If You Missed It The First Or Second Time Around…

Derrick Ferguson steps into the spotlighted hot seat up on the chopping block for this episode which is so Ferguson packed that it is a two parter! Join Ron as he goes into the cracks and crevices of Derrick’s background and then Tommy and Barry talk Derrick up about his latest Pulpwork book, FOUR BULLETS FOR DILLON! Enjoy all the manliness one Pulp show can handle when Derrick gets PULPED!
PART ONE
PART TWO

 

Pulped

So After A Hard Day Of Adventuring…

…all you want to do is put your guns away, lock up the attack chopper, replace your samurai sword on the mantle above the fireplace, turn on the security system and just kick back. Maybe watch some TV or read some comic books. You’ll definitely want to drink something cool and refreshing while you do so. But what drinking vessel is worthy to hold your beverage?

May we make a suggestion?
Behold:

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For more information on where you can get yours we kindly direct you HERE and we thank you for your kind attention.

All-Star Pulp Comics #2

AIRSHIP 27 presents

ALL STAR PULP COMICS # 2

(Portion of Profits Goes to Boston Red Cross)

Airship 27 Productions has once again teamed with Redbud Studio comics to release the second in their on-going pulp comics anthology.  The first giant issue in this series won the coveted Pulp Ark Award for Best Pulp Comic of 2010.

Volume Two of the series, co-edited by creators Ron Fortier and Rob Davis, is even bigger than that stellar premier issue.  Contained here are eight stories featuring both modern and classic pulp heroes; Ki-Gor the Jungle Lord, the Black Bat, Cain, Robin Hood, Lance Star, Brothers Bones, Dillon and Domino Lady.

The cover is by Will Meugniot and features Ki-Gor’s lovely mate, Helene, battling back to back with Derrick Ferguson’s modern day adventurer, Dillon.  Other creators represented are Russ Anderson, Fortier, Davis, Ian Watson, Thomas Deja, Michelle Sciuto, Sean Taylor, Aaron Meade, Todd Jones, Lee Oaks, James Gaubatz, Van Plexico, Andrew Salmon and Kelly Everaert.

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The book is available from Indy Planet.com and part of the proceeds are being donated to the Boston Red Cross.  “We were the last stages of assembling the book,” explains Editor Foriter, “when the Patriots’ Day bombings occurred in Boston.  All of us, like the rest of the country, were in shock and felt helpless to do anything.”  It was writer Van Plexico who contacted Fortier about possibly offering some of the sales proceeds to help those injured in the terror attack.  “The second Van brought up, I knew it was something we had to do,” Fortier continues.  He contacted Davis and all the creators and the decision was made to take all the profits earned by the book during its first six months in print and donate them to the Boston Red Cross.

“We truly hope our fans will want to rally around a truly good cause and help us put sales over the top,” adds co-editor Rob Davis.  “We really want this to be the best selling title Redbud Studio has ever produced.”

The issue is now on sale at INDY PLANET

 

From the “Dillon and the Brother From Brooklyn” File…

By Sean E. Ali

 

So…

Over the weekend Mr. Derrick Ferguson, of the Brooklyn Fergusons, wrote a bunch of very complimentary things about me (or someone who at least uses my name really well) and our upcoming collaboration on the 10th anniversary edition of DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN

Which, I guess means the cat is out of the bag.

And as nice as it is to hear these wonderful things, I’m a lot like Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes in one respect: the work is what matters most to me…

So FINALLY I can talk about the project and the plans for the road ahead AND answer a few PMs publicly asking what I guess was the obvious question for some…

“Are you leaving Pro Se or something?”

The short answer is no. Pro Se is a long term commitment for at least another year or so and Tommy Hancock is working to free me up to do something other than lay out books…

Sure things end eventually, look at the great teams of my beloved comics like Lee and Kirby, or Lee and Ditko, Englehart and Rogers, Claremont and Byrne, Frank Miller and sanity…

…I mean that’s just the way of the universe and time and people. Folks move on eventually, but in the case of Hancock and Ali or Pro Se and Ali, that little arrangement still has miles to go before we sleep…

But I am an artist/designer for hire and occasionally it’s nice to be able to stretch out creatively in other places and sit in with other creative folks and just have a good old fashioned jam session…

And the secondary question…

“Why Dillon?”

Good question.

I’ve read Derrick’s version of events, but let’s go from where I got interested in Dillon, which is roughly five years ago.

The first Derrick Ferguson book I read was ODIN. It was suggested by a friend who knew I was looking for the impossible (in my mind) a well written action hero, who happened to look like me. Dillon didn’t disappoint. In fact, what Dillon did was give me an action hero that I honestly forgot looked like me. Dillon’s not a “Black Hero”, but a hero who happens to be Black. There is a distinct difference and in this case it was one that played even better.

