Weekly Visions 12.15.16: SDCC and More 2017 Exclusive Announcements!

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Welcome back everyone! Weekly Visions kicks back into high gear this week for our last regular update (we’ll be doing some special stuff for the holidays).

Below, check out some great reviews, our first spotlight, and some exclusive announcements about the coming year!

 

 

Deadlands: Thunder Moon Rising Reviews

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“Beyond Tuck Bringloe, who has a peach of a story arc, I honestly had little idea which of the cast of characters would become prominent and which would be ruthlessly killed off. I’ve been told by a couple of authors that every single character are the lead of their own story and they should be written that way. Mariotte does a fantastic job of doing that here, because even his minor characters are drawn well enough to invite us into their lives. It felt notable when they died and it felt important when those with a higher purpose met each other.” – Hal C F Astell at The Nameless Zine

“I couldn’t stop reading, the pages turned as fast as I could. What a mix the author treats us to. The book was different and refreshing. Something on the other side of the regular western read. I liked the fact that Tucker was used as the one to actually lead the search. It sent a message while giving the reader a character that you wouldn’t ever expect to have the guts and the character to do what he did.” – Gayle Pace

“This isn’t the Wild West, it’s the weird west. The author not only gives you the gunfighters of the west in Arizona territory but you get scientists that are on the edge of reality and then we get the unexplainable evil forces that exist everywhere. ” –Night Owl Paranormal

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Spotlight

We often get people thinking Visionary is primarily a publisher, but we’re actually not, we’re a production studio and transmedia development company. Which basically means we’re more focused on creating the great content and then work with partners in getting that content out there.

Our staff are primarily creators, writers, artists, editors, letterers and graphic design artists. We’re a little bit creator studio, a collective of creative braintrusts, and a lean mean transmedia machine!

Our imprints, Visionary Comics and Visionary Books are for the content we actually package and release through our publishing partners, great folks like Tor Books, IDW, and Image Comics for print, and Amazon, Comixology, iVerse, and Drive-Thru for digital. We are also in the process of launching our own online store you can find right on our main site that will soon be stocked with all our exclusive merchandise, both digital and physical, including comics, books, playing cards, prints and more! We’ll be relaunching our digital publishing initiative early 2017, so look for the announcement!

As a creative production studio our focus is providing high quality content for clients of all kinds! We’ve created a couple thousand pages of prose, several hundred pages of comics, and dozens of covers, illustrations and custom art in just the last year and will be doing even more this coming year. Some of those could be for YOUR PROJECT!

We’ve worked with Hollywood producers, top publishers, top creators, sports stars, celebrities, and other studios, as well as great non-profits, universities, museums and other educational organizations! We’ll be doing several spotlights on our various creative services and announcing new packaging deals early in 2017! Interested? Get our Services One-Sheet NOW!

You can also now find us at www.visionarycreativeservices.com!

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Visionary Internship Program Update

Visionary has a long tradition of bringing new creators into the industry and doing our part to educate, inspire, and train the next generation of great talent. To that end we relaunched our highly successful internship program last year. Half of our current staff were promoted up from internships and we currently boast our largest class ever as of the end of 2016, with a total of eight active interns!

What do Visionary interns get to do? They hang out once a month at CCO C. Edward Sellner’s place, eat pizza, learn about making comics, being a professional freelancer, get to participate in comic awards, and get to work on projects as support, managers, and even do creative work! That’s the good news!

The bad news (especially if we just got you all excited about the program) is we are now full for the quarter. We may reopen applications in the Spring. Stay tuned to be the first to know! Spots fill fast! We’ll be introducing our final additions for the year soon!


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Visionary Returns to SDCC in 2017!

Hard as it may be to believe, Visionary is already prepping its 2017 show schedule, and our biggest announcement is we will be making our triumphant return to San Diego Comic Con International in 2017!

We can also already confirm the following shows for our 2017 Schedule:

And more coming soon! Check our Events page for details after the first of the year!

Visionary offers a complete slate of convention and events programming as well as our merchandise sales. Visionary staff do workshops with children, youth, fans, aspiring creators, and panels on numerous topics, from creating comics to crowdfunding, and all topics in between. If you’d like to invite us to YOUR event – contact us now before we book up!

My Comic Life Sundays: A Foundational Fall

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Welcome back folks to another dazzlingly, daring diatribe from yours truly! Fall has fallen, and finally, things are slowing down just a tad as we go into the home stretch this year. Of course, that doesn’t mean much around good old Visionary.

