DRACULA Graphic Novel Now Available Through Diamond

Face-front! The Dracula graphic novel from Caliber Entertainment and adapted by me, Robert Schneiders, and Craig Taillerfer, and featuring S. Clarke Hawbaker‘s classic cover, can now be ordered through Diamond Distribution. This is the first full and faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel and his short story “Dracula’s Guest” in any medium. You can read more and place an order here: https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/JUL171613.

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Lovecraft’s Worlds Available Thru Caliber Comics!

Both volumes of my H. P. Lovecraft adaptations are now available through Caliber Comics!

Previously available through TransFuzion Publishing,  Volume One features four stories drawn by the awesome Octavio Cariello:

 

 

 

 

Volume Two features incredible artwork by Aldin Baroza, Sergio Cariello, Rob Davis, Christopher Jones, and Wayne Reid on these five stories:

 

 

All stories also available in individual graphic novels with additional editorial material!

 

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COUNTDOWN TO CRCC III: FEBRUARY 3

What’s this?! It’s the day before Cedar Rapids Comics Con and you’re getting TWO reasons to stop by Table 135?  All my Lovecraft books will be on sale plus ALL PRINTS are selling for $2! THAT’S CRA-CRA!  Just imagine how wild and fun things will be tomorrow when you stop by to see me and Justin Beahm!  What will happen? Tune in (actually come see us) tomorrow to find out! We’re gonna have us a funky good time!

 

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COUNTDOWN TO CRCC III: FEBRUARY 2

We’re getting short! Only two more days until Cedar Rapids Comic Con! And if you stop by Table 135, look at all this cool stuff (and more) you can buy! Pretty cool, eh?

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COUNTDOWN TO CRCC III: FEBRUARY 1

The countdown to Cedar Rapids Comic Con continues with today’s awesome reason to stop by my table (135) this Saturday! Yes, it’s time to do the “write” thing!

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COUNTDOWN TO CRCC III: JANUARY 31

We’re one day closer to Cedar Rapids Comic Con and your meeting Marion/CR’s own Justin Beahm at Table 135! Woo-hoo!

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COUNTDOWN TO CRCC III: JANUARY 30

All right, let’s kick things off for Cedar Rapids Comic Con! Reason #1 you should check out Table 135 this Saturday!

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Steven Philip Jones at Cedar Rapids Comic Con III

It’s time for Cedar Rapids Comic Con again, and you can bet your Quigley I’m going to be there!

Last year’s CRCC was a huge success, and CRCC III is going to be bigger and better with more vendors, programs, games, and a larger venue at the downtown Doubletree Hotel and Convention Complex.

And that ain’t all!

The totally incredible Justice Corps of Iowa and Iowa’s own comics maestros S. Clarke Hawbaker (Table 88), Phil Hester (Table 136), and Eric Gapstur (Table 137) will be there. So will Cedar Rapids’ own Steven Philip Jones — where have I heard that name before? — and I’ll be selling my books, graphic novels, prints, and CDs, as well as giving away free candy. I’ll also be joined at Table 135 by local writer, filmmaker, and actor Justin Beahm, and I’ll be handing out fliers for Sportability of Iowa adapted sports program and the Midwest Geeky Veterans Facebook group.

COMICS AND BOOKS AND CDS … OH MY!

You can also bet I’ll be selling my graphic novels, books, and CDs, including the brand new comics anthology Heroes and Horrors! If you haven’t heard about it yet, H&H gives you nine rarely-seen or never-before-published stories that I’ve had the good fortune to create over my career with a host of wonderful artists. With a foreword by Phil Hester, this anthology gives you your money’s worth in entertainment and then some!

“HEY, THAT’S JUSTIN BEAHM!”

I’m proud to announce that “personal friend of mine” Justin Beahm will be joining me at my table this year. Besides being a lifelong film fan and lover of all things October, Justin is a writer, filmmaker, actor, and all around good guy, not to mention the host of one of the best podcasts going, The Justin Beahm Radio Hour. Justin’s articles have appeared in a number of magazines, including Fangoria and Famous Monsters of Filmland, and he has directed and/or produced a number of projects for Anchor Bay and Scream Factory, but you might know him best from films like Silk, Demonica, No Solicitors, and Sharknado. I also have it on good authority that he is a huge fan of a certain 1958 Plymouth Fury that is bad to the bone. Justin will be selling magazines and blu-rays along with a limited number of hand-signed/numbered posters for his landmark 2012 Halloween documentary You Can’t Kill the Boogeyman, but he loves to meet fans and talk movies, so please stop by and say hi. You’ll be glad you did.

