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.’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!