ANA COMICS

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So those of you who bought the Legion books might be wondering who ANA Comics are and what the relationship is. ANA is run by a good friend of mine named Anthony Hary who is working tirelessly to break into mainstream comics. When I quit comics, I gave over the rights to the Legion to him to use as he sees fit. He has a small publishing imprint with various different creators working on different things, including a book I co-wrote with him and his wife called The Midnight Raider. His wife was a contributor to White Zombie. I am not sure what he has planned, but I trust him with my Canadian heroes.

The reason I mention it is because I might be working on some of our other collaborations as novels. We’ve created a few heroes and stories that were planned for comics, but might work better as a short novel. We’ll see.

http://www.anacomics.com/

I’ll be discussing some ideas with him throughout the end of the year and then we’ll see what we can come up with for 2015. In the meantime, check out their webpage. They have a lot of interesting books, including a charity book for animals and school children called ARTISTS FOR ANIMALS. Or check out our first collaboration, The Midnight Raider.

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Zero Tolerance Policy

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Recently I noticed a very disturbing trend in modern fiction; the use of certain words to describe women.

In GOTG, one of my favorite films, Drax refers to Gamorra as a whore. In Supernatural, if I am remembering this correctly, a woman character was referred to as a “hench wench”.

Trust me I am not a supporter of our “Offended Generation” and I certainly don’t agree with our aggressive Political Correctness, but I find these words to be played out and offensive. Why can’t they just call her an asshole like everyone else?

This got me thinking as to what more I can do to promote better treatment of women in art and media. So I’ve instituted a zero tolerance policy for my work and my life, removing any and all male influences that might promote negative ideas about women. Using these words isn’t a big deal, especially in the context of film and television, but the words made me realize just how many famous men are able to victimize women and get away with it. Not just with words, but with deeds as well.

So what I am pledging to do is deny the existence of these men, in both my work and my life. Any man who has abused or assaulted women will not be mentioned in any of my books. I don’t care how positive a message they might have said to the public, if they treated women badly in their private life, they will not get any more fame from me.

I am writing them out of the universes that I create. In the worlds where my stories take place and on my blog and Facebook page, these men will not exist.

They are all charming, well spoken men, who have successfully hidden their flaws behind a winning smile and great speeches. I’ve finally seen through the facade and I don’t want keep feeding them. My two boys will never look up to any of these men.

Jian Gomeshi does not exist. He will not leave a legacy behind, he doesn’t deserve it.

Bill Cosby does not exist. His shows should not be in circulation anymore, his name stricken from any lists that might praise his accomplishments.

Gandhi was notoriously misogynist and his views have influenced an entire country. A country that has been in the media almost every week for one violent rape or another. The Western world should forget about him.

Bill Clinton has a history of sexual assault and used his power and influence as President to gain sexual favors. A man with a well documented history of violence against women held the highest office in the country. His name should be taken down, his legacy forgotten.

Sean Penn broke into Madonna’s house, tied her up and beat the shit out of her. He should never be allowed to act in Hollywood again.

The list of men in power with a history of violence against women goes on and on. .

Mel Gibson hasn’t been welcome in Hollywood for a long time, and rightly so.

But what about Tom Sizemore, Christian Slater, Tito Ortiz, etc? The list goes on and on. . from Chris Brown to Jose Canseco. What about Mike Tyson, Eminem, Michael Fassbender, and Sean Connery?

Are these men you want your children to watch and idolize?

If social media is going to go after some of them, why not go after all of them?

This is the time for men to clean house and say “You guys are chumps, we won’t give you another dollar, go find a job in a gas station somewhere.”

Once a man gains power and wealth and uses that wealth and power to harm women, they don’t deserve to have that fame and fortune any longer.

Artie Lange decided to go on Twitter the other day and harass and assault a CNN news reporter who happens to be a woman. This guy isn’t attractive or funny, why the hell are we giving him an audience? Why is anyone listening to his crap? Does the world really need a not-so-funny, borderline suicidal comedian? Is there a shortage of overweight men in comedy?

I tried doing a Google search to fine pro-female male role models. There are some good ones, who can easily fill the void left by the losers.

Good men are out there, men like Will Smith, Ian Somerhalder, Patrick Stewart, Joss Whedon, Blair Underwood, Donald McPherson, Aziz Ansari and hopefully many more.

I have my issues with modern feminists. I don’t like the aggression and shaming tactics that are used in cases where they aren’t warranted. I’m not trying to be an ally. I just want the bad men to know one thing:

You’re finished dude. It’s over, you fucked up. You’re done.Time to start over, somewhere else. Anywhere else but here. Maybe starting over from the bottom will give these men a new perspective.

Fame is not an entitlement, it is a gift from the public to the popular. Those who abuse this gift should have it taken away.

