Saturday, December 30, 2017

Happy New Year! 2018 Is Gonna Rock!

Happy Holidays, everyone! Yeah, I slipped up and haven't filled you in on what's going on in the comicbook writer part of my life for a while--well, ever take that to mean that nothing's going on. Nossiree, that usually means that I'm busy as a bee! Busy doing what? I'm so glad you asked...

I've written an article on Neal Adams' Batman for Fanscene's 50th Anniversary Celebration of 50 Years of Comic Fandom in Ireland and the UK! Yeah, what's a Yank like yers trooly doing in there? They (Steve Poulacheris and publisher/editor David Hathaway-Price) asked me! Do you think I'd say "no" to getting to be part of a publication with articles by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, and dozens of titans of fandom? I'll update this post when the e-zine is posted (I understand it'll be available as a pdf as well). It's actually due to be released sometime tomorrow, so I'll updated as quickly as I can. Here's the cover and a teaser image from my article (which, as you can see, starts on page 501)!




Yeah, I know you know I write about comics, but you're here to read about the comics I write, right? Okay, how about a sneak peek of "High Moon" from the soon to be released The Creeps #13?

I have more Unbeatable Brick news! Seems a few exceptional artists have taken a shine to our pliable pal, so I'm in the process of writing three more Unbeatable Brick eight pagers (which will bring us up to a total of six UB stories--and counting). A self-contained smash-em-up, "The Madness of Polarr!" to be illustrated by Josh Holley (here's Josh's take on UB and Polarr)...




And JW Erwin is doing a two-parter featuring giant robots, the evil of the Iron Baron, and his secret evil society, SPEER, and introducing ElecTrish--who's really gonna shock ya (and UB, too)!


Unbeatable Brick is poised to take over the world--and hardly anyone knows it yet! In fact, Surprising Comics publisher Mark Davis is toying with giving UB his own regular mag. Stay tuned!


Meantime, Russ Martin is still producing jaw-dropping art for our upcoming Ash-Aman mini-series planned for next year. Just dig this cover...



Joe Koziarski is knocking me out with his Guns & Rosa pages (for Charlton Neo)...

Aaaand, Will Lill publisher Warren Montgomery is releasing the third Monty's World tpb in February, which will reprint the first FIVE ISSUES of Fun Adventure Comics! That means all the Midnight Stranger stories, Kragor, Alex Miracle, Black Rose, and "Snake Eyes" (plus all the cool stuff from the other FAC! writers and artists) in one gi-normous book! You can pre-order it right now from Amazon, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, and more!

And yep, "King of the Hill" is on the way from Charlton Neo (editor Mort Todd is lettering it now); Joe Graves' two-part Unbeatable Brick tale (featuring the villainy of the Deadly Duo) is coming soon (part one is about ready to be lettered, part two is being laid out), Fantastic Giants by me, Steven Butler, and Mort Todd is still in the works, and I have more Kragor stories that need artists!

There's also a possibility that my "creature of the night" super-hero Night Spider (formerly Black Spider) just might be swinging your way in 2018!

Stay safe--and stay tuned!



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Look at What's Coming...

Oops! Let October slip by without updating, but that's okay 'cause the time was well spent on (you guessed it) writing more comics! Yep, more comics on the way (besides the cool stuff I've mentioned on earlier posts like The Voice from All-New Popular Comics, the new Kragor story in Fun Adventure Comics, and "King of the Hill" from Charlton-Neo)! Big announcement time...!

First off, I've had another story accepted by Rich Sala for an upcoming issue of The Creeps magazine! "High Moon" is a horror story set in the Old West (be ya couldn't tell that from the title)! As soon as I know who's drawing it and what issue it'll appear in, I'll post it here (and on my FB page--you are a member of the Lloyd Smith Writer of Comics FaceBook group, aren't you?)!


Speaking of the Old West, my darlin' Guns & Rosa has the green light from Charlton-Neo with my Midnight Stranger partner Joe Koziarski on the art! Check out this splash page...

Joe's also completed the fourth Midnight Stranger installment (for Will Lill's Fun Adventure Comics, natch)--here's the splash for it!


Speaking of awesome artists named "Joe", Joseph Graves is penciling the second Unbeatable Brick installment for Surprising Universe! Can you dig this action-packed splash?

Another creative partner of mine (and former Unbeatable Brick illustrator), David Johnson Jr. is drawing a brand new Golden Age Green Mask story I wrote for Golden Era Comics...

Ian Groff, who drew the new Kragor mini-epic has also completed the art for a scary short I've written called "Doomshadow"...

Aaaaand, for this post's grand finale, I've just got to show off the INCREDIBLE art coming from the hands of artist Russ Martin! Not only has he drawn (and colored!) this fantastic Ash-Aman cover...

--but he's also finished penciling the third Ash-Aman installment (and it's a heartbreaker)! Just plant your peepers on this splash!

