Greetings and Salutations! And also apologies. I know I haven’t updated this thing nearly as much as I should be doing. I was absolutely horrified to see I haven’t made a post since February. I really don’t like to blame it on advancing age but so help me, it seems as if the older I get, the faster time goes. When I was a teenager summer seemed to last a year. Even in my 20’s and 30’s a year lasted longer than it does now. Seems like it was only last month we were celebrating New Year’s and here we are getting ready to celebrate it again in just 87 days.
Kinda makes you think, don’t it?
But even if it doesn’t, thank you for revisiting or visiting the DILLON blog. If this is your first time here, let me give you the obligatory orientation:
This is the home of all things Dillon. Yes, there is a Facebook page that I recommend you join as I tend to be on there a lot more than I am on here and this is intended mainly to be an archive and resource for information about Dillon and his universe for you to delve in when you want to find out more about him and his world. My hope is that this site will enhance your enjoyment of the character, his adventures as well as the novels and stories. If it doesn’t, let me know and I’ll do my best to correct it. In the immortal words of Mr. Harry Wayne Casey, I’m you boogie man. That’s what I am. And I’m here to do whatever I can. Contact me via email via DerrickFerguson@gmail.com or my two Facebook pages Dillon and Usimi Dero. I’m not hard to find, I assure you.
Before I get into the meat of this update I’d like to once again acknowledge some extremely talented folks who have given of their precious time and extraordinary talent to the creation of this blog and to enriching Dillon and his world.
First there’s Sean E. Ali who has designed the covers for the new editions of DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN and DILLON AND THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN BELL and as far as I’m concerned he can keep on doing the Dillon covers until he gets tired of doing them. It was Sean who suggested to me that the Dillon covers should have a uniform look and style and he’s crafted what I now consider to be the definite Dillon look. There’s only two other artists I can think of that I would want to depict Dillon and Sean is definitely in their class: Jim Steranko and Marshall Rogers.
Percival Constantine came up with the DILLON logo you see that graces this website and the covers of the Dillon books and the best way you can acknowledge your appreciation of his work is to contact him and do the logo for your character. Below you can see a lot of what he came up with before we decided on the final version.
Who else? Russ Anderson, Jr. Josh Reynolds. Joel Jenkins Tommy Hancock. My wife Patricia Cabbagestalk-Ferguson. Despite what those other guys may tell you (and you know the ones I’m talking about) nobody writes a novel alone. You need people you trust and believe in you to lift you up and sustain you in that day to day grind of putting one word after another.
Okay, that’s over and done with…so now let’s get to what you paid your money for: what is happening with Dillon now and in 2017:
Hopefully you’ve been reading DILLON AND THE CITY OF STONE which is a serialized adventure presented monthly. One chapter a month. It’s notable in that it’s a story conceived by a good friend of mine I’ve known online for about 15 years named Erik Fromme. He’s an astonishingly terrific writer and I hope that he’ll be encouraged to put his writing out there. He’s done amazing work in Star Trek and Marvel/DC fanfiction and when he asked if he could write a Dillon story I said, “only if I can write it with you.” And since I was launching a Patreon page this seemed to be the perfect way to do it. So we wrote this epic Dillon story that will reach its conclusion this month. Look for it to be posted later on this week.
So if DILLON AND THE CITY OF STONE ends this month what takes its place?
In November I’ll be posting DILLON AND THE NIGHT OF THE KRAMPUS to Patreon which was originally presented in last year’s Pulpwork Press Christmas Special. Some of you have read it. Some of you haven’t. That’s cool. Those of you who haven’t read I would heartily recommend that you do so. It’s an adventure that will not only be connected to “Night of The Krampus” but will feature an aspect of Dillon’s life we’ve never seen before. In “Night of The Krampus” Dillon reveals to his friends Reynard Hansen and Wyatt Hyatt that he has a permanent residence they never knew he had. They always just assumed Dillon lived in hotels or safehouses. So in this upcoming story (for which I still have to find a title) they and we will at last see Dillon’s home in Grand, Pennsylvania for the very first time.
The next major Dillon adventure is going to be THE SPECIALISTS 2 which I intend to have ready for 2017 since I’ve already been touting it as “the best action movie that not going to be on your movie screen in the summer of 2017.” As most of you know (and if you don’t, I’m shocked. SHOCKED!) Joel Jenkins and I put together a book called THE SPECIALISTS which assembled all the stories we had written that teamed up his rock star/mercenary Sly Gantlet with Dillon.
Now, while I loved the book I felt there were unresolved plot threads and emotional issues that needed to be addressed and that’s how the concept of THE SPECIALISTS 2 evolved. If you love movies like “The Dirty Dozen” “The Magnificent Seven” or “The Expendables” series then this is going to be a book you’ll want to get. I was extraordinarily blessed in that Josh Reynolds and Mark Bousquet gave me their blessing to use characters they created in this story. So at present the line-up is composed of:
Elias Patrick Creed
Some of these characters you know and are familiar with if you’ve been reading the Dillon series. Vera Gemini is somebody you’re going to have to get to know by reading THE VRIL AGENDA. Hey, I ain’t gonna do all your homework for you, okay?
Magpie Dark is a character created by Mark Bousquet. And he’s a writer that if you don’t know him already then you should get to know. Here’s his latest book. Go buy it. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
Chen Chang, Kevyn Harris and Billy Booker are characters you’ll get to know when you read the book. Trust me, you’ll like ‘em.
I think that’s it for now. I absolutely promise I will do an update for November and let you know how the various projects concerning Dillon are progressing. In the meantime, please support the artists I have provided links to in this rambling article and if you have any questions, complaints or adlibs, do not hesitate to contact me at DerrickFerguson@gmail.com
Good night everybody!