More Press for Poe (and Me)

Happy Friday, friends! We made it!

Before you start what I hope is an amazing weekend, I have a couple things to share with you…


Please check out my new interview with Nicole D’Andria of Comic Frontline. Nicole asked some excellent questions and I gave, what I hope, are excellent answers.



John McGuire of Tessera had some kind words to say about our Little Poe Kickstarter for his “Steampunk Friday” post! You can read that:


Have a great weekend, friends! I hope you will be safe and happy, surrounded by the ones you love.



Piccadily Weepers & Dundrearys

My husband is fascinated with beards. Not your everyday, run-of-the-mill-type beard, but those wildy overgrown Victorian beards. Whenever we watch something historical on the History Channel (which is rare because the History Channel is now full of reality shows like Axe Men) Dwight is always commenting on the beards. Throughout the show, he will exclaim, "I want one like that!" Then he will slowly stroke his beard with a look of longing. I begin to get antsy because I know where he is heading with this:

“I shall attempt to grow my beard that long!”

At one time, I was not a beard fan. Unless it was of the Santa Clause, or Charles Dickens variety.

Okay… beards have been around longer than the Bible, and it is interesting to see how they have changed throughout time. It is true that in the late 1860s to the 1890s, the majority of men had beards–and most of them hung low with enormous mutton chops. In fact, the title of this blog comes from two different types of beards, the latter being modeled after the character Lord Dundreary in Tom Taylor’s play Our American Cousin.

Whenever someone mentions Steampunk, I immediately think of a dashing fellow with a stovetop hat and long beard. There is something about a beard that makes a man look well-read. Unless, of course, you have the crazy curlycue ones that go to the knees, and then they look just plain mental!

Whether or not Dwight will ever obtain the beard he wishes, one can only hope.

And yes, I know this post has nothing whatsoever to do with comics or novels, but I thought I would take a break from blogging about work–because we are actually busy doing it.

From the Beard Coach:

I decided it was time
For me to be a man.
So I went and threw my razor
In the garbage can.
If I didn’t cultivate it.
It would be a crime.
So I’m gonna grow my beard
Until the end of time.
All this hair upon my face
It grows there naturally.
Having me a long beard
Is the way I’m meant to be.
I don’t care if people say
I look like Z-Z Top.
Gonna keep on growin’
And I’m never gonna stop.
Don’t you know, I like the way
It billows in the breeze.
Just for fun I’m gonna let it
Grow down past me knees.
Gonna let it grow and grow
Until it hits the floor.
When that isn’t long enough
I’ll let it grow some more.

Have a great weekend,

P.S. New contest on Monday!

[I’m off to grow my Dundreary precipitately! Pip, pip! -Dwight]

Pre-Order Dead Men: DECIMATION on!

Artist: Zeke

Avast Ye Scurvy Knaves!

The Story:

In the golden age of piracy, Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, and Black Bart Roberts, the three most reviled pirates in history, contended for the most sacred prize the world has ever known – the lost Relics of Christ!

300 years later…

Present day: Archaeologist Samuel Cahn receives a mysterious package that turns his world upside-down! Pursued by unknown assassins and the undead pirate Blackbeard and his zombie crew, Cahn flees to the Middle East with his fiancée and bodyguard Winston. There, Cahn learns that he was chosen to end the curse of the Holy Relics once and for all. But nothing is at it appears, and Blackbeard isn’t the only one who would move Heaven and Earth to possess the Treasures of Christ.

From the Harvey and Eagle Award nominated writer of The Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo and DC Comics’ SIDEWISE comes the bold final installment of the supernatural swashbuckling pirate epic Dead Men Tell No Tales.


Don’t miss the groundbreaking sequel to the sold-out graphic novel Dead Men Tell No Tales as we close the book on Dead Men forever.

Or do we? [insert sinister laugh]



Rebecca’s Revenge


Rebecca here, and seeing that Dwight has stepped away from the laptop,  I have taken over the blog for a wee bit (insert crazy scientist laughter here).

Dwight has been super busy editing a couple scripts, so I decided to post a short entry to let you know that SIDEWISE is not lost. We will have major news to report very soon, and we thank you for your patience.

MacPherson Media has quite a few projects in the works – one of which I know Dwight hinted about a while back.  The video game story is progressing well and we are already plotting out our second novel.