 LAST CALL ON PRINTS!

Just like last year, I’ll be selling prints featuring either cover art from some of my comics, portfolio pieces of some my characters, or artwork produced for proposals I’ve worked on. Unlike last year, though, ALL PRINTS are being sold for the ridiculously low-low price of $2.00! If you’ve been eyeing any of these masterpieces by the likes of Octavio Cariello, Christopher Jones, and S. Clarke Hawbaker for your collection, now is the time to pounce, because it’s first-come-first-served and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

SPORTABILITY OF IOWA

Adapt! Overcome! Sportability of Iowa is a nonprofit organization that provides sports and recreation programs to help people with physical disabilities enjoy an active lifestyle. Basketball! Tennis! Sport camps! And more! Interested? Drop by my table to find out more about Sportability, or check out the Sportability of Iowa website!

 

MIDWEST GEEKY VETERANS

Midwest Geeky Veterans (MGV) is a Facebook group for geeky U.S. Military Veterans who live in the Midwest to share information on geek conventions and events, discuss geeky news and interests that are relevant to the veteran community or intersect with the U.S. veteran identity and experience, and to socialize with other geeky Midwestern veterans generally. You can pick up a flier and find out more at my table. Ain’t that right, Colonel O’Neill?

 

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2016 Writing Review

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … ”

Yes, it was, Chuck.  2016, I mean.

Our incredible daughter graduated from college this year, and we couldn’t be more proud of her. Meanwhile, if you had bet me last January that my favorite football team would win Super Bowl L and my favorite baseball team would win its first World Series in 108 years, I would have taken that wager (while hoping like crazy that I’d lose).  My alma mater’s football team went 12-0 in the regular season before all this, so 2016 was the best of times for me as a sports fan.

In other ways 2016 has been the worst of times, and one of the cruelest ways was with the untimely death of Gary Reed.  As I’ve written about here and elsewhere, Gary was an outstanding father and husband, a generous friend and mentor to many people, a marvelous teacher, and a wonderful writer.  He was also the respected founder and publisher of Caliber Comics, one of the premiere independent comic book companies over the past thirty years, one I have been proud to be associated with since the early Nineties.

In 2016, Gary was the publisher of all my comics and books, all of which he had a hand in the development.

It was Gary’s idea to reissue my Sherlock Holmes pastiches and H. P. Lovecraft adaptations in individual graphic novels and produce the anthologies H. P. Lovecraft Early Stories and Sherlock Holmes On the Air.

Gary also took it upon himself to commission the spiffy new cover for my Comics Writing book along with the cover and interior artwork for an updated edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s Reanimator Tales.

 

I mentioned in my 2015 Writing Review that my biggest project of the year would be an original screenplay, Max Q, which I completed, and, thanks to Gary, is being represented by Caliber Entertainment.

 

 

My proudest and most personal project of 2016, Heroes and Horrors, was also the most unexpected and saddest. This anthology of short and previously-unpublished comics stories produced over the course of my career was not even on my radar for most of 2016, even though Gary, a fan of anthologies, recommended I do it many times over the past few years. Long story short, I finally agreed to do it last summer, although if I had known how difficult and humbling an experience I was letting myself in for I might never have taken Gary’s advice.  I finished assembling the anthology, which I dedicated to Gary, and sent it to him on October 1, the day before he passed away.

 

As for the future, if things go according to plan, an original Holmes pastiche will appear in a tribute book for Gary. I have also agreed to adapt my audio script, “The Case of the Petty Curses,” into a short story for an upcoming anthology for a British publisher, and my script for “A Case of Unfinished Business” might be appearing in another of this company’s anthologies. I am happy to say that Caliber Comics will be moving ahead, and, although it is too early to go into any details, it appears likely I will have more writing projects coming out or being represented by them in 2017 and beyond.

That’s it for 2016. Here’s hoping 2017 will be more better than worse.

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“Heroes and Horrors”: The Anthology!

