Memphis Comic and Fantasy Conventions, November 9-11


MCFC Poster

MCFC Poster

Guess where I’ll be this weekend. Yep! I’ll be there promoting Forging Truth and my other writing across 3 different panels. Here’s a link to where I posted on GeekDad about it: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/11/join-the-fun-memphis-comic-and-fantasy-convention/.

  • Friday, 5:00pm-6:00pm — Getting the Gizmo/Science Right
  • Saturday, 12:00pm-1:00pm — Getting Visual: Writing Scenes for Comics, Books & Movies
  • Saturday, 2:00pm-3:00pm — Q&A with Raymond Masters

Exactly What Did I Accomplish In 2011?


Well, this is the second annual “Exactly What Did I Accomplish” post. Guess it’ll become a tradition if I remember to do it next year. So, what did I accomplish? As far as actual writing goes, I’m not sure I did too much, really. I did however make a couple of large leaps toward getting my work out there.

I spent the month of February furiously typing out the manuscript for what would become Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father’s Day Tale. I wrote it for a specific anthology that, I’m sorry to say, I didn’t make it into. While I’m sorry it wasn’t accepted, I’m equally excited with it. Why? Well, because… (See June’s entry.)

March was the month I found my niche, as it were. Wired.com’s GeekDad blog welcomed me into the fold, and it’s become the perfect vehicle for me to express my geekdom (31 articles!!). March was also the month I left my Professional Fanboy column at Project Fanboy. While I appreciate their helping me into the world of geek news coverage, I’ve really felt like a part of a family at GeekDad. Plus, I’ve been allowed to break several exclusives and interview some of my favorite writers and artists. One of the coolest things this year, also happened in March: David Cabrera finished the artwork for Black Dawg, my short story for Viper Comic’s Cryptophobia anthology. Maybe 2012 will finally see it published. Fingers crossed.

In June, I self-published Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father’s Day Tale through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and on Smashwords.com. This was my first time to publish anything, and I was on cloud nine for this 8,000-word story.

August I picked up my first paid job in the writing/publishing world. Where I had been a slush reader for Dark Quest Books, I now primarily do PR work for them. I currently have three authors under my umbrella. I learned a lot about book promotions in 2011 that I plan on building on in 2012. I’ll carry that knowledge over to my own stuff as well.

In November, I began the final edit of Forging Truth, formatting it as I went. The goal was to have it to the printer and in my hands by the end of the year.

On December 21, my 5 proof copies of Forging Truth arrived. They were beautiful. Last night, another 10 books came in, and I have those all spoken for, too. Also, last night, I put the finishing touches on the eBook for Forging Truth. As I mentioned in today’s post, I’m so excited to say it’s now available on the Kindle for $4.95 or through Amazon Prime for FREE.

All and all, it was a pretty awesome year to this guys. So, what goals do I hold for 2012?

I’d like to finish Corrupting Truth and have it ready to publish by June 30.
I’ll probably be doing a Kickstarter campaign to help out along the way, so look for that information soon.
I plan on doing a lot more PR work for my Dark Quest authors, as well as offering my services freelance. (See my Slushpimp page for more details.)
I’d like to wrap up The Coyote and the Spider to submit to Viper soon.
Lastly, I’m hoping to get in with another of Chris Wolfe’s projects, called Project Breakthrough.

Who knows what else waits in 2012? Heck, I didn’t even know most of this year’s goodness was coming.

Happy New Year!

Raymond

Completed DCnU Reboot Checklist


  1. Justice League – Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
  2. Wonder Woman – Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang
  3. Aquaman – Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis
  4. The Flash – Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
  5. The Fury of Firestorm – Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone and Yildiray Cinar
  6. The Savage Hawkman – Tony Daniel and Philip Tan
  7. Green Arrow – JT Krul and Dan Jurgens
  8. Justice League International – Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti
  9. Mister Terrific – Eric Wallace and Roger Robinson
  10. Captain Atom – JT Krul and Freddie Williams II
  11. DC Universe Presents – Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang
  12. Green Lantern – Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy
  13. Green Lantern Corp – Peter J. Tomasi with art by Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna
  14. Green Lantern: The New Guardians – Tony Bedard and Tyler Kirkham and Batt
  15. Red Lanterns – Peter Milligan and Ed Benes and Rob Hunte
  16. Batman – Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
  17. Detective Comics – Tony Daniel
  18. Batman and Robin – Peter Tomasi and Pat Gleason
  19. Batman: The Dark Knight – David Finch
  20. Batwoman – J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder
  21. Batgirl – Gail Simone and artists Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes
  22. Catwoman – Judd Winick and Guillem March
  23. Birds of Prey – Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz
  24. Nightwing – Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows
  25. Red Hood and the Outlaws – Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort
  26. Batwing – Judd Winick and Ben Oliver
  27. Batman, Incorporated – Grant Morrison
  28. Swamp Thing – Scott Snyder and Yannick Paquette
  29. Justice League Dark – Peter Milligan and artist Mikel Janin
  30. Animal Man – Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman and Dan Green
  31. Demon Knights – Paul Cornell and Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert
  32. Frankenstein, Agent of Shade – Jeff Lemire and artist Alberto Ponticelli
  33. Resurrection Man – Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning and Fernando Dagnino
  34. I, Vampire – Josh Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino
  35. Voodoo – Ron Marz art Sami Basri
  36. Legion Lost – Fabian Nicieza and Pete Woods
  37. Legion of Superheroes – Paul Levitz and Francis Portela
  38. Teen Titans – Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
  39. Static Shock – John Rozum and Scott McDaniel and Jonathan Glapion
  40. Hawk and Dove – Sterling Gates and Rob Liefeld
  41. Action Comics – Grant Morrison and Rags Morales and Rick Bryant
  42. Superman – George Perez and Jesus Merino
  43. Supergirl – Michael Green and Mike Johnson and Mahmud Asrar
  44. Superboy – Scott Lodbell and RB Silva and Rob Lean
  45. Stormwatch – Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda
  46. Grifter – Nathan Edmondson and CAFU
  47. Suicide Squad – Adam Glass and Marco Rudy
  48. Deathstroke – Kyle Higgins and Joe Bennett and Art Thibert
  49. All-Star Western – Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and Moritat
  50. O.M.A.C. – Dan Didio and Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish
  51. Blackhawks – Mike Costa and Ken Lashley
  52. Men of War – Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick

