Thursday, October 29, 2009

4 New Reviews Posted!

I just posted reviews for 4 comics! Spooksville: The Bone Jangles Cases #1, Gunbreed: Ghost Town Ressurected #1, Vegetable Wars #2 and The Killing Jar #2. Check em out!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Deep Discussions with Decapitated Dan: Robert Heske

So do you think the world will end when the Mayans predicted it will? I sat down with Robert Heske to discuss his new trade 2012: Final Prayer which is coming out in November.

Decapitated Dan: Hey Robert. Thanks for taking the time to talk with me about
2012: Final Prayer and what else you're working on. First of all lets talk about you. Who are you and what do you do?

Robert Heske: By day, I am a senior marketing communications specialist who writes all the sales, marketing and promotional content for a company called NewRiver, Inc. headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts. The company is a compliance data and documents solutions provider specializing in e-delivery and is doing exceptionally well in this rocky financial climate.

During lunch hours and at night, I am a screenwriter and comic book creator. I also write a bi-weekly column called IndieCreator for a great little website called Jay Katz is the founderof InvestComics, and writes regular columns himself for Project FanBoy, The Outhouse and

2009 has been good to me - my comedy LOVE STUPID has received funding and will be shot in New Mexico this winter so I will have a feature film screenwriter credit under my belt very soon. I also won a Bronze Medal for my indie horror anthology BONE CHILLER at the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards. I'm crossing my fingers to win a Xeric Foundation Grant for my current project, an "end times" anthology called 2012: FINAL PRAYER. That would be a trifecta!

DD: How did you find yourself getting into making comics?

RH: I got into comics late (in my 40s) after I pitched a movie idea and was told to make it into a comic. The story was THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST and it is being published as an OGN by Studio 407. I was fortunate to have Myriad Pictures option the film, so eventually it will turn up as a movie too. After finishing this project, I realized I really liked the medium. One of my short film scripts called THE WAITING ROOM had been produced into a short film called WAITING (starring Richard Schiff and Izabella Miko); the final product was very good but pretty different from my original vision. I decided to do the story myself as a graphic tale (with the exceptional artwork of Preston Asevedo). THE WAITING ROOM was the marquee story in what became the 1st of 3 indie horror comics titled: COLD BLOODED CHILLERS: Tales of Suburban Murder and Malice. I later compiled the best tales from this collection into an anthology (BONE CHILLER).

DD: So what can you tell me about 2012: Final Prayer?

RH: It's the best thing I've done so far, and the thing is - most of the work is by other artists. The book is 154 pages with submissions from comic creators from around the world - US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Scotland and south Africa. Most of the contributors have pretty solid indie comic resumes; however, there are 1-2 newcomers who are already hired to work on other publications after submitting to 2012: FINAL PRAYER. The US cover is by Preston Asevedo and features a praying Grim Reaper. The UK variant cover (about half of the stories are from UK creators) is by Paul Cartwright and depicts Four Alien Apocalyptic Horsemen galloping towards a terrified child holding a stuffed animal. It's great stuff! Even though the book releases on November 15, 2009, you can check out a preview of the book on or on my website - (As an aside, is a great way to market your book and it's totally free. I recommend that any comic creators sign up for the "Partner" account and take advantage of this snazzy service.)

DD: What's it all about?

RH: The theme, obviously, is "2012" - a date many believe could mark Armageddon. REALLY. If you want a quick visual about what 2012 could portend, simply go to to watch the trailer for Sony's new epic disaster film. As for my book, it's an anthology featuring multiple 4-8 page graphic interpretations about "what happens on 12/21/12." It includes three stories by myself; "Start Over" with art by Polish artist Adam Swiecki, "Demented" by Irish artist Stephen Downey, and "Synchronicity" by US artist Dirk Shearer with lettering by my good buddy David Paul. As for the other stories, my personal favorites are "Manchester" written by Jim Alexander and drawn by Andy Dodd, "It's the End of the World as We Know It" written by Oliver Masters and drawn by Andy Fish, and "End of the World Party" written by Craig Gilmore and drawn by Heske Horror alumnus Monty Borror.