In case you missed it, check out this nifty interview with Dwight where he uses the word “bumblepuppy.” Yes, seriously. It’s definitely worth checking out.

By now, everyone we know, including Godzilla (don’t ask) is in San Diego prepping for SDCC. A big hello to all of our fellow Zuda creators who will be signing (what? phantom digital comics?!) and the DC team who will no doubt be in network heaven central for many a creator. I hope you guys and gals are having a blast.

As much as we would love to be there, I am a bit glad that I won’t be braving the ginormous crowds this year. Plus, we have our manager shopping our properties for us, so I am more at ease and not feeling left out.

We’ll have much more news to share in the near future, so please stay tuned.


The Future of SIDEWISE?

What’s Going on?

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On July 1st, Zuda announced that they were being “folded into DC Comics’ exciting, new Digital Publishing initiative.” Since the announcement was made, I have received numerous phone calls, e-mails, DMs and private messages asking if SIDEWISE will be included in DC Comics’ digital catalog.

It is a question that I am not at liberty to answer.


But I will tell you this: You will most certainly see new SIDEWISE in the near future.

More News to Come

Please stay tuned for future developments, and thank you for your overwhelming support and encouragement. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

SIDEWISE Commentary Page 46 (Thursday, June 24th)

Welcome Back

As promised, here is the weekly commentary page.

It’s been a crazy week–again. Lots of cool projects on the horizon. One of them involves video game designer American McGee. Yes, as in American McGee’s Alice.

More information to come very soon. It’s exciting news, and I can’t wait to share it with you.


Check out these amazing stage-by-stage videos created by SIDEWISE artist Igor Noronha.


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Looks like Conrad and part of Tesla’s team are in a heap of trouble. Will Tesla arrive too late?

Stay tuned, Lords and Ladies. You do not want to miss the sensational final act of SIDEWISE Season 1.

Back to Work in 3, 2…

I need to get back to work, but I appreciate you stopping by. Please continue to spread the word about SIDEWISE as we prepare to pitch Season 2. We need your help to ensure that we get to continue the story.

Until next week…

SIDEWISE Commentary Page 45 (Thursday, June 17th)

Salutations, Lords and Ladies!

This has been an extremely busy week. So much good stuff going on, it’s a pity I can’t share any of it yet.

But I will spill the beans very, very soon.

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Gascoine would make a great host for the Inquisition–don’t you think? “My name is Gascoine. I’ll be your torturer today.”

Sadly, the storm will bring much more than a Tesla-powered dirigible.

Until Next Week…

Sorry for the short entry, but I have a lot of exciting projects to get to work on (including a second novel).

Oh, and thank you for supporting SIDEWISE! I appreciate each and every one of you.

SIDEWISE Commentary Page 44 (Thursday, June 10th)


As promised, here is your weekly SIDEWISE commentary page. I will continue to post commentary each Thursday as we conclude the third act of Season 1.

Unless I’m trapped in a parallel universe (again)… in which case, my lovely wife Rebecca will publish an updated blog post.

SIDEWISE illustration by the super-talented writer/artist Andrew Drilon


Wait a tick. Did Adam just say “that none of us would survive?!”

Indeed. No one is safe in SIDEWISE.

No one.

Which is not to say that Adam will die, but it does make you think–doesn’t it?

Parting Shot

As you have no doubt surmised by now, SIDEWISE is a long-form story.

In order to continue into Season 2, I need your help.

The simplest way to assist us is to read SIDEWISE each week and leave a comment. Believe it or not, this will help us quite a bit. Zuda wants to see that people are reading. Why would they possibly continue a story no one cares about?

If you wish to do more to help, you can also post about SIDEWISE on your blog, link to SIDEWISE on your Facebook page, tweet about it–help spread the word. If you would like to post SIDEWISE banners on your blog, please contact me at and I’ll send them post haste.

We can’t do it without you, so please help us spread the word.

Special thanks to those who have supported us from the beginning, and thanks to those who will join the cause after reading this post.

I truly appreciate your assistance!

All right, I need to get back to work, so I’ll see you next week, Lords and Ladies.

A Big Ol’ Update of Awesomeness

Yes, I Am Alive

First off, I’d like to apologize for the long lapse in blog posts. It’s been an extremely busy past few months for me and my lovely wife Rebecca.