Dillon holds his own with pretty much any action hero you want to put on the table. I could say “Dillon’s like Hero X” and you can’t help but see similarities to other great action heroes, but Dillon was uniquely his own man off the top. Plus the racial side of the equation (at least from a USA perspective) just doesn’t exist as a major factor. Dillon dives in, takes on whatever the mission is, kicks much behind along the way and blows a lot of stuff up. Plus, Derrick’s the only person I’ve read that can write a verbal car chase worthy of the Blues Brothers…

When Tommy told me he had landed Derrick as a part of the Sovereign City Project at Pro Se, it’s possible I was more excited about it than he was. We didn’t do a direct collaboration on THE ADVENTURES OF FORTUNE McCALL, but I tried to do his book justice. Later on, I hunted down the rest of the Dillon solo adventures I could get my hands on and Dillon is pretty much one of my personal favorites…

So during that time, I was lucky enough to be asked to do the cover for DILLON AND THE PIRATES OF XONIRA by Derrick and the job was pretty fun and I got to know Derrick behind the scenes as a cat I’d easily hang out with who just happens to be an exceptional writer. But it was a one off, and a rare deviation away from Pro Se and I grateful for the opportunity and moved back into the fan section…

…Which probably led to the thing that got me tapped for this gig…

In between Pro Se gigs I “doodle” in Photoshop. I create stuff that will probably never see the light of day commercially, but it’s fun to do. One of my doodles was an idea for a full blown big budget Dillon flick. Here at the DILLON site, he spitballs ideas for casting for a Dillon movie series and I wanted to do a visual on that, but I wanted to avoid using the celebrities mentioned and pull together stock images and do a Dillon which wouldn’t run into any major legal issues if I posted it somewhere…

The result was a poster so authentic, that when I posted it a few wondered if I had blown some super secret licensing deal that Derrick had pulled off. What was just the gravy on the whole thing was hearing from the creator of the a character who tells me I nailed the essence of what his hero looked like. Given I had to literally build a Dillon (this man doesn’t exist in the image he’s a compilation sort of like Frankenstein without the blow back) I was glad the image was so well received…

Fast forward a few months down the road and I was invited to put that visual to work as a book cover and to design future covers using the same method. I negotiated the book design part of the job and we were on…

It’s kind of nice to go from standing outside the candy shop with your nose pressed against the window, to getting all your candy…

As for the attached image, what Dillon adventure does this belong too?

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No idea. I was just doodling.

Which is kind of how I got into this in the first place…

Coming fairly soon, the 10th Anniversary Edition of DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN, by Derrick Ferguson – published by PulpWork Press…

…aided and abetted by Yours Truly

It’s been revised, added to and touched up, so you’ll want to get a copy…

Let me get back to it…

Be good to yourselves and each other.

And Now, 584 Words About Sean E. Ali

By now you’ve no doubt been drooling over the teaser promo images for Dillon and The Voice of Odin so before the next one goes up it’s time to shine the spotlight on the mastermind behind them.

Sean E. Ali is a name that will be familiar to those of you who are fans of the many fine books published by Pro Se Press. They’re one of the major leading publishers of New Pulp today.  Sean E. Ali is the creative genius behind the design of their many eye-popping, distinctive and decidedly pulpish covers. Thanks to his craftsmanship and eye for color, composition and graphic design, in many ways, Sean is the face of Pro Se since the first thing you see when you pick up a Pro Se book is his work, along with that of the talented artists that also contribute to the growing success of Pro Se Press.

So how did Sean and I hook up? As with so many other talented people I’ve met, it started with casual conversation on Facebook. Sean expressed to me on many occasions how much he enjoyed my Dillon stories and novels. I never had any idea of how much he liked the character until I saw these up on Facebook one day:

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All on his own, Sean had went ahead and done a few images in the style of movie posters and those movie banner you see on buses. When I asked him what did “October 2015” mean he replied “That’s when the movie is going to hit theaters, dummy.” Now I ask you, what can one do or say when facing such overwhelming confidence? And I have been blessed with knowing so many people who have such confidence and faith in the character I’ve created that they can envision such a future for him even if I can’t.

And Sean E. Ali is a man of such faith. We got to know each other really well during the final phases of the Black Pulp project and there were many late night conversations in which we exchanged many thoughts and ideas. The more conversations we had the more my respect for this man’s work ethic, creative philosophy and imaginative power grew. Sean E. Ali is a man who does not commit himself lightly to anything. Once he signs on board with you he’s right there through every step, ever level of the process. He knows how to work with people and he knows how to put his ego in the closet and look ahead to the future of any given project and that is what he sees and that is his goal. Everything else is secondary.

When I described my desire for the reissue of the Dillon adventures with new covers that unified them and made it clear with just by looking at the covers that they were all part of the same series, Sean knew exactly what I meant. Along with the badass new Dillon logo provided by Percival Constantine, he delivered in spectacular fashion. And he’s already got ideas in mind for the other covers as well. I’m looking forward to it as well as any other projects we may work on. Because if there’s anything I do have faith in is that Sean E. Ali and I will be working together for a very long time.

Sean E. Ali’s Facebook Page….bounce on over and friend him, whydon’tcha?