The "extras" section focuses on "what happens the day AFTER 12/21/12." It features a kick-ass graphic tale called "Harkinton" by Duncan Eagleson who was introduced to me by a co-worker. It also includes 3 narrative shorts by some very talented writers you may not have heard of yet - but you will. And, I'm not blowing smoke here, but I honestly believe that this book could become a collectible based on the variant cover and the quality of talent and content. Don't be surprised if you come across some of these tales adapted as books or movies down the road (note: all creators retain rights to their work; I retain unlimited printing rights.)

I should also note the Paranormal angle - the Foreward is written by Jim Harold, the host of the popular iTunes "Paranormal Podcast" and "Jim Harold's Campfire". Marshall Masters, author and publisher of such books as "Planet X Forecast and 2012 Survival Guide" and "The Kolbrin Bible", provides a grim brief essay called "2012 Foreboding. And best-selling author Marie D. Jones offers a more upbeat and ironic perspective in her thought-provoking Afterword titled "End Games".

DD: Where did this idea come from?

RH: The inspiration came when I went to my local Borders looking for something edgy to read. I stumbled across the book Apocalypse 2012: An Investigation Into Civilization's End by Lawrence E. Joseph. The book was a compelling read and I thought, "Hey, this is a great premise for my next anthology." I soon realized that, as dark a person as I am, that I couldn't concoct nearly enough "End Times" scenarios. So I created a contest on my website and invited writer/artist tandems to submit 4-8 page graphic tales depicting "What happens on 12/21/12 at 11:11 GST - the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar and which could be either a transformative or terminating event for mankind. The book is due out on 11.15.09. It was just dumb luck when I discovered that Sony was releasing its blockbuster "2012" around this time too.

DD: Can you tell us about how you got the creative teams for this issue?

RH: I posted a contest on my website and publicized it via bulletins on comicspace, Facebook, LinkedIn comic groups, etc. I also contacted a few indie comic creators whose work I respected and asked them to submit. Despite the short money (accepted submissions received $212 for unlimited publishing in print and electronic media), nearly every one agreed to complete a story. Crawford Coutts and Nichola Wilkinson at Insomnia Publications were particularly helpful in sending talent my way. So the story-telling and artwork is exceptional. Again, you can check out the epreview on (look for the 2012: Final Prayer book cover on the home page carousel or at the top of the page on the comics section) or view it on my website at (on both the home page and 2012 anthology tabs).

DD: What are you hoping readers can take away from this story?

RH: Despite the ridiculously dark subject matter, my goal is not to be a fear monger. I even include two graphic tales with a light (even mocking) take on the 2012 phenomena. Like most people, I am fascinated with the "Armageddon" premise which has been a recurring mystery for most of humanity. We keep hitting predicted "end time" dates ... and surviving. Will 2012 be different? Who knows, but it sure is entertaining - and more than a bit alarming - to explore the myriad possibilities.

DD: Are there any other titles you are working on?

RH: Yes. I've finished writing THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST last winter and it will be released everywhere as a trade paperback in Q1 2010. The publisher is Studio
407 ( The artwork is by Diego Yapura with colors by Jorge Blanco. The editor was Chad Jones. This is another book of which I am very proud. But the star of the OGN may not be the protagonist (a vampire named Dragos who is the night projectionist at a theater and holds his audience captive on Halloween) ... but rather, the mind-blowing art of the aforementioned Diego Yarpura. This could be the most "beautiful" vampire book created. Simply stunning.

Next, I am working on the screenplay for THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST. So, with any luck, I will have TWO films in production in 2010. Let's hope my 2010 is even better than my 2009. After all, 2012 is just around the corner ...

DD: Can we expect more from you horror comic wise in the future?

RH: If my wife lets me. I've got two little girls at home and we just got the oldest (she's 3 1/2) over her fear of monsters by renting Monsters Inc. on Netflix. I plan to do an OGN with the eerily talented Monty Borror based on adaption of a contest-winning short script I wrote. This should come out late 2010.

DD: Can you talk a bit about your experiences so far in comics?

