Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The BIG10 Roundup: Events, Reviews, & a PSA for All Our Fans!


Visionary is ramping up our BIG10 Celebration as we bring the party to YOU! We've just added a whole slate of Spring Events, including four consecutive weeks of appearances at local community shows, FCBD parties and conventions! Find the one closest to you and come join us!


4/25/15 - Saturday - Creator Con Festival - 2-8pmJames Hubert Blake High School
300 Norwood Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905
Join featured guest, Visionary CCO, C. Edward Sellner for Creator Con Festival, a celebration of the arts in Silver Spring! The 2015 Creator Con is a Spring Festival celebrating art, gaming, comics, and technology. Family fun for all ages. Live Music, Art & Gaming Contests, Game Truck, Artist Alleys, Food Trucks, Interactive Demos, and more!


5/1/15- Friday - An Evening with Neil Gaiman - 8pm
Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Celebrated storyteller, Neil Gaiman, will be appearing live at Constitution Hall, and the Visionary Crew will be attending. Want to join us? Order Tickets NOW!(This is not a Visionary sponsored event, but if you're coming, let us know! )









5/2/15 - Saturday - VISIONARY FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EVENTS
Visionary will be participating in two FCBD Events at local retail stores in the Washington DC - Metro area! Check out the closest one to you to get Visionary titles, original art, prints and signed copies of books!


10AM-6PM - Capital Comics, 207 Main Street, Annapolis, MDThe Visionary Crew will be there with our entire stock, and CCO, C. Edward Sellner will be doing portfolio reviews !

9AM-4PM - House of Popculture, 12522 Mattawoman Dr. Waldorf, MD Visionary's Michael Munshaw in DA' House! Mike will be sketching, selling original art, and signing copies of Deadlands: Dead Man's Hand!





5/9/15 - Saturday - VA Comicon - Richmond, VA
@ Richmond International Raceway
Show Hours: Sat 11am-5pm

Visionary makes a triumphant return to VA Comicon! Join the whole Visionary crew for freebies, our entire graphic novel line, custom playing cards, original art and prints! CCO C. Edward Sellner will also be speaking on a panel hosted by the convention (Details TBA).




5/16-17/15 - Tidewater Comicon - Virginia Beach @ Virginia Beach Convention Center
Show Hours: Sat 10am-6pm / Sun 10am-5pm

Visionary attends it's first Tidewater Comicon! Join Co-Founders C. Edward Sellner, Charlie Hall and our Art Manager Mike Munshaw! We'll have original art, prints, custom playing cards and our entire graphic novel line available! Look for us in the Artist's Alley / Small Press Section.




We'll be announcing more dates throughout the rest of the year as we keep pumpin' up the volume on our first decade blowout! If you want to make sure you don't miss any upcoming events, view and subscribe to our Google Calendar.




 Deadlands: Dead Man's Hand is on sale now at finer comic shops everywhere! Get all the details, including behind the scenes interviews with creators and extended previews of each story!And in case you're not sure you can trust US when we tell you how awesome this book is, check out what these folks are saying...

Positively Nerdy - "Taking elements from a variety of horror and fantasy concepts including ghosts, zombies, sorcery and even some classic Universal horror, Deadlands Volume 1 Dead Man’s Hand, shoves them all into a blender and pours the results out over the down and dirty setting of the Old West."

Comics Beat - "Merging fictional Western settings with familiar character types and situations, would be cliché, if not mitigated by  the elements of  Steam PunkMagic, and Science Fiction, and mostly served up within the context of the horror genre."

Geeks with Wives - "If you want some Lovecraft in your Eastwood, grab Deadlands vol 1: Dead Man's Hand!"

FA Comics - "Deadlands is a good investment. There is something for everyone."

Zachary Mule - "Whether you’re into the RPG or not, whether you’re into weird western comics or not, you are still going to love the storytelling and the magnificent art of DEAD MAN’S HAND… don’t miss out."


MY COMIC LIFE UPDATEWe're back with week 16! This week, MCL creator and star, C. Edward Sellner, has a VERY important public service announcement!
And in case you missed it last time, get an in-depth interview with the man himself- C. Edward Sellner!










VISIONARY COMICS is one of the best known comic production studios in the industry, and the first to throw its hat in the licensing arena with the wildly successful Deadlands series. Visionary is a  top quality studio, digital publisher, and transmedia development company with a growing library of multimedia properties. Check Visionary’s main site regularly for updates, including web-comic releases, exclusive previews, pre-order forms and special promotions. You can subscribe to our main site through the links on the sidebar >>

Monday, April 13, 2015

Visionary's BIG10 Begins - A Celebration of the Vision!

We teased it a few weeks back - and now, the time is here! Starting today, Visionary officially begins celebrating our BIG 10 year anniversary! Over the next few weeks we'll be rolling out regular updates from all our sites, spotlighting our great titles, our expert services, and the stellar talent behind the BIG V!