Flame War closes comments on DC Comics’ The Source Blog


Which, also happens to be my first post for GeekDad.com.  Find out my thoughts on who would win a race between The Flash and Superman (Hint: I have over 1,000 Superman comics.)  Do you think my son agrees?  (Hint: What do you think?)

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/03/dc-comics-message-boards-shut-down-over-nerd-flame-war/

I also look at the issue of flame wars in general and what can be done to stop them.

Please, check it out.

Thanks,

Raymond

It’s Been Fun – A Fanboy Farewell


This is my final column, not just in the series of What I’m Excited For, but under the banner of Project Fanboy.  Maybe I’ll be back in the future, but for now, I have so many irons in the fire that I had to choose which ones to nurture and grow.  All in all, I’m very much looking forward to getting my articles out on GeekDad.com.  Well, ok, more on that later.  For right now, please, check out the column below.

 

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These past three columns, I’ve been talking about what I’m looking forward to the most as a fanboy. So many big events have me on pins and needles waiting for my next shipment of comics to hit. I’m having to take out a second mortgage on my house to afford all the super-hero based movies hitting the big screen. And if I had a time machine, I wouldn’t use it for some big heroic deed or even pull a Biff Tannen, I’d simply shoot forward to pick up a copy of Arkham City and the DVD release of the final season of Smallville. Indeed, 2011 looks to be a booming year to be a fan of comics and their various and sundry adaptations.

While I’m thrilled about all of these, I also have some exciting opportunities in front of me, on a personal level.

Wired’s GeekDad.com blog has offered me a spot as an occasional contributer with the opportunity to move up to a core contributor over time. They receive over a million unique hits each month due to their in-depth, yet conversational, coverage of anything and everything that a geek – especially one who is a dad – might care about. They do everything from product reviews and previews to interviews with some very interesting and entertaining people.

This opportunity on top of my other duties, such as slushpile reading for Dark Quest Books, coupled with my own comic script and novel writing endeavors, take up nearly any time I am not at my “real” job. I also have some friends who are starting up their own comic book community, and they’ve asked for my help in getting it up and going.

So, sadly, somehting’s got to give to make room for these, hopefully, beneficial changes in my schedule.

I have ultimately decided for this to be my final column with Project Fanboy for the foreseeable future. You guys have been nothing but good to me. Guys, I appreciate the support and words of encouragement I received through email, PM’s, and posts. I realize at times, I tend to babble, but no one ever called me on it, so I guess I did all right. In the end, what more could I ask for?

Love, peace, and chicken grease,

Ray

What I’m Excited For In 2011: Miscellaneous Edition


This is my next to last column in the What I’m Excited For series.  Stay tuned tomorrow for my final column.

 

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End of Smallville:

This is going to be a hard one for me. I don’t have reception out where I live, so I have to wait and pick up the seasons when they come out. I don’t know if I can wait, though. As much as I’m looking forward to it, though, it’s definitely going to be bittersweet. I love this series. It began as a fun diversion for a Superman fan, but it quickly turned into it’s own fun separate universe of familiar characters and settings. It was sort of like the ultimate Elseworlds maxi-series, only on TV.

So, to the team behind Smallville, I salute you. Great show, everyone.

Young Justice – I still haven’t seen this, because of the whole reception thing, but I hear some very good things about it. Let’s hope it gets a good foothold and lasts longer than some of the other Cartoon Network WB shows.

Green Lantern Series in November

Not to beat a dead horse, here, but . . . Stupid rural area at the bottom of a big hill without reception rasser frasser rassa frassa . . . I so want this to be huge. Bruce Timm, again? Heck yes, please.

Walking Dead’s 2nd Season – I’ve only seen a small, small, portion of a couple of episodes, but this looks horridly sweet. Looking forward to it for everyone else’s sake, since I won’t be watching it until it’s all released, probably.

