Friday, November 21, 2014
Check out the spiffy new cover of STAY the thriller I wrote for editor and all-around cool dude Brendan Deneen at the Thomas Dunne imprint of St. Martin's Press. As Macmillan Entertainment has reported on their Facebook page, STAY has "already sold to a major TV network." Fingers crossed on all that.
(Click image to enlarge.)
Sunday, November 2, 2014
I meant to compose this blog post back on October 22, the actual release date of Ink Mage last year, but I've been really busy in the author mines. Working hard on funny book scripts as well as the next book in the A Fire Beneath the Skin trilogy.
But whatever. Close enough.
So what have I learned in a year? I've learned that patience pays off. I am not naturally a patient person, but I'm trying to do better. I've wanted to write fantasy since I was a kid. Decades later, I finally got around to it. It also seemed to take forever and a day to get the green light for the next two books in the trilogy. Understandably, the publisher wanted to wait and see how well the first book sold. Again, this is where I needed patience because it's not like all the book flew off the shelf at once. But readers -- excellent, wonderful, intelligent, good looking readers -- found the book, and they kept on finding it. Over a year later, people are still finding it. Many of you are taking advantage of the Kindle Unlimited option. Some readers are even (gasp!) buying the book in paperback. What will they think of next? However you found the book, thanks. You rock.
But now I find that it is no longer a time of patience and waiting. It's time to GO GO GO HURRY HURRY HURRY because the deadline for the sequel is coming at my face like a freight train with a coked up Casey Jones at the stick.
It's cool. I'm on it.
In the meantime, if you haven't quite gotten around to reading the first book, you'll need to do that to be up to speed and ready for the next one. You can get caught up by clicking HERE.
Oh, and feel free to follow the official Ink Mage blog HERE. That's where you'll find announcements and whatnot. Posts will start coming faster when the next book hits.
As for me, back to the mines. I have sword stabbings to write.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
On my recent trip to Italy, I met talented Italian artist Ivan Fiorelli in Milan. Take a look at his contribution to Clown Fatale history below ...
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(p.s. If you missed the 4-issue run of CLOWN FATALE you can get it now in a snazzy trade.)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
So for several months whenever a reader would ask, "When do we get an Ink Mage sequel?" the answer was always the same. If readers like it enough ... if they BUY it enough ... then the publisher would pull the trigger on two more books in the trilogy.
Well, you did it. YOU did it. You grabbed enough copies to make the publisher happy and now I'm happy because I get to keep telling the story I want to tell with the characters I love. (Official announcement here.)
Hey, let's celebrate by watching the trailer again ...
Friday, September 5, 2014
Thanks for the support, ye mighty readers! The trend of the feedback has been very positive so far!
What folks are saying ...
"Gischler makes sure every page, panel and dialogue is over the top, fun and filled with odd one-liners and enough graphic gratification to keep you on the edge of the seat, stunningly supported by the visuals of Tazio Bettin." -- Comics for Sinners
"Just from the second issue alone, I thoroughly enjoyed Sally of the Wasteland. No, not enjoyed; loved!" -- FangirlNation
"Sally Of The Wasteland is not a subtle comic. Then again, Sally is not a subtle person. One does not expect subtlety with a heroine who owns a shotgun named Bertha. But while Sally may not be subtle, she is one of the more memorable female protagonists to star in a comic in some time. She is a lost sister to Tank Girl and Cassie Hack, whose personality bounces between “Annoyed” and “Psychotic” even when she’s trying to be flirtatious. 4/5" -- Kabooooom
"It is however the action sequences that [Bettin] excels in the most, with the brutal panels being both beautiful and gory, taking the series to the level of intensity it needs to be at. Bettin also produces his own colours with his striking palette giving a very rich tone to the series." -- Unleash the Fanboy
"Sally #2 is a very funny issue." -- Comic Book Therapy
Additionally, I've gotten lots of nice comments directly from readers. Thanks.
And just for fun (and to show how fair minded I am) here's a dude that really really hated Sally all together: Click.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
I'm not sure how this happened.
When my son was about 6 years old, he said he wanted to go around the world. My wife, in an attempt to put him off said, "You have to be at least ten years old to go around the world." People, let me tell you, kids REMEMBER that stuff. And so, in the few years that followed, something my wife had said casually, somehow became a "plan."
So when the time came, I used the "multi-stop" option on websites like Kayak and Orbitz to see what airline tickets would cost to get us around the world. The result: There was NO WAY we were going to be able to afford this trip. I finally started pricing each leg of the trip one leg at a time. One way tickets to Paris from one site. One way tickets to Venice from another. Then to Tokyo. Then home. Doing it this way literally cut the cost IN HALF. We were back! This was doable.
Time was also a problem. Originally, London and Prague were on the itinerary, but with time and money a consideration, we had to see what cities we could visit and enjoy on our budget and wrap the whole thing up in two weeks. So ... Paris, Venice, Tokyo.
The downside: Anything airport or airline related was flat out sucky. I mean, nothing particularly went wrong. I just hate flying these days. It stinks.
The rest of the trip was awesome.
In Paris, we did the obvious tourist things: Museums, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, etc.
In Venice we arrived at our hotel in style via water taxi. Our hotel was right on the Grand Canal and it was cool for the boat to pull right up and let us off. We saw a bunch of historical stuff which was fine, but really, I liked spending my time in Venice as follows:
Tokyo was a big stop for my son as he likes anime and manga and all that whatnot.
And we finished the trip in ... Mexico?
Kidding. The above picture is from the Indiana Jones ride at the Disney Sea theme park in Tokyo. We had half a day to kill before our night flight home, and some Disney fun was a great way to cap things off.
Then home and some world record jet lag.
And while I will be sending my next 500 paychecks directly to the credit card, it was worth it.
Although it's great to be home.