Esquivelians – I’ve got TWO–count ’em–TWO books in today’s Diamond Previews catalog.

TRANSLATION: that means that you can tell your favorite comic shop/book store/Online bookseller that you want a copy, and they’ll guarantee you a copy.  Please do that.  It helps guarantee a larger print run, and it lets my employers know that people are on the hunt for stuff with my name on it…that when they buy my books it isn’t an impulsive thing, it’s because they’re into my idiosyncratic style of storytelling.

Astute readers will notice that I’m also credited with writing The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #9.  That’s not super true.  The amazing Tom Hutchison penned that one.  But I’ll take credit for it, anyway.

(W) Eric M Esquivel (A) Joshua Covey (CA) Felipe Smith
Money Talks!

Val and Cassie are two women trying to make it in L.A…but instead of an elite university or acting studio, they are graduates of a Kung Fu Orphanage who know make their living as Freelancers – solving unsolvable problems for a price. In a city where loyalty only runs as deep as one’s bank account, Val and Cassie take the most dangerous gigs, and learn what sacrifices are necessary to make Hollywood dreams come true. Red-hot newcomers Eric Esquivel and Joshua Covey bring you the smash hit series full of raucous nights, beautiful dreamers, and heartbreak in-between trips to the newest food trucks.

PRICE: $19.99
SHIP DATE: 6/26/2013d

IN CROWD #1 (OF 4)
(W) Eric M Esquivel (A) C. B. Zane (CA) C. B. Zane, Owen Gieni
As Tidepool begins his epic destruction of the United States, a group of young heroes takes the scene by storm – with their cameramen in place to get their good sides on film! The In Crowd mixes the fun of superheroes with the ridiculousness of the reality TV craze. They’ve got great hair, great bodies, and great power. But great responsibility? Not so much!

PRICE: $3.50
SHIP DATE: 6/19/2013


I’ve got THREE BOOKS in this month’s Previews World catalog!

Maybe if I get FOUR books in the Diamond Previews Catalog, then my Dad will love me.

Page 268 – The Legend of Oz Wicked West #8 (5/29/2013) $3.50

(W) Eric M Esquivel (A) Carlos Reno (CA) Carlos Reno, Nei Ruffino

“Jack Pumpkinhead squares off against and old friend who was believed dead – and maybe he would have been better off if he stayed that way”

Page 345 – Zombies Vs. Cheerleaders Vol. 2 #2 (5/29/2013) $3.99

(W) Eric M. Esquivel, Steven L. Frank & others (A) Jason Pederson & others

“The return of fan-favorites Becky & Bob and Pinkerton Fox! And introducing Monika Hurst, Leader of C.H.E.E.R. Exciting stories to read by the campfire! Includes the first three Z-v-C puzzle variant covers!”

Page 345 – Zombies Vs. Cheerleaders Vol. 1 TPB #2 (5/29/2013) $19.95

(W) Eric M. Esquivel, Steven L. Frank, others (A) Jason Pedersen, others

“The eternal war between cheerleaders and zombies continues! Reprinting Zombies Vs. Cheerleaders #4-7 as well as the Becky & Bob one-shot and the Hack/Slash Meets Zombies Vs. Cheerleaders crossover! All of the hot covers are featured, too! Get caught up on the terrifying, yet hilarious, adventures that reside within the pages of ZvC!”


February Previews:

I have a comic book and a graphic novel in this month’s Previews catalog (which hits shelves today)! Look for my name on pages 232 & 271!

FUBAR: AMERICAN HISTORY Z is a historical fiction anthology…with zombies.  Ander Sarabia (BLACKEST TERROR) illustrated my contribution.  It’s “Certified Cool” by Diamond (whatever that means).

LEGEND OF OZ: WICKED WEST #7 is a fantasy/western/steampunk comic starring Jack Pumpkinhead (who inspired the character “Jack, The Pumpkin King” in Nightmare Before Christmas).previews fubar ww72 ww7

I have an annual tradition of making lists on New Year’s Day. Startin’ a little bit early this year…

What follows are the release dates for the books I’ve got comin’ out in 2013.

