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?


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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Jay Katz



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IndieCreator with Dino Caruso






*Meet Canada’s “Mr. Anthology” — Dino Caruso, Writer/Publisher Extraordinaire*

Strap yourself in for the 2nd installment of creator contributor interviews from ONE AND DONE, InvestComics’ anthology in support of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (buy it here). Last time we interviewed two ultra-cool hombres from South Africa with five stories accepted to the anthology. This time, we interview the guy with the 2nd most submissions − Canadian comic writer extraordinaire Dino Caruso, AKA “Mr. Anthology”, who has three diverse stories included in our “and-then-you-die” collection. 

Why do we call Dino “Mr. Anthology”, you ask?

Because this Canuck and avid Toronto Blue Jays fan has been in more anthology collections than you can shake a hockey stick at (sorry Dino, “baseball bat” didn’t work for this analogy!). According to the short list on his website at Caruso Comics, Dino’s work has appeared in 26 anthologies from publishers including: Accent UK, Ape Entertainment, Black Glass Press, Black Ship Books, Hamtrack Idea Men, Heske Horror, Metahuman Press, New Reliable Press, POP! Goes The Icon, Red Leaf Comics, Ronin Studios, Terminal Press, Time Bomb Comics, Toronto Cartoonist’s Workshop … well, you get the picture.

Now you can add InvestComics ONE AND DONE to the list.

You’ve read his bio, now hear from the “Antho-Man” himself …

1) You had three stories accepted into ONE AND DONE. Give us a quick logline on each one and your inspiration for writing it.

(DC:)  NO QUARTER was inspired by Star Trek, particularly the original series. I’m a huge fan of TOS and TNG, and this one-pager has got a scene I would have loved to have witnessed in the show! Of course, had one of aliens responded in such a way…the show wouldn’t have lasted very long.

SPOUSE INVADERS was an idea I’d had percolating for quite a while, I just didn’t have a venue for it. The notion of a previously timid character suddenly not taking any more guff really appeals to me.

MELTDOWN was inspired by Firestorm, one of my favorite characters and books when I was a young feller. It was also inspired by Gibson’s love of dynamic action.

2) Who were the artists and letters on the respective stories?

(DC:)  Shawn Richter drew and lettered NO QUARTER. We’ve worked together on several projects, such as AGAINST THE WALL, FISK: SUBSTITUTE HERO, and the in-progress BULLETPROOF. Shawn’s also got a very cool project he’s working on right now called LEGEND OF THE SUNSET PEOPLE.

Simon Fernandes drew and lettered SPOUSE INVADERS. We’ve also worked together on a few things. We’re currently doing a webcomic called THE ADVENTURES OF BELL BOY, which can be found right here. We also worked together on a project called OLGA. Simon’s got a hilarious solo project called SUPERVILLAIN PSYCHE.

Gibson Quarter is the artist of MELTDOWN. We met in Ty Templeton’s workshop in Toronto last year, and we both had stories appear in Ty’s Holmes Inc. anthology. Gibson has worked with Alan Grant in the pages of Wasted, and he’s currently working on a cool project called The Organ Grinder.

Jaymes Reed is the letterer for MELTDOWN. Jaymes has lettered many projects for many companies, and he’s the mastermind of COMICS comics, currently being published by Bluewater. He’s written some very well-researched and entertaining biographies of influential comedians. I’m hopeful that Jaymes and I will have something official to announce in the near future.

3) Which was your favorite, and why?

(DC:)  I like them all, for different reasons. NO QUARTER makes me think; SPOUSE INVADERS makes me laugh; and MELTDOWN shocks me!

But you know, all three of them will always bring back fond memories because I got to collaborate with friends and creators that I admire and respect. 

4) You also recently had a story in an anthology called FEAR by Chainsaw comics. I assume the premise of the anthology is obvious, but can you elaborate anyway and tell us about your particular fearful tale?

 (DC:)  The story’s called BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU HIDE YOUR SECRETS, and it’s about a guy who kept the topic of his writing hidden from his significant other. When she found out about it, she didn’t react very well at all. It’s not based on an actual event, just a little meditation on what can come of being scared of sharing what’s inside you…and the importance of being honest with yourself and others about who you really are.

It’s illustrated by Paul Little, whose work as a colorist can be seen in several Image comics. He did an awesome job.

