If I had to summarize how things are progressing over at Evil Jester Comics, I would have to say this - very very very fast! It is unbelievable what has happened over the past two months. I wish I could elaborate more, but certain aspects are not yet finalized. But I will keep my three readers posted (Hi Mom!) with future updates.
For the past two months I've been busy reading submissions, and every day I feel lucky to be a part of this project. I have not only acquired a new job as a scriptwriter/editor/consultant, but I have also made some very close friends in the process, friends I can converse with freely about my geeky hobbies. As of now, things are coming along beautifully with our venture into the comic world. I can say with utmost certainty that we are going to have one hell of a comic line premiering this summer! If all goes according to plan, Evil Jester Comics Issue #1 will be unleashed at the World Horror Convention 2013 in New Orleans. And yes, I plan on being there. I don't get out much, so if I do, why not go to New Orleans?
Also, in January, Taylor Grant came on board as Editor-in-Chief. Currently he is working along with Charles Day to secure funding and help run day-to-day operations. Taylor knows his stuff folks, and besides being a hugely successful writer and screenwriter (he optioned/developed screenplays for Universal Studios, Dreamworks, Miramax, Lions Gate) he also possesses a ton of experience in marketing and film. We are lucky to have him join us. He even worked for Stan Lee at Marvel Comics!
As for myself - I have read and critiqued over a hundred stories. We've accepted 15 stories so far, due to appear in issues #1 through #4. Each issue will be around 60+ pages, with full color artwork. Below is a list of accepted authors from our first reading period, ending on December 1st (the second reading period acceptances will be announced around March 31st). Also, this week we accepted Jonathan Maberry into the fold! If you don't know who that is, go ahead and Google his name. Do it now...
Done? Below are the accepted stories (in no particular order):
1.) Joe McKinney - “Swallowed”
2.) Gregory L. Norris - “O Christmas Tree”
3.) Mark Scioneaux - “Riser”
4.) Gary Braunbeck - “We Now Pause for Station Idenitification”
5.) Benjamin Kane Ethridge - “Scissors”
6.) Holly Newstein - “The Ballad of Silas Yoder”
7.) Vince Liaguno - “The Night Nurse of Cobblestone”
8.) Jack Ketchum - “Polaroids”
9.) Aric Sundquist - “The Fifth Room”
10.) Charles Day - “The Gift”
11.) David Hayes - “Judith”
12.) Taylor Grant - “The Vood”
13.)Suzanne Robb - “Threshold”
14.) Jeremy Shipp - “Balloon Boy”
15.) Jonathan Maberry - "Like Part of the Family"
Plenty more good news to come in the following months. Later my friends!