Blog Promo: The Day The Whole World Went Away

My friend James Schumacher has gone through a very traumatic time with the passing of his dad. A few days ago he decided to finally do what any writer would do in this situation. He writes.
When you get to the point where writing is necessary for your sanity, you write it down regardless of how painful or personal it is. Once it’s down on paper or computer screen you then have the choice of do I keep this to myself or do I share it? More often than not we would like to keep it to ourselves maybe even after a short period of time rip it up or delete it. It’s the safest choice by far, but it takes real courage to lay it all out in the danger zone that is the internet for all to read, comment on and ultimately judge.

I think in this day and age though we need to talk about things like this, not just the how the death occurred but the stages the person affected by this death goes through. I firmly believe more than ever in the year 2017 that the greatest enemy to humanities well-being is mental health. The more we share, the more we relate. The more we relate, the more we see by example that we’re not alone and that there is a way out of a destructive mindset or this period of depression. We all have issues things we don’t want to talk about or deal with. We are afraid to share and for many of us were taught not to share and to keep it to yourself. We’re told to bottle up all of the pain, emotions, and questions, and we wonder why society is the way it is today. If we resolve the mental health crisis watch how quickly the rest of the world’s problems go away.

So while this post is about a horrific experience its therapy for James and hopefully it can help someone in some way going through something similar. I know that is something he believes in strongly. He also announces his new film and comic projects with preview art by Marco Roblin.

Please read the full post at the link below:

Indie Comic Spencer & Locke Gets Optioned by Prime Universe Films

So I got a super exciting press release while I was at work and while the whole internet probably knows about this by now I am still sharing!

One of my favourite comic book series of 2017 Spencer & Locke got optioned by Hitman film producer Adrian Askarieh who owns Prime Universe Films. Now, what does optioned mean? Essentially Prime Universe Films has an agreement with the creators for the exclusive film rights to Spencer & Locke for a specific amount of time and financial obligations. Adrian has the right to purchase the screenplay in the agreed upon timeframe (most contracts range from 12-18 months).

This is some great news and just a week before the release of issue #4 which is the conclusion of the first mini-series. With the overwhelmingly positive reception this series has gotten from fans and critics and now the news of a potential film I have to assume will we see more Spence & Locke comics from Action Lab. Right, David Pepose !?

If you have no idea what Spencer & Locke is and why I’m a big fan of it check out my reviews and this awesome comic book trailer from the creative team.

Here is the official press release:

We are pleased to announce SPENCER & LOCKE, Action Lab Entertainment’s critically acclaimed new crime series from writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago, Jr., has been optioned for film by Hitman film producer Adrian Askarieh and his company Prime Universe Films. You can learn more about this new development at The Hollywood Reporter.

Described as “a fantastic debut” by Batman writer Scott Snyder and “a fiendishly fun take on an age-old classic” by IGN, SPENCER & LOCKE follows hard-boiled Detective Locke as he solves a brutal murder with the only partner he can trust — his imaginary talking panther, Spencer. But as their investigation stirs up a vicious crime syndicate and memories of Locke’s traumatic upbringing, can this unlikely pair survive long enough to learn the truth?

SPENCER & LOCKE #4, which concludes the series’ action-packed storyline, will be available at comic shops and digital devices Wednesday, July 19. Series writer David Pepose will be signing copies of all four issues at Comic-Con International in San Diego at the Action Lab booth (#2006), including a never-before-seen SDCC variant cover from artist Joe Mulvey

Fans can catch up on SPENCER & LOCKE at ComiXology or can preorder the SPENCER & LOCKE trade paperback collection through their local comics shops by Monday, July 24 using the preorder code JUN171107. You can also follow SPENCER & LOCKE on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

GlitterBomb Vol 1: Red Carpet Review

Glitterbomb is the about a middle-aged actress named Farrah Durante who is desperately searching for her next role in Hollywood where youth is preferred over experience. Her emotional distress and frustrations attract something disturbing from the deep water that is looking to clean up the scum of the entertainment industry and the celebrity-crazed culture in general.

Writer Jim Zub (Wayward, Thunderbolts) and artist Djibril Morissette-Phan (The Ultimates, Archie) let you know in the first few pages the type of comic this is going to be which is gritty and raw. Some excellent opening dialogue with Farrah talking to her scum bag agent and the skill of Morissette’s art is evident right away.

