SPOILER WARNING: THERE WILL BE LOTS OF CAPITAL LETTERS IN THIS POST.
Where’ve you BEEN, Stephen???
WHERE THE FUCK DID YOU GO!!!????
Umm . . . sorry about that, guys. It’s been awhile since anything bloggy here at the Express. It’s been awhile since anything at all, really. This is both a GOOD thing and a BAD thing.
BAD means not much new stuff at The Express.
GOOD means lots of STUFF IN GENERAL is happening, and I just haven’t had time to update the blog and news sections of The Express.
This does not mean I’ve forgotten about The Express, and/or the few people who actually do read me here. I get your letters and messages and DMs, and even though I don’t always respond, I appreciate them, and I want to try to start updating again, at least fairly regularly. Another reason I was out of the loop here for a while is that my site fell under attack by hackers and was compromised in a pretty major way. I needed to bring in the experts to fix that and it took months. But we think we may have ferreted out the problems and returned The Express to a semblance of safe working order. This is no real excuse for not blogging, as we resolved these issues a while back. But for anyone who cares, I also have to say . . . if you really miss me . . . REALLY TRULY MISS ME . . . remember that, in addition to my full-time job these days as a screenwriter, I’m running a publishing company now. And I’m not talking about some halfhearted do-it-in-your-spare-time self pubbing outfit. Eibon Press IS an unusual organization with weird distribution and artistic priorities but we ARE a very REAL company with a very real production and release schedule which is VERY demanding. The way it works is a little like this: I write one of these 36 page comic books and do all the layouts—which means I design every panel of every page in addition to writing all the funny words in the dialogue balloons—and then that gets turned over to the artist. Pat does the art in stages, while I supervise him and give notes. Then he turns in his pages and I EDIT THEM. Which means all sorts of corrections, panel re-designs and other shit. THEN it goes to the colorist and the whole process starts again. THEN I get the final pages and I LETTER THEM ALL MYSELF—a time consuming process that takes weeks—and finally I create the graphic design for all the non-comic pages you see in each issue, like editorials, ads and cover logos and graphics. THEN I supervise the printing of not only the comics, but every special little extra doodad that goes into them, like our patented Eibon sleeve album jackets and poster inserts and stuff. THEN IT STARTS ALL OVER AGAIN. I do all that. Let me say that again in ALL CAPS so you really get it:
I DO ALL THAT.
And I do it a minimum of seven to eight times a year as head writer and creative director of Eibon Press.
AND IN ADDITION, I am also one half of the team that does shit like press releases, print ads, newsletters and other stuff related to the distribution and promotion of every book we do. Like this cool ad right here, which I designed to the last line of copy:
So what I’m saying is that even though I’m not really HERE a lot of the time . . . well, you can always catch me THERE.
THERE, being the Eibon Press website and our Social Feeds, where lots of updates are constantly being thrown up, some even personally written by me. Included with the COMIC BOOKS THEMSELVES are a lot of what would normally pass for my blogging efforts these days. See, every comic comes not only comes with liner notes and sketchbook stuff, but also special full color newsletters that tell you about the production of each book and the ongoing development of our company—all of which is along the lines of what I used to post a lot more regularly here. It’s not free like things are here . . . but for the money you spend on our comics, I guarantee you will find no better value on the market. What we do is unique in all the history of the medium. No bullshit. I wouldn’t give my life to Lucio Fulci again, folks, unless there was a damn good reason and we were cranking out end products that were really worth the effort. Since SHOCK FESTIVAL, I’ve yearned to be more innovative in the book world, more wild and audacious and GROUND BREAKING. To say that we’re getting to be all those things at Eibon would be a galactic understatement.
AND SO . . .
At the NEWS SECTION of The Express, I’ve posted some new articles that contain links to various online posts, updates and newsletters that describe much of what’s been going on at Eibon, since we started last year. (If you’d like to be on our mailing list and get ALL those updates AUTOMATICALLY in your inbox every week, click HERE.) As I said, I’ll try to do more of these Express posts in the future. It’s all very fun. I just love making comic books and this has been a bizarrely unexpected new turn in my publishing career—and we really enjoy sharing our process with you, the loyal fan base we’ve built over our first year of operation. Before this year is out, we hope to have even more fans . . . and you’ll see the release of my long-cherished dream project LASERBLAST, plus MANIAC and a very special surprise book release around Christmas, just for the hardcores.
