frost-bit (poem)

Ashes form clouds over the snow covered ground,
that rain dreams of a man who has never been found,
who has never been searched for,
but who has watched himself drown,
while his friends fight back tears in hopes of holding him up.

But his heart is too heavy, 
and he has broken his crown,
so his nightmares spill out and take control of the world.

Now his mother's the queen, 
taking more than she gives,
parading around with the dreams that he often kept hidden.

And his soul's in the streets,
hungry and looking for shelter,
ready to sell its allegiance to the first one that helps.

But the first one's too nice, 
and next one's too mean,
but the third is just right, 
they only want him to scream,
they only want him to dance, 
they just don't want him to think,
because his thoughts would bring light to the illusions they use.

And yes, they need their illusions,
because they too were once lost,
until they found that no purpose was the purpose that works,

But the world's now a monster,
its walls are lined with his nightmares,
and recent pictures of his mother, the dysfunctional queen.

So now he wants to escape,
he tries his best to scream louder,
he tries his best to dance faster,
he tries his best to strut prouder,
but still his balance gives way to weight of his world.

Alas his demons catch up...
before his loved ones could find him.



Hey Inkbots,

Since we’re all getting ready for the NYC Mocca festival I figured now would be a good time to post our event schedule for this weekend, as well as a preview of what you can expect :)

Saturday, April 9th, 2011 
11-1pm:  Christian Rubiano & Jan Velazquez (Zomboy, Genesis, The Blue Bullet)
1-3pm: Christian Rubiano & Louie Chin (Odessa, Womp)
3-4pm: Gary Cohen & Allen Yuen (mallville, Allen Shrugged)
4-6pm: Brent Martone & Clay Graham (Revolvers, American Ambition, K)

Sunday, April 9th, 2011
11-1pm: Christian Rubiano & Jan Velazquez (Zomboy, Genesis, The Blue Bullet)
1pm-2pm: Christian Rubiano & Louie Chin (Odessa, Womp)
2pm- 3pm: Christian Rubiano & Allen Yuen (Genesis, Allen Shrugged)
3-5pm: Brent Martone & Clay Graham (Revolvers, American Ambition, K)
5-6pm: Christian Rubiano & Louie Chin (Odessa, Womp)

Below is a list of just some of the exciting things you can expect to find at our table!
LOTS OF FREE GIVEAWAYS  (pens, posters, postcards, stickers, etc…)
COMMISSIONED ART from all of your favorite Inkbot artists.
BOOKS FOR SALE including…Revolvers One shot  (show exclusive)
                                                    Zomboy issues 1 & 2 
                                                    Odessa Graphic Novel 
                                                    Louie Chin’s Womp Collection Vol. 1 
                                                    Allen Shrugged Collection Vol. 1

Below is a diagram of where we are on the convention floor :)

Finally, if you’re not sure where the show is, and you’re too lazy to google it (it happens), here’s the dates and location of NYC’s 2011 Mocca Festival:

MoCCA Fest 2011!
A Fundraiser for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art-MoCCA
Saturday April 9th and Sunday April 10th 11am-6pm
At the Lexington Avenue Armory
68 Lexington Ave (Between 25th &26th Streets)
New York City

See you this weekend Inkbots!
Follow me on twitter: @Inkbot01


No puedo dormir (poem)

The little children on the train
are praying for the winds of change
till it blows them off and takes away
the very lives they hoped to gain

The little children on the train
are staring at the passing planes
They're wishing they could fly away
till the train brakes hard and ends their day

The little children on the train
our singing our their loved ones names
till the men get mad and end the game
by taking all their smiles away

Dear little children on the train
just scream until we hear your names
and cry until you flood our plains
but please get off that fucking train

Lots of changes, lots of updates

Hey Inkbots,

This has been a crazy week for me personally and professionally, but this site, and all of your support has helped me through it :)

Tell us what you think!
Starting next week we will have comments sections up for all of our titles. Now, I know some of you may be thinking that "its about time," but in truth we kept it that way in hopes that more of you would participate in the forum discussion. Still, we look forward to hearing from you guys. So please don't be shy. Feel free to tell us how much you love us or hate us (I swear, its okay).

