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Sunday, May 19, 2019

John Haynes: The Man With Nothing to Lose “B” Cover Concept





Sketched up another concept cover For John Haynes: The Man With Nothing To Lose.

This concept for this one is inspired by Billy Graham’s Luke Cage Hero For Hire #14’s cover. I loved the action in that cover because it was bold, dynamic and it really POPPED. It’s the kind of cover I believed would get old readers and new ones to pick up a John Haynes series book online. 


While I paid homage to Graham’s cover in my concept I changed some elements to fit John’s story for today. This one is set in the yard of John’s old junior high school in The Bronx. It’s nighttime and E’steem has been rendered powerless by the Chains of Hephestus. She watches helplessly as her man John throws down with The Block in a schoolyard brawl for his life against a former childhood bully who wants to become the stumblingblock that crushes The Man Who Rules The World. I wanted to put the Third Avenue housing projects in the far background, but I can’t draw that well.

As I changed the story of Graham’s cover to fit John’s, I changed Block’s composition in my concept because Big Ben’s composition is kind of wonky. I did my best to get him to look like the late Biggie Smalls, (who The Block is inspired by) but my drawing skills are…limited. His track suit is inspired by the Daredevil villain Bullet. I gave Block him some Jordans and a dookie rope to make him look like the kind of dope dealers who used to run the block back in the day.

I’m still figuring out which cover will be featured on John Haynes: The Man With Nothing To Lose. The feedback for both cover concepts on social media has been incredibly strong, and I’d love to pay homage to a Legendary Black comic artist with the Billy Graham concept and I’d also love to see my UK Avengers concept I posted a few weeks ago. Maybe I’ll offer two editions, one regular and a variant cover. Or Maybe I’ll offer one of the concepts as a pin-up inside the paperback and the eBook.

I’m hoping to have John Haynes: The Man With Nothing to Lose available as part of the SJS DIRECT 2020 catalog. I can’t wait to share this one with readers, it’s an action packed story that’s just like the classic Luke Cage comics of the 70s!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Robert Pattinson As Batman- WTF?

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Robert Pattinson is gonna be playing Batman in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

Damn. Just Damn.


Run that through your head: Robert Pattinson, Mr Twilight, Mr Sparkly vampire is who WB executives thought was the best choice to portray The Dark Knight.

NO. HELL NO.

Seriously, what are these WB executives on?  Fetanyl? Cause they got to be on some strong shit to cast this dude as Batman.

Just when you thought WB and DC Comics were getting their shit together with the movies, they fall right back into the gutter. We saw a glimmer of hope for great DC Superhero movies with Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Shazam! that captured the heart and spirit of DC Comic books but the recent teaser for The Joker and this announcement for The Batman has me wondering if WB/DC will ever stop being their own worst enemy. 

I swear WB and DC comics are just like a pair of crackheads. They show everyone signs that they’re gonna clean themselves up and start making steps in that direction, then….They wind up back on that stuff again.

Shit.

WB/DC Comics casting Robert Pattinson as Batman is one of the WORST decisions I’ve seen since they decided to make Halle Berry play Catwoman or the retarded decisions to cast Jesse Eisenberg or Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor. This dude doesn’t look anything like Bruce Wayne and doesn’t have any of Bruces’ debonair presence or Batman’s dark demeanor.

Worse, he has the acting range of a pushbroom left leaning on the side of a wall. His performance in the Twilight movies was laughable, and he definitely doesn’t have the acting ability of a Michael Keaton or a Christian Bale. Both of those actors understood nuance, something that is essential to playing Batman and gave us the chivalrous qualities of a Knight in addition to the Dark.

I’ve been hoping that Warner Brothers and DC Comics would get its shit together since 1997 when Batman & Robin almost destroyed the Superhero film genre. But it seems like they just can’t stop tripping over their own feet. It’s bad enough that the studio that invented the Superhero movie With Superman in 1978  and reinvented it with the Dark Knight Trilogy lost the superhero film wars to Marvel Studios in the late 2010s and haven’t  been to make any serious efforts to regain their crown as they attempted to build a DC Cinematic universe to compete With the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sadly, this decision to cast Pattinson as Batman shows that they still haven’t learned their lessons about the mistakes they made regarding how they make superhero films, and will continue making terrible films well into the mid 21st Century.  


