Life is beautiful.

Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ is scheduled to arrive this Wednesday!

To say that I am excited is to say that the sun is kinda warm. I’m pretty much vibrating with joy.

Blackest Terror, as much as I love it, was written close to four years ago. Thor was written about 1 year ago. It’s a lot closer to where I’m at (both in skill & in personal outlook).

I’m amped as Hell to share it with you fine folks.

Tell your local comic shop that you want a copy.  If they don’t have any on the shelves, have them order you one.  This is the best selling thing I’ve ever done, but it still isn’t selling X-Men numbers, y’know?  Every little bit helps immensely.  Poppa needs a new pair of solid gold shoes.

Speaking of things I’m excited about…

Ander Sarabia (Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ, Blackest Terror) and I contributed a story to the new horror anthology from Fubar Press.

Fubar is notable for being the first Kickstarter-funded project to hit the New York Times Best Seller list. So, that’s cool.

I can’t talk about the theme or anything like that, but the above is an image from it. But I can say…STEAM PUNK CRUSADERS VS. ZOMBIE EARTH ELEMENTALS, Y’ALL.

I know. I know. It’s awesome.

I don’t have a release date for the book proper, but a sneak preview collection is in the works for the Baltimore Comic Con (September 8-9, 2012), containing the editor’s favorite submissions…which somehow includes Ander’s & mine, and one by Chuck Dixon (Batman, Punisher: War Journal, G.I. Joe)!

Awesome.

And, my Vic Boone story was approved by 215 Ink, too! It’s going to be drawn by Alex Diotto!

Ahh!

                                                             ^ Alex Diotto

Vic Boone is a title that I’m a huge, huge fan of. It’s a pulpy joint about an ex-motorcycle-daredevil-turned-private-eye–and if that premise doesn’t make your naughty bits tingle, then I don’t want to be friends with you anymore.

My story takes place in Paris, has motorcycle stunts, a femme fatale modeled after Pam Grier, and an army of Andy Warhol clones.

It’ll blow your whole, entire mind.

Hannah started doin’ daily comic thingies! I appear in them occasionally. Usually consuming Mexican food.  Sometimes as 1/2 of a painting.

Check ’em out here: http://hannahnance.blogspot.com/ !

I’ve got a Kickstarter for a film in the works, too. If you’re into that kind of thing, throw some money at it. I’ll love you forever (even more than I do now).

The guys who are doin’ the non-writing part of the flick are damn good. And a bunch of amazing visual artists are involved in creating the alternate reality of the piece.

Here’s a link:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/taylorgenovese/colonel-liberty-a-short-film

Yeah, dude.

Life is pretty cool, too.

Jason Pederson (Zombies vs. Cheerleaders, Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ), Hannah Nance Partlow (above) and I went to the San Diego Comic Con.  I met Axel Alonso, Sam Humphries, Sana Amanat, Larry Young, Bob Polio, Mike Pellerito, Paul Kaminski, Alex Cox, Dirk Wood, Chris Ryall, Matt Gagnon, John B. Badd, James Kochalka, Steve Niles, Jane Dope, and a whole bunch of other rad comics folk.

Hannah & I stayed with my tiny, itty bitty sister:

And I bought this Ghostface Killah sculpture:

San Diego Comic Con rules.  They give professionals FREE badges, and there’s a rad-ass “pro lounge” upstairs where one can hang out and pour gallons of free coffee and lemonade down one’s throat.

It’s pretty swanky.

Trickster was amazing, too.  Hannah volunteered, and I swung by every night after con to schmooze.  Mostly with Mahfood and Jane Dope.  They’re good people.

The live art stuff, the store, the daytime networking and the music were all rad.  Super fun.

The only bummer about Trickster is that I feel pretty lonely at bars.  I don’t drink, or smoke, or partake in anything more illicit…so that was a bit weird at times–mostly because the folks who do always feel super judged by me, because I’m sober. And they make it known.  And that’s awkward.

I feel like there’s this romanticized artist persona that a lot of people feel they need to conform to in order to be taken seriously as a creator, and it’s just as dumb as thinking that one needs a pair of Nike shoes to be an athlete or Final Draft 8 to be a writer, or whatever.  It’s all bullshit marketing nonsense.

If there are any kids out there reading this: you don’t have to buy anything to be who you want to be.

Do it if you want, but don’t feel like you have to.  I’m not saying that you can’t drink and be an amazing artist–clearly you can.  There are a billion examples of that.  You just don’t have to.  Don’t feel any pressure.

So, yeah.

Everything rules.  Even the things that don’t.

I have a book out this Wednesday, y’all!

Zombies vs. Cheerleaders #7 drops this Wednesday, and I’m thrilled with my contribution to it.

My story is illustrated by the super talented David J. Cutler (Northern Guard), and is told from the point-of-view of a tragically inarticulate zombie being hunted by three badass ghetto/chola/ninja monster hunters.

It’s fluff, it’s fun, it’s worth $3.99.

And Ander Sarabia (Blackest Terror, Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ) illustrated one of the covers!

If you’re near Tucson, I’m doing a signing at Heroes and Villains

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.

Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ is in the Diamond Previews Catalog!

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THOR UNKILLABLE THUNDER CHRIST #1 MOONSTONE Eric M Esquivel (A/CA) Ander Sarabia Real Gods don’t get nailed to crosses, they bludgeon their enemies to death with giant hammers. Featuring a guest appearance by Blackest Terror! The second instalment of Esquivel … Continue reading