Saturday, November 30, 2013

Animating Comic Book Covers is My New Hobby

Yes, yes, yes, I know. I'm a novelist, which basically means I get paid to pursue my hobby. I get it.

But I've found another hobby. And this one is almost guaranteed to never make me any money! (So you know it's a pure pursuit.)

I've taken to creating animated GIFs of old Comic Book covers. Here are the ones I've done so far:

That's Adventure Comics #274, from 1960. Superboy met a monster and... Yeah. That's about it.

This is, thus far, the most popular one I've done. Superman became a merman so he could marry Lori Lemaris. Except it was all a big prank to get Lois to marry some other sap. Which didn't work. Apparently, becoming a merman just made Superman that much more attractive.

The only non-Superman cover I've done (so far). But, if I had to do a non-Superman cover, what better one to do than this classic love triangle?

Superboy lost his memories. Sad day.

And, finally, Superman kissed Mighty Maid to fool the world into thinking he had fallen in love. PLOT TWIST: Mighty Maid was actually Supergirl in disguise. You know, his cousin. And yes, they really did kiss inside this comic. Ah, the 60s.

I intend to do a LOT more of these. Hope you liked them!


PS: If you go subscribe to my tumblr, you'll see these pretty much as I finish them. And other things I make or like.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey! It's Thanksgiving time!
Yeah, you better run, Tom. Especially if you're being chased by these guys:

So, anyway, I recorded a video for this occasion...

Excelsior and Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Day My Wife Did Better At Predicting Once Upon A Time's Big Surprise.

As you might know, I'm a bit of a TV junkie.

As you may not know as well, my wife and I have been watching Once Upon A Time religiously since the first episode premiered. Through thick and thin, we've waded through frustrating reveals, amazing surprises, and all the greatness in between.

And I've usually been pretty good at predicting things (outside of August. And Frankenstein. Ok, maybe I haven't been as good as I thought.)

At any rate, for last night's episode, I wasn't nearly as good as I usually am. But my wife was, and holy cow, did she ever predict the big reveal like a boss.

So, in case you don't remember:


Peter Pan is Rumple's dad. This is fairly par for the course, I guess, considering that everybody in Storybrooke is related to everybody else about three or four different ways. Those family trees are as intertwined as a crazy horticulturalist's experiment. But, the Peter Pan reveal was probably the best of the season. And it makes the most sense, IMHO. However, if we find out that Peter somehow is also Charming's baby daddy or something, well then things will get really weird. And normal for Once.
Anyway, kudos to my wifeypoo for seeing it coming.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

And Fish Goes Blub, But What Do Other Authors Say? (Blurbs)

Hey, all! I've read many a post on other's websites about the excitement that comes with receiving blurbs for your book, but I have to say, words can't really express just how cool it is. Sure, my book is still a year away, but thankfully, some blurbs have been coming in and I'm so super flattered and excited!

First from the incredible Stuart Gibbs, author of Spy School and Belly Up (and you should really pick those books up, because they're top notch!):
"The Troubles of Johnny Cannon is a gripping novel, filled with great characters and big ideas. Johnny Cannon is a touching, fascinating hero with a wonderfully original voice, and through him, Isaiah Campbell tells an engrossing tale set against the backdrop of both the Civil Rights movement and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. I don't wish any more troubles upon poor Johnny, but I wouldn't mind reading another few novels with him, either."
 Wow, so amazing!

Next up is one of my favorite authors (and maybe a cousin or something. She's from Texas too, and she spent half her academic career learning music, just like I did. So, yeah, we're related. I'm claiming it.) Claire LeGrand, author of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls and The Year of Shadows (and the super-exciting retelling of the Nutcracker coming out next year, Winterspell):
"Isaiah Campbell has given us something special with THE TROUBLES OF JOHNNY CANNON—a story of humor, mystery, and heart, of courage and friendship and what it means to be family, all told in the unforgettable voice of Johnny Cannon himself—a hero you won’t soon forget. This is a book that made me laugh and think, and had me cheering for Johnny at every turn. An ambitious and exciting read."
And finally (for now?) from KidLit MVP, Richard Peck, winner of an Edgar, the Scott O'Dell Award, and both a Newbery Honoree (for A Long Way from Chicago) and the Newbery Medalist in 2001 (for A Year Down Yonder):
"A boy with a highly original voice winces his way into the bewildering world of adults during a neglected moment in American history."
Yes, in case you were wondering, I am completely blown away and speechless. Yes, sort of like this:

Thanks to all of you and to the wonderful authors who have taken the time to read and blurb The Troubles of Johnny Cannon!