Settling In For A Cold Weekend

This is definitely shaping up to be a great weekend to hunker down inside and cozy up to a good book.

In my neck of the woods (central Massachusetts) we’re facing effective temperatures of thirty below zero with wind chill factored in. Yikes. I plan to spend the weekend inside with my fuzzies and my laptop working on the next installment of The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot, which now has a working title of Assassins Brawl.

Next week I’ll cap off my work on Action Figures – Issue Five: Team-Ups. My cover artist Tricia just finished her work on the print edition cover, which looks a little something like this…

Art and copyright Patricia Lupien.
Art and copyright Patricia Lupien.

That badass on the back cover is Nina Nitro, FYI, who has some nice moments in Team-Ups and some good stuff coming her way in the near-ish future. I still have to order and review my proof copy of book five, but my hope is that I can get that taken care of next week, after which point the print edition will be available on Amazon and directly through this website.

Finally, I’d happy to announce my next public appearance, which is scheduled for later this month. I’ll be participating in a “Meet the Artists” series hosted by Artsylum, located in Mill No. 5 in Lowell, MA. What will make this extra-cool is that I’ll be sharing the spotlight with my wife Veronica, who will have some of her Storied Threads goodies available! We’ll be there on Friday, February 26 starting at 6:30 PM. Come say hello!

Adventures At The OtherWhere Market

I spent part of the weekend in Lowell, MA participating in the OtherWhere Market, an alternative craft fair making its debut in mill undergoing a cool renovation process that makes it look like Diagon Alley. No kidding.

Me with my faithful bulldog assistant, Beatrix.
Me with my faithful bulldog assistant, Beatrix.

I got to share space with my wife Veronica (of Storied Threads), and both of us went into the show with low expectations. We’ve learned that first-year events are big crap shoots and bomb as often as they succeed, but friends of ours were organizing the market, and they were very aggressive in getting the word out.

I’m happy to say that it was a successful event, in general and for both my wife and I. I sold a few books and, perhaps more importantly, they are now available in ARTsylum — my first retail outlet for my series! Woo! That gave me some nice incentive as I headed into the revision process on Action Figures – Issue Four: Cruel Summer.

I also got a cool early Christmas present from my friend Lauren, who took my official headshot photo, in the form of my first piece of Action Figures fan art! Well, sort of…AF is more implied than explicit, but I think pretty much anyone is going to play second fiddle to Godzilla…

Art by Lauren Dubois.
Art by Lauren Dubois.