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Iosephus is one of those characters that I can’t get enough of.

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Just So You Know That I Don’t Make This Stuff Up…

I see this car all of the time when I go to my local Indian place for lunch. Jacob and I went to lunch while we were at Comic-Con, and the story of how I came up with Jusadva’s name came up. When I saw the car today, I couldn’t help but take a picture to share.

 

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Back in the day, Hunter would NEVER have told that story to ANYONE, no matter how friendly they were. But the old days are long gone, and Hunter will probably never again think of himself as a top-tier assassin-for-hire.

I want to give mad props to Carrie Tupper, one of several amazing talents behind Kamikaze, an animated project that will see its first real life as a webcomic. She and I have been working as story consultants for one another, and this scene is where her influence starts to felt.

Thanks, Carrie! The rest of you, check out her comic when it goes live on the 25th, which I guess is today!!!

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In the interest of full disclosure: Jemith Jennaci was indeed inspired by Anna Nicole Smith. Inspiration aside, this is not about to turn into a commentary on celebrity culture or on reality television (both of which I generally despise). My brain just went in a weird direction as I was putting together this scene.

(That said, I did have a crush on her, early in her career, when it was all Playboy and Marilyn Monroe. That had long since faded away by the time I briefly met her, toward the end of her life.)

The name “Jennaci” is inspired by a friend’s D&D character, although we’ve never gamed together, and I whipped up “Jemith” solely for the alliteration.

(Not that you need to know all of this at the moment. She’s really just a blip on the radar right now.)

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If, By Chance, You Want More Work by Justin…

Most of you should know that Hunter Black isn’t the only writing I do. I’ve trumpeted my work here in the past, but I’ve been rather quiet on the self-promotion front of late. Today, I want to tell you guys about an anthology, Space Goat Presents, Vol. 1, and the stories within that I wrote. Maybe, perhaps, you will be moved to go out and get them. (Well, not “go out”…the only traveling required is from webpage to webpage.)

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The Family Secret is a story about being a single mom with some low-level superpowers, and a pair of children that are immensely more powerful. I’m not a huge fan of the elevator pitch, but imagine The Incredibles crossed with something like Rosanne. The art is by Eder Messias, who I think channels Dale Keown, while still managing to capture small emotional moments. I’m really proud of this, and I’m hoping to do more of it. (And I might get the chance…watch this space for more info as I get it.) Plus, I got Kirby Krackle in there, because I love comics.

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Over My Dead Body is what happens when I get angry about the huge success of Twilight. I can do teen romance set against the backdrop of classic monsters, too…and mine won’t make me want to rip my own eyeballs out. Vampires and werewolves have been done to death, especially in this context, so I decided to tackle Frankenstein. Over My Dead Body has been a labor of love for me for a LONG time, and when I got the chance to get an OMDB story into print, I jumped at it. I LOVE what Alan Quah did here, art-wise. He combines Bernie Wrightson and Gene Colan to come up with something all his own that is just perfect for the kind of horror that this is.

Both stories are edited by Darren Vincenzo, who used to edit for DC (which is kind of surreal), and more importantly both stories are lettered by our very own Jacob Bascle. I don’t exaggerate when I say that I try to get Jacob in on everything I work on. (Like a turd, I’ve forgotten the names of both colorists, and I’ve cut off my access to social media, which I need to find out. I’ll put them into an update later.)

You can get a hardbound copy of the Anthology at the link above, which I’ll put here as well. The anthology is only 20 bucks for 120 pages, and the other stories are pretty damned good, too. Tomorrow, you’ll be able to purchase OMDB as a digital download for the Kindle (Presumably on Amazon? The details are not yet fully clear to me, so watch for that update), and that will be only $0.99. A Family Secret digital download is forthcoming.

I hope you all will check it out, I’m very proud of what we’ve put together!

 

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You know, when I wrote this page, I foolishly imagined that we were gonna be treated to a very Sordon-like imagine of Hunter as a ghost. I was not in any way imagining what we got. (I should know better by now.)

Anyway, I’m getting ready to go to San Diego. I plan to pester a few people into hiring me, catch up with a few friends, and maybe find the missing piece for a project I’m working on. Speaking of which, that project needs a little of my attention right now, so this will be blessedly short.

As always, let us know what you think!

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