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Merry Christmas, yo.   
07:20pm 24/12/2010
 

I was going to post the remainder of Santa Claus vs the Martians today, but instead the whole book got posted, along with extensive annotations, at ComicsAlliance. Check it out!

FREE COMIC

If you guys would like, I can post the full size pages tomorrow.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

 
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Even more Santa Claus vs the Martians   
10:17pm 21/12/2010
  If you'll recall, I have been posting pages from Santa Claus vs the Martians here due to the fact that the print version of the book has been delayed a year.

Part one is here.
Part two is here.
Part three is here.

Now here's part four, wherein Father Christmas has an existential crisis and subsequently raises the dead.


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The finale of chapter one on Friday!
 
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Yet more Santa Claus vs the Martians   
10:31pm 16/12/2010
  Hello.

I have been posting the first issue of Santa Claus vs the Martians for free on internet, because of problems.

Part one is here.
Part two is here.

VVV Part three is here. VVV

Story by me (Benito Cereno), art by James Harren, letters by Ed Brisson.


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More Santa Claus vs the Martians   
01:49pm 13/12/2010
  As I mentioned the other day, we hit some unforeseen complications, and our four-part Christmas sci-fi epic Santa Claus vs the Martians will actually hit shelves NEXT Christmas.

But I wanted to share some of it with you, so between now and Christmas, I will be posting some pages.

Part one is here.

Here's part two. Story by me (Benito Cereno), art by James Harren, letters by Ed Brisson:


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If you have enjoyed what you have seen so far, the number one thing you can to do help us out is spread the word! Share this link on your Twitter, blog, Tumblr, Facebook, whatev.

(The number two thing you can do is click that donation button and give me some money to buy presents.)
 
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Santa Claus vs. the Martians   
05:55pm 11/12/2010
  So, due to some unforeseen circumstances, Santa Claus vs. the Martians has been delayed and will not hit stores until next Christmas. However, because too much hard work went into the book for you not to see what's been done, I've decided to share some of the book with you.

From now until Christmas, I will upload some pages from the book, lettered but mostly uncolored, and then probably take them down after the holidays. So if you like what you see, tell your friends now, because it won't last forever.

So here you go. The first seven pages of issue one.

Story by me (Benito Cereno), art by James Harren, letters by Ed Brisson.


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Upcoming from New England Comics   
03:20pm 02/12/2010
 

(W) Benito Cereno (A) Les McClaine The Tick wants a pet and to prove to Arthur he can handle the responsibility, he volunteers to baby-sit for other pet-owning super-heroes. But, as can only happen in The City, those super-heroes have out-of-town business - all at once - leaving The Tick 'in charge' of a wild menagerie of strange super-pets who decide that 'when the owner's away, the pets will play!' Can The Tick and Arthur regain control over 'animals gone wild' before The City is turned into a wilderness itself?

AND SUPER IMPORTANTLY:



(W) Benito Cereno (A) Les McClaine The first 6 issues of the new and critically-acclaimed Tick series from the fertile minds of Benito Cereno and Les McClaine are collected for the first time! You will meet a whole new cast of characters like The Scarf Ace, Deperadoe, and the ever lethal Sewer Mimes to name but a few. Plus many other all-new wacky Tick exploits that are sure to be instant classics! All initial orders of this book will be signed and numbered by the whole New Series crew!

SO! If you are one of those people who have been telling me you're just waiting on the trade for this book, time to nut up or shut up! Here it is.

I would prefer you support local business and pre-order this from your local comic shop, in which case the order number for this book is DEC101018. It is on page 285 of the Previews catalog! Only pre-ordered editions will be signed and numbered!

If you are one of those people whose comic shops hate money and will refuse to order a book someone specifically asks for, look at all these goddamn places you can buy it online, AT A DISCOUNT:

HOLY SHIT LET ME GOOGLE THAT FOR YOU

So let's do this, okay? Okay.
 
