Tuesday, September 24, 2013

There's a (bed) bug in Scribblenauts Unmasked!!

So there you are, playing Scribblenauts Unmasked the new DC Universe themed puzzle game from Warner Brothers Interactive (for the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Microsoft Windows) and all of a sudden you see...!!!

Wait a second, is that Bedbug in Scribblenauts Unmasked? Why yes it is! Let me repeat that... BEDBUG IS IN SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED!!! My very own creation Bedbug appears in the highly anticipated puzzle game that features over 2000 characters from the DC Universe... and one mighty bug-hero from the world of independent comics!

Hold the bat-phone!!! An indy superhero in a major comic book company's video game?! THIS IS A FIRST IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY! But how the heck did Bedbug the single-father superhero, end up rubbing shoulders with the likes of Batman, Superman and the Justice League?
Many years ago, while I was a creative manager at the video game publisher THQ, I was lucky enough to work with Scribblenaut Unmasked's super-talented developers 5th Cell - the creators of Drawn To Life, Drawn to Life The Next Chapter and Lock's Quest (three excellent games you should play!) and became friends with the team.
When I was going through chemotherapy for cancer earlier this year, I used my disability time to write and draw Bedbug #1. (available here!) Well, it just so happened that the President of 5th Cell was following my trials and tribulations on-line and asked if I'd like Bedbug to appear in their upcoming game. I was thrilled, but even more thrilled when he told me the game was Scribblenauts Unmasked.


I couldn't believe it would happen, but at San Diego Comic Con, I was able to see it for myself. If you enter "Bedbug" or "Buddy Sprang" into Scribblenaut Unmasked's word editor, the leapin' lawman himself will jump into action!



What makes this extra special is, not only do I really like the Scribblenauts games, but I am a HUGE DC Comics fan and knowing that Bedbug will be standing side by side with DC's iconic heroes and fighting against the vilest villains (especially my favorite, the Killer Moth!) - well, this comic fan's dream has come true!

Bedbug vs. the Killer Moth!

I got to thank some of the Scribblenauts Unmasked creators in person at San Diego Comic Con

I really want to thank the fine folks at WB Interactive for making this happen and my good friends at 5th Cell for being so thoughtful and generous. Scribblenauts Unleashed is available everywhere video games are sold, so go buy a copy and tell 'em Bedbug sent ya!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Signing! Young Comic Book Readers Day on Sept. 14th!

Exciting news! I'll be doing my first official signing for Bedbug #1 as part of Young Comic Reader Day. Here's the official press release!
Hero Initiative and Collector's Paradise present Young Comic Reader Day at Collector's Paradise San Fernando Valley store on Saturday, September 14th at Noon to 3 pm.

Joining Hero and the store will be the following creators (others interested please contact Collector's Paradise):
- Mike Kunkel – Herobear & the Kid, Billy Batson & The Magic of Shazam
- Tony Fleecs – My Little Pony...

- Chris Moreno – Toy Story
- Scott Rogers - Bedbug
- Aaron Sowd – artist,
Simpsons Ride @ Universal, Clone Wars, Hoodwinked
All artists will be doing FREE sketches to anyone who signs up for Hero Initiative's Ralph's Club program at the store. Hero Initiative is a fantastic charity that needs funds to operate. Ralph's Club program allows Hero to receive funds on ongoing basis without any cost to yourself. Ralph's stores give percentage of their proceeds from every sale of a Hero Initiative registered Ralph's Club member to HERO.

In addition to the creators, we'll have:

- Spider-Man in costume – Everyone's favorite costumed character, who is our frequent guest for Free Comic Book Day, has promised to swing by and take photos with the kids.
- Prizes for any kids who come to the event wearing comic book-related costumes
- All kinds of snacks and beverages for the kids
Collector's Paradise is at:
7131 Winnetka Ave
Winnetka, CA 91306
(818) 999-9455
Ed and the gang at Collector's Paradise always go all out on these events (you should see their Free Comic Book Day party!) so I urge everyone to come out and say hi!
See you there!

Sketchy going ons!

Some of you bought Bedbug #1 a few weeks ago (thanks!!!) and as a result, got a free sketch card. I think they turned out pretty ginchy myself!