Glitterbomb page

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We learn Farrah was once on a fairly popular TV called Space Farers about 20 years ago. It seemed to be the highlight and stifling of her career and turns out it wasn’t the greatest experience working on set with certain cast members.

On top of trying to find work to pay the bills and rent Farrah is a single mother to her four-year-old son Marty who is being constantly watched by his babysitter Kaydon. Kaydon watches him for long periods of time and Farrah is late with payments for her time and even late for compensation for the extra time.

This to me as an outsider from the Hollywood culture this comic seems like the most accurate depiction of how people treat each other and how business is handled. We all see bits and pieces of it in the media and online, but this feels authentic. I believe I read in an interview that Jim did that he said he had some friends or contacts that told him stories that helped influence Glitterbombs story.

It’s a very well-told story about real human emotions that deal with rejection, finding something you thought you have lost, resentment, hatred, jealously and insecurity. You really feel bad for Farrah then all of a sudden towards the end of the arc you go wow this is going to be interesting.

Glitterbomb Vol 1 is a part of Image Comics $9.99 (USD) initiative for first volume trade collections that they started a few years ago which is great It’s Certainly worth the price. The art, lettering, colours and writing are on point and is a different comic experience I enjoyed.

The next arc in the Glitterbomb universe will be “The Fame Game.”. The first issue will be out September 30th, 2017. You can pre-order now at your local comic shops.

If you missed the single issues of volume 1 pick up this trade and get caught up in time for the release of The Fame Game, you will not be disappointed.


If you are an aspiring comic book writer (like myself) or artist check out Jim Zub’s blog about the creative process, the economics of comics, how to “break in” to the business and more here


Vessel #1 Review

Vessel is a dark fantasy inspired by the popular video game Dark Souls according to series writer Dave Cook who he and artist Rafael Desquitado Jr are big fans of.

Story Synopsis Via:

“A warrior named Wake who is being pursued by a destructive entity from another world. Wherever she goes it follows, leaving decay and death in its path. She has wandered for across the realm of Cairnthala for years as a vagrant, for fear of bringing misery to innocent people. She avoid cities, keeps herself hidden away and lives with her terrible burden.

That is, until she is captured by slavers and taken to Cairnthala’s capital city Stratum, which is densely populated, and of course not the best place for a destructive force to be unleashed. So Wake panics, and meets a craft thief called Marillon who has history with Wake’s demonic pursuer.

dreams and reality become blurred, trans-dimensional occurrences bleed into Cairnthala and the very planes of existence begin to warp and splinter around Wake.

A pilgrimage across the realm begins, and with new companion, G’Dala by her side, Wake journeys to destroy the source of her pursuer’s power once and for all. G’Dala is a Mind Keeper, scholar of a religion that has the power to enter dreams and interpret them to see the future.

What he can’t see, however, are the Vessels – five legendary warriors for another dimension based on the five senses. They stand between Wake and her goal, and will die to stop her from succeeding.

The question is, why?”

I like the concept of the story, but I honestly can’t get into this comic. The fantasy genre is hit and miss for me. That said I’m sure there are plenty of people who will enjoy it or give it a chance just because of the fact it’s a fantasy style comic or that’s it’s influenced by a massively popular video game.

The biggest negative to me is not the writing but the lettering. It is all over the place. Multiple font styles and varying sizes, which is fine if It’s done properly, but in my opinion, it was not. It made reading the comic a huge chore and irritated my eyes at times with a couple of the font styles. The art looked good at times and in other panels not so much, it would throw me off and take me out of the story. I took my time with this particular review because of the reasons I just mentioned. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t having an off day or whatever.

The colours in this comic worked well actually and are consistent.


Wake with guitar

Comics are a challenging beast to create, and the fact that this team created a 30 plus page comic and self-published should be commended.

So between the lettering issues and problems with the art, I had, i found it difficult to get invested in this world. That said, everyone is different and has varying tastes and opinions so if you’re a fan of indie comics and Dark Fantasy style comics give it a shot you can purchase a copy at the link on the top of this article.

Issue #2 of Vessel is due out in July sometime, and I am genuinely curious to see how much of an improvement it will be over issue #1.


