Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Breathing in Helium

Well, we're only a month into 2015, and my first book of the year has just been released. It's one I'm really excited about too.

Helium is a comic one-shot I did with Jeff Chin (who you may remember from the book we did together, In the Fallout), and it's published by Read Furiously.

It's a story about the chemical properties of Helium, but also it's the story of a young couple trying to make a long distance relationship work from opposite sides of a planet that's pretty much hell bent on blowing itself up. Surprisingly, the two have a lot more in common than you'd think.

And despite the science-fictiony/science-nonfictiony backdrop, this is actually one of the more personal stories I've written.

See, for the first year and a half me and my wife dated we were long distance. We were both poor college graduates, working full time jobs to support ourselves, and trying to figure out what we were doing with our lives (in my wife's case she was also in grad school to get her Master's degree). We only got to see each other on weekends when I'd drive down Friday after work so we could spend the next two days trying to cram in as much time together as possible.

Now despite that, I know we had it pretty good for a long distance relationship, and some couples don't have the luxury of getting to spend weekends together like we did. So looking back on it, I'm able to romanticize some aspects of it because everything worked out for us.

In reality though, things weren't always easy. As great as those two days together always were, they just made you miss the person even more for the other five days you spent apart. And sometimes making the right decision within the little bubble you exist in for those two days, only makes things in the real world harder.

So while I may have set Helium as far from reality as possible, there's a lot that's still grounded in those early days of our relationship. And all of it is really just a way to remind myself how lucky I am that my wife and I ended up where we did.

Anyway, enough of my ramblings. Next time I'll share the soundtrack I put together for Helium so you can see some of the musical influences in the book.

Till then, hope you guys enjoy Helium.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Another something new...

Okay, I've actually been holding my tongue for a while on this one, just cause it's pretty big. BUT now that it's officially been released, I think it's a good time to make the announcement. I've written a new novella. It's my first non-comic book project ever, and I'm really excited about it. It was published by Read Furiously, as part of their One 'n Done series. They're a great group to work with, and you'll hear me mentioning their name a lot in the next couple months.

My novella is called What About Tuesday, and it's a story all about theoretical physics, our loose grasp on the concept of spacetime, hard boiled private investigators, and crappy office jobs. Or to quote from the official solicitation:

Should you ever wake up to find a day of the week missing due to a freak abnormality in the nature of space-time, it's probably a good idea not to mention it to anyone. It's definitely a good idea not to mention it to the slight ginger working for Getty's Private Investigators. You may think it's a good idea, but it'll be way more trouble than it's worth.

Really, it's probably best to just go about your day and forget anything ever happened. Cause technically, nothing did.

What About Tuesday is available on all sorts of platforms, and you can find a links to them at the Read Furiously website!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A new look for a little something new...

I think it's time for an overhaul, time for a change. I've had Life in a Splash Page running since 2008, and it's been quite neglected over the years. As far as I can recall, the site has pretty much had the same layout since I started the site. So I thought I'd redecorate a little bit, add a nice little nav bar and a few other things which just about catches me up to most websites built in 1997. But inspired by In The Fallout being released on Comixology this past week, I figured I was do for an update.

Oh yeah, also In the Fallout is now available digitally on Comixology and in print on Amazon! Jeff's artwork really pops on the screen, and even though I'm not one to play favorites in the digital vs print debate, it's definitely worth seeing how the pages come alive.

So thanks to everyone at 215 Ink for helping to get the book up there!