Jack Pumpkinhead

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Some concept art for Jack Pumpkinhead, the next book I’m doin’ for BDI, after Electric Youth.

It spins out of their series Legend of Oz: Wicked West, and I fully expect to have a legion of gothy fans after it ships.

You hear that, America?  I’m coming for your Hot Topics.

Art by Jenevieve Broomal.

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Electric Youth is now available for pre-order!

So, I wrote a comic for Big Dog Ink.  How cool is that?

In short: Electric Youth is a young superhero with a devil-may-care attitude and the rugged good looks of a Ryan-Gosling-type-guy. Nothing is off limits for the dude–he can do anything he wants, with whomever he wants, wherever he wants, whenever he wants…but he can’t outrun the consequences of his actions…

I’m super stoked.  It’s the first time I’ve ever written for someone else’s characters, in someone’s else’s universe.

A big thanks go out to Tom Hutchison at Big Dog Ink for givin’ me the gig.  If you’re not reading The Legend of Oz: Wicked West and Critter, then we’re no longer friends.

Also: It’s drawn by Rene Michiletti (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Gladiator vs. Supreme).  That man is legendary.  It’s an honor to have my name printed next to his.

Here’s the official solicitation:

Electric Youth Special

Written By: Eric M. Esquivel

Art By: Rene Michiletti, Rob Hawkins

Cover By: Rene Michiletti.

Order Code: SEP120873

Description: Electric Youth is the fastest man on Earth, but even he can be caught in the time/space web that Paradox is weaving across the universe. This hot headed hero is about to get an education in the ways of the world by a man who claims to know how everyone’s story ends.

28 pages, $3.50.

I relaunched my entire stupid life.

So, things have been really weird recently.  I’ve made a bunch of changes to my life/the way I function.

Some of them were really great ideas that proved to be conducive to productivity and my general health and all of that–others were giant mistakes that I regret every second of every day.

Growing up on superheroes has made me a big believer in proactivity and martydom–a super dangerous combination.  I tend to be impulsive and make decisions I believe to be in others’ best interests, before actually consulting the concerned party.  Because I am an arrogant turd with a Superman tattoo.

I’ve learned that it’s important to slow shit down and involve other people in drastic life decisions from now on.  It’s too late to repair the damage I’ve done thus far, but it’s something to remember in the future.

I’ve also learned that my life is way more fun when I create work while emotionally disengaged from the result.  I really, really enjoy the process of making stuff.  Like, it’s kind of the only thing I care about in the entire world.  But when I stress out about how it’ll be received/when it’ll come out/who’ll publish it, it ruins the entire process for me.

I’ve learned to just immerse myself in the joy of workin’, to surround myself (physically, not just online) with people who have similar goals and neuroses, and to look at myself as the product I’m constantly working on, rather than the books.

I guess I’m learning to be more self-centered, hopefully in the most positive sense of that word–and also to invest more in the people I’m lucky enough to know.  Even though it’s way riskier than emotionally attaching to a fictional ideal.

I BLAME THIS ENTIRE QUARTER-LIFE-CRISIS ON THE FUCKING DC REBOOT.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to in between making drastic, self-sabotaging gestures:

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“And this is a Bleeding Cool Exclusive—I’ve literally not told a single soul about this until right now—I’m also writing a 3 issue mini-series spinning off the “Jack Pumpkinhead” character from The Legend of Oz: Wicked West into his own story” – Eric M. Esquivel

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/05/14/eric-esquivel-and-his-unkillable-thunder-christ/

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I have a story in UNITE AND TAKE OVER II, which is a graphic novel series that converts Smiths songs into sequential art vignettes.  It’s exactly as cool as it sounds.

You probably noticed that the cover is by my friend/frequent collaborator Jason Pedersen (Laws Are For Poor People, Zombies vs. Cheerleaders, that movie thing I keep talking about).

Order a copy here, off my super fancy Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/ericmesquivel

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And that’s the Phoenix Comicon Exclusive cover by Alfred Trujillo that’s limited to, like, two copies or something ridiculous like that.

You should probably pick one up and then flip it on ebay for a kajillion dollars.

I really, really like how 90’s/hypersexualized it is, in light of the fact that The Smiths’ front man, Morrissey, was notoriously asexual. It’s super funny.  And well-illustrated.

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I’ve got a story in Zombies Vs. Cheerleaders #7, drawn by David J. Cutler (Northern Guard).

I’m really, really proud of this one.  It’s on par with Ander’s and my story from #4.

Here’s a preview page:

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And here’s Jesse James Comics’ variant cover for The Phoenix Comicon:

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Umm…I’m also working on a couple of movies with the guys at Cubed Root Films.  That feels weird to type.

The first one is a short film set in the comic book industry (who’d have thunk it?), and you can be involved if you want/if you know how to draw: http://www.facebook.com/ericMesquivelFanPage/posts/10150926851103676

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I’m trying to get Blackest Terror written is as “Best Public Official” in my local alternative newspaper’s “Best Of” competition:  http://www.facebook.com/events/117371375066051/

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Oh, and I did a Bleeding Cool interview with Jesse James Criscione recently: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/05/14/eric-esquivel-and-his-unkillable-thunder-christ/

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Please, Rao, pre-order a copy of Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ from your local retailer.  Or from an online vendor.

I need to buy shoes, a bed, and a scooter.  Or possibly the best transformer ever, that turns into all three!

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If I haven’t killed myself by then, or antagonized someone else’s brother into doing the job for me, I’ll be at The Phoenix Comicon at the end of this month.  And I’ll have new stuff to sell.  And I’ll be on panels and stuff.  I was invited as a guest, so that’s pretty cool.  You know what that means?  FREE SANDWICHES!

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Speaking of conventions: I was also confirmed as a REAL LIFE ADULT PROFESSIONAL COMIC BOOK WRITER GUY by The San Diego Comic Con International folks, which means that I can get in for free now, which means that I’m totally going.

Maybe I’ll see you there?*

*Again: if I don’t totally kill myself.

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Oh!  Oh!  Oh!

Akira The Don (a “nerd rapper” from The U.K) named his next record “Unkillable Thunder Christ”, after my book.  And I think I’m going to record an intro for it?  Or something?

Watch this: http://youtu.be/9zrRab1S65A

Read this: http://www.akirathedon.com/?p=30759

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Alright.  That’s all I’ve got.

Enough about my crazy ass, what are you up to?

Drop me a link in the comments section below, get at me on Twitter, or hit me up on Facebook and share your work/experience/story with me.

We’ve got to stick together, man.  The world is harsh and unforgiving and it tries its damnedest to crucify the people who are doin’ their best to make it a better, stranger place.

Be a Thunder Christ.  Swing that hammer.  Fight back.