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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Khoruysa Brimia 3-D Printed Ship Now Available!!

I’ve been waiting a long time to see my RUNNERS ships in 3-D (as have some other people), and now, it is done! Working from my various drawings, my good friend and amazing 3-D artist David White has sculpted the Khoruysa Brimia, Roka’s smuggling ship from my series!

It’s been done for a little while, but I needed some time to order my own copies to check them out before posting about them. But they look amazing, and if you’re interested in having your own physical version of the ship, you can now order your own from https://www.shapeways.com/shops/mecha-zone-toys

The ship is available in 2 different sizes and multiple material options. The smaller one is 4.75″ long and starts at $35. The larger one is 7″ long and starts at $99. I think the details really shine at the 7″ size, but it looks nice at the 4.5″ size too.

The basic material is Versatile Plastic, and the white color comes in Natural, Processed, or Premium finishing. The Natural is a bit rough and grainy, like a fine sandpaper texture, which I’m not crazy about. The Processed is the next level up and is a smoother texture. The difference between Natural and Processed is negligible, so it’s pretty much a no-brainer to go for Processed. Premium is smoother still, but honestly, I don’t necessarily think it’s worth double the price of Processed.

The colored plastic is available in Processed finish only, but as I mentioned above, that’s probably my top pick anyway for look and price. There are even fancy Steel options but those are currently outside my budget! Ha ha! I opted for the 4.75″ in white (to review all 3 finishes) and the 7″ in blue. I think the color versions really shows off the detail more than the white. White might be better for painting, but I have not played around with that so I have no idea how the material accepts paint.

For each size, the stand is sold separately and plugs into a rectangular hole in the bottom of the ship. For the stand, I think the Natural finish is fine.  If you do place an order, it will give you a long delivery time of maybe a month, but in actuality, the turnaround time is much shorter.

It’s super cool to be able to finally see my ship in 3-D and hopefully it won’t be the last. David really knocked it out of the park with this sculpt! And if you want to see more of his work, which consists mostly of intricately articulated 3-D printed robots, check out his site at www.mechanauts.net!

Vol 1 at Printer!

The files for Volume 1 are now at the printer!! We’ll see what turnaround time is but I expect it’ll be a few weeks. In the meantime, I’ll be ordering the reward items, like prints and character cards, and starting to sign the Vol 2 books  that I already have here. So once I get the new books, I’ll already have most of the other stuff ready to go.

Kickstarter backers should also be on the lookout for download links to the digital edition! Those will be sent out very shortly. Woot woot!!

RUNNERS Vol 1 Color Page Swap

I am now just about done with all the random work for the book (bonus content, ISBN info, reviewing all artwork and lettering, etc), so it’ll be going off to the printer very shortly.

I’ll also be looking to swap out all the old b&w pages here on runnersuniverse.com with the new color pages. All the old commentary and comments will stay, but it’ll be nice to have all the story content in color on this site!

RUNNERS Vol 1 Coloring Done!!

It took a little bit longer than anticipated (ack — the detail was more than I remembered!), but the coloring of Volume 1: Bad Goods is now finished! I’m now in the review phase, like checking the lettering to make sure it fits certain comic rules I was not aware of back then. Thanks to blambot.com for those handy tips! I am also currently doing a review of all the actual art to make sure no coloring errors slipped by me. After that, I will be moving on to the bonus material for the book, which shouldn’t take too long, and then it’s FINALLY off to the printer!

Depending on the print time, I should have the books in very early 2019, at which time I will be fulfilling the Kickstarter and pre-sale orders. If you still want to PRE-ORDER a book, you can do so from my Store.

In the meantime, here is a sampling of the colored pages:

Thanks everyone for your patience during this coloring process. At some point, I’ll also be replacing all the old b&w Vol 1 art here on runnersuniverse with the new colored pages. Hopefully that won’t be too much of a hassle.

And then it’s on to VOLUME 3 in 2019!! I may have mentioned it a while back, but that volume is already fully scripted and will be an extra long story, the equivalent of 8 issues, compared to the 5 issues of volumes 1 and 2. There’s still a bit of concepting to be done for that book for all the new characters and locations, and I’ll also need some time to look into a colorist to help me with the book. So while there’s still a bit of pre-production time needed before pages start posting, the colorist should help me make up for it in terms of speeding up production and getting the actual book out faster!

Vol 1 Pre-Order Now Live at Store

For anyone who missed the Kickstarter campaign, you can now PRE-ORDER the new color version of RUNNERS Volume 1: Bad Goods from the Store! It will be available in paperback, hardcover, and digital editions, and you can also order the character cards and prints.

Items are scheduled to shop September/October 2018.