Sunday, 28 June 2015

FEMFORCE 172 - Full Solicitation info for my comics debut!

Here's the full solicitation information for issue 172 of FEMFORCE from AC COMICS, which will contain my first ever published comics work. I am hugely excited about this, and I really hope those of you who check it out will enjoy it. Massive thanks to Mark G. Heike at AC Comics for this amazing opportunity. 

You can order the issue from all good comic book stores and through the June issue of PREVIEWS. Here's the full rundown of the issue, along with info on the GIANTESS incentive! 

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AC COMICS JUNE 2015
PREVIEWS FOR AUGUST 2015 SHIP
Femforce #172
Company Name: AC Comics
Title: Femforce
Frequency: Quarterly
Issue/Number 172
UPC Code: 799475804861-17211
Retail Price: $9.95
Discount: Maximum Discount 50%
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10" X 6.50"
Page Count: 80 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Genre: Action/adventure/superhero/glamor
Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: August 25th, 2015
Writers: Stephanie Heike, Mark G. Heike, Andrew Hawnt and Mark Holmes
Artists: Rock Baker,  Jeff Austin,  Scott Shriver , Mark Dail, Paolo Bodini, Jacob Bear, Alejandro Alvarez and Juliano Sousa
Cover Artist: Dell Barras

Synopsis:

While the FEMFORCE team struggles with internal problems and SHE-CAT's personal life gets MORE muddled, a mysterious threat stalks. On Dhagor, NIGHTVEIL faces both her mentor AZAGOTH and the villainous VIVARNA. STARDUST remembers more dark secrets from her past, The BLUE BULLETEER risks a haunted house and TARA races to victory.

Special Notes:  For every 3 copies of FemForce #172 purchased, retailers will receive 1 copy of Giantess Comics #1 free. Recent events at FFHQ have left security there compromised, and even as our intrepid heroines try to decide what to do about the situation, a sinister entity plots to take advantage of it.

SHE-CAT seems determined to pick up the threads of her ill-fated relationship with Jack Hughes, but three obstacles stand in the way- former beau Mike(The SCARLET SCORPION) McCluskey, a strange group of freakish misfits- AND Hughes himself.

 NIGHTVEIL, still without her Cloak of Darkness and alone on Dark Dhagor, must deal with her mentor AZAGOTH's disappointment at her loss of the powerful mystic artifact while helping the Dhagorians throw off the oppressive yolk of the evil VIVARNA.

In a pensive moment, STARDUST once again thinks back on the shameful incident from her formative years that led to her abandonment of her Rurian roots.


Also out of the past, Laura(The BLUE BULLETEER) Wiight has a brush with supernatural forces long before her days as NIGHTVEIL, in a haunted house story set in the late 1940's, and a young TARA wins a key prize while upending the malignant forces working against her.


AND in a second, BONUS Stardust story, Dusty faces the mysterious menace of TRAXXIS!!  


As always, this issue of FEMFORCE is 80 pages of great ''good girl" art action and adventure featuring the FF team in both group and solo action. No staunch FF fan can possibly be disappointed. If you LOVE your FEMFORCE book just the way it is, order your copy and you'll get just that.  B

UT- for fans looking for something a little bit DIFFERENT, we're trying something NEW for AC in conjunction with FEMFORCE #172.  
Recently, we put out some "test feelers" online about the possibility of a new FREESTANDING title devoted to GIANT-SIZED females; to be called (appropriately enough)  GIANTESS COMICS.

The response from interested readers was impressive enough that we are going to try out the title. In the past, we've done experiments like this in a "flip-book" format, basically sharing space in an issue of FEMFORCE.  
This didn't always make hardcore FF readers happy, with the perception being that such "guest-features" could be cutting into the total number of actual FEMFORCE pages in the given issue they might appear in.

Well, not THIS time; we are debuting GIANTESS COMICS #1 as a separate, complete, freestanding 24-page black and white full-sized comic book (with it's own spectacular full-color painted cover by Paolo Bodini)- NOT in any way a part of FF #172.


