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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

June, 2007; Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened (Villard/Random House)
  • You’ve seen them at flea markets and in antique shops and used-book stores across the country: Vintage postcards inscribed with handwritten notes, evocative messages that capture a thought, an expression, a concern, a snapshot of someone’s life once upon a time. Jason Rodriguez, acclaimed editor of Elk’s Run, collected a remarkable array of these correspondences, dispersed them among thirty-three of comics’ greatest creators, and asked each to craft a story about the person who sent it. The result is a vividly imagined, gorgeously rendered graphic anthology illustrating tales of romance, adventure, hardship, and mystery. In Postcards, these gifted artists share some of the richest and most inventive work of their careers.
  • Eisner Nomination: Best Anthology
  • Harvey Nomination: Best Anthology, Special Award for Excellence in Presentation
  • "Warning: The inventive writers and illustrators who crafted these transporting stories from old-world postcards may just convince you to trash your Blackberry and buy some stamps." -Frank Warren, PostSecret
  • "It's fascinating to see artists' take on, in Rodriguez's words, the turn-of-the-century equivalent of modern-day text messages." -USA Today
  • "Any introduction to the work of cartoonists Phil Hester or Tom Beland is something worth writing home about." -Entertainment Weekly
  • Also featured in the LA Times, Washington Post Express, Publishers Weekly, Ain't It Cool News, Library Journal, Daily Candy, Washington City Paper, San Diego Union Tribune, Las Vegas Weekly, Pittsburgh Tribune, DCist, Booklist, and Current TV

March, 2007; Elk's Run (Villard/Random House)
  • The Harvey Award—nominated sensation that rocked the comics world–and left readers hanging in sheer suspense–is now a full-length graphic novel that finally carries the stunning Elk’s Run saga to its shocking conclusion.

    The town of Elk’s Ridge, West Virginia, was built on a dream: The dream of war-scarred Vietnam veterans to live in peace and harmony, in a place untouched by violence, crime, corruption, or greed. A living Norman Rockwell painting, governed by the most basic values and free of all things considered undesirable by its founders. It was supposed to be paradise. And for a while, it was.

    Over the years, some in Elk’s Ridge have grown restless. They fear their refuge has become a prison . . . or a tomb. And they yearn to do the forbidden: escape. But when one desperate bid for freedom ends in a tragic accident, a heinous act of mob justice suddenly tears the idyllic mask from this promised land and the evil its residents sought to keep out blooms from within. Now, as a deadly chain reaction of events threatens the future of Elk’s Ridge, its elders gird for battle against the real world. And a group of terrified teens prepare to make their own stand–against the people they once trusted and the only life they’ve ever known. Because there’s nothing left to do but fight or die.

    A chillingly lyrical tale, rendered in starkly beautiful, visceral artwork, Elk’s Run is an unforgettable and unrelentingly powerful graphic novel event not to be missed.

    With an introduction by Charlie Houston, author of Already Dead
  • Harvey Nomination: Best Writer, Best Artist, Best Letterer, Best Cover Artist, Best New Talent, Best Continuing or Limited Series, Best Single Issue or Story
  • YALSA 2008 Great Graphic Novels For Teens
  • "Fialkov builds the suspense incrementally until the cycle of violence becomes a wave of disasters." -Publishers Weekly
  • "Precisely and cleverly rendered with believable dialogue, expressive facial and body language, and captivating childhood flashbacks drawn in an innocent cartoon style, in contrast to the main story's angular imagery." -School Library Journal
  • Also featured in Entertainment Weekly, Variety, and Ain't It Cool News

Western Tales of Terror #1-5 (Hoarse & Buggy Productions)
  • The cult-indie hit brings tales of horror on the open range as told by Steve Niles, Phil Hester, Tony Moore, and many more of comics most popular creators.

Comics Writing
  • "All The Wrong Choices"; Co-written with Chris Fabulous, Art by Paul Maybury and Ed Foster; Originally published in Elk's Run #2
  • "Six Shots"; Art by Marco Magallanes; Originally published in Western Tales of Terror #5
  • "The Tell Tales Scissors"; Art by Chris Piers and Jacob Warrenfeltz; Originally published in Shear Terror Anthology
  • "Quarantined"; Co-written with RJ Rodriguez, Art by Seamus Heffernan; Originally published in Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened
  • The Moose In The Closet - An online writing project where autobiographical stories were published five days a week for a full year.

  • The Hive - A series of comics-marketing columns originally published on Buzzscope/Pop Culture Shock. No longer available on-line (archive coming)
  • Here's The Thing - A series of comics-netwroking columns originally published at DC Conspiracy

Narrative Journalism
  • Coast-to-Coast Comicdom - A series of articles documenting a cross-country, comic-themed road-trip published on DCist.
  • Closet Elvis Productions - Online satire magazine. No longer available online (archive coming)
  • Closet Elvis Living- Online satire magazine. No longer available online (archive coming)
  • Jesus Christ MegaStar - One-man musical. Performed at Boston University in 2000 and Improv Boston in 2008

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