Outlaw Territory Nominated for Eisner and Harvey Awards

•July 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Outlaw Territory 3, the third volume in Image Comics’ series of graphic novels featuring comics set in the Old West, has been nominated for both a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award and a Harvey Award in the category of Best Anthology. The book was compiled and edited by Michael Woods, and among it’s offerings is the story, “Treasure,” written by John Schlim Jr and illustrated by comics legend Val Semeiks.

Sponsored by Showtime, the 2014 Eisner Awards will be presented in a gala event at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. The awards are named after the late Will Eisner, who is regarded as the father of the modern graphic novel. A blue-ribbon committee selects nominees from thousands of entries submitted by publishers and creators, which are then voted on by members of the comic book industry.

The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards, named after the late Harvey Kurtzman who is remembered as one of the industry’s most innovative talents. They are the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. The 2014 Harvey Awards will be presented at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con.

Six Great Maine Bookstores

•September 29, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I lived in Maine briefly and like most of New England it is a treasure trove of historic villages and fascinating independent bookstores. Now Maine Magazine highlights six great bookstores in the Pine Tree State. Road trip!


Outlaw Territory 3 Has a Release Date

•March 19, 2013 • Leave a Comment

If you love westerns and comic books prepare for volume three of the critically acclaimed Outlaw Territory, published by Image Comics! The book will be solicited in the next Previews catalogue and should be hitting bookshelves on June 19th. Cover price is $24.99 and it weighs in at a whopping 296 pages, featuring 35 tales of the Old West from some of the brightest names in the industry. I’m thrilled that my story was illustrated by legend Val Semeiks!

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Pimping Friends

•November 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment

If you love a great story I urge you to check out this graphic novel project. In fact, I urge you to support its fundraising effort on Kickstarter. I’m not posting this just because I’m a friend of Chris, it’s because I’m a fan of his writing. And because I know how passionate he is about this story. The beauty of Kickstarter is that it empowers writers and artists to bring lifelong creative visions to life. So let’s make it happen. Let’s get The Winter King in print.


Dandelion Love

•August 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Becky Jewell Laughton has this to say about Dandelion on Graphicly (where the graphic novel is now available in digital format):

“This book is so fun. It is actually one of the most touching comics I have read in a while. Fluffolump is the cutest!”

I’m so glad you enjoyed the book, Becky!

Sneak Peek at Val Semeiks Artwork for “Treasure”

•August 20, 2011 • Leave a Comment

This is the only teaser we can give you…a sneak peek of a sample page from the short story “Treasure” featuring Val Semeiks’s amazing pencils! The story will appear in volume 3 of Outlaw Territory, the critically acclaimed western anthology published by Image Comics.

Val Semeiks to Illustrate “Treasure” for Outlaw Territory

•August 20, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Accomplished comic artist Val Semeiks will be illustrating John Schlim Jr.’s short story, “Treasure,” for the third and final volume of Outlaw Territory, the critically acclaimed western comic anthology published by Image Comics. Semeiks’s distinct style has made him a fan favorite on many popular series at Marvel and DC, and the gritty details and explosive energy of his artwork are perfectly suited for a western.

Included are early sketches of lead character Jericho Seldom.