Comicon 2016. And how tired I am now.

San Diego Comicon 2016 was exhausting, but the pattern is predictable. I roll into San Diego excited to see old friends and check out new things on the convention floor. I roll out a tired, sweaty, irritable husk of a man who needs more coffee. This year was no exception... and it was totally worth every second. Some highlights:

  • Roadtripping with my good friend Eric Stirpe
  • Drinking moscow mules with my brother Nick and animation pal John Dusenberry
  • Chatting with Mike Richardson and Spencer Cushing at the Dark Horse Booth
  • Giving out signed Death Head Issue #1s and our newly released trade paperback
  • Getting a Troy Baker shout-out after our Batman: A Telltale Series screening
  • Never having to use a bathroom inside the convention center once

Even though I can barely keep my eyes open now, this was one of my favorite Comicons ever. Here's what it looked like through the perspective of my phone's camera:

Signing "Death Head" at SDCC, come visit!

Anyone headed down to Comicon this year? If so, my brother Nick and I will be signing our newly released trade paperback for Death Head. There will be single Issues #1-6 along with the graphic novel compendium which features all issues, covers, behind the scenes articles and making of artwork. It's a beautiful book which will be made even beautiful-er with our signatures on it. Stop by the Dark Horse Comics booth #2615, Sunday 7/24 at 10-10:50AM and get your copy before it runs out (like last year)!

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Nominated for Game of the Year!

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Tales from the Borderland has been nominated for Game of the Year by IGN and Destructoid, two of gaming's biggest websites. The entire team over here at Telltale Games is thrilled by the nomination and count ourselves lucky to have worked on such an amazing game.

Week two at Telltale I started writing EchoEye on Episode 3 (Catch a Ride) and continued writing scenes for Episode 4 (Escape Plan Bravo) and Episode 5 (The Vault of the Traveler). TFTB was one of the most unique (and strange) projects that I've ever worked on, but it never failed to be insanely entertaining. From its lovable characters to its quirky sense of humor, Tales really is something different so it's great to see the game get some recognition.

Cheers, bro!

Dark Horse Comics on Comixology

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I... am lazy. I want my comics to come to me, not the other way around, so that's why I prefer to read them digitally. Plus, maybe because I have mega-ADD these days, it's easier for me to focus on the story panel by panel using the Comixology's Guided View. That's why I was so excited when I heard that all issues of Death Head are now on Comixology! Don't waste another minute, hop on over there and buy all three!

We're selling out! (In a good way)

IMG_5839 SF. Berkeley. Oakland. LA. Van Nuys. Chicago. Madison. Brooklyn. Even Canada, Ireland and the UK!

Within days, Death Head Issue #1 has sold out in tons of stores worldwide! Dark Horse has done an incredible job distributing and marketing my horror comic so I am eternally grateful to them. Since this is a new series created by relative unknowns in the comic industry, I never imagined we'd nearly sell out the first printing in under a week!

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My favorite experience from release week was doing a signing at Dr. Comics & Mr. Games in Oakland. When I was a kid, I would spend every dollar of my allowance there. As an adult, I do the same...except with my salary. Dr. Comics is a magical place that has new comic issues, back issues, rare issues, graphic novels, toys, shirts, board games, D&D dice and a boatload more goodies for us nerds to nerd out on. If you happen to be in the East Bay, make sure you stop by Dr. Comics and pick something up! It's a dream come true to have a comic on their shelves.

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Creator-owned comics live and die by their readers so if you like Death Head, please share it! Tell others on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your blog, shouting in public... anything! Every little bit helps. Thank you so so so much to everyone who bought Issue 1 and get ready for Issue #2 August 19!

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I do, indeed! And there's lots of exciting stuff coming soon. My comic "Death Head" and the next part of Meet Me At The Falls will be released this summer, convention season is upon us (with photos!), I'm getting married(!), and I'll be talking about what I've been up to at Telltale Games. Plus, non-work related goodness such as what it's like trying to find parking in San Francisco and which Indian restaurant makes my mouth burn a pleasing-but-not-painful amount. Answer: Shalimar on Jones St. Gah! Spoiled the post already. Oh well...plenty more to come! Joining my mailing list is the best way to ensure you don't miss a single dumb thing I say so why not sign up right now?

- Zack