While we're celebrating our FIRST decade, we'll also be making some BIG announcements that will lay the foundation for the next 10! Look for promotions and new staff! Look for new services from our production studio and new digital venues with the return of classic favorites in new formats! We'll also begin pulling the curtain back on the Creation titles ramping up!







BIG10 Creator Spotlight:
Visionary CCO C. Edward Sellner shares his story and reflections on Visionary hitting the double-digits! Read the in depth interview.










My Comic Life has been running weekly since the first of the year, and just posted its 15th strip this past Sunday! Catch up now on the hit web-comic about a comic creator, creating a web-comic...



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Saturday, April 11, 2015

MY THOUGHTS ON SPIDER-GWEN ALA CHO

I probably shouldn't do this - but I'm gonna...
I am by no means a top creator in comics, don't claim to be. I am by no means the end all - be all authority on any aspect, but I am part of it, and this is an issue that I feel important.

The internet's been ablaze over the Frank Cho Spider-Gwen ala Milo Manara Spider-Woman piece, and the reaction from series artist Robby Rodriguez, who went off after seeing it. I've seen a lot of professional creators rush to Frank's defense, and a number who got a little full of themselves piling up on the guy.

Yes, making even implied threats toward a creator over a piece of art is uncalled for and unprofessional, but the anger and frustration behind it was valid, and its important to note that the implied threats weren't the first shot fired, as the piece itself was a pretty unprofessional low blow to begin with.

See, here's the thing...
Robby does get to take some credit for this character - yeah, she's Gwen Stacy, yeah, she's a Spider character, but the element that really caught fire was the costume design, so yeah, saying he's not a 'creator' or his 'creator' chops aren't enough on this character to be invested in this character is really just a manhood measurement contest and pretty much as juvenile as the rest of this whole scenario, so it doesn't help.

What's more, the character was created as part of an effort to get more positive, non-sexualized female heroines in the mix, aimed at bringing in female readers, creating more positive role-models that younger girls can identify with, feel safe with, and find a heroine that teaches and guides, much as Spider-Man has done for so many of us over the years. That is a significant part of the character and the drive and passion from the creators involved. That deserves respect.

You can choose to be part of that, support it or not. As a creator, you can choose to add your voice by doing something similar or not. As a creator, you can also choose to build your rep off 'cheesecake' and draw all the scantily clad, overly sexualized female heroines you want, plenty of room in the industry for both.

But for an artist who does choose the latter, to take a character intended for a very different purpose, very different audience, and very different intent, and place her in what is clearly a suggestive sexualized pose and to do so as a direct copy of a similar image that caused a lot of uproar already and obviously was taken as such, is a pretty cheap shot. Not only at the creators behind that character, but the fans of that character, and the potential fans of that character. There's no way around that, intentions and motivations aside, what it ends up being is taking a younger female heroine, and putting her in a position and image that emphasizes her sexuality in a way that would be uncomfortable for many of the intended fans of that character.

If there is one younger teen or pre-teen girl who loves Spider-Gwen, sees that image, and now feels kind of weird about her, or uncomfortable? Was a throwaway, off the cuff sketch worth that?

This was the same thing behind the Batgirl cover controversy earlier. When a book has been re-invented to become more positive, more 'girl centric' for female fans, and shaped more as a positive, upbeat, strong character, to then reduce her to a whimpering victim in the hands of an abuser, is violating that course, and undermining the whole intent of the current book.

It's not a comment about the quality of the art, the quality of the artist, or the option of having that 'stuff' elsewhere, its saying, this isn't the place. And that's fair and it needs to be seen that way and respected.

When we create characters, we all have hopes for them, and I think one of the greatest feelings we as a creator can have is when a character we've created touches someone's life, especially in a way we had dreamed and hoped it might. So, when someone invests in creating that kind of character, to be a role model, to speak to an under served audience, and then goes online to find it turned into the very anti-thesis behind it's purpose? The anger is justified.

Ultimately, the fact that this is a "thing" is itself a sad statement, but the fact it happened at all is a bit of a sadder one. I think everyone involved should step up, own their own behavior, apologize to the others involved for spears and slings hurled, and move on. I think everyone involved is big enough, and professional enough that they should be able to see that.

The rest of us, especially the ones being the most vocal in calling Robby out? Probably need to think about the fact that neither creator showed much respect for the other, and instead of us polarizing and shouting at one, we nudge both and say, hey, straighten up, we're better than this.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DEADLANDS: DEAD MAN’S HAND ON SALE NOW!



Visionary's Deadlands: Dead Man's Hand in comic shops nationwide as of NOW!

This full-sized edition includes the four one-shots originally published by Image Comics, two new short stories, and an exclusive teaser for the first upcoming Deadlands novel!

Called the "all-star western" series, this collection features tales woven by such masters of the medium as David Gallaher, Steve Ellis, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Lee Moder, Ron Marz, Bart Sears, Jeff Mariotte, and Brook Turner. New short stories written by Deadlands creators Shane Hensley and Matt Cutter, debut new talent in the industry, and get the first teaser of New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry's Deadlands novel, Ghostwalkers! Plus tons of bonus content, including gaming stats for all the main characters for Deadlands RPG fans, and an exclusive sketchbook section.

