My ongoing comic book series, The Last Zombie, is now available in digital for those of you who prefer reading comics on your iPads and other electronic devices. Comixology has the first thirteen issues available for immediate purchase HERE.
Note: You can also download a digital copy of my issue of Doom Patrol, as well. And since I’m meeting with the top brass at DC Comics very soon, a nice little sales bump on that would help me out.
DC Comics has cancelled the publication of several previously-announced trade paperbacks, including DOOM PATROL: FIRE AWAY. I have no information on why or whether it will be rescheduled, because I found out from the internet.
Speaking of the internet, Kasey Lansdale and Damien Maffei created an official Twitter account and Facebook page for the forthcoming CASTAWAYS movie. Please Follow and Like if you are so inclined.
I was working on CLICKERS VS. ZOMBIES yesterday when the earthquake occurred. Turtle was upstairs taking his afternoon nap. The house didn’t shake, but it creaked. I thought the sound was footsteps. Assuming he was awake, I went upstairs only to find him sitting up in bed looking scared and dazed. He hadn’t gotten out of bed. Given my vocation, I immediately decided that what I’d heard was a ghost, and my new house was haunted, and the ghostly footsteps woke him up. It wasn’t until my ex-wife got here a few minutes later (as per our extended family’s National Disaster Emergency Plan) that I found out it had been an earthquake.
That’s country and blues singer Kasey Lansdale over there on the right, showing off her latest comic purchases. Which is a nice segue-way into my upcoming comic projects. The Last Zombie trade paperback and To Fight With Monsters are out now, and all 5 issues of The Last Zombie: Inferno are up for pre-order. Issue #3 of Inferno – Planters’ origin story – might be the saddest thing I’ve ever written.
Inferno will be followed by a series of one-shot single issues, before we jump into the next 5-issue story-arc, which finds Ian and the others embroiled in post-apocalyptic Chicago politics. If that sounds like we’re planning ahead, yes, we are. Sales for The Last Zombie have been very strong, and as long as they remain that way, I see nothing preventing us from reaching fifty issues (which was my original plan).
On the non-Antarctic Press front, I’ve got some stuff in the pipeline with a few other publishers, but it is way too early to talk about most of it. Doom Patrol: Fire Away comes out this summer. Marvel just took Dead of Night: Devil Slayer out of print, but TFAW still has copies. Grave Conditions is still in print. And Camelot still has some copies of The Rising: Death In Four Colors. And look for Clickers comics in late 2011!
Fan Blog Doompedia has started an online petition to protest the title’s announced cancellation (announced for issue #22). For more information, or to sign the petition, click here.
It won’t be out until next August, but the Doom Patrol: Fire Away trade paperback, written by Keith Giffen and myself and illustrated by Keith Giffen and Matthew Clarke (boy, that Giffen is a man of many talents) is up for pre-order. Ask for it at your local comic shop, or click here to reserve your copy.
Doom Patrol #16 is out today in comic shops everywhere. It has cannibalism and all sorts of other things you normally don’t see in a mainstream superhero comic. Keith Giffen and I co-plotted it. He drew it. I wrote the dialogue. Al Milgrom inked it. You should buy it. You should buy two copies, in fact. Even if you’ve never heard of the Doom Patrol or think comic books are things read by children, buy three copies. Leisure is a smoking crater. Book publishing is in disarray. The horror genre is in another downturn comparable to the late-80′s. Comic books are an escape route. Buy four copies, so that they’ll let me write more of them. Don’t have a comic shop near you? Then click here to order it online. Buy five copies.
(And while you’re in the comic shop, pick up a copy of the DCU Halloween Special, too, which features my Superman and The Demon team-up…)
You can read the first seven pages of Doom Patrol #16, which I wrote, for free, courtesy of Newsarama. Click here.
Doompedia, the premiere site for Doom Patrol fandom, has an extensive two-part interview with me in which we talk about my previous comics work, what I’ve got coming up in the future, and of course, Doom Patrol #16.
Click here for part one of the interview and click here for part two.
And if you haven’t done so yet, click here to reserve your copy of Doom Patrol #16, which comes out in just a few days.
Just a reminder that I’ve got two back-to-back comics coming out from DC Comics (a division of Warner Bros.) within the next few weeks. First up is my Superman story in the 2010 DCU Halloween Special. You can read it and enjoy it without ever having read Superman, let alone a comic book. I don’t want to give too much away about (meaning I was asked not to) but it guest-stars The Demon and it is centered around the one thing, other than kryptonite, that Superman is vulnerable to.
And next month, Doom Patrol #16 hits the stands. It was plotted by myself and Keith Giffen, written by me, drawn by Keith, and inked by Al Milgrom. It is a stand-alone issue, meaning you can read it without ever having read an issue of Doom Patrol. However, for those of you who do read Doom Patrol, this issue also ties-in closely with the on-going story arc (and introduces a few things that will impact the series in forthcoming issues). It also has cannibalism, face-ripping, angst, and Ambush Bug. How can you go wrong?
Please ask your local comic shop to reserve these for you, or click on the cover images above to order online. Brian Keene Lifetime Subscribers will receive their copies with their next shipment (upon release). And yes, I’ll be doing more for DC in the near future…
“Written by Brian Keene. Art by Keith Giffen and Al Milgrom. Cover by Matthew Clark. And the creative team isn’t the only thing going topsy-turvy in this issue, as strange and terrifying doppelgangers of Rita, Larry, and Cliff appear to attack our heroes!” Click here to pre-order.