I wouldn’t want these men in my life as friends, I’m certainly not going to help shine a spotlight on them any more.

I haven’t even gotten to the men who have been accused but never charged. . .

Mike Tyson should have disappeared 30 years ago. Now is not too late, we have the tools and the technology. We have the voice and the power. Let’s clean house. It’s not too late.

 

White Zombie

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I haven’t promoted this book in a while so I thought I’d repost it for anyone that missed my first anthology from Raven Studio. It features a lot of great writers and has a unique take on zombie mythology.

A flu-like virus ravages the Earth killing everyone within 24 hours. Only the black race seems immune. This blessing soon becomes a curse as the rest of Earth’s population rises as flesh-hungry zombies. Contains 11 scary short stories by various authors.

Cover by Steven Russell Black.

Publishing Schedule 2015

So here is a tentative list of books I want to finish in 2015. We’ll see how much of this I actually get done, but I heard it is good to set objectives and plan out goals.

LONDON UNDEAD: This will be my next release. I’m just past the midway point and working on it every day. I’ll be really happy if I can release this before the end of the year, but time moves quickly as Christmas approaches. . .

SPIRA: My first fantasy novel. Already wrote the first couple chapters and I hope to get this out right after LU.

Legion Book 4: Need to finish the first arc early in the year. Want the Proletarian storyline done already!

EARTH MAN 2: I really want to get this started in 2015. No idea if I can finish it by then, but I want it done.

PUNCH: Would love to make progress on this. . .

I think that’s all for now. . . .

FAN LETTERS!

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My daughter, Colleen, purchased Earthman at Toronto Comicon and had you sign it

Just finished reading it and want more!!   Wonderful concept of a living universe and multiverse defending itself.

This is one book I will re-read!  It has left me with the same excitement and anticipation I got from Herbert families Dune, Niven’s known universe and EE Smith’s Lenseman

The characters are much more realistic and easier to identify with

I’ll browsing Internet for sequels next week after my back surgery

Well done!  And thank you!!

This guy is getting free Earth Man books for life! In fact I am naming a character in the sequel after him!

Hello,

I wanted to let you know i loved your book the corrupter :) I had a hard time putting it down when i knew i had to get some sleep or had to work lol.
Hopefully I get to meet you again.
Thank you,
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I can’t tell you how happy I was to receive a letter regarding The Corrupter. It’s a book about a creepy perv who is obsessed with a robot and like LOLITA, the classic that inspired it, it is not to everyone’s taste. My wife is reading it right now and I am dreading it. BUT this fan made my week!

The Legion

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In a world where the strange is becoming commonplace, a group of heroes from Canada are the lone defenders of a planet under constant attack from a multiverse of threats.

In Book 1, the team comes together to face an ancient Yenaldlooshi that has murdered its descendants in Native communities across Canada. When it learns that the President of the United States is coming to Canada, it decides it is time to find a new body. It will wear the skin of the most powerful man in the world, or it will die trying.

In book 2, the Proletarian appears. A invincible solar-powered clone from an alternate dimension, the Proletarian has just one dream: The reconstruction of the Cold War era Soviet Union. And there is no one powerful enough to stop him.

Meanwhile, in Detroit the Black Flag and Snowfall face off against a spoiled rich kid in a mobile death suit.

 

Book 3: The Canadian Legion sneaks into the New Soviet Union in order to free a prisoner from the Gulag in Sochi. Flag is force to make tough decisions while undercover in the prison, Snowfall is haunted by strange memories and one of the heroes won’t make it out alive.

 

The Legion Book 3: Available in 24 Hours

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So I finally finished editing Book 3 and uploaded it to Amazon. It will take between 12-24 hours for it to clear.

Back to working on LONDON UNDEAD, at least for the month of November. It now rests at 72 pages, I am not sure if this is roughly the middle of the book or not, I really don’t know how long it will go on. So at this point I am going to say it is roughly 40% done, but who knows how long it takes to write a conflict between the city of London and a legion of zombies?

The prologue, and the first and second chapters of SPIRA are done. I’ll be promoting those on the SPIRALETTERS blog soon. Then I move on to Legion Book 4, the final confrontation between the Legion and the Proletarian.

Look for the links to the new book soon!

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SUPERHUMAN! Update!

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Rough first draft of my TCG called SUPERHUMAN.
If any of my artist friends, Anthony Hary, or anyone else wants to donate art, let me know.

I still have a lot of work to do, specifically finding the right patterns and styles for the backgrounds, but for now I am using basic colored paper style.

The symbols mean that those character get a bonus evolution if the same energy type is used. So a Native American can be an evil scientist, but if they follow the path of magic, they will get a bonus that cops don’t get.


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