Kane Gilmour

International Bestselling Author of The Crypt of Dracula

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THE VIKINGS ARE BACK!

It’s been a long time since I could say “I have a new book out.” But at last, I can. Viking Tomorrow has been in the works for a very long time. I’m pretty sure the first draft was finished at the end of July in 2015. So what happened? A lot, but very little that actually influenced the delay, believe it or not.

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ISLAND 731 Issue #1 is Out Today

First issue hits your local comic book store (LCS) today. Get the to the LCS. Buy All The Copies. Make me proud. You won’t regret it.

Issue 1 Cover

Kickass art from Jeff Zornow. Words by Jeremy Robinson and yours truly. Six-issue series. Second one is out in October. You need to order Issue #2 before the 26th of August if you want to be sure your LCS doesn’t run out of copies. You can still get copies online of Issue #1 from the publisher at their Captainco website, here.

 

Comic Books Full Circle: Island 731

This week I’ll knock something off my lifetime bucket list: Professional comic book published with my name on it as writer. Not my first dabbling with comics, of course. There’s the amazing New Pulp series Warbirds of Mars, created by Scott P. ‘Doc’ Vaughn, a webcomic for which I was the writer from 2010. Doc collected the web strips and printed them up in actual print comic book form, and we sold them online and at Comic Cons, like the big one in Phoenix (not as big as San Diego, but getting there). I’ve also been working on a script for Doc for a printed graphic novel of the Warbirds, for which he ran a successful Kickstarter campaign.

 

But this week, Island 731 will be released in comic book stores, having been solicited and shipped through the Previews catalogue from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., the sole remaining distributor of comic books to stores across the land. I’ll get paid. I should get some comp copies. And I’ll be able to walk into my local comic book store, Wonder Comics and Cards, in Barre, VT, and see my comic book with my name on the cover, sitting on a shelf.

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Shoguns, Action Missiles, and Cartoons in Korea

Mech_BlueUPDATE:

The MECH anthology was a huge success on Kickstarter, and the funding was acheived to not only publish the book, but also to include that gorgeous art from Frankie B. Washington pictured below. I’m pretty sure the release will be around Jan 2017. Look for it then, and I’ll be promoting it when it’s out.

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I came to a love of Mechs and Giant Robots in an unusual way. There were two parts to it. The first was in the late 1970s as a child, when I got one of the two-foot tall Shogun Warriors toys. You might know him as Great Mazinger, but in the toy line, this plastic behemoth was simply ‘Mazinga.’ And he was glorious. Spring loaded rockets in his fist (more on this in a bit), a wobbly plastic sword in one hand, spare rockets clipped onto his shoulders, and—because it was the spectacular 70s, and probably also because Disco was murdering our earholes—Mazinga had roller skates built into his feet. That’s right. Roller skates. Simply put, it was the coolest and most alien toy I had ever seen. And this was 1979 in New York, well after the initial onslaught of Star Wars toys. Star Wars was literally alien, but I had at least been familiar with the film (which I saw at a drive-in at the age of six). When it came to Mazinga, Raydeen, and Dragun—the first few Shogun Warriors—I had no context, and no understanding of Japan or the Japanese culture that had spawned them. I did recognize the fourth Shogun Warrior release at that size, though: Godzilla films had been on TV Saturday afternoons my whole life.

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