For the record: the year hasn’t even begun yet, and I’ve got SEVENTEEN BOOKS scheduled.  I am infinitely happy about that.  My goal was to land twelve (a book a month)–so if I don’t get any work next year, I’m still a fuggin’ champion at life.



January 16th:  FREELANCERS #3

January 30th: FREELANCERS #4

February 27th: FREELANCERS #5

February something: Blackest Terror #2 (in the pages of Ghetto Manga)


March 20th: FREELANCERS #6


April Something: Zombies Vs. Cheerleaders #2



July 2nd: FREELANCERS Graphic Novel Volume #1

October Something: CALABRESE #2


The In Crowd #1

The In Crowd #2

The In Crowd #3

The Spider’s Web #3

The Spider’s Web #4

Freelancers #7-infinity

Stuff I Haven’t Started Yet, But Expect To Come Out in 2013:

Super Orphans with Michael G. Macropolous

Laws Are For Poor People with Jason Pedersen

Night of 1,000 Demons With Jackson Stewart

Iron Rand with Max Cannon

“it smells like someone set an orphanage on fire”- Freelancers #2 with commentary


1.)  In the heightened reality of Freelancers people say “protect ya neck” all of the time.

One reviewer took umbrage with Val’s exclamation, and claimed that it took him out of the story.

…The story about two sexy bounty hunters who grew up in a Kung Fu orphanage, and function in a fictional L.A. criminal underground wherein every Linday Lohan and Brittany Murphy is secretly a Boba Fett.

I don’t know what to do with that.

2.) “They can wail on us ’til our bones turn to dust…doesn’t mean they’ve beaten us” are some pretty good words to live by.

That’s essentially my whole take on Freelancers.

3.) My editor changed “it smells like someone set an orphanage on fire” to “smells like napalm and hairspray”.  He was probably right to do so.

4.) The Bruce Lee taunt.  Doesn’t get any better than that. A kung fu staple.

5.) I tried to sneak hokey martial arts “dad captions” into this.  One of them was “Aja’s Iron Fist!”.  Terrible.  Super hacky. Ultra derivative.  I’m glad they cut it.

6.) I think my brother was the first one who told me about “white parties”.  He used to be the night life columnist for The New York Post.  Pretty much the Bizarro me.

7.) “Burgos” is named after Dan Burgos, a contributer to , and a good friend.

8.) Cass and Kat’s sibling rivalry comes out.  Cass’ argument is pretty weak.  I don’t buy it. You shouldn’t either.

9.)   Super high brow masturbatory meta-humor.  I am the Dan Harmon of comics!

10.) Look at those hues!  Vladimir Popov did a great job with this one.  It’s like Purple Rain meets Drive.

11.) That last panel is missing a word balloon.  It’s supposed to say “Maybe not today, but soon…And by my hand”.

12.) That “ramen and peanut butter” line is something my assistant Cynthia Gerriets says every payday.  When Val speaks I hear Cynthia’s voice in my head.

13.) I have those shorts.  Wearing ’em right now, in fact.

14.) “Barajas” is named after contributor and author of El Loco Henry Barajas. For obvious reasons.

15.) Criscione takes his name from the owner of Jesse James’ Comics, Jesse James Criscione.  He’s totally not actually a mobster.


16.) A cameo by Oates, of Hall and Oates!  Ask your dad.

17.) The “Nabokov” and “Humbert” pedophilia references are for my Russian Literature major bros.

18.) “Go time?” was originally “Is this the Drive soundtrack?”.

19.) Yep.  Those Waynes.

20.) “Defrocked Shaolin monks” sounds like a Wu Tang Clan record, doesn’t it?

21.)  Look at how good that second panel is.  That’s some G.I. Joe stuff right there.  Joshua Covey is my hero.


Calabrese #2!

Andrew Barr and I are working on Calabrese #2!  Stay tuned for a release date!

And pick up a copy of numero uno over here: !