During the course of the past several months, we’ve traveled to France (Ah, Paris…), completed a young adult novel, and prepared a book of short stories, poetry and comic scripts for publication.

I’ll share more as I am able to.

And it won’t take me six months to do it.



As you are well aware, I’m sure, I’ve fallen hopelessly behind on my SIDEWISE commentary posts, so I’d like to start off by making that right.

Beginning this Thursday, June 10th, I’ll update the commentary pages every Thursday when the new page is posted on Zuda’s site.

SIDEWISE Commentary Page 29

At last, we see Moriarty in his element. But is he man, demon… or something else entirely?

Listen up! We are about to learn of his insidious plan…


Minister Moriarty doesn’t mess around. With the Queen’s unwitting blessing, he and his disciples will attempt to infiltrate Tesla’s tower.

This scene effectively sets the stage for the final act of Season 1.


I love panel 3 on this page.

Lord Tesla has realized his mistake in sending his young warriors to appeal to the British exiles in Scotland. Unaware that Minister Moriarty has set his vile plan in motion, he is leaving the safety of his tower to make it right.


LORD TESLA TO THE RESCUE! [insert dramatic music]


Gascoine is such a fun character–don’t you think?

Joseph Conrad, author of The Heart of Darkness. It’s one of my favorite books, so I simply had to include him.


What could possibly be better than barrels of Tesla-powered laser rays?

I can’t think of a single thing, though barrels of Scotch may come close.


“Tiddlers” is a ridiculously-underused word, don’t you think?

And you thought Gascoine couldn’t look any crazier. BAM!



Also, did you catch the Milton reference?

Be honest, you.



‘Nuff said.


Ah, young brains in love.

This page is particularly amusing. If you look closely, you can imagine a young girl doing the same thing; falling onto a bed to dream of a past love.

It’s just humorous that this isn’t a young girl. IT’S A BRAIN, BABY!



Aren’t flashbacks the grooviest?

One interesting fact to note: both Victoria and Nikola are young.

Is this an important fact?

Come on… I’m not gonna tell you. (Yes.)


This is a fantastic page. It’s also the first real glimpse of Queen Victoria’s Orwellian police state.

And just who was that messenger?


Aw, yeah! Go time for Adam Graham.

But what is Hopping so irate about? It’s just a note–right?


Another “Oops page.” Lord Tesla’s warning falls on deaf ears.

Oh, this can’t be good at all…


Ah, the famous Athenaeum Club in London. Igor really nailed it–wouldn’t you agree?

An interesting development that could have far-reaching implications.

You’ll just have to wait and see.

Peace Out

I will see you this coming Thursday with the newest commentary page.

And thank you, once again, for your continued support and patience.

I should have some very exciting news to share very soon!

You (yes, YOU) rock.

SIDEWISE Commentary Page 28 (Thursday, February 18th)

Welcome, Fellow Time Travelers

I intended to post a follow-up to my entry on writing comedy before the new page of SIDEWISE posted–especially in light of the interest that submission generated.

To those who would create controversy, please see this eloquent and undeniably true quote from superstar author Orson Scott Card:

“The most important training, though, is to experience life as a writer, questioning everything, inventing multiple explanations for everything. If you do that, all the other things will come; if you don’t, there’s no hope for you.”

Lord Tesla

Page 28 Commentary

If you have not already read Page 28, please do so before reading this commentary piece.

We’ll wait for you.


As you can see, there is more to Lord Tesla than meets the eye!

But… while it is true that Tesla possesses advanced technological cognition–knowledge not consistent with the time period–has he truly traveled to another universe? And, if he has, then why bring Adam into a conflict in an alternate world instead of returning him to his own time?

It seems highly unlikely (but not impossible) that Tesla would lie to Adam. Especially after sharing the sordid secrets of his life.

When dealing with such enigmatic personalities, however, true intentions are not always immediately apparent, and lies become nothing more than means of manipulation.

Ah, but this may be much ado about nothing! It is best to see the story unfold without jumping to conclusions–don’t you think?

I’ll Be Back

Thank you for reading this week’s SIDEWISE commentary page! We have seen our views and favorites numbers explode at the Zuda site, so thanks for spreading the word! We truly appreciate your support and willingness to spread the word about our little steampunk extravaganza.

Until next week… adieu.