PREVIEW – Book Four “The Tarpeian Rock”

In this action-packed graphic novel, twin brothers, Beowulf and Grendel are lost in ancient Italy, trapped as slaves who must fight for their freedom in the gladiatorial games. There in the arena the brothers will battle fearsome warriors, deadly beasts, and meet another pair of twins, Romulus and Remus. It all leads to the founding of the world’s most epic city: ROME!

If you’d like to keep reading, then join the adventure on the Patreon page where the story is being released episodically every week. There are currently over 40 chapters (150+ pages) available to read right now! If you prefer to read in issue form digital editions are available on Comixology.

The print edition of The Tarpeian Rock is slated for a Spring 2021 release. If you’d like to get updates please join the mailing list!

Revisit The Song of Roland

Revisit the age of Charlemagne, his Paladins, and The Song of Roland, beginning Monday, April 20th, on GoComics! I’ll be posting the story page-by-page, three days a week in refreshed color by Jose Flores (formerly seen only in the book). The Song of Roland is one of my favorite stories and features characters who I always enjoy spending time with, I hope you do too!

Celebrating Snoopy and the Eisner Award

This is some belated news, but worth posting all the same. As some may know, in my other life I am Senior Editor for the Charles M. Schulz Studio. This summer one of the books I co-edited, Celebrating Snoopy, won an Eisner Award for Best Archival Project, Comic Strips! The Eisners are often referred to as “the Oscars of comics” – they are named after the great cartoonist pioneer, Will Eisner and awarded every year at Comic-con International in San Diego. In the comics world getting nominated for an Eisner is a big deal and actually winning one is crazier still.

Celebrating Snoopy was a lovely, over-sized collection of the best of Snoopy through the fifty years of Peanuts. It was published by Andrews McMeel and put together through the hard work of my co-editor Dorothy O’Brien and her team at AMU and my team of assistant editors at the Schulz Studio. If you have the book Celebrating Peanuts 60 Years (which I edited and was published in 2010) then this new collection is the perfect bookend (literally and figuratively).

Here are a few photos from the Eisner Award ceremony which took place on Friday, July 20th. Congratulations again to everyone who helped put this book together and of course, to Charles M. Schulz for creating such a singular character like Snoopy.

The cover for the awards ceremony guide and cheat-sheet
Our book actually got two nominations and had stiff competition!
Back at the Schulz Studio with the award and my assistant editors. L to R: Jason Cooper, Donna Almendrala, Kat Efird, Denis St. John, and Creative Director Paige Braddock. In absentia, assistant editor Nomi Kane.
Me shortly after winning the award and still shell-shocked.
Loki, of course, knew our win was a lock.

PREVIEW – The Rise of El Cid

The third adventure in the Kid Beowulf series, The Rise of El Cid, arrives next month! Below is a preview of the opening scene – this seven-page sneak peek picks up shortly after the events of book two, The Song of Roland. After helping their Uncle Holger and the rest of Charlemagne’s Peers vanquish Ganelon and the Saracens, Beowulf and Grendel become paladins in training…

I hope you enjoyed the preview. If you like to read more, The Rise of El Cid is currently running three days a week at GoComics and you can pick up the story here. You can also pre-order the book here.  And if you are a long-time reader and have read the black and white Kickstarter edition of The Rise of El Cid, then please consider writing a review either at Amazon or Good Reads and tell your friends about it!

PREVIEW – Lay of the Last Survivor

A new story in the Kid Beowulf Eddas series: “Lay of the Last Survivor” debuts today as a digital-only exclusive at Comixology and Amazon Kindle.  Not too long ago I posted some behind-the-scenes process pages for this story, now the story is finished and I’m pleased with how it turned out (the colors by colorist Jose Flores are terrific). For continuity nerds, this story takes place before part two of book one, “The Blood-Bound Oath” and follows an early adventure of Beowulf and Grendel’s mother, Gertrude.

Long before she protected her sons, Beowulf and Grendel, Gertrude protected another…

Led by a brutal warrior, a crew of Viking raiders storms the winter coast of Daneland and takes no survivors.  When fifteen-year-old Gertrude stumbles upon their camp and finds a lone child among the dead she is compelled to get it to safety…or die trying.

