Thursday, December 8, 2011

Rob Anderson Signing at Game On! Grand Opening Celebration!

If you live in the Northern Virginia area, make sure to stop by the Grand Opening Celebration of Game On! Comics in Vienna, Virginia on Saturday, December 10th.

Rob Anderson, Panda Dog Press writer and publisher, will be doing a signing at the brand new store from 3pm-6pm this Saturday.

Rob will have copies of the special zero issue of Rex, Zombie Killer for only $1!

Plus, all three issues of Great Zombies in History, as well as the preview of Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit all at special sale prices.

If you are interested in creating comics yourself, Rob will also be happy to talk about his work with Comics Experience and their comics-related courses and workshops.

Other comics creators, including Drew Moss (The Baku) and Bob Frantz (SquareBall Comics Presents) will be in attendance, plus there will be appearances by Batman and Spider-Man for the kids!

Game On! Comics is a brand new comics and gaming store located at: 310 Dominion Road Northeast, Vienna, VA 22180. Rob went by and checked it out this week, and as you can see from the earlier "in progress" picture at left, it's a great space.

The store is now open and has a comfy couch, a cool statue-filled entrance, and, of course, lots of comics!

Come by and check it out -- we hope to see you there!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Panda Dog Press at NC Comicon 2011!

Rob Anderson, Panda Dog Press writer and publisher, will be at the North Carolina Comicon, this coming weekend (November 5-6, 2011) in Morrisville, NC, just outside Durham.

Special guests at the convention include Robert Atkins, Scott Wegener, Brian Clevinger, Arthur Suydam, Howard Chaykin and many more!

Make sure to stop by and see Rob Anderson -- just look for the Panda Dog Press banner -- so you can check out the special zero issue of Rex, Zombie Killer for only $1!

Plus, Rob will have copies of all three issues of Great Zombies in History, as well as the preview of Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit.

Rob will also be showing off "in progress" pages for both the Rex, Zombie Killer and Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit books coming in 2012!

Both are in production, and we'll have more to show here on the blog soon.

We hope to see you at NC Comicon 2011!

Monday, July 18, 2011

CBR Interview & Other Coverage!

Things have been very busy here at Panda Dog Press, as we've geared up production on both the Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit and Rex, Zombie Killer miniseries. In the next couple months, we'll start sharing some characters designs, pages, and other information on these projects. We're really excited to show you what we've been up to!

But in the meantime, we were lucky enough to have some great coverage of some of our projects, starting with a Comic Book Resources interview with Rob Anderson and DaFu Yu on Rex, Zombie Killer!

Rob and DaFu talked to CBR's Alex Dueben about how their collaboration began, how the project came together, why they enjoy working on zombie books, and even shared some character designs and pages from the Zero issue. You can check it all out here:
Anderson and Yu Kill Zombies with "Rex"
Click here

Following up on their review of the Zero issue of Rex, Zombie Killer, Kitty's Pryde was nice enough to do an in-depth interview with Rob Anderson as well.

Rob discussed how both Rex and Animal Control have ties to Andy Schmidt's Comics Experience courses, his passion for animals, and even how he "hears" the voices of the animals in Rex.

Here's a link to the article:
Rob Anderson and a Pack of Animals
Click here

On another front, Great Zombies in History -- the anthology which Panda Dog Press founder Rob Anderson edited and contributed a story to -- also received some great reviews.

First, Comic News Insider's Jimmy Aquino was kind enough to make Great Zombies one of his "Top 3 Picks" of the week, calling it "a great collection of zombie tales."

Thanks so much for checking out the books, Jimmy!

You can hear it here, starting at about the 1:16 mark:

Comic News Insider Episode 340
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Great Zombies in History also got some love on the video podcast Exploring the Multiverse. Lucas of ETM was especially kind in discussing Rob and DaFu's "Spartan 300" zombie story, and said "if you're into zombies, definitely pick these up!"

Victor also gave a shout-out to Animal Control artist, Leandro Panganiban, who did two of the stories in the books. You can hear the review starting at the 22:08 mark:
Exploring the Multiverse Episode #73
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And, finally, A Little Dead podcast took time out to review Great Zombies, with host McPierce covering issues #1 and #2 on Episode 105.1 (at the 9:15 mark) and issue #3 in episode 107.2 (at the 4:45 mark). McPierce said "the artwork was just phenomenal," and in particular enjoyed the artwork by both Leandro and DaFu!

