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Pirat Tales Available For Download

February 19, 2009

pirattaleseagleoneSo, you say you missed out on getting a copy of and reading the comic book, Pirat Tales: Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails — created and written by yours truly. Well, avast, ye rattie. Ye be in luck. Issues one and two of Pirat Tales: Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails is now available for electronic download at Eagle One Media.

Not only that, but Doomed #2, in which I adapted Robert Bloch’s short story Warm Farewell, is also available for download. So, do this humble blogger a solid (or three) and download one (or all three) — and be sure to let me know what you think of ’em.

Below is the official press release…

IDW Publishing and Eagle One Media Join Forces to Give Comic Fans an Innovative New Way to Enjoy IDW’s Unique Library of Titles

(San Diego, CA; February 18, 2009) – IDW Publishing, known for its wide array of comic books and graphic novels, has partnered with Eagle One Media to start a comprehensive backlist on the Web. Featuring a range of books from the Eisner-nominated artist and co-creator of 30 Days of Night, Ben Templesmith, to the Presidential Material: Barack Obama and McCain comics, to work by acclaimed artist Ashley Wood, each title will be available for download as a PDF for a minimal $1.99 fee.

Eagle One Media’s President, Eric Reichert, is excited about this new relationship. “Being able to work in partnership with IDW to make a significant number of their comics available for download to fans worldwide is a great opportunity for us. We’ve simplified the process so that comic fans can easily and quickly download complete PDF-style issues to their computer. They can also print the issues and save them to more than one computer if needed.

“Plus, with a sales price below the printed books, we give fans the opportunity to discover and try out comics which they may not have had access to in the past, in an innovative format. IDW joins our growing list of publishers who have made their comics and graphic novels available in our retail download store at:”

Chris Ryall, IDW’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, added “I love seeing our comics expand into areas that allow readers to sample books that are new or unfamiliar to them. Eagle One’s formatting is clean, quick, and easy for anyone who wants to read comics on their computer, and when you consider that you can download an entire issue of the 72-page Doomed magazine for $2, a great value, too.”

This pairing ushers in a brand-new platform for fans to enjoy IDW’s extensive backlist, with titles to appeal to a wide array of fans. Currently available for download are Blood-Stained Sword, Cobb, CVO, D’Airain Aventure, Doomed, Everybody’s Dead, Grumpy Old Monsters, Igor, Lore, Lost & Found, Pirat Tales, Presidential Material, ShadowPlay, Singularity 7, Snaked, and Zombies!: Feast. This already impressive backlist will be frequently updated at

Pirat Tales 3 — Not To Be

January 6, 2009

If everything had worked as planned the third issue of Pirat Tales: Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails would probably be hitting shelves of your local neighborhood comic book shops. Unfortunately, things don’t always work as planned. Due to low sales, Pirat Tales: Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails issues three, four, and five will not be setting sail.

Of course, being the series’ creator and writer, my opinion of the comic book series is somewhat biased — but I had really high hopes for this title and the series as a whole. Unfortunately, not enough readers shared my optimistic view. Maybe the comic book reading public wasn’t ready for swashbuckling rats. But, I’m not sure if the comic book reading public really knew much about Pirat Tales to begin with — there wasn’t a whole lot of promotion. I tried to get the word out as best I could, but in today’s market creator-owned, non-franchise, non-superhero, or non-licensed titles face an uphill battle.

I do appreciate the retailers and readers that did take a chance with Captain Blacktail, first mate Peeve, the young mouse Pip, and the rest of the crew of the Vile Vermin. Below I’ve posted images of what was to be the cover of issue three of Pirat Tales: Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails, as well as a couple of interior pages by artist Orlando Baez.


And, since issue three is likely to never see the light of day… The script for Pirat Tales: Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails issue three can be downloaded here. Avast, ye ratties!

Pirat Tales Issue 2 Out December 4th

December 3, 2008

Hey! It’s a new post! That must mean I’ve got something to plug. And, if that’s what you’re assuming, then your assumption is right. The second issue of Pirat Tales: The Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails hits comic book shop shelves tomorrow — Wednesday, December 4th. If you’re new to my blog, I am the creator and writer of Pirat Tales — the comic book about swashbuckling rats setting sail upon the high seas.


While it’s great to see the second issue come out, it is bittersweet. More on that later. But, if you did pick up issue one I hope that you seek out and enjoy issue two. Thanks for the support.

Pirat Tales: Legeond of the Cat O’ Nine Tails Out This Week

November 10, 2008

This Wednesday, November 12th, the first issue of Pirat Tales: Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails — created and written by yours truly, and published by IDW sets sail. Check with your local comic book retailer. Thanks for the support.


