I’ll buy a digital comic here and there but I have not made the transition over to completely digital yet. But I don’t know if I will ever just stop buying issues from a comic store. I think it’s a great idea but it’s so young in the stages that it’s in now. I think with ever changing technology it will get better but as of now it’s not for me. I think maybe 10 years from now it will put the LCS out of business just like E-books are doing to book stores. But for now I still love going to the comic shop and picking up my books. I could give you a dissertation on digital verses traditional comics but it would take about a week.

Be sure to catch up with Zach and James at MegaCon! Be sure to check out and BUY From Blood from Cosmic Times at MegaCon! Also, stop by the Cosmic Times table and say hello to CEO Martin Pierro!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cosmic Times presents: From Blood

Comic Times has a spectacular looking 2 part series coming out. They sent us the covers for the first issue. Take a look and read all about, order it! From Blood…..

 

“Patient 27 has a secret, if you want to know what it is .

You better be ready to die for it!”

 

Cosmic Times presents

From Blood

A Two-Issue Mini-Series

About From Blood

For ten years the man known only as Patient 27 has sat in his cell at the Grove Mental Hospital. For ten years he has spoken to no one only occasionally lashing out in violent rages. Doctor Ashley Reese is determined to break his silence and discover what secrets he has been hiding. But is she ready to face the truth about her patient and herself? More importantly, is the world ready to discover what this mysterious man is capable of? Based on a story by James Whynot, written by James Whynot and Zach Bassett with Martin T. Pierro, From Blood is an action packed, violent psychological thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

From Blood issue 1 (of 2) – is a 31 page black and white comic published by the South Florida based studio Cosmic Times, featuring art by Zach Bassett & James Whynot. Issue 1 will debut at MegaCon in Orlando, Florida on February 17th 2012 with a limited convention exclusive edition featuring a full color cover by Larry Watts. A few months after its debut at MegaCon, From Blood will be released nationally with a “regular” cover by Zach Bassett. Preorders for the MegaCon edition are currently being taken at – www.CosmicTimes.net.

About Cosmic Times

Established in 2009, Cosmic Times has become a small-press favorite with such diverse titles as Arthur: The Legend Continues, Decisions and Souled. Publisher Martin T. Pierro (who named Cosmic Times after a fanzine he published back in the mid 80s while still in middle school) is continuing to focus on his goal of making Cosmic Times into a true independent publishing house that focuses on quality storytelling.

About Zach Bassett

Colorado native, Zach Bassett attended the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where he graduated with a BFA from their Sequential Art program. Prior to co-creating From Blood, Zach had worked on two other projects for Cosmic Times; Souled and Decisions.  (Zach is also currently writing the third issue of Decisions.)  Zach has recently completed the critically acclaimed No West to Cross for 215 Ink and has been working with Bluewater Productions on their biographical line of books, the most recent was a Bill Gates biography written by Martin T. Pierro.

About James Whynot

James Whynot attended the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where he developed the concept for From Blood. Teaming up with his schoolmate Zach Bassett, James brought From Blood to Cosmic Times after working with Zach on the sci-fi mini-series Souled.  Beyond his work with Cosmic Times, James has worked with FacePalm Comics and recently signed with Miami based studio Creature Entertainment to work on their new series TS-101. James has also done work for 803 Studios, Bluewater Productions and Arcana Comics.

About Martin T Pierro

Martin T Pierro has a long history of working in the entertainment industry having been involved in television, film and live theater. In 2008 he started working in comics and in 2009 launched Cosmic Times as an independent studio where he could develop projects that focused on quality storytelling. Martin has written Arthur: The Legend Continues and Decisions for Cosmic Times and has also written several books for Bluewater
Productions.

About Larry Watts

The MegaCon exclusive cover marks Larry Watts’ first work with Cosmic Times, but he is no stranger to the comic’s industry. Larry has worked various projects for Alterna Comics, Top Shelf 2.0, Insomnia Productions and most recently Frozen Beach Studios. Larry is also working as Art Director on a project for IDW/Frozen Beach entitled The Pond – Horror Business. Before delving into the world of comics, Larry worked in advertising working on campaigns for Anheiser-Busch and other large accounts earning several ADDY awards in the process.

More information about Cosmic Times and From Blood can be found at –

www.CosmicTimes.net