With the launch of the comments section come a slew of big title releases. This Monday we will post an update to one of our most popular Steampunk novels "K," along with updates to mallville and Womp! Then on Wednesday, we post an update to THE most popular Steampunk title on the site, Revolvers, as well as updates to Genesis, American Ambition, and Allen Shrugged.

The launch of a new era
If there's one thing that defines this site, aside from our high quality titles, its our consistent update schedule. We are one of the very few web comic sites that update multiple titles on a weekly basis. And this past Monday we introduced a new title to the family, Genesis.

Genesis is my attempt at crafting an edgy, mostly silent, post apocalyptic tale, where the main character is a combination of the environment and the story's "protagonist." Genesis is also my attempt at bringing another dimension to our weekly update schedule. So now we can honestly say that we have something for everybody :)

We're only a week away from the 2011 Mocca Festival, which means that if you are in the tri-state area, you'll have a chance to meet your favorite Inkbot artists, as well as several other talented creators in the independent circuit.

Art Corner
I know I promised that the Inkbot Art Corner would be up this week, but we wanted to make sure that it was perfect before launching it. So, expect it to be up by Monday, April 11th (no if, ands, or buts) :)

That's right. If you own any kind of smart phone or digital pad, then you can own some of your favorite Inkbot titles in just a few days! Also, to celebrate this joyous occasion we will be offering some of our titles FOR FREE! 

Finally, as a little token of our appreciation, here's another sample of some of the great artwork that will be featured on the Inkbot Art Corner (p.s. one of them is the cover to my new online novel)


More random thoughts, announcements, and chat with me on Twitter!

Hey Inkbots,

2011 Mocca Festival 
On April 9th and 10th, about two weeks from today, we will be at The New York City Mocca Festival. It is the big apple's largest annual celebration of Independent comics, and it features some of the biggest independent comic book creators on the planet including Paul Pope, Jaime Hernandez, Frank Miller, and of course THE INKBOT CREW! The Mocca Festival is also a great place for fans to meet and greet with some of their favorite artists, and to sample some of the best of what the American independent market has to offer. So, with that in mind, what are some of things that we, here at, have in store for you? 

At the 2011 Mocca Festival fans of will have a chance to meet and greet with some of their favorite Inkbot creators including: Zomboy and The Blue Bullet's Jan Velazquez, Odessa's Louie Chin, Allen Shrugged's Allen Yuen, Revolvers Clay Graham and Brent Martone, and mallville's Gary Cohen (just to name a few)! Our table will also feature several high quality prints for sale, as well as FREE GIVEAWAYS AND commissioned arc. So if you always wanted Revolver's Clay Graham to draw a picture of you beating the living hell out of Johnny Raiker with a screwdriver, here's your chance ;)

BTW, just in case you're wondering which prints will be available, here is the list of what we have planned.
Odessa Graphic Novel (Contains all five issues of Odessa's first Arc)
Exclusive Revolvers One shot (contains a brand new Revolvers story, which is not available on the site)
Zomboy 1 & 2 (contains the first two issues of Zomboy's first arc)
Allen Shrugged Collection (Contains some of Allen's most memorable strips including commentary by the man himself)
Womp Collection (Contains the first twenty three strips of Louie Chin's Womp)

So again, if you're in the New York Area, make sure you stop by, tip over our table, tell us how much you hate us, or just chat with us about comics ;)

New look for Odessa
For the Odessa Graphic Novel Louie Chin redesigned a lot of the pages in issues one through five. So, in the coming weeks make sure you check back and read some of your favorite Odessa issues, as there may be a few hidden surprises in the art ;) 

Art Corner- we are still in the process of developing an Inkbot Art Corner, which will be a place where Inkbot artists can post tons of finished and unfinished pieces, and where you, the viewer, can post your opinions about them. We expect to be finished with the design by the end of the week. So expect an official announcement, regarding its launch, by the early part of next week ;)

