Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Last Chance to Order! Indie Comics #1, the Adventure Begins

This is it! With the new Previews catalog arriving tomorrow, you may be able to talk your local or online comic shop into ordering the new Indie Comics #1 from June’s Previews — be nice!

You can help by handing them the handy order number for IC#1: JUN160995.

Because — you guessed it! — Indie Comics #2 is coming, for order in August’s Previews from Aazurn Publishing. The pulse-pounding covers for these are pictured here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Caliber Publishes the First Gary Scott Beatty Retrospective

I don’t write and draw books for children. I think that is what moved Gary Reed, owner of Caliber Comics, to approach me to publish the first retrospective of my early work.

“Worlds: Three Stories by Gary Scott Beatty” is available today on Comixology, and a print book is on Amazon.


Unpublished art, in depth articles about the stories and a Jazz gallery are also included in this attractive 96 page, full color package.

In 2008 I was trying to sell the three comics included in this collection to readers at a comic convention who were mainly interested in spandex-clad hero adventures. I could tell Gary was amused by my efforts to explain the books’ themes to people interested in things blowin’ up real good.

Gary was no stranger to selling literate comics. His Caliber Comics was one of the most memorable publishers of what’s called the “black and white explosion,” that independent publishing boom in the late ‘80s.

Caliber introduced the world to James O’Barr’s “The Crow” and Tim Vigil’s “Faust,” both of which became movies. Guy Davis and Vince Locke later became part of that small group of artists that began DC’s Vertigo imprint, a game-changing group of books. Caliber introduced Mike Allred’s “Madman,” Philip Hester, Stuart Immonen, Ed Brubaker, and many more. Quite a stable of talent!

I don’t write for children. That doesn’t mean “Worlds: Three Stories by Gary Scott Beatty” is obscene, it just means there are themes kids wouldn’t understand.

“Seductions” is a vampire love story. What it’s really about is the changing roles of women in dating rituals over the last 80 years. This is not your daughter’s sparkly, one woman vampire!

“Adam Among the Gods” is a science fiction adventure story. It’s really a look at genetic engineering. When society demands perfection, who decides what “perfect” is?

“Jazz: Cool Birth” is a murder mystery in a 1950’s jazz club. The art was inspired by ’50s album cover design. The language is beebop. The message is the tragic results of intolerance.

After my last comic, “Number One,” was named one of the best indie comics of 2014 by Bleeding Cool, I thought it the pinnacle of my publishing accomplishments. After, all, the book actually brought a reviewer to tears! But “Worlds: Three Stories by Gary Scott Beatty” has shown me these stories resonate with readers well beyond their release dates!

“Worlds: Three Stories by Gary Scott Beatty”
On Comixology.
On Amazon.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Indie Comics #1 Premieres in June’s Previews!

Indie Comics #1 is not only the best genre adventure from today's independent comic book creators, but also a valuable resource for anyone interested in the world of independent comics!

Order Indie Comics #1 in June’s Previews comic book catalog, under Aazurn Publishing, Diamond # JUN160995.

Indie Comics #1 features six stories from different creative teams. Short biographies and contact information are included with the stories so readers can easily seek out more of the creators' work.

The adventure begins when Rick Bonn asks “Why Did the Caveman Cross the Sea?” Bonn (Bonnfire Media) and artist Christopher Herndon follow a Bigfoot/Tarzan hybrid in a world of dinosaurs.

Brad Olrich’s mercenaries attempt a raid on Rectory VII, “At Galaxy’s Core.” Olrich’s (Commodore Dinosaur) thieves go to work retrieving a donation from The Church of Eternal Recurrence in this Dark Ages inspired sci fi.

Terry Cronin plunges three college students on spring break into an underground world of bloodsucking women. In “The Flame of Faith,” Cronin (Students of the Unusual) and artist Ghostfire tell a new kind of vampire story with a mysterious tattoo, freak tumors and spring break in Florida!

Hans Christian Andersen meets H.P. Lovecraft when Gary Scott Beatty follows “The Maketch Girl” and elder gods into darkness. Beatty’s (Number One) "The Little Match Girl” pastiche turns the child toward sunless, ancient worlds of eldritch horrors.

Michael R. Carr presents two aging adversaries converging for a final encounter in “Silence.” Carr (A Dark Allie) and artist Brian Atkins explore honor and eternal rest in eight pages of swordplay!

Finally, diesel punk meets modern world in Paul Bradford’s “The Night Errant!” Bradford (Astral Crusaders) and artist Randy Valiente bring us a character that has had enough of the corruption and crime throughout his city.

With all of these talented people and genre adventures, we’re specializing in bang for your buck! An Aazurn subscription at your comic shop will not land you in the middle of a mega-series. Indie Comics #2 and #3 will be in Previews in August and October.

