Monday, August 21, 2017

Where I've been, or when life comes with no lemonade

This blog has sat fallow for way too long now. After finally getting things up to a regular schedule, life decided to get in the way of everything. Here's a quick rundown of everything that's went down.
  • Left one house. Stuck in a no-tell hotel for a little over a month until the next was ready. 
  • Picked up a second part time job, pushing my work week to nearly 60 hours.
  • Started having seriously bowel pain and bleeding.
  • Went through one colonoscopy, bled even more and went through a second emergency colonoscopy the next day. Spent twenty-four hours in the ICU and another five days waiting to learn I was (thankfully) cancer free.
  • Found out on the same day I learned I was cancer free that my father-in-law had terminal cancer and attended his funeral two weeks later. 
All in all, it's pretty much been the most disastrous summer I've experienced. And I've had some damn rough summers as of late.

Right now, we're about half moved into a new house with the majority of our stuff still stuck in storage. Coupled with the long work weeks and the storm of awfulness, anxiety and depression, it's been challenging to accomplish anything.

But I am hoping to change that in August. I've got two editorial projects in the works now (Pulpsploitation: The Gunmaster and Dino Force.) They will bring an end to my Metahuman Press label, at least as a full-fledged micro-press. At the current time, I do not have it in me to continue publishing and writing. With that in mind, it seemed clear the editing would have to give.

I'm far from done creating nor will I completey give up on new projects with other writers. But I will be looking into a publishing partner for future projects in the near future.

In the mean time, I will continue to blog here and there, update this with things I like and things I think you should like.

Just keep living life. We've only got a finite time and I for one plan on living mine to the fullest.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Great art: Rulah by Christina Marie Lacey

We close out today with a Teen Titans style take on the aforementioned Rulah by the Christina Marie Lacey, a.k.a. Glee-chan. Definitely a very different take but still lots of fun!

As always, you can check out a lot more Great Art over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great art here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on this week!

What's up for June 30, 2017

What's Up is a simple post where I give you links to the books, comics, movies, games and/or music I have been enjoying as of late. Feel free to check them out if you would like to enjoy them as well or give your opinions of these works in the comments below (though do try to keep it spoiler free.)

The Dresden Files: Storm Front | Aquaman: The Drowning | Punisher: Black and White | Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince | Bionic

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Rise of Rulah reviewed!

A classic Rulah cover by the amazing
Matt Baker. 
I grew up with a fascination for jungle heroes. It was a strange fascination, built on the back of many a mediocre Tarzan film. You see, in small town Iowa back in the 80s, it wasn't easy to find copies of Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. Nor were many jungle characters appearing in comics. (Marvel's Ka-Zar book was canceled just as I got into reading comics with G.I. Joe and Transformers.)

But I loved them, conceptually at least. Every Tarzan film I saw from the Johnny Weissmuller classics to the long winded Greystoke, made me think I could do a jungle hero better.

Twenty years later, I made my attempt with a revival of a classic public domain jungle queen. The short story "The Rise of Rulah" revived Rulah, Jungle Goddess, and remains one of my favorite short stories.

Happily, Amazon reader GePop seems to agree. He wrote of my work in his review:
A good, quick read, with a nice quasi-realistic (well, as realistic as this premise can hope to get) explanation of the origin of the white jungle goddess. Good fun, and it rings all sorts of nostalgic bells. I'd like to see additional Rulah stories from this author.
GePop will be happy to know more Rulah stories are in the works. I have no timetable for their release right at this moment, but I am in the planning stages of her return adventure. I have a lot of stories to tell about the character and a lot more weird supporting cast members to develop.

In the mean time, why not check out my Rulah tale right now over on Amazon or Smashwords.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Gandhi was like that! (Kickstart the Week 59)

What if Gandhi's peaceful facade was just his way of avoiding unleashing the monstrous rage beast inside him?

Welcome to the world of Gandhi: The Beast Within. The new graphic novel by Jason Michalski and Antonio Rojo looks to miss hilarity with hijinx as Gandhi goes head to head with none other than Hitler himself.

This looks like a great one for fans of Atomic Robo or just general fans of pure awesome. With six days left, it's just over 50% funded, so head on over to Kickstarter and give it your support.