Weekly Visions 12.22.16: Happy Holidays from Visionary

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From all of us at Visionary to all of you, may you have a truly blessed and happy holiday season!

Whatever tradition you may celebrate, they all point to a spirit of love and peace, so may you find ways to truly embrace that spirit this season.

Surround yourself with family and friends but also reach out to those less fortunate who may be alone or struggling

The greatest gift is not the one we receive, but the one we give. Often the greatest gift received is not the one from those we know, but the unexpected one from the total stranger.

2016: Downs and Ups and More of Both

Our Books Division Chief, Jeff Mariotte wrote a special guest post at the Flames Rising site, all about his year of 2016.
Check it out>>

One Artist’s Take on Santa

Mark Wheatley is an amazing artist who’s worked in comics for many years, he’s also a good friend and supporter of Visionary and has been almost since day one. We asked if we could share the digital Christmas card he sent around this year on our post and he graciously agreed. Click on it to check out Mark’s site.

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Our CCO will share his Holiday Greetings in a special edition of My Comic Life Sundays on Christmas Day!

 

Weekly Visions 8.11.16

Deadlands Ghostwalkers MMP CoverDeadlands: Ghostwalkers Nominated for Dragon Award!

New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry keeps racking up prestigious award nominations for the debut Deadlands novel, Ghostwalkers! The book already garnered a prestigious Scribe Award nomination from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, and now it’s on the shortlist for the coveted Dragon Awards!

You can find the whole list here>>

And if you haven’t picked up your copy yet, well… now you can>>

And if you already have, well, be sure and pre-order Thunder Moon Rising here>>

Or if you’re feeling lucky you’ve still got a few days left to enter to win it here>>

 


PR Banner Events 2016Visionary Hits Record Number of Shows in 2016!

Last year we set out to grow our show schedule, and as of this year, we’ve hit 26 annual shows we participate in! That’s an average of one every other weekend! WOW! Thanks to the great folks at Dover Comic-Con for another great show last weekend. This weekend, you can find the crew at the Washington County Free Library Con, and then we have a huge run of shows kicking off with Baltimore Comic-Con September 2nd!

Get the latest on all our appearances and panels here>>


My Comic Life – The Comic Strip Returns and The Column Debuts!

We’ve mentioned our CCO C. Edward Sellner’s Patreon a few times now. He’s still running a special pledge promotion, of pledge now and get a free digital copy of Deadlands: The Kid and for every 10 patrons, he’ll add another of his art prints for a hi-res download and print your own pack in September!

Today marks the next phase as his comic strip My Comic Life returns! He’ll be posting a strip EVERY DAY now through August 28th, until he catches up to where it left off in its previous run, and then brand NEW strips EVERY Sunday! Here’s the first, and you can check out our snazzy new online reader, courtesy of Madefire, here>>

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Our daring CCO is also getting back into the weekly column biz, with the debut of the My Comic Life Column, a weekly column all about creating comics, and building a creative freelancer career, filled with helpful tips, insight into every side of the business, and tons of resources! The first few we’ll share publicly, but then, this resources will be exclusive to Patrons only.

Enjoy his opening round 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.

Find them on Soundcloud
Or download the Periscope App to watch them LIVE!
Follow them on Twitter

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Weekly Visions 7.21.16

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Welcome back to Visionary’s weekly update! We’ve got lots of exciting stuff to share this week as we take a look ahead to the rest of the year and beyond!

 

 

 

Deadlands Thunder Moon Rising Cover ArtThunder 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.

 

Dawn of the Visionary Creation

Visionary is ramping up its new line of content and we could not be more thrilled about some of the great stuff coming your way! We’re so excited, we just couldn’t wait to show you the first glimpses of these awesome projects!

MCL_Patreon_01First up will be the launch of a new home on the internet for Visionary’s CCO C. Edward Sellner! Get exclusive behind the scenes sneak peeks of upcoming Visionary projects!
Get early previews of the return of his comic strip My Comic Life! Get an exclusive new weekly column about creating comics! Sellner’s columns on Broken Frontier and Comic Related became popular, practical how-to columns, that included tons of resources for aspiring creators, some of which are still shared around by top professionals in the industry.

But even more, Sellner will be launching the Visionary Universe with his own creative work, with monthly new prose content and art, the first additions of which will build to a major event kicking off from Visionary in September. (More on that next week!)

 

Coming Titles from Visionary…

Visionary will also be relaunching its digital publishing initiative this Fall, with multiple, and regular releases into our new and expanded digital venues – from Comixology, to Drive-Thru, from Hoopla to Comics+ and more! We will also be releasing new books into various print markets! What are some of the great titles you can look forward to from us in coming months?

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Desperadoes Returns! Jeff Mariotte’s weird-western series makes its digital debut. Visionary will be releasing the entire series, including runs with art from such great creators as John Cassaday, John Severin, Jeremy Haun and others! One of the best Weird-Western, or Western comics ever!
Named in the top 10 by Western Fictioneers!


New Devil – A brand-new creator owned series from Gary Cohn and Paris Cullins, as they bring to life an all new devil-may-care hero! Don’t be blue – it’s new! Volume 1 will hit in first half of 2017!

 

 

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Leah holding frameAstral GenesisWhen intergalactic raiders attack Earth, humanity’s last hope is a disgraced ex-astronaut who must join forces with a mysterious alien beauty to battle a cosmic conspiracy! Created and produced by Jay Magnum, written by Ivan Cohen, with art by Ariel Medel, this epic series launches a galaxy spanning adventure! Learn more at the Pet Piranha Entertainment site!


Visionary is also currently working on our first children’s book under the new line, created and written by Vanessa Kellner, art by Ishan Trivedi! Join little Leah the Lion who must learn some important lessons about family, feelings and growing up!

 

We will be adding more titles in coming weeks and months, so make sure you get the latest right to your email by subscribing to our newsletter!

P.S. – Join Mike Munshaw in Dunkirk Maryland this weekend for the first ever POPCOMICGANZA!
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Jeff Mariotte Joins Visionary

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Visionary Comics is proud to officially announce that award-winning, bestselling author Jeffrey J. Mariotte has joined the Visionary Staff. Jeff, in addition to his writing work, has worked as VP of marketing for WildStorm Productions/Image Comics, senior editor for WildStorm Productions/DC Comics, and editor-in-chief for IDW Publishing.

Now officially Visionary’s Publishing Consultant, Jeff said,  “I was the twelfth employee on board at WildStorm Productions, in the early days of Image Comics, and helped build that company into a comics powerhouse that became part of industry leader DC Comics. I was the first Editor-in-Chief at IDW Publishing, and helped that company become the dominant presence it is today. I love working with small companies and helping them grow. Successful small publishers share an entrepreneurial spirit, a willingness to take chances, and a hunger to make a difference, and I see those same attitudes at Visionary Comics today. Though I’m not a full-time staffer and my role is largely consultative, I’m thrilled to offer my experience and abilities to the Visionary team, and anxious to watch them explode with growth.”

Chief Creative Officer C. Edward Sellner added, “Jeff’s really been with us for a while. He was instrumental in making our deal with Tor for Deadlands and I am very excited about him expanding that role with Visionary in the coming months and years. If there’s one thing I can be proud of in this industry, I think its me knowing when to bring in the best in expertise to help take us to the next level, and we are thrilled to have Jeff be part of that.”

Meet all of Visionary’s Staff on our Staff Page.

 

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