Book Drops Next Week

Last year as I was freelancing, temping, taking an evening computer class and planning a wedding, I squeezed in writing a joke book for Random House.

My former DC Comics co-worker gave me a call asked if I was interested, and at first I thought there was no way I could do this. And then I remembered I was getting married, sucked it up and started writing.

Who knows you might have seen me on the 6 train cracking myself up as I jumped from one gig to another. From there I cashed the checks, made revisions and forgot all about this project until my Google Alert went off. It told me that my name showed up somewhere on the web and at first I just thought that another one of my namesakes did something stupid. To my great surprise it was a listing for the book. Its a crazy feeling when you search a book site and your name pops up.

9781524719753_p0_v1_s550x406This was the craziest thing I’ve ever written, so I need to thank a few people. First on the list my editor Frank J. Berrios for giving me this shot. Thanks to artist Erik Doescher, who I’ve never met but did a great job bringing life to my super stab at humor. My niece and nephew for being my beta testers, I also dedicated it to them. To all my friends and family that pre-ordered my first published book. My Mother cuz you have to thank Moms, but really for supporting, if not fully understanding my love of 4 color characters.

My last thank you goes to my then fiancée, now wife Sharon for slowing my roll when I compared myself to Morrison and Heinlein. I’ll still expect my name in the next round of Pulitzer nominations and now I have proof that I’m the funniest cat I know.

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The moment I realized that …

Secret-WarsThe moment I realized that Marvel’s Secret Wars and DC’s Convergence aren’t rehashing of old comics, but a remix of the Lego Movie, DC more so as they have characters in the animated comedy. Convergence_promotional_image

I was over at my Mothers apartment, the Lego Movie was on and I can not tell you how much the kids love this movie. And as I’m watching this movie again for the umpteenth time, it hit me like a ton of Lego bricks, and a ton is a ton. Initially when I had this revelation, I had Secret Wars at the front of this, and to be fair with Secret Wars, it is only 3 issues in as of this post but the immediate  similarities were what started this train of thought/madness. But as the movie played on I saw that Convergence was closer to the source material. Doubt me, the hero of Convergence Earth 2’s Dick Grayson is really a stand-in for Emmet.

Lego_WPS_1920_1sheetNeed more; divergent worlds brought together against their will by a supreme overlord.  A band of survivors must find a way to save the day and restore order and balance to their universe. When the “big guns” are taken out its up to the everyday characters to pick up the torch and lead the way. The little guy shows the overlord how to do good.

And yes I should be drawing but I can’t get that @$@^%* song out of my head. Everything is awesome.