Monday, October 20, 2014

The Last Twisted ToyFare Theatre Ever

From the first moment I laid eyes on it ("Super Villain Jeopardy" in ToyFare #1), I wanted to be a Twisted ToyFare Theatre writer. I never wanted to be the final Twisted ToyFare Theatre writer, but hey. That's how things worked out.

It occurred to me that very few (if any!) people probably saw the final Twisted ToyFare Theatre, so I wanted to present it here. Basically, this story was originally created for ToyFare #164, which, though completed, never went to the printer. It was then repurposed to run in the first four issues of "Wizard World," the new iPad publication that replaced Wizard and ToyFare in early 2011 (which is why pages 3-5 all start with a recap). The idea was that every subsequent issue of Wizard World would have had a page of Twisted ToyFare (now called Toy due to trademark issues) Theatre. That didn't happen. TTT departed Wizard World after this story, and I departed Wizard World shortly thereafter.

I don't think this is the best strip we've ever done (although it is literally the ultimate TTT!), but it's got some solid gags, and I'm eternally proud of the work that my collaborators did on Twisted ToyFare throughout my run. In this case, those collaborators include photographer Dan Reilly, designer James Walker, writer/storyboard artist Jon Gutierrez and co-writers Carlos Mejia, TJ Dietsch and Rob Bricken. 

Some day I'm sure I'll tell the story of the decline and death of Twisted ToyFare. In the meantime, please to enjoy witnessing it for yourself!







Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Where to buy S.H.O.O.T. First Volume 1

S.H.O.O.T. First, my comic with co-creator/artist Nicolas Daniel Selma, colorist Marlac and letterer Amanda Aguilar Selma, is out today in collected form in book stores. That means that for those of you who wanted to read it but didn’t feel capable of navigating the arcane mysteries of ordering from comic shops (Hi, mom!), this is your chance.







You may be able to find it in book stores, but I have no idea how widely it was ordered so I’d definitely call ahead first.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the book, please consider reviewing it on Amazon or Good Reads. I always hear that it makes a huge difference, so I really appreciate if you’re able to.

I’ve mentioned before that this book is really important to me. Not only does it represent an amazing amount of work and skill by my collaborators and my amazing editors at Dark Horse (the incomparable Dave Marshall, Aaron Walker and Ian Tucker), but it means a lot to me personally. As you know if you’ve been reading my author’s notes on the blog, I put a lot of myself on the pages.

Real talk: it’s not easy to be a published comic book author, and you often hear that staying in is even more difficult than breaking in. I’ve been tremendously fortunate to have been able to publish several books - enough, in fact, to fill a “More Dark Horse books by Justin Aclin” page in the back of the S.H.O.O.T. First TPB, which is staggering. And sometimes, in my least optimistic moments, I wonder if I’ll ever get to publish anything again.

But having held this book in my hands, I know that even if I never get published again (and at my most optimistic moments, I say, “Of course I will!”), I’ve put something out in the world that means something to me. Something that might even be able to mean something to other people that read it. And I count myself among the luckiest people in the world to be able to say that, and I have nothing but immense gratitude for all the people who helped make it happen, and especially to the people who put something of themselves in this book, too.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Writer's Notes: S.H.O.O.T. First #4

All good things must come to an end, and S.H.O.O.T. First (Book 1!) did on January 15th with the release of issue #4. Before I get into the writer’s notes, I need to thank my incredible co-creator Nicolas Daniel Selma for bringing this world to life, and our colorist and letterer Marlac and Amanda Aguilar Selma. More than any other medium, a comic is only as good as it looks, and these guys made the comic look amazing.

I also need to thank the two people whose faith in this project kept it going for years and through difficult times. First, my wife Brooke, who read my initial concept and said “This could be something.” And my editor Dave Marshall, who’s shepherded this project through different phases, different teams and different fortunes, never losing faith that this was a comic that Dark Horse should be publishing. Plus, of course, Dave’s keen editorial eye made it a better story and made me a better writer. I’m endlessly indebted to both of them.

And now, after the jump, if you’ve been with us the whole way…here’s how we wrapped things up.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Writer's Notes: S.H.O.O.T. First #3

We’re less than a week away from the final issue of S.H.O.O.T. First...it’s about time I do my writer’s notes for the penultimate issue! Full spoilers inside, including my favorite “a-ha” moment I’ve ever had as a writer!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Writer's Notes: S.H.O.O.T. First #2

By now you’ve probably read S.H.O.O.T. First #2 by me, Nicolas Daniel Selma, Marlac and Amanda Aguilar Selma from Dark Horse Comics. Right? And you’re probably wondering what it was like writing it. Right? Well, read on! But be warned: full spoilers within, so you should really read the issue first.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Writer's Notes: S.H.O.O.T. First #1

So, after years of effort behind the scenes, S.H.O.O.T. First #1 by myself, Nicolas Daniel Selma, Marlac and Amanda Aguilar Selma has finally been released by Dark Horse Comics. So far the reviews have been really good, and I’m excited because I think every issue is better than the last. And now, because I’ve been literally waiting for four years to talk about some of the twists in this issue, I’m going to do some Kieron Gillen-style Writer’s Notes for it. FULL SPOILERS follow, so don’t hit the jump unless you’ve already read the issue. (P.S. Read the issue)


WARNING: I also go on and on at great lengths. Deal with it.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Get my comic for free at NYCC!

Hey, we’re giving away S.H.O.O.T. First #1 for free before you can buy it, at New York Comic Con!


In celebration of the fact that my co-creator Nicolas Daniel Selma and I are both going to be in attendance at NYCC, Dark Horse has graciously consented to give away a very limited number of copies of our comic, S.H.O.O.T. First #1, for free, only at our signing at the Dark Horse booth, starting at 12 noon on Sunday, October 13th.



This is the exact same comic that hits shops on October 16, only it will cost you exactly $3.99 less. It’s not a NYCC-exclusive cover or anything, although I will sign your cover indicating that you were one of the first people to get this at New York Comic Con.


S.H.O.O.T. First #1 follows the adventures of the Secular Humanist Occult Obliteration Taskforce as they take on supernatural creatures they don’t believe in. You can read more about the series and check out some preview pages in this interview I did with Comic Book Resources.


Both Nico and I are extremely proud and excited to be debuting our creator-owned comic at New York Comic Con, and we can’t wait to share it with you. So come by the Dark Horse booth around noon on Sunday the 13th for free comics! Can’t beat that!

Also, if you’d like me to sign any of my Star Wars books, Akaneiro issues or even any Twisted ToyFare Theatre volumes, bring them by as well. I’ll see you there!