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

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:

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: