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The spring recipients for the Xeric grant have been announced and I'm one of them! If you're not familiar with The Xeric Foundation, it's a grant set up by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle co-creator Peter Laird, to help out indy comic creators.

I loved the Ninja Turtles growing up along with just about every other kid in America. I liked the mainstream stuff but I really loved the originals. It was just straight up cool. I loved the creativity and adventure aspect of it. My favorite story line was probably when the turtles discovered the TCRI building and the "krangs" then got transported to the Triceraton world. The return of Shredder storyline was right up there too. I've still got the First Graphic Novel color reprints on my book shelf.

So it's nice to have this connection with that. And really what a wonderful way for Peter Laird to give back to the community that brought him such phenomenal success. Comic Karma.

So what does this mean for me? A lot of work. I'll be collecting the first 4 issues in to a full color trade paper back. It will be digest size. I've got a number of pages to color, corrections to make and designing/laying out the book. Plus working with the printer and I'm soliciting through Diamond. Oh and marketing too.

So I'll be pretty busy for awhile. I didn't want to completely stop updating Haunted on the site but it looks like I am going to put it on hold for a bit.

And for all my friends, here is a sneak peak at the cover.

Haunted Preorder Contest!

I’m holding a contest to get the word out on Haunted. There is about a week and a half left to get orders in to comic shops 11/30.  You’re may be aware that I’m publishing Haunted myself so this is all new to me and I really could use your help with the final push.

The prizes:

Runner up A signed copy of Haunted with a sketch inside.
Grand Prize An original 8x10 Haunted watercolor painting. Haunted is drawn completely on the computer so this is truly a unique item. The grand prize winner also receives a signed copy of Haunted with a sketch inside.

This is the color rough I did for the painting. I'll post the watercolor when it's done.
Ricky & Briar color

The details:

The winners will be chosen randomly but you can increase your odds. All the entrants names will go in a pot then the 2 winners pulled. You enter by posting about Haunted. You can enter with as many posts as you like. Facebook, Myspace and Twitter count as 1 entry each. Mentions on blogs and websites count for 2 entries. The blog and website entries have to include one of the banners from below.

All the entries have to say what it is and include a link back to The idea is to get people to check it out and hopefully order the book. So if you’d like to personalize your post that would be great.

To let me know you’re in comment HERE or email me at  And let me know where you’ve posted so I can count you for however many entries.

And if your having trouble describing it just say it's like Goonies in a haunted house.

Thanks for your help. I sincerely appreciate it.



Banner 500 x 62 Preorder JPEG

Banner 728 x 90 Preorder JPEG


Pre Order Myspace JPEG

Preorder Form JPEG


I'm also working on new pages which means Haunted is getting ready to start regular updates again.  I'd also encourage you to check out my BLOG and add it to your rss feed or LJ Friends list. And for those that are inclined @joshuasmeaton


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