5) And you had 2 stories accepted into Criminal Element, an anthology by Jason Franks and Black Glass Press. Tell us about these stories and your collaborative creative teams.

(DC:)  I love crime fiction, and I’d previously been part of a project called Acts Of Violence. When Jason came calling, I jumped at the chance to be part of this collection. My two stories are:

SLEEPING DOGS LIE, illustrated by Jae Korim and lettered by Jaymes Reed. And OLD TIMER, illustrated by Vic Malhotra and Chris Martinez and lettered by Jaymes Reed.

SLEEPING DOGS LIE is a story about a double cross (or is it a triple cross…? Can’t seem to keep those straight) that literally comes back to bite someone in an uncomfortable place.

OLD TIMER is about how deceptive appearances can sometimes be.

6) In 2011, the Reading with Pictures anthology that you participated in was nominated for 2 Harvey Awards. What was special about this collection that caught the critic’s attention?

(DC:)  First of all, I think that there were a tremendous collection of wonderful stories and wonderful creators in that book. I was honored to be included. Further to that, Josh Elder and the RWP crew have been very busy as advocates for comics in the classroom and improving literacy. It’s a very strong anthology and I think it’s unique in that its target audiences are young readers and the school system. It always gets a lot of looks at conventions. I make sure to put it in a prominent spot on my table. It’s always nice to have something that the kids can flip through.

7) What other anthologies have you had your work published in? Is there a favorite anthology or story of which you are most proud?

(DC:)  I feel very fortunate to have been included in a wide variety of anthologies. I’m proud of all of them, but some of my faves are:

A (YANKEE) ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME, which appeared in Poseur Ink’s “Side B” anthology. This was a fun story, illustrated by Josh Kemble, about a trip to Toronto to see a David Lee Roth concert.

HOLLOW VICTORY, which appeared in Heske Horror’s “2012” anthology. This story was illustrated by Sami Kivela (who’s 2/3 done illustrating our next project…stay tuned!!) and it’s about my vision of what the end of the world will be like. Play Ball!

HOPE, which appeared in The Sleepless Phoenix’s “Survival Stories” anthology. This one was illustrated by Gary O’Donnell, and it’s got soccer and aliens. Need I say more?

Lastly, I’d like to mention BREAKING THE ICE, which was part of Ronin Studios’ “Hope” anthology. It was illustrated by Jason Moser, and it’s about an urban hero who misjudges the people on the wrong side of the tracks.

8) You have very good luck getting into anthologies — and a healthy does of talent, of course. How do you find the anthologies that you want to contribute to, or do the publishers find you?

(DC:)  A lot of times, you can find out about anthologies by doing a Google search to see who’s taking submissions. There are also boards such as Pencil Jack and Digital Webbing that publishers advertise on directly. Both of those sites have “help wanted” bulletin boards.

And after you’ve been around for a while, and gotten to know people, publishers will often come looking for you. Short stories are lots of fun, and I enjoy working on them a lot.

9) Tell us about your web comic, The Adventures of Bell Boy, which you created with artist Simon Fernandes. The main character is a 2nd grade boy with imaginary “super powers”. How many strips have you developed? And what are you ultimate plans for this whimsical superkid character?

(DC:)  BELL BOY is lots of fun. It’s done in the style of a 4 panel newspaper strip, and it’s the story of a kid in grade two who gets superpowers every time the recess bell rings…or at least, he thinks he does. I’d say it’s influenced by Bloom County, Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes.

Simon is an awesome co-creator. He brings the perfect artistic style to this project. He’s amazing with the facial expressions, body language and action. It’s been an absolute joy to work on this with him. It’s my greatest hope that BELL BOY keeps on being heroic on the playground for many years to come. You can read all about him at

This is the only ongoing comic strip I’ve been a part of. I might someday like to try a one-panel gag comic, but for now, I’m really content focusing my efforts on BELL BOY.

10) You also do interviews yourself. Who are some of the more memorable writers and artists that you’ve interviewed?

(DC:) Yeah, I had a lot of fun with my ONE PAGE AT A TIME interviews. They first appeared on the Crystal Fractal Comics news page, but then they were later syndicated to

I mostly interviewed creators I knew, and it was a nice opportunity to give some well-deserved spotlight to some of my friends and collaborators. One creator that I didn’t know, however, was Royal McGraw, who worked on Batman. That interview was pretty cool. I learned a lot. 