RH: Frustrating and fun. In a little over one year, I've cranked out quite a bit of work. Much of it high quality thanks to the talented artist and letterists I've been fortunate enough to find on the Internet. I'm still losing money, but building my brand and having fun. And I greatly appreciate guys like you, Decapitated Dan Royer, giving me a platform to promote my work. Your From the Tomb Magazine is a God-send for horror fanatics, and so is and we hope you continue to pump out your great work.

DD: What was it that got you interested in horror comics?

RH: I've always been a fan of Eerie and Creepy comics. And I love horror movies and ghost hunter reality series on television. But if I ever met a ghost, vampire or zombie in person I'd probably be a real chickenshit.

DD: What comics are you currently reading?

RH: Arggh. Here's the part of the interview where I fall on my face. Truth is, I've been too busy and poor to buy a lot of comics. Although I did recently read THE SURROGATE on a kiddie vacation and enjoyed it very much.

DD: So in summary give me a quick recap on 2012: Final Prayer and why fans should give it a try.

RH: If you are going to spend $15 reading or watching anything on 2012, spend it on this book. It offers the most entertaining, engaging and unsettling perspectives on the topic anywhere. It's one-of-a-kind in that it combines graphic tales with short stories and brief essays. And, like the 2012 buzz, the book is truly a "global event" representing the far corners of our planet. 2012: FINAL PRAYER will introduce you to some unbelievable talent you might not normally come across unless you are a true indie comic connoisseur. And, odds are, this little diddy just might become a collector's item. To keep tabs on the release and related news, go to

DD: Thank you so much Robert.

If you want to check out any of the works mentioned above please head over to .

Monday, October 19, 2009

Deep Discussions with Decapitated Dan: Jeff Balke

Welcome back kiddies. I have lured Jeff Balke into the depths to pick his brain about Sketch Coloring, Badrock action figures driving cars and even Britney Spears. So check it out.

Alright lets start out with a short answer section and get the usual out of the way.

Name: Jeff Balke

Age: 30

In a relationship/engaged

Martini (Poodle mix)

Highest Education Level:
Went to IADT in Orlando for a year then moved back to Illinois (didn’t finish)

High School Mascot: Blue Devil (what I call the pissed off Smurf)

First Job: I was a vendor at a carnival with the game called “FISHING” ( was a quick

Favorite place to bust a move:
I'd say the comic store. Why not, don't we all :)

Staying with short answers lets talk about what you do:

Comic(s) you created Before 2003:
Hmm… nadda. I actually broke in about 2005(ish). I did however create a few comics in HS with a few of my friends... of course not professionally..just something to do in Math and Science class

2004 - Yesterday:
In 2006(ish) I colored my first comic professionally (Foxwood Falcons – After Hours Press). I was contacted on Myspace of all places to color the book. And let me tell you , looking at that work then to now... WOW! And after that book, I colored Eve: Vampire Diva and Club Vampire (both in the horror anthology called Velvet Rope (Arcana), Sire #3 (2 page spread) (After Shock Press), cover to Jesus Hates Zombies (vol. 2) (Alterna), the Secret Cross and the cover to a Columbian book called Secta/Penance (Dream Tales). Currently I’m working on a mini-series for Image, Talon and a few other projects coming out in the Spring.

Today - 2065:
I’m hoping that within that time, I’m working fulltime in comics doing something...or something in the graphic design field. Hell, I hope I’m still alive! I’m sure its not easy coloring while you’re a zombie. ☺

Alright all that stuff aside lets get to the meat of the interview:

What do you do when not making comics?
I collect comics still. What the heck, why not? I’m still a big kid. But I also like to people watch, drink Starbucks and all the normal things.

Favorite Britney Spears song?
I actually have a couple of them..LOL! Yeah I know! LOL, but I have to say I like “Stronger”

Your join the Navy and while out at sea you steal a submarine all to yourself. Joyriding around under the sea you break down and are trapped for 1 week. What do you do while you wait to be saved?
Try to find the bathroom first of all, but then try and figure out if I get Wi-Fi down there.

When you were 10 and 20 what were you for Halloween?
When I was 10 I was Dracula. But when I was 20, my friends dressed me up as a Geisha… I WISH I HAD PICS OF THAT! They are still in FL! But I would be happy to share with you.

Favorite comic character when you were 11 and now and 91?
Hmmm, its changed here and there. First it was the BLOB (Marvel Comics). Don’t ask me why, maybe just because he didn’t look like the rest of the “characters”. He was HUGE! Then it became Dark Phoenix (still kind of is). She’s just a bad ass! But at the same time I was all about Venom. Just his look, the symbiote and kind of like me at the time I was introduced to him. I was kind of quiet and shy, but then out of nowhere, I’ll turn into this nasty b… well, not a nice! Currently, I have to say its Green Lantern! What is there to say, I would love his powers.

If I gave you a remote controlled car and your choice of superhero action figure to drive it, who would you choose and where would you take it to play with it?
I would use the Badrock action figure. That’s just an awesome looking figure (plus he’s staring me right in the face too). I would go all over with it actually. Just maybe not Michigan Ave. Too busy there.

Back to comic stuff for now. Knowing that Iceman is the greatest hero of all time, why do you think he is so underused?
Well, I’ll say that Iceman is an okay character, but not on my list. He does have a cool (no pun intended) power, but..ehh. The Green Lantern (Hal Jordan). That’s a CHARACTER!! Damn he’s been all over the place and doesn’t take it from anyone!

Alright your making a comic about a superhero who is scared of punching because it hurts his hand so he can never save anyone. Whats the name of the book and sell me on a quick pitch? Go!
Limp Wrist #1. He can talk his way out of anything..and I mean ANYTHING!

We all know how good you are with the colors but what did you really want to be when you grew up?
An artist of some kind actually. So I’m not that far off really. Then for a time I wanted to be a producer of music (mostly dance type of stuff). I did work on a couple of groups here in Illinois and was going to help out a group in FL until they broke up.

Where is the real money at in comic creating?
That’s a good question. I would have to say you would have to be Stan Lee. Common, he just got $4 BILLION! He’s doing ok. But I would have to say it depends on what you want to do. Everyone makes a different amount depending on what your job is (duh..I know). But I’m happy with being a colorist as long as the projects are coming in regularly.

When your making comics whats going on around you? Music, what kind? Silence? TV on?
I’m always listening to Sirius Online Radio (BPM – Beats Per Minute). So dance. Keeps me pumped and energized.

10 years from now. Where do you see yourself?
Hopefully working in the industry fulltime and comfortable.

Alright we can finish up with a quick word association game. I will say a word, you give me a quick one sentence response.

Sketch Coloring?
Black and white (sketch covers) comic book covers where they are colored with special markers right on the spot to make them ONE OF A KIND!

Awesome creatures and had someone living across the street from me thinking he was one and howled every night.

Horror Comics?
Are very interesting to color!

Need to catch up on it!

Nancy Drew?
I just don’t think she’s in enough books

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
Loved them as a kid and still like them even today (just not as much).

Call me Chester Cheetah!

The number 3?
Everything always comes in 3s.

Decapitated Dan (me)?
I think he has his head on straight and seems to be a good guy ☺

Jeff Balke?
One of the best up and coming colorists and wont take NO for an answer!

Thanks Jeff, awesome interview.

If you want to check out more on Jeff and his work go to

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Deep Discussions with Decapitated Dan: Scott Wegener

Welcome back kiddies! This time we welcome ScottWegener, one of the strangest artists around, into the dungeon. Why is he strange? Because he wanted to come down here! So sit there and pretend to enjoy it as he tells us all about his comics, and so much more.

Alright lets start out with a short answer section and get the usual out of the way.

Name: Scott Wegener

Age: 34


Macio the 3 legged cat -deceased but his ashes are still with us. Cupcake -the cat I wish was dead.

Highest Education Level:
Some Masters credits. Got my undergrad at Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire.

High School
Mascot: Beats the shit outta me.

First Job:
paper route.

Favorite type of fish:
Is squid a fish?

Staying with short answers lets talk about what you do:

Comic(s) you created Before July 4, 1985:
I was in pre-school then.