Why not you ask? Well…

We’re still pretty hyped up that our first novel under the Visionary Books line, Deadlands: Ghostwalkers, was nominated for a covetous Scribe Award and a Dragon Award, thanks to the wonderful wordsmith Jonathan Maberry. The mass-market paperback hit stands back in August.

We’re also still celebrating ‘thunderous’ reviews for our second release that just hit stands a couple weeks back. Deadlands: Thunder Moon Rising, by our own EiC Jeff Mariotte is proving to be an excellent follow-up to the series, with its own take on the weird west!

On that front, us folk here in Visionary Central also got our first gosh-darn, gander at the finished manuscript from Seanan McGuire, who’s proliferous pen is dishing out our third book, Deadlands: Boneyard. It caps the trifecta quite nicely with a wild tale of a weird-west freak show! On top of that, we got the same amazing art team back, with Aaron Riley doing the cover, and Steve Ellis gracing the interior with his own pen and ink.

We’re also wrapping a record-breaking number of shows for Visionary this year, with our final full slate between now and mid-November. You can get all the latest on the ones still coming up with our Weekly Visions post from last week. So, if you’re in range of Hampton, Tucson, Washington DC, or Southern Maryland, come and say howdy to our stalwart staff and crazy creators at your show of choice.

Don’t fret though, there’s still more to come, stuff we’ll be starting to tease as we go into the colder months. Hey, you got to have stuff to read and enjoy on those long winter nights, and we’ll have you covered just like your favorite snuggly blanket!

 

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My Comic Life Column 004: Building Up 2: Laying a Foundation

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Alright, so last time, I did my best Joker a la Heath Ledger impression and challenged all you aspiring creators out there to get serious. Seriously, check it out here if you missed it.

So, now that we’re a little wiser, a little more focused, and a lot more serious, having spent some time rethinking our plan, let’s start building up that potential comics career, shall we? Where, oh where, should we start?

Digging the Hole

A buddy of mine pointed out that even before you lay a foundation, you actually start by digging yourself a hole. He was being sarcastic, but he got me to thinking – yes, you will indeed be digging a hole. If you’re going to seriously pursue a career in comics, you will be committing resources to that, so be prepared for those to start leaking out of other areas of your life. You will need to commit time to practice your craft on a regular (ideally daily) basis, so where will that time come from? There will also be expenses associated; whether it’s hardware or software, a laptop, art supplies, or just printing costs, you will at some point spend money, so can you set realistic limits and budget that out of your income?

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Be prepared to dig a hole, but know how deep you go.

I’m now going to reveal a critically important piece of the puzzle here…

For your own well-being, it is essential you be intentional and on top of just how big a hole you’re digging in order to pursue this career, and to know when you may need to step back or even stop. I’m not passing judgment on anyone’s journey or the sacrifices they may have been willing to make. I am however strongly advocating that you be intentional in being aware of those sacrifices and the impact they have not only on you but those around you.

I’ve known folks who just kept pushing ahead, never seeming to realize what they were putting on the line. I’ve known folks who risked everything to pursue a creative career (in comics and elsewhere) and lost jobs, homes, cars, family, and even their independence. Some end up making it, and build all that back plus so much more; others–a lot of others–don’t. We all know the negative stereotype of comic creators who are middle-aged, living with their parents, not making enough to support themselves, much less families they’ve brought along with them, but still convinced they will make it huge in comics someday, despite having very little progress to show. You don’t need to be one of those.

I’ve known plenty of top professionals who find it hard enough to support themselves, so when I see folks who undermine the entire rest of their life or fall short in their other responsibilities to doggedly pursue something where they’ve made precious little gain, it’s heartbreaking. Yes, when you start, you will first be digging the hole, investing time, money, energy, etc. To take a serious leap of faith with some real potential, or to give a marked timeframe to operate in the negative, in order to launch your comics career is part of the game. But keep in mind, at some point, to be truly successful, the hole needs to stop getting deeper, and something needs to start filling it up.

Foundation = Education 

Before you start trying to work in comics, you should learn about comics. Simple, huh? Yet many hopeful creators overlook this entirely, or make the mistake of assuming having read and loved comics all their lives equates to an education.

(Spoiler: It doesn’t.)

The Medium As An Art Form 

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Where comics REALLY began.

