One of my friends (Keith Thomas (the Thomas listed above)) has just released a new comic book. He has always been interested in a career in comic books. I remember around fifteen years ago being tossed out of the Haunted School House (the house) on a summer day by him. It was my future wife, my best friend, his girlfriend, and I who were just playing in the house when we should have cleaned. Keith sent us home…. (you know, thinking about it why am I writing this praise of him j/k).
Working for years in the house I came to know Keith. He was always an avid comic book fan. Somewhere around 2000 he had mentioned that he had talked to Joe Quesada about resurrecting Cloak and Dagger. I never understood the appeal of those characters. Keith did. He had a passion and interest for them that I have never seen from anyone else. Everyone has favorite characters and characters they can talk about for hours. Few people can make lame heroes sound cool. He did. He could have turned those characters around and I would read them (regardless if he had written the stories or not).
Fast forward to this year. Keith has worked the comic conventions circuit for a while. He also had a few limited issues. His latest issue though is his biggest. He posted this picture on Facebook last night:
For the uneducated, that is a page from Previews, the monthly magazine which comic books shops use to order their books from. This is a major milestone for Keith. I also think he needs a little help in his success. I haven’t read the book, but I can tell I trust Keith’s storytelling. You will like this book.
Cricket: Agent of U.N.I.C.O.R.N. has the following synopsis:
Cricket jumps out of the pages of Critter as she takes on a Russian terrorist cell as well as tackling her own internal conflicts. Cricket has choices to make like any other super powered person, but has her life of crime and her desire to see the heroes of the world punished for her father’s death been worth the struggle? Villain or hero is a decision she has to make on her own – or with some careful nudging from Paradox.
I’m going to go out a limb, and say with that synopsis and the title, this book is going to be a fun ride. If you ever wanted to buy a book that may go up in value if the creator’s name shows up in big lights – this is your chance. You may have missed out on early Frank Miller comics or ones written by Eastman and Laird – but here is the chance to get something that might be really special.
So if you have an extra couple bucks ask your local retailer to order you this title. If you don’t have a local shop use the links below. Help my friend enjoy the fruits of his labor and let’s make this book a success. If you do pick up the book and want to get it signed, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.
Also support the publisher of Cricket, Big Dog Ink.