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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Another “Eternal Warrior” preview – pre-order issue #1 today!

Valiant Comics has released another lettered preview of “Eternal Warrior” #1, written by yours truly with art by Trevor Hairsine, colors by Brian Reber, and letters by Simon Bowland. Pretty proud of the way this book’s coming together — please do feel free to contact your local comics shop and ask them to order you a copy! The book goes on sale September 11.

Ridiculously adorable “Code Monkey Save World” art


I love love love these “Code Monkey Save World” panels from artist Takeshi Miyazawa and colorist Jessica Kholinne. First issue coming soon, y’all!

Open Thread – Question Time!

Hey, friends. I’m taking a little break, so I’m opening up another thread for Q&A.

As usual, I’ll just ask everyone to avoid spoilers and to please not pitch projects or stories – I can’t read or respond to those!

Also, life is short, so nastiness or personal attacks against anyone automatically get deleted.

Thanks a ton, and fire away!

Love Rocket Raccoon? Please consider donating to writer Bill Mantlo’s ongoing care!


UPDATE: Mike Mantlo, Bill’s brother, sent along his thanks and this beautiful photo of Bill and Mike’s wife Liz. Your donations absolutely help improve Bill’s quality of life — please read on and keep ’em coming!

Bill Mantlo and his sister-in-law Liz, August 10, 2013. Courtesy of Bill's brother Mike Mantlo.

Bill Mantlo and his sister-in-law Liz, August 10, 2013. Courtesy of Bill’s brother Mike Mantlo.

If you love Rocket Raccoon — or Rom or the Hulk or the Micronauts or Cloak and Dagger or any of the incredible characters Bill Mantlo wrote during his prolific career — please consider clicking the button below to send your donation to Bill’s brother Mike for Bill’s ongoing care.


UPDATE: In a February Bleeding Cool article, Bill’s brother Mike said, “Bill was treated in an exceptionally fair manner by Marvel/Disney” and that Marvel “has made incredibly generous gestures,” which is fantastic. But the cost of Bill’s care remains enormous and any donations you care make will be greatly appreciated by the family.

Bill Mantlo has had a huge influence on me as a writer and reader. His “Micronauts” stories blew my mind as a kid and his “Incredible Hulk” run laid the groundwork for the themes I explored my five-and-a-half year run with the character. In the afterward to “Incredible Hulk” #635, I dedicated my run to Mantlo, and a while back devoted my Newsarama column to singing his praises and letting folks know how to donate to his ongoing care.

Thank you so much, Bill Coffin and LifeHealthPro, for shining a light on someone who brought so much joy to so many people.

And here’s a note from Bill’s brother Mike, reprinted from that Newsarama column:

First off, I send out a big THANK YOU to everyone that has helped support Bill over these past 19 years (!). Every donation, no matter how big or small, and every card or letter is greatly appreciated. Bill’s condition remains the same (he suffers severe cognitive impairments, anger, and depression), and these factors keep him very much isolated from “the outside world.” Aside from my visits, and the kindness of my beautiful wife and some of the attendants at the nursing home/rehabilitation facility he resides in, his contact with other human beings is virtually non-existent. But the support and encouragement of fans, and industry professionals like yourself, helps to bring a little ray of sunlight into his dark and dreary days. When I (or my wife) engage Bill in conversation, his spirit emerges and is as strong and pure as it ever was! So, once again, I can’t thank ALL of you enough!! I strongly believe in the power of practicing random acts of kindness, and with that belief I hope that ALL of your kindnesses will be returned to you many, many times over!

Cards, letters or donations to Bill Mantlo can be sent to:
Mike Mantlo
26364 East Pintail Road
Long Neck, DE 19966
Please make out any checks to “Michael Mantlo” — Bill’s legal guardian.

I see the future of privacy…

…and there will be none.

In 2010, I wrote a graphic novel called “Vision Machine” that depicts a world in which a revolutionary piece of personal technology called the iEye allows us to record anything we can see or imagine and instantly share it with the world. Massive creative opportunities ensue — and then the other shoe drops with massive trademark, copyright, privacy and surveillance complications.

Even as we speak, Google Glass is bringing part of the world of “Vision Machine” to life. If you’re wearing Google Glass, you can be fairly certain that everything you see can be legally logged and monitored by business or government entities.

But assuming we maintain our current attitudes and policies regarding privacy and surveillance, it’s going to get much worse.

Within twenty years, someone will develop a true mind-machine interface that will allow us to directly upload and download information to and from our brains.Within a generation, everyone who hopes to compete in the world will acquire brain implants that allow for instant acquisition of information and faster processing of data.

But for the average person, these brain implants will only be available through corporations that provide backdoors to business and government entities to enable the tracking and monitoring of all information that passes through the devices.

In short, businesses and governments will be able to literally read our minds.

They will know and have a record of exactly what we are thinking.

I think I know what “Vision Machine II” will be about.

Am I wrong? I hope so. You tell me!

2013.08.14 – “Po Mo Knock Knock” at the Austin Film Festival “Made in Texas” series


Pretty excited about this. My 1998 short film “Po Mo Knock Knock,” written by David Ball, directed by yours truly, and starring Bill Stiles, David Ball, and Vin Knight, is playing at 7 pm on August 14 at the Austin Film Festival’s Made in Texas short film screening!

Click here for all the details!

Open thread! Got questions? I’ll try to answer!

Had a lot of fun with this last night, so I figured I’d try it again before plunging into the nightshift.

Ask me questions and I’ll try to answer ‘em!

I’ll just ask everyone to avoid spoilers and to please not pitch projects or stories – I can’t read or respond to those!

Also, life is short, so nastiness or personal attacks against anyone automatically get deleted. But y’all are cool, I know. 😉


“Zod” Villains Month book preview! Art by Ken Lashley, script by Greg Pak


DC Comics has released a couple of gorgeous colored pages from the “Zod” book I’m writing and Ken Lashley is drawing. The book’s full title is “Action Comics #23.2: Zod,” so I guess it’s technically my first issue of “Action”! 😉

The book hits stores in September. Ask your local retailer to order a copy for you today!

For more Villains Month previews, visit

Open thread! Got questions? I’ll try to answer!

Taking a little break, thought we could try out this fancy new website together. Ask me questions and I’ll try to answer ’em!

I’ll just ask everyone to avoid spoilers and to please not pitch projects or stories – I can’t read or respond to those!


Anyone know how to make iTunes stop doing this?

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iTunes stops downloading podcasts if you haven’t listened to them for a while.

I don’t check or listen to certain podcasts every week. But I want to keep downloading them, because sometimes they’re no longer available if you miss them the week they’re released (looking at you, “This American Life”). So I’d love to figure out a way to have iTunes keep downloading, even if I’m not listening.

Any ideas?

UPDATE: Whoa, that was fast! Jason Snell found this script to take care of the problem!

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