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Monday, January 11th, 2010
11:22 pm
First Preview of Perils of Picorna #1
Meet Picorna:

Sister Picorna is a young priestess in the service of First Sister Talavaria, the leader of the church in the Kingdom of Ferstaal. Picorna grew up as an orphan on the streets of a port city. Talavaria took her away from that life and gave her new opportunities and new hope. But Picorna will soon find that she’s set foot in a world of intrigue and danger as well.Missy Pena is the artist for Perils of Picorna, which is co-written by Rick Silva and Amy Kaczmarowski.

The first issue is scheduled for release in the Spring of 2010 from Dandelion Studios. Look for more previews and the announcement of the official release date here in the weeks to come.
Thursday, October 15th, 2009
6:41 am
New Issue of The Edge of Propinquity Is Now Online! Go Read!

Volume 46: October 2009

Welcome to the Edge of Propinquity. Volume 46 is now published. Fall is a time of introspection and self examination as the body prepares for the cold of winter. This month, we have a fight with a deadly foe, the realization that an ally is not what he seems, an attempt at a new alliance and a betrayal of siblings.

Luminations - Desert by Rick Silva AKA shaharazad
Chester Hall travels to Arizona to retrieve a treasure that once belonged to Mattie Ives. But he's not the only one seeking treasures, and Chess soon finds himself in the path of some deadly adversaries who are leaving a trail of blood and carnage wherever they go.

Santa Maria - Connections by James M. Sullivan AKA sylvan
Daphne awakes in the hospital and after a conversation with her son, finally makes the connection over what Rodina had warned her about. Rod gets an odd connection to the past when a package is delivered from a friend thought lost long ago. Calliope and Brady make a long overdue connection and learn they will be babysitting while rest of Santa Maria prepares to do battle with a demon.

Solstice - Autumn, Part One by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
Harvest days see new growth as Autumn comes to the valley, along with brand new plans. Against Corbin's advice, Mayor Long and his cadre begin working to recruit Mars more fully into their number, while Mars deals with his own worries in the form of his daughter, Victoria.

Danyael - Flight by Nick Bergeron
Once you're in over your head, there's little you can do by flail away and try to swim. Of course, that's only if you realize that you can't touch the bottom of the pool anymore. I'm flailing away for all I'm worth, but I still get the feeling I'm drowning. And the angel? Rather than try to swim, it's taking a different approach. Flight.

Guest Author - Inspirations by Seanan McGuire AKA seanan_mcguire
Communion is an act of faith in a largely faithless world. When a woman finds herself amongst true believers in a most unusual church, she has a choice of joining them in their profane worship of a Muse or stepping back and losing what her heart desires most.

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?
Thursday, August 20th, 2009
12:42 am
New Issue of The Edge of Propinquity Is Now Online! Go Read!

Volume 44: August 2009


Welcome to the Edge of Propinquity. Volume 44 is now published. My apologies for being late this month due to life and its vagaries. Hot August nights bring with them both passion and hope. So too does this month's offerings. We have revenge served hot, secrets in the dark, the loss of someone dear, the contemplation of family and hard decision over right and wrong.

Luminations - Isolation, Part One by Rick Silva AKA shaharazad
A search for a kindred spirit leads Mattie Ives into a trap set by her enemies. Joe Tuckerman has decided to eliminate Mattie's vengeful spirit once and for all, but it's Chester Hall who may pay the ultimate price when an exorcism ritual goes badly wrong.

Santa Maria - Revelations by James M. Sullivan AKA sylvan
Brady steals a moment with Calliope, Ant meets his lawyer who has more than just legal tricks up her sleeve, and Mackenzie receives a disheartening revelation. Daphne realizes that something is amiss just before danger strikes.

Solstice - Summer, Part Two by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
In the second of our Summertime intervals we catch up with Michael Monroe as he soothes his nerves, and we learn what Mayor Long has in store for his return. Can those born to fight or flight reconcile if they're never allowed to meet?