The first step is learning about comics as an art form. It’s important to learn about how the medium works, the roots it evolved from, and the various changes over time. So, at least some understanding of how we went from pictograms in ancient cultures to the digital revolution of the 21st century is important. Doing so, you start to learn the language of the art, its rules and guidelines, its practices and aesthetics. You learn what works, what doesn’t, and where maybe you can bring something new to it.

This is even more important these days as comics are making huge evolutionary leaps in the growing digital space. Innovations are helping push the boundaries and completely changing some of the most basic, fundamental aspects of comics as a storytelling medium. If you as a creator don’t have a solid grasp on that, how do you expect to compete?

The Business Itself 

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When you’re as popular and established as Alan Moore, feel free to feel the same, until then…

While comics in and of themselves are art, they are also very much a business, an industry. So, for anyone wanting to work in that industry, there is a great deal one should learn about that industry. Learn how the direct market works, learn about the differences between indy-press and mainstream. Learn what publishers are out there and the specific niches and demographics they cater to. Learn about the distribution and retail end of comics as well. You don’t need to become an expert in every arena, but you should have a solid, fundamental grasp of the bigger picture, especially on how it will impact you as a creator.

I often scan listings for folks seeking creators and/or collaborators. I’ve found some great artists to work with as a writer, and sometimes solid enough looking leads to send a heads-up about my studio’s services. It startles me, though, the number of listings I regularly find from folks who so clearly have NOT learned the business. Promises of working on a pitch, to get a series picked up by a publisher, who will then PAY the creators (doesn’t happen EVER), or folks wanting someone to work free, with no shared ownership, or… well, any number of ads that I immediately gloss over, but with a twinge of regret for the equally clueless folks who will fall for them.

Just learning a minimum about our little niche of the entertainment world will–and I’m just being honest here–disillusion a good number of people. Again, it’s that magical allure of comics and the myths surrounding it, but once you get a good understanding of the dynamics, politics and economic realities of comics? It may indeed lead you to change your mind about whether you want to pursue that dream career or not. At the very least, it may lead to some significant shifts in your plan to get there, and that will only help you in the long run. (Everyone’s been reading Jim Zub’s Blog I shared earlier, right?)

The Job and the Other Jobs 

No editor will seriously consider a submission from an aspiring creator that shows a fundamental lack of understanding of how the job is done or how it fits into the larger picture of a creative team. Learn the formats, and how lax or strict those guidelines are for your chosen field. For example, writers work in script format, which has a good bit of leeway as long as key elements and layouts are there. Finished art handed in for printing? Very specific specs to hit for printing. Learn how to produce your work best so that those you are working with have what they need at their fingertips.

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Quick script overview from Greg Pak’s site – one of the many creators who offer pro tips regularly.

For example, a writer needs to know about comic script formatting. A prose story or a jumbled outline will never even be read in the best of circumstances. The more you learn about how an artist takes a script and works from it in creating the art, how the colorist looks to it for guidance on palette and mood, and how a letterer works with it in lettering the actual book, the more you benefit not only yourself but everyone else on your team. Keeping those factors in mind means you produce better quality scripts, and your team a better quality book.

Just like any other job, the people who get the best jobs are not just the ones showing the most talent, but the ones who produce the best work. Work created to spec, prepped well for the rest of the team to dive in, and save the editor and production folks time, is going to be seen as better work.

How Do I Learn Everything? 

You don’t, and you don’t have to. It will be a process you should start, and dig into a good bit before you even start submitting work, but it’s one that doesn’t ever really end.

Take every opportunity to learn that you can. That means when you get critical feedback on a portfolio, redo the portfolio and incorporate those comments. Stay up on media sites and any developments in the industry. Make sure a regular part of your time commitment includes broadening your education and expanding your knowledge base. There are a ton of books on every aspect of creating comics, and plenty of resources online, from entire sites focused on creating comics, to pro creators who regularly offer tips on their social networking pages. If you have the chance, take classes, attend conventions, network with folks in the know and pick their brains whenever you can. Find the ways that work best for you and fit into your schedule and resources, and make the most of them.

Then once you’ve started, never quit. All quality professionals recognize the need to stay current in their field, to learn innovations and cutting edge developments. We recognize this as obvious with fields such as medecine, or science, yet somehow miss it in comics. As I mentioned before, comics, as an art form and industry is in a major state of flux, with sweeping changes happening all the time. If you want to compete, you need to be on top of all that.

NEXT:

Basic Training! How to start doing the work, and taking your first steps into the wonderful world of comics! This one will start including mandatory (if you’re serious) reading lists, online resources and a bunch of other goodies!

NOW DISCUSS…

Feel free to add your thoughts, any great resources you know of, or simply share your educational stories.

 

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About C. Edward Sellner

A full-time professional freelancer, Sellner has credits as a comics writer, prose author, colorist, artist, and editor from multiple publishers. He is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Visionary Comics, one of the best known comic studios and digital publishers in the industry. The studio opened in 2006 and since then has published over 70 different titles in its digital line, and been involved in over a hundred different projects in production. Its clients range from Hollywood producers to international sports stars to other studios and publishers. It became the first independent studio to enter the licensing game with the announcement of its Deadlands license, which has since been published in comics from Image and IDW and novels from Tor Books. The studio also hosts a successful internship program where interns get practical, real-world freelancing experience, including paid work on actual jobs fitting their skill levels. Learn more at www.visionarycomics.com!

Weekly Visions 9.29.16: A Thunder Moon & Being Visionary

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Welcome back to our Weekly Visions post as we slide into Autumn and the closing months of 2016 – wow, what a year huh? But with the shorter days, cooler evenings, and stack of holidays this time of year brings, it really means more time for great comics and books!

We’re ramping up some nice stuff for our fans to debut this Fall, and will also start featuring some recommended reads from our friends in the industry, to make sure you never run short of great stuff to enjoy!


Deadlands: Thunder Moon Rising

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If you missed the actual publishing announcement, our second Deadlands novel, by our very own Jeffrey J. Mariotte is now available, and already getting great reviews.

Fear is abroad in the Deadlands as a string of brutal killings and cattle mutilations trouble a frontier town in the Arizona Territory, nestled in the forbidding shadow of the rugged Thunder Mountains. A mule train is massacred, homes and ranches are attacked, and men and women are stalked and butchered by bestial killers who seem to be neither human nor animal. Meanwhile, a ruthless land baron tries to buy up all the surrounding territory—and possibly bring about an apocalypse.

Once an officer in the Union Army, Tucker Bringloe is now a worthless drunk begging for free drinks at the corner saloon. When he’s roped into a posse searching for the nameless killers, Tuck must rediscover the man he once was if he’s to halt the bloodshed and stop occult forces from unleashing Hell on Earth . . . when the Thunder Moon rises.

“In the end, Deadlands: Thunder Moon Rising is a great book that can not only be enjoyed by tabletop gamers but also fans of steampunk, science-fiction and history. The author does an immaculate job of creating a world that fans of Deadlands can truly explore and enjoy.” – Amanda Dyar of BioGamer Girl

Now available on Amazon, and at finer bookstores EVERYWHERE!
Check out the Official Publisher Page!


Being Visionary

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Earlier this year we announced our “Be Visionary” initiative, a coordinated effort by the studio to start doing more for our local communities, to find creative ways of encouraging the arts, reaching out to children and youth, and giving back.

We launched the initiative with an announced partnership with 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.

We participated in a number of events with Artway offering our own workshop on “Be Your Own Superhero”  an interactive workshop that teaches kids what truly makes someone a hero or heroine, how to tap their own ‘superpowers’ in their own talents and skills, and use those powers to help others. Kids spent time designing their own superhero look, celebrating their gifts and what makes them who they are, and then participated in team building activities.

Thanks to Eric Suggs and the whole Artway Alliance crew, and shows like Girl-Scout Con, Columbia Comic-Con and the Baltimore Book Festival for hosting! Enjoy some pics from some of the events held this year!

 

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If you host or help plan a local event in the DC-MD-VA area you’d like to have Visionary come out for to lead workshops feel free to Contact Us! (And if you aren’t already, subscribe to our news updates while there!)

Thunder Moon Rising Debuts, Kickstarter News and More!

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The second Deadlands novel, this one from author Jeffrey J. Mariotte, hit stores today and is already shaking the charts with its supernatural, western thunder, hitting number one for ‘science-fiction westerns’ and top ten for other sub-genre westerns.

And the reviews are already coming in!

“In the end, Deadlands: Thunder Moon Rising is a great book that can not only be enjoyed by tabletop gamers but also fans of steampunk, science-fiction and history. The author does an immaculate job of creating a world that fans of Deadlands can truly explore and enjoy.” – Amanda Dyar of BioGamer Girl

Now available on Amazon, and at finer bookstores EVERYWHERE!
Check out the Official Publisher Page!

 


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There’s a quote about ‘best-laid plans’ and it definitely applies here. We had a great plan to really make our first direct Kickstarter an utterly amazing project that we knew could really catch on and become a huge success. We hit some bumps in getting everything ramped up, but rallied and managed to hit the launch deadline, even though it was a bit more forced than we liked, mostly thanks to an amazing team at the core of creating the initial content.

Then, we got pretty good confirmation we were right on the potential when we launched at Baltimore Comic-Con. The response was overwhelmingly positive. We left the con feeling there was no stopping us now!

Unfortunately, life had other plans. While Visionary has grown we are still a relatively small company, and a number of unforeseen circumstances with some key folks on our campaign team just piled up fast and furious, undermining a lot of our plans to promote, engage and build the campaign the way we intended. As a result, the necessary pieces of making this successful just did not happen.

Now, we could just try to push through, and try to hit the minimum goal, but that was not our intent, and we don’t want to ‘settle.’ We want all those great stories from all of our awesome creators and we want to have to go looking for more from top writers and artists to meet the demand.

As a result, we are going to suspend the campaign for now. By Kickstarter policy, that will mean canceling the funding and doing a full relaunch when we’re ready, once we’ve regrouped, replaced some key strategists and plans, and have a much more solid ground under our feet. We will also have more promotional and preview material in time for the relaunch, and once we come back, we will make it happen!

So, we certainly hope all of you will come back on board when we do relaunch. We will have promotional resources to help push the campaign from your end, and a more fully mapped out strategy and overview for the book to make it easier to jump in. If you decide to pass, or can’t, we understand and deeply apologize. Know, we seriously respect our fans and it is never our intent for something to not work out, but there are times those best-laid plans…

Thanks for all your support in all we do.

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Our regular weekly posts, My Comic Life Sundays, and Weekly Visions Thursdays, will return next week!

Weekly Visions 9.8.16: Powers, Harveys and Making Comics!

Visionary has a LOT of exciting things happening, with even more to come over the next few months! Here’s the hottest pieces of news at the moment…

 

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Visionary Kickstarter: Power Scourge is LIVE and needs YOUR Support!

We’re launching our own universe, with a star-studded cast of creators, doing an origin story by way of epic crossover event. What happens on a normal world much like our own, when a plague of superhuman powers sweeps the planet, thousands manifesting extreme abilities, and ALL of them totally out of control? The Power Scourge is coming! Find out how you can gain out of control super-powers and be forever memorialized in the Visionary Universe!

Read a Comic – or be Part of One!


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Visionary had an AWESOME show at Baltimore this year! great response to our new books, our Kickstarter and our studio as a whole! Thanks for keeping it real Baltimore!

Missed our Visionary Panels?
Never fear, you can catch them on our Facebook Page:
Power Scourge – Super Powers Gone Wild Panel

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Deadlands Thunder Moon Rising Cover ArtWe are in the last stretch before our second Deadlands novel, Thunder Moon Rising, from Jeff Mariotte hits stands! On sale in finer bookstores everywhere as of September 20th!

You can still pre-order your copy NOW!

We’re also thrilled to report the manuscript for the next novel, Boneyard, by Seanan McGuire is now in Pinnacle Editorial for final tweaks to make sure its 100% Deadlands! This is an awesome story about a carnival of freaks roaming the Deadlands!

Also, an update, while our first book, Ghostwalkers, by Jonathan Maberry  got nominations for both the Scribe Award and the Dragon Awards, we are sorry to say it didn’t win. But the fact our first book out the gate has done so well is great news! Many thanks to all of you who supported it in various ways!

If you haven’t read it yet, you really should fix that NOW!

 

 


Image result for crimson hardcover volume 1Speaking of Baltimore, and awards, a big round of applause for two of our Visionaries whose work from some time back got a very nice award win this weekend at Baltimore! Years ago, artist Humberto Ramos teamed up with Brian Augstyn to create the popular series Crimson. Jeff Mariotte, during his stint at Wildstorm, worked with the team on the original run. BOOM Studios did a beautiful hardcover collection of the series – and this weekend it won a coveted Harvey Award! Well deserved gents!