11) From several posts on your blog, Community Service seems to be a project that has for a long-time been kept under wraps but is now being dusted off and coming to life in graphic TPB format. Tell us about this project and how you got the momentum going.

(DC:) COMMUNITY SERVICE is a story and script I’m very proud of. And yes, it’s been an ongoing project for about ten years. I’ve revised and rewritten it many times and I’m finally feeling comfortable with it. It’s loosely based on some experiences I had, so it was really important to me that the script felt “right”.

Cecilia Latella, a wondeful illustrator from Italy, is working on the pages as we speak. She has a great feel for the characters and her storytelling is superb. There are no superheroics, horror or crime elements to this story. It’s about regular people living their lives and dealing with the stuff we deal with every day…growing up and trying to figure out who we are and where we belong in the world.

You can follow along on my site,, for updates. I’ve been trying to regularly post our progress with a little bit of commentary. 

12) Last chance to pimp any projects you’re working on, events you’ll be attending and URLs we’ll want to visit to follow the creative works of Dino Caruso. 

First of all, thanks for the opportunity to ramble. It was lots of fun.

Projects I’m working on…hmmm…

Well, there are a couple of things I’m doing for Red Leaf Comics. One of them is a graphic novel called COURAGE, illustrated by Paul Houston. The other is a serial called GRYFALCON, illustrated by Francisco Paronzini (and my good friend Shawn Richter will also illustrate a chapter).

Sami Kivela and I are working on a project for Markosia. The working title is OUTCAST, but that may be changing. Sami’s doing amazing work on this one.

Shawn Richter and I are working on sprucing up FISK: SUBSTITUTE HERO, a concept that I find lots of fun, and we’re soon going to be pitching a project that’s titled BULLETPROOF.

Sam Agro and I also have a couple of stories on the verge of moving forward, but … can’t quite talk about those ones yet. Hopefully soon.

There are also good things brewing with some other super-talented creators, that I hope to be able to spill the beans about soon. Check in with me at or for the latest news.

Whew! That’s an epic amount of pots you’ve got brewin’ on the fire, Dino. From now on we’re calling you “CAPTAIN ANTHOLOGY”! Keep cranking out the great work, and I encourage everyone to check out Dino’s submissions to ONE AND DONE.

Buy it here.

An award-winning indie comic creator and screenwriter, Bob Heske is currently writing/producing a micro-budget horror film called UNREST ( Bob wrote THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST, a vampire horror series to be published by Studio 407 ( with film rights optioned by Myriad Pictures. Through his Heske Horror shingle, Bob self-published his critically acclaimed horror series COLD BLOODED CHILLERS. Bob’s trade paperback BONE CHILLER (a “best of” CBC anthology) won a Bronze medal in the horror category at the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards. His “end times” anthology 2012: FINAL PRAYER was also released in late 2009. Bob was editor and contributor to InvestComics’ ONE AND DONE charitable anthology. Email him at


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 2-1-12

Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 2-1-12

The InvestComics Anthology benefiting Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; One and Done is here! Big announcement/press release on Tuesday, but for now you can order your copy right HERE! We are the number one best seller on Mira right now; take a look at the front page right HERE in case you don’t believe us! This book was a tremendous learning experience for a tremendous cause and I personally want to thank everyone involved including, David Paul, Rob McClelland, James Reed, Tate’s Comics, Mira Publishing, Sebastian Piccione, and Gary T. Becks. Thank you all!

….And to my right hand man on this project, Bob Heske of Heske Horror. Without Bob Heske, this project never comes to fruition. He is a professional, a class act, a mentor and above all a friend. Thank you.

Now on to the Hot Picks for this coming Wednesday.

It looks as though Marvel is testing the waters again with Captain America’s sidekick, err, well not Bucky, but Winter Solider in Winter Soldier #1. The character Winter Soldier created in Captain America vol. 5 #1 (2005) by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting was a well received character to say the least. The asking price for WS first appearance is $20. Not too shabby for a 2005 comic. At least it’s not falling in those quarter bins right? This comic is a great buy right now given the large amount of interest Marvel is showing towards their love for the big screen. Will there ever be a Winter Soldier solo movie? Maybe, no one knows, but it certainly would make a fantastic continuation/spinoff of the Captain America movies. Winter Soldier is a badass and speaking of badass, if you happen to have a quarter of a million dollars laying around, Captain America Comics #1 (1941) dons the first appearance of Bucky……oh and Cap too. A better investment right now than the housing market, guaranteed. This comic will be a half a million dollar book in 4 years, if not less.

