Welcome to the critically-acclaimed sci-fi comic Runners! Here you'll find the first two graphic novels in their entirety, along with bonus behind-the-scenes commentary for most pages. The graphic novels (and other goodies) can also be purchased from the Runners Store. Enjoy the read!

Vol 1. Bad Goods

It's just another day in the life of reluctant smuggler Roka Nostaco and his ragtag alien crew as they struggle to complete a particularly dangerous run for the mob. Their adventure takes them from shootouts with pirates to ship-to-ship dogfights with ruthless bounty hunters, culminating in an all-out, three-way ship, cycle and foot chase through the streets of an alien space station. All the while, they also have to contend with a vengeful mercenary, a ghost from the past and a mysterious alien girl lying unconscious on their cargo bay floor!

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Vol 2. The Big Snow Job

Hard times have fallen on Roka Nostaco and the smuggling crew of the Khoruysa Brimia. Tired of scraping by on small-time runs for petty criminals, they take on a big job to get back into the top tier of mob-level work. But high pay comes with high risk, and if the freezing climate of Planet Ciceron doesn't kill them, the hostile native population might. Assuming they don't all kill each other first! Success could put them back on track, but are they in the driver's seat or just pawns in a much bigger double-cross?


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Broken Frontier inked pages

A while back, I mentioned that I was contributing a short story to the Broken Frontier Anthology, which ran a successful campaign on Kickstarter. Thanks to everybody who backed the project and helped make it happen!

I am currently working on my 8-pages (in between the usual freelance workload) and so far, so good! All the pages are inked and I’m now working on the coloring. It’s pretty exciting to be doing some actual comic pages again, since it has been a while. Anyway, here is a sneak preview of the first 2 inked pages:

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If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, you can still order the book at bfanthology.com


DAVE School Runners animated short online!

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A while back, I mentioned that the DAVE (Digital Animation and Visual Effects) School in Orlando would be doing a RUNNERS animated short as a final class project. It is now DONE and online!!

Last week they flew me down to check out the final film and attend the class graduation. It was a real treat to see the animation… in 3-D!…at the local cineplex theater!! And it was great to meet many of the graduating students afterwards.

As with the last short (back in 2006), I gave them free reign to adapt the comic and characters as they saw fit. I didn’t give any input along the way, so certain things are a little off, like some character proportions and ship dimensions. But those are minor things that don’t detract from the overall awesomeness of seeing RUNNERS animated (again)!

Check it out here!

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Broken Frontier Anthology

I’m excited to announce that I will be contributing a comic short story to the Broken Frontier Anthology, which just launched on Kickstarter! It’s over 250 pages, with 40 creators telling stories about breaking boundaries and exploring the great unknown. While I won’t be doing a Runners story, I will be doing an all-new, one-off adventure set on the high seas. It’ll be really fun for me to squeeze in a new comic story, something I haven’t been able to do in a while due to my freelance workload. So please check out the campaign, pledge to get your copy of the book, and help spread the word!

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WMIG Exhibit – Runners art

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Just wanted to post a photo of a recent gallery exhibit that I am currently a part of. I’m proud to be a member of the Western Massachusetts Illustrators’ Guild, a local group of extremely talented picture book artists. For the month of April, a selection of original art (including 2 of my Runners pages) is on display at the MAP Gallery in Eastworks (Easthampton, MA). Looking forward to exhibiting more with the WMIG group in the future!

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Survey: Character Voices for Animation Project!

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything new here. Sorry about that. The past couple years, my freelance work load has really snowballed, which is great, income-wise. The only down side is that it hasn’t left me any time for new RUNNERS material. I still hope to get back to new stories sometime soon, but I can’t say when “soon” will actually be. In the meantime, I post slightly more frequently on my RUNNERS – The Comic Facebook page, so please use the link on the right to Like that page in order to stay in the loop.

Now on to the news!

The DAVE School (Digital Animation and Visual Effects) is planning to do another RUNNERS animated short for a class project!! Some of you may remember that waaay back in 2006, they did another short based on the Hamron shootout scene from Bad Goods. Here’s the link (the video quality isn’t great though, unfortunately). Now, another class is planning to animate a different sequence from the first book, and I am very excited as it’s one of my favorite sequences from the story. I will certainly have more details to share as the project goes along, and I believe the entire short is scheduled to be done in June.

In the meantime, the DAVE School has asked me to think about voices for the characters. It may come as a surprise, but I actually don’t have set character voices in my head, so I’m curious to hear from some of you. Who do you think would make great voices for the main cast? Feel free to suggest anything, as that will hopefully help to get the ball rolling for us. The school may actually have the budget to get voice work from some non-A-list actors, so realistically, as far as actually getting an actor, it probably wouldn’t be someone at the top of the Hollywood pyramid. But don’t let that dissuade you. I’d love to hear any and all suggestions. Even if it’s someone we can’t get, associating a character with a voice sound would still be very helpful.

So feel free to comment with your voice picks for Roka, Ril, Cember, Bennesaud, Bocce, and Sky!

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