Copra Bullet Montage

After last year’s first 12 issues of Copra, I dedicated the subsequent issues to some team members. Thirteen to Eighteen, six comics. You can find them all here, so get them now while supplies last! I’ve always wanted to say that.

But no, really… if those first 12 are any indication, these comics will remain out of pint until Round Three (and that may be a while). Here’s a handy rundown list, accompanied by little heads.



Don’t delay. Operators are standing by.

Okay, I’ll stop.



ZEGAS is back in print and available again! This is the title that started my self-publishing operation, Copra Press, and set the path for subsequent projects (Deathzone! & Copra). I’m still very proud of these comics and I couldn’t let them remain out of print much longer.


If you’ve never read ZEGAS before, here’s your chance to catch up on all three issues: the ZEGAS PACK. If you’ve managed to get an issue here or an issue there, you can also pick and choose which one you need individually: Issues ONE, TWO, or ZERO!



The print run is still super limited, so get them now while they last!


EXTRA: My contribution to Zainab Akhtar’s Comics Shelfie is up, over at her Comics & Cola blog.

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Copra #18 has arrived! it’s the Xenia issue, the magic issue, the losing your grip on reality which is inconvenient for everybody because of your godlike powers issue.

It’s also the issue that brings this arc to a close. I’ve been focusing on key members of Copra issue by issue, and this Xenia story winds it all down while also setting up the next arc.

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That was a small sampler of my favorite issue yet. And while I’m taking a hiatus between 6 issue story arcs, I can’t wait to jump back on and get into the reformed Copra team’s new adventures.

Xenia Bullet

We’ll be back before you realize we were gone, but NOW – right this very second – get on board with Copra #18!


P.S. Zegas is back as well! More on that soon…





Think you’re gonna get the urge to go a comic shop anytime soon? Does that store like to order directly from Diamond? They might even be interested in ordering COPRA: ROUND ONE — and you can make it easier on them. Just print this Retailer Order Form (above) at home and take it to them.  

Here’s a higher-quality PDF: http://tinyurl.com/copraform 





COPRA Round One is now available through Diamond Comic Distributors, order code OCT141106.
The book has received some great write ups so far! One by Chase Magnett for ComicBook.com and the other by Oliver Sava for the A.V. Club!
And, hey, I did an interview for Italian comics site Lo Spazio Bianco. Here’s the Italian version and the English version.

Dr. Doom was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. This is yet another Kirby design that I never even attempted to draw. Not a single doodle, not a sample page, nothing. And now? I’m afraid I have to give everything up and dedicate my life to Victor Von Doom.

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DOOM pencil

Doom sketch

You saw that right: final, pencil, prelim. Next: 500 Doom comics.



GALACTUS was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. This is my first time drawing this iconic Fantastic Four character. Drawing this quintessential Kirby design — drawing any of his creations, really — is a true privilege.


Above: the final piece. Below: as tight a pencil drawing as I can do and its preliminary sketch.

GALACTUS pencils





I can safely say that COPRA #17 has it all: love & violence, impending doom & cushy nostalgia, blood drips & beards, blockheads & weirdos, struggles & triumphs, lunchtime & pushups:





Locked within a tight grid of pan dimensional deviance and suppression, this is a boiling point love letter to Steve Ditko. And like any unrequited love worth a damn, it’s an affair that ends in heartbreak and confusion. Well, you gotta read it to see what I mean.  Do not let me stop you: GET COPRA SEVENTEEN.



I drew some pages in Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #2 – in stores September 2014!

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This is a new take on a Jack Kirby creation, published by Dynamite Entertainment, spearheaded & conceived by Joe Casey, and drawn by Nathan Fox and a slew of cartoonists, myself included, and colored by Brad Simpson.



Adam McGovern interviewed me for the Jack Kirby Collector #63 about my involvement in the project.

Joe Casey has a couple of interviews himself on the subject, full of awesome preview pages. He even went down the roll call!


It was a pleasure to be part of this great project, to work with people I like and respect, and to get a chance to directly honor the King of Comics.





Copra #16 exists — it is HERE! Who does it feature? This preview might give you a clue.





I’ll admit that this was one of the most difficult issues to produce. I basically knew what the story was, what the dialogue lines and general staging would be, but… I didn’t really know until I started to actually work on it. It was very odd. The process probably didn’t help: I wanted to invoke a little bit of Jack Kirby in this chapter (being that Guthie is based on one of his creations). I’ve been running on a Kirby influence in a spontaneous, gut level, get-it-done kind of way, but this time I wanted to try it a little differently.

I’ve  heard of Jack drawing a page by starting at the top left hand corner and continuing down to the lower right hand corner until the page was complete. The drawing sounded like it was more stream of consciousness and less obviously calculated. The planning was all in Jack’s head.

So in the spirit of that anecdote, I decided to forego any layouts whatsoever. I also didn’t break up the stages into workload batches the way I usually do. This meant that I woke up with two blank pages staring at me, equipped with only a vague notion of what I wanted to do. By the end of the day, my aim was to have two complete pages, fully colored and ready to scan.

Wake up, coffee, write, lay out, podcast, pencil, lunch, ink, coffee, walk dog, more ink, more podcasts, dinner, question life choices, stretch legs, more ink, color, pass out, repeat next day.

Sometimes I nailed it, sometimes I was too wiped out to even erase a page. This issue kicked my ass, but I’m really happy with the results. You’ll like it.

And of course, it’s about Guthie, whom last we saw crashing and falling through a window in some far off world. Looks like she survived and when you read the issue, you’ll know how.

So anyway, this thing exists. Bless Bergen Street Comics for furnishing the proof.

Round One

It will made available sometime in August/September. I will write all release dates and order codes with blood clouds in the sky and then you will know. You will finally know.

Baltimore Comic-Con is the show I’ll be attending September 5th-7th, but we got a while before that happens. I still gotta put out another issue.

But now, issue sixteen is waiting snugly in its unopened box for you to order it. I will personally package it and ship it to you with nothing but love and respect and eternal gratitude. GET ON IT.