And he added that he'd "love to see this one get published as a regular, on-going series." Thanks, McPierce!

Check the reviews out here:
A Little Dead Podcast - Episode 105.1
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A Little Dead Podcast - Episode 107.2
Click here


Many thanks to everyone who checked out the books!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Comic News Insider Interview & Reviews

At Heroes Con 2011, Rob Anderson got to sit down with Comic News Insider's Jimmy Aquino for a quick chat about Rex, Zombie Killer, Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit, and Great Zombies in History.

Jimmy was also kind enough to name the zero issue of Rex, Zombie Killer one of his "Top 3 Picks" of the week! Thanks for that, Jimmy!

You can check it all out, starting right here, around the 1:39 mark:
Comic News Insider Episode 335 – Heroes Con


Rex, Zombie Killer #0 was also just reviewed over on the Kitty's Pryde website.

They especially had kind things to say about the artwork by DaFu Yu, calling it "tight and well executed," and saying he handled "animals and zombies equally well." Heck, Kitty's Pryde even compared DaFu's work to Tony Moore and Charlie Aldard.

Wow! Thanks for that kind praise, indeed!

You can check out the full review here:
Rex Zombie Killer #0- Review

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Heroes Con 2011 - Panda Dog Press Report

Rob Anderson, Panda Dog Press publisher, and writer of Rex, Zombie Killer, attended Heroes Con 2011 in Charlotte, NC.

Here's his report:





My second convention of 2011 was Heroes Con. This marked only my second time having a table at the show...and the first anniversary of my first table ever. It was great to be back!

I arrived early on Thursday, with lots of stuff, and got the painful set-up portion of the convention out of the way.



Friday morning, I was ready to roll, with copies of Rex, Zombie Killer #0 (launching at Heroes Con) and Great Zombies in History #'s 1-3 (which launched only a month ago at CGS Super Show) along with the Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit Preview.

I was happy to see so many people returning to the table from last year, along with lots of new faces. And so MANY people kindly picked up copies of Rex, Great Zombies, or both that Heroes Con 2011 was a big success.

So, THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by to chat and check out our stuff! It was most appreciated. Here's a few pictures I managed to take!






Beyond the Exhibit Hall, one of the highlights of Heroes Con every year is the massive art auction. The Heroes crew (and emcee Alison Sohn) did a great job of keeping things moving this year, holding the auction to a relatively brief three hours.

Once again, there was a ton of amazing art, with the highest bid going to Adam Hughes' piece featuring Catwoman and Black Cat. The final bid? $12,000! A new record, I believe, blowing away last year's tie between Adam's Zatanna and Mark Brooks' Black Cat.

Other personal favorites included a Brian Stelfreeze Scooby Doo and Daphne, a Phil Noto Supergirl, and especially a Roger Langridge Thor/Fin Fang Foom.

The piece that got me into the bidding mix again this year, though, was an amazing painting by Red Moon's David McAdoo. David did a striking painting of the character Mox, surrounded in red paint, with a red moon reflected in his eyes. The detail on the face was incredible.

The bidding was fierce to the very end, but I was bested by a gentleman by the name of Charles sitting directly in front of me at the auction (shown at the far right of the picture).

I was able to chat with Charles and his friends the next day, and I was pleased that (of course) they were big Red Moon fans. Plus, being animal lovers like me, they had to pick up copies of Rex, Zombie Killer and Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit, so it all ended well.

Another key part of Heroes Con is the fantastic Artist's Alley and the opportunities it provides for picking up sketches and art from your favorite creators.

I was pretty much tethered to the Panda Dog Press booth most of the con (that's not a complaint!), but I did manage to sneak away long enough to pick up a sketch of Max from one of my favorite books, The Stuff of Legend, done by the talented artist of that series, Charles Paul Wilson III. It was great to meet Charles in person as he and his co-writers (Mike Raicht and Brian Smith) will be guests at the Comics Experience Book Club next week!

