Updates of all sorts

July 31, 2012

Been too long since I’ve posted something here.  The cause is a mix of work, looking for work, and summer — all  three contributing equally to my lack of blog posts. So, yeah — SUMMER! How’s everyone’s so far? It’s been pretty dang good up here in New England. I’ve clocked in more beach days this year than the previous 15 combined. Take it from me: go to the damn beach because when it’s shitty and cold out in January you’re going to be saying “I wish I had gone to the damn beach more.” Don’t make a big thing out of it, just pack a drink and a towel and go. You’ll be glad you did.

Okay, now the work stuff.
This is out tomorrow:

Nelson Daniel has directed scenes that will make you grit your teeth and wish you hadn’t looked. And how about that cover from Zach Howard? Huh? Huh? Nice right? I love seeing blood on teeth.

Jetpack Comics still has some of the limited edition THE CAPE hardcover available. The book is signed by Me, Joe Hill, Nelson Daniel, and Zach Howard, and I believe it comes with a free limited edition pint glass with the CAPE and Jetpack logos on it. I have one. I drink out of it and it makes me feel powerful. You should, too.

Info here: http://www.jetpackcomics.com/index2.html

Also, Jetpack has exclusive covers of all THE CAPE and THE CAPE 1969 available online at the same link.

Last but certainly not least is the OXYMORON hardcover Kickstarter. I’m writing the intro and I contributed a 10-page story that’s being illustrated by Joe Mulvey (SCAM). He’s a Yankees fan, but whatever.

It’s been a lot of fun working with ComixTribe. Their dedication to creator-owned comics, and the media savvy of helmsman Tyler James has already pushed the project over its goal. If you haven’t already, please, support this and the guys who’ve been pouring their hearts into this project. You can find it here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tylerjamescomics/oxymoron-hardcover-graphic-novel

I guess that’s it for now. See you at the beach.

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A Teacher Who Gets It

June 20, 2012

We all have a teacher who left a lasting impression on us. Mine are Mr. Watson, my 8th grade science teacher, and Mr. Allen, my high school fine arts teacher. These guys got it. They knew how to inspire and bring the best out of students. They knew how to teach and how to lead us down paths so we could make our own discoveries and have that feeling of revelation that comes when you really learn something new. These were great men, and, I think, rare in this age. Well, I think I’ve met a teacher who has them both beat. The following is a letter my 11 year-old son’s teacher gave to him on the last day of school:

Dear Malek,

It has been such a pleasure to have you in my class this year. I know you probably think that I was so hard on you at times but I want you to know it is because I want nothing more than to see you succeed. You are an exceptionally smart student and your curiosity to learn is so refreshing. Continue to see out all the information in the world and continue to read. I really believe that you can be an author or a comic writer like your father! I would be so honored to say, “That Malek Ciaramella, he was my student!” one day! Or maybe I will buy the Legos that you design for my own kids 🙂   [Malek wants to work for Lego]

When you go to middle school, I don’t ever want you to doubt yourself or the things that you enjoy. Remember everyone is different and special in his/her own way and don’t ever feel pressured to be just like everyone else. Hold true to the things that you believe and speak up for yourself in a calm and mature way. You are an exceptional student and I don’t want you to forget that as you go to middle school. Be the best that you can be.

Remember that hard work does not mean that all the fun goes out the window, you just need to find a nice balance. There is a time for fun and there is a time for hard work. I know that this is only the first of many graduations and I know that you can go all the way to a college graduation. There is so much out there for you (you never know, you may be able to visit Italy or Egypt when you grow up!). Remember, the sky is the limit so dream your dreams, set your goals and I guarantee that you will get there. Congratulations Malek, I will miss you so very much!

With all my love,

Arkie

She wrote one of these personal letters to every kid (22) in her class. I know it touched my son’s heart, and it sure touched mine to know he had a teacher who cared about him so much. Someone give this woman a raise!

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce DANGER BOYS: Adventures by Flashlight. A limited edition comic produced by Jetpack Comics for Free Comic Book Day 2012. This 16-page, manga sized book is limited to 1000 copies, and will be hand numbered and signed by me and the artist, Craig Shepard.

Q: So, what is DANGER BOYS?

A: DANGER BOYS is an all ages collection of short comics that follow the hilarious adventures of two brothers as they role play their way through countless fantasy and science fiction worlds.

