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    iZombie #5 cover

    The solicitations for DC Comics titles shipping in September have been released, and it includes one item in particular that’s near and dear to me.

    iZOMBIE #5
    Written by CHRIS ROBERSON
    Art and cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
    In the search for Dead Fred’s killer, Gwen Dylan has learned more than she bargained for and discovers that she’s been wrong about a great many things. Now she finds herself faced with a choice: risk losing all that she is, or become a real monster. As if that weren’t enough, a confrontation with one of the fearless monster hunters leads in unexpected directions. And what about Spot the were-terrier, Ellie the ghost-girl, and Claire the vampire? All this and more in the conclusion of iZOMBIE’s debut arc.
    On sale SEPTEMBER 1 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US MATURE READERS

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    Music Monday

    Chris Cannon is my oldest friend on the planet. Not in that he himself is the oldest, but in that he’s been my friend the longest. Sometime around 1981 we were both in the sixth grade, and we somehow became aware that we were both comics readers. He was a Marvel guy, and I was a DC guy, and we each hipped the other to what we were missing. We’ve been friends ever since.

    We made comics together in the 8th grade, which will thankfully never see the light of day. Then in high school, as I continued scribbling away, Chris gradually lost interest in comics as he became more and more convinced that he was destined to be a musician. In college and after, I kept on writing stories and novels that no one would ever see, and Chris played with a succession of bands and solo gigs, and kept on recording fantastic music.

    Now, nearly three decades after we met, we still keep in touch. Chris is living in Salt Lake City, somehow having bought the house across the street from the house where he spent his earliest years. He’s married with three kids, with a respectable job as a data base administrator, and yet he’s still churning out fantastic music on the side. His latest project, Vine Street, is now available for free download on his website.

    Go check it out, won’t you?

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    HeroesCon may well be my new favorite comic convention of all time. Allison and I went this year for the first time, and had an absolute BLAST. We finally got back home late yesterday afternoon, and I’m slowly, slowly, slowly starting to wake up again.

    The convention itself was fantastic, with a big ole dealer’s room and artist alley (a comic convention that’s all about people who sell comics and people who make comics? That’s crazy talk!), but I think my favorite thing about the show was the fact that just about everybody from pros to retailers to fans was staying in the same hotel, the Westin just across the street from the convention center. You could hang out in that lobby before the convention center opened or after the dealer’s room closed and see literally everybody walk by. I don’t think Allison and I got to bed before 3:30 or 4:00 in the morning every day, and it was due to the fact that after dinner every night we’d run into a raft of fascinating and friendly people to talk with into the small hours of the night.

    Some of those friendly people were artists, who agreed to do sketches for us. Isn’t it nice to know people with actual talent?

    The first sketch we got was of Gwen Dylan by the unsinkable Dean Trippe. How gorgeous is this?

    Next up was the unflappable Colleen Coover, who did a sketch of Gwen in her “normal” mode, and then another of Gwen gone totally Romero after missing too many meals. Makes for a nice before-and-after, don’t you think?

    And my pal Francesco Francavilla did this dandy sketch for me in the back of his Chiaroscuro .1 sketchbook.

    And just when I thought I had gotten as much awesome as I could handle, Fables fan extraordinaire Cindy McShane swung by and dropped off three little gems of fan art, depicting the iZombie gang.

    Fantastic art aside, the con was worth every penny, if only for the chance to meet so many creators I’ve admired for years, and to put faces to names that previously were only Facebook profiles or Twitter handles. And I’ll be buoyed up for weeks on all the nice things that readers who swung by the table said about Cinderella and iZombie. Thanks, everybody!

    I will definitely be returning to HeroesCon next year!

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    iZOMBIE #2 preview

    The good folks over at Techland have a preview of the first few pages of iZOMBIE #2 up, if anyone’s interested to see them. And for this issue’s “Fix it in the trade” moment, pretend like the dates after the 21 on the calendar aren’t crossed out.

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    Hey, are you going to HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend? Well, I am!

    If you’re coming to the show, swing by and find me. I’ll be signing for a bit each day at the BOOM! Studios booth, and the rest of the time will be at table AA-625, right next to the unflappable Bill Willingham (and cover artist on Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love, Chrissie Zullo, will be on Bill’s other side). Come on by and say howdy, why don’t you?