My other art buy was a print of Thor and Fin Fang Foom by Roger Langridge. The original of this piece was one of my favorites from the art auction, so I was thrilled when I found out a print was available.

The picture shown at left is partial, as my scanner couldn't fit the entire print, but it gives an idea of how spectacular the piece is, particularly for a Fin Fang Foom fan like myself.


But, as always, the best part of Heroes Con was having the chance to catch meals with folks and to catch up with old friends and meet new ones in the Westin bar and lobby. The fact that so many people from the convention congregate in that one location all night is part of what makes Heroes Con so special.

I won't even attempt to namecheck all the folks I enjoyed hanging out with, but it was great seeing everyone, and I hope to see you all again soon...if not at San Diego, or Baltimore, or NYCC,...then at Heroes Con 2012!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Rex, Zombie Killer launches in June!

Panda Dog Press has a new comic book debuting in June at Heroes Con:
In the wake of a zombie apocalypse, Rex, the hyper-intelligent Golden Retriever, sets out on a cross-country journey with his small pack of animals...

...Brutus the Pit Bull, Buttercup the Corgi mix, Snowball the fluffy white cat, and Kenji...a gorilla with a baseball bat?!

If you thought the animals in The Incredible Journey or Homeward Bound had it rough, wait until you see Rex's pack trying to traverse a post-apocalyptic America!

Of course, the animals in those books/movies didn't have a gorilla backing them up.... So, maybe the zombies had better start running in the other direction!

The "zero" issue preview of Rex, Zombie Killer will be debuting at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC on June 3-5, 2011 for only $1.00.

The zero issue contains the very first five page Rex story, written by Rob Anderson (Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit), with cover and interior art by DaFu Yu (Great Zombies in History, Grimm Fairy Tales), and lettering, logo, and book design by E.T. Dollman (Caleido Comics, FemForce). Cover colors are by Paolo Chaz Gomez.


The issue also contains special pin-ups by Stu Roddy and Comic Geek Speak's Mike Gallagher (Ruin, Mercury & the Murd).

Please stop by the Panda Dog Press table at Heroes Con to meet Rob Anderson and check out...

Rex, Zombie Killer

Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit

Great Zombies in History

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

"Writing for Comics" panel - CGS Super Show 2011

At the 2011 Comic Geek Speak Super Show in Reading, PA, Rob Anderson (writer of Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit) participated in the Writing for Comics panel on Saturday, April 30th.

The panel was moderated by IDW Senior Editor and Comics Experience founder, Andy Schmidt, and the panelists were Rob, Bryan JL Glass, Fred van Lente, and Drew Gaska.

The audio recording is now available right here:
Comic Geek Speak, Episode 1070: Writing for Comics panel
http://www.thecomicforums.com/forum2/index.php?showtopic=178189&st=0

A video of the panel will be available shortly, too, thanks to Comics Experience Workshop member Joey Groah.

Thanks to everyone who attended the panel! And thanks to CGS and panel organizer Joe Sergi for inviting Rob to participate!

Monday, May 9, 2011

CGS Super Show 2011 - Panda Dog Press Report

Rob Anderson, Panda Dog Press publisher, and writer of Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit, attended the 2011 Comic Geek Speak Super Show in Reading, PA.

Here's his report:




My first convention of 2011 was the CGS Super Show, and I couldn't have picked a more friendly, fun convention to start out the year. I've been a long-time listener of CGS, but this was my first time attending the show.

Below are a few highlights and pictures. (Click pictures for a larger view.)

My new project for the Spring, Great Zombies in History (published by Elevator Pitch Press), launched at Super Show. I edited the first three issues and also contributed a story in issue #1. Pictured with me at the Panda Dog Press booth is DaFu Yu, the cover artist of Great Zombies #1 and my collaborator on a Spartan 300/zombie story in the first issue. Other contributors in attendance, right next door to us at the show, included Joe Sergi and Josh Osborne. CGS listeners gave us all a warm welcome, and we sold out of two of the three issues! Thank you to everyone who came by our table to say "hello" and try out our books!

Speaking of DaFu Yu, this was his first convention at a table and he hung out with me at the Panda Dog Press table all weekend, doing sketches and meeting folks. He also contributed a sketch to the CGS Early Bird Ticket Contest, and the lucky winner chose to get a commission of Hawkman. DaFu did a great job, as you can see! DaFu and I are also collaborating on a new project from Panda Dog Press that we'll be sharing shortly.




