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Imagine your whole world is silent.
Sure, there are people everywhere, talking. Yelling. Singing. Televisions and radios blare endless amounts of noise. Cars drive by; engines rumbling, brakes screeching, horns honking. A dog barks. But you can’t hear it.
You are walking down a busy street, trying to send a text to a friend, but something is different about your phone. You can’t find any of your previous conversations, but instead discover photos you didn’t take. Photos of… dead bodies?
You are confused. And upset. You might throw up.
Your pace slows, as you try to wrap your mind around what you’ve just seen, and you look up just in time to see the head of the person walking in front of you burst open as a bullet passes through it. The faces of people around you contort in fear as they open their mouths to scream screams you will never hear. Some of them drop to the ground, trying to make themselves as small as possible. Others run for cover.
Now you are even more confused.
You turn around, looking for the answer to a question you’ve already solved. You see a man with a gun. You remember the thing in your hand; the phone that is not your phone, filled with pictures of… such horrible things. Suddenly, you realize who it belongs to.
You look back up. The man with the gun is coming towards you. At you. Fire erupts from the end of the barrel as he takes another soundless shot. A bullet flies by your head.
And then you run.
Our story follows Adrian Kim, a deaf steel mill worker, and his ladyfriend, Meg, as they find themselves on the run from a ruthless killer after Adrian accidentally mistakes the killer’s smartphone – filled with incriminating evidence of grisly murders – for his own.
Because Adrian is deaf, there is absolutely no spoken dialogue or sound effects in the comic. You, as the reader, are just as “deaf” as Adrian is. Which means that there aren’t any sort of advanced warnings of oncoming danger. No footsteps slowly growing louder or gunshots ringing through an alleyway; just bullets whizzing past your head.
Of the $7,000 we need to produce MUTE, fifty percent of the money raised will cover art production; a quarter will go towards printing the book; and the rest of the money will be divided up and used to pay for shipping, Kickstarter fees, and various campaign rewards.
The MUTE Kickstarter will run until April 8th at 11:59 PM EST.
This 81-page collection includes four shorts stories — Press Enter to Execute by Tobias Buckell, To the Moon by Ken Liu, Emerald Lakes by Chuck Wendig, and Temperance by Christie Yant — a twelve-page comic, Snow Ninjas of the Himalayas, written by my good friends D.J. Kirkbride and Adam P. Knave, penciled by one of my closest friends, Michael Lee Harris, and lettered by yours truly, and features illustrations by Amy Houser.
You can get the first issue for only $3.99 in a variety of DRM-free digital formats (Sorry. Print editions are not available.) or subscribe to Fireside and get four issues for only $8.00 a year!
This was a lot of fun to work on and I honestly can’t wait until issue two production starts.
Pick up your copy of Fireside Magazine today.
You can stop working on your Halloween costumes, for Halloween has already been won.
This is my good friend Michael Harris who, this year, dressed up as Yo Gabba Gabba’s DJ Lance.
I was born and raised in a suburb of Cleveland, OH, twenty-eight years ago. However, it didn’t feel like my life had really started I went away to college, in Columbus, ten years ago.
I was never that great at making friends and had, at one point in my life or another, even convinced myself that I was better off on my own. Despite that, over the past several years, I somehow managed to amass some truly amazing friends.
Unfortunately, it would seem as quickly as we came together, we would drift apart and go our separate ways.
At the beginning of August 2007, two of my closest friends, Kevin and Jody, got married and moved a hundred miles away, to Akron, OH.
In July of 2008, my negro amigo David, already living for several years in Cincinnati, OH, accepted a teaching position at a university and moved to Toronto, ON Canada.
Halfway through the summer of 2009, Suenita, one of the first true friends I made after moving to Columbus, decided to return to her home in St. Croix.
And during the fall of 2009, my Sasquatch – Abby – attempted to “better herself” through “higher education” by attending the Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia.
Yesterday, August 2nd, 2010, my best friend – Michael Lee Harris – foolishly followed in the Sasquatch’s very big footsteps and has moved out of Columbus, OH to relocate to the “Atlanta of Southern Georgia” – Savannah.
Michael is the last of my core group of friends to leave. Sure, I have other friends and acquaintances, people I see or talk to every few weeks or months, but those whom I kept close contact with on an almost daily basis?
They’re gone now.
It’s just me.
Which can only mean on thing…
THAT I WILL RULE COLUMBUS WITH AN IRON FUCKING FIST!!!
NO MORE SHALL I WASTE VALUABLE TIME WITH MEETING UP WITH OTHERS TO EAT FOOD AND DRINK BEVERAGES OF THE ALCOHOLIC PERSUASION OR SEEING MOVIES OR JUST “HANGING OUT.” (WHATEVER THE HELL THAT MEANS…)
NO, NOW IS THE TIME THAT I SQUASH THE PUNY PEASANTS BENEATH MY BOOTHEALS AND TAKE MY RIGHTFUL PLACE AS THIS PITIFUL CITY’S SOVEREIGN, FEARLESS LEADER!! (FEARLESS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF, Y’KNOW, HEIGHTS AN’ SHIT.)
I WILL CRUSH MY ENEMIES, SEE THEM DRIVEN BEFORE ME, AND HEAR THE LAMENTATION OF THEIR WOMEN!!
NOW, FOOLS, KNEEL BEFORE FRANK!!
(Good luck, Mike. Gimme a call once you settle in, dude.)
So here we are, just a few days away from S.P.A.C.E. – the Small Press & Alternative Comic Expo – and I’m here to give you all of the details you need to know about my involvement in the con.
First of all, S.P.A.C.E. will be held Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th at the Ramada Plaze Hotel at 4900 Sinclair Rd, near Morse Rd and I-71, in Columbus, OH. There is a $5.00 admission fee at the door.
Mr. Brame and I will be debuting two of our highly-anticipated new books at S.P.A.C.E. – Punch-Up and Skottie Rocket, Gay Space Pirate. Punch-Up is a 40-page black and white digest-sized book – about a guy who gets beaten up for a living – and will be sold for $4.00. Skottie Rocket is a 32-page black and white digest-sized book – about a gay space pirate who tells the tall tale of how he saved the universe – and will be sold for $3.00. We’ll also be selling a Skottie Rocket collectable poster.
David and Michael will be putting their magic crayons to paper and drawing awesome little sketches for a couple of bucks each. Unfortunately, I will not be doing sketches at S.P.A.C.E. but – if you ask real nice – I’ll write some swears words on your book.
Several of my other friends – and even some professional comic creators – will also be attending the S.P.A.C.E. convention. Be sure to stop by their tables and pick up copies of their books, too. You can find:
- The Mutant Cactus crew (Danny Cooper, Derek Watson, & Rob G) at Table 112.
- Victor Dandridge at Table 106.
- Joel & Melissa Jackson at Table 57.
- Max Ink at Table 16.
- Ray Tomczak at Table 17.
- Jonathan Riddle at Table 30.
- Bob Corby at Tables 24 & 25.
- Mike Carroll at Table 18.
- Michael R. Neno at Table 101.
- Mason Johnson at Table 29.
- Kel Crum at Table 124.
- Jim Rugg at Table 126.
- Nate Powell at Table 65.
- Sean McKeever at Table 84.
- Paul Hornschemeier at Table 128.
- Guy Davis at Table 48.
- Thomas Williams at Table 76.
Now, if you can’t make it to S.P.A.C.E. – don’t panic – you can still pick up copies of Punch-Up and Skottie Rocket, Gay Space Pirate. After the convention, both books will for sale in several local Columbus and Cleveland comic book shops – as well as online – but I’ll post more details on that later.
Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about the S.P.A.C.E. show. It’s should be a lot of fun.
Hope to see you there!