And that's not all, but it's enough for now. Things aren't slowing down writing-wise, and I am so, so glad! I love writing comics, and I hope you'll support all the publishers who are letting me follow my dream! See ya next time!



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

On Sale Now!

Check it out! Three comics with my stories in 'em are on sale right now, with more on the way!
From Will Lill Comics (available in print via IndyPlanet, and digitally via DriveThru) come issues 3 and 4 of Fun Adventure Comics! Midnight Stranger leads off issue #3, while Kragor and Black Rose fill the back 2/3 of ish 4! Art by Joe Koziarski, Louis Sollune (aka JP Dupras), and David Vance!

(And just 'cause I love ya, here's taste of my story in FAC! #5 on sale soon: "Snake Eyes" with art by Ben Ferrari...)



Also, Surprising Universe #1 is now on sale! Only 200 copies in print, available directly from publisher Mark F. Davis ($7.50 post paid via PayPal at markfdavis1@yahoo.com)! I love writing Unbeatable Brick (the big red guy on the cover), and I hope you enjoy his origin story!


 Stay tuned! Lots more stuff is in the works!


Friday, July 28, 2017

Get Your BAM's Right Here!

A lot of ground to cover, so let's get right at it!

BAM! Today is my main blog, Diversions of the Groovy Kind's ninth anniversary. I never dreamed it would last this long--and it's still going strong. Wow!

BAM! Issues 3 (featuring Midnight Stranger part 3) and 4 (featuring Kragor and Black Rose) of Fun Adventure Comics are soon to be in print at Indy Planet and are currently available in .pdf through Drive-Thru Comics. Issue 3 is also available digitally through comXology. Way to go publisher Warren Montgomery!

And that's not even hinting at the ka-razy new concept Midnight Stranger artist Joe Koziarski and I are cooking up!

BAM! The first issue of InDELLible Comics' All New Popular Comics has hit Amazon, and it looks great! I'll have a feature in the third or fourth ish of PopCom featuring a brand new "Golden Age version" of The Voice!


BAM! We're closing in on a publication date for Surprising Universe #1 featuring my Unbeatable Brick origin story. Here's artist "CoInk Adink's" awesome cover:




BAM! Incredible Ian Groff has completed the art for our brand new Kragor adventure, and it looks amazing! Here's the inked splash:


"The Ballad of Setoora" will be featured next year in an issue of Will Lill's Fun Adventure Comics! Not only that, but Ian and I are working on a short horror story in the Creepy/Eerie mode that we hope will see print soon!

BAM! Remarkable Russ Martin has completed the pencils and inks on the first chapter of Ash-Aman and is creating even more phenomenal pages for chapter two! Check out the splashes for parts one and two...


BAM! Dynamic Donnie Page is working with me on a short sci-fi/horror shocker which we hope will be the first of many collaborations. Donnie is the Buscema Brothers and John Romita, Sr. rolled into one! Check out this page...


BAM! Daring David Johnson Jr. and I are working on a brand new split book featuring two brand new characters that have us very excited: the cosmic hero Captain Beyond and the cybernetic spy Agent 31! Here's a promo piece that's a work in progress, but too spectacular for me to keep under wraps:


BAM! And, oh, yeah...Publisher John Helmer has given me permission to destroy the Lucky Comics Universe (featuring Beetle Girl, Black Bat, and U.S. Jones) in...The Unlucky! Stay tuned!



BAM! That's not ALL that's going on in my comicbook world, but that should hold you for now! Hopefully next time I'll have updates on Fantastic Giants and G.R.U.N.T.--and probably even more cool stuff! Meantime, I still need an artist for my western Guns & Rosa!




Monday, June 26, 2017

Kragor, Ash-Aman, and G.R.U.N.T.! Oh, My!

What's up, y'all! I've almost let June slip by without a post on what's going on in my little corner of the comicbook world! Letting a month go by without mentioning what's going on would make it seem like...nothing's going on! (That made sense in my head...) Ahem. Stuff is going on! Here it is:

Midnight Stranger in Fun Adventure Comics #3, and that magnificent mag is available digitally right now via DriveThruComics! It'll soon be available through comiXology and in print through IndyPlanet, too! And very soon, FAC #4 will be out with a classic Kragor story, so thank's Warren Montgomery and Will Lill Comics for making summertime Fun Adventure Comics time!

Speaking of Kragor, Incredible Ian Groff has completed the pencils for a brand new Kragor tale, "The Ballad of Setoora!" Here's a little teaser of a page for you to drool over...

Remarkable Russ Martin has completed the pencils for the first chapter of Ash-Aman's origin and is now inking away! Prepare to have your mind blown by this gorgeous splash page...