A large contingent of Comics Experience alums, instructors, and Comic Creators Workshop members were also in attendance at Super Show. Comics Experience founder, Andy Schmidt, was busy all weekend talking to creators and moderating two panels on breaking in. Comics Experience art instructor, Robert Atkins, and coloring instructor, Chris Sotomayer, were also exhibiting at the show. Pictured at left are Comics Experience attendees (left to right): Rob Anderson, Janine Frederick, DaFu Yu, Josh Osborne, Andy Schmidt, Joe Sergi, and Robert Atkins. Other Comics Experience attendees (not pictured) included Elizabeth Amber-Love, Joey Groah, Amy Chu and the aforementioned Soto.

On Saturday, I participated in the "Writing for Comics" panel, moderated by Andy Schmidt, along with Bryan JL Glass, Fred van Lente, and Drew Gaska. A video of the panel will be available shortly, thanks to CE Workshopper Joey Groah, and I understand that the CGS audio version will be posted soon, too. After the panel, I finally picked up a copy of Fred's Comic Book Comics lawsuit issue, and enjoyed talking with Drew about his exciting new project, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes! (Pictured are Andy, Rob, Fred and Drew -- just moments before Bryan joined us on the panel.)

Speaking of panels, Comics Experience alum, Joe Sergi, organized the panels at CGS Super Show for the second year in a row, and won a coveted CGS Freking Sweer award for all his hard work. Well deserved, Joe, and congrats! Joe also hosted the special Spotlight panel, interviewing guests of honor Tony Moore and Tim Truman. I'm looking forward to hearing that panel when it's posted on CGS!





Of course, the best part of the show was meeting people from the CGS Fourms in person as well as catching up with old friends. Whether over meals, on the convention floor, or at the gatherings at Third & Spruce on Friday and Saturday night (pictured at left), getting to hang out with fellow comic book geeks was the highlight of the weekend.



I hope to see many of you at Heroes Con 2011 in just a couple weeks!

-- Rob Anderson

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Exploring the Multiverse (ETM) interviews Rob Anderson!

Victor, from the Exploring the Multiverse (ETM) Podcast, did a video interview with Rob Anderson, publisher/writer at Panda Dog Press, during the Comic Geek Speak 2011 Super Show in Reading, PA.

Rob chatted with Victor about the status of the forthcoming Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit miniseries, the newly launched Great Zombies in History series from Elevator Pitch Press, and discussed Comics Experience writing, art, and coloring courses as well as the Comic Creators Workshop. During Rob's interview, you'll also see a brief cameo by Great Zombies cover and interior artist, DaFu Yu (Grimm Fairy Tales), who was busy sketching all weekend at the show!

Rob's interview starts at the 31:25 mark, but before that you can also check out comics discussion and interviews with Josh Finney and Kat Rocha of Titanium Rain (9:57), and Matt Petz of War of the Woods (21:56).

Thanks to Victor and the ETM crew for taking time to speak with Rob!

View the video interview in Episode 69 of the ETM podcast here:
http://www.exploringthemultiverse.com/videos/2011/5/5/ep69-comic-geek-speaks-2011-super-show.html

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Renderwrx magazine previews Great Zombies!

The new digital comics magazine, Renderwrx, includes a special 5-page preview of Great Zombies in History #3!

From ancient Greece, to early America, and out to the edge of space, Great Zombies in History, the new anthology series from Elevator Pitch Press, tells the secret history of the undead.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to be eaten!

The story previewed in Renderwrx #1 tells the tale of when Sacajawea and the Lewis and Clark expedition encountered unexpected dangers in the Pacific Northwest. The Pale and the Gray is written by Dan Rivera with painted artwork by Richard P. Clark.

Check out Renderwrx #1 for FREE right here:
http://www.renderwrx.net/apps/documents/

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Writing Panel at CGS Super Show

Tomorrow, we'll be hitting the road on the way to the Comic Geek Speak Super Show in Reading, Pennsylvania.