July 5, 1985 - September 1, 2009: Hank The Bounty Hunter(horrible comic in a zine called Negative Ink), Killer of Demons(Image), Hexbreakers Inc., Atomic Robo (Red5 Comics).

September 2, 2009 - Tomorrow: Uh . . more. . .Atomic Robo? Why, what have you heard!?!

Alright all that stuff aside lets get to the meat of the interview:

What do you do when not making comics?
(Don't say masturbate, don't say masturbate, don't say masturbate, don't say masturbate, don't say masturbate,) . . .um . . .

Your Ipod breaks and it gets stuck on one band. What band are you hoping it is?
Fucking Apple bullshit. I knew this would happen! You're no better than Microsoft!!

But at least it's stuck on Ratatat.

Your join the Navy and while out at sea you steal a submarine all to yourself. Joyriding around under the sea you break down and are trapped for 1 week. What do you do while you wait to be saved?
(Don't say masturbate, don't say masturbate, don't say masturbate, don't say masturbate, don't say masturbate,) . . .um . . .

When you were 15 what were you for Halloween?
Probably an asshole with a hoodie and a carton of eggs. Just contact the West Brighton P.D. on Staten Island. I think they keep mug-shots.

Favorite comic character when you were 12 and 13 and 16?
I didn't really have any to be honest. I read a lot of min-series, or Manga TPB's (back when we just called them "comics" like everything else in the shop), so I never really glommed on to one particular character. TMNT was one of the first comics I collected though and it was semi-regular. Mike was my favorite. Ralph was and is an ass hat. I also loved Grendel: Warchild. I have no idea how old I was when any of these came out though.

When it comes to TV what are you watching?
Nothing. My TV only gets used for video games. I catch the odd show on the internet, but I don't watch anything on a regular basis.

Sports wise, who ya rooting for?
Haven't got a clue. Team sports bore me to tears.

Back to comic stuff for now. Knowing that Iceman is the greatest hero of all time, why do you think he is so underused?
Because he's one of the lamest heroes of all time, right after Stilt Man and Kidney Dialysis Girl.

Alright your making a comic about a boy and his toy robot who get lost in the mall. Whats the name of the book and sell me on a quick pitch? Go!

Seeing his chance at emancipation Gronk-5 kills his obnoxious little "master" and goes on a gore encrusted rampage through a major metropolitan shopping center Before taking on the New York State National Guard sent to take him down. I call it "Miracle on 34th Street."

We all know how good you are with the pencil but what can you do with a hula hoop, some gum and a pair of pliers?
Oddly enough I performed my mom's emergency hysterectomy with just those very tools.

Where is the real money at in comic creating?
Apparently wherever I'm not looking, 'cause I can't find two wooden nickels to rub together.

When your making comics whats going on around you? Music, what kind? Silence? TV on?
Podcasts mostly. The endless droning of nerds seems to help me focus on my work.

10 years from now. Where do you see yourself?
Hopefully put down by the ASPCA for humane reasons.

Alright we can finish up with a quick word association game. I will say a word, you give me a quick one sentence response.

Atomic Robo?
Best comic book in the history of fucking comic books. (Except the writing really sucks.)

Hot heavy metal girls.

Horror Comics?
Hot heavy metal girls.

Pot Holes?
I thought you said pot whores -man that would have been so much better.

General Tso's Chicken?

Equal parts awesome and retarded. Like just about everything I loved as a kid.

Megan Fox?

Teddy Ruxpin?

Decapitated Dan?
Action figure I would buy

Scott Wegener?
Asshole. But sort of okay anyhow.

Awesome. Thanks so much for taking the time to let us get to know the real you. You can check out what else Scott is up to on

Saturday, October 10, 2009

2 New Reviews Added!!

Just posted reviews for School: A Ghost Story Vol. 1 and 28 days Later #3.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

3 New Reviews Posted!!

Just posted reviews for Twisted Tales of Terror #1, Blokes Tomb of Horror #1 and Rod Espinosa's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Check them out.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Deep Discussions with Decapitated Dan: Tim Bradstreet

Alright lets start out with a short answer section and get the usual out of the way.


