Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Alot has been happening for Blacklist, and it seems that as the days to the festival count down, there will be a great many things yet to come. I will have another re-cap tomorrow of the hype that has surrounded Robot 13, but we have had our share of up and down moments beyond the internet sightings of our favorite metalic mascot. I can't tell you how many interviews we've done, how many emails and tweets I have sent, how many phonecalls were made...
It's been crazy.
Not Zambrano crazy.
but crazy none the less.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
For those of you too lazy to click, here is a little taste:
"Seriously, how can you go wrong with an inaugural issue that features a giant red tentacled squid harpooned (literally) by a leaping, brass knuckled (literally) sentient robot topped off with a desiccated skull.
So, put down that copy of Fortean Times, stop streaming the 1970s episode of In Search Of and check out Robot-13, creation of Thomas Hall and Daniel Bradford."
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Of all the sections of CBR, one of the hottest has to be Robot 6; they feature quick, intelligent and meaningful interviews with everyone in comics from the long time pro to the newcomer doing something exciting. Regardless of who they talk to, Robot 6 always provides their readers with something that makes you want to head out to your local comic shop and pick up the book you never intended to when you woke up in the morning...
Yesterday, Robot 6 posted an interview they did with me. You can read it here.
Today's image is the art for a new Glow-in-the-dark Robot 13 button that will be for sale soon...
Monday, May 25, 2009
Ain't It Cool says: "This looks to be an uber-fun series and the design of the hero and monsters are too cool to miss. Check out the Blacklist website for more info on how to get this damn fine book."
Comic Book Junkie says: "...these pages of the skull-headed robot protagonist fighting a giant octopus are simply delicious"
Platypus Robot says: "It's everything I love about comics: Robots, Monsters, and Big Fights!"
MondoComic dice: "Viendo el adelanto no podemos evitar sentir un aroma a Mignola que cubre todas estas páginas, pero el hecho de ver un esqueleto dentro de un traje de buzo ( ¿o será una carcaza de robot? ) luchando contra un pseudo-calamar gigante, ya dan ganas de leer esto..."
And The Beat, SF Signal and Battle Grip all thought we were newsworthy...
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
"Replace Hellboy with an undead cyborg in a body that looks like a diving suit, and you get Robot-13, created by Thomas Hall and Daniel Bradford. I just read the first tentacle monster-filled issue and give it a thumbs up. "
Adventures In Nerdliness Says:
"I liked it, and there is a tentacled fiend involved :-) ... it has a steampunk/Victorian super-science thing going on."
"What keeps this from devolving into negative territory is the strong story. The title character has no idea what or who it is or where it came from. All it knows is that it has an instinctual and irresistible drive to protect mankind from mythological creatures of destruction, and this first issue gives him ample opportunity to do so. "
Calvin's Canadian Cave Of Coolness Says:
"You got a robot with a skull encased in a bubble helmet fighting a giant octopus. HELLO! So where is my cartoon and action figure already?"
Monday, May 18, 2009
BlacklistStudios.com is our main website, and we also have a Myspace page here.
Robot 13 has a snazzy Myspace page that you can see here.
Robot 13 also has a newly updated Comicspace Page here.
Daniel's art- both from Robot 13 and beyond- can be seen on his DeviantArt page here.
Daniel and I also have Facebook pages. Befrend us if you aren't serial murders.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
One true Writer is Australian Robert Hood; he has not only written novels- he has produced short stories, children's books, plays, works of criticism and non-fiction at the highest levels. He's won a boatload of awards and he has one of the coolest Horror blogs out there called Undead Backbrain.
Today, I am humbled to say that Robert has not only read Robot 13, but he really likes it.
Check out his blog entry here and see for yourself what he had to say...
All I can say is wow.
And thank you.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
One thing I haven't done yet, however, is Tweet.
Do you want Blacklist Studios to give you Twitter updates?
Let me know- if I hear back from enough of you, we'll kick our Tweets off at MoCCA...