Danyael - Burning Down the House by Nick Bergeron
How far is too far? That's a common question when someone starts acting on belief. If I KNOW what I'm doing is right, how far do I dare to push it? I begin to probe that question to its depths.

Guest Author - Carrying the Torch by David E. Hughes
Carl receives the chance to work with the coach of his dreams for a shot at the Olympics. Then he discovers the coach's secret to training and a choice has to be made. Would you give up everything you have worked for in order to do the right thing?

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?
Monday, June 15th, 2009
11:18 pm
New Issue of The Edge of Propinquity! Go read!

Volume 42: June 2009


Welcome to the Edge of Propinquity. Volume 42 is now published. The hot month of June brings with hotter tempers. For one person, it gets the best of their friendship. For another person, it leads to everlasting vengeance. In another story, we have vengeance from the past affecting the present and we have a choice mad, not in anger, but in care and thought.

Luminations - Curve by Rick Silva AKA shaharazad
Twenty-five years ago, Bobby Whittaker betrayed and helped to murder Mattie Ives. Now Mattie is on a path of vengeance against all of the people responsible for her death. Bobby Whittaker died in a car wreck seven years after he helped kill Mattie. But Mattie isn't about to let that little detail get in the way of her revenge.

Santa Maria - Stars by James M. Sullivan AKA sylvan
Daphne gets one last message from Rodina and her son has news for her, too. Brady and Calliope grow closer while Ant tries to calm Rod down, only to be interrupted with another crisis.

Solstice - Spring, Part Three by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
The best-laid plans of gods and men are often undone by a single whim, and as Vulcan succumbs to his capricious temper, a nighttime chase unfolds through the winding hills of the countryside - a chase which can have only a single winner.

Danyael - If At First You Don't Succeed by Nick Bergeron
Doing good can be a lot more complicated than it seems. If you don't think about what you're doing, you can often do more ill than good, or find yourself in dire straights. They say that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Mine was paved with quarters.

June - Choice by Alma Alexander AKA anghara
It is Essen's birthday and as a birthday gift, an angel gives Essen the choice to have the life that could have been. But Essen is wary as gifts come with a price and she isn't sure she wants to pay the price to have a life she's only dreamed of.

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?
Sunday, March 15th, 2009
3:08 pm
New Stories Now Available At The Edge of Propinquity

Volume 39: March 2009


Welcome to The Edge of Propinquity. Volume 39 is now published. March is a time of changes for good or ill. Transitions are never easy. This month we have the compromise of principles for the greater good, a new but uneasy alliance, a debt of blood taken on by an innocent, a search for meaning and a sacrifice of blood family for chosen family.

Luminations - Exorcisms by Rick Silva AKA shaharazad
Chester Hall gets hired to expose a charlatan on the set of a paranormal investigation reality TV show. It takes a hoaxer to know one, and Chess knows that Ronald Dietrich has plenty of experience when it comes to hoaxes. But by allowing an old enemy into to become an ally, has Chess incurred the wrath of a new enemy who is far more dangerous?

Santa Maria - Introductions by James M. Sullivan AKA sylvan
Ant’s faction, the Gamin, and the dreaded Ghost Lords meet up and plan to work together giving Brady and Kaliope a chance to spend some time together. Mac gets to know his two adopted brothers, who may be more than they seem. A cousin of Bree whom Rodrigo never knew about introduces himself.

Solstice - Winter, Part Three by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
Old foes face each other once more in a dingy apartment building on Solstice's east side, and as a blood-price from the dawn of time is exacted, new friendships are forged in the light of a new day.

Danyael - Communion by Nick Bergeron
When people are confused or depressed, often they'll turn to food. I tried that, and it didn't work out so well. Then, they'll turn to religion seeking answers. I also tried that. I didn't like the answers I got.

Guest Author - Ducks by Brendan Detzner
Sometimes, family is more than just blood. It is the people and creatures you care about more than yourself. Greta loves feeding the ducks. The only problem is that her caretaker knows there are no ducks in the area. When he is faced with a set up by Greta's grandson, Greta proves she can take care of her chosen family despite her age.