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Upcoming from Dark Horse   
03:04pm 02/12/2010
  So this is how I am accidentally going to be published by Dark Horse:



THE ADVENTURES OF DR. MCNINJA: NIGHT POWERS
Chris Hastings (W/A), Benito Cereno (W), and Les McClaine (P)
On sale Apr 20
FC, 232 pages
$19.99
TPB, 7" x 10"
What's better than an evil unicorn motorcycle, monster gang wars, a tennis match against a god of destruction, and bandidos on velociraptors?
…Yeah, we couldn't think of anything, either!
Award-winning cartoonist Chris Hastings teams up with Dark Horse Books to bring his smash-hit webcomic to print with the first three full-color story arcs of Dr. McNinja, as well as an exclusive-to-print story by Benito Cereno and Les McClaine.
• Collects "Monster Mart," "Death Volley," and "Doc Gets Rad" (previously published at www.drmcninja.com), and the new, exclusive-to-print story "Beyond Winter Wonderdome."
• Drmcninja.com receives up to 200,000 unique visitors on update days.


NOTE: The story here by me and Les, "Beyond Winter Wonderdome", is a full-length 24-page adventure. ALSO: it is in the same Christmas continuity as Santa Claus vs. the Martians, for all you continuity hounds out there.
 
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Upcoming from Image   
03:01pm 02/12/2010
  Hello, everyone. I have not posted in a while, so I am going to do a couple of posts about some projects I have coming up. I will separate them by publisher to make it easier...for me?



GUARDING THE GLOBE #6
story ROBERT KIRKMAN & BENITO CERENO
art RANSOM GETTY
cover RANSOM GETTY & FCO PLASCENCIA
JANUARY 26
32 PAGES /FC
$3.50
As the hit miniseries comes to it’s conclusion, The Order finally make their move. The Guardians of the Globe find themselves up against the biggest threat they’ve faced to date and not everyone will make it out unscathed. Also in this issue: The final fate of Robot and Monster Girl is revealed!




LOVEBUNNY & MR. HELL, VOL. 1 TP
story TIM SEELEY
art TIM SEELEY & VARIOUS
cover TIM SEELEY
JANUARY 12
128 PAGES / FC
$14.99
Before HACK/SLASH, TIM SEELEY introduced another critically acclaimed duo to the world in the form of dysfunctional superheroes, Lovebunny & Mr. Hell! Former sidekick Beth Bowers wants to be her own hero, but she's saddled with a sidekick of her own; the demonic, eternally hungry Mr. Hell! Long out of print, their twisted adventures return in an all new, volume in full color for the first time! Include EVERY appearance of LOVEBUNNY & MR.HELL to date including the HACK/SLASH strips and the crossover with Savage Dragon!
RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES


NOTE: I only have a one page story in this, but there it is. So, you know. Don't buy this for my sake. Buy it because you think it's cool or funny or whatever. Or because Tim Seeley is a cool guy.



SANTA CLAUS VS. THE MARTIANS #2 (of 4)
story BENITO CERENO
art & cover JAMES HARREN & DYLAN MCCRAE
JANUARY 5
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50
When unidentified flying objects snatch a couple of teens doing some heavy petting up at Inspiration Point, will the jolly old elf be able to fly the Little St. Nick fast enough to make sure they get back home for the holidays?




NOTE: On the one hand, this is not the final version of the cover. On the other hand, I am nearly positive this is the first time Bellsnickle has ever been on a comics cover. Can anyone confirm?

SANTA CLAUS VS. THE MARTIANS #3 (of 4)
story BENITO CERENO
art & cover JAMES HARREN & DYLAN MCCRAE
FEBRUARY 2
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50
After the Martians dare to invade Earth again after being driven off twice, Santa decides to use all the resources at his disposal to send them packing for good. What follows is an all-out battle across the skies for the fate of all humankind!


So that's what you have to look forward to in the next couple of months in terms of my Image output, everyone!
 
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When the saints go marching in   
03:52pm 02/11/2010
  Hello, everyone.

Today is All Souls' Day, the day in which we pray for the recently dead. Yesterday, however, was All Saints' Day, the day on which we give wicked high fives to all the saints. And that's what I want to talk about today.

Obviously this post would have been more timely yesterday, but the problem was not so much that I needed to pray to St. Expeditus against procrastination, but rather that I needed to pray to St. Isidore of Seville, patron of the web, for better internet connection.

