A permanent temp looking for his purpose in life has one unavoidable calling: everytime he starts a new job his bosses turn out to be supernaturally evil, and he's one with the guts to stop them. Sucks to be him: he can't quit cause ever since his parents disappeared, he's had twin sisters who need a roof over their head. But when a family emergency hits, he's takes his freaky life on the road, and works way towards a job interview with destiny. All this plus giant cockroaches, vampires and some killer cows too.
That's FREELANCE BLUES: Complete edition coming from Alterna Comics on JULY 15th!
Personally, this is big-- completing a journey with this comic that happened when I first brought it to the New York Comic Con just over five years ago. Publisher Peter Simeti was one of the first professionals to really get what we were doing with this book. Sure it might be a little rough around the edges, but it's got heart (Just like that story of the kid from Brooklyn who got bit by the Spider...)
With any comic book production -- you're looking at collaborating with real people, and sometimes when you're getting that first thing out there it is just gonna take time. Original artist Vicki Tierney has some of the most incredibly expressive, cartoony art around. Becca TR got us over the finish line. We had kick ass covers by folks like Mike Del Mundo, John Lang and Stephen Sayer.
And now we're getting out to the wider world through digital-- Comixology, Amazon, Itunes, Apple. Whatever you've got! We're coming your way.
Which honestly is a thrill. A huge exhale after taking the book to more shows in person then you can imagine. It's my first book, I can't say more than I learned so much putting it together-- this was my comic book bootcamp, and it's storytelling skills here that I have never forgotten. And it was even more fun writing this than anything I've done since. Big part of that was collaborating with one of my oldest friends, Mike Leone, who basically introduced me to the Marvel Universe back in the early 90s.
There's no secret to it-- a lot of what first drew us to comics is all there, baked into the DNA of this book. it's about the struggle. LIFE is a struggle. Every day, every one of us has responsibilities that go beyond what other people can see. And when your 9 to 5 feels like its throwing magic, robots, and undead ghouls your way; and you STILL find the courage to look after the people in your life--well, yeah, then you might relate this too.
I hope to hear from more readers of it soon.
yours from the trenches,