Weekly Vision: 7.7.2016

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DeDeadlands Ghostwalkers MMP Coveradlands: Ghostwalkers Mass Market Paperback Edition Releases August 2, 2016!
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The first Deadlands novel, by New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry, published by Tor Books and Visionary Books, based on Pinnacle Entertainment’s popular game, gets a second release this summer! The new mass market paperback edition will be available in better book stores nationwide as of August 2nd!

The first book in the series tells the story of Grey Torrence, a hired gun literally haunted by his past, and Looks Away, a brilliant Sioux scientist, as they fight to save the town of Paradise Falls from horrors of the natural and supernatural kind. Ghostwalkers is a 2016 Scribe Award Nominee with nothing but glowing reviews. Check them out yourself:

 

“And man, did I love this pulpy adventure…” – Smorgasbord Fantasia

“I highly recommend ‘Ghostwalkers’ to anyone with a penchant for the weird west…” – The Nameless Zine

“Deadlands: Ghostwalkers was my first foray into the Deadlands universe, but if this book is an example of the stories I’ll find there I’ll be going back soon and often!”- Horror Maiden’s Blog

“Written by a man who understands the art of storytelling better than most, and performed by a man who’s voice talent is one of the top reasons I fell in love with audio books.”- Nathan Tullis, Audio Book Reviewer

 


Meet the Visionaries

Visionary’s family continues to grow as we ramp up new initiatives, and others already in the fold continue to move up to new heights! In addition we continue to form new strategic partnerships to expand our services, outreach and line. Here’s the latest…

Munshaw of Visionary Comics production studioVisionary is excited to announce Mike Munshaw as our Operations Chief, managing the business day to day. Mike becomes the latest partner to join the studio, along with its co-founders and Jeff Mariotte.

Also, we’ve been launching new divisions to focus on particular markets. Jeff Mariotte, award winning author and comic writer, continues as our Editor-in-Chief and Books Division Chief.

Brian_Augustyn_pix377Today, we are proud to announce Brian Augustyn as our Comics Division Chief! Brian, long time editor for DC Comics, and writer of numerous top selling books, returns to the studio he helped launch!

Cathy Dougherty of Visionary Comics production studioFinally, we are thrilled to announce Cathy Dougherty as our Children’s Book Division Chief. Cathy will be working with us to move into the popular market as of this Fall!
Meet the Chiefs!

 

Our Operations Staff make it all happen! From marketing to digital publishing, they are all hard at work laying the ground work for great stuff coming your way this year and beyond! Two of our interns just graduated up to form our core Social Media Team — Congratulations to Chrissie Nelson and Robert Wells, who now join ranks with our Marketing Director, Natalie Ekelund, and Digital Publishing Director, Matt Horstmann.

Meet our Ops Crew!


Be A Visionary Initiative

Artway AllianceSince our inception, Visionary has been about giving back, to our communities, our industry, and our world. We’ve done this through supporting charitable programs, mentoring aspiring creators, and teaching children and youth. Now, Visionary will begin grouping these efforts and outreach collectively under our “Be a Visionary” Banner, an initiative about looking ahead and working for a better future, for all of us.

Visionary is proud to announce our first partner in this venture, Artway Alliance, a Maryland-based educational and interactive outreach that provides opportunities for children and youth to learn about the media arts, and encourages their own creativity and imagination. Artway Alliance founder Eric Suggs and our CCO C. Edward Sellner have been talking about upcoming events where Visionary will support this worthwhile cause, by leading workshops and helping promote events. Our first joint venture will be Columbia Comic Con, at the end of July! Find out more about the Alliance at their site!


Next Week…
We begin to tease an utterly amazing August and September, with big changes on the way, from your favorite production studio! Get the latest right to your email by subscribing to our newsletter!

The BIG10 Roundup: Events, Reviews, & a PSA for All Our Fans!

Big10Visionary is ramping up our BIG10 Celebration as we bring the party to YOU! We’ve just added a whole slate of Spring Events, including four consecutive weeks of appearances at local community shows, FCBD parties and conventions! Find the one closest to you and come join us!

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4/25/15 – Saturday – Creator Con Festival – 2-8pm
James Hubert Blake High School

300 Norwood Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905

Join featured guest, Visionary CCO, C. Edward Sellner for Creator Con Festival, a celebration of the arts in Silver Spring! The 2015 Creator Con is a Spring Festival celebrating art, gaming, comics, and technology. Family fun for all ages. Live Music, Art & Gaming Contests, Game Truck, Artist Alleys, Food Trucks, Interactive Demos, and more!

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Learn more at the Festival’s Facebook Page.

 

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5/1/15- Friday – An Evening with Neil Gaiman – 8pm
Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Neil-Gaiman-3-SmCelebrated storyteller, Neil Gaiman, will be appearing live at Constitution Hall, and the Visionary Crew will be attending. Want to join us? Order Tickets NOW!
(This is not a Visionary sponsored event, but if you’re coming, let us know! )

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5/2/15 – Saturday
VISIONARY FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EVENTS

Visionary will be participating in two FCBD Events at local retail stores in the Washington DC – Metro area! Check out the closest one to you to get Visionary titles, original art, prints and signed copies of books!

