InvestComics Hot Picks #263

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If you are a regular InvestComics monthly newsletter subscriber you found out before everyone else about the very cool things in store for you the fan. Pictured above are the cool giveaways (and one special auction) that will be happening for the next few months. Included in the awesome bunch is the InvestComics One & Done Anthology signed right on the cover by some of the industry’s best. This Anthology which rose over $250 so far for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund will be auctioned off on Ebay with the proceeds going to the CBLDF. Hang tight for that auction (Lots of giveaway contest beforehand). The auction announcement will be splashed all over the InvestComics landscape, so you won’t miss it when it does happen. So who did exactly sign that cover you ask? How about Dan Parent, Chuck Dixon, Billy Tucci, Neal Adams, Alex Saviuk, Nelson Ortega, Terry Cronin, Ethan Van Sciver, Georges Jeanty, Adam Hughes, Rob Hunter, Jim Cheung, Gail Simone, Bob Layton, Whilce Portacio, Rick Osman, Frank Tieri, Bob McLeod, Jimmy Palimotti, Chris Claremont, Mark Bagley, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, George Perez, and Paul Pelletier. And to top off the list, I (Jay Katz) will sign the inside. That’s quite the list there isn’t it?? As for the other comics shown; New Excalibur #1 signed by the Legend himself Chris Claremont, Villains United #1 signed by Gail Simone (Interview on InvestComics Youtube coming!), Tales of the Teen Titans #44 signed by the Legend George Perez, Nightwing Target #1 signed by Chuck Dixon, Freelancers #3 signed by Eric Esquivel (Interview on InvestComics Youtube now! And the comic is up for grabs too right now!), Wonder Woman #169 signed by Legend George Perez, Robin II #1 signed by Chuck Dixon,  and last but not least, Vincent Price House of Horrors #1 signed by colorist Jeff Balke and Writer/CEO of InvestComics Jay Katz! Whew! And finally how about an autograph from Terry Cronin? (Offered up right now!) Or maybe you’re a fan of the Walking Dead? How about an autograph from Zombie walker Michael Koske?! Yes lots to take in, but be sure to enter these contests to win.

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Okay Hot Picks time. There are certainties in life. The character Thanos is one such case. So is the fact that last Sunday InvestComics informed you guys/gals that East of West #1 is a not to miss book. Yes, listen to the Broker when he tells you about the certainties in the collectors market. It’ll do your wallet some good. So getting back to Thanos now, if you ever doubted anything in the speculation market, this one would not be the one to doubt. If you don’t own or are thinking about owning Iron Man #55, stop thinking and do it. I cannot stress enough how much Thanos is going to make an impact on the movie side of things. The best comparison to make here is actually quite simple. Thanos will be the modern day Darth Vader. I have said this before and I will keep saying it. Thanos’ impact in the theaters will directly impact the back issue market. This said, this week Thanos Rising (2013) #1 will be altering the Marvel Universe as we know it. Yes that villain Thanos is going to bring it and you better be ready. This dude is a bad ass.

…..More certainties this week; Harbinger Wars (2013) #1. This comic will be a quick sell out, so you better grab one off the shelf before they disappear.

Superior Spider-Man (2012) #7 will see the return of Cardiac. The first appearance of Cardiac came in Amazing Spider-Man #342. Want to feel old? This comic was penciled by Erik Larsen 23 years ago!! 1990….23 years ago!! Wow.

DC Comics celebrates with a special issue of Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #19. “Mystery of the 900!” Umm, okay.

….More certainties this week; Regular Show #1. This book will be harder to find than any other in the aftermarket for cover price after Wednesday. Yep.

So with Venom (2011 Marvel) #33 we get the ol’ homage cover thingy going. Isn’t that nice? One little thing here though. Spawn #222 a few issues ago did the same exact thing. Two comics in such close proximity of each other paying homage to Todd McFarlane’s (paid himself homage; he’s proud of himself) Amazing Spider-Man #316. Click on the collage below to see a bigger image of all 3 covers side by side. Which one do you like best?

