Starting Friday, November 2, ComicMix is proud to present, online and for free, Mike Grell’s newest graphic novel, Jon Sable Freelance: Ashes of Eden.
Jon Sable is many things: freelance bounty hunter, bodyguard, mercenary… even a children’s book author. It’s true. Under the pen name of "B. B. Flemm," Sable is the author of a popular series of children’s stories about a troop of leprechauns living in Central Park. How did he get to this point in his bizarre life? Ivory poachers slaughtered his family when Sable was a professional hunter in Africa. Deported back to the States, he drank himself to the bottom. With the help of his mentor, Sonny Pratt, and his literary agent, Eden Kendall, he struggled to put his life back together.
In Ashes of Eden, his newest adventure, Sable is hired by the head of an African diamond cartel to transport a magnificent raw diamond to an exhibit in New York. But his task is complicated by having to play escort, bodyguard and babysitter to the cartel’s corporate spokesperson, Bashira, a temperamental model with a history of drug problems. While Sable struggles to keep her under control and out of tabloid headlines he finds himself the center of a deadly hunt and a plot that reaches beyond the world of glamour and into the world of terror. But when diamonds are on hand, who would you expect to find behind the scenes, lying in wait?
Jon Sable: Ashes of Eden also marks the long-awaited reappearance of another classic Mike Grell, Maggie The Cat. The Jon Sable series was the best-selling title published by First Comics, one of the most important independent publishers at the birth of the direct market. Created (and owned) by Mike Grell, the character of Jon Sable is so popular that he was the inspiration for the ABC network series, Sable, in 1987. Rene Russo was a regular cast member, and guest stars included Lara Flynn Boyle and Del Close.
To celebrate, ComicMix is launching the first internet publication of two major works by Mike Grell, Shaman’s Tears and Bar Sinister. Shaman’s Tears was published by Image Comics in the 1990s, featured Grell’s Joshua Brand and guest-starred Jon Sable. Bar Sinister, with art by Rick Hoberg, contained a super-hero team introduced in Shaman’s Tears, was published by Valiant soon after. These will be full, 22-page issues, free and in color, online and for free at ComicMix.
Here’s your big chance to see comics creators Mike Grell and Timothy Truman as they talk about their new Jon Sable Freelance (Ashes of Eden) and GrimJack (The Manx Cat) graphic novels — and you’ll be able to preview pages of finished art from these two upcoming tomes! It’s the second Big ComicMix VIDEO Podcast, up and at ’em for your consideration.
All you have to do, as usual, is PRESS THE BUTTON!
If you’re going to be at this weekend’s Pittsburgh Comicon, you’ll be seeing a lot of folks wearing ComicMix t-shirts and such. That’s because a whole lot of us are going to be there – Timothy Truman, Mike Grell, Robert Tinnell, Martha Thomases, Mike Raub (podcasting and videotaping, no less), Kai Connelly, Chris Burnham, and yours truly.
Many of us will be on a panel together on Saturday at 1:00 – ask us about the new GrimJack and Jon Sable Freelance projects, badger us about Phase 2. No doubt Mr. Raub will try to stick a microphone in your face at some point; he’s a broadcaster so he can’t help himself. Timothy, Mike, and Chris will also have tables in Artist’s Alley.
We hope to see you this weekend at the Pittsburgh Comicon. For more information, click here.
Cinematical had a good piece a short while ago about the script for Bond 22, the sequel to Casino Royale. We know that it will be a direct sequel to the film, and that screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are reportedly basing their script on four of Ian Fleming’s short stories: The Hildebrand Rarity, The Property Of A Lady, Risico, and 007 In New York. Writer Patrick Walsh mentions in his piece, "I’m not a Bond expert, but some online research revealed that bits and pieces from these stories have made it into previous Bond films already."
Luckily for us, we happen to have a Bond expert handy — Mike Grell, creator of Jon Sable Freelance, Warlord, and the James Bond miniseries Permission To Die. How much of an expert? He actually drew Bond to look like Hoagy Carmichael. Take it away, Mike:
"Ian Fleming wrote 12 James Bond novels and 8 short stories, which Hollywood — so far — has turned into 21 Bond films without even touching some of the Fleming stories. Indeed, some of the adaptations (Moonraker and The Spy Who Loved Me, for instance) have borne precious little resemblance to the source material, while others have combined elements of several of Fleming’s short stories with the screenwriter’s own take on what a Bond movie should be.
After the Joker and Two-Face warm their way into our hearts in the sequel to Batman Begins, who could possibly rule the roost in the third mega-budget blockbuster other than The Penguin? But, as always, casting is key to the success of any such decision and this time, Batman producers have outdone themselves.
The otherwise unemployed Dick Cheney will be performing the role of Oswald Cobblepot, the tuxedoed gentlemen lord of crime who attacks his enemies with a lethal bumbershoot. The motion picture, due for release in 2010, will mark a new beginning for the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Halliburton Energy Services. Mr Cheney most recently was vice-president of the United States of America and, on June 22 2002, briefly served as acting president.
There is one possible fly in the ointment: Mr. Cheney will have to pass an insurance physical.
Our pal Mike Grell did this awesome history of Green Arrow montage for the cover of the Pittsburgh Comicon program book. Mike, along with ComicMixers Timothy Truman and yours truly (and about a thousand other guests, including Mike Oeming and George Pérez, will be appearing at the show, April 27th through 29th at the Pittsburgh ExpoMart.
Mike has donated the painting and it will be auctioned off for the benefit of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. If you haven’t seen Mike Grell’s work as an auctioneer, you’ve been missing something.
By the way, this piece will also be used in the special features section of the upcoming Smallville season 6 DVD set – the season featuring Green Arrow, of course.