Heavy on stylized sword play and vampire slaying, Shinku Vol. 1 is packed with eye-pooping visuals, intense action, and blood-spattering samurai gore. There are so many severed limbs in this series, it puts Kill Bill to shame. Ron Marz deliver a wild mix of manga, samurai, and horror in “Shinku” Vol. 1. READ MORE
Amazon.com’s newest creative branch, Amazon Studios, dives into the world of digital comics with a brand new original series, Blackburn Burrow. The digital comic is a historical supernatural horror tale set during the American Civil War. The story was originally submitted as a screenplay, written by Jay Levy, however it quickly turned into a comic book in order to test market reach to see if it could succeed as a film (a trend that is all too common these days).
“Blackburn Burrow” is produced by 12 Guage Comics who brought in the big name talents of Ron Marz and Matthew Dow Smith to adapt the screenplay to comic form. The book is available to read for free through Graphicly, as well as on AmazonStudios.com for a bunch of different platforms (including plain old internet browsers). If you dig the book, you can take part in a poll to tell them you’d like to see it as a movie, which will also get you a nice $5 gift card. This seems like a lot of loops to jump through to test its viability, but nonetheless the book does look good. READ MORE
After capping his 70-issue run Witchblade and totally tearing apart the Top Cow universe in Artifacts, writer Ron Marz is now focusing his efforts on spilling buckets of blood in his new horror/martial arts series Shinku with artist Lee Moder from Image Comics.
Shinku is the epic story of one samurai’s war against a clan of vampires, as she tries to eradicate every last blood-sucker on the planet. The solicitations for this book summarized it best with, “If you’re looking for vampires that sparkle … this ain’t it.” Shinku is a vampire story with balls and it brings back the gritty, stomach turning horror that has been missing from other vampire titles on shelves.
Ron sat down with Bloody-Disgusting to discuss the genesis of Shinku, the pitfalls of creator owned titles in today’s market and how the series is the antidote to the current vampire trends happening in comics.
Ron Marz and Lee Moder continue the samurai vampire goodness this week with the fourth instalment of Shinku. After last months character heavy issue, offering a look into Shinku’s backstory, this issue should get back to the bloody fray and severed heads. This ultra-violent, ultra-stylish book is not one to miss! Check out the 5-page preview courtesy of your pals at Image. Warning: It’s explicit. Red on for the skinny…
Over the past 6 years writer Ron Marz has become the architect of Image Comics’ Top Cow universe. After taking over the company’s flagship title Witchblade in 2004, Marz has turned New York City Police Detective Sara Pezzini one of the strongest female protagonists in comics today. Now after 70 consecutive issues at the helm, Marz is stepping down from Witchblade with issue #150.
Ron sat down with Bloody-Disgusting to discuss his legendary run on Witchblade, as well as his future plans for the Top Cow universe as he prepares for the world changing events in the series Artifacts.
With the biggest event in comics for its many publishers just a few short weeks away, Top Cow has wasted no time in teasing fans with their San Diego ComicCon plans. One such title is a yet to be titled series by “WITCHBLADE” scribe Ron Marz and illustrator Stjepan Sejic. Below you can get all the details for the publisher’s schedule for the convention, as well as the teaser…
Saturday, July 23
11:30 – 12:30 TOP COW: WE CREATE… EXCITEMENT
“Join Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri (THE DARKNESS, X-Men/Dark Avengers: Utopia), President Matt Hawkins (THE DARKNESS II: CONFESSION), and Publisher Filip Sablik (LAST MORTAL), along with a bevy of Top Cow creators for the most dynamic, news-packed hour at Comic-Con! Be the first to get exclusive news about the future of the Top Cow Universe, the announcement of the 2011 PILOT SEASON titles and creative teams, and a metric truckload of Top Cow film and television announcements. Plus special surprise guests and a free gift for every attendee! Room 8″
Lets play a quick game of “Poll The Graphic Content Readers”! Oh, come on, it’ll be fun. No math questions here…Are you a fan of sexy women of the pixilated medium, “KILL BILL”, horror and comics? I feel confident that I can say you have answered “Yes, stupid!” to more than 1 of those, and if so then your reward is being able to read a 5 page preview of issue #2 of Image’s “SHINKU”. That is, unless you called me “Stupid”. In which case I will be the bigger man and let you read it anyway. But still. Rude. Read on for the skinny…
In a surprise move announced today, long time “WITCHBLADE” scribe Ron Marz publicly announced that he will be parting ways with the series later this year to coincide with the release of issue #150 in November. The writer, who has been part of the series since 2004, had this to say about the move in his official statement, which hit the web just this afternoon…
Issue #150 of “Witchblade” will be my last on the title. When #150 ships later this year, it will be my 71st consecutive issue of “Witchblade,” in addition to various specials and minis that have spun out of the series. Stjepan Sejic, my artistic partner on the series since issue #116, will also be departing.
Stjepan and I will be moving over to another Top Cow project together. Can’t tell you what that project is yet — it’s a secret! — but it’s something old and something new, and we’re both looking forward to it quite a bit. I’ll also be chipping in on Stjepan’s epic fantasy, “Ravine,” which contains some of his most stunning artwork ever. So this is by no means the end of our collaboration.
The reason I’m stepping away from “Witchblade” really boils down to this: something had to go. There are just too many things on my plate, and in the interest of making my deadlines and keeping my sanity, I needed to let go of a book. I’m staying on the “Magdalena” monthly. That’s a book I’ve wanted to write for, literally, years, and I’m committed to it for the long term. The schedule on “Magdalena” has gotten snarled since last year’s launch — the reasons why, the effect on sales and the ways to fix it will be the basis of a future column. But we’re banking issues and will be back on a regular schedule.”
Marz’s Full Statement Can Be Read Over At Comic Book Resources
Besides his departure from “WITCHBLADE”, Marz also made it clear that he would continue donating his full-time services to his other series, “SHINKU” From Image Comics) and “MAGDALENA” (From Top Cow Comics).
“WITCHBLADE” Issue #150 Drops On This November From Top Cow Comics! READ MORE
This Wednesday will mark the debut effort for Image Comics, Visionary Comics, and Pinnacle Entertainment’s “DEADLANDS”, which is a series of one-shots based upon the popular video game, with the flagship title being the highly anticipated “DEVIL’S SIXTH GUN”. Not wasting any time keeping the hype going, the trio of creators and publishers has just released details on the August installment in the series, “DEATH WAS SILENT”. Below you can get all the details including some early cover art…
WRITTEN BY: RON MARZ
ILLUSTRATIONS AND COVERS BY: BART SEARS
“Visionary Comics and Pinnacle Entertainment present the third one-shot of the weird Western world of DEADLANDS! A silent bounty hunter rides into a remote town, but the town holds dark secrets that may turn the hunter into the hunted. Superstars RON MARZ and BART SEARS team for a weird Western tale unlike any other!”
“DEADLANDS: DEATH WAS SILENT” Drops August 17th From Image Comics! (MSRP – $2.99)