Capital Comics10AM-6PM – Capital Comics, 207 Main Street, Annapolis, MD
The Visionary Crew will be there with our entire stock, and CCO, C. Edward Sellner will be doing portfolio reviews !

House of Pop9AM-4PM – House of Popculture, 12522 Mattawoman Dr. Waldorf, MD
Visionary’s Michael Munshaw in DA’ House! Mike will be sketching, selling original art, and signing copies of Deadlands: Dead Man’s Hand!
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5/9/15 – Saturday – VA Comicon – Richmond, VA
@ Richmond International Raceway
Show Hours: Sat 11am-5pm

Visionary makes a triumphant return to VA Comicon! Join the whole Visionary crew for freebies, our entire graphic novel line, custom playing cards, original art and prints! CCO C. Edward Sellner will also be speaking on a panel hosted by the convention (Details TBA).

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Logo Live Event5/16-17/15 – Tidewater Comicon – Virginia Beach @ Virginia Beach Convention Center
Show Hours: Sat 10am-6pm / Sun 10am-5pm

Visionary attends it’s first Tidewater Comicon! Join Co-Founders C. Edward Sellner, Charlie Hall and our Art Manager Mike Munshaw! We’ll have original art, prints, custom playing cards and our entire graphic novel line available! Look for us in the Artist’s Alley / Small Press Section.

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We’ll be announcing more dates throughout the rest of the year as we keep pumpin’ up the volume on our first decade blowout! If you want to make sure you don’t miss any upcoming events…

Calendar Deadlands: Dead Man’s Hand is on sale now at finer comic shops everywhere! Get all the details, including behind the scenes interviews with creators and extended previews of each story!DMH Now PromoAnd in case you’re not sure you can trust US when we tell you how awesome this book is, check out what these folks are saying…

Positively Nerdy – “Taking elements from a variety of horror and fantasy concepts including ghosts, zombies, sorcery and even some classic Universal horror, Deadlands Volume 1 Dead Man’s Hand, shoves them all into a blender and pours the results out over the down and dirty setting of the Old West.

Comics Beat “Merging fictional Western settings with familiar character types and situations, would be cliché, if not mitigated by  the elements of  Steam Punk, Magic, and Science Fiction, and mostly served up within the context of the horror genre.”

Geeks with Wives“If you want some Lovecraft in your Eastwood, grab Deadlands vol 1: Dead Man’s Hand!”

FA Comics“Deadlands is a good investment. There is something for everyone.”

Zachary Mule “Whether you’re into the RPG or not, whether you’re into weird western comics or not, you are still going to love the storytelling and the magnificent art of DEAD MAN’S HAND… don’t miss out.”

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MY COMIC LIFE UPDATE
We’re back with week 16! This week, MCL creator and star, C. Edward Sellner, has a VERY important public service announcement!
New to Series

 

C. Edward Sellner croppedAnd in case you missed it last time, get an in-depth interview with the man himself- C. Edward Sellner!

 

 

VISIONARY COMICS is one of the best known comic production studios in the industry, and the first to throw its hat in the licensing arena with the wildly successful Deadlands series. Visionary is a top quality studio, digital publisher, and transmedia development company with a growing library of multimedia properties. Check Visionary’s main site regularly for updates, including web-comic releases, exclusive previews, pre-order forms and special promotions.

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Visionary’s BIG10 Begins – A Celebration of the Vision!

VisionaryX We teased it a few weeks back – and now, the time is here! Starting today, Visionary officially begins celebrating our BIG 10 year anniversary! Over the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out regular updates from all our sites, spotlighting our great titles, our expert services, and the stellar talent behind the BIG V!

Big10While we’re celebrating our FIRST decade, we’ll also be making some BIG announcements that will lay the foundation for the next 10! Look for promotions and new staff! Look for new services from our production studio and new digital venues with the return of classic favorites in new formats! We’ll also begin pulling the curtain back on the Creation titles ramping up!


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Visionary CCO C. Edward Sellner
shares his story and reflections on Visionary hitting the double-digits! Read the in depth interview.

 


MCL Promo SeriesMy Comic Life has been running weekly since the first of the year, and just posted its 15th strip this past Sunday! Catch up now on the hit web-comic about a comic creator, creating a web-comic…

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VISIONARY COMICS is one of the best known comic production studios in the industry, and the first to throw its hat in the licensing arena with the wildly successful Deadlands series. Visionary is a top quality studio, digital publisher, and transmedia development company with a growing library of multimedia properties. Check Visionary’s main site regularly for updates, including web-comic releases, exclusive previews, pre-order forms and special promotions.

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Visionary Creators Spotlight: C. Edward Sellner

C. Edward Sellner

Our CCO in his natural environment – a Visionary booth.

Visionary’s Chief Creative Officer and co-founder is writer, editor, artist, C. Edward Sellner, a man of many experiences, and many talents. Born in 1967, Sellner grew up on a farm in Maryland, graduated high school, then college and seminary to pursue a career in ministry. In 2007 he retired early from ordained ministry to focus full-time on his creative career and Visionary.