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Okay so wrapping up. How about a bunch of number one and number zero issues to look out for? Miss Fury (2013 Dynamite) #1 (Look at that cover – holy assets Batman!), Robyn Hood vs Red Riding Hood (2013 Zenescope) #1, Steam Wars (2013 Antarctic Press) #0 (interesting concept here, Star Wars theme = sold out), Tales of Fear (2013 Aazurn) #1, Unleashed (2013 Zenescope) #0, Snow Angel (2013 Dark Horse) #0, Last of Us American Dreams (2013 Dark Horse) #1, andPolarity (2013 Boom) #1. 

 

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InvestComics – March 2013 Newsletter

           

InvestComics – March 2013 Newsletter

Welcome Fans!

Back from a very busy/productive Comic Convention, Orlando MegaCon. Being busy and productive equates to a lot of awesomeness1&Done for YOU the Fan! First up is the Superstar studded signed cover of InvestComics’ Anthology One & Done. To date the Anthology has raised over $250 for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. With this Superstar signed cover, we intend to raise some more money for CBLDF! This Anthology will go on Ebay to the highest bidder, with the proceeds going to CBLDF. Here is the list of names that proudly signed the cover: Dan Parent, Chuck Dixon, Billy Tucci, Neal Adams, Alex Saviuk, Nelson Ortega, Terry Cronin, Ethan Van Sciver, Georges Jeanty, Adam Hughes, Rob Hunter, Jim Cheung, Gail Simone, Bob Layton, Whilce Portacio, Rick Osman, Frank Tieri, Bob McLeod, Jimmy Palimotti, Chris Claremont, Mark Bagley, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, George Perez, and Paul Pelletier. And InvestComics CEO Jay Katz signs the inside! Now THAT is a list! Stay tuned for the announcement of the auction on the website. Pictures of the creators signing the Anthology will accompany the announcement. ……Bid often, it’s for a great cause and is a very nice collector’s item! 

Then there are the contest giveaways. And are they some very cool comics….

All of the actual signed comics are pictured in this newsletter are the actual books that fans will be vying for. Starting with New Excalibur #1 signed by the Legend himself Chris Claremont, Villains United #1 signed by Gail Simone (Interview on InvestComics Youtube coming!), Tales of the Teen Titans #44 signed by the Legend George Perez, Nightwing Target #1 signed by Chuck Dixon, Freelancers #3 signed by Eric Esquivel (Interview on InvestComics Youtube coming!), Wonder Woman #169 signed by Legend George Perez, Robin II #1 signed by Chuch Dixon,  and last but not least, Vincent Price House of Horrors #1 signed by colorist Jeff Balke and Writer/CEO InvestComics Jay Katz! Yes there are a lot of potential books to win on InvestComics. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled to the InvestComics Facebook page for contest runs.Titans

Besides the contest, there will be a few interviews going up. InvestComics already posted the (Mr. Incredible Hulk); Lou Ferrigno interview. Click right HERE to check that out. Also had some fun with the King of all Indie Terry Cronin. Click HERE to watch that. There is also a giveaway with Terry’s signature to coincide with that interview. Take a look at the latest InvestComics Hot Picks #262 for details on that right HERE. Also up right now is a Tom Mumme (The Accelerators & Comic Book Men)! Take a look HERE at that. Like the Walking Dead? How about an interview with Walking Dead zombie actor Michael Koske?! And also a chance to WIN his autograph! How about an interview with BOOM! Studios’ Eric Esquivel? Oh yes and win his signed comic Freelancers #3 (pictured below), how about and interview with Buck Rodgers himself Gil Gerard?! This particular interview also features Big City Comics CEO Jeff Kaufman too! The interview is by far the funniest, unpredictable, unscripted InvestComics interview to date. By a long shot folks…..it’s a must watch. Then there is the awesome Gail Simone interview too! How about a Jimmy Palimiotti interview as well? And Legend Pat Broderick? Yes we have him too.