New Animated DC and Marvel movies for 2011:

Animated DC Direct to DVD Movies:

Following up on the recent release of All Star Superman – Feb 22, DC will be putting out
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights on June 7 (Capitalizing yet again on the buzz for this year’s big screen adaptation). There is also talk of Batman: Year One, possibly being released in September.

Here’s but a glimpse at 2011 Convention Schedule. For an in-depth listing, check out http://www.geekcal.com/ They rock! Oh, and check out all of the cons scheduled for this weekend and the rest of March.

ECCC: Emerald City Comic Convention – This Weekend, Seattle

Steel City Comic Con – This Weekend, Monroeville, PA

Metropolis Super Con – This Weekend, Metropolis, IL

Buckeye Comic Con – This Weekend, Columbus, OH

C2E2 – March 18 – 20, Chicago

MegaCon – March 25 – 27, Orlando

Boston Comic Con – April 30 – May 1

FCBD – Not really a con, but this thing gets bigger with each passing year. Everyone celebrates it. Just show up at a shop, and they’re bound to have giveaways or quarter comic sales, or something.

WonderCon – April 1 – 3, San Francisco

Comicon International – July 21 – 24, San Diego

APE: Alternative Press Expo – October 1 – 2, San Francisco

2011 Comic Book Games:

Some games, I will be the first in line for, such as Batman, while others I’ll have to visit a friend who doesn’t live in the sticks. I actually bought my PS3 to be ready for the release of the DCUMMORPG, but then I found out it won’t work online out here. (This is the last time you hear me whine about it, ok?)

DC Universe Online
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
Batman: Arkham City
X-Men: Destiny
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters
Thor: The Video Game
Captain America: Super Soldier

I know there are still so many miscellaneous comic goodies out there I’m missing, here, so please feel free to chime in with some of your own.

Ok, that’s it for now, but stay tuned tomorrow for my final column in the “What I’m Excited For” series.

Take care,
Ray

What I’m Excited For In 2011 – Movies Editions


This was originally posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 on ProfessionalFanboy.com.  It is the second installment in a series of four, talking about the cool comic book goings-on for 2011.
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I love an action packed summer blockbuster as much as the next person, and that goes doubly for anything comic or geek related. However, as expensive as movies are these days, its all I can do to justify the expense. Yeah, and don’t get me started on the $2.50 can of soda in the vending machine or the ten-dollar popcorn at the concession stand. Cost aside, I still manage to pull myself to two or three every summer.Well, guess what, the summer blockbusters? They’re starting a little early this year, and I’m strapped for cash. I have points that I can cash in for prizes either through promotional deals or through my credit card rewards, so maybe I’ll pull me some cinema passes and do it that way. 

No matter how I do it, it’s still going to be hard to decide which one I’m most stoked to see. Don’t take my word for it, just check these out.

Green Hornet – Currently in theaters

I’ve only recently had any dealings with Green Hornet comics, but my buddy swears by them. I haven’t seen it yet, and I initially gave it a pass. I watched a trailer for it, though, and I think I’ll be picking it up at RedBox in a few months.

Priest – March 4

Rebel priest? Check. Vampires? Check. Is this yet another remake of ‘Salem’s Lot? RedBoxing this one, too.

Thor – May 6

My friend, Vic, has read Thor for as long as I can recall, but being a DC man, I’ve never picked it up. I’ve read the odd story with him in it over the years, granted, but I’ve never given him much thought.

My cousin caught an early look at the trailer, and he couldn’t say enough about it. Then, on Superbowl Sunday, I was one of the millions to see it, and, all I have to say is “…..”.

This movie will definitely kick so much Asgard. I’ll be there with my bucket of popcorn and expensive drink, too.

X-Men: First Class – June 3

I was the only one of my group who enjoyed the first three movies. When I first heard the news for a proposed reboot, I was ticked. After watching the teasers and official trailer, recently, I am starting to come around.

I’m sure I’ll be forking over some more dough for this one, too.

They should keep my seat reserved, too, because next, I’ll be hitting . . .

Green Lantern – June 17

Finally! And, it looks like Warner Bros. might be doing it right. I know Jeoff Johns is impressed by it. With 7200 sectors, and the rich legacy of the character and the corps itself, this is really one of those movies that could hit the ground running and never stop.

Transformers 3 – July 1

Ok, so this is another Michael Bay pic with the spindly robots in disguise as Transformers, but I really liked the first one a lot. The trailer for this one looks far better than two.

With it opening the day after my birthday, I’m sure I’ll be there to unwrap the paper.

First Avenger: Captain America – July 22

Thank you, Marvel, for baldly labeling it as The First Avenger. When is DC going to follow suit with a The First JLA-er movie?

As for the movie, itself, I don’t know how well it’s going to follow with the comic, but the Superbowl spot looked solid.

Theater or rental? Theater, I believe.

Cowboys and Aliens – July 29

Please, forgive me, but this looks like soooo much fun. I doubt I’ll be going to see it, but I’ll probably be scooping it up the day it’s released for rental.

There are several other candidates for the must watch list, but these are the main ones I’m looking forward to. How ’bout you guys?

See you soon,
Ray