 


Meanwhile, our Chief Creative Officer has posted his latest and LAST public My Comic Life Column, as he continues breaking down the basics of building a comics career as a freelancer. My Comic Life has become a popular regional convention panel, being featured at several shows the second-half of 2016 alone! Get more of his in-depth insight every week by supporting his Patreon!

 


Visionary continues a massive run of shows this Fall, with multiple shows, including the Seafood Festival, Annapolis Comic-Con, Baltimore Book Festival, New York Comic-Con, and Hampton Comic-Con! Get the Details HERE!

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Weekly Visions 7.28.16

WV7-28-16Creating an Omniverse… and Giving Back

By C. Edward Sellner

On Monday, August 1, 2016, I will be launching a Patreon, for my first foray into the crowdfunding world as an individual creator. I am more thrilled than a little kid waking up on Christmas morning in Disney World, and more terrified than a bunch of camp counselors in a horror movie B-flick.

C. Edward Sellner croppedIf you’re a fan of Visionary, then chances are you know who I am – Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer, public face of the company, and the guy that does the most conventions under our banner. What you may not know is that I didn’t necessarily get into this industry to launch a creative production studio, and yet somehow, helped build one of the most successful and well-known ones out there. I also didn’t originally get into this to work on other people’s properties as a paid professional, and yet somehow have had the fun of playing in several other sandboxes and enjoyed it tremendously.

Now, the original reason I did get into the entertainment industry, was to work toward the day I could focus my energy on my own creative works, tell my stories, and this Patreon will be the first step in doing just that.

Print God Whole World Art by C. Edward SellnerI’m lucky to have put together an amazing team of people who have helped us grow tremendously. Part of the reason for our expansion this year was to give us the base to start pushing into our next chapter – launching our own projects, our own stories, our own worlds, and doing so in new and exciting ways. The Patreon will be breaking ground on this new venture, and I hope you’ll join me for it.

What will you get for your patronage? Here’s just for openers…

  • My Comic Life – The Comic Strip – will relaunch, with daily public postings until we catch up to where we left off. Patrons then get an early preview of the new weekly strips when they debut, and a chance to appear in future ones.
  • EXCLUSIVE My Comic Life Column – a weekly column on creating comics, sharing resources, tips and pointers.
  • EXCLUSIVE Previews teasers and previews of upcoming Visionary projects, comics, books and more.
  • Original Prose and Comics – new short stories and longer chapter stories with an early debut for Patrons only.
  • BONUS: FREE Art Prints – featuring original and fan art, including hi-res for download and printing your own.

Print Batman Spider-Man BlackBut you’ll not only be getting a bunch of cool stuff to enjoy yourself, you’ll be helping others. The Patreon will help me fund more outreach from Visionary and myself. We launched our Be Visionary Initiative in order to give back to our communities and our industry. We want to expand on that initiative and we need your help!

How you ask? Here’s where we’ll start…

  • My Comic Life Panels – hosted at a growing list of conventions to help aspiring creators by offering real, solid, and practical advice.
  • Be Your Own Super-HeroWorkshops teaching kids to claim their own talents and skills to make a difference.
  • Comic Shop / Convention / Online Portfolio Reviews – Helping directly teach new talent to improve their work with regular portfolio reviews at various locations.
  • Sponsoring Care Packs – free books, prints, and other care packages to good causes and outreach organizations.
  • Pro-bono Consulting Work for Non-Profits – providing art, graphic design and other services for good causes.

SoulStarPatrons will get updates keeping them informed of our efforts on all these fronts, and know you’re helping make it possible.

You’ll also be in on the ground floor of something we think will grow into something pretty amazing. Imagine, a shared Omniverse of amazing characters and stories, one intentionally designed to bring the kind of excitement some of the best shared universes bring – all with works owned and controlled by their actual creators, but all part of a larger whole. Now, stop imagining and help us build it!

Visionary Ideas… Visionary Stories… Visionary Creators.
Look for a Special Update on Monday, the Day the Patreon Launches!

 

Elsewhere in Visionary News…

Columbia Comi-Con logoJoin Us at Columbia Comic-Con
July 31, 2016 | Sunday 10am-4pm
@ Double Tree Hotel, Columbia MD

Visionary is proud to announce the first show in our new partnership with Artway Alliance! Join Visionary’s C. Edward Sellner, Mike Munshaw and crew for a great event as Galactic Con comes to Columbia! We will not only be exhibiting, but working with Artway Alliance on teaching workshops for kids!