Wondrous Wes Wedman has teamed up with yours truly to create a brand new hero called G.R.U.N.T.! What is G.R.U.N.T.? He's a soldier...he's a zombie...he's a man who's been "Genetically Re-engineered with Ultimate Nano Technology"...and he's gonna knock your socks off!

Oh, yeah, more big news: I'm going to be contributing a brand new/retro feature to a future issue of InDELLible's All-New Popular Comics! We're doing an old-school story featuring an old-school character called...The Voice!

And, as always, I'm still looking for an artist for my western Guns & Rosa. I also have a few 5-6 page one-off sci-fi and horror comics if any artistic type out there is interested in just a fun little diversion...and I have some cool new super-hero ideas as well! If you're an artist who loves to draw good, old-fashioned comics with a twist, send samples to: thegroovyagent@yahoo.com ! Pax!!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Kragor, Midnight Stranger, Unbeatable Brick, and Fantastic Giants Are A'Comin'!

Along with last month's announcements, there's even more excitement in the pipeline! Ready? Set? Go!!

First up, Will Lill Comics publisher Warren Montgomery  has announced that Midnight Stranger part 3 will appear in Fun Adventure Comics #3 in June, then Kragor will be cover-featured in Fun Adventure Comics #4 in July! Happy summer!!



Next, Surprising Comics publisher Mark Davis has thrown caution to the wind and granted Unbeatable Brick his VERY OWN COMIC once Surprising Universe finishes its three issue run. UB artist supreme David Johnson Jr. will continue drawing the series, and he's even created a new villain for the premiere ish! I LOVE writing Unbeatable Brick and I sure hope y'all dig it! Just to hold you over, here's David's in-your-face cover rough for UB's turn on the cover of Surprising Universe #3!


And last, but certainly not least..in fact, this is pretty big! And do I ever mean BIG! My online pal Steven Butler (yeah, THAT Steven Butler) and I are gonna work together (along with co-creator/inker/colorist/editor/honcho Mort Todd--yeah, THAT Mort Todd) on a brand spanking feature for Charlton Neo/Pix-C bringing back that grand old name, Fantastic Giants! Besides bringing back the name the name, we're also re-imagining Son of Vulcan into something totally exciting and new--Robogod Vulkan! But wait, the title is Fantastic Giants, plural, right? Right! Steven has also created a new gi-normous creature with roots in Charlton-past, Kongorr! And me? I get to put in lots of words! The plan is to run Fantastic Giants on online Pix-C and when it's finished, Charlton Neo will collect and publish the entire 30 page epic in it's own print-mag!

Yep, exciting times for yers trooly! I sure hope you join me for the ride!




Friday, April 7, 2017

Even More Comics Are Comin'!

Yeah, there's been a bit of a lull in my stories being published, but things are moving along on several fronts, so get ready for some fun funnies!

First of all, my Unbeatable Brick story for Surprising Universe #1 is almost completed! Artist David Johnson, Jr. set a high bar in the art department, and "So You Think You've Had a Bad Day?" (how'zat for a superhero origin title?) is coming down the home stretch in the lettering department. We should be hearing about a release date for SU#1 from publisher Mark Davis very soon. I've also written the second episode of Unbeatable Brick and will start on the third one, soon. Meantime, check out some more of David's awesome Unbeatable Brick art...

David and I are also working on a brand-new cosmic character called Captain Beyond! We're thrilled with CB's three-part origin story and hope you will be too! It'll be a little while before it's ready for print, but meantime plant your peepers on this taste of wonderment to come...!


Next, I have brand new  Kragor story in the works, this one illustrated by Ian Groff! This might be my favorite Kragor story yet, and I'm' so excited Ian's drawing it!  Ian has a cool style that suits our favorite teen barbarian perfectly! Just check out some samples and see for yourself...




I'm also collaborating with artist Russell Martin (illustrator of Daemon Mask, which you can read in Pulp Adventures Magazine #24--order a copy here) on another brand-new character called Ash-Aman of Atlantis. This is a straight-up fantasy character that I think you're really gonna dig! Check out Russ' designs for the main characters of Ash-Aman's first story arc:



I also have a couple stories I plan to submit to The Creeps (now nationally distributed via comics shops AND newsstands across America! Way to go, Publisher Rich Sala!), so fingers crossed there.


The original Kragor story illustrated by Louis Sollune, the third Midnight Stranger story (illoed by the incredible Joe Koziarski), and the sci-fi/western/horror short-shocker "Snake Eyes" will be coming your way via Will Lill's Fun Adventure Comics very soon, so hang in there!


I have a bunch of stories featuring The Black Spider (for all you fans of pulp-inspired superheroes) and Guns & Rosa (for all you western fans) that I still need artists for, so, artists, don't be shy and send me samples @ thegroovyagent@yahoo.com or contact me via the comments section below.

There's lots more to come--2017 is gonna be a comicbook blast! Stay tuned!