If THAT'S not enough, to promote this new title and concept, we are offering the book ABSOLUTELY FREE, one copy available with every THREE copies of FEMFORCE #172 purchased. If you HAVE to get a copy of GIANTESS COMICS #1, just make sure that your smiling local comic book retailer orders you three copies of FF #172- and tell him you WANT the FREE GIANTESS COMICS #1 that comes with them.


It'll be wall-to-wall giantees action, written by genre specialists including Eric Johnson and Eric Lindberg, with superb art by the same AC regulars that illustrate FEMFORCE every issue. If this special promotion is well-received, we will consider making GIANTESS COMICS an ongoing title in future.  So- anybody out there that remembers our late, lamented GARANTARAMA-THE COMIC BOOK feature- or just wants to see AC do more giant woman stories in general, make sure your retailer orders enough copies of FF #172 to make this free offer a success.

So order FEMFORCE #172 for August through the June 2015 Previews catalog with your local comics retailer to get 80 pages of great GGA action, AND a chance to get a FREE GIANTESS COMICS #1!!

BELOW ARE THE SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE INCENTIVE PROMOTION GIANTESS COMICS #1, IF NEEDED 

Company Name: AC Comics
Title: Giantess Comics
Frequency: Unknown at this time Issue/Number 1
UPC Code: 44268377266700111 (revised/corrected 4/23/15)
Retail Price: free with the purchase of three copies of FEMFORCE  #172
Discount: N/A
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10" X 6.50"
Page Count: 24 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages Genre: Action/adventure/GTS/glamor
Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: August 25, 2015
Writers: Eric Johnson, Eric Lindberg and Mark Heike
Artists:   Dan Gorman, Rock Baker and others
Cover Artist: Paiolo Bodini

Synopsis:

A brand new story  featuring ALL the AC giantess characters -THUNDERSTEP, MARLA  ALLISON, TARA, GARGANTA, DINOSAUR GIRL, ROWENA, FANTASIA, SHAKIRBUTI and THREETA as QUEEN DRUSILLA  goes on a "Multi-World Tour!! Plus, Eric Lindberg's medevil gentle giantess ROWENA  is back with "Rise of the Dark Lady!" Wall to wall giantess action!

Special Notes:  This book is FREE with every THREE copies of FEMFORCE #172 ordered

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Making My Comics Debut

It's a wonderful moment for me right now. After being a comics fan for most of my life, I'm finally crossing over to the other side of the panels and becoming a comics writer. Well, the writer of one story right now, but I am now looking for other comics gigs too as this was so much fun.

The title? FEMFORCE! AC Comics picked up a script of mine for a solo story featuring their popular character STARDUST, and by all accounts it will be arriving in Femforce 172, out in August! 

Pencilled by Scott Shriver and inked by Jeff Austin, the seven page backup story sees Stardust face off against a new villainess linked to her origins.

With this, I feel like I've come full circle. It was Femforce issue 68 in the nineties which was the first place I saw my name in print. They published a fan letter of mine when I was 15 and I've treasured that ever since.

During all of my years as a writer, from the early days as a comic shop blogger, through my years as a music journalist, pop culture columnist and author, there was always the wish that one day I could be part of a comic book.


In a frenzy of random pitch emails and brainstorming a little while ago, I got in touch with AC about the possibility of writing something, and suddenly it's on it's way! Well, not suddenly, but after plot discussions and a fevered evening writing the script.

It was a great learning experience for me as a writer, as it was my first experience at writing for a character I didn't create and also working in some nods to continuity and the character's history, and I'm grateful for it. It was a challenge, but a challenge that I found energising.

I want more.

I'm looking for more comics gigs in the near future, as quite frankly, this was too much fun not to follow up on. It uses a different set of writing skills when writing a comic script, the style sitting somewhere between a screenplay and prose.

 So I've done it now. I'm going to have my work in a comic. Even if I never get to do another comic script ever again, I've made it into the medium I always dreamed of, and I am thrilled.

To be continued?

(I'll post the full solicitation info for the issue this week!)