THE CAPE LEGACY EDITION drops (ha) this coming Wednesday, June 15th. This is the only reprint of the sold-out one-shot, and includes Joe Hill’s original short story with my adaptation notes. If you missed THE CAPE back in December, here’s your chance to jump on before the miniseries starts in July.

To kick things off I’ll be at New England Comics in Brockton from 11-2 on Wednesday as a guest clerk. I always wanted to work for NEC when I was a kid, but those jerks ministers of 4-color goodness  never gave me a shot –18 years later, I’m finally gonna get my chance. So come on in and let’s shoot the shit about comics while I use my powers of persuasion to double your pull-list. You might get a little nervous when I slip that OWLY hardcover into your hands, but trust me, I’m a professional. Oh, and I’ll also be signing and making you feel uncomfortable if you try to walk away from the new release section without a copy of THE CAPE.

Later that night, from 5-8, I’ll be at Larry’s Wonderful World of Comics in Lowell. The theme for Larry’s weekly drink and draw is going to be THE CAPE, and I’ve worked up a 1-page script specifically for the event. The best interpretation of my script is going to be chosen and published in the back of a future issue of THE CAPE. That’s right I said PUBLISHED. I’ll also be talking about script writing, chatting up anyone who wants to listen, and scribbling my name all night.

Finally, I wrote an article for Fantasy Matters called: BIG BOYS DON’T FLY that talks about how THE CAPE came to be, and some bad fashion decisions I’ve made in the past. Look for it here Wednesday morning: FANTASY MATTERS

As always, come on out and say hi, I’d love to meet you.

 

 

Websites for hours and directions:

New England Comics – Brockton

Larry’s Wonderful World of Comics

When I buy a DVD the first things I watch are the behind the scenes, or making of featurettes. That’s always been me. I want to see the process, hear the screenwriter and director talk about why they did things a certain way, or why they cut various scenes. It’s the same in comics. When I buy a deluxe hardcover, or graphic novel that has bonus content showing the evolution of a page from script to print, I’m turning to that section first. The creative process is one of my biggest inspirations, and nothing gets me more pumped to write a scene than the thought of what Zach Howard and Nelson Daniel are going to do with it.

So here’s a sneak peek of issue #1 of THE CAPE miniseries, which ships in July. I’ve included my script (sorry about the format error on panel 3, line 6 –I couldn’t get it to align) Zach’s pencils and inks, and Nelson’s colors so you can get a look at our process. I hope it inspires you as much as it does me. Enjoy.

SCRIPT

PAGE 13

Panel 1

Eric spins around, startled by his mother creeping behind him. She recoils from his excessive reaction.

1. Eric                           SHIT, MA!

2. Eric                           YOU SCARED THE PISS OUT OF ME!

Panel 2

Eric turns back around to get one last look at the car as it drives away. His mother stands behind him and rests her hands on his shoulders.

3. Mom                        I’M SORRY, HUN. DID DETECTIVE PACKARD HAVE ANY NEWS ABOUT ANGIE?

4. Eric                          NO, JUST THE SAME BULLSHIT QUESTIONS THE LAST GUY HAD.

Panel 3

Eric turns from the window, brushing off his mother’s hands from his shoulders. She’s clearly concerned for him, and keeps her eyes low so she doesn’t anger him further.

5. Eric                          LOOK. I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS AGAIN.

6. Eric                         AND STOP WALKING AROUND HERE WITH THAT LOOK OF PITY ON YOUR FACE ALL THE TIME.  I’M FINE, TRUST ME.

7.  Mom                      I’M SORRY.

Panel 4

Eric gets in his mother’s face, she continues to stare at the ground.

8. Eric                         YEAH, YOU SAID THAT ALREADY.

Panel 5

Close on mom, same pose. Eric has left the panel.

No Dialog

 

PENCILS

 

INKS

 

COLORS