Author: Russ Rogers

Singer/Songerwriter, Comedian, Child Wrangler

Vampires Set Free in October! Get A Free eBook!

tumblr_static_mw-by-mw-2013-tumblr-150x138-6299495Lez Vamps is an anthology of vampire stories inspired by one single painting by award winning comic artist Mark Wheatley. The book features additional illustrations by Mark, inspired by the stories. It is a vastly entertaining exploration of blood sucking and lust! A perfect Halloween Gift for the, ah, oldest kids you know!

Last year, Mark Wheatley was looking for ways to promote his Facebook fan page, his website and his experiments with online self-publishing. Putting out a free eBook might help drive some traffic.

Now, Mark liked the idea of a free eBook. But he was too busy creating art to write a free book himself. So he opened up the process to his fans. He posted one of his paintings to his Facebook page and anyone inspired could write and submit a short story based on their interpretation of the art. The best submissions, would be bundled together and put it out as a free eBook. It’s a novel way of involving his fans with his art and his Facebook page!

Well, Mark doesn’t do things half-way. So, he got a crew of professional writers and editors to read through and judge the submissions. And he didn’t just slap the book together, but got the project edited by Gary Henry. Mark also designed the interior pages and added even more art inspired by the stories to the final mix. The book is a collaboration of many people, fans and professionals, all brought together and inspired by Mark Wheatley and his vivid vision of vampires!

The result is a short, free eBook of sexy, scary, funny, strange and eclectic vampire stories.

Lez Vamps will be free for the entire month of October. Lez Vamps is available in three standard eBook formats – ePub, Mobi and PDF. The PDF version is an elaborately illustrated book! When we say free, this isn’t “With a Qualifying Purchase: Free” or “Sign Up for this Mailing List: Free,” but the actual “Just Grab it and Run, with No-Strings-Attached” kind of Free!

Download your Free eBook by clicking right here.

And if you are on Facebook, you can keep up with all of Mark Wheatley’s books, projects and art by liking the Mark Wheatley Facebook page here.


Stephen Fry Honored by Harvard for Lifetime Achievement

Stephen Fry Honored by Harvard for Lifetime Achievement

Stephen Fry

Author, actor, comedian and game show host, Stephen Fry will receive the Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism, presented at Harvard University each year by the Harvard Secular Society on behalf of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard and the American Humanist Association.  Past recipients of the award include novelist Salman Rushdie, punk rock star Greg Graffin of the band Bad Religion, writer/director Joss Whedon, and Mythbusters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage.

ComicMix readers may recognize Fry from such movies as V for Vendetta, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and the voice of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

The event, scheduled for Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 8 PM, is sold out and will include a performance by Stephen Fry.  Satiric Musician Molly Lewis was added to the scheduled ceremony at the last minute and will perform her song, “An Open Letter to Stephen Fry.”


Kickstarter Funds The Definitive Edition of Huckleberry Finn

Kickstarter Funds The Definitive Edition of Huckleberry Finn

Artist Denise Devine is altering E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations from the first edition of the book to remove Jim and replace him with Robot Jim.

Recently an international controversy and debate broke out when NewSouth Books decided to publish a version of the Mark Twain classic, “Huckleberry Finn,” replacing all instances of the word “nigger” with the word “slave.”  ComicMix editor Mike Gold described this as a “castrated version.”

Luckily, there is a new, soon-to-be published version of Huck Finn that addresses the offensive nature of the n-word, while maintaining (and even exceeding) the spirit of the classic Twain novel.

Neil Gaiman has described this version as, “the definitively politically correct Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”  This project was proposed on as, Replacing the “N-word” with “Robot” in Huck Finn.  It is, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Robotic Edition.”

From the Kickstarter proposal:

We’re editing a new version of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” that won’t be bogged down with what Mark Twain was trying to say about racism.

In part, thanks to Mr. Gaiman’s contribution of $80 and tweeting about it, in just two days, the project has surpassed its goal of raising six thousand dollars.  And you still have until March 10, 2011 to donate to the cause to get your own copy of the book when it’s printed.

Comic Book Icon Explains Events in Egypt

Comic Book Icon Explains Events in Egypt used this image to help illustrate and explain the current political unrest in Egypt.

It’s a Guy Fawkes mask, superimposed over the Sphinx. In the article, Mother Jones claims that the image of Guy Fawkes, the English Revolutionary, is from the movie, “V for Vendetta.” But clearly, it’s based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and David Lloyd that later “inspired” the motion picture.

Geek Girl Con Announces Dates and Guests

Geek Girl Con Announces Dates and Guests

Geek Girl Con, a convention that will celebrate the contribution and involvement of women in all aspects of science fiction, comic books, gaming and related geek culture recently announced the dates and initial invited guests for it’s first gathering.

The first convention will take place October 8-9, 2011 at the Seattle Center in Seattle, WA.

The initial list of invited guests includes comic book writers Gail Simone, Trina Robbins and the married couple, Jen Van Meter and Greg Rucka; Geek-chanteuse Marian Call; and Star Wars crafter Bonnie Burton.