Colors by Ian Sokoliwski.
Here’s wishing a very happy birthday to my uber-talented collaborator, genius Gene Gonzales! Why not celebrate Gene’s big day by catching up with the interplanetary adventures, thrills and Gonzales glamor of Perils On Planet X?
Have a great day, partner!
I wanted to take a moment and acknowledge the 80th anniversary of cartoonist Alex Raymond‘s seminal interplanetary adventure comic strip, Flash Gordon, which debuted on this date in 1934. I don’t think it’s any secret that Flash, in its many incarnations (comic strip, comic books, novels, TV shows, movie serials and feature film) has been – and continues to be – a major inspiration for Perils On Planet X…
My only 2013 convention appearance will be at the Coast City Comic Con, in South Portland, Maine, the weekend of November 9th and 10th. It looks to be a surprisingly “big” show for this neck of the woods, with a bunch of notable comics guests – Lee Weeks, Mike Norton, Larry Hama, Ed McGuinness, Ben Templesmith, Erik Burnham and many others – and film/TV celebrities, including most of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast, and a reunion of actors from the 1984 cult film Savage Streets!
I’ll have a table in the artists alley and will have copies of my comics, graphic novels and prose anthologies on hand for purchase. I’ll try to have some Perils On Planet X and Gravedigger stuff there, too.
Hope to see some of you there!
Just a small thing, but I’ve added a couple of brief bios to the CHARACTERS page: the beautiful & dangerous Rayvn and the cutthroat Strato-Pirate, Reddjac.
More to come as the saga progresses!
Today, I’d like to acknowledge the birthday of the master of adventure fiction, Edgar Rice Burroughs, born on this day in 1875. He may not have invented the interplanetary romance tale with his first novel, A Princess Of Mars (Edwin Arnold, for one, beat him to the Red Planet), but he refined and defined the genre for every reader – and writer – to follow in his formidable footsteps.
There would be no Donovan Hawke without John Carter. My sincere thanks to Burroughs for the inspiration – and all the hours of reading joy I’ve derived from his stories of Barsoom, Amtor, Caspak, Pellucidar and Tarzan’s Africa.