The Week Begins…

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rookclaws5_rookAnother week begins here at Ye Olde Blog! I had a great time at Avalon Comics on Saturday – the shop was hopping with folks for Free Comic Book Day and I had some strong sales. I ended up selling 14 books in a little over two hours, had one person bring in a previously book for me to sign, posed for some photographs and met a lot of new new people who were very interested in New Pulp. I ended up selling eight copies of Gravedigger, three of Rabbit Heart, two of The Rook Volume One Special Edition and one copy of The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files. If I’d brought more of Rabbit Heart, I probably would have sold even more of those — the three I brought were gone within twenty minutes and I had people asking about it the rest of the day. Rabbit Heart’s new edition should be out soon from Pro Se — and I think it gets here quickly, ’cause there is definitely an interest in that property and it’s the one book I’ve written that seems to have the most appeal to NON pulp readers.

You just never know about sales, though — some shows I do have Lazarus Gray as the big seller but on Saturday, I didn’t sell a single copy of those. Still, it was a lot of fun and I hope to go back at some point.

Received the sketch for page two of the Lazarus Gray “Origins” strip from George Sellas… it looks GORGEOUS, just as you’d expect. Looking forward to seeing this in print and I think folks will really enjoy this visual look at the history of our hero.

Work is continuing on Gravedigger Volume Two – I sold a number of copies of volume one just based on the strength of the concept on Saturday. I do think it’s one of the better New Pulp ‘origins’ out there but maybe I’m biased. The idea of redemption and the fact that she has a limited amount of time available to her is compelling, I think.

I’ll be spending most of today in a web conference but I’m sure I’ll squeeze in some writing here and there. Lots of great things are coming this year from Reese Unlimited — thanks so much to each and every one of you who have gone on this amazing journey with me.

Our art today is an old Rook image drawn by Anthony Castrillo. It was always one of my favorites.

Take Care!



  1. Barry,

    Hey I couldn’t put Rabbit Heart down, read the last chapter yesterday morning. Great great story. Are you planning on continuing this story line or will Fiona have to just continue her battles against the other Furious Host in my dreams or should I say nightmares. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Also I loved all the Milledgeville references, I think being a native of M’ville really afforded me a special experience which all readers won’t be afforded. Especially also having attended GCSU, and spending my fair share of time in such places as Doles Blvd and studying for many a test on those comfy worn leather couches in the back of Black Bird, just made it oh so much more real for me.

    Anyways great job Barry! This was truly a winner in my book, no pun intended. I’ve got my wife reading now.



  2. Eric,

    Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it. When I initially wrote it, I wondered if people who *weren’t* from the area would get anything out of it but most of them just assume I made it all up ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know if you’re old enough to remember the old hot dog sculpture but it was a big part of campus when I attended GCSU.

    I’ve started work on a sequel but it’s never progressed very far (about 10,000 words). I think it’s most likely that Rabbit Heart will remain as it is, without a continuation. I was pretty happy with the story as is and don’t think it needs much expansion. A new edition is coming out soon from a different publisher — same cover and story but it will be completely re-edited as the Wild Cat Books edition is a mess in that regard.

    Take Care – and thanks for reading and responding.

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