Inkbot stores- Starting next week we will begin adding some more of your favorite titles to the Inkbot store. With that said, the stores for Revolvers, American Ambition, Allen Shrugged, and Zomboy are now up. So make sure you check them out. AND, as an added bonus, if you wear a t-shirt to any of the conventions that we attend, we will hook you up with some exclusive Inkbot stuff ;)

Great Podcast
If you're a die hard Scifi fan, or like I, just enjoy a good entertainment podcast, then you'll certainly enjoy The Sci fi Saturday Night podcast. About a month ago, yours truly did an interview with them regarding the site and our philosophy on comics, and since then they have had the cast of Firefly's Brown Coat Redemption, discussed and debated the pros and cons of technological advances, and featured read alouds from some of the genre's biggest authors. So again, if you have some time on your hands, or you just enjoy listening to something while you work, MAKE SURE YOU CHECK IT OUT:

Honestly, with my writing schedule I can only commit to posting a blog a week. However, with twitter I can chat with people, post my ridiculous rants, and forward some of my favorite articles at any time. So, if you've been a fan of some of the ridiculous, or not so ridiculous things I have posted on my blog, or you just want to chat about comics, the site, or well...anything, then hit me up @Inkbot01

Monday, March 28th...ITS COMING!!!
That's right, next Monday marks the debut of Jan and I's new weekly stripped called Genesis. And in case you missed last week's blog, here's a preview of what you can expect:

Enough reading!
In celebration of the soon to launch Inkbot Art Corner I figured I'd give you another taste of what you can expect ;)

Until next week ;P

hello there (few thoughts)

Hey Inkbots,

Its been a week since my last confession, but I'm confident I can get back to posting a blog at least three times a week (I sound like a recovering alcoholic at this point). Still, if its of any consolation, I have a couple of nice things to show you ( yeah, now I just sound like a dirty old man) ;)

Two weeks ago we posted the final issue of Zomboy's first arc, and in my opinion, it was a good one. For the first time in the whole series we really got a chance to experience the father/son relationship shared between Zomboy and Bob, and we also got a taste of what else our favorite zombie is capable of.

Btw: As a token of our friendship, here's a nice little pic of the cover for issues 3 and 4. 

What can I say except WOW! Here I am thinking that Louie is just your random, run of the mill, amazingly talented artist who likes to draw restaurants blowing up when out of nowhere he hits us with some of the most introspective strips ever featured on the site ;) 

Allen Shrugged;
Speaking of introspective, Allen Shrugged is just amazing. There's really not much else to say except, stop reading this blog right now and check it out ;)

Art Corner: In a few weeks we will be opening up an Art Corner here on the site which will allow Inkbot artists to post several finished and unfinished works of theirs for your amusement. Now, just so you don't think that they're only going to post a slew of nicely colored stick figures, here's a snippet of what you can expect:

FINALLY on March 28th 2011....ITS COMING!!!

And just to let you know that this isn't just a blatant rip of the Undertaker's return, two weeks ago on RAW, here's a sample of what I'm talking about ;)

See you in a couple of days Inkbots!


a few things

Hey Inkbots,

Keeping with my daily blog has been like me committing to running three times a week, it just hasn't happened. Still, I figure I can at least chime in every once in a while and let you know that I haven't forgotten about you, and that there are big things brewing behind the scenes ;)

New Titles:
This week we launched Louie Chin's new weekly title Womp! And if you haven't checked it out already, you really should. Louie's work is a throwback to the days when comics had no idea of how magical and influential they would become. It is a reminder of the age when comic creators were constantly trying to do new things and simply tell cool stories without worrying so much about continuity or protecting the image of a particular brand. Now, that's not to say that Louie's work is necessarily edgy, but at the very least, it isn't afraid to be different (in a good kind of way).

Speaking of different, Jan and I, the team behind The Blue Bullet and Zomboy, are eager to showcase our new weekly series Genesis, which is debuting in the middle of March. Genesis is something that has been brewing in our minds for the last six months, and it is something that we think will change the way people look, and think, about weeklies. Still, being the jerk that I am, I can't say too much about the project just yet except "Its all in the name baby!" 