Tim Bradstreet
Fourty *cough* two
Married to the wonderful and amazing Leigh Anne Gobble
Dogs - Max (Golden Retriever), Tasha (Springer/Boxer mix), Marek (Lab/Rot mix).
Highest Education Level:
College Sophomore dropout - Illinois State University
High School Mascot:
The Purple Raiders of BHS - Native American Warrior
First Job:
Paper Boy
Favorite Vegetable and Fruit:
Zucchini (grilled), Orange.

Staying with short answers lets talk about what you do:

Comic(s) you created Before 1985: Only my own unpublished sequential pages.

1986 -1995: Hard Looks, The Retaliator, X, Aliens: Music Of the Spears, Unknown Soldier, I'll get a coronary trying to think of everything ;)

1996 - Yesterday: Hellblazer, Punisher, Criminal Macabre, 28 Days Later, Bad Planet, Batman/Deathblow, Scalped, various Star Wars books, Alien Pig Farm 3000, GI Joe, Human Target, Flinch, Gangland, Hearthrobs, Grendel: Black, White, and Red, Punisher Noir, Luke Cage Noir, Punisher: Naked Kill, Punisher: Tyger, Punisher: The Cell, Get Castle, and tons more.

Alright all that stuff aside lets get to the meat of the interview:

What do you do when not making comics?
I do illustrations for books, work as a designer in various capacities in film and film related projects, collect film scores, play with my daughter, manage my web pages, do conventions all over the place, hang out with my wife, follow the Steelers, Penguins, or Pirates depending on which season we're in, read fiction, stress out over bills, and see films as much as I can.

Favorite TV show, Movie and Book?
TV show: Sons Of Anarchy, Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Book: Dune.

You take a trip to California and get trapped in the closet of Arnold Schwarzenegger's office for 1 full week. What do you do to pass the time?
Catch up on sleep.

When you were little, lets say 8 or 9, what was your favorite thing to do for fun?
Watch cartoons on Saturday morning with my brother Bob. I doubt there are any old pics of us zoning out to Thundaar The Barbarian ;)

Favorite comic when you were 12, 22 and now?
Cripes . . . OK, 12: Legion Of Superheroes, 22: X-Men, Now, B.P.R.D. - all the stuff by Guy Davis and John Arcudi.

If you had to listen to one CD for a full week and nothing else, what would it be?
Toss up between the score for Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World, the score for Children Of Men, or The Beatles - Abbey Road. Maybe Sabotage by Black Sabbath.

Back to comic stuff for now. Knowing that Iceman is the greatest hero of all time, why do you think he is so underused?
I'm fully prepared to believe that if the United States was located at either of the two global poles, he'd usurp Superman as the most well known hero in pop culture.

Alright your making a comic about a little boy who dresses up as a whale and runs around Paris punching cheese. Whats the title and sell me on a quick pitch? Go!
Title: Oliver Spivey: Whale-boy Fromage Pugilist, Pitch: It's Blood Meridian meets The Red Balloon. While we're fantasizing, I'd write it and Geoff Darrow would draw it.

We all know how good you are at making comics but what can you do with a Margarita and a tambourine?
I can drink the Margarita and frisbee the tambourine into the nearest trash bin.

Where is the real money at in comics?
It's not with small publishers. I can attest.

When your making comics whats going on around you? Music, what kind? Silence? TV on?
I listen to music and film scores during the day and watch, re-watch comfort films and various TV series in the after dark hours.

10 years from now. Where do you see yourself?
On set, behind the camera, or producing. Still drawing covers and illustrating books ;)

Alright we can finish up with a quick word association game. I will say a word, you give me a quick one sentence response.

Punisher? Brutal

Werewolves? Frank Frazetta

Horror Comics? Bill Gains, EC, Creepy, Eerie, Berni Wrightson.

Homer Simpson? Donuts

Subway Sandwiches? Tuna, provalone, onions, pickles, lettuce, bacon, avocado, Italian bread.

2? Duece

Decapitated Dan? Insane

Tim Bradstreet? Head Screw