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
8:32 pm
New Stories!

This is the beginning of my fourth year of writing for The Edge of Propinquity, an urban fantasy/horror webzine. The zine features four ongoing serial stories, plus a monthly guest story (the zine is open to submissions for guest stories and pays for accepted stories; you can find writers guidelines on the site).

My series, "Luminations" is now the longest-running serial on The Edge of Propinquity. I describe "Luminations" as geek-noir. The stories are detective stories with some supernatural elements. Each year of "Luminations" is a new story arc, and each year features a different narrator. The zine as a whole has an ongoing theme for each year. The first year ("Revelations") introduced my private investigator character Chester "Chess" Hall. The second year ("Consequences") was narrated by rare book seller Nancy Mateo. The third year ("Retribution") told the story of college student Katy McCormick, who worked as Chester Hall's secretary in the first year.

The new theme is "Compromise", and it features the return of Chester Hall with something of a twist. Chess has a ghost who has taken up residence in his mind, a murder victim named Mattie Ives, who has her own agenda. Chess and Mattie will share the narration duties this year while they try to resolve the problem of sharing a body.

Here is the lineup for the first issue of 2009:


Volume 37: January, 2009 Hello Everyone!

Welcome to a new year of The Edge of Propinquity. Volume 37 is now published. This year we have one new author and two new universe story lines. As the cold January winds blow, this year begins with an unexpected connection between crimes, a multitude of changes in an already chaotic city, the dead of an established woman, the finding of something extraordinary and the change to finally get revenge.

Luminations - Subprime by Rick Silva
Private investigator Chester Hall takes on his first case in more than two years when an old acquaintance hires him to look into a mortgage scam. Chess feels he owes a debt to his client, a woman he met when he first became entangled in the strange affair of Christina Kenney and Mattie Ives. Chess is eager to help, but Mattie's ghost has plans of her own. And since she's taken up residence in Chester Hall's head, Mattie is not all that easy to ignore.

Santa Maria - Changes by James M. Sullivan
Ant and Rodrigo share quality time as new parents and discuss their new roles in the hidden world and reflect on the past. Daphne gets an offer she can't refuse while Mac and Everett discover a potential new threat to Santa Maria, which leads the newly formed Council Dictum to make a difficult decision.

Solstice - Winter, Part One by Ivan Ewert
As the sun rises over the valley, we meet and say farewell to one of Solstice's oldest residents - which means a full workload for Corbin Byrne, the man charged with finding a substitute.

Danyael - Dumpster Diving by Nick Bergeron
When I was a kid I found a bird with a broken wing, so I brought it home and nursed it back to health. When it was well, I let it go, and it came back every day for food. A few months ago I found another set of broken wings, but this time they belonged to an angel.

Guest Author - Ledger Entries by Glenn Lewis Gillette
What would you do if you found a ledger that had the names, dates, times of death and cause for people all over your city? Would you keep it? What if that ledger had information of the death of your loved one... and who killed them. What would you do then?

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
8:29 pm
New Stories!
This the finale to Year 3 of Luminations, and my last story to feature Katy McCormick as the narrator. It's also the conclusion of last month's cliffhanger. I've really enjoyed writing Katy's adventures over the course of the year and I hope you'll take a look and find out how it ends.

Hello Everyone!

Volume 36: December, 2008

Hello everyone!

Volume 36 of The Edge of Propinquity has been published. In this final month of the year we have the come to the end of the road for some while coming to new beginnings for others. Retribution is taken for a lost daughter while the death of an innocent is halted. We also have the sacrifice of the highest order and freedom fought for, and then won, for another.

Kendrick - The Righteous Hand by Jennifer Brozek AKA gaaneden
In the final episode of Kendrick, Karen and John organize the supernatural denizens of the city in order to save John Mueller's family. Every group that fights – Bacchanalia Coven, the Makah tribe, the Special Unit and the Brotherhood of Light – loses and gains something in the battle.