If you're going to Super Show, please make sure to check out the Writing for Comics panel at 11am Saturday, moderated by Comics Experience Founder (and IDW Senior Editor Andy Schmidt), with panelists Fred Van Lente, Bryan JL Glass, Drew Gaska, and Panda Dog Press's own Rob Anderson!

We hope to see you there!

Friday, April 22, 2011

CGS Super Show coming soon...

In just a week, the Panda Dog Press crew will be setting up at Comic Geek Speak Super Show, in Reading, PA, April 30 - May 1st.

We'll have all kinds of goodies available, including new Panda Dog t-shirts (in both bargain white and high quality red), brand-spankin'-new issues of Great Zombies in History (launching at Super Show!), and, of course, Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit Preview. Check out full pictures and special prices on the Comic Geek Speak forums by clicking right here.

Plus, if you are interested in making, or breaking into, comics, practically the whole Comics Experience staff will be in attendance, including Founder Andy Schmidt, comic book art instructor Robert Atkins, comic book coloring instructor Chris Sotomayer, and moderator of the Comic Creators Workshop, Rob Anderson. Alums such as Joe Sergi, Elizabeth Amber, and DaFu Yu will also be in attendance.

Andy Schmidt will also be doing two panels -- Writing for Comics at 11am Saturday and Breaking into Comics at 11 am Sunday. Don't miss them!

You can get more details about Comics Experience at Super Show by clicking right here.

We hope to see you at Super Show!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Great Zombies in History!

From ancient Greece, to early America, and out to the edge of space, Great Zombies in History, the new anthology series from Elevator Pitch Press, tells the secret history of the undead.

Check out the details and preview panels from all three issues below, and come see Rob Anderson and artist DaFu Yu at the Comic Geek Speak Super Show in Reading, PA on April 30 and May 1, 2011, where all three issues will be available at the Panda Dog Press table! Or pick up your copies via IndyPlanet in early May!


The first three issues will be available simultaneously, with cover artwork as well as interior art by DaFu Yu (Grimm Fairy Tales), Leandro Panganiban (Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit), Richard P. Clark (Deluge), and more!

The first three issues were edited by Panda Dog Press publisher and writer, Rob Anderson, and Rob also contributed a tale of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae to issue #1. All three issues feature logos and design by E.T. Dollman.



Issue #1 - Samurai Cover
Cover Art by DaFu Yu
Colors by Paolo Chaz Gomez
  • Samurai in feudal Japan face off against zombies in Bushido, written by Eric Drumm with art by Leandro Panganiban.
  • King Leonidas and his Spartans stand shoulder-to-shoulder against the undead horde in Immortal Resistance, written by Rob Anderson with art by DaFu Yu.
  • Find out the true story behind Jack the Ripper in Rescued by the Ripper, written by Joshua Osborne with art by Randy Valiente.
  • ($3.00; 24 pages; b&w interiors)



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Issue #2 - Astronaut Cover
Cover Art by Leandro Panganiban & Steve Bird
Colors by Paolo Chaz Gomez
  • Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin experiences unwelcome changes on his return to Earth in The Motherland Knows, written by Kevin D. Lintz with art by Leandro Panganiban.
  • Discover the real reason the White House burned down in The Zombie War of 1812, written by Joe Sergi with artwork by Marc Jameson.
  • See how a young Teddy Roosevelt handled the undead in the Badlands in The Dead and Endless Wastes, written by Frederick Kim with artwork by Antonio Bifulco.
  • ($3.00; 24 pages; b&w interiors)

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Issue #3 - Sacajawea/Lewis & Clark
Cover Art & Colors by Richard P. Clark
  • Sacajawea and the Lewis and Clark expedition encounter unexpected dangers in the Pacific Northwest in The Pale and the Gray, written by Dan Rivera with artwork by Richard P. Clark.
  • A young Native American tells the tale of a doomed European colony in CRO, written by George O'Connor with artwork by Eric Carter.
  • Vikings and Inuits clash in Greenland in No Bounty Here, written by Neil Fisher with artwork by Derek Chase and David Strosnider.
  • ($3.00; 24 pages; b&w interiors)




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For more information on Great Zombies in History, visit Elevator Pitch Press (www.ElevatorPitchPress.com)