Rat Overboard: Taylor talks “Pirat Tales”

September 25, 2008

Ahoy, ratties! It’s been awhile since I’ve had an opportunity to post, but I did want to pop on and mention that an interview with yours truly is now up and running over at Comic Book Resources. In reading the interview, I found out that it looks like the first issue of Pirat Tales: Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails is scheduled to hit comic book shop shelves November 26th. So, head on over and read Rat Overboard: Taylor Talks “Pirat Tales”.

In Honor Of International Talk Like A Pirate Day…

September 19, 2008

Ahoy, ratties! In case ye not be aware, today (September 19, 2008) be the official International Talk Like A Pirate Day. And, in honor of this most prestigious event here be the first pages from the new comic book series sailin’ from IDW Publishing this November — Pirat Tales: Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails

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HeroSpy Interview ‘Bout Pirats

September 10, 2008

I was recently interviewed over at Hero Spy by Vernon T Waldrip, aka Shawn, lead editor over at Hero Spy, regarding Pirat Tales: The Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails. My favorite part of the interview…

So with a heap of effort and a bit of good old-fashioned persistence, we were able to nail down the very talented, and incredibly busy Dan Taylor for a quick interview.

It makes it sound like I’m a major “mover and shaker” in the comic book biz. Anyway, you can check out the whole interview here.

Eight To Anticipate In November

September 3, 2008

Alright… I’m back with my monthly look at upcoming products from the Diamond Previews Catalog. (Don’t ask me what happened last month regarding Eight to Anticipate In October.) This month we take a look at titles scheduled items to be released in November as featured in Vol. XVIII, #9. First up…

Gigantic #1 (Dark Horse Comics) — It was a beautiful spring day in downtown San Francisco before a gigantic armored alien appeared from out of nowhere and began smashing things all to hell! Who is this invader? Why is he being attacked by strange alien beings? And why is he so gigantic? A twist on The Truman Show, Gigantic focuses on a brainwashed, alien superhero deposited on Earth to be the spotlight of an intrusive, around-the-clock television program being filmed without his knowledge.

This sounds like an “out there idea” by writer Rick Remender. Giant alien warrior intergalactic reality programing. Kudos to Rick for getting it published. I might have to categorize this concept in the “dammit, why didn’t I think o fit first” file. This Definitely sounds worth checking out.

The Cleaners (Dark Horse Comics) — In the dark tradition of Los Angeles noir, The Cleaners is a terrifying new mystery series about a ragtag team of for-hire trauma-scene cleaners led by ex-surgeon Robert Bellarmine. Contracted with sanitizing some of the nastiest crime and accident scenes in the tri-county L.A. basin, the team battles against what could only be described as the grim, unknowable face of the supernatural. But by focusing on the scientific explanation, no matter how aberrant or extraordinary, they counteract centuries-old superstition to prove things are seldom what they seem . . . In this miniseries, the cleaners crew takes on a series of gruesome tasks starting with a bloodbath that covers an entire neighborhood. This investigation leads them toward uncovering a disturbing mystery involving missing children, which dates back longer than the history of the city itself.

Knowing writer Josh Fialkov the way that I do. This is probably going to be one effed up book — and I mean “effed up” in the best most bloody twisted way.

Jingle Belle: Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein (Top Cow Productions, Inc.) — Paul Dini’s Jingle Belle comes to Top Cow in a special “Halloween collides with Christmas” one-shot written by Dini and drawn by Stephanie Gladden (Powerpuff Girls, Chowder, Hopster’s Tracks). In years past, Santa has triumphed over a variety of enemies including the Devil himself. Now, St. Nick gets ready to face his greatest challenge ever in Jingle Belle: Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein! Inspired by Mary Shelley’s original novel (sort of), the story of Frankenstein’s monster takes a new twist when he is found by Jingle in the Arctic wastes and “rehabilitated” to fit in with the elves at Santa’s Workshop. All goes well until an ultra-PC city declares Santa Claus taboo and awakens Frankie’s monstrous side in a misguided attempt to help his friend. It’s up to an ailing Santa and a reluctant Jingle Belle to stop their monstrous “apprentice” before he destroys the town and ruins the reputation of Christmas forever! Cover A – Stephanie Gladden. Cover B – Greg Horn.

I’m kicking around my own “Santa Claus Vs.” story right now, so Dini’s got my interest there. Add the fact that I’m a sucker for this style of art, and that I’m very curious to see the Greg Horn cover — I’ll be checking it out.