Let me go on the record and state that I am extremely proud of Odessa's editor Gary Cohen. Mallvile has been a joy to read every week, and I can honestly say that it is one of the most enjoyable strips on the site.

Conventions galore:
Last year we invaded The New York Comic Con, and this year we will invade Mocca, Philly Con, AND The New York Comic Con. So, if you love you some inkbot, or you just want a chance to tip over our table and spit in our faces, here's your chance (btw, if you do want to spit in our face, we are all named Clay). 

R.I.P. Dwayne McDuffie

I don't know what to say, except that you will be missed. I grew up on all your DC animation projects, and you are a major reason of why I began writing comics in the first place. I hope all your friends and family can find some time of peace through this difficult time. And I hope that no one forgets about all of the wonderful contributions that you made to this medium and to all of pop culture. R.I.P. 

It's been a long time ;)

Hey Inkbots,

It's been a while since my last blog entry. Fortunately, Randy, and the other members of Speakeasy, have held down the fort. 

New Year, New titles, Same focus
If there's one thing that separates us from the millions of web comic sites out there, its the quality of our titles. No one posts such high quality work, on a consistent basis, as we do. And no one offers such a healthy amount of diversity among their titles. With that said, I'm really happy to have both mallville and Buddha Monkey on board. Both strips bring something new to the site, and both strips have the potential of building as much of a solid fan base as the rest of our top caliber titles (Revolvers, Allen Shrugged, Odessa, and Zomboy). So, I look forward to seeing how much each strip evolves as the year goes by, and I look forward to all of your responses as well, Inkbots ;)

Inkbot Art Corner
A week ago I posted a "feeler" on the Inkbot facebook fan page that was meant to measure just how much of an interest there would be in establishing an art corner here on the site. Well, if the overwhelming amount of comments and like icons, that we received, is of any indication, it seems that having an art corner is more than just a good idea, its a given. So, in a few weeks expect a new page here on the site where not only you can look at several pieces of art, from all of your favorite Inkbot artists, but where you can interact with them and post comments ;)

Inkbot publishing
One of our top priorities for this year is to make our books more accessible to you, the reader. Which means that if you want to purchase our titles through a digital app, or physically hold it in your hands, you should be able to. Luckily, I have been working around the clock to make this a reality. And, as early as this week, I should have a major announcement ;)

Daily Blog
Despite my previous failed attempts at keeping a daily blog, I figured I'd try again. So, expect a slew of announcements, from me, through out the week, as well as a few personal stories and insights. PEACE!


GARY COHEN, writer of mallville and editor of Odessa, posted this in our forums and I thought it was hilarious! 

Let me get the ball rolling by saying I thought it was great.  I  ;D and I  :'( and I  :o . But I wrote it and I drew it.  So what did everyone else think?  What? You want a long, rambling, self aggrandizing introduction to the story to put it in the proper context and sufficient gravitas? Why not. 

The road to mallville is not a short one, or a particularly straight one.  It is more like the road in The Wizard of Oz. But it’s not yellow and it’s not made of brick.  But there was plenty of dancing.  Oh, how we danced.  Anyway, it starts when I was in third grade and I sat down and attempted to draw “The Flash”.  I don’t know why I chose to draw him as he wasn’t a particular favorite.  After drawing him I realized that o one but me would recognize him from my crude rendering.  So, I decided that the answer would be to make a completely original superhero.  That way with this being the singular rendering in all existence it would look exactly like him.  So, first I colored him orange as opposed to the traditional red and yellow.  Then I needed a name: Color Man (or perhaps Colorman I don’t know if I wrote it out).  His powers: he would control all colors.  While being able to control colors seems like a pretty good thing I also wanted to add one more ability that would really set him apart from, “The Flash”: the power of flight.  So Very carefully and deliberately I stuck a duck to the top of his head.  