Here are some saints and martyrs that you might choose to venerate this week based on your own unique situation in life:


Erasmus of Formiae, protector of pyrotechnicians, steeplejacks, chimney sweeps, sailors and anyone who works at great heights, due to his sweet ability to dodge lightning

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Gang Bing, patron of eunuchs, from the time he cut off his own genitals and hid them in the emperor's saddle bags (not a euphemism) as a show of loyalty or something


St. Maturinus, exorcist and protector of clowns and jesters


Sts. Adrian and Natalia of Nicodemia, who use their holy powers to protect arms dealers


Albinus of Angers, invoked against attack by pirates and incestuous weddings


Bernardino of Siena, for your gambling addiction (you know who you are)


Conrad of Piancenza, to cure your hernia, be it incomplete, epigastric, bladder, strangulated, lumbar hernia, Richter's hernia, obstructed, inguinal, or direct

[not pictured: St. Denise, often seen with Peter, Andrew, and Paul. But not THAT Peter, Andrew, or Paul.]
St. Denise, invoked against totally wrecking your tallbike, no matter how many PBRs you've had. She will remind you to roll that one pants leg up.


Lidwina, protectress of ice skaters with multiple sclerosis


Drogo of Sebourg, patron of the unattractive and Starbucks baristas. If you are an ugly barista, you are doubly blessed.

Happy belated All Saints', everybody.
 
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Hello. It is Halloween. You did it.   
08:25pm 31/10/2010
  Here are some things about Halloween:

Nate has an awesome Hector Plasm Halloween print available for sale!

It is super high-quality printing and paper. It looks like this:



You can purchase it here:
http://fetorpse.blogspot.com/2010/10/happy-hectorween.html

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Nate has also done a fun illustration for a ComicsAlliance feature called Greatest Comics that Never Happened.

I won't spoil the picture for you, because it's so fun, but here's the title: "GALACULA THIRSTS!"

Check it out:
http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/10/28/galacula-galactus-dracula/

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Speaking of ComicsAlliance, I contributed a piece to a feature in which spooky writers such as myself AND R.L. FRICKING STINE talk about their favorite scary story or scary childhood memory.

As such, I wrote up an epic tale of young Benito.

It begins thusly:

"The Time the Church Ghosts Tried to Kill Me

When I was a child, I was convinced that the church was haunted. Even then, I could see the logical inconsistency: how could a church be filled with ghosts? A Dracula couldn't step foot on consecrated ground, how could something so much lower on the Hierarchical Ladder of Monsters (Draculas--> Frankensteins--> Wolf-Mans--> Freddy Kruegers--> Teen Wolves--> Ghosts) not be automatically incinerated by the Holy Ghost Power (the Holy Ghost obviously having been granted special dispensation by the church)?

Regardless, I imagine any sufficiently large building absent of warm bodies, in a child's imagination, becomes full of dead ones. An empty Toys 'R Us might as well be the Amityville Horror house if it's quiet and all the lights are off. And so, once apart from the protective presence of my family, I became convinced nameless, faceless revenants lurked not only the church's interiors, but its whole grounds.

I was frequently able to ward off fears of these spirits by being frequently armed with the officially licensed Ghostbusters 2 noisemaking keychain I got from Hardee's. A fully functional spectral dematerializer and much more compact than a proton pack, this little beauty offered me protection from the dead in a variety of wavelengths, including triggers for rays sounding like a car alarm or a bomb whistling through the sky and then detonating. It was all very technical."

Read the rest here:
http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/10/29/scary-story-rl-stine-horror/

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No new Hectorween this year, sorry. But if you've never seen it, here is the animatic musical version of "Hector contre la Danse Macabre" Nate and I made last year:



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Unrelated to either me or Nate, here is a pretty awesome comic getting passed around this Halloween:

http://emcarroll.com/comics/faceallred/01.html

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My awesome good friend finkenstein made the world's best Halloween costume. You can see it here:

http://finkenstein.livejournal.com/186096.html

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In other, less interesting costume news, here is me in my costume:



I am a Professaurus.

Professaur Rex if you prefer.

That mask is handmade by me and Nate. No one was selling dinosaur masks this year for some reason.

Here is Nate's costume, linked for your own protection.


If you have some cool pictures of your costume, please feel free to share!

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And there you have it.

Happy Halloween, everyone.
 