The Free Comic Book Day edition is made up of four stories:

1. The Goblin Cave

2. Space…It’s Scary

3. Detective Punchaguy

4. Trial of the Wizard

That’s two fantasy stories, one science fiction, and one Lovecraftian…all for the price of FREE. Pretty awesome, huh?

Starting in June, DANGER BOYS will be a weekly web comic that will be featured right here on this blog. We’ve got some pretty cool stuff planned for you, so don’t forget to check back.

Here’s the cover of the limited edition. Remember, this is only available at Jetpack Comics on Free Comic Book Day, so come on over and say hello to me and Craig. Psst…there’s even a spot on the back cover for sketches, so don’t forget to ask Craig for one. He’s assured me that he can do 1000 sketches in one afternoon, no problem.

Camomile Tea

March 30, 2012

Camomile Tea by Katherine Mansfield
Outside the sky is light with stars;
There’s a hollow roaring from the sea.
And, alas! for the little almond flowers,
The wind is shaking the almond tree.

How little I thought, a year ago,
In the horrible cottage upon the Lee
That he and I should be sitting so
And sipping a cup of camomile tea.

Light as feathers the witches fly,
The horn of the moon is plain to see;
By a firefly under a jonquil flower
A goblin toasts a bumble-bee.

We might be fifty, we might be five,
So snug, so compact, so wise are we!
Under the kitchen-table leg
My knee is pressing against his knee.

Our shutters are shut, the fire is low,
The tap is dripping peacefully;
The saucepan shadows on the wall
Are black and round and plain to see.

 

This is the end…

February 29, 2012

Out today:

I want to thank everyone who’s been picking up THE CAPE these past 14 months. Every panel in this series was crafted with you in mind, with the sole purpose of entertaining you, and giving you something you’ve never seen before. I hope by the end of this issue, you feel like we have done our job.

Thank you to the great retailers who have pushed THE CAPE into new hands, and who have supported this project with the kind of enthusiasm you don’t often see in comics.

Thank you to the best damn creative team a guy could ask for –Zach and Nelson, you guys rocked it.

Thank you to Joe Hill and Chris Ryall for steering this ship and making the series possible, and thank you for taking a chance on a kid from Brockton.

And finally, I want to thank my friends and family. Malek, Xander, Ellen, Gina, Richard, Ma and Dad –I love you all.

Jason Ciaramella

Feb 29th, 2012

Fall River, MA

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2012

In Two Days…

January 23, 2012

…this is out

My third issue of GODZILLA: KINGDOM OF MONSTERS. Hope you give it a try.

This is out today:

A heartwarming story about a boy and his love for his momma…and his fight to help keep Big Dig workers employed for the next 5 years.

Don’t forget, there is a very limited edition version of this that can only be purchased from Jetpack Comics. Pick it up on the web at http://www.jetpackcomics.com.

Monster Mash – Out Today

December 21, 2011

This is out today:

Destroy your way down to your local comic book shop and grab a copy. If you don’t have a local comic book shop, I believe it will be available on the ComiXology app after 2PM EST.

A Very Good Year

December 14, 2011

I remember lying in bed on New Years Eve last year, my two boys sleeping next to me as the ball dropped on New York. I remember feeling bad for Dick Clark as he struggled through the countdown. I remember feeling bad for myself in some ways –uncertain about everything. A week earlier THE CAPE one-shot was released and sold out in just 48hrs. I had done a few signings and got to meet some great people who were really enthusiastic about the book. I was riding a wave of awesome that started two days before Christmas, and came to a crashing halt on New Years Eve. I didn’t want that feeling to end, and part of me felt like the start of a new year meant a reset of everything. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to get that feeling back, and that scared me.

Thankfully, I was wrong, and 2011 turned into one of the best years of my life. Here are a few things that made it great:

IDW accepted a pitch to expand THE CAPE one-shot into a four-issue miniseries and we were able to keep the entire creative team together. Here’s a picture of Me, Zach Howard, and Joe Hill at Granite Con:

Due to some bad public grammar, I met an amazing woman and fell in love. Meet Ellen…

And her dog, Henry. He’s a good old dog.

I moved…

At 34 I saw my first sunset…

On the day before my birthday, I became one of these…

My youngest boy started kindergarten, and my oldest started 5th grade…

This came out…

We had a great summer…

This also came out…

Ellen and I braved the summit of Mt. Washington…

I got to write this…

A lot more happened, but I don’t have pictures of those things. Sorry.

I can’t say what 2012 will bring, but if it’s anything like 2011 was, I’ll be a very happy guy. Cheers!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy holidays.

Jason

Fall River 12/14/11