Luminations - Intervention, Part Two by Rick Silva AKA shaharazad
Katy McCormick faces a desperate battle with an enemy who is turning her own mind against her. As she reaches for the strength to fight back, Katy uncovers a connection to a past tragedy even as she struggles to prevent a future one.

Santa Maria - Endings by James M. Sullivan AKA sylvan
Rod, Mac, and everyone escape Melanie's clutches for the moment, but the situation is dire. Our heroes, hindered with an infant, still don't have all the answers and time is running out. How can so many creatures be stopped by so few?

Vorare - Vorare/Ra'ab by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
Gordon's battle with the spirits comes to an end as those who work against him come to their own. His hunger is reborn as his world is once more inverted, yet this time, both hunger and world would seem to be turning in his favor.

Guest Author - The Taxman Cometh by Eric R. Lowther
When a vampire gets away with murder and a father is unable to hire an assassin to kill the monster, the Taxman does the only thing he has the power to do to get revenge for his daughter: He audits the culprit.

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?
Saturday, November 15th, 2008
11:34 pm
New Stories A The Edge Of Propinquity
Hello Everyone!

Volume 35: November, 2008

Hello everyone!

Volume 35 of The Edge of Propinquity has been published. The dead of the year is almost upon us and as the end is nigh for this year's story arcs, the body count grows towards the climatic finish. This month, we have a betrayal of trust, a rallying of the troops, the heralding of good news followed by bad, revenge for an old hurt, the death of an old enemy and the makings of a new one.

Kendrick - Breaking Point by Jennifer Brozek AKA gaaneden
Doctor Mercer is dead but there is no time to mourn his violent passing. One of Kendrick's own has been taken – him, his wife and his children. If the Children of Anu have their way, they will be dead by morning. Everyone has to put their differences aside if they want to save the one thing worth saving: innocence.

Luminations - Intervention, Part One by Rick Silva AKA shaharazad
Katy McCormick has run out of time, and in one cold night, everything falls apart. Abandoned by her friends and delivered into the hands of her enemies, Katy is determined to fight to the end. But even after all that Katy has seen and endured, she is left unprepared for her enemies' one final shocking revelation.

Santa Maria - Tidings by James M. Sullivan AKA sylvan
Mac arrives with good news for Rodrigo and Ant, hoping it will shake Rod from his depression over Bree's death. Jack Dandelion has something important to discuss with Ant, but is interrupted by an unwelcome visitor.

Vorare - Final Fights by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
The flight of Ghouls and the burning of the Farm; the final confrontation between two old foes - and a new confrontation between foes even older.

Guest Author - Let's Pretend by Seanan McGuire AKA seanan_mcguire
Do you remember that friend you had in grade school? The one you swore to be friends with forever? You don't? Well, they remember you and this is what happens to people who forget their promises because some people never forget... or forgive.

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
8:33 pm
New Fiction Online At The Edge Of Propinquity

Volume 34: October, 2008

Hello everyone!

Volume 34 of The Edge of Propinquity has been published. The first chill winds of winter come in the middle of October. This month TEoP chills the soul with the death of a loved one, the return of an enemy, the sacrifice of a man looking for redemption and the loss of support for a woman when she needs it most.

Kendrick – The Cost of Redemption by Jennifer Brozek AKA gaaneden
While Susan deals with her grief and her new problems, the Bacchanalia Coven takes a drastic step in order to protect themselves from the Children of Anu. Meanwhile, David and Mason wait to hear from Doctor Mercer who has gone into danger to get needed information.

Luminations - Monments by Rick Silva AKA shaharazad
Katy McCormick is back at school with time ticking away toward a potentially deadly destiny. As Katy struggles to make sense of what is happening, her enemies launch an attack on her reputation, and the group of friends that had been her strength and her protection begins to crumble.

Santa Maria - Reunions by James M. Sullivan AKA sylvan
Bree struggles to remember what happened when she awakes in the Bethel, only to be ushered out by an old enemy. She begins to understand when she is reunited with many faces from her past.