We have MANY things in store at Eibon. Our series based on Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBIE is continuing past the film adaptation, for example. And ISSUE 5 of the ongoing sequel series it’s absolutely the best comic magazine I have ever been honored enough to take part in and one of the best things I have ever written. It’s just amazing work from my amazing art gang of Pat and Chris (Fatboy)—and I hope you’ll enjoy the story too. In ISSUE 6, we’re going even further, and that one will have another vinyl record in it, too.
Yeah, yeah, I know we’re crazy. In issue 4 we stuck a goddamn fucking VINYL RECORD in the comic and everyone freaked out and bought, like, ten copies. So we’re doing it again. Obviously. On the first record, we had a kick as remix of Fabio Frizzi’s classic ZOMBIE score. What’s on the new record?
SOMETHING. FUCKING. AWESOME. FOLKS.
SOMETHING THAT BRINGS US INTO THE FUTURE.
Okay, and yeah, you heard me right a little earlier. I’m in constant motion these days because I’m also writing screenplays again. SCREENPLAYS THAT ARE ACTUALLY BEING MADE INTO MAJOR FILMS FOR TELEVISION. There’s a whole story about how this all happened, and it’s very circuitous and interesting, but I’ve been asked not to reveal anything until the people at (INSERT NAME OF MAJOR CABLE NETWORK HERE) decide to make the official announcement of the first two. (They’re already “unofficially” listed at IMDB, but I didn’t tell you that.) I spent a lot of last year developing those two films with a legendary producer, and they were shot scant months ago and will see release later this year. They are dark, character based thrillers. I hope people will enjoy them. Meanwhile . . . I have to start writing three more, starting tomorrow!
No kidding, that’s my dirty little secret here . . . I am actually squeezing in this pittance of an update blog on THE DAY BEFORE I get so busy again I can hardly sleep. My girlfriend knows exactly what happens what that goes down. I turn into an anxious, coffee-jacked voice on the phone and a distant memory until those all-important first drafts are completed. (But she knows I love her to death anyway. And that cat too.) I worked pretty hard to get my career back on track, and it’s re-surged with a roaring vengeance, to say the least.
And as for novels?
Well, it’s funny . . . I still have five unpublished books from my years in the NYC ballgame of “big league” publishing. Yeah, you read that right too. FIVE. UNPUBLISHED. BOOKS. They are finished. They are ready to be sold and edited. Someday, most likely, they actually will be sold and edited. But a funny thing happened in the way to getting that done initially . . .
Some choices had to be made.
Some souls had to be searched.
It was getting to the point where I had somewhat forgotten my roots—the roots that made me an artist in the first place. And when you search your soul . . . when you really PEEL IT BACK, MAN and ask yourself, “WHAT DO I REALLY WANT . . . ?”
Well, you decide to make some cool comic books while you pay the rent writing movies again.
Screenwriting and making comic books were the first things I ever taught myself how to do as a scribe and a professional artist outside music. They remain my first loves. They were the things I gave up my career as a musician to persue full time. I never regretted that at all.
So here we are. The novels can wait a while.
When I return to that arena, it will be on very different terms and with very different priorities. THAT SAID . . . I am actually pretty excited about a few of those novels. And I promise you WILL see at least two of them in the relatively distant future.
But meanwhile . . . life, and the world, marches on.
George A. Romero died last week.
It’s truly the end of an era.
You can read what I, and many others, wrote about him HERE, where my best amigos at Dread Central continue to keep the fire. Please go and pay your respects. He gave us everything, George did. Honor him.
Oh . . . and I thought it might be a little fun to go old school for a second and actually make a couple of movie recommendations. I almost NEVER do this at the Express anymore, unless it’s s parody review or part of a bigger project or some shit. But this has been a very GOOD year, so far. I’ve seen some very GOOD movies. Here are two of them:
BABY DRIVER. Unique. Exhilarating. Rewards repeat viewings. Been addicted to Queen since watching. Support this film so there will be more like it.
DUNKIRK. Visceral. Bold. Unlike any war movie ever made in the history of war movies. Been cleaning the shrapnel out of my teeth since watching. Support this film so there will be more like it.
And with that . . . I bid you adieu until next time. I promise not to stay away so long. In fact . . . I’ll be back to tell you all about my new movies before you know it. And I’ll be giving you a fun rundown on how it all came to be.
For all three of you who are interested.
Peace in the galaxy.