A very special thanks goes out to Sebastian Piccione (Sunday Knight Comics) for hosting many of the interviews, he was a trooper, losing his voice and all. There were two discoveries that occurred at the show as well. 1; Dirk Grobb. He is a phenomenal artist. Fans need to know who this guy is and buy commissions from him if you see him at a show. Not only can he draw, but he’s a super cool dude too! 2; Brianna Floss. This girl did a couple of interviews for InvestComics and was great! She too is a super nice gal and will hopefully stay close to InvestComics for some more interviews because she’s an undiscovered talent! We don’t want to share! Thanks Bri!! Now go LIKE these two awesome people on Facebook right now! Rick Shea and Shaun Sorenson from Famous Faces and Funnies for having me tag along on your fun times around Orlando. Beating all of you guys at mini golf was one of the highlights of my golf career!

Well that’s about it for now. Stay with the website and Facebook page for all of the contest/interviews coming your way!

There will be more images coming out of the InvestComics Publication camp as well! Very awesome artwork coming from David Whalen’s “The Dawning” as well as cover art from Jay Katz’ “The Hunted”.

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks #262

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Okay back from last week’s Orlando MegaCon. And wow what a productive trip it was. Many things to show everyone (interviews), many signatures to giveaway, and a special auction that will be going on Ebay soon. More on that in the InvestComics Newsletter coming out soon. So if you haven’t done so yet, sign up to the newsletter to get an early bid on a unique item that will go to a good cause. It’s quite awesome.

Terry CroninAs for the interviews, check out the InvestComics front page to watch interviews with Terry Cronin (Students of the Unusual), Tom Mumme (The Accelerators/Comic Book Men), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), and many more coming down the pike. Coming up soon; Jimmy Palimiotti, Gil Gerard, Gail Simone, Eric Esquivel, Pat Broderick, and the Walking Dead zombie Michael Koske! ….Getting back to the King of all Indie Terry Cronin for a second. I inadvertently forgot to include the signed copy of the questions he answered with Brianna Floss on the video as a giveaway/contest. Check out the photo of the actual signed Terry Cronin questionnaire that can be yours to the right. All you have to do is sign up to the InvestComics Newsletter and you will be eligible! Sign up to the Newsletter either below (end of this article) or on the front page of the website. Write on the comments below that you signed up. It’s that simple! Winner will be chosen at random. And don’t fret, if you don’t win this time, there are many autograph contest coming your way! Sorry, U.S. residents only.

A special thanks to a lot of people at this year’s MegaCon. Sebastian Piccione (Sunday Knight Comics), Brianna Floss (Awesomeness), Dirk Grobb (the BEST unknown artist that will be HUGE one day soon), Rick Shea, Shaun Sorenson (Famous Faces & Funnies – for just being cool guys and having a great booth), and Shaun Cobble/Kirstie Cobble (Breaking the 4th Wall). You all made this year’s MegaCon a lot of fun and I appreciate it beyond words.

And because of the chaos of last weekend, The Breaking the 4th Wall interview with Legend Norm Breyfogle (via Youtube) went up late. Click right HERE to hear Shaun Cobble spend almost 2 hours with one of the greatest Batman artist ever.

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This week fans get Guardians of the Galaxy (2013 3rd Series) #1. As spoken about already in the InvestComics Hot Picks #258, one can get the lowdown on all of the characters appearing in this title as well as the movie. Click HERE to get the scoop and a head start on these sooner than later to be hot books. Note: Rocket Raccoon is the book to have, get on that pronto. FF (2012 2nd Series) #5 will give readers the mystery of our favorite fiery redhead Medusa. Find Medusa’s first appearance in another FF book, but this one from 1965’s Fantastic Four #36. Not only does this comic give us the first Medusa, but the first appearance of the Frightful Four! This comic is brought to you by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. This explains the $750 price tag for a CGC graded 9.2. On the complete opposite side of the spectrum; Fury Max (2012 Marvel) #10 brings us the origin of Barracuda. The big guy first appeared in Punisher #31 (Max -2006). Find this laying around in the 50 cent bins. Not a bad pick up for the modern day Kingpin. Another week another death. Robin a few weeks ago and now this week in Uncanny Avengers (2012 Marvel Now) #5 we hear that a major character will take a dirt nap.

The new 52 presses onward with their reintroductions. Fury of Firestorm (2011-) #18 gets a redo with the villain Multiplex. Find Firestorm #2 (1978) and buy it. Not so much for the first appearance of Muliplex, but the team that involved with the incarnation is impressive. Gerry Conway, Al Milgrom, and Bob McLeod. And look at the awesome Milgrom cover! Yes this is a keeper. Another comeback occurs in Superman (2011 3rd Series) #18 with H.I.V.E. The first appearance of H.I.V.E. is Action Comics #513 (1980). Again, much like the previously mentioned, the creators on this book are the draw here. Marv Wolman and Curt Swan give birth to H.I.V.E. Having two creators like this on a first appearance comic is quite the find.

Mister X comes back for another round. Check out Mister X Hard Candy (2013 Dark Horse) #0. Mister X first appeared in Mister X #1 (1984 – Vortex Comics) and at one time was a very hot comic. Maybe the new number one issue will heat up the back issue market.

There’s a moderate amount of number one issues (and a zero) to check out this week, but there is one that will sell out quick and command bucks in the aftermarket. Don’t say InvestComics didn’t warn you. When you come across East of West (2013 Image) #1 this week, pick it up. That is all.

Here is the rest of the pack that should catch your eye and investment savvy. Time Warp (2013 DC/Vertigo) #1, Dragon Age Until We Sleep (2013 Dark Horse) #1, and Honey Badger vs The World (2013 Antarctic) #1. Honey Badger still don’t give a sh*t.

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for some very cool contest. And sign up to the InvestComics Newsletter to be the first on the block to know about the auction!

See you soon, invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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Terry Cronin: MegaCon 2013

Having some fun with the best Indie Creator of all…..Mr. Terry Cronin! Brianna Floss at the helm. Take it away Brianna!

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InvestComics Hot Picks 4-18-12 – War Machine Special

Welcome to InvestComics Hot Picks 4-18-12 

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First, there are a few articles and videos that went up on InvestComics this week that you should check out…. if you haven’t already!

There is a MegaCon 2012 Independent Circuit video focusing on various Independent publishers talking up their products and published books. It’s a short video, but very informative if you have not yet heard of some of them. Show your support, go out and buy their products. All of them offer something unique and different from one another. Take a look at this video right HERE.

Also this week, the latest video game reviews went up. Sandbox Episode #6. Jared and David are very on point with their video game reviews with many gamers liking what opinions they have to offer. Agree or disagree, they offer insight. It’s in depth and concise. Check out Sandbox Episode #6 right HERE.

A fantastic Interview from Andra Walt with Independent guru Terry Cronin hit InvestComics this week. Check out that Interview right HERE.

Comic book reviews were aplenty this week. Check out Rob McClelland’s reviews right HERE and the latest video reviews, FFFIC Episode #40 right HERE.

Now on to the Hot Picks this week!

The big book this week involves yet another death within the Marvel Universe. Well, we all assume that this will be a “death” because of the ominous cover of Iron Man #515. Will War Machine kick the proverbial bucket? How long before he comes back? Well who cares really? Honestly, there hasn’t been a major death in the Marvel Universe in a while now. Well actually, didn’t the Human Torch die?? Not counting that death, there hasn’t been anything concrete as far as deaths go. Most readers knew or felt as though Human Torch was coming back eventually. With War Machine, he’s NOT a Human Torch character. Marvel can off him and just find another person to fit inside the suit. There is a Hot Picks article WAY back in 2009 that covered War Machine’s first appearance and more. Back then Marvel was giving a lot of love to WM. Looks like Marvel developed their 7 year itch 4 years early. Go to the Hot Picks 1-2-09 right HERE to get a quick low down on Marvel’s ex.

Staying on topic here with “ominous covers, have you seen the Incredible Hulk #7 cover? Well Marvel promises readers one of the most exciting comics of the year with this one. With 8 months to go in the year, it’s exciting to know we have more exciting moments to come! We hope!  

Amazing Spider-Man #684 heats up with the ENDS storyline. Check out the original Sinister Six in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964). It has only 2 names all over that book. Steve Ditko and Stan Lee. Nuff said.