Vorare – Second Round by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
The battle comes to a head as all three forces arrive upon the Farm, and the Gentleman Ghouls lose their leader to an unexpected foe.

Guest Author – Boy Troop by Noah Copley
Golden is a man in chains doing the bidding of his master. But when a new boy, C, is brought into the fold, he knows this child is different. He tries to protect both his master and the boy and succeeds at neither. (Note: Very mature themes.)

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?
Monday, September 15th, 2008
1:14 pm
New Fiction Available At The Edge Of Propinquity

Volume 33: September, 2008

Hello everyone!

Volume 33 of The Edge of Propinquity has been published! September begins the time of harvest and readying oneself for the coming winter. This often means the spilling of blood in sacrifice. Blood is spilt this month in the form of a rescued man, an ambushed innocent, a self-sacrifice, loyal servants doing their master's bidding and a demon's demise.

Kendrick - Candle's Flame by Jennifer Brozek AKA gaaneden
While the Bacchanalia Coven join with the Makah Tribe for protection, Mason, Aaron and David fight to free Doctor Mercer from his spirit enslaver. There are casualties on both sides, some of whom end up on John and Karen's doorstep. Meanwhile, Vicki has had enough.

Luminations - Escalation by Rick Silva AKA shaharazad
Katy McCormick has been waiting for the new school year, and a reunion with her friends. Her enemies have been waiting too. They're out to hurt Katy and her friends any way they can. Hostilities are about to escalate, and for Katy, sophomore year is going to be hell, starting from day one.

Santa Maria - Losses by James M. Sullivan AKA sylvan
Bree convinces those left to fight the shadow creatures to take a risky action despite Rod's concerns and Daphne learns that the citizens of Santa Maria can only take so much before they snap.

Vorare - First Shots by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
The Walpurgisnacht fires are lit. The dark forces of the wild and of civilization are moving against and within the Farm. And the first of many falls this night.

Guest Author - Jasper and the Imp by Daniel Johnson
While Jasper seeks to protect his master's home and property from the evil squirrels, he encounters real evil in the form of an imp and a surly next door neighbor. Luckily for all involved, Jasper also has friends willing to help him out.

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?
Thursday, September 11th, 2008
9:56 pm
Saturday, August 16th, 2008
2:28 pm
New Stories Now Online At The Edge Of Propinquity

Volume 32: August, 2008

Hello everyone! Volume 32 of The Edge of Propinquity has been published! After the turning point of the Summer Solstice, the hot August night drift slowly towards fall. That turning point is undefined and unmistakable. As are the turning points in our stories this month. Death, hope, rebirth, pain and fear - all part of the cycle - all part of our stories this month.

Kendrick - Absorption by Jennifer Brozek Though wounded, the Avatar of Anu is not defeated. In fact, he strikes out with lethal force in order to survive. The Grey Lady delivers a disturbing prophecy and several people plan to deal with Doctor Mercer.

Luminations - Date by Rick Silva Katy McCormick's summer is going well. She has a job, a brand new iPhone, and a new boyfriend. Of course, with the new relationship comes the issue of trust. How many of her secrets is Katy willing to share? How much is she willing to risk? In a quiet garden, reflections on the past give way to what could be a very disturbing revelation about the future.

Santa Maria - Tears by James M. Sullivan Melanie and Bree argue, resulting in Melanie taking some drastic actions and her true motives for her visit are revealed. Meanwhile, Diasuke and others act on what he learned from Duncan while Mac and his mother keep each other in the loop, both mundane and magical.

Vorare - All Hands by Ivan Ewert As Gordon and George move ever closer toward the Walpurgisnacht celebrations, the dance of their mentors grows closer as well. What are the men of Vorare - pawns, children, sons or heroes?

Guest Author - Lonely Cries the Winter Wind by Patrice Sarath Thomas is a man under siege. He is also more than a man who believes he is alone - as he must be - for the coming battle. However, allies arrive from unexpected quarters and will not take 'no' for an answer. Then, things take an unexpected turn that will change his life forever.