…On the lighter side of things (your wallet), Uncanny X-Force #21 debuts Lady Briton? Yes Psylocke has been Captain Britain and Lady Mandarin, but never Lady Briton. Eh, either way, great comic according to Shaun Sorenson of Famous Faces & Funnies – FFFIC.

DC rolls on with their New 52. A highlight this week focuses on newbie Rankoor. Take a look at that Red Lanterns #6 cover, he looks pissed!

What’s better than a zombie book these days? How about a hot chick that kicks their asses? Well then Alpha Girl #1 is for you! Won’t be long before this is a television show…..

So that’s it for this week, be sure to order your One and Done Anthology for a great cause right HERE. Press Release coming!

Take a look at 9 covers that made the cut this week – Covers of the Week below.

See you next week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics One and Done Anthology Announces The Creators To Appear In The Book

The InvestComics One & Done Anthology team announces the Creators that will appear in the book, benefiting The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

West Palm Beach, Florida
October 24, 2011, 2011 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(West Palm Beach, Florida; October 24, 2011) – The InvestComics One & Done Anthology team announces the Contributors that will appear the book, benefiting The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. “It was a long and hard decision, with so many fantastic entries that the team compiled this list of talented creators that will appear in the Anthology” says Katz, President and Founder of InvestComics. “We certainly have seen the best in so many creators, and we thank each and every one of them for their valuable effort and time to submit for such a good cause.”

One & Done Editor’s: Bob Heske says “We’re very happy with the turnout and cannot wait to see this book in print.” And Sebastian Piccione, “This was an exciting project that will certainly be a page turner, one at a time!”

Listed below are the Final entries that will be appearing in the One & Done Anthology.

Congratulations once again to the creators.

Release Date: TBA

About InvestComics

InvestComics™ started as a magazine in 2006; the first issue wasn’t released until June of 2007. The magazine was distributed as a free comic book Investment Guide throughout local comic shops in South Florida. It was also a giveaway on Ebay for any winning bid to receive with their order.

Although the InvestComics™ web site was on line in 2005, it wasn’t until 2007 the web site became the main focal point and the magazine ceased. InvestComics™ wanted to start reaching a broader audience and began to rapidly expand. InvestComics™ became the “Entertainment” Investment Guide as a result of covering many areas in the industry, focusing on entertainment as well as highlighting investment opportunities. Most recently the launch of InvestComics TV (ICTV) has made the site multi-media, attracting some of the biggest names in the industry to appear in a split-screen 10-12 minute interview format.

About Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals. If you wish to support CBLDF, you can visit their website at

*Lucky Charm*

Story & Inks: Mark McKenna

Pencils: Michael Oppenheimer

Letters: John Hunt


*Pusin up Dasies *

Story & Art: Joshua Boulet



Story: Shawn Aldridge

Art: Dean Parks


*Ped Texting*

Story & Art: RJ Balbuena



Story: Arno Hurter

Art: David Edwards


*Saying Grace*

Story: Arno Hurter

Art: David Edwards



Story & Art: Duncan Eagleson


*Captain Amazing to the Rescue*

Created by L. Burke, G. Sorkin and A. Maldonado


*Death’s Hand*

Story: Robert Heske

Art: Adam Swiecki


*Pyrrhic War*

Story: Mike Schneider

Art: Alex Kautz



Story & Art: Rob Jones


*Spouse Invaders*

Story: Dino Caruso

Art: Simon Fernandes


*The Balloon*

Story & Art: David W. Tripp


*Beyond the Heart*

Story: Fabrizio Spurio

Art: Andrea Pucci & Monica Rondino


*Day 366*

Story & Art: Emily McGuiness


*Looking Back Over My Shoulder*

Story & Art: Scott Jason Smith


*Nobody Heeds the Warning*

Story: Mike Schneider

Art: Dorian Bachman



Story & Art: Ramie Balbuena


*Pale Horse*

Story: Alex Williams

Art: Russ Leach


*Reid’s Payback*

Story: Jay Katz

Art: Apriyadi Kusbiantoro

Letters: Jaymes Reed


*Celtic Shaman: A Walk in the Park*

Story: Chris McQuaid

Pencils: Predrag Ivanovic (PEKA)