I really wish Warner Brothers could get itself together. They have the greatest catalog of superhero characters, and they have all the resources they need to make some really great superhero movies. But what they need is someone with a vision and a direction to get their Superhero films on the right track the way Paul Dini and Bruce Timm with their Animation division. Because if they had that visionary they could start working towards giving Kevin Fiege and Disney a run for his money and let them know the MCU ain’t the only superhero movie game in town.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Graphic Novel Patreon Campaign





If  10,000 people donate $1 or $2  to the Patreon I can raise the money to publish my first comic in no time! And if I can raise the funds, all the Patrons would get a FREE digital copy of the Isis graphic novel!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Black Women & The Tenth Commandment



Eighty percent of Black Women say they are Christians. However, Eighty percent of Black women violate the Tenth Commandment without even knowing it.

The Tenth Commandment says thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house. However, most Black women covet everything White women have. 

The sad fact is most Black women covet the beauty that they believe White Women have in American society. They covet the attention White Women receive in American society. They covet the social status White Women have in American society. And they want to be elevated to the high position of social power White Women have been given by White Men in society.

When Black women covet the beauty of White Women they sin against The Living God. Making the image of White woman a god they put before the Living God who created them.

A God who said His followers are to have no other gods before them.

Jesus stated that no man can serve two masters, they’ll love one and hate the other. And Black Women shows how much she hates The Living God by her lust after the appearance and position of a White Woman.

When Black women covet White beauty and White beauty standards they deify White people. And instead of them having their eyes on God, they have their eyes on the White man and the White woman and make efforts to please them instead of the God who created them.  

Showing how little they Love the Living God. And how much they love the gods they truly serve, the White Man and White Woman. 

The reason why so many Black women deify White people and covet White beauty and White power is making the mistake of believing that the White Woman is her neighbor. However, she is not her neighbor.

She is her enemy.

An enemy who puts her at enmity with God. Because those who put a god before them like most Black women who worship White people have are an enemy of The Living God. And In their quest to receive the acceptance of False gods in this life, most Black women put their souls at risk of  eternal damnation. 

The Truth is as  Black women covet White beauty and White power they don’t love White women as they love themselves. Instead they are jealous and envious of them because they covet the attention their beauty standards and social position get them.

Coveting White Beauty and the position of White Women is not just self-hatred, it shows a hatred of God. It shows ingratitude towards the God who created Black women by saying what He created as perfect wasn’t good enough. That what He made needs to be changed to meet the standard of a false god.

When Black women sew in a White woman’s hair into their head bleach their skin and cut off their beautiful Black noses and lips to appear White, they show the world they don’t serve The Living God, they serve false gods, the White man and White Woman.

Black women need to understand that God made Black women. He knew what he was doing when he made your skin and He knew what He was doing when he made your hair. He made you in His Image. And He made you PERFECT.

Black woman, The Living God loves you. And you need to understand that if The God who created loves you and sees you as perfect you should love yourself enough to see the you He created as perfect.

God made your dark skin perfect. He made your kinky hair perfect. So stop trying to change it to meet the standard of beauty of a false god of your own creation.

Instead of coveting the White woman’s beauty and the position that White women have in Satan’s world system, Black women need to see the power of the position God has given them in His Natural Order. As the Helpmeet and support of the Black man God has given you great power. And if you embrace the love of the Living God and the Black Man he gave you, He will bless you to be in a greater place in His Kingdom  than any place you could be in The White Man’s fiefdom.

Friday, April 26, 2019

E’steem: The Sands Of Time Easter Eggs



E’steem: The Sands of Time was originally written to be a stand alone story that gave readers a look at E’steem’s past and show readers what kind of heroine she was before she became the she-demon.

Continuity wise in the SJS DIRECT Universe, E’steem: The Sands of Time takes place before the events of the eBook Baptism of Blood: TheOrigin of E’steem.