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
6:20 pm
New Issue of The Edge of Propinquity
Read my new story and find out how Katy is spending her summer vacation, plus lots of other goodies from my co-authors.

Volume 31: July, 2008

Hello everyone!

Volume 31 of The Edge of Propinquity has been published! As the summer months heat up, so do our stories. This month, we have a near miss, revenge taken, a sacrifice made, hope given and a warning proclaimed.

Kendrick - The Past and the Present Collide by Jennifer Brozek AKA gaaneden
While Karen and John grapple with the reappearance of Aaron in Kendrick and his newfound friendship with David, a great victory is made against the Children of Anu at the ultimate sacrifice of one.

Luminations - Signing by Rick Silva AKA shaharazad
Katy McCormick has completed her freshman year in college, and she's landed a summer job at a mall bookstore. She's looking forward to a dull and uneventful summer where the worst danger she faces will be from the crowds at the Harry Potter release party. But when she's assigned to help out a local author with a book signing, Katy finds that past dangers have a way of resurfacing, and her summer is off to a decidedly eventful start.

Santa Maria - Storms by James M. Sullivan AKA sylvan
While a storm rages down on Santa Maria, Helen comes to her daughter's aid, Ant and Rod try to find a little peace, and those who remain set about to finding answers; though it is Diasuke who is successful when an old friend tells him of an entirely different storm.

Vorare - Hands of Glory by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
Gordon finds a crack in the Ally's power, a crack which might promise redemption from the service of his wound. Yet in pursuing that secret agenda, has he fallen further into the demonic nets?

Guest Author - Birth of a Hunter by Dylan Birtolo AKA eyezofwolf
With the murder of his friend and mentor, Gabriel is set upon the path of destiny. As part of that journey, he must hunt down this murderer and retrieve what was stolen. However, just as Gabriel is, the murderer is more than he seems.

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
9:02 am
New Issue Of The Edge Of Propinquity Is Published

Volume 30: June, 2008

Hello everyone!

Volume 30 of The Edge of Propinquity has been published! As the summer heats up, so do our stories. This month, we have a satisfying revenge, the foreshadowing of what is to come, enemies coming together as allies fight back, the discovery that the world is not as one thought and chance taken with high stakes.

Kendrick - Entropy by Jennifer Brozek AKA gaaneden
As things come together for those allied against the avatar of Anu, the host of the god is forced to order sacrifices before their time. The foundation of Kendrick is about to be rocked to its core.

Luminations - Misdirection by Rick Silva AKA shaharazad
Katy McCormick goes on the offensive in her fight against the campus secret society known as the Granite Lodge. In an isolated cabin in the woods, she offers to make a deal with her enemies. Katy has come prepared, but she's playing a dangerous game of misdirection where any wrong move could have very nasty consequences.

Santa Maria - Exchanges by James M. Sullivan AKA sylvan
Various people get to talking and exchanging ideas, theories, and information and few unlucky folks exchange blows with the murderous creatures that have been on a killing spree in Santa Maria.

Vorare - Twining by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
As Gordon and his Ally make their way north and plan the final assualt against the farm, a killing wind comes down from the west - heralding foes old and new.

Guest Author - Rug of War by T.J. Mino
The sins of war follow after their makers like a hunting dog fetching its master's prey. In this story, the sin is the death of thousands, including one unremarkable family with one remarkable woman. With her life's blood, she ensures that her family's murderer does not go free.

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?
Thursday, May 15th, 2008
9:26 am
New Stories Online At The Edge Of Propinquity

Volume 29: May, 2008

Hello everyone!

Volume 29 of The Edge of Propinquity has been published! If April showers bring May flowers, our garden is filled with carnivorous plants sporting sharp thorns and poisoned petals. This month we have a fight between practitioners of the Old Ways, the leaving behind of an old life, an unexpected fist to the face, trapped people fighting a hidden monster and innocents caught between two hard decisions.