Read an In-Depth Feature including interviews with the Creators and Check out extended Previews of all four main stories >>

Check out these AWESOME reviews on the Dead Man's Hand:
Positively Nerdy - "Taking elements from a variety of horror and fantasy concepts including ghosts, zombies, sorcery and even some classic Universal horror, Deadlands Volume 1 Dead Man’s Hand, shoves them all into a blender and pours the results out over the down and dirty setting of the Old West."

Comics Beat - "Merging fictional Western settings with familiar character types and situations, would be cliché, if not mitigated by  the elements of  Steam Punk, Magic, and Science Fiction, and mostly served up within the context of the horror genre."

Geeks with Wives - "If you want some Lovecraft in your Eastwood, grab Deadlands vol 1: Dead Man's Hand!"



Learn more about the series on our Deadlands Page!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Deadlands: Dead Man's Hand Delay

Apologies to our fans, and pre-order supporters. Apparently there was an additional delay with the IDW edition of Dead Man's Hand. We are now being told it will be in stores NEXT week. We will heavily promote when it is LIVE and on the stands. We know they exist! We got our copies yesterday and they look gorgeous!

(We just kind'a knew having a book release on April Fool's Day was going to end up like this...)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Classic Art - Like A Dream

I'm going to start sharing more of my art on a regular basis, so enjoy! Here's a commission I did a few years back, a CD cover (front and back) for a good friend of mine, musician Alex Davis, for his debut album, "Like a Dream" - look him up, you'll love his music!

The covers are a photo-montage with lots of digital tweaking and blending by yours truly. It's one of the only primarily photo pieces I've ever done.






Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hey! It's MY COMIC LIFE!


Meet our first comics pro celebrity, Brian Augustyn, as we wrap our flashback storyline this week!
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Deadlands: Dead Man's Hand On Sale April 1st!

Visionary's Deadlands: Dead Man's Hand will be hitting comic shops nationwide April 1st!

This full-sized edition includes the four one-shots originally published by Image Comics, two new short stories, and an exclusive teaser for the first upcoming Deadlands novel!

Called the "all-star western" series, this collection features tales woven by such masters of the medium as David Gallaher, Steve Ellis, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Lee Moder, Ron Marz, Bart Sears, Jeff Mariotte, and Brook Turner. New short stories written by Deadlands creators Shane Hensley and Matt Cutter, debut new talent in the industry, and get the first teaser of New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry's Deadlands novel, Ghostwalkers! Plus tons of bonus content, including gaming stats for all the main characters for Deadlands RPG fans, and an exclusive sketchbook section.

The book is due for release April 1, 2015.

Read an In-Depth Feature including interviews with the Creators and Check out extended Previews of all four main stories at our main site >>

Find out more about the series on our Deadlands Page!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Visionary's BIG10 Begins This Spring!

Welcome to Springtime! Despite the snowy start some parts of the country had, we're more than ready for it here at Visionary Central! Spring is a season of new beginnings and growth, and this one will be truly Visionary!

We started 2015 strong, with our Deadlands trifecta: a hugely successful Kickstarter with the Cackler, a strong pre-order campaign for Dead Man's Hand in stores April 1st, and the announcement of Ghostwalkers from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry and Tor Books!

We also launched our hit comic strip, My Comic Life which marks its twelfth consecutive week of publication with today's latest strip...



Hey! It's MY COMIC LIFE! It's a lesson in business as Visionary's origin continues! Like it? Let us know? Comment and Share!
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So, why are we going all out? Well, this Spring we kick off our 10th Anniversary celebration and we plan to go BIG! You'll notice some things changing over the next few weeks, then kick into high gear as of May, when we party every weekend at various events and conventions (details next week)!
As part of our BIG10 we're going to be revamping and expanding our Services section of our site, announcing new package deals and specialized services, and strutting our stuff online! We're also going to be doing giveaways and other special promotions for our fans, so all you Visionaries out there should stay tuned!

Artist Richard Clark takes us to Star Wars actor John Morton's TapCaf, just one example of Visionary's new Fine Art Services coming soon! 

VISIONARY COMICS is one of the best known comic production studios in the industry, and the first to throw its hat in the licensing arena with the wildly successful Deadlands series. Visionary is a top quality studio, digital publisher, and transmedia development company, who will be launching new, expanded production services and their own line of series this year. Check Visionary’s main site regularly for updates, including web-comic releases, exclusive previews, pre-order forms and special promotions. Subscribe on site to get these directly!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hey! It's MY COMIC LIFE! Visionary's Secret Origin Continues!


Our Flashback story to the secret origin of Visionary continues! Will Chuck get carried away? Do you have to ask? Like it? Let us know? Comment and Share!
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