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Needless to say, neither one of us wanted to take the hook out of it's mouth, so we cut our losses (and the line) and let the turtle drop back into the water from whence it came...
On the way back home, my dad & I stopped for ice cream. As usual, I couldn't decide which flavor to get- I was a big Chocolate ice cream fan, but they had a very tasty Black Raspberry ice cream there as well. I told my dad that I couldn't make up my mind about it, and he told me this, "Well, you almost lost a limb to Gamera today, so have a scoop of each..."
While it may sound like an odd mix, that double scoop combo is STILL my all time favorite, and when I go for a cone these days, that is my usual.
Why tell that story?
Maybe it's because, in some small way, Robot 13's sea beastie battles reminded me of that childhood memory.
Or maybe it was because Diamond Scoop covered Robot 13 today, and one scoop reminded me of two scoops of delicious ice cream...
Mmmmm. Ice Cream...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Newsarama went into great detail about the announcement here.
Giant Monsters Attack! also gave us a favorable mention...
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Here's the text of it in case you missed it:
Comic book creators debut new series at MoCCA Festival
BUTLER, NJ (May, 2009) – It was the most unusual catch the fisherman had ever seen: a robotic creation with a skull for a head!
ROBOT-13 has no idea what or who it is, nor where it came from. All it knows is that it has an instinctual and irresistible drive to protect mankind from mythological creatures of destruction.
Two people who do know something about the creature are Thomas Hall and Daniel Bradford, the creators of this new comic book series from Blacklist Studios set to debut at this year’s Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art (MoCCA) Festival.
As fantastical and imaginative as the premise of ROBOT-13 is, it all came together organically for Hall and Bradford.
“Daniel had this robot design he was working on, and I had been reading Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ at the time,” explains writer and co-creator Hall. “I thought there could be a connection. Frankenstein was really a product of its day. People wondered if science had any limits and whether it should have them,” he continues.
Hall decided it would be fun to play with a main conceit of the Frankenstein legend. “If something is created that can think and reason, what would that creation think about itself?”
The original Frankenstein novel was subtitled, “A Modern Prometheus,” as a nod to the titan of Greek mythology who stole fire to give to mortals. Mythology plays a role in ROBOT-13 as well.
“There’s a very Ray Harryhausen-feel to something mechanical with a skull for a head,” notes Hall, referring to the man who created the special effects behind such mythological fantasy films as “Jason and the Argonauts,” “Clash of the Titans” and the Sinbad movies. “Naturally, we decided our robot should fight giant monsters from mythology, just like the ones in the movies we grew up with!”
The monster mash-up of the Frankenstein creature and Greek mythology goes beyond mere battles between behemoths, however.
“In Greek mythology, there’s always the journey where the hero goes to find himself. Having our “creature” follow that hero’s path, looking for who he was, gives me as a writer some great stuff to use. And who doesn’t love a giant monster fight?” explains Hall.
Working together since 2003, Hall and Bradford front Blacklist Studios. Other projects include their first series together, a moody, supernatural tale of serial killers and the apocalypse called “Enlightenment,” and the raucous action-comedy “KING!,” about a certain side-burned, peanut butter-and-banana-sandwich-eating rocker turned monster killer.
Now, striking the balance between “Enlightenment” and “KING!” comes ROBOT-13 #1. The full-color comic book with 24 action-packed story pages retails for $3.00. Readers can choose between two covers: a photo-realistic painted cover by fan-favorite Jeff Slemons or an edgy, frenetic cover done in signature style by series co-creator Daniel Bradford. Don’t miss Robot-13’s pulse-pounding debut, as he is dredged from the depths to battle a terrifying Kraken in the epic adventure, “Colossus!”
More information about ROBOT-13 and other Blacklist Studios titles can be found on the internet at www.blackliststudios.com. Readers can also visit the ROBOT-13 MySpace page at www.myspace/robotthirteen.