Kendrick - May Day by Jennifer Brozek AKA gaaneden
Powers are gathering to fight the avatar of Anu while mere mortals are being forced to chose sides in this battle they do not understand. First blood is struck to unknown consequences.

Luminations - Chains by Rick Silva AKA shaharazad
A distant tragedy casts a shadow over the campus, and Katy McCormick finds herself caught up in watching the events unfold on cable news. It's the day of the Virginia Tech shootings, and Katy faces her own fears as friends come together for comfort and reassurance. Amidst the distractions, Katy's enemies seize an opportunity.

Santa Maria - Prisoners by James M. Sullivan AKA sylvan
Mac finally reaches the prison below Santa Maria and Ant stews in his jail. Bree and Rodrigo worry about the future. The creatures attack again.

Vorare - Away by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
In the aftermath of the Chainfield's invasion of their home, Gordon's mother is assisted by her neighbors while Gordon himself faces the hospital, the police - and the wrath of his Ally.

Guest Author - Hotter Than Hell by Mischa Sagan
Deep in the Chicago summer months, during a deadly heat wave fit to set records, Abigail is asked to take in a poor refugee and her daughters. Reluctant but unable to say no to this request, she does and discovers something: an evil worth fighting against.

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?
Sunday, May 4th, 2008
10:23 pm
104 comic pages - pages 6-8
I'm way behind on my 104 pages. But I have sample panels from three more.

First, Knifeclaw Company:

The first one is Hraith sitting alone on the bridge. He's getting some bad news. Hehe.

The second one is Hraith and Hai-caauhk walking through the reptilians' warehouse satellite together. I have to say - drawing wacky alien tech is hard. It's hard to get inspiration for the little details. But drawing a monopodal winged alien in various poses, most of them slinky, is about the hardest thing I've done since I started to draw comics. You'd think Hai-caauhk is just like Quetzalcoatl, just a big slithery snake with wings, but this is not so.

For one thing, his wings are bigger than his body. It only makes sense biologically. I think I'll have to resign myself to the fact that he'll almost never completely fit into a panel.

And thirdly, a sample of the guest page I did for Dark Red, a webcomic I'm a big fan of:

It's about a blind woman who gets thrust into a war between angels and demons. Visit the website to see my page in its entirety, and/or to read the original comic.
Friday, April 18th, 2008
8:22 pm
New Stories Now Online At The Edge Of Propinquity

Volume 28: April, 2008

Hello everyone!

Volume 28 of The Edge of Propinquity has been published! If April showers bring May flowers, all of the flowers will be stained with blood. This month, a chance to right a wrong, the revelation of some disturbing truths, a good deed being punished, a case of mistaken identity and a hidden danger hidden no more. This month is a bloody one.

Kendrick - Observations by Jennifer Brozek AKA gaaneden
David and Aaron have an eventful meeting based on something Aaron has seen about Doctor Mercer. Because of it, David does something unexpected and sees something he does not understand but knows is important. John Corso receives a package for Karen.

Luminations - Crossing by Rick Silva AKA shaharazad
Katy McCormick sets out on a Spring Break road trip despite the concerns of her Father. She's been longing for the freedom of the open road, but with that freedom comes danger. When Katy tries to help out a stranger in need, she finds herself trapped and hunted, and she is forced into a direct confrontation with the supernatural.

Santa Maria - Problems by James M. Sullivan AKA sylvan
Mac explores the prison and experiences a problem while Bree and Rod try to puzzle out what's happening. Ant finds out watching over Oliver is a problem which lands him in an even larger problem.

Vorare - Sunday Bloody Sunday by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
The Ghouls of the southern Chainfields strike against the Velander home, with deadly consequences for people on both sides of the struggle.

Guest Author - Squirm by Doug Goodman
If you had the chance to go back in time to avenge a wrong before it happened, would you? Even if it meant that you had to murder someone in cold blood? Kyle Williams gets this chance but things do not go as planned.