Lulu & Mitzi Best Laid Plans TPB Vol. 01 (Amaze Ink / Slave Labor Graphics) — Imagine if Lucy and Ethel worked in the world’s oldest profession. Lulu and Mitzy are young, illegal immigrants trying to get by in San Francisco, even if that means pulling every scheme imaginable. It’s a rough and tumble existence filled with wannabe artists, sex workers, low-lifes, and the type of fringe elements that can only exist in San Francisco.

It’s the artwork that first attracted me to this title — kind of reminded me of the artwork on the Monopoly “Chance” and “Community Chest” cards. And then I found out it was about “working girls.” There’s just not enough material out there about the zany world of illegal immigrant prostitutes. Hopefully this title will change all of that.

H.P. Lovecraft’s Nyarlathotep (Boom! Studios) — BOOM! gives horror legend H.P. Lovecraft’s Nyarlathotep new life in this handsome hardcover, featuring illustrations by Chuck BB (Black Metal)! This is a must-have for Lovecraft fans. Lovecraft’s original prose poem is reprinted in its entirety and visually interpreted by one of comics’ most exciting new talents.

I’m not so much an H.P. Lovecraft fan as much as I’m a Chuck BB fan. I mean, I don’t have any original H.P. Lovecraft writings in my possession, but I do have original Chuck BB artwork hanging on my walls. This nifty hardcover will be worth checking out for the art alone.

Dynamite Pilot #1 (Data Red Publishing) — The death of an era begins! The end of the ‘Tens of Tens’ war comes to a violent end as a young man, the Dynamite Pilot, frees his alien civilization from an evil, foreign occupational army. A new comic from the from the creator of Space Sheriff and Happy Space Boy.

I know next to nothing about the title, but I’m intrigued. Delving a little bit deeper by checking out the review of it being a “Staff Pick” and I’m even more intrigued. “What if Hiyao Miyazaki had done Mad Max?” I’m looking forward to checking out this grim and violent tale with a touch of mysticism.

Pirat Tales: The Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails #1 (IDW Publishing) — The infamous Captain Blacktail and his crew of swashbuckling rats set sail upon the high seas in search of a treasure equal to the ransom of kings upon kings. Many would-be plunderers have set forth to claim the treasure of the Cat O’ Nine Tails-only never to return. A young mouse known as Pip will find his life forever changed as he journeys to uncharted waters on an adventure with Captain Blacktail and the rat crew of the Vile Vermin.

What?! You didn’t think that I wasn’t going to plug my own book, did you? Look, no one has been anticipating the November release of this title more than yours truly — trust me.

Super Real Graphics Presents; The Wolves of Odin ( — From Lucasfilm artist Grant Gould (Star Wars the Clone Wars online) comes the story of the war between Vikings and werewolves in this debut graphic novella! The rise of Christianity amongst the north-men has frustrated Odin, Father of the Norse Gods. Out of jealousy and anger, he has transformed three of his most loyal berserkers into unstoppable beasts, and set them loose upon his traitorous “followers”. Thor, God of Thunder, takes it upon himself to challenge his father’s madness by aiding a loyal warrior of his own: the viking Tyr. Along with the help of a witch and two strangers, Tyr must face the wolves and realize his own destiny.

I’ve been a fan of Grant Gould’s art since the first time I laid eyes on it online. I met him briefly at San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and informed him that someday I want to work with him. Hopefully it won’t be to long. I dig his art!

Attention UK and Erie Readers

September 2, 2008

And, I know that I do have some readers in the UK and Erie — my Clustrmap tells me so. You can now advance order your copies of Pirat Tales: The Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails #1 from Forbidden Planet International. In fact, not only can you advance order the first issue, you can set up a subscription to the entire five-issue run — that way you’ll be sure not to miss any of the exciting adventures of Pip and Captain Blacktail aboard the Vile Vermin.

Forbidden Planet International is located in Glasgow, but they can ship your comic books anywhere in the UK and Erie. Again, advance ordering your comics is a huge way to help make sure that Pirat Tales will have a successful voyage throughout the run of the series. As always, thank you for your support.

Pirat Tales: The Trailer

August 28, 2008

In honor of Pirat Tales: The Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails being featured in the current issue of Diamond’s Previews Catalog (“Certified Cool” on page 291, by the way), I put together a one minute trailer that can now be viewed on YouTube.

This is my first attempt at creating and posting a video to share on YouTube. Well actually, it was about four attempts… It took me awhile to get it right. But, it’s up there now for all to see. I hope you enjoy, and I hope that you order your copy of Pirat Tales: The Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails #1. Thank you for your support.