Who I Am And Why You Should Care APRIL 2013

Hey, lovely people of the internet!

My name is Eric M. Esquivel, and I’m an author.

My work has inspired a record by UK Hip Hop artist Akira The Don:

…And a music video by “The World’s Greatest Horror Rock Band”, Calabrese:

You can read more about me here (including a complete-ish bibliography), on my Wikipedia Page.

I have a Facebook Page, a Twitter, a tumblr.

I quit my day job about a month ago, and I have been freaking out about it ever since.

Having to make make up stories about magic pumpkin cowboys in order to pay for groceries is the weirdest feeling in the entire world.  I’m not complaining–it’s a fantastic lifestyle…I’m just constantly terrified that the other shoe is gonna drop–like, maybe I’ll run out of stories, or people will stop wanting to hear them.

…Which is why I need your help.

I promise that I’ll hold up my end of the bargain (whippin’ up modern day myths that entertain, inspire, and enlighten), as long as you keep pickin’ ’em up.

Deal?

Here’s what’s comin’ down the pipeline in the coming weeks:

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THE LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST (ONGOING) #6
RELEASE DATE: 4/10/2013
PRICE: $3.50

Technically, it’s an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Marvelous Land of OZ–but with steampunky pumpkin cowboys.

It’s exactly as cool as it sounds.  You should probably order one.

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FREELANCERS #5
RELEASE DATE: 4/24/2013
PRICE: $3.99

It’s basically Spring Breakers, but with ninjas.

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THE LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST (ONGOING) #7
RELEASE DATE: 4/24/2013
PRICE: $3.50

The super secret origins of Jack Pumpkinhead, Tip, and some surprise characters who you’re gonna freak out about after you read it.

AMERICAN HISTORY Z
RELEASE DATE:  5/1/2013
PRICE: $16.95

American History Z is the third installment in the New York Times Best-Selling Fubar series.  Ander Sarabia (Blackest Terror, Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ) and I teamed up to tell a Thanksgiving story…with zombies.

Yeah, dude.

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THE LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST (ONGOING) #8
RELEASE DATE: 5/29/2013
PRICE: $3.50

The epic conclusion to my three part saga!  Folks die!  Others come back from the dead!  Stuff gets real!

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ZOMBIES VS. CHEERLEADERS VOLUME 2
RELEASE DATE: 5/29/2013
PRICE: $19.95

It’s an anthology series (like a saucy Tales From The Crypt) Featuring three stories by me, one of which was drawn by David Cutler (Robyn Hood vs. Red Riding Hood)–with whom I’ve got a creator-owned thing in the works…

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FREELANCERS #6
RELEASE DATE: 5/29/2013
PRICE: $3.99

The final issue, AND THE BEST VARIANT COVER OF ALL TIME.

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ZOMBIES VS CHEERLEADERS VOL 2 #2 (MR)
RELEASE DATE:  5/29/2013
PRICE:  $3.99Jason Pedersen (Unite and Take Over), Hannah Nance Partlow (Something Terrible), Rich Koslowski (Archie Meets Kiss!) and I collaborated on a Jim Steranko homage entitled Monika Hurst: Agent of C.H.E.E.R. It’s a  fun, B-movie kinda joint.  You’d dig it.

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IN CROWD #1
RELEASE DATE: 6/19/2013
PRICE: $3.50

A teenage super-team book, featuring Barnacle and Poseidon— an Aqualad and Aquaman analog created specifically for this series.

You know how I constantly complain about terrible the New 52 Aquaman is?  This is me putting my money where my mouth is about that.

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FREELANCERS VOLUME ONE
RELEASE DATE: 6/26/2013
PRICE: $19.99

This tpb collects the entire series.
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BOO!
RELEASE DATE:  October 2013
PRICE: Who knows?

I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say about this…Um…it’s an all-ages horror anthology, edited by Jon Morris & published by the biggest Digital-only publisher in the game, with a possible printed edition by IDW.

VIC BOONE: BOURBON AND BUCKSHOT
RELEASE DATE:  Late 2013
PRICE: Money

Alex Diotto and I have a piece in the next Vic Boone anthology!

It’s my love letter to Andy Warhol and Arthur Fonzarelli.

Here’s where you can find me next:

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APRIL 20th 3pm-3:45pm – RECORD STORE DAY

Record Store Day is kind of like FCBD for vinyl nerds–It’s a community-generated holiday designed to draw attention to brick-and-mortar record stores, before they’re rendered extinct by myopic, torrenting turds.

I’ll be at Zia Record Exchange (@ the Speedway Road location, in Tucson) location from 3pm-3:45pm, autographing copies of UNITE AND TAKE OVER: STORIES INSPIRED BY THE SONGS OF THE SMITHS VOL II.

It’s going to rule. You should come.

Click here to read more about Record Store Day: http://www.recordstoreday.com/CustomPage/614

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April 26th-28th – Calgary Comics And Entertainment Expo

Boom! Studios is flyin’ me out to friggin’ Canada.

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MAY 4TH – Arizona Comics Mini Expo @ Samurai comics in Mesa, Arizona

Other guests include: Eric Larsen, Eric Canate, Brian Augustyn, Scott Godlewski, Ernie Najera, Armand Villavert, Ben Glendenning, Val Hochberg, Cory Walker, Tony Parker, John Derrick West, and more!

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May 23rd-26th – Phoenix Comicon!

I’m goin’ to bounce back-and-forth between my guest table (which will be run mostly by Hannah Nance Partlow, and feature my Moonstone, BDI, Spookshow Records, Spazdog Press, and Modern Mythology Press stuff), and the Boom! Studios booth.

Other guests include: J. Michael Straczynski, Mike Mignola, and Neal Adams!

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June 19th – The In Crowd #1 Signing  @ Charlie’s Comics in Tucson, Arizona

Be there, or be square!

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July 18-21st  San Diego Comic Con International

Courtesy of Boom! Studios!

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So, yeah…that’s my life right now.  This is all new ground, and I’m just starting to get the hang of it.  For the most part, I look like one of those videos of the baby giraffes, covered in afterbirth, taking its first awkard steps:

Emphasis on the afterbirth.

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