The story for E’steem: The Sands of Time was inspired by Disney Princess movies like Little Mermaid, Beauty And the Beast and Frozen. With E’steem: Sands of Time I wanted to write a story to show it was possible to write a story in the Disney Princess model featuring a Black Princess and tell a story of Black-On-Black love that transcended time.

Yeah, I know Disney made a movie featuring Black Disney Princess The Princess and the Frog. But Princess Tiana isn’t from a royal bloodline like E’steem is. Nor does she have a Black prince as a love interest like E’steem has.

 In The Sands of Time, E’steem is a Princess from the Royal Katian Bloodline who has been adopted by the Egyptian gods. So she’s a real Princess. And her prince John Haynes will grow up to become The CEO of Morris Phillips known as The Man Who Rules The World in her era. That’s as close to a king as you’ll get in America.

I wrote E’steem The Sands of Time to show Black perspective of Ancient Egypt. Every Egyptian character in the story is designed to be BLACK. And I wrote all the characters I imagined BLACK actors as the characters.

Princess E’steem is inspired by actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Whenever I write E’steem’s narrative and dialogue I always hear Salli’s voice as E’steem’s.
Salli was the voice of Elisa Maza in Disney’s Gargoyles in the 1990s, and from her work on that show and the strong performances she’s given in the numerous films she’s done over the years like How U Like Me Now, Posse, A Low Down Dirty Shame, Pastor Brown and I Will Follow, show she definitely has the acting ability to her play a Disney Princess.

With Sands of Time I wanted to show how Ancient Egyptian women had significant roles in the Egyptian empire and how they contributed to society. What many don’t know is Ancient Egyptian women had lots of rights in Ancient Egyptian society and could get educations and work in jobs at the side of men. And I wanted to show how women had job prospects in Ancient Egyptian society by showing how Princess E’steem aspired to become a priestess in Pharaoh, Osiris’ temple.



The Suitors Baka, Dartrius and Ma-Sil in E’steem’s past are inspired by the thirsty guys I’d see in my South Bronx neighborhood back in the 1980s. With the suitors I wanted to show how thirsty dudes are something that transcend time. If guys didn’t holla at females civilization wouldn’t go on!

E’steem’s suitor Baka is named after the Master Builder character the late Vincent Price played in the 1956 Cinematic classic The Ten Commandments. And the reason why working for one of the builders is to pay homage to that film.

E’steem’s suitor Dartrius is play on the name Darius. I thought the name was Egyptian enough for a guy.

E’steem’s Suitor Ma-Sil is inspired by actor Dondre T.Whitfield, Salli Richardson Whitfield’s husband. Whenever I heard Ma-Sil’s dialogue I always heard Dondre’s voice as Ma-Sil. I always thought Dondre had an amazing range as an actor from his roles like Robert on The Cosby Show, Terrance Frye on All My Children guest spots on shows like Girlfriends and Second Time Around. I thought he’d be great to voice over the suitor who was the most aggressive in his pursuit of E’steem.

The-Name Ma-Sil is a homage to Ka-El Superman’s Kryptonian name. It’s a homage to comic books, the place where I learned how to read and write.

I originally planned a chapter for the jealous girls E’steem said bullied her in E’steem: Ascension to be featured in Sands of Time, but just couldn’t fit them into the story.  Maybe in the next flashback story.

The 14-year-old John Haynes in this one is based on myself back in the days of the 1980s. I drew a lot from my freshman years at Park West High School to write the 14-year-old version of John Haynes. A lot of the problems I had were his and a lot of the routines John participated in back then were things I actually did growing up in the South Bronx. Story wise The John in this story is coming off the breakup he had with his first girlfriend Tisha that was mentioned in The Temptation of John Haynes and is trying to move past the bullying and harassment he endured in Junior High school. I wanted to give a glimpse of who he was in 1987 and how he would grow into the man he is today.

The run in with Durrell Kelly in John’s opening chapter of The Sands of Time is actually based on a real life experience I had with guys I used to go to school with at IS 148. Whenever they’d run into me on the train when I was going to Park West back in 1987 they’d love to bring up many of my past fights in Junior High. Back then I wanted to get a fresh start in High School and show people I could be an achiever who got good grades in school. Unfortunately, people back then didn’t want to see who I was working to become and kept trying to throw the past in my face.