Learn more at http://aazurn.com/ and join the Fan List for details and freebies!

Indie Comics #1 features mature themes and 48 pages of stunning artwork in glorious black and white. Order the first issue from June 2016's Previews catalog under Aazurn Publishing.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Indie Comics Magazine Features Peter Kuper in the Landmark #10 Issue in October's Previews!

Aazurn Publishing reaches the tenth issue of it’s flagship title Indie Comics Magazine by featuring a story from indie legend Peter Kuper. He joins other independent comic book veterans and talented newcomers in the new issue, for order from October 2015’s Previews catalog! OCT151006

"From political commentary to straight-up horror to all ages stories, we have it all in this issue," said Publisher Gary Scott Beatty, "All eight tales are done-in-one, complete stories showcasing creativity that exists, for the most part, outside of mainstream comic book publishing.

Special Guest Peter Kuper (Mad Magazine, World War III Illustrated, The System) presents the wordless "One Dollar" in Indie Comics Magazine #10. One small piece of paper affects the lives of over a dozen people in this powerful tale.

"Peter has been telling gripping stories that illustrate social issues since co-founding World War III Illustrated in 1979. His Vertigo book The System, an even larger wordless work, explores class warfare in the big city. We’re very lucky to have him in this milestone issue," said Beatty.

Then, actor Gil (Buck Rogers) Gerard accepts a strange role in "Welcome to the Con" by Big City Comics Studio’s Jeffrey Kaufman, who is both a prolific comic book writer and a nationally recognized legal expert and defense attorney.

Future world citizens regret attending a government sponsored open forum in Paul Bradford’s "Unpropitious Fate!" Bradford has appeared in most of the prior Indie Comics Magazine issues. His small press, Inertia Publications, is based in Western Australia.

Alien gladiators battle to the death in Troy Vevasis’ "The Duel!" Troy publishes his indie through Troy’s Comics, including fan favorite Furry Qaileny, and the distinctive Trolik series.

In Terry Cronin’s "Horse Power G" humans talk about their horses — and the horses talk about them! "I’ve been following this Terry Cronin all ages series and I never, never know what’s coming next!" said Beatty. "Terry has appeared in every single issue of Indie Comics Magazine."

Street races turn deadly in "Speed Demonz!" Gabe Lamberty has a full graphic novel based on this concept of violent street races run by a syndicate, and his short story in Indie Comics Magazine introduces that world.

Dark plans place hens in indentured servitude in Rick Bonn’s "Farm Noir!" An author who has also developed film projects, Bonn’s storytelling skill shines through in this short with stylish art by Scott Irwin.

K.J. Murphey’s tale relates how a trapper seals his fate in "A Weindigo Curse!" "Horror is a useful outlet for a talented artist and I love the atmosphere that hovers over this tale," said Beatty.

With its landmark 10th issue, Indie Comics Magazine solidifies its claim as the comic book with the best story and art from independent comic book creators. A Previews exclusive found only in comic shops, Indie Comics Magazine #10 can be ordered from October 2015’s Previews catalog from Aazurn Publishing, Diamond Order #OCT151006.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In Number One, Comic Shop Owner Isn't a Job, It's a Calling

What is the real life value of comic books and the heroes in them? This question is explored in Number One, a full color, done-in-one-issue story looking at 50 years of comic book history through the life of one comic book retailer. Number One can be ordered in July’s Previews from Aazurn Publishing.

“Comics helped Steve through some tough times growing up and he turned his love of the medium into a comic shop business,” said writer Gary Scott Beatty. “In Number One we see whether operating the business is worth the toll it takes on his family.”

Returning to comic book illustration in Number One is Aaron Warner, whose Adventures of Aaron comics became a critically acclaimed newspaper strip that ran for over 10 years, was read by over six million newspaper subscribers, and garnered a Rueben Award nomination from the National Cartoonist Society.

“Aaron understood the comic book guy in Number One like I think most of us will understand him,” said Beatty. “We don’t have to be comic shop owners to relate to someone who loves comic books. The adventure, the history, the hope and passion comics inspire inform our every day lives.”

Small business owners will also feel for Steve, said Beatty. “I think we’re all more informed about how difficult it is to operate a local business these days, since the recession of 2008.”

American media offers a distorted view of comic book readers, said Beatty. “I enjoy the goofy actors on television, but few of the people I know who read comics are like that. I set out to write a story that, in an personal way, can explain to those outside our community why we love comics.”

Steve’s tale brings readers through decades of comic book history. Also included in Number One’s 32 pages is a short Guide to Illustrated Stories. “I put comics in historical context, from Gilgamesh, to The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck, to Free Comic Book Day. Number One is a complete package explaining, in an entertaining way, our hobby and our passion for it.”