X-Factor #234 introduces 2 new characters; Insignia and Shutterbug. With X-Factor arguably being the best X book on the market these days, this issue may be a keeper.

It’s a Legion of Super-Hero week on Hot Picks! Dc’s Legion of Super-Heroes #8 brings back an artist that originally drew a very hot series by the same name back in 1984. Steve Lightle takes over the pencil duties this week, but the first time Steve graced the pages of Legion was Legion of Super-Heroes #3 (1984).

 Catwoman has a buddy to go out with and do bad things with in Catwoman #8. Spark is her name and her first appearance was in…….you guessed it, Legion of Super-Heroes #0 (1994).

Another female character to spotlight this week is Supergirl. In Supergirl #8, Silver Banshee is causing all sorts of problems for our beloved hero. Catch Silver Banshee’s first appearance in Action Comics #595. This issue features art from John Byrne! If that isn’t cool enough for you, Supergirl #8 features art form George Perez!

Here are a few Independent comics to check out this week. Dark Horse’s Reset #1 from Peter Bagge. Peter was interviewed on InvestComics recently. If you’d like to read that, click HERE. Hot comic Manhattan Projects from Image comes out with the second issue and also from Dark Horse Resident Alien #0.

Scroll through covers of the week below. As always, some beauties in there!

See you next week.

Invest wisely

Jay Katz

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Interview with Terry Cronin

Andra Walt chats with Independent Comics guru Terry Cronin! 

Andra Walt: Tell us a little something about ‘Attack of the Moss Monsters’ and ‘Psycho In A Box’.  How old were you when you made these, and who were the “stars” of these movies?

Terry Cronin: When my friends and I were in Junior High, (so that makes us about 13 or 14) we got my Dad’s Super 8 film camera and made short horror movies. These were neighborhood hits and included “The Attack of the Moss Monster” starring Eric Mertens, “Psycho in a Box” starring John Hart, and “Afternoon of the Dead” starring Doug Raugh.

 (AW) What is 3 Boys Productions?  Who are Pat Martin, Jeff Hall and Bob Lizek?  Why isn’t this “4” Boys Productions?

(TC) 3 Bros Productions began as a filmmaking group to produce the 16 mm horror film “Under the Bridge”. The principals were me, Pat Martin, and Bob Lizek (Contact, Armageddon).The success of the film led us to found the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival. After two years, Bob was hired to work in Massachussetts and Jeff Hall came on board to be our webmaster, ombudsman, and voice talent. A few years later Bob returned to the great state of Florida and we kept the name as is because we had already garnered some recognition.

(AW) What was the premise and storyline of ‘Under the Bridge’?

(TC) A group of homeless men living under the Melbourne Causeway are being hunted by a predator. The discovery that the monster is a troll leads to a drinking competition and a matching of wits between the troll and “Irish”, the drunken leader of the homeless.

(AW) Are you married?  How long?  Children?  Are your children involved in any of your endeavors?

(TC) Yes, I’m married to the lovely Ava Cronin and we have three children. My sons have all been very supportive of my creative endeavors, working at conventions and volunteering to help at the film festival. My sons even had their own comic book called “Terrifying and Terrific” which I have been told is quite a unique collectible now.

(AW) The Skinvestigator: Tramp Stamp is a wonderful idea for a mystery.  Give us a little synopsis of the story.  Who do you look up to as mystery writers, and why?  This is the first of 3, as I understand.  If these are well received will there be more.

(TC) The Skinvestigator is a series of detective novels about a dermatologist who helps the Miami police solve a murder involving tattoos, illicit cosmetic surgery, international politics, and human trafficking. The three books are titled Tramp Stamp, Rash Guard, and Sunburn and make up the pieces of what I call the Sunshine State Trilogy. I was blessed to have the artistic talents of cover artist Luis Diaz, photographic artist Steven Shea and design artist Gary Scott Beatty to help package these books in an enticing and professional way. I love mystery/crime writers because of the sense of urgency in these novels and the sheer brazen slice of humanity they give us a chance to look at. My current favorite writers include Joe Abercrombie, Ken Bruen, Jim Butcher, Zora Neale Hurston, Gary Jennings, John D. MacDonald, Henning Mankell, and George RR Martin.