Inks: Peter Palmiotti


*Final Take*

Story: Arno Hurter

Art: David Edwards


*Blitz Randall – Man of Action*

Story & Art: Dash Simmons


*In Loving Memory*

Story: David Paul

Art: Thomas Tsigaridas


*Prime Directive*

Story: Arno Hurter

Art: David Edwards



Story & Art: Shaun Burnett


*Somebody Save Me!*

Story: Andrew Coppola

Art: Dejan Stevic


*Urban Hunting 101*

Story & Art: Sean D. Spinks


*12 Bells*

Story & Art: Scott Spinks


*Demon Birth*

Story & Art: Ed Quinby


*Edgar’s Song*

Story: Rita Gorgoni

Art: Stefano Cardoselli


*Alas, Poor Hercules*

Story: James M. Biggie

Art: Frankie B. Washington

Edits: Josh Van Reyk


*Dead Wrong*

Story: Robert Heske

Art: Zeu

Letters: Jaymes Reed


*The Bold Man and the Sea*

Story: Sebastian Piccione

Art: Martinho Abreau

Letters: Matthew Grant



Story: Mark Peaslee

Art: Alex Schumacher


*Hit List*

Story: Tom Alexander
Art: Sean Thornton
Letters: Glenn Arseneau


*The Spitfire*

Story & Art: Wm Brian Maclean


*The Vow*

Story: Arno Hurter

Art: David Edwards


*Time Log*

Story: Shawn Atkins w/ Pete Borrebach and Nick Marino

Art & Tones: Shawn Atkins w/ Nick Marino

Letters: Nick Marino


*The Tail-Gator*

Created by Antoinette Rydyr and Steve Carter


*Subject 32*

Story: Josh Southall

Art: James Stone



Story: Dino Caruso

Art: Gibson Quarter

Letters: Jaymes Reed


*No Quarter*

Story: Dino Caruso

Art: Shawn Richter


*A Force in Motion*

Created by Mike Schneider and Eric Schock


*The Hunting Lesson*

Story & Art: Greg Jolly



Story & Art: Chris Wisnia




*Mazscara Pinup*

Art: Gary T. Becks



Story: David Paul

Art: Gary T. Becks


*False Pretenses*

Story: Robert Heske

Art: Zeu

Letters: Alain Norte

*Reprinted with permission of Heske Horror*



Story & Art: Duncan Eagleson



InvestComics’ Deadly Tales: One and Done – Guidelines + Rules

Be a Part of InvestComics’ “Deadly Tales: One and Done” Charitable Anthology

Support a good comic creator cause while having some bloody good fun!

InvestComics is proud to launch “Deadly Tales: One and Done!” – a unique short-graphic tale anthology with 100% of sales proceeds going to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. We need talented, good-hearted creators to make it happen … and get some great exposure and potentially win some cool prizes. Intrigued? Read on …

About the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund:

InvestComics will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF). CBLDF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance and education in furtherance of these goals.

We are working with a printer with a web storefront so individuals can purchase the book online. After the anthology is published, with each sale, we will donate all proceeds to CBLDF (minus printer expenses).

Here’s the premise:

· Create a one-page black-and-white comic story

· Story must have three common elements:

o Limited to one page

o Have mortality or death as a central theme

o Someone bites the dust in the last panel (either shown or implied)

· Story may be any fiction genre: horror, super hero, fantasy, comedy, etc.

· No profanity, racist remarks, or pornographic elements

· No using real people – fiction, fiction, fiction!

· Story cannot exceed one page and must be clearly legible with no typos

· Story title and credits must appear on page (preferably in first panel)

Here are the rules:

· Email your completed story by August 14, 2011 to

· All entries must be complete and meet anthology specs (don’t send us “concepts” to see if we like them – only finished one-page tales will be judged)

· Up to 100 stories will be selected

· If selected, you will receive a waiver whereby you keep the story rights but you grant InvestComics first print rights to your story in electronic and print format for perpuity (that’s forever, folks!). In short, we are the first to publish your work, and we can print it for as long as desired in support of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

· THERE IS NO PAYMENT … but the anthology will be published, we will do our best to promote the hell out of it, and you will be doing your part to help protect creator First Amendment rights.

