Monday, November 16, 2015


Hey kids! Just a reminder that if you haven't picked it up already, the complete Gravedigger saga (to date), is available as digital editions through comiXology and in a trade paperback collection that can be purchased at your local comic shop (hopefully) or through sites like Amazon and InStockTrades.

No matter where you buy (or already bought) the book from, we'd really appreciate it if you took a few minutes to review Gravedigger on Amazon. We'd really like to produce another adventure, and the more books we sell, the better the chance of a sequel. Reviews are extremely helpful... and sincerely appreciated. Thanks!

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Space Crusader: Rex Dexter Of Mars!

Art by Peter Grau
For the last couple years, as I've teased Peter Grau's Space Crusaders prelim art, I've promised that I'd share more details about the project once we'd made some significant headway on pages. Well, now that we've got some momentum going, I thought it it was time to reveal a bit more about the project to you folks.

Space Crusaders is the working title of a "double feature" graphic novel that resurrects a couple of space hero characters from the Golden Age of comics.

The artwork I've shown so far is from the first of those two features: a 30-page "novella" called "Menace of the Saurian Sphere," starring Dick Briefer's Rex Dexter Of Mars character, who originally appeared in Mystery Men Comics, beginning in 1939. I've long loved the Mars-born Rex Dexter character (and his Earth girlfriend, Cynde), and thought it would be fun to pay tribute to Briefer with a new Rex adventure.

As for the second feature and its Golden Age space ace... well, I'm going to keep that one under wraps a while longer.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Wednesday Covers: Gullivar Jones On The Loose!

At one point in the 1970s, Marvel Comics, unable to secure the comic book rights to Edgar Rice Burroughs' "John Carter of Mars" stories (which were being published at rival DC), began adapting author Edwin Lester Arnold's 1905 sci-fi novel, Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation, in the pages of Creatures On The Loose!

Arnold's novel was a precursor to Burroughs' interplanetary fantasies, with a number of story similarities to the first few John Carter adventures. Marvel drafted their top cover artist, the legendary Gil Kane, to play up those similarities, leading to a pretty amazing run of swashbuckling, action-packed cover illustrations.Here are a few of them:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

DVD Late Show Rises From The Dead

10 years ago, editor Chris Ryall offered me an opportunity to contribute a DVD review column to Kevin Smith's "Movie Poop Shoot" website. That column, "DVD Late Show," lasted, in various configurations, until July of 2014, when I took (what turned out to be an extended) break, burnt out after writing and publishing more than 700 DVD and Blu-ray reviews.

Well, lately, I've been missing writing about genre films and TV show on home video, so I thought maybe I'd revive the DVD Late Show site. I've just posted my first review in over a year, Queen Crab, and plan to have additional new reviews on the site over the next few weeks. How long I stick with it depends on whether I can acquire enough material to review on a regular basis, and whether or not anyone finds my posts helpful and/or entertaining. Feedback is welcome.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

GRAVEDIGGER Update: Issue #3 In Stores Now

I've been a little negligent in updating this blog, but I wanted to let you all know that the third - and final - issue of the current Gravedigger miniseries from Action Lab Danger Zone went on sale in finer comic book shops yesterday. This issue reprints the 2004 one-shot, "The Scavengers," with all new cover art (pictured above) by artist Rick Burchett.

This issue - along with the previous two - is available digitally through ComiXology, as well. If you prefer to get your comics that way, you'll find all three issues HERE.

If you're one of those who prefers to "wait for the trade," the collection, which I've titled "Hot Women, Cold Cash," will be out soon. You can try to pre-order it from your local comic book store, or buy it online from Amazon HERE.

That's it for the time being, but if you'd like to see more Gravedigger comics from Rick and myself, be sure to let the fine folks at Action Lab know through their website and Facebook page. Thanks!

Friday, September 18, 2015


Multi-talented director Sandy Collora is looking for funds to complete his classic-style, man-in-suit monster film, Shallow Water. Collora is best known for his Batman fan film, Dead End, which rocked the Interwebs some years back. He also directed the terrific sci-fi movie, HUNTER PREY - a personal favorite of mine. (Read my review HERE.)

If you love indie monster movies and practical effects, consider backing his Kickstarter campaign, or help by spreading the word. I plan on making a pledge before the campaign ends.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Huh. Apparently Moonstone is collecting my three-issue Kolchak: The Night Stalker Files run from a few years back in a trade paperback with their adaptation of the second Matheson-scripted telefilm, The Night Strangler.

This was my second Kolchak miniseries for them, after Night Stalker Of The Living Dead (collected in this volume). I'm not quite as happy with this series, for a variety of reasons. That said, it's cool that my name is on a book cover with Richard Matheson!

It does still bug me that they insist on billing me as "Chris," since I use my full name professionally, dammit.

I won't be seeing any money on this, I'm guessing, but if you're interested, it will be out in December and can be pre-ordered now through Diamond Distribution.

Friday, September 04, 2015

The SPACE CRUSADERS are coming!

I love getting art in my e-mail inbox! This time from another project ever-so-slowly inching its way to realization... the tentatively-titled Space Crusaders, a space opera anthology graphic novel drawn by artist Peter Grau. Peter and I have been slowly pulling it together over the last year or two, but it's starting to gain some momentum now. Once we get a solid chunk of pages together, I'll share more specifics obout the book.Got a bunch of awesome designs in the inbox this week; here's a peek!

Art © 2015 Peter Grau
Art © 2015 Peter Grau
Art © 2015 Peter Grau

Saturday, August 29, 2015

GRAVEDIGGER Without Pictures?