AVAILABLE NOW AT AMAZON.COM!

“Incredibly creative … Steve’s stories are masterworks of what new comics should be: absorbing and exciting and read again and again.” – Clive Cussler
“Steve lights from one genre to another without missing a beat … He’s the pro’s pro.” – Phil Hester

 

I’ve always loved adventure and monsters, and you’ll find plenty of both in my new anthology, Heroes and Horrors, from Caliber Comics.

As this cover by Josh Werner shows, ain't nuthin' gonna keep Vanguard from deliverin' these stories to y'all!

As this cover by Josh Werner shows, ain’t nuthin’ gonna keep my boy Vanguard from deliverin’ these stories to y’all!

You ever meet a superhero who may be more vampire than hero?

Or a fashion designer who can clean and press the Statue of Liberty?

Or a spy with a size-shifting dragon?

You will in Heroes and Horrors, along with a dysfunction family of lycanthropes, a modern lady pirate seeking vengeance, five young adventurers who find a ghost and destiny in a faraway cave, and much, much more.

These nine rare or previously unpublished tales, created over the course of my writing career, range in a variety of genres and can be enjoyed by all ages.

Artists Sergio Cariello, Sandy Carruthers, Andrew Chiu, Rob Davis, S. Clarke Hawbaker, Christopher Jones, Dan Jurgens, Barb Myers (formerly Barb Jacobs), and Joshua Werner are all here, too, but if that isn’t enough, beloved comic book icon Phil Hester contributes the foreword!

If classic Creature Feature host Chuck Acri were into comics, he might say this anthology is “Superfantabulistic!” I bet you will, too, once you read it, and to show you I ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie, check out these samples from a few stories (click on any image for larger view) and my introduction!

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Vanguard:  artwork (from left to right) by Christopher Jones (insert), Dan Jurgens, S. Clarke Hawbaker, and Chris again with inks by C.P. Smith.

Corsair artwork by Sergio Cariello.

Corsair:  artwork (from left to right) by Craig McLeod (insert) and Sergio Cariello.

Mighty 1 (Created by David D. Arnold): artwork (from left to right) by Harvey Mercadoocasio, Phil Moy, and Christopher Jones.

Mighty 1 (Created by David D. Arnold):  artwork (from left to right) by Harvey Mercadoocasio (insert), Phil Moy, and Christopher Jones.

Little Dragon artwork by Rob Davis.

Little Dragon:  artwork (from left to right) by Christopher Jones (insert), S. Clarke Hawbaker, and Rob Davis.

Bordermen artwork by Andrew Chiu.

Bordermen:  all artwork by Andrew Chiu.

An Excerpt from the Introduction:

“In Retrospect”

I love writing, and what I love writing about most are heroes and horrors.

Don’t know why.

Don’t care.

Heroes and Horrors is dedicated to the late Gary Reed, a good friend and the founder of Caliber Comics.

What I do know is I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was nine years old, and that realization is still one of my most vivid memories, especially the on-the-spot satisfaction that still resonates a half century later. Even before my epiphany, though, I was already writing, telling, and acting out stories. I was born with the spigot on, and the stories that gush out of me stand as mile markers for my life, reflections of how I was at a given time.

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Collecting these stories has been humbling, especially when I remember they were created over the last four decades.

Tempus fugit and how, brother.

Collecting these stories has also been satisfying. Years are going to pass no matter what, and history is what it is, but that hasn’t diminished how good it is to see these stories in print, some for the first time.

All these stories, like the writer who created them, have flaws and strengths, biases and values.

They are optimistic, even when they turn melancholy.

They are familiar, even when they have unique patinas.

They are fantastical, even when nothing magical happens.

They are popular, even when they lean towards the literary.

They are adventures, even when they are prosaic.

This past June, I was working with two friends, Paul Huenemann and Dennis Lynch, on a computer-animated commercial for my books and comics to run on a Creature Feature. The studio is in Paul’s basement, and, like me, he and Dennis are lifelong horror movie fans. While we were working, Dennis pointed out, “Nothing changes. It’s the first day of summer, and where are we? In the basement doing Halloween stuff.” I’m not sure what that means, but I know it’s one of the truest descriptions I’ve heard about myself and the heroes and horrors I love to write about.

 

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