Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Wil Wheaton Enjoys "Afterlife"

No, the headline doesn't mean Wil Wheaton's dead. It simply means that after meeting him at San Diego's Comic Con (we were on a panel together), he expressed an interest in the themes I discussed about Afterlife. Since we shared the same editor, I made sure he received a copy. (Wheaton has a story in the new Star Trek: The Manga that Tokyopop just published along with some other very good writers and artists -- it's worth checking out!) When I ran into him a few months later, he expressed a lot of love and enthusiasm for the book and offered to write a foreward for volume two. How could I refuse?

(For those of you who don't always recognize actor names (you know who you are), Wil Wheaton is probably best known as the lead in Stand by Me as well as for his role as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation.)

Monday, November 5, 2007

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Exciting New Horror Project

I know many of my fans are eagerly awaiting volume 2 of Afterlife. At this time, the project is slated for an April, 2008 release. Rick Zwyk, taking over for Rob Steen, is working diligently to finish the remaining chapters by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, I'm proud to announce that I'm currently working on an exciting new horror project with artist/creator Garrett Eisenheim.

The project, as yet untitled, is a supernatural story about a psychotic killer collecting the eyes of his victims in the town of Shrovetide, a surreal city built over the ruins of a carnival. Detective Lloyd Hammond discovers that the killer's victims have all been through the town's mysterious and recently re-opened funhouse. But friends and family have noted that the victims seemed "different" after their funhouse visit. Can Hammond discover the link between the funhouse and the killer before the killer claims his next victim? And why doesn't Hammond feel any different... after all, he's been through the funhouse several times. Is something evil lurking in its shadows?

Of course, there is! But you'll have to wait for the book to come out to learn more. I also promise, the story has many twists and turns and not everything is as it seems.

Two of the pages are previewed here. One is fully colored by the talented Adam Street. The other, still in its B&W form, shows off Garrett's raw talents.

We don't have a release date on this project, but I'm hoping to have it out sometime around Spring, 2008. Unlike Afterlife, this will be a traditional comic book that will eventually be compiled into a graphic novel. At least, that's our current goal.

Stay tuned for more images or visit www.myspace.com/stormcrowhayes.

Coming soon will be some sneak preview images from volume 2 of Afterlife (due out in April, 2008).

Ladies & Gentlemen, Your President...

The following excerpt is from today's New York Times Sunday Book Review. The book is Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush by Robert Draper. A second book, The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration by Jack Goldsmith, is also reviewed.

But there is another, less attractive part of the Bush persona: the mean-minded frat boy. At the 1992 Republican National Convention, Senator John McCain was about to speak for the re-election of Bush 41 when young George came up to him and said, according to Draper, “You’ve gotta hammer Clinton on the draft dodging.” That from a man who had weaved his way out of serving in Vietnam. McCain replied, “Sorry, that’s not my thing.”

On Jan. 31, 2001, soon after taking office, Bush held a cabinet meeting. When he entered the room, one chair was empty: the secretary of state’s. “Lock the door,” Bush said. A few minutes later Colin Powell could be heard trying the doorknob. The room “erupted with laughter.” Then Bush ordered the door unlocked. He “had made his point,” Draper says; Powell was “not the big dog any longer.” That the president of the United States would want to show how important he was by humiliating Colin Powell speaks volumes.

The link to the full article is here.