Okay, here's a question for the readers of this blog - and the Gravedigger crime comics that I produce with Rick Burchett. If was to publish a short Gravedigger novel or novella through Amazon, would anyone buy it?

I'm not saying I'm even able to do it - I've never written a prose work longer than a short story - but I have about 4,000 words of a Digger story that I might be able to expand.... read an excerpt below and let me know what you think. (I've written more pages than this, by the way. And I ran this excerpt here on the blog some years ago in a slightly different form. If it sounds familiar, that's why.)

When the door burst open, I put two 9mm slugs into the first man's chest. The guy behind him looked vaguely familiar, but I didn't have time to take a second look as he raised an ugly, efficient-looking machine pistol and sprayed the room with hot metal.

The slugs didn't come anywhere near me, but they ripped the hell out of the small rented cabin. I waited on the floor behind the threadbare sofa, Beretta in my right hand, and when the guy with the squirtgun emptied his magazine, I shot him in the head.

I sidled carefully over to the two bodies and looked out through the open door and across the porch at the glass-smooth lake. Pale moonlight and flickering stars were reflected in its mirrored surface, and an aluminum rowboat I hadn't seen before was tied to the short dock.

I had no concerns about the gunfire. The nearest neighboring cabin was a good half-mile away, and was, at present, unoccupied.

I pulled the bodies into the room where I could see them clearly. I had been right about the second man; I knew him. His name was Wyatt, a burly, blond Australian ex-pat I'd worked with a couple years back on a payroll job in Nevada. The other gunman was unfamiliar; a blue jean and tee-shirt wearing kid, maybe twenty-five, with short, spiky black hair and a bad complexion.

I searched their pockets. Wyatt carried I.D. in the form of a Jersey driver's license and a Visa card that said his name was Porter. The younger man had apparently been going under the name of Joe Riley. I took their I.D. and credit cards and slipped them into my shirt pocket.

I wondered how they'd found me.

And why.

I'd been living in the two-room cabin in western Maine for three weeks. Not hiding out, exactly; just resting and recreating between jobs. Once a week, I took the rented outboard across the lake, hiked a mile and a half to the clearing where I’d left my Buick, and drove another few miles on mostly dirt roads into Rangely for supplies. The rest of the time, I sat on the porch, enjoying the solitude, smoking, and reading trash paperbacks, a habit I'd picked up during my one extended stay as a guest of the state.

I didn't think I was currently on anyone's shit list, but in my business you can never know for sure. Emotions often run hot when large amounts of cash are on the line, and those who make their living acquiring it at gunpoint tend not to be overly sensitive to other people's feelings.

I tried to think who might be carrying a grudge and who also knew Wyatt. The list was short.

Gavin. Fucking Gavin.

Of course, he was supposed to be dead.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday Cover: Wonder Woman '77!

Considering DC Comics' recent-ish success with their Batman '66 comics, which presented new adventures of the mid-Sixties Adam West & Burt Ward television versions of Batman & Robin, it was inevitable that they'd try a Wonder Woman comic based on the Seventies TV show that starred the stunning Lynda Carter as the star-spangled heroine. Originally serialized online, the publisher has recently collected a couple of the period adventures as the Wonder Woman '77 Special!

As a fan of the 70s Wonder Woman series, I felt I had to pick this up when I saw it at a local store, despite the hefty cover price. It was a fun read, although I felt the writers and artists did an only "adequate" job evoking the TV series.  In fact, reading it, I got the impression that no one involved actually was alive in the 70s!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Scott Adkins at CLOSE RANGE

Action star Scott Adkins (Ninja, Ninja 2, El Gringo, Undisputed 2 & 3, Expendables 2) has a new modestly-budgeted but high-octane thriller coming out, directed by his Ninja/Undisputed collaborator, Isaac Florentine.

Florentine (a former Power Rangers director!) is probably the best action director working in the indie action realm, and his previous films with Adkins have been so much better than they had any right to be. These two make a fantastic team, consistently raising the bar of what can be accomplished on low-budget, direct-to-video genre fare.  

Close Range looks like another winner; check out the trailer below.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Summer Vacation on Planet X

It's been nearly a year since Gene Gonzales and I wrapped up our (first?) Perils On Planet X adventure. This Fall, I'm hoping we'll formulate a practical plan for getting a print edition published. Until then, it remains complete and free to read online.

As the dog days of Summer close upon us, maybe it's a good time to re-read (or read for the first time!) the entire Perils On Planet X "Hawke of Terra" saga... from the beginning!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pre-order GRAVEDIGGER Trade Paperback Collection Now

The Gravedigger: Hot Women, Cold Cash trade paperback collection from Action Lab: Danger Zone is now available for pre-order in the August Diamond Previews catalog for October release.

"It's not easy being a bad guy, as career criminal "Gravedigger" McCrae knows all too well. First he's framed for the murder of a mob boss's daughter, and has to escape from an army of professional killers, unarmed and alone. Then, he's brought in on a South of the Border arms heist where everything that can go wrong, does. It's all about hot women and cold cash, in this hardboiled, hard-hitting collection. Collects the three-issue Gravedigger miniseries."

Diamond Item Code: AUG150972

UPDATE: If you can't get to a comic shop, it's also available through Amazon.

Cover and interior art by Rick Burchett, 'natch!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


The first issue of the Gravedigger print miniseries from Action Lab: Danger Zone, featuring part one of “The Predators,” is on sale now from finer comic book retailers everywhere!

This first issue is also available as a digital download from comiXology for only 99¢!