Thursday, December 31, 2015

Comic 716 -- The Seven Vessels

The final installment of the year...

We're heading into a big reveal here of Vigil's most closely-guarded secret, and indeed the basis of its very existence. And of course Grandma is here to shake everything up...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Comic 715 -- Until Next Time

Cripes! Technical trouble is now solved. Okay...

Geez. Sorry about that, everyone.

Okay, that about wraps it up for Chapter 14! 

My plan is to deliver a comic for December... just not a very long one. More of an intro for where we're going next. Thanks for your patience, everyone.

Slightly late comic...

I'll be posting it tonight. Time got away from me.

Apologies, folks.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Comic 714 -- Catching Up to Do

Happy Halloween! Here's a new comic...

Just a heads-up... given the holidays and the possibility of more travel than I'd anticipated, there probably won't be a comic for December.

But there's one today! Enjoy!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Comic 713 -- Bad News and Bad Timing

After an unfortunate delay, here's the new strip!

With any luck, September's delay won't carry over to October's strip.

Anyway, how about that Jude, huh?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Slight Delay...

Apologies for the delay... it's been a busy month with freelance work, and as a result I've got to delay the next installment. It'll be up no later than next Monday.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Comic 712 -- Fox Hunt

We take a momentary break from Gail to check in on how Hayaka is doing...

Foxes! Don't underestimate them.

The bit with the train crossing the river came from a dream I had about nine years ago, and it's been sitting around waiting to be used since then. Whew!

We'll get back to the showdown between Gail and Jude next time around. Anybody have a guess as to why Jude did what he did?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Comic 711 -- None of You Ever Listen

And the next installment is up...

At least we can take some comfort in knowing that Tom the Downtrodden Vampire enjoyed his brief new lease on life to the fullest. While it lasted. Some guys just can't catch a break.

And hey, who knew Jude could do stuff like that? I guess when you've been around a couple thousand years, you have the chance to pick up a few tricks.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Comic 710 -- Miracle Cure

They said it couldn't be done!

Yes, in the Thunderstruck universe, it's considered impossible to cure vampires and restore their humanity. And here Gail has gone and done it. Well, she would say it wasn't her doing at all, but there it is. Point being, I'm sure this merciful act has no chance of producing unintended consequences or coming back to (figuratively or literally) bite her in the ass later.


Apologies for the slight lateness. Some strangely inflexible part of me always insists that June is a month with 31 days in it, and is stubbornly impervious to the evidence that is demonstrably not and never has been so.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Comic 709 -- Gail Curmen and the Can of Whoop-Ass

New comic today!

See, what Sharon could tell you about her sister that it's not much fun to play poker with Gail. Not only can she always tell when anyone is bluffing, but she hasn't got a poker face and can't bluff to save her life. So it ends up being a game of chance only, and you might as well be playing craps.

If the vampires had known this, they'd have realized that when Gail offers you one last chance, she isn't just blowing smoke.

Oh look, though! There's one vampire left. So it's not over just yet...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Comic 708 -- Three On One

A day early! Seemed a wise move, since tomorrow looks like it's going to be hectic...

Curiously, I'm not what you'd call a devoted reader of vampire stories. It kind of surprised me that they ended up having such a role in Thunderstruck. 

This is not to say I'm totally anti-vampire. I like how they're used in The Dresden Files, for instance. If anybody else has interesting vampire fiction they like, post a comment! I'd like to hear about what's good.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Comic 707 -- Sax and the Ghost (plus bonus fan art!)

And here's the next installment...

Today I also have the great pleasure to show you a new piece of Thunderstruck fan art. This is by Sarah Schanze, author of Thistil Mistil Kistil, a terrific comic inspired by Norse mythology centering around a somewhat dead character searching for the lost hammer of Thor. One of Sarah's fans noted this bears a certain neat similarity to the Princess of Aptos chapters of Thunderstruck, and asked for this commission of Sharon and Mjolnir during Sarah's kickstarter campaign. Sarah has graciously let me reproduce the image here. Go read her comic. It's superb.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Long-Awaited Big Announcement

I've got a publisher for my first novel!

Okay, so I've been hinting at this announcement for a little while now, but everything is finally all signed, official, and ready to go public.

The novel in question is Dragon Waking, first of a planned trilogy. It's a middle-grade book (main market: ages 10-14), and as the (current) title suggests, it's about dragons.

The publisher is Albert Whitman & Company, and you can go check 'em out. Our target for release is Spring 2016.

And my deepest gratitude to Jennifer Unter, my hard-working agent who put it all together. I would have been totally lost in this process without her.

Lost or a basket case. So here's my first lesson for aspiring writers from all this: have patience. Because man, this process takes a long time. I got my offer memo (that's the announcement that they planned to make an offer on the book) last summer... late July, I think. It's taken this long to navigate the contract process and get the signed papers in front of me.

Now, I've managed to hit a few unusual speed bumps, I think, but the fact remains that the publishing industry is slower than you probably imagine. I know this from my own experience both as an author and as someone who works for a publishing company. There were times I felt I could make a mighty nice suspension bridge out of my nerves.

Which makes times like this even sweeter.

Anyway, I'll keep you posted on progress, news, and interesting experiences in the process. But for now...


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Comic 706 -- A Dangerous Tragic Echo

First Hayaka ran into unexpected trouble. Now it's Sax's turn...

Sax's magic is almost always based on stage magic, and though there are a number of illusions for making ghosts seem to appear, there are not so many for making them go away. Which puts him in a bit of a pickle this time around.

Although I'm starting to think Sax's real magic is the ability to have narrative balloons when nobody else gets them. How does he do that?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Comic 705 -- Does It Ever Go Smooth?

Since I'm going to be traveling and probably pretty busy, here's the comic a day early!

This strip posed a choice between aesthetics and accuracy. In reality, NFL teams do not practice in their home stadiums--they have big practice facilities located somewhere else. But aesthetically, the practice facility is dull to look at and unrecognizable to anyone. There are no giant walls to scale or anything fun like that.

In the end, I chose to ignore accuracy this time and go with the more interesting setting.