Friday, January 19, 2018

Cosplay Friday: Morrigan

We close out the week with the impressive Britany X's versions of Darkstalkers classic succubus Morrigan. Seems like an apt choice as I continue to work through my succubus-laden urban fantasy, don't you think?

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on Super Powered Fiction this week!


What's up for January 19, 2018

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.)


Writing has been a major focal point, but I've definitely made some time for other work of late! Here's what has been on my table and television for the last few days!



Mississippi Roll: A Wild Cards Novel | Voices of Wrestling NJPW 2017 Year in Review |
Harley Quinn: Hot in the City | Thanos: The Infinity Relativity | Westworld Season 1

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Influential: Wild Cards

I am deep in the heart of the latest Wild Cards volume in between writing work, so it seemed apt to share this classic influential about the series.

Brian Bolland drew the best of many Wild Cards covers over the years.
It is hard to talk about super powered prose fiction in the United States without bringing up the Wild Cards franchise. Conceived by George R.R. Martin in the late eighties and based on a Superworld campaign by some of the original authors, it was the first major work to put original superheroes into prose form.

Now decades old, in many ways the series defined superhero prose fiction. It also proved that a cohesive universe shared by multiple authors was not only feasible but could also be incredibly compelling.

While the first volume in the series was published in 1987, I didn’t discover the series until the very early 1990s however through six hardcover reprints produced by the Science Fiction Book Club and available at my local library.

When I read that first volume, now renamed Wild Cards I, a major revelation hit me. I could combine my love for superheroes and prose into something wholly original. My terrible artistic attempts pretty much ended when I finished that first book and reveled in the adventures of Jetboy, Tachyon, The Great & Powerful Turtle, Golden Boy, The Sleeper, Fortunato and more. They weren’t like the characters in comics. They were far more adult, far more violent and far more real.

The books decision to never hide sex and violence from its pages is a major influence on Walking Shadows. If I wanted to tell the real lives of these young people, I knew I needed to never shy away from their real lives. With that in mind, I set out to make this a series aimed at younger readers with a mature bent while still having some of the high drama of superhero stories.

At the same time, Wild Cards I also did much to encourage the history of the Quadrant Universe. The book stretched across four decades of the twentieth century, interwoven through a subtly altered history. It was a concept I embraced when designing the thousands of years worth of history that make up the backstory of my world, much of which still waits to be revealed.

But if you have never read Wild Cards, go give the first book a chance. The new edition first book even has some new tales by modern authors in it for long time readers. I’m pretty sure you’ll be glad you gave it a try.

Monday, January 15, 2018

New Super Powered coming soon!

I am hard at work on the next edition of the Super Powered newsletter. My plan for 2018 is to get one out approximately every other week, which means I'm already behind one! But I want to make a focused point for anyone interested in my contact to be able to easily find updates about me, my work, the stuff I like and all the other whatnots in my life.

I've been spending a bit trying to find a solid header for the newsletter. Right now, the image above is the current flagship image, but that might change over the next few weeks.

I suspect the newsletter will replace some of my more personal posts on this blog as I focus it more directly on my creative work. That doesn't mean I won't talk about things I love or my influences here, but I would like each of my venues to take a focus over the next year. Super Powered will be part of that, as will this blog, The Wrestling Deep End and my Medium page.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Great Art: Crying Freeman by Ryoichi Ikegami

I've been reading a lot of Ikegami comics of late, so this image from Crying Freeman of love interest Emu Hino drew me in when I found it on Pinterest a few weeks back. I'll probably talk more about Ikegami sometime in the near future, but for now, enjoy the art!

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 the site this week!