I didn’t add a duck because I thought it would be a good way for a superhero to be able to fly, I added it because I thought it would be a funny way for a superhero to fly.  Even then I thought that superheroes and comedy were a perfect combination.  In fifth grade inspired by the expletive, “You Gunky!” from Bill Cosby’s “Revenge” routine (available on “The Best of Bill Cosby” album) I would take on the superhero name of Captain Gunky.  Now between fifth grade and high school I would read a lot of comicbooks.  Tons of them.  And I would continue to write and to draw.  In eighth grade I won the relay race clinching my team's win of eighth grade track and field day.  It’s not relevant but honestly it was a stunning victory.  

It was in high school that the earliest incarnation of many of the characters in mallville would be put to paper as The South High Supersquad.  Captain Gunky, Mad Dog, Black Vomit Scott, Iron Matt, and Death Burger.  Five fabulous freshmen who protected Framingham South High School from evil.  (We introduce The Projector aka Dickface in the first issue which is useful so we could become six spectacular sophomores.  Damn Stan Lee and his excessive alliteration.)

The comics in my humble opinion were really funny.  Very heavily influenced by Chris Claremont’s run on the X-Men and John Byrne’s run on the Fantastic Four.  They fight Greg VonDoom.  They fight Sloppo the living school lunch and Mayor McDeath (a Mayor McCheese themed supervillain / fast food mascot).  Over the course of five issues they gain powers and lose powers and go through many costume changes.  Black Vomit Scott goes through a Dark Phoenix style transformation into Black Jaw and eats a delicious planet with candy cane forests and gum drop mountains.  It was all heading towards a battle with a Guardians of the Galaxy style group when I put my pencil down and graduated.  Did I mention I went to the Senior Prom with the captain of the cheerleaders?  It’s not relevant but I always like to mention it.  

After College I would meet Bryan J. L. Glass the Eisner award winning writer of The Mice Templar.  At the time he was writing and self publishing a book called Lycra Woman and Spandex Girl.  He had been issued a cease and desist order from Dow Chemical for using the word “Lycra” which apparently was a registered trademark.  They had ordered him not to sell the book so he was giving it away (which I don’t think was what they had in mind.) I showed him something I was working on.  It was awful  It was drawn on notebook paper in ball point pen.  But Bryan saw something and told me I could draw a one page comic to appear in the new comic Spandex Tights: The Adventures of Flex Woman and Spandex Girl.  So my first published comic Cohencide was born which explored familiar superhero tropes through the characters of General Justice, Miss Justice, and L’il Truth.  

Bryan was unbelievably generous because I don’t believe the book was making any money, maybe it was breaking even.  But he gave me pages in almost every issue.  He even gave me a 10 page story where I introduced American Pie: the Just Dessert a character who is an homage to Captain America who wields a giant pie pan for a shield.  He teams up with Spandex Girl and they fight... Sloppo the living school lunch.  I know.  I was already out of ideas.  I would also go on to write Animocity (sic) a story about anthropomorphic animals led by the half mouse / half duck Dickey Muck who are fighting to overthrow his step-father the corrupt King Meek a corrupt mouse king.  A word to the wise.  If your friend has gone on to win an Eisner award for his story about anthropomorphic mice fighting a corrupt mouse king, and makes his living off of this story, don’t tease him that he stole the idea from you.  He will have absolutely no sense of humor about this.  (Contrary to the deliberately skewed way I describe them here for maximum comic effect, the two stories could not be more different.  Obviously my character is based on Mickey Mouse.  Maybe they want to sue Bryan but I don’t.)

Anyway, so Bryan would stop doing Spandex Tights and I would go back into a deeper obscurity.  Years later I would meet Chris Rubiano in a comicbook writing class taught by Andy Schmitt an editor from Marvel Comics.  He would offer me a job as an editor.  Did you think I meant Andy?  No, I meant Chris who would offer me a job editing Odessa for him at Inkbot.  He would also let me write and draw mallville a strip about Captain Gunky, Mad Dog, Black Vomit Scott, and Iron Matt attending a school where everyone has super powers.  The origin of this school owes some debt to Larry Niven’s masterful essay “Man of Steel Woman of Kleenex”.  You can read it here. 

So, it’s not quite the same as South High Supersquad but I’m sure Sloppo the living school lunch will show up soon enough.  

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