The scenes of John Haynes in the 149th Street 3rd Avenue Train station at the start of The Sands of time were actually part of my routine when I was attending Park West High School. Back then I’d ride the 55 bus to the train station and take the 2 train to 72nd Street to get a 1 train to 50th Street to go to school.

On Fridays, I’d take the 2 train to 42nd Street and Times Square to get comic books from the newsstand there before taking a 1 train back up to 50th Street to go to school. Afterschool, on some Fridays I’d get a Two slices of pizza and I’d be ready to start my weekend watching Saturday morning cartoons.

14-year-old John’s outfit in Sands Of Time reverses the colors of his adult clothes. While the adult John wears a Forest green shirt, black jeans and Chelsea boots, the teenage John wears what teenagers wore back in 1987, a black mock turtleneck and his pants are olive surplus BDUs. He also wears Reebok Ex-O-Fit high tops like I wore back in my Park West days. 

The comic books John picks up were usually released on the Friday of the fourth week of the Month in 1987. Usually Batman, Iron Man, West Coast Avengers and Captain America came out at the end of the month in the late 1980s.

The TV Shows and movies John talks about Star Trek The Next Generation and Back To the Future 14-year old John talks about are Stuff I used to watch as a teenager. Back when my family used to rent videos in the 1980s I watched Back to the Future over a dozen times and that film and 1984’s The Terminator was the foundation for everything I learned about Time Travel Stories and the time travel story paradigm.

The Pharaoh Osiris is inspired by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Whenever I write Osiris I always hear Sam Jackson’s voice as the Pharaoh. Samuel L. Jackson has played everything from the hitman Jules in Pulp Fiction to Mace Windu in Star Wars prequel Films to Nick Fury in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. If there’s anyone who could play Egypt’s First Pharoah, it’s him.  

In The Sands of Time we see how close Osiris is to E’steem. The way E’steem playfully banters with her father in this story is a contrast to the bitterness she has for him in the first Isis. Osiris has big dreams and big expectations of E’steem and he wants to see her achieve them as a Child of the Gods.

Queen Isis is inspired by actress Angela Bassett. Whenever I’d write Queen Isis’ dialogue I always imagined Angela Bassett’s voice as the Queen. Angela Bassett has a regal presence like an Egyptian Queen, and I always wanted to see her play that role in a film.

In E’steem: The Sands of Time Queen Isis is concerned about E’steem’s well-being. She sees the pressure all of Osiris’ expectations are putting on her and just wants E’steem to enjoy her youth before taking on the adult responsibilities of becoming a priestess.

Both Queen Isis and Osiris’ subplots foreshadow the events of the storyline of Baptism of Blood- The Origin of E’steem and hint at E’steem’s future.

E’steem’s mentor Mamnet is inspired by actress Suzanne Douglas. Suzanne Douglas played the Mom in The Parent Hood. Whenever I’d hear Manmnet’s dialogue in my head I’d hear Suzanne’s voice. And her warm kind performance would be perfect for a High Priestess who was making efforts to prepare a young eager princess for the priesthood.

Mamnet is another name I took from the 1956 Cinematic Classic The Ten Commandments. However, this time I wanted to show how she was a servant of the Pharaoh, and not some bitter old crone like in the movie.

The villain of the story Decadia is inspired by actress Jada Pinkett Smith. Seeing Jada’s work in numerous films like Matrix Reloaded, Set It off, and Gotham I know she has the chops to play a high-tech villain.

 Decadia’s 1980s leather outfits and braided hairstyles are partially inspired by 1980s fashions and Jada’s leather outfits when she played Niobe in The Matrix Reloaded. Her futuristic leather outfits are meant to be a contrast to the Ancient Egyptian attire and John’s 80’s fashions.

The chapter where John is transported to Ancient Egypt is was inspired by a scene in the Canadian Animated series Class Of The Titans from Nelvana. In that animated series Herry, the descendant of Hercules is sucked down in the sands of a hourglass from our time to Ancient Greece. I thought that kind of visual effect would be fun way to bring John into Ancient Egypt and have his first confrontation with Decadia and her Chronosoldiers.