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Hectorween 2010 Heck o' Lantern contest!   
06:05pm 30/09/2010
  HOW ARE YOU GENTLEMEN

AND LADIES

It's October almost and, boy, do we here at Hector central love Halloween!

There won't be a new Hector book this year, but that doesn't keep us from observing the holiday of Hectorween in our hearts!

We want you to celebrate with us by joining in this year's Heck o' Lantern contest!

If you bought Hector Plasm: Totentanz (if you didn't, see the end of this post!), you may have seen the pumpkin stencil we included that gives you something of a Hectorian profile, like-a so:



Here is your goal: MAKE ONE WAY BETTER. (i.e., not using that stencil.)

Make it as fancy or funny or po-mo as you want, just carve up the coolest Hector-themed pumpkin you can. It doesn't have to be Hector, it can be any character that has appeared in any of the books, just someone or something recognizably related to the Hectorverse.

First place wins copies of both DE MORTUIS and TOTENTANZ signed by me and Nate AND an original Hector sketch by young Nate Bellegarde himself!

Second place gets the signed books, personally touched by both Benito and Nate and probably bearing our fingerprints and identifiable traces of DNA.

Third place gets a random item from both Benito's and Nate's houses! It could be anything! Anything that fits in a regular manila envelope!

HERE'S THE DEAL!

Send us a photo or preferably multiple photos from various angles of your undoubtedly SUPER BITCHIN carved up pumpkin (or other carveable vegetable or tuber) by OCTOBER 24, ONE WEEK BEFORE HALLOWEEN!

HOW DO I SUBMITTED PHOTOS?

You can post links here, on this very post, tweet them @benito_cereno or @fetorpse, or post them on the wall of our Facebook group, which is here:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Benito-Nates-Thing-on-The-Facebook/116160325087558

(You can join that if you haven't already.)

Okay?

OKAY.

GET CARVIN, JERKS!

***********HECTOR BOOK NEWS*******************

If you are the kind of person who has told me or Nate that you haven't read the Hector books because you can't find it in the store, or your store wouldn't order it, or you're confused about how to buy comics from online retailers, fret not!

BOTH Hector specials are now available for download on your iPhone or iPad via the Image Comics app on Comixology!

Check out these sweet links:

http://www.comixology.com/digital/3251/Hector-Plasm-De-Mortuis
http://www.comixology.com/digital/3252/Hector-Plasm-Totentatz

96 pages of comics goodness for under $4? WE MUST BE CRAZY.
 
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Also coming in December   
01:04pm 28/09/2010
 

GUARDING THE GLOBE #5
story ROBERT KIRKMAN & BENITO CERENO
art RANSOM GETTY
cover RANSOM GETTY & FCO PLASCENCIA
DECEMBER 22
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50
Brit has had enough: El Chupacabra has crossed a line. Will this be it for the Guardians of the Globe? Will they be able to pull things together in time to deal with the Order? They’d better, for the sake of the planet!
 
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Coming in December   
09:12pm 22/09/2010
  Hey, fellows! Here is the word on my no-longer secret new project!


(Click for big.)
(P.S. Mine is the one on the right.)

From this press release:

Father Christmas Faces Off Against Space Invaders!

For centuries, one man has patrolled the night, rewarding the good and punishing the wicked, protecting children from all manner of dangers. So, when a mysterious canister falls from the sky and crash lands in the peaceful English countryside, only Father Christmas can put an end to the threat of invasion from the Red Planet!

SANTA CLAUS VS. THE MARTIANS is a four-issue miniseries written by Benito Cereno and drawn by James Harren with covers by Nate Bellegarde. The first issue does on sale December 1, 2010

According to Cereno, “SANTA CLAUS VS. THE MARTIANS takes its inspiration from the high concept of the famously terrible B-movie SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS. Rather than being an adaptation or remake, it uses the basic idea as a springboard for an epic battle that explores the way our culture has looked at the Christmas gift-giver and invaders from space over the course of three centuries. Whatever your favorite bit of the Santa mythology or whatever your preferred form of Martian, chances are good you will see it within the pages of this mini-series!”

SANTA CLAUS VS. THE MARTIANS #1 (of 4) (OCT100462), a 32-page full-color comic book for $3.50 that will be in stores December 1, 2010.

