First off, I want to thank everyone for an amazing year! I’m humbled by the success of Pieces of Madness! Reading back to some of the stories, I can tell I’ve come a long way in terms of writing. We can only get better, right? Well, so long as we keep the ego I keep preaching about in check. I’m always learning and because of that, I can tell you without reserve..
This is just the beginning.
For 2015 public appearances, I looked like this:
But for the greater part of the year, in a dark office, I looked like this:
I had said before that I would never touch writing scripts. “Nope! Nope! Nope! I can’t think panel by panel! Can’t do it! Nuh uh! Sorry!”
Then illustrator John Marroquin came to me with his brainchild, “Mexica”. In 2011, John wrote, illustrated, and independently released two issues of his comic. His goal was to resurrect the story by hiring a new writer. After our initial meeting, we decided on an origin story for the character to reintroduce him. This piece was derived from Native American and Hispanic history. So not only was I going to take on revamping a story near and dear to John’s heart (that HE originally wrote) I was going to dive into months of study. Not only that, but I was about to present a story that represented the heart of more than one culture that I have no background in whatsoever..
Of course this white-on-rice Welsh girl rose to the challenge! No pressure, right?!
But if you think about it,
what a time to produce something like this.
Racial tensions were at their height this year in the United States.
It’s time for this sort of collaboration.
The pressure wound up being a great thing. I absorbed so much during this past summer that I might just be able to teach a class. The culture, the language.. Mexica became my passion. Although Mexica (aka Aztec) history is equal parts fact and myth, I made it a point to differentiate between where we had room to bend and where we absolutely didn’t. However, this IS a science fiction piece. So bear that in mind. Projected release, October 2016.
Then there’s my tragically dark science fiction honey, “Norah”.
Source Point Press just took a difibulator to The Prophecy Effect.
I’m very excited to announce that this will be my first comic release EVER! Norah was the first character I had ever created 2 1/2 years ago. A coma-fisher for hire, she has the ability to delve into your mind’s eye and “fish” you from a coma (or help you cross to the other side). How she obtained the ability is a long, dark tale filled with secrets, aliens, and threat of mass genocide. I cannot tell you how excited I am that Travis McIntire of Source Point gave me this opportunity to bring my baby to life.
Instagram was a very useful tool in promoting this project. Lots of hype surrounding a comic not yet released. Not bad, eh?
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! “Norah” This former dealer of death may just save your life. Norah Seizhelm is a “Coma Fisher” for hire. With the ability to tap into the mind’s eye, she’ll either find and retrieve you or help you cross to the other side. A mission of peace, to be sure. But how she obtained this skill is a longer story. A long, dark past filled with secrets, the death of thousands, and a threat of mass genocide. While working for a classified sector of the U.S government, she and her husband , Dr. James Seizhelm, worked in pathogen development, creating hellish viruses to be used for biological warfare. When a Marine General approaches them with news of an alien empire, one with less than peaceful aims, the Seizhelm’s activate an old project; Codename: Warlock. I’m proud to formally announce this project with illustrator, Sean Seal. Our projected release date is March, 2016. Special thanks to @sourcepointpress, my supporters, and my con family! I love you all! ❤ #sourcepointpress #scifi #comics #halloween #2016 #neurology #aliens #kaseypierce #seanseal #inktober
The hype became so much that journalist, Dave Herndon (The News Herald) gave me the opportunity to talk more about it in print! I can’t thank him enough for that!
The story is pretty heavy. (As my writing tends to be.) Dark, atmospheric, science fiction.. There was no question that illustrator, Sean Seal was the man I was looking for. A fine artist gone sequential? Yes. I needed someone to paint this tale.
He’s also an all-around great cat to work with. If you’re hip to the crew I roll with, look for some familiar faces in this comic. Sean has photo reference of people I’ve aesthetically modeled my characters after. So if you’re one of those people, congratualtions. You’ve been immortalized. (You’re welcome, Dad 😉 )
Norah #1 of 4 will debut at one of my absolute favorite conventions, C2E2 2016!
Oh, and I’m not done..
Aside from Mexica and Norah, I’ll have 2 short stories featured in 2 different anthologies. Don’t think I’ve jumped ship and gone full-blown sci-fi! Oh no! This sadistic bitch is stayin’ true to her horror roots too. The first piece is featured in RIA Comics’, “Anthology of Nightmares”! This chilling tale is based on a true story and brings an old character into my waking life; Asmodeus from “Sins of the Father” (Pieces of Madness). John Marroquin and I ride again for this trip back to Hell.
The other is a hush-hush project with Pieces of Madness publisher, Rocket Ink Studios! Having signed a non-disclosure agreement, I can only say that I’m honored to be featured amongst other great talents in this anthology. Both anthologies have yet to announce their official dates.
This year was all about sewing seeds. In 2016, I emerge from the lab to show you what I’ve been working on for a long time. I’m so proud to present it to you and all I can say is..
It’s going to be one hell of a year.
All my love to all of the journalists, podcasters, illustrators, writers, and everyone that makes up my Detroit-con family! Stefani Manard, Crystal O’Rourke, Jason Clark, Joe Hubbard, Jimmy McKnight.. You know who you all are! 2016 belongs to this Michigan militia! Let’s go!