· Because we will be including up to 100 stories in the book, we cannot provide complimentary copies (which could total as many as 300 books mailed out to every writer, artist and letterist selected – no can do!).

· However, we will be giving away great collectible gifts to random “winners” from the creator teams which will donated from local businesses such as Tate Comics – recognized by the Will Eisner Spirit Awards as one of the best retail comic stores in the world!

· We also will be interviewing several of the contributors to appear on ICTV.

Here are the specs:

· TIFF file, 300 DPI

· Trim size – 6.75 inches x 10.25 inches; Full bleed size – 7 inches x 10.5 inches
Note: Final art must be submitted as FULL BLEED SIZE

· Name your file by story name (for example: OneAndDone.tif)

· Email your file to with “Deadly Tales Submission” in the subject line; and wait for us to contact you if selected

We will be approaching a handful of industry legends as well as “up-and-coming” indie creators to submit, so if your story is selected you will not only be supporting a wonderful cause, you will be in great company which will be sure to provide maximum exposure. Plus you could win some cool collectible prizes and appear on ICTV.

So come on – show us your best, briefest work for Deadly Tales. We dare you to scare us … and join us in helping to protect our rights for freedom of speech and uninhibited artistic expression.

InvestComics’ Deadly Tales: One and Done Anthology

Submissions Open for InvestComics’ “Deadly Tales: One and Done!” Anthology

Publisher promises dire consequences in 100 single-page tales of death and demise, with 100% of profits going to Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

West Palm Beach, Florida

(West Palm Beach, Florida; May 31, 2011) – Comic book and entertainment information website InvestComics has announced plans to publish its first graphic novel anthology with 100% of profits going to Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF). Submissions are now open for the collection, called Deadly Tales: One and Done!, which will feature 100 single-page tales by established and emerging comic book stars.

“Comic creators are amongst the most generous souls on the planet, and they are constantly being asked to contribute free work,” says Jay Katz, President and Founder of InvestComics. “The goal of this anthology is simple: Provide a fun, creative challenge that doesn’t require too much effort but will hopefully yield a powerful collection of work and benefit CBLDF.”

Although the book provides a great opportunity for new indie comic creators to get exposure, it will also include established comic stars covering many genres.

“We’ll be reaching out to established creators whom we’ve featured on our website and our InvestComics TV channel, as well as some of our favorite indie creators,” says Katz. “While we won’t be providing payment for the submissions, we will be offering several exciting fringe benefits … not to mention we will print, publish and promote the book out of our own pockets with 100% of any profits going to CBLDF.

Tate’s Comics in Lauderhill Florida will be providing 10 collectible prizes to 10 lucky contributors to the anthology. Tates Comics has been in business 18 years, and is a force within the comic book community. InvestComics TV will also be interviewing several contributors from the “Dead Tales” anthology.

“Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is all about First Amendment rights” says Katz. “And InvestComics wholly endorses freedom of speech and creative expression – CBLDF is a true cause that we are proud to support.”

InvestComics will also be publicizing the anthology with like-minded comic book websites, including Matt Bergin’s Comics Cure. Katz says InvestComics also plans to run additional contests pertaining to the anthology, including running a cover contest.

“Although the anthology has a ‘death’ theme, in the end we are all about helping the living,” says Katz.

Anyone interested in being a part of “Deadly Tales: One and Done!” can go to the InvestComics website ( for full details on the project and rules for submission and guidelines.

About InvestComics

InvestComics™ started as a magazine in 2006; the first issue wasn’t released until June of 2007. The magazine was distributed as a free comic book Investment Guide throughout local comic shops in South Florida. It was also a giveaway on Ebay for any winning bid to receive with their order.

Although the InvestComics™ web site was on line in 2005, it wasn’t until 2007 the web site became the main focal point and the magazine ceased. InvestComics™ wanted to start reaching a broader audience and began to rapidly expand. InvestComics™ became the “Entertainment” Investment Guide as a result of covering many areas in the industry, focusing on entertainment as well as highlighting investment opportunities. Most recently the launch of InvestComics TV (ICTV) has made the site multi-media, attracting some of the biggest names in the industry to appear in a split-screen 10-12 minute interview format.

About Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals. If you wish to support CBLDF, you can visit their website at