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Spencer & Locke #3 Review

After the events of issue 2, we see the tortured protagonist Locke strapped to a table. Locke is about to be injected with a crazy concoction of illegal and pharmaceutical drugs and thus begins the Sci-Fi hallucination of  Rocketman Reynolds. Meanwhile, Spencer searches for his drug induced partner before he does some serious damage he might regret.

That’s right on top of Sin City and Calvin & Hobbes influence we get a splash of good old sci-fi which doesn’t feel out of place at all. It up’s the crazy factor in a good way and provides a good lead into the (sniff) last issue due out in July.



The art (Jorge Santiago), lettering(Colin Bell), colours (Jasen Smith) and writing (David Pepose) have been consistently good the past 3 issues and I expect the same for the final issue. Consistency in your comic book production and execution is vitally important. You would think this would be common sense but there are plenty of comics both indie and big 2 that lack consistency. This is why comics is a team sport every department has to perform to the best of their ability and hold the other to the standard agreed upon whatever it may be. The ultimate hope is that everyone exceeds the standards that were set at the beginning.

I’m not huge on spoiling too much about an issue not everyone gets to the shop or buys digitally on a Wednesday. So if you have read issues 1 and 2 already 3 will give you no reason to stop especially when there is one issue left, so continue to support the title and creator-owned comics. The trade for Spencer & Locke is currently available for pre-order (Aug. 31st release) if you’re a trade only reader ( Diamond pre-order code: JUN171107 ) and you still have a short time (Monday, June 26th deadline) to pre-order issue #4 MAY171017.

Spencer & Locke has been an enjoyable mini-series with all killer and no filler. I look forward to how it’s going to end next month!




Shaw on Comics Podcast #1: Kelly Bender

So the other week I messaged my friend Kelly Bender who I hadn’t talked to in a little while, I wanted to congratulate him on another successful Kickstarter for his latest comic Undigenous wich was co-created with artist Adam Ferris. We got chatting then said we should skype soon. As soon as he mentioned that I said I got time now if you do and as luck would have it he did. so this was a spur of the moment not planned ahead of time podcast.

So I talked to Kelly about Kickstarter, the new Top Cow Talent Hunt (Kelly is a 2015 winner) comic book creating and comics in general.

This is my first podcast so I apologise if the audio or production is not up to par with the rest out there I’m just learning.

If there are any issues with not being able to play the audio just message me on my Facebook page or Twitter. Going to figure out this audio uploading thing soon!




Image Comics Announces More Writers and Artists Attending RCCC Homecoming Dance

If you plan on attending RCCC (Rose City Comic Con) this year this is a party you should probably plan on attending. Check out the press release below!


PORTLAND, OR, 06/01/2017 — Bestselling Image Comics creators Donny Cates (GOD COUNTRY, REDNECK), Emi Lenox (PLUTONA, EMITOWN), Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST, HOWTOONS), Emma Ríos (PRETTY DEADLY), and Valentine De Landro (BITCH PLANET) have all RSVP’d to attend the Image Comics’ Fall Homecoming dance!

They will be joined by previously announced attending creators: Chip Zdarsky (SEX CRIMINALS, KAPTARA), Babs Tarr (MOTOR CRUSH), Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS, ODY-C), and Kelly Sue DeConnick (BITCH PLANET, PRETTY DEADLY).

Don’t miss your chance to rub elbows with your favourite comics creators and celebrate Image Comics25th anniversary with dancing, refreshments, and a photo booth.

Tickets to the Image Comics Fall Homecoming dance are on sale now.

Back by popular demand, Image Comics is pleased to host a very special formal Fall Homecoming dance for the comics community during the Rose City Comic Con festivities. The dance will be held on Saturday, September 9th from 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. at The EvergreenThis event will be 21+ only. IDs will be checked at the door.

Image Comics’ Fall Homecoming will be in the style and spirit of a traditional high school dance and all comics fans and industry members are encouraged to come mix, mingle, and dance the night away.

Image Comics Fall Homecoming ticket tiers: 

  • $20: Entry ticket
  • $45: Add-on pack, including an Image t-shirt, variant cover comic, commemorative pint glass, and enamel pin
  • $79: VIP pack—ticket to the party, add-on pack items, and access to special VIP area at the venue (limited quantity, only 100 VIP tickets available)
Check back at for more details to come about the Image Comics Fall Homecoming Dance, we hope to see you there!