Click above to head over to the Action Age for the second chapter of The Chronicles of Solomon Stone, in which the stakes are raised to entirely logical extremes!
Last week, I talked a lot about Matthew Allen Smith–and for good reason–but I’d be remiss if I didn’t take the opportunity this time around to highlight my pal and yours, Benjamin Birdie, who lettered the entire issue while juggling art chores on The Rack and preparing his own projects for MoCCA. He brought a great skill and design sense to the table–including the deceptively simple logo and the distinct look that he gave to the lettering itself–and I’ve got to admit that without him, TCOSS would only be eighty, eighty-five percent as awesome as it is now.
So please enjoy Birdie’s work as he conveys the unparalleled genius of my script in Chapter Two: The Deadly Doom of Dinosorcery, and let me know what you think of the latest Instant Classic of the Action Age of Comics!
The wait is finally over!
Click the image above to read the first chapter of the all-new, all-awesome Chronicles of Solomon Stone #1, by me, Matthew Allen Smith, and Benjamin Birdie! Thrill to Solomon and Minxy’s latest case and the revelation of the newest–and deadliest–foe to face the World’s Greatest Half-Vampire Private Detective!
I’ll be putting up a new chapter every Wednesday for the next three weeks until the whole 24-page story’s available–including a letter column and Dan McDaid’s incredible pin-up with Chapter 3–and I’ve got to say, I’m actually really proud of this thing.
Not just because it’s the first full-length comic that I’ve managed to produce on my own, but because of the people who came together to make it happen. In all seriousness, Smithy’s not just an incredible artist, he’s one of the best collaborators I’ve ever worked with, and his talents aren’t just limited to making with the pretty pictures. I mean, I’d be lying if I said that the art for Page 6 wasn’t my desktop wallpaper at work, but he also chipped in a few lines of dialogue, and even helped me to make sure that Minxy Flatbush’s dialogue was as authentically British as possible.
So here’s hoping you enjoy The Chronicles of Solomon Stone! Give it a read and let us know what you think!
The Chronicles of Solomon Stone #1 is finished!
The cover, 24 pages of story and the pinup are done and ready for the launch of the first eight-page chapter, next Wednesday, April 8! I don’t want to talk it up too much, but seriously, you guys? Matt Smith and Benjamin Birdie have done an absolutely amazing job with it, and I’m pretty sure that you’re all going to agree that it’s the pinnacle of American literature.
So as we count down the days ’til “Night Falls on the Cosmodrome,” why not relive the magic… again. Thrill to Solomon and Minxy’s first appearance in “Deadly Is the Hydra”, and chill to the intrigue of “One Stake… Medium Rare,” a story that impacts the Solomon Stoniverse to this very day!
Sadly, the novel cycle remains unpublished, but a bold new world awaits next Wednesday over at the Action Age. And that’s real.
I’ve been holding off on this for a while, but since it’s up on The Action Age tonight, I’m proud to annouce that Jersey Gods artist Dan McDaid is doing the pinup for The Chronicles of Solomon Stone #1, with colors by Tamas Jakab! “Night Falls on the Cosmodrome” will a three-chapter epic that starts on April 8, and McDaid’s pinup will be included as a bonus feature with Chapter 3!
ISB readers will no doubt recall that I’m a huge fan of McDaid’s work–not to mention the guy himself, ’cause he’s a prince–and with his permission, I’ve put up a few of the preliminary sketches that he discarded in favor of the final piece for your viewing pleasure. Just click the image above and check ’em out!
Which means that yes: the actual pinup is going to be more awesome than the World’s Greatest Half-Vampire Private Detective Skateboard Champion with a crossbow that is on fire. Believe it.
Those of you who got the ashcan at HeroesCon last year already know the answer to one of those questions, but for the other one, click on over to the Action Age to read the last of our three character profiles for The Hard Ones!
The actual comic is still a ways off, but after today, I can confirm that it’s coming along better than Chad and I expected, and we hope the profiles have gotten you guys interested in the finished project.
So what’s next for the Action Age? Well, I don’t want to tip my hand, but I can confirm that the full-length Chronicles of Solomon Stone thriller will be out next month! And not only that, but next week, I’ll have a special surprise about a bonus to the first issue that I think everyone’s going to love. I mean, who knew I could get a pin-up from…
…but perhaps I’ve said too much.
The actual story’s still a while away, but Wednesday means new content on the Action Age, so click the image above to meet Pete “Dragon Hand” Willis, the other half of the bounty-hunting “recovery agents” we call The Hard Ones!
If you were one of the lucky few who got a copy of the original Hard Ones ashcan last year at HeroesCon, then you already know the Hard Ones. But for the rest of you, we’re going to take the next few weeks to reintroduce the characters as we ramp up to The Year of the Action Age!
Click the image above to head over to the Action Age and get a better look at the concept art of Rusty Shackles and find out a little more about Judah Mitchell–Occupation: Driver!