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.

Join Visionary LIVE!

Visionary had a great summer! Thanks to the folks at Dover Comic-Con, Fletcher Branch Summer Reading Club, VA Comicon and others for hosting us at special events throughout the recent months!

Now, Visionary is getting back into the swing with a Fall PACKED with fun community events and conventions! Come join us at a venue near you! Meet our Visionary Creators! Get copies of our Visionary Books! Sit in on some truly Visionary panels! And get your first glimpse of Visionary 2.0 as we start rolling out some of our new branding, new divisions and new initiatives!

If you want to stay up to date on our complete events schedule you can always check out our EVENTS PAGE or just…

Calendar
Community Event

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Maryland Seafood Festival
9/12-13/15 – Sat 10am-9pm / Sun 10am-7pm
@ Sandy Point State Park

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Join Visionary at the immensely popular and fun Maryland Seafood Festival! We’ll have creators on site, and our full stock of comics, graphic novels, original art and prints. Event runs Saturday AND Sunday!

 

 

 

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Baltimore Comic-Con
9/25-27/15 – Fri 1-7 / Sat 10-7 / Sun 10-5
@ Baltimore Convention Center

Join Visionary in Artists Alley at table A108 at the Baltimore Comic-Con! We’ll have creators on site, and our full stock of comics, graphic novels, prints and original art available for sale!
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VISIONARY PANELS
Digital Comics Panel – Saturday 5:15-6:15pm / Room 347-348
Its a Digital Age – explore the magic, craft, and business of digital comics as we look at this ever changing and expanding edge of the comics medium and industry! Join guests Matthew Dow Smith, Jamal Igle, and others, with moderator C. Edward Sellner for a look at the new age of comics.

Weird West Panel – Sunday 12:15-1:15pm / Room 345-346
The Wild West – cowboys, rustlers, train robberies. It’s the stuff of legend. But add in a horrifically scarred gunman, something moving in the shadows, things that won’t stay dead, and you’ve entered the Weird West! Join Timothy Truman, John Ostrander, Greg Pak, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Jimmy Palmiotti, and moderator C. Edward Sellner and explore a west beyond your imagination!

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Southern Maryland Comic-Con
10/18/15 – Sun 10am-4pm
@ Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department

Visionary adds another awesome local con show to its schedule! Come join us at the Southern Maryland Comic-Con in Hollywood! 10-4 on October 18th!

We will be hosting panels at SMCC as well, details TBA!
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Tucson Comic-Con
11/6-8/15 – Fri 4-7 / Sat 10-7 / Sun 10-5
@ Tucson Convention Center

Join Visionary’s Jeff Mariotte and C. Edward Sellner for our first official Tucson Comic-Con!
We’ll update soon with details on programming, panels and booth as we get closer to the event!

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GET YOUR VISIONARY ON!

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.

 

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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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