Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kickstart the Week: 7 days left for Dino Force!

We have just seven days left now to make Dino Force a reality through Kickstarter. I've added two new reward levels in the last day: one that allows everyone to get five books, either for themselves or as gifts for others. I've also added a level where your name can be added to one of the Dino Force stories. You will be a bit player in the adventure!

Head over to the Kickstarter before time runs out! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Cosplay Friday: Jun the Swan

Gatchaman doesn't have all the staples we're bringing to Dino Force, but it was certainly an early ancestor of the book nonetheless. Linda Le (a.k.a. Vampy Bit Me) did an amazing job bringing the team's female member Jun the Swan to life.

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 SuperPoweredFiction.com this week!

What's Up for May 12, 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.)

Crazy Is My Superpower | Carnage | Wolverine Max | Superman: Son of Superman | Cracked Rear View

Thursday, May 11, 2017

WIP Update: early May 2017

Both my writing and editing time have been extremely limited in the last couples weeks. I've started another job outside writing which eats into the few hours I actually have every week. But I have made some progress on edits for the upcoming second book in the Pulpsloitation franchise, which Teel James Glenn looks to be making a rip-roaring yarn.

I have also started the first few hundred words on a novelette for an upcoming anthology being assembled by other editors for Metahuman Press. This will be the first book I won't have a heavy hand in editing for the line, but I am still contributing to the first of the two planned volumes. I've started coding my projects for the year, especially with several of them going unnamed at the current time, so right now this one will just be PROJECT DEMON. It's the most straight up superhero thing I've written so far this year, so I'm definitely excited to see how well it plays out over the writing process.

I have also started edits on the other Dino Force contributions than mine. I will most likely make some changes to the epilogue after I've done so in order to streamline the finish in a slightly stronger light. Of course, Dino Force is still funding on Kickstarter and awaiting your support. If you love superheroes, giant monsters or robot dinosaurs, this is the book for you!

Today's image is from the opening credits of the first show I ever saw with combining robots, The Mighty Orbots. It's an 80s classic that still holds up pretty well these days.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A few words on the origins of Dino Force

Dino Force started as a concept among dozens of others I came up with as a teenager. I can trace that earliest incarnations' origins to my frustration with the kind of kids shows currently running on television right around my fifteenth birthday. I looked at shows like Power Rangers and Captain Planet, or even older fare at that time like Voltron and the Mighty Orbots with frustration. Here were great concepts at their heart that were filtered by awful children's television standards into claptrap that at best was mindless and at worst talked to its young viewers like morons. It always annoyed me as a child and it annoyed me even more as a teen. So I created a team of five young heroes with the idea they would fill the holes I saw in all those concepts.

I created a reason for their powers, a brief back history and even the saurid threat the initial team would face. But I never set out to really plot their adventures.

Fast forward twenty years. While going through old files and putting together some of the background material for Quadrant, I stumbled upon the old micro-plots I made for the "issues" of Dino Force I wanted to create. I dusted them off, and thought back to all the Godzilla, Ultraman and Super Sentai stuff I'd seen since, even later Power Rangers shows I enjoyed like Dino Thunder and In Space. I realized in those plot points, I had something that might be interesting to develop as a shared world anthology.

Super Kaiju Battle Squadron Dino Force was born. I recruited five other writers to help bring the concept of an international contingent of young heroes coming together to save the world. Two later dropped away from the project and I moved my prologues and epilogues into forming the tale of the team's leader rather than a sixth member. I then took up Dino Green's story in Brazil as well, setting up a full contingent of warriors by the book's end. Along with T. Mike McCurley, Don Gates and Travis Hiltz, we created a novel length anthology introducing our characters to the world.

That anthology is now funding on Kickstarter.

This is one of those weird ideas that came from a place of love and I hope you'll join me in helping making it a reality.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Kickstart the Week 57: The Box City Wallops are back!

Jim Lawson has been a favorite creator of mine since I first discovered the original Mirage Studios version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that he drew off and on for about two decades. He's a consummate professional and a great artist with his own unique style.

So I'm always glad when he has something new. Case in point: the third and fourth issues of The Box City Wallops.

I talked about the first two issues in a previous post and since receiving them have to say they are some fun, truly unique, superhero comics. New people wanting to back the project shouldn't worry however. The previous two issues are also available through the Kickstarter.

So if you love fun heroic adventures, strange characters or classic Ninja Turtles, it is hard to go wrong with this book. Check it out at Kickstarter and consider backing it!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Kickstart the Week 56: Dinoforce launches this week!

This week, the focus is on my latest Kickstarter project. I'll have more on it tomorrow, but stay tuned for Super Kaiju Battle Squadron: DINO FORCE to arrive in the next 24 hours on Kickstarter!

Newsletter subscribers get the first look at the full cover on launch tomorrow, but I'll have full word on the project here as well.

Check out the first look at the Kickstarter banner for this one below!

Art by Chris Hebert!