An Update on Current Projects

black_terror_03_smallWelcome back to Ye Olde Blog!

The sixth volume of Lazarus Gray is still on track for a January release so let’s keep our fingers crossed on that — I’m anxious for all of you to see the book, which picks up where the crossover novel left off. It features several interlinked short stories and turned out very well, I think. It will feature a cover by Ted Hammond and interior art by George Sellas. In fact, the scary-looking fellow to the left will make his debut in this book!

I’m closing in on the halfway mark of the Captain Action novel — I’d love to finish off the first draft before the end of the month.

Immediately after I finish CA, I’m going to start work on the Nightveil novel I owe Pro Se as part of their AC Comics prose line. And *then* I’ll work on the first Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age book and write the second story for Lazarus Gray Volume 8 (yes, 8! Volume 7 is already complete).

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out my short story in Restless, the new mummy-themed anthology from Flinch Books!

It’s Shambling Onto The Shelves…

For immediate release

FLINCH BOOKS RELEASES RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR Six-story collection available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com

Never disturb the dead. For generations, we’ve heard the stories – and the warnings – about those who sleep for centuries yet do not rest. By ancient ritual, by violence or by accident, they are left for dead, but they are not at peace.

Flinch Books, publishers of adventure fiction in the vintage pulp style, unearths some of these legends with the release of RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR, a collection of six terrifying tales by some of the most talented storytellers on the New Pulp landscape: Barry Reese, Teel James Glenn, Sam Gafford, Duane Spurlock, John C. Bruening and Nancy Hansen. The anthology is edited by Flinch Books founder and content editor Jim Beard and publishing partner/editor John C. Bruening.

RESTLESS is available now in print format on Amazon.com and Barnesanadnoble.com. A Kindle version will be available later in 2017.

The world knows well of Imhotep, Ankhesenamon and other icons of ancient Egypt who continue to fascinate and mystify long after their passing. The tales of their reawakening and the horrors they bring back with them from the dead have been the stuff of legend for generations.

But beyond the pyramids and desert sands of the Middle East, there are mummies who sleep in other, less likely parts of the world – South America, Europe, Asia and beyond. Wherever their place of origin, whatever their horrific demise, they dare to defy death itself and return to the realm of the living to settle that which remains unresolved.

“Mummies stand as some of the most underserved monsters in fiction,” notes Flinch Co-Founder Jim Beard. “RESTLESS is here to balance the scales, and with diversity of theme and locale. Though many of the stories are set in the past, this is a mummy anthology for the 21st century.”

You can find RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR on Amazon.com at the following link:

https://www.amazon.com/Restless-Anthology-John-C-Bruening/dp/0997790318/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

You can also purchase RESTLESS from Barnesandnoble.com at:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/restless-john-c-bruening/1125458020?ean=9780997790313

Founded in 2013 by Jim Beard, Flinch Books is an independent print and digital publisher that produces adventure fiction in the classic pulp style. Previous releases include THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN: HOUR OF DARKNESS; BIG TOP TALES: SIX STORIES OF CIRCUS ADVENTURE; and SOMETHING STRANGE IS GOING ON: NEW TALES FROM THE FLETCHER HANKS UNIVERSE.

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A Year Of Assistance Unlimited!

lazarus_batista_smallIf you’re a fan of Lazarus Gray and the heroes of Assistance Unlimited, 2017 is going to be an exciting one for you! Six years ago we saw volume one hit the market and during that time, these characters have become favorites of so many people… I’m honored that you guys enjoy them as much as I like writing them!

I returned the edits on the sixth volume of Lazarus Gray a few days ago so I fully expect that you’ll be able to buy it before the end of the month! This one picks up where the crossover novel left off — and if you’ve read that one, you know that Lazarus was in a very interesting state when last seen. This book features several short stories that combine into a larger narrative.

Volume seven has already been written, as well. That’s a novel-length tale and is expected to drop sometime in the early summer of 2017. Volume eight will feature five interconnected stories, the first of which has been completed.

We’ll also see the debut of Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age this year. The main character will make her first appearance in the third Gravedigger volume, which should come out in the latter part of the 2017. I expect the first book in the Silver Age series to be published in 2018.

There’s been talk of an anthology that would feature new stories of Gravedigger, Lazarus Gray and The Peregrine by other writers — is this something you guys would like to see? Let me know!

Our art today is the original penciled version of Volume Five’s cover by Chris Batista!

 

My Ten Favorite Comic Book Artists

perezYeah, I like lists.

Anyway, in the past I’ve listed out my favorite Spider-Man writers, my favorite Spidey villains, my favorite classic and new pulp heroes & villains… heck, I even listed out my ten favorite pulp-inspired comics.

Today we’re looking at my top 10 favorite comic book artists. These are guys who always excite me when I hear their names are attached to various projects and over the years I’ve shared their work on my Facebook, on Tumblr, etc.

So let’s go!

10. Steve Rude – The Dude first came to my attention when he was working on Nexus. Loved the way he depicted the entire cast and he’s really underrated in the way that he draws facial expressions. The guy’s a master, period.

9. Jim Aparo – Aparo was the definitive Batman artist for me in the Seventies and I enjoyed his work on the Batman and the Outsiders series a lot. He also did great work on Aquaman over the years and in Brave and the Bold, he got to draw just about everybody!

8. Keith Giffen – If I had made this list in the 80s, Giffen would have been much, much higher. I adored his work on Legion of Super-Heroes but eventually his style became much more manic. I still enjoy it a lot (especially on Kirby-influenced projects) but there are times it comes off as a hot mess. Still, I’m always curious when I see his name attached to a project.

7. Will Meugniot – Will became one of my faves when he was doing DNAgents back in the 80s but I have continued to follow him through his work on Vanity and Femforce. He’s a remarkably talented guy and I’ve loved that I’ve had the chance to work with him on my own books.

6. Gene Colan – Colan was a master of atmosphere. I adored his pencils on Tomb of Dracula, Batman and Night Force. His work on other titles was sometimes a little odd in ways but I still loved his work. I mean, I would never have put him on Iron Man or Daredevil, for instance, and yet his pencils were so awesome that I didn’t even mind that he wasn’t a traditional superhero artist. He did work well on Batman, though.

5. Ivan Reis – The newest name on my list, Reis has really impressed me with his work on titles like Blackest Night, Green Lantern, Justice League and Aquaman. He’s amazing!

4. Chris Batista – I first noticed him on Legion of Super-Heroes and he’s actually my favorite Legion artist because he’s able to perfectly capture their youthful nature. I also really dug his work on Booster Gold and an all-too-brief run on Justice League. Why DC or Marvel hasn’t snatched him up for a major title is beyond me. I think he’d really rock on a New Gods revival, too.

3. John Byrne – Back in the day, Byrne was a stud. I followed him from X-Men to Fantastic Four to Alpha Flight to Superman… At some point, I think his work became somewhat less appealing to me but I still enjoy it. Aside from his work on Fantastic Four, I generally prefer him as an artist and not a writer but he’s capable of doing fine work on both sides of the creative fence.

2. Alan Davis – Captain Britain. Excalibur. The Nail. Batman. X-Men. Superboy’s Legion. I could go on and on. I am mad about his artwork. It’s fun, it’s sleek, it’s everything I want from a superhero artist. I’ve bought books simply because he drew them, even when I knew I’d dislike the story. He’s simply that good.

1. George Perez – The king of superhero artists in my opinion. He’s known for his crowd scenes — and they are awesome — but he’s also a fine character-based storyteller. Look at his run on New Teen Titans or Wonder Woman for proof. And unlike some artists, I find his later work to be just as good as the older stuff… Legion of 3 Worlds, his Avengers run with Kurt Busiek and his work on Worlds’ Finest are all fine examples of his more recent books that I think are great. For me, I’ll always associate him with the Titans first and foremost, then his work on Crisis. He also drew a fine, fine run of JLA.

Merry Christmas!

rook_v2_kaslov_smallMerry Christmas to all my fans and friends! Take the day to cherish those who are close to you! I hope that you guys find some pulpy goodness under the tree — and, as Leonid Kaslov shows in this image from The Peregrine series, if you confront evil today, kick its ass!

Regular postings will resume soon!

A Mega-Review of Peregrine Volume 3!

img_7870Wojtek is back with an in-depth look at the third volume in The Peregrine Omnibus series. Let’s see what he had to say:

“Third time, and still with charm!”

I am not going to lie.

I am an incurable fanboy of Mr. Reese’s writing, so I was really waiting for this book to be released since I finished “The Peregrine Omnibus – Volume Two” back in January of 2016.

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What Lies Ahead (2017 Preview)

captain-action00-cover2016 has been a busy year but the one that lies ahead is shaping up to be an even bigger one! We should see two more releases in the next few weeks and I’m excited about both. Look for The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Six from Pro Se and Restless from Flinch Books — hopefully both will sneak in under the 2016 wire.

2017 should see the following books definitely published:

  • The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume Three: King’s Judgment will wrap up the Charity Grace trilogy. It’s written and the interiors by Chris Batista are complete. We’re still waiting on the George Sellas cover.
  • The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Seven is completely written and all artwork is in.
  • Captain Action Volume Three is co-written by myself and Jim Beard. I’m about to start work on this one.
  • An anthology project from Jeff Deischer. I haven’t seen him mention the title yet so I don’t want to reveal it but I’d be working on a character created by Jeff.
  • Nightveil is one of the first books in the new AC Comics/Pro Se partnership and I’m writing a digest novel starring this magical heroine.
  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar – I wrote a short story for this character several years ago and I thought it turned out really well. Hopefully we’ll finally see it in print in 2017 from Moonstone Books.
  • I.V. Frost/Moon Man is a team-up that I wrote for Moonstone. It’s been approved and gone through edits so hopefully we’ll see it in 2017.

In addition to the above, I’ll be writing the eighth Lazarus Gray book over the course of 2017 for publication in 2018. I’ll also be writing the first book in the Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age series and I hope to get it out in 2017 but it might end up in ’18. We’ll see how it all shakes out. Then there’s Peter Pixie. I started this novel earlier in 2016 but it got set aside for other things. I plan to go back and finish it off.

Hopefully I haven’t forgotten anything…

I thank you for supporting me on all my past projects and I hope you’ll stick around for the ones coming up!

Our art today is by the legendary Paul Gulacy and depicts Captain Action!