Lucifer is inspired by actor Keith David. Whenever I write Lucifer’s narration and dialogue I always hear Keith David’s voice as Lucifer.

The Chapter where John Plays Whitney Houston’s How Will I know is inspired by a scene in the movie Back To The Future Where Marty McFly is in the 1950s and plays Van Halen to wake up his future Dad to give him the message to ask his mother out. With that chapter I wanted to show how music brings people together

I chose Whitney’s How Will I know because it’s a fun perky song and captures the spirit of the 80s. It encapsulates the innocence of teenage love, and makes us ponder how will E’steem know if she loves John.

The Chapter where Esteem washes John’s feet is based on a tradition in Ancient Egypt. Usually when a traveler was a guest in a wealthy man’s home his servants would wash their hands and feet. For a Princess to attend to a man and wash a man’s feet is a sign that he is an honored guest in their home. And that the Princess has a thing for him.

The bedroom encounter between teenage E’steem and John is meant to contrast events that transpired in Chapter 102 of The Temptation ofJohn Haynes. Both scenes are meant to show how consistent E’steem’s character is as related to her moral beliefs and principles. It’s that dedication to her beliefs that lead E’steem to make hard choices regarding her relationship with John in both stories.

The love story of The Sands of Time isn’t just about John and E’steem falling in love, but showing how much they love those who don’t love them. John and E’steem are two misfit teenagers who the world has shown no love in either of their eras. And even though they have found love with each other, they selflessly sacrifice their relationship to save a world of people who haven’t shown them any love. What makes E’steem and John heroes in this story is the courage they have to let each other go and the faith they have in God knowing that He’ll let them find each other again when His time is right.

I was working on E’steem: The Sands of Time when my father passed away in December of 2017. I think I was writing around Chapter 32 or so when I got the news.

I stopped work on E’steem: The Sands of Time to go to his funeral in North Carolina and didn’t return to work on the book until January. Even though I grieved his loss I committed myself to finish the story.

E’steem: The Sands of Time and The Legendary Mad Matildawere the two books I was working on when I found out about my father’s health issues in 2017. They’re two books that mean a lot to me because they’re the last two books I was working on when he was alive.

I originally planned to release E’steem Sands of Time as part of the Spring 2018 catalog as a standalone with Isis: Escape From Transylvania and John Haynes: A Conversation With Death. But Bill Walko wasn’t available to do the cover in June.

 So I postponed the book until the fall when he was available making it a part of Fantasy Flashback Fall with another delayed book 2016’s Isis: Imitation of Life. And Bill gave me a MASTERPIECE of a cover in October. If I ever made an animated version of Sands of Time, Bill would be the artist I’d hire to do the designs and lead the animation team!

The response to E’steem: The Sands of Time has been extremely positive. Since its release in October 2018 it’s been the best-selling E’steem series book EVER. It’s received critical praise from readers and is seen by many as a heartwarming love story on the level of Disney’s Princess movies.

Will I do another story about teenage E’steem? Only time will tell.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

E’steem Goddess Of? Now Available in Paperback & KindleUnlimited



 

ISBN-13: 978-1979732161


Torment! While E’steem prepares for her new role as a goddess, the demonic dominatrix Avarisk, The Tormentor hopes to make her life a living hell when she pays a visit to the Island of Solitude. Can New Heliopolis’ new goddess use her new powers to beat back the deadly dominatrix?






If you’ve read E’steem: Ascension, you definitely have to pick up E’steem Goddess of?! Dealing directly with the aftermath of the events of E’steem: Ascension and all the major changes the E’steem character went through in that story this story showcases E’steem’s new avatar powers as she takes on the deadly demonic dominatrix Avarisk, The Tormentor.

And if you’re new to the E’steem series, this is the book you want to pick up. This is the start of E’steem’s second story arc. Now that E’steem is no longer a part of Lucifer’s Legion, she’s getting ready to take her life in new direction. LOTS OF BIG THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN THIS STORY! SO YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE!