Post-Snowpocalypse 2021 Update!

So here I am on the other side of the Texas winter storm event of 2021, a rare event that hasn’t affected so many people since over three decades ago. Fortunately, we were one of the lucky few who maintained electricity the entire time. However, on Tuesday afternoon, we had the pipe for one of our outside faucets burst and flood about 50% of our living room. Fortunately, we got the main water line turned off quickly, and the positioning of that pipe also allowed a lot of the water to exit through the siding of our house, so the damage could have been a lot worse. However, because the water pipe was located behind our fireplace, a contractor had to come to tear out the fireplace so that the plumber could get access to the pipe and repair it. He (the contractor) also tore up the wet carpet so that it could start drying. Unfortunately, it’s going to take awhile for the contractor (and insurance claim) to come through so that we can get brand new floors and fix our walls and fireplace, but at least we now have both electricity AND water, and the temperatures continue to warm up and the snow is starting to melt!

In terms of writing updates, so far this year, I’ve completed the first issue scripts of both SECTOR GUARD and ASCEND ONLINE, two adaptations I’m working on from the brilliant minds of authors Viola Grace and Luke Chmilenko, respectively. These scripts will be moving into the art stages in the next couple of months, so hopefully I’ll have more to show at that time. Jonathan Banchick and I are also nearing completion on the art for CRUX #1, so it should be pitched to our selected publisher soon. In my final writing news, Michael Sumislaski, a long-time friend and collaborator, also wanted to start back on our old HORNTOAD SAM WEEKLY strips, which ran for well over 80 strips from 2012 to 2016. So more on that soon!

I’m still doing regular editing work, but two books that I’ve recently edited now have live Kickstarters running. The first, CROW CREEK, is by writer John Freeman with amazing art by Michael Yakutis, and you can check out the Kickstarter (which has ten days left) here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/johnfree100/crow-creek.

The second book is a new fantasy series titled BEOWULF, written by Grant Lankard with art by Antonio Brandao. The first issue just launched on Kickstarter and can be seen here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mrgrantastic/beowulf-issue-one-0?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=beowulf.

My goal each year has been to provide more updates, but between my day job, family, and writing/editing assignments, it’s not always possible; I guess that’s a good problem to have, though! Anyway, stay tuned in the coming months for more updates for the aforementioned projects.

Thanks for reading, and stay warm and safe out there!

-Jason

Minor Site and Crux Updates!

Happy Tuesday!

A few more minor site updates/tweaks…I added more quotes to the testimonials page, and as I said in the prior post, I’m still reconsidering changing up the layout of a few of the individual pages. I’m also going to work on giving people a direct option to purchase my works from the site itself. While there are some books on Comixology and other sites, as I mentioned before, a lot of the printed works are out of print, but I do want to make them available for those who want to read them (even if some of them are ten years old and not up to my current standards! Ha!).

On the Crux front, I had a conference call with the creator and his editor last night, and it sounds like we’re changing a few things up. However, I do think these changes (mainly in how and who is handling the art) will make the book stronger and also get the first issue out quicker. More updates as they come!

I think that’s it for now, but in the meantime, everyone please stay safe and healthy out there!

Sheltered-in Day 36 = Website Revision

Welcome back, dear friends,

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during what has been an unusual 2020 so far. Over the last month, I’ve mixed my day job (which is considered essential) with a lot of days of staying at home, but along with that extra home time has come some increase in productivity in many aspects of my life. Having the wife and kids here 24/7 has also allowed for some great bonding time.

I also felt it was time for a revision to the website, so if you’ve visited before, you’ll notice that the layout and sub-pages have changed somewhat. Gone are the “Published Work” and “Current Work” pages, replaced by “Work as Writer” and “Work as Editor.” Quite simply, it seemed like a better idea to split those two roles into their own pages, and at least for now, I like it, though I’m still toying with the actual layouts on those pages (this is why I’m not a web designer!). I’ve also included a “Testimonials/Hiring Rates” page for anyone who is interested in hiring me as a writer or editor (I’ll be adding more testimonials from past and existing clients in the coming weeks). More preview pages and script samples are also available on their respective pages.

My main issue is finding a way to make some of my “out of print” work available for purchase. It’s not impossible since I have the digital files. However, some of these stories were part of anthologies, so I don’t necessarily have the rights to print the entirety of these books. It may simply come down to consolidating all of my anthology stories into one new collection and marketing it that way. We’ll see…

On the writing and editing sides themselves, I’m busier than ever, mostly with work-for-hire projects (I guess people have more free time right now to focus on their creative endeavors), but I’m also planning on continuing my own projects. However, for right now, my focus is on books like Starfall and Crux, of which the scripts for the first issues have been completed, but it now falls on the artists to work on them (Starfall is further along than Crux, since that book began production earlier). I’ve finally finished all eight scripts for the Alpha Guardians series, so it’s now up to the client to find an artist to produce those pages. I’d imagine, however, that the earliest we’ll see anything is mid-2021.

Hopefully expect more frequent updates as other things begin to pick up speed, but again, if you’re looking to hire me or purchase any of my works, please reach out to me by any number of contact sources on the site. For now, I hope everyone takes care, and we can all get back to some semblance of normalcy soon!

Best,

Jason

Summer 2019 Update

Howdy there, folks,

It’s been a wild and crazy six months, both personally and professionally, but I’m not here to bore you with the former. I just wanted to get a few quick updates out about the site and upcoming projects.

Regarding the site, I’ve added both a Preview Pages section (with select pages from my projects) and a Script Samples section to peruse some of my work on a more personal level. Similarly, more stories have been added to the Online Comics section. As usual, however, these stories are available for purchase. I hope you enjoy!

As I’ve mentioned before, work-for-hire projects like Starfall and Alpha Guardians are still moving along. For the latter, I’ve submitted six issues to the client, and there are three more planned (ending on issue #9), so once we get closer to that point, you should hear more details and perhaps see some art. The former, with one issue submitted to that client, almost has the pencils and inks completed and will move on to colors and letters soon. Future issues (as to when we’ll see them) will depend on the book series that this series is being adapted from, but I’ve heard from the book series’ author, and he possibly has some big news to report soon. Other series like Vampire World (which I really need to start on), New Providence, and The Forgotten are also still on their way (regarding New Providence, you can now see some preview pages on that part of my website). I also have two more series, one a fantasy-based one and the other historical fiction, that I’m in the planning stages on. More about those, including titles (though I have those picked out), as art teams are arranged.

Sometime during the rest of 2019 and into 2020, you’ll also likely see several short stories and one-shots that I’ve also had in production with various companies or clients over the last year. It’s just been a matter of getting the art completed and/or needing to Kickstart them. Again, more information soon…

I think that’s about all for this time, but I hope everyone is well and has a fantastic summer, as we start to move into warmer weather. Stay safe, everyone!

Post-Thanksgiving Update

Hey, folks,

There have been a lot of great things happening in my own creative corner of the world. First of all, The Gathering: Horror 5 and The Gathering: Horror 6 have both been sent to the printers, so those should be available for purchase soon. GrayHaven is still working on a new website alternative, but we should have something up when those books come back from the printer. Subsequently, The Gathering: Music should be going to the printer in January.

In terms of my own books, I’ve cranked out three more short stories for Ozzy Longoria’s Doomsday TV series, so hopefully those plus the one story that is already completed will see print soon. Speaking of Ozzy and I collaborating together, we will also have an eight-page story for a Monster Mash-Up anthology published by Grit City Comics. The first draft of the script was just turned in, so Ozzy should be able to start work on the art by New Years. I’d expect a release later in 2019. There is also another ongoing project that Ozzy and I spoke about and started early development on that I should have time to get started on soon, too. More on that when developments happen.

I’ve also finished the complete first-issue script to the top secret project Starfall, and I’ve already seen the first six pages of the penciled art, which look breathtaking. I can’t wait to show previews of this once I’m allowed to. Similarly, I’m still cranking away on the scripts for the other top secret project, Alpha Guardians. I’ve completed the first three twenty-four-page scripts and am hard at work on the fourth issue (which will be slightly larger at twenty-six pages). Hopefully art previews and announcements will be forthcoming now that we’re far enough ahead on scripts. The last piece of news for new projects is that I have a twenty-four page story coming out from Nightfall Comics that will be spread out over three issues, with a release next year.

Returning to older projects, expect to see the first issues of The Forgotten and New Providence finished finally. Announced series artists Greg Kimmett and Anthony Richichi, respectively, are expected to continue.

Stay turned for more news soon! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season, and I expect great things to continue into 2019!