Visionary Panel: Be Your Own Superhero
12pm-1pm at the Artway Alliance Area

We may not live in a world where people fly or lift cars, but we can all discover our own super-powers and be a real super-hero! Join a fun workshop and learn about the great heroes and heroines of comics who are more popular today than ever! Learn what it takes to be a real super-hero, and design your own super-hero look!


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Deadlands: Thunder Moon Rising Giveaway!

Win your free copy of Thunder Moon Rising by Jeff Mariotte!

Fear is abroad in the Deadlands as a string of brutal killings and cattle mutilations trouble a frontier town in the Arizona Territory, nestled in the forbidding shadow of the rugged Thunder Mountains. A mule train is massacred, homes and ranches are attacked, and men and women are stalked and butchered by bestial killers who seem to be neither human nor animal, meanwhile a ruthless land baron tries to buy up all the surrounding territory – and possibly bring about an apocalypse.

Once an officer in the Union Army, Tucker Bringloe is now a worthless drunk begging for free drinks at the corner saloon. When he’s roped into a posse searching for the nameless killers, Tuck must rediscover the man he once was if he’s to halt the bloodshed and stop occult forces from unleashing Hell on Earth … when the Thunder Moon rises.


Sort of a Big ShowOur Comics Division Chief Brian Augustyn’s amazing podcast, known as Sort of a Big Show continues weekly! Brian is joined by his daughter, Carolyn Augustyn, and Birdie Birdashaw, cartoonist, and the three discuss pop culture at every level! The show is produced by Sanguine Entertainment’s Jacob O’Neil.

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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!

Ghostwalkers On Sale NOW!

Take a walk on the weird side with this brand new novel based on the
bestselling role-playing game, Deadlands!

Promo Art Digital Painted StyleTor Books is proud to present a new partnership with Pinnacle Entertainment Group and Visionary Books to publish a series of thrilling novels based on Deadlands, the hugely successful role-playing game set in the Weird West!

The series begins with DEADLANDS: GHOSTWALKERS (A Tor Trade Paperback; $15.99; September 22, 2015) by New York Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry, out just in time for the Halloween season!

This is a place where the Great Quake of 1868 has shattered California into a labyrinth of sea-flooded caverns… and a mysterious substance called “ghost rock” fuels exotic steampunk inventions and causes plenty of bloodshed and flying bullets.

In GHOSTWALKERS, a gun-for-hire, literally haunted by his bloody past, comes to the struggling town of Paradise Falls, where he becomes embroiled in a deadly conflict between the besieged
community and a diabolically brilliant alchemist who is building a terrible new weapon of mass destruction… and assembling an army of the living dead!

Tabletop gamers as well as fans of steampunk, science fiction, and alternate history will be swept up in this brand new installment set in the highly acclaimed and beloved world of the Deadlands RPG universe.

Maberry has also won multiple Bram Stoker Awards and is an
editor and comic book writer as well as a prolific novelist. As a master of zombie fiction, Maberry pens an adventure unlike any other, where steely-eyed gunslingers rub shoulders with mad scientists and dark, unnatural forces.

The book also features amazing chapter illustrations from Visionary artist Steve Ellis, whose work has been featured in the Deadlands Comics.

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Deadlands: Ghostwalkers also marks the debut of Visionary Books, the new imprint for prose fiction from Visionary.

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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Deadlands: Dead Man’s Hand On Sale NOW!

IDW DMH Cover PreviewVisionary’s Deadlands: Dead Man’s Hand in comic shops nationwide as of NOW!

This full-sized edition includes the four one-shots originally published by Image Comics, two new short stories, and an exclusive teaser for the first upcoming Deadlands novel!

Called the “all-star western” series, this collection features tales woven by such masters of the medium as David Gallaher, Steve Ellis, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Lee Moder, Ron Marz, Bart Sears, Jeff Mariotte, and Brook Turner. New short stories written by Deadlands creators Shane Hensley and Matt Cutter, debut new talent in the industry, and get the first teaser of New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry’s Deadlands novel, Ghostwalkers! Plus tons of bonus content, including gaming stats for all the main characters for Deadlands RPG fans, and an exclusive sketchbook section.

Read an In-Depth Feature including interviews with the Creators and Check out extended Previews of all four main stories >>

Check out these AWESOME reviews on the Dead Man’s Hand:
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!”

Learn more about the series on our Deadlands Page!

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