Thursday, August 28, 2008

Guerillas! Buy it!

As the Vietnam War continues to drag on, the U.S. decides to implement their new secret weapon... Monkeys! GUERILLAS is the first issue of an action-packed miniseries which follows a troop of specially trained chimpanzees and the lone human soldier brought along for the ride.

I just finished reading the very first issue of Guerillas tonight. I had expected it to be good, but it totally blew my expectations out of the water. The cover retail price is $5.99, which seems steep on the surface, but it's a 56 page comic with 48 pages of story--so you're more than getting your money's worth. This is definitely the first chapter of a much larger and greater story, but it's so, SO good.

Image has been knocking it out of the park over the past few years with titles they've been releasing and this is absolutely no exception. You like war comics? Buy this book. If you like monkeys, buy this book. If you like period pieces, buy this book. If you like good comics, buy this book.

I had considered writing a synopsis of what happens in the first issue, but I don't think there is a lot that I could say that could do it justice.

Am I gushing? I think I'm gushing. Buy Guerillas!

....I hope you like it as much as I did.

Great news and less than great news

The great news is that Diamond agreed to offer The Contingent in the October Previews catalog! Hooray! I couldn't be happier. Hopefully we can get this book into a lot of hands and make it a big success.

Thank you so much to everyone who has shown their support! It means a lot!

The less than great news is there will be no Ditko Spotlight podcast. Due to some extenuating circumstances the show has been put on hold indefinitely. Perhaps one day we'll get it going, but not today.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Contingent #1 3 page preview

Miguel Francisco, a Bolivian boy, has been forced from his home to the Stephens School in America--an institution that is actively recruiting superpowered individuals. What Miguel discovers upon his arrival is that there is something more to the Stephens School than he, or anyone else, has been told. Something troubling. But how deep does it go? And why is he so important to it all?

Will he side with the man who wants to make him a god? Or will he embrace the harder path and the often inevitable costs of doing the right thing?

Set in a world where superpowers, mechanical apes, and genetically altered monsters are the order of the day, The Contingent explores not just the superficial ideas of superheroics and right versus wrong, but the motivations behind them.

Written by Zack Kruse and penciled by Zeu (The Phantom, Cloudburst,Prjoect Elohim). Colors are by Javi Laparra with lettering by Chris Studabaker.

Feedback is always welcome! Thanks for taking a look

Welcome to the new blog!

Hello all,

This is the start of my brand new blog. So, read it.

I am one, Mr. Zack Kruse--as the title of this blog cleverly indicates. I am the writer of The Contingent, a comic book that was released in 2008 by MindStorm Comics and I have at least two other projects forth coming in 2009 and 2010. I am also the co-host of the Ditko Spotlight podcast, a new podcast devoted to the life and works of Steve Ditko.

I have other interests too, but this blog will be primarily dedicated to comics and the those items noted above.

You can also check me out on MySpace and my personal website and art studio: Hardcastle Industries at