Art and story samples, and video previews, can be seen at http://garyscottbeatty.com/

Number One can be ordered from July 2014’s Previews catalog under Aazurn Publishing, Diamond Code JUL140749.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Zombie Rockers, Contract Killer, Aaron Returns and More in Indie Comics Magazine #8!

Recalcitrant Jones and his zombie rock all-stars return, we solve a murder with The Skinvestigator, a career killer looks "Through the Crosshairs!" and we run from zombies, zombies, and more zombies in the new issue of Indie Comics Magazine, available only in comic shops from Aazurn Publishing!

To cut the tension, Adventures of Aaron returns to print when nationally syndicated strip cartoonist Aaron Warner's slacker decides to (gasp!) move out of his parents' house!

Plus, we visit the zombie apocalypse in "The Scarfers," prowl city streets with The Albino, battle a demon with The Super Sleuths -- and discover "What Are Pat and Billy Drinking?" -- in Indie Comics Magazine #8!

Nine complete stories and a full color preview of the comic shop tale "Number One" are presented in 68 pages, with an incredible geek girl cover by Alicia Hollinger! ICM alums Terry Cronin and Paul Bradford join Warner, Pat Martin, Pete LaDuke, Tom Arvis, Derek Adnams and more with zombies, mystery, comedy and adventure stories, all complete in this issue.

"Indie Comics Magazine is a cooperative of 50 very talented writers and artists," said Aazurn Publishing Publisher/Editor Gary Scott Beatty. "To have survived to issue eight is an accomplishment based on the quality of the stories chosen for print here. We are a pool of extremely creative people!"

This issue's "geek girl" cover illustration is by Alicia Hollinger, a Los Angeles based artist and writer, specializing in sexy pop culture, sci-fi, and fantasy art. She has been featured in Heavy Metal Magazine, and has a new pin-up art book, Alicia's Pin-Ups.

"Alicia is a young artist with a jaw-dropping style that enthusiastically supports what we're doing for indie creators in Indie Comics Magazine," said Beatty. "We exist to present talent to a wider audience."

Terry Cronin contributes two very different stories to Indie Comics Magazine #8. Cronin is a creator of Students of the Unusual and the author of The Skinvestigator novels featuring dermatologist detective Harry Poe -- a Poe mystery appears here. His fan favorite rock band, Recalcitrant Jones and the Deadbeats, composed of zombie musicians from classic rock, return to Indie Comics Magazine in this issue.

ICM favorite Paul Bradford returns with a sniper's bloody tale. Then, he switches gears (and artists) for a story of family survival (and zombies). An Australian, Paul writes Gothic poetry under the pseudonym Hierophantom and has produced small press "zines" through his company Inertia Publications.

Aaron Warner's critically acclaimed Adventures of Aaron ran for over 10 years, was read by over six million newspaper subscribers, and garnered a Rueben Award nomination from the National Cartoonist Society. From 2002 to 2007, Warner syndicated A College Girl Named Joe, a college-themed daily strip. His "You Are Here" strip is currently running in a variety of newspapers.

Tom Arvis, a 20-plus-year veteran in the fields of independent self-publishing, wrote and illustrated Mercenary Pig: Meatcutter #1, an Aazurn Publishing book hitting comic shop shelves in April. Through his Sureshot Comics label, he publishes Wayout West, Adolescent Power Fantasies and more, including this ICM#8's "The Albino."

Pat Martin is a writer/filmmaker/musician who works with the Students of the Unusual team to produce the annual Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival, and he is a co-founder of the Students of the Unusual comic book series. He hosts the What Are Pat and Billy Drinking? YouTube web series.

Pete LaDuke honed his cinematic storytelling skills as an actor and assistant director, known for Deadheads, Dead/Undead, Stardust, and Mutant Swinger from Mars. His comic series Vermillion is a werewolf epic set amid the gutted ruins of Detroit. "The Scarfers" in Indie Comics Magazine #8 is illustrated by former punk rocker Matthew Dana Kimble.

Illustrator Derwin Roberson has drawn illustrations for doujinshi, video games, children’s books as well as movie production art. Brandon Bullock’s work has appeared in numerous books from companies such as Angry Drunk Graphics, FnA Comix and Pross Comics. Bullock and Derek Adnams appeared in Indie Comics Magazine #7 and this team produced this issue's "The Fuhrer's Dagger."

Information about independent comic book creators and a video preview of Indie Comics Magazine #8 are now online at http://indiecomicsmagazine.com/.

With no huge overprint, no digital version and no back issue sales, Indie Comics Magazine #8 is available ONLY at your local and online comic book shops. It is best to order from April's Previews, under Aazurn Publishing, said Beatty, as some Indie Comics Magazine issues are now difficult to find.