He is a published writer of comics, film and television, as well as an author of prose, both fiction and non-fiction. His artwork has been displayed in galleries, locally and internationally, been published in print and online, and featured in prime-time television series.

Sellner focuses his work through Visionary, where he oversees all creative projects, work-for-hire and in-house services. He is also the primary architect of the Visionary Creation line debuting in 2017. We caught up with our hectic Big Kahuna to learn a little more about him and his work.

 

 

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Sellner speaking at one of dozens of comics panels he does at various conventions throughout the year, reaching thousands of fans of the industry.

How long have you been in the entertainment or creative industry?

All told, I guess about 13 years now. The first several were very sporadic involvement while my life was focused elsewhere, then the shift started happening in 2007, and I made the jump to full-time creative and freelance work in 2009.

 

You left ministry to go into writing and art? That’s quite a leap, how come, what happened to move you that direction?

Both have always been part of who I am. I’ve been a creative type since a child, still have the very first comic I created when I was about 5 or 6 years old, an issue of Superman, by the way. Ministry however was also very important to me, and I felt very called into that in high school and pursued it as a primary focus.

I was a very dedicated-driven kind of guy in that work, worked very long hours, and gave myself fully to it for 25 years. I always knew there would come a time I’d be ready to step back, and then the creative life could become the center. That happened in 2007.

I loved my life then, and love it now, very different, but both very fulfilling.

 

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Digital Art by C. Edward Sellner.

How’d you get your start in the industry?

I had done a few submissions dating back to college age, all amateur hour stuff, nothing developed. I actually got my foot in the door on a more business angle, helping some small publishers and studios with management, marketing, development. Did that a couple years and then decided I wanted to build my own thing, which led to Visionary.

 

Visionary is quite a name, kind of sets a high benchmark.

It does, it does indeed, and that was quite intentional. I think a name can be a pretty powerful thing, and say a lot about the company and the people behind it. I wanted to set out to create a company that forged its own path, did its own thing. I wanted a name that was something to grow into, rise up and live out. I think its been a good name for us, and we still work on living up to it every day.

 

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A special promotion pinup Sellner did for the first Deadlands novel, Ghostwalkers, written by New York Times best-selling author, Jonathan Maberry.

So, what kind of credits do you have to your name? You seem to wear a lot of hats?

I guess it does seem that way huh? Wow, what all have I done? Like I said, I managed a few previous operations, helping launch one small publisher, and expand another studio operation, so I worked a lot of angles on that end of the business. I’ve got professional credits in published work as editor, writer, colorist and artist. I’ve written prose, both fiction and non-fiction that’s been published in newspapers, journals, books and online. I’ve written screenplays, including full-length features, down to short-form web series. I’ve done coloring work on a variety of projects, as well as cover and print illustration work that’s been featured in comics, books and television. There’s a lot more than even most folks who follow me know, as a lot of it was done on the side, under pen names, or as ghost work, back when I was starting out.

The last few years for me have been all about building the studio, so my hand has been in to one degree or another on every project that bears our name, most especially the Deadlands line we launched.

 

What’s your role as CCO for Visionary?

It varies. It can range from very involved hands on work where I’m actually crafting the story, involved in the art, and overseeing a project at every step, like I’m doing for my own books I’m prepping, and one of the larger work-for-hire gigs we’re running right now, to more a backup oversight role working with full teams doing the actual creative work and I provide the support.

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One of the Top-Secret Projects in development Sellner is writing and doing finished art over pencils from artist Dani Mendoza.

 

My Comic Life Patreon Promotion

You can now support C. Edward Sellner and My Comic Life through Patreon!

Tell us about MY COMIC LIFE? What possessed you to lampoon your life on a weekly basis in an ongoing webcomic?

It keeps me humble. I think a lot of us in our industry are overly serious a lot of the time, we take a lot of what we do very seriously, jump on little issues and turn them into big serious issues, and sometimes I think folks can lose perspective. I used to deal with life and death situations on a fairly regular basis, so while I love the medium and love the industry, at the end of the day its pretty hard for me to get too over the top on anything in this line of work.

I wanted to do a comic strip that kind of put things in perspective, helped creators to look at the richness of their lives and laugh at what sometimes feels like overwhelming challenges and see they’re really not that big a deal.

I figured if I was going to poke fun at the whole entertainment industry, especially comics, I’d best do it in a way clearly tongue-in-cheek, affirming my love for all things that are in that industry, and the best way to do that was make it about MY comics life. If you can’t laugh at yourself longest and loudest, best not to laugh about anything else.

 

What are you looking forward to most in coming months with the NEW Visionary?

Oh, all of it. We’ve got some awesome things in the works, project wise, some great people whose names are going to be more closely linked to the studio that I am so thrilled to be working with, and just a lot of really cool stuff, including more of my own creative work. It’s going to be a great time.

 

Want more?

You can support Sellner and get tons of exclusive content through Patreon!

Check out this interview with both Visionary founders from ComicWow!

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