Enjoy the six-page preview below, if you want to read more, I’ve been posting more pages on Instagram and you can download the full story today at Comixology and Amazon Kindle.

Download the rest of the story at Comixology and Amazon Kindle!

PREVIEW – The Song of Roland

Giants! Elephants! Roller Coasters?

That’s just some of the mayhem twin brothers Beowulf and Grendel discover in their second adventure! Banished from their homeland, the brothers seek refuge with their Uncle Holger in far-off France, but by the time they arrive, the kingdom is in shambles: King Charlemagne is ailing; his knights have been exiled; and France’s hero, Roland, needs a kick in the pants. It’s up to Beowulf and Grendel to unite the country before it’s taken over by an invading Saracen horde!

Here’s a special sneak-peek of the book available in just one short week – pre-order it today!

Kid Beowulf: The Song of Roland is 280 pages of full color action and adventure and also includes “More To Explore” back matter featuring maps, a character glossary, bibliography, and making-of material.  I think old fans will appreciate the remastered artwork (which features over 20 pages of newly drawn material) and new fans will revel in the adventures of Beowulf and Grendel to come. If you have read and enjoyed the book please consider reviewing it on Amazon and Goodreads – the more reviews it gets the more people will find it!

PREVIEW – Paladins Tale

I’m excited to announce a new short story debuting today called, Paladins Tale!  I teased the story awhile back when I was still in the throes of penciling and inking but had to put the story on hold while I worked on the KidB mobile game.  Now though, I’m happy to report the story is done and I really like how this one turned out!  Here’s the cover…Part of the Kid Beowulf Eddas series, Paladins Tale is a short story that takes place during the events of book two, The Song of Roland.  There is a one page sequence in the book when Ogier the Dane tells his nephews, Beowulf and Grendel how he and the other Peers were betrayed, ambushed, and eventually thrown in prison for high treason.

Ogier’s retelling from Kid Beowulf: The Song of Roland

I wanted to write the story of how the Peers broke out of prison and went into exile together.  Paladins Tale opens after Ganelon has locked each Peer away in separate prisons across Francia.  Through the course of the story we watch each Peer contrives to bust out in his own inimitable fashion.  The story is 45 pages full of daring escapes, bar-room brawls, high adventure, and beautiful colors by Jose Flores.

The story begins online today, at the newly revamped GoComics and will run four days a week through March.  On January 24th it will be available to download as a full issue on Comixology and Kindle and to order as a print version through Amazon.  I will also have copies available to purchase at conventions, beginning this weekend at Lumacon in Petaluma, California.

Below is a preview of the first five pages.  Enjoy!

Paladins Tale is a great companion to Kid Beowulf: The Song of Roland and gives us even more backstory on some of my favorite characters, and with the newly colored Roland debuting in March, it’s the perfect segue into that big adventure.  You can subscribe to Kid Beowulf at GoComics for the rest of the story, and find it at Comixology, Kindle, and Amazon! Finally, here’s a trailer…

PREVIEW – Shild and the Dragon

I’m happy to announce a new story Kid Beowulf Eddas: Shild and the Dragon, debuts digitally today on Comixology, Comics+, Amazon Kindle, and in good ol’ comic book form at Amazon & Createspace! I’ve been working on this story for a while (previous posts can be read here and here) and I’m pleased with how the story turned out.

SHILD_CVRShild and the Dragon is the first story in a new series I’m working on called The Kid Beowulf Eddas – these are short stories that focus on some of the secondary characters from the KidB. Universe.  I have several goals I want to hit with these stories and I think Shild is a good start. Some of the goals include tighter and more focused storytelling: I have a tendency to get verbose (after all, my average book is over 200 pages), so I wanted to do short stories that focused on two-to-three characters.  Another goal was to build out the KidB. universe and play with back stories that fell through the cracks in the graphic novels.  Shild and the Dragon, for instance, is the story of how Hrothgar’s dad lost his hand and the Dragon lost his eye (which had a passing mention in pages 35-38 of Blood-Bound Oath).  The third goal was doing the comic in full color, which I did with flatting help from Jose Flores and cover help from Brian Kolm. Overall, I really like the final package and hope you will too.

Here’s a sneak peak at the first four pages. Hit the links above to get it for your tablets or you can order a copy right here.