(AW) Did I read somewhere that Amazon handled the management of getting this book in stores?  If so, how did this come about?

(TC) Actually I was helped by my local Barnes & Noble who helped introduce me to their corporate office. They took a self-published author like me and helped me to get a publisher and distribution deal. The Skinvestigator is now published by Atlas Books and is available from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Tower Books.

(AW)  You are also involved in a TV Pilot called ‘Adventure Chefs’ and I’m interested in how you came up with this idea.  Has there been interest from any of the networks in this?  Is this along the same lines as ‘Top Chef’ (one of my favorite shows)? Are you a fan of fine dining?  Who are the chefs in the pilot?

(TC) I love to eat and I love to learn and Adventure Chefs is a show that satisfies both these passions.

Adventure Chefs is a unique fusion of shows where we take two contestants put them in a wild environment and give them 24 hours to hunt, forage, and collect edible ingredients and then prepare a dinner for three guest judges. They have to make an appetizer, entree, and dessert and they are judged on presentation, taste, and creativity. It’s a lot of fun and it brings together elements of shows like Survivorman and Man Vs. Wild and mixes them with the competitive cooking aspects of shows like Hell’s Kitchen and Iron Chef.

We’ve filmed in central Florida and western North Carolina and the competitors have included Frank Scibelli (FS Food Group), John Holmes, Adam Long(Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar), and the great Pat Martin!

You can see mini-episodes on I-tunes for free and you can visit our website at Adventure-Chefs.com

(AW) Students of the Unusual is the comic book that you produce and promote; is that correct?  Would you tell us a little about the stories coming up?  I also see that you have this in the Diamond catalogue for distribution, how did you manage that? It appears that it is extremely difficult for an Independent Comic to get into the Diamond catalogue, and why do you think this is?

(TC) Students of the Unusual is a horror anthology that we started in 2004. We were very lucky for many reasons. I met Michael Barone from Fellsmere, Florida who volunteered his print shop to make the program for the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival. As this is a charity event (which raises money for local causes like our local HIV Clinic and victims of domestic violence) it was certainly generous for him to do that. When I saw the beautiful color books he was printing I asked him if he ever printed comic books and he said he hadn’t but that he always dreamed of doing that. So it was a unique opportunity and when we printed our first issue we submitted it to Diamond and they loved. I didn’t realize how lucky we were until we went to our first Megacon and understood how tough the competition truly is. Diamond’s job is tomake money and if they think they can make money selling your book then it’s a win-win. I think nowadays it is better to build an audience online and then seek out distribution of your independent book once you have built a fan base who are ready to buy it.

(AW)  At conventions, I notice that you are very instrumental in getting Independent Producers of comics on panels.  Do you enjoy the flow of ideas that these independent guys have?  Do you think the panels provide the information the attendees are seeking?  And, what do you think the attendees are looking for in these panels?

(TC) At conventions, I notice that you are very instrumental in getting Independent Producers of comics on panels.  Do you enjoy the flow of ideas that these independent guys have?  Do you think the panels provide the information the attendees are seeking?  And, what do you think the attendees are looking for in these panels?

I’ve been to a lot of comic conventions and I think there are two main reasons to go to a panel discussion.  One, you’re a fan of the speaker and you just want to geek out and see what your idol is up to. Or two, you want to learn something. Hopefully our attendees want to learn how to get their independent comic published and distributed. Sometimes we can have a little of both where the fans can also glean some tidbits of useful knowledge.

(AW) Do you think the Independent market is beginning to get the attention they deserve?  It appears that this is an uphill battle for some of the smaller ones (competing with Marvel and DC), but how do you feel the market is doing?

(TC) I’m afraid the comic book market is contracting and that the true mark of independent success is an option for material to be made into a movie or TV show. This seems to be the dream. But as technology becomes more accessible, I think you will see creative comic book makers becoming creative filmmakers.

(AW) How do you solicit artists for your books?