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?
Monday, March 17th, 2008
12:27 am
104 comic pages - page 5
This one is from Knifeclaw Company.

Obviously it's not done, and in its final form it will probably be arranged a little differently. Sorry for the weird white line through the center. The original is 11x17, which makes it a singular challenge for my scanner to scan. It can't quite handle scanning the page in two halves.

But I'm posting it anyway because I think it's really neat and I'm proud.
Tuesday, March 4th, 2008
11:03 pm
104 comic pages - page 4
You know... once I finish comic pages I'm supposed to post them. My resolution was to draw them in the first place, no mention of posting them, but I should try to post them anyway.

Here's another one:

More are on the way. Soon as I get around to it.
Monday, March 3rd, 2008
2:17 pm
Comic reviews from SPACE
We went to SPACE (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo) and returned with lots of indie comic books. I shall now attempt to review a few.

Lackluster World #5 by Eric Adams
I've been a fan of Lackluster World from Issue #1. Choosing this one as my first comic to read was a mistake. You know how sometimes you read a comic book that moves you so much, you don't dare pick up another when you're done? Because the odds of finding something comparable in your to-be-read stack is pretty damn low? That's what LW#5 did to me.

Eric mentioned to me that it was his favorite so far, and now I know why. We get to glimpse a flashback into Fahrenheit Monahan's childhood, where, predictably, he turns out to have been the victim of bullying. Normally I'd say it's a tired theme, and while nothing really profoundly original happens, Eric uses several elements expertly to deliver a proverbial punch in the gut. And, possibly, move the reader to tears.

(I must disclose here that since I rescue and rehabilitate special-needs cats, and am intimately familiar with the kinds of abuse people can commit to small, vulnerable pets, I might react more strongly than someone who doesn't spend much time with animals.)

Excellent book all in all. I would recommend that new readers read the series from the beginning. I can't wait for the next issue. I'm glad Eric publishes his books faster than I do. :)

Kidnapped by Gnomes: Lapses in Judgment by Kathy Peterson
A hard copy collection from a largely undiscovered but worthwhile webcomic. Ed and Wilson the house gnomes cause Kathy much grief. They play with the kitchen appliances, steal her credit card, and bicker about politics, while Kathy (who casts herself as a metacharacter and never actually appears) desperately tries to maintain order and sanity in her household. The creator's intelligence shines through all the silliness, and although it's easy to tell she's a political and social liberal, she treats the political themes with level-headedness, fairness, and insight. But on top of that, there's a whole lot of silliness.

The art is simple and uses a limited palette (mostly purples and blues), and the gnomes are of her own design and don't resemble garden gnomes at all. Kidnapped by Gnomes has a steady, easy-to-follow rhythm that starts early and remains consistent. It doesn't develop any heart-wrenching, poignant long-term plotlines - but on the flip side, it doesn't degenerate into any failed attempts at meaningful plotlines either. Just lighthearted political and social commentary mixed in with simple gags and jokes.

Seductions by Gary Scott Beatty and Bill Bryan
For mature readers. A vampire love story. If you love vampires with human hearts, you are the target audience. If you're ambivalent toward the vampire genre but wouldn't mind reading a well-written one, you might like this book too. If you despise all things vampiric and hope to die without ever seeing another story from that tired, overdone genre... sorry, you're better off looking elsewhere for reading material.

The main character, a vampire, narrates - dialogue takes a back seat as a storytelling tool. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn how our antihero developed the attitude toward women that he currently has (he respects them considerably more than most people respect their food). He approaches his womanizing/hunting like a quest, seeking that certain je ne sais quois that he'll hopefully recognize if he ever finds it.

The art is beautiful, and the character development is strong and sensible, logically following the parameters of a Highlander-like immortal existence. The story moves quickly, giving just an overview of his lifestyle, but that just means there's less opportunity for contradictions or logical fallacies to crop up. While I don't feel like I know the main character intimately, the story is strong for the level it covers. The ending, while not twisty or unexpected, is satisfying enough without hitting you with a sledgehammer.
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