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Fractured Fables Trade Paperback

The Fractured Fables anthology (Image) to which I contributed has been released now in softcover. To get a taste, read the Pippi van Wrinkles story I did with my pal, Len Strazewski and wife, Mary at my comics site, bluemoontoons.com.



We're honored to in such great company with creators such as Ben Templesmith, Terry Moore, Doug TenNapel, May Ann Licudine, Bill Alger, Alex Grecian, Christian Ward, Jill Thompson, Scott Morse, among many others. There's such a wide array of tales, tones and styles you're bound to like most presented here. And for only $4-5 more, one can still pick up the hardcover copy. Either way - good deal!

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Night of the Bedbugs on iPad, iPhone & iTouch

Although we all like the feel of a book in hands, and there's nothing like a nice hardcover book for kids, digital books and comics are not only probably the way of the future, they're already here. And my Night of the Bedbugs childrens book is catching that wave, thanks to Image Comics and the fine folks at Comixology.

Available as of today for the iPad, iPhone and iTouch for only two bucks.

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Fractured Fables Anthology

I recently received my copies of the Fractured Fables anthology published by Jim Valentino at Image/Silverline Books. My contribution with Len Strazewski (script) and my wife, Mary (fellow colorist) is a twist on Washington Irving's Rip van Winkle called Pippi van Wrinkles. I'm very pleased by the printing and presentation, as well as the company we're in. It was reviewed very favorably in the Washington Times, as well as at Ain't It Cool News, so check out those if you need convincing.

Fractured Fables cover by Mike and Laura Allred

The artist skimming through the book

Pippi Van Wrinkles, page 1

The book is currently available in comic shops and on Amazon, and in fine bookstores everywhere in October.

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Fractured Fables Preview

Here's a color frame (sans dialogue) from a Fractured Fables seven-page comic we're finishing this week. Image Comics/Silverline Books recently announced there will be a 32-page preview comic available for Free Comic Book Day, a primer for the larger anthology book due this Summer. I collaborated on the story with ol' pal, Len Strazewski, and am tag-teaming on the coloring with my wife, Mary, who's carrying most of the load in that regard. Our story won't appear in the free comic, but a sampling of the handful of other fine contributions that will can be viewed at this Fractured Fables article. I posted pencils to another panel from the comic on this blog previously. Now, I betcha can't guess which fairy tale we're retooling?

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Bigfoot Beside Himself, or...Primal Pissed PROOF

Pulling out the stops for one bent-out-of-shape Bigfoot, yet another sketch for the upcoming Kansas comicon.

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Golem Sketches

I did a couple quick character studies over the weekend of Joseph the Golem for my next short story for the comic book, Proof. Don't forget to pickup Proof #16 which features my 7-pg. story, Lodged.

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PROOF Short Story: Lodged

Last month I completed my seven-page story for the Image comic, Proof. It's called Lodged, to appear in issue 16, on the stands in just a couple weeks, January 28.

The covers to issues 16 and 18  by artist Riley Rossmo.

Stop by your local comics shop to pick up a copy with my first comic book work in over a decade. Or, order a copy online at heavyink.com, though it'll probably arrive in your mailbox about a week later. Proof's a great book, Proof being Bigfoot in a suit, and it's a super time to hop aboard if you've missed it so far. The first two volumes set up the series characters and conflicts, and issue 17 will begin the fourth story arc which delves into Proof's intriguing past. Read my previous Proof posts here.

Come on, if you're not already, read Proof. You don't want to disappoint the ink monkey.

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Who Needs Proof?

I've been reading more comics again of late. I went to a comic book shop last week for the first time in over a year, and picked up PROOF #2 (from Image Comics), which is written by a friend of mine, Alex Grecian. I've seen it in some form or another over the last year and a half, from the earliest pages, pre-publication. But it's quite another thing thing to see it all printed, and so nicely, at that. This is one fine book. proof.jpg PROOF is John Prufrock, otherwise known as Bigfoot. He works for The Lodge, an underground U.S./Canadian cooperative which protects mammals and other weird creatures from each other. In this first story arc, "Goatsucker," the reader follows rookie Lodge agent, Ginger Brown as she meets her new large, hairy partner, as well as other members of the lodge, including faeries, jackalopes and dodos. They team up in their inital case here to deal with the goatsucker itself, Chupacabra, or Mexican Bigfoot. This comic is creepy, humorous, thoughtful, and tons of fun to read and look at. Grecian and artist and co-creator Riley Rossmo are enthusiastic collaborators, giving readers plenty of bang for the buck. The stories and characters and the world they inhabit are dense and well thought out. The art is unique, rough, experimental, and pulls you in. A myriad of facts, asides and musings are interspersed throughout in the form of pop-up Cryptoids, a clever device that adds depth and insight, slowing the pace down nicely to avoid a too-quick read. If that weren't enough, each issue features a back-up that's integral to story, and there are many pages of articles, essays and letters to round things out. Rossmo's art is lively and organic. Though stylistically different, he reminds one of a young Paul Pope, experimenting from one style to the next, not letting anything slow him down. Energetic and prolific, he makes this fellow artist jealous. As for the writing, Grecian knows what he's doing. These two together are passionate about PROOF, are well ahead in terms of production and are ready for the long haul. A great thing about this book is that one can read it lightly and just for fun, and it works well in that vein. But if one wants to dig deeper, there's a lot going on under the surface that become more clear upon multiple reads. For example, let's examine Prufrock's name. Taking its cue from an early T.S. Eliot poem, we find that character feeling alienated and disappointed with the society in which he lives. No doubt our Bigfoot hero feels like he doesn't fit in. He may be a mammal, but not one of us, so provides a no-longer-missing link between humans and the other creatures you'll find in this fascinating world. There's a bunch more I could write about, but the highest compliment I can pay these guys is that for the first time in a few years, PROOF has me eagerly awaiting a monthly comic as its released. I've read issue #3 and could easily request more in advance from Alex directly, but I want to go on the ride with everyone else. So I've subscribed through heavyink.com. It's totally worth it. You want proof? Pick up the comic, too. Third issue is due December 27th.