(TC) When I first started I did a lot of surfing on the internet and found artists whose styles I loved. Then I basically begged them to do a short story for me. As we were an untried entity, a lot of artists didn’t think we were legitimate and some were downright dismissive. Despite some failures we were able to assemble a very talented crew who believed in Students of the Unusual and we always paid for their services. Some of the greats who have helped us along the way include Jorge Alderete, Bagger43, Gary Scott Beatty, Sarah-Lynn Brown, Jorge Calamato, J Chris Campbell, Sergio Cariello, Luis Diaz, Jeff Gaither, Micah Harris, Howard Hopkins, Austin Janowsky, Jennifer Janviere, Rob Jones, Katharine Leis, Steve Mack, Brad McGinty, Dove McHargue, Julia Lichty aka ghostfire, Polybernatene, Rick Porven, Caleb Prochnow, Joel Rivers, Steven Shea, John Stevens, Michael A. Tyson, Luandra Whitehurst, Michael Youngblood and so many more. Now when we go to a show, many artists solicit us for an opportunity to be in our book.

(AW) How many years have you been promoting the Melbourne Independent Filmmaker’s Festival?  What are the dates of the next Festival?  What are the requirements for someone to enter a film?  Is there a fee involved?  How would someone get their film seen there?  Do you ever show your films at conventions or other venues?

(TC) The Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival began in 1999. We haven’t set the date yet but it is usually in September at the Premiere Oaks Stadium 10 theaters. There are no fees prior to June 5th and the deadline is July 4th– Independent’s Day!  Go to our website at www.3boysproductions.com

(TC) We have been lucky to show our films at Megacon, Florida Supercon, and at HeroesCon.

(AW) With all the things you have your finger in, ie: doctor, comic book producer, film, TV pilots, etc., what do you want to be when you grow up?

(TC) They say you are as young as you feel. I just hope I continue to feel good!

(AW) What conventions are you planning on attending this year? Megacon, Florida Supercon, and San Diego Comic-Con.

(AW)  How may people find you on line?  Can they purchase any of your books on line?

(TC) Our website address is www.studentsoftheunusual.com

Yes you can purchase comics there. Also you can buy our comics and books on Amazon.com. Join our fanpages for Adventure Chefs, The Skinvestigator, The Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival, and Students of the Unusual on Facebook. On Twittter follow @adventurechefs and @skinvestigator

 

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-21-12

Welcome to the InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-21-12

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Check out the latest InvestComics TV addition; Orlando MegaCon 2012 Indy Panel. The panel features some great talent within the Independent circuit. Featured are Juan Navarro, Martin Pierro, Ricardo Porven, Brian Pulido and with host Terry Cronin. If you are an aspiring artist, writer or publisher then this panel would be for you. You’ll find a lot of great advice, information and tidbits regarding the Independent Comic scene. Check out the video either right HERE or click on the video to the right of this page and never leave here!

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If Marvel can deliver on time with their new series SuperCrooks #1 from Mark Millar and Leinil Yu, they will have a hit on their hands. If not, well you know how that goes. Delayed books equal lost interest, equals who cares.

The next “big” Spider-Man event will begin this week (Didn’t we just have one for Spidey?). Amazing Spider-Man #682 brings in the storyline “Ends of Earth”. With all of the events Spidey and the rest of the Marvel Universe has endured in the past few years, it’s a waiting game to see how long before Marvel pushes the “restart button”.

IDW Publishing will bring back The Rocketeer again in Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1. This popular character created by Dave Stevens first appeared in Pacific Comics’ Starslayer #2 in 1982. This little gem is only $8! Not too shabby.

Stan Lee (who will be appearing on InvestComics soon!) has his new creation coming out this week called Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 #1. It should be a fun book to check out.

Our good friend Jeff Balke colors what will probably be an instant sell out in Dead Pooh from Antarctic Press. Yes its Deadpool meets Pooh. The cover is awesome, the character is awesome, and yes this is awesome.

Here are some other books to check out this week. IDW’s Dorothy of OZ Prequel #1, Image Comics’ Hoax Hunters #0 and Rebel Blood #1, Bluewater’s John Saul’s God Project #1, and Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales Presents The Jungle Book #1.

Scroll through some of the beautiful covers coming out this week below.

That’s it for this week. See you soon.

Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz

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