Art by the awesome James Harren: http://jharren.deviantart.com/
Colors by the Australian Dylan McCrae: http://dylanmccrae.com/
 
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Also coming in November   
06:42pm 29/08/2010
  I did have a small hand in making this one.

Christmas comic!



TICK NEW SERIES #7
By Benito Cereno. Artist Les McClaine. Cover by Les McClaine.

(W) Benito Cereno (A) Les McClaine The Tick spies a mysterious bright light in the December winter sky! Suspecting this means the birth of Baby Santa is imminent, he enlists Arthur and The Man-Eating Cow on a wintry pilgrimage! Their trek is fraught with many perilous obstacles of The Tick kind! Will they find the real Baby Santa or does something far less Christmas-y and far more sinister await our heroes?

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I have a good feeling about this one, guys.

Woo!
 
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Buy this comic I had nothing to do with   
11:57am 24/08/2010
  If you bought Hector Plasm: Totentanz and are a right-thinking individual, you would have noticed that the best pages in the whole thing were drawn by Jess Fink, whose comics website Kid with Experience recently launched.

Now coming in November, you can hold one of her comics in your hand and read about a band you might not listen to that like pees on people and stuff?



ADVENTURES INTO MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE (one-shot)
story JIMMY URINE, STEVE RIGH?, LYN-Z & KITTY
art & cover JESS FINK
NOVEMBER 3
32 PAGES / BW
$3.99
“MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE”
TRUE tales of HORROR and INSANITY that will chill you right to the BONE. From MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE, the internationally acclaimed original electro-punk band, comes true, never-before-told stories from the road. THRILL as rowdy fans throw junk at the band! SHIVER as band members are hauled off to jail! WATCH in awe as venues are trashed! Real stories, written and experienced by the band, with art by JESS FINK.


Anyway, I demand you buy this, basically. In short.
 
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Speaking of Guarding the Globe   
04:08pm 23/08/2010
  Coming in November:



GUARDING THE GLOBE #4
story ROBERT KIRKMAN & BENITO CERENO, art & cover RANSOM GETTY & FCO PLASCENCIA

32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

As the VILTRUMITE WAR rages on within the pages of INVINCIBLE, the Guardians of the Globe are the last line of defense on Earth. KNOCKOUT! KID THOR! EL BRUISER! JAPANDROID! BEST TIGER! PEGASUS! CAST IRON! The Guardians ranks are swelling, but will it be enough? The Order is finally making their move; the fate of the entire globe rests in the balance.
 
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Guarding the Globe #1 preview!   
12:20pm 23/08/2010
  So the first issue of my most famous book ever comes out on Wednesday.

Here is a preview of it, with a whole NINE pages for you to point your eyes at:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=6151&disp=table

This is the page where Cecil shouts the title of the book:

 
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Metamorpho in: ENTER: NEGAMORPHO   
11:19am 30/07/2010
  Oh, hello, everyone.

Today of all days is the anniversary of young Nate Bellegarde’s birth, and if you have been on the internet in the same tubes as he has, you may know that his sole birthday wish was for everyone to draw Metamorpho, the free-wheelin’ Element Man.

My drawing, however, is no great shakes. Neither is my writing, for that matter, but at least it doesn’t require a scanner. And so…

Happy birthday, Nate. I wrote a present for you AND FOR ALL THE PLANET EARTH.

And here it is:
ENTER: NEGAMORPHO!Collapse )
 
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Coming in October   
06:17pm 26/07/2010
 

GUARDING THE GLOBE #3
story ROBERT KIRKMAN & BENITO CERENO
art & cover RANSOM GETTY & FCO PLASCENCIA
OCTOBER 27
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50
As the Viltrumite War rages on within the pages of INVINCIBLE, the Guardians of the Globe are the last line of defense on Earth. New York is under siege, and the Guardians are called in. El Chupacabra is brought along on his first mission, but he’s hiding a dark secret that could tear the team apart! Featuring a special guest-appearance by The Astounding Wolf-Man!
 
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Two things about Guardians of the Globe   
05:52pm 01/07/2010
  1) It's not called Guardians of the Globe anymore.

2) Here is a cool interview with me about my new book "Guarding the Globe."
 
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