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Wednesday, March 03, 2010
"I've always liked stories about secret worlds -- places of magic and danger -- right under our noses. Undertown is such a world, and its savory stew of great characters, fever-dream storytelling filled with twists and betrayals and revelations and new mythology -- illustrated in panel after panel of detailed, gorgeous artwork -- makes it a winner. So make way for writer Jim Pascoe and illustrator Jake Myler; their tale of a boy's quest to save his father's life, in a world where giant insects battle furmen and where teddy bears come alive, is a dark, fun, bittersweet display of incredible imagination."
--Henry Selick, screenwriter/director of Coraline and director of A Nightmare Before Christmas
"Undertown manages the remarkable feat of being utterly original in both concept and execution, while still evoking the feeling of a time-honored tale that's been around for ages. It's comfortable and thrilling in equal measures -- but then, the best stories always are."
--James A. Owen, Creator of Starchild and the bestselling novel Here, There Be Dragons
"The Undertown graphic novels are a brilliant idea, wonderfully executed, mixing a classic children's quest with cool characters. My kids love the mixture of graphics, words and action action action."
--Denise Hamilton, nationally bestselling author and editor of Los Angeles Noir
"A post-punk adventure through the looking glass, Undertown, is action-packed and heartwarming, scary and surreal; featuring a soulful hero and a teddy bear with attitude."
--Mark Haskell Smith, author of Moist and Salty
Thursday, April 02, 2009
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Monday, March 30, 2009
First of all a big thank you to all of the Undertown fans for your patience. Obviously, book 2 did not come out in November of 2008 as originally planned. There are a number of reasons, but the good news is that the book is 100% complete. I have a finished drawn and lettered version, and I have to say I'm very proud. Jake's art is incredible. And I like the think the story is much better than book 1.
Meanwhile, I'm hard at work on finishing book 3, which may require and even LONGER wait. Please trust me when I say I am doing EVERYTHING I can to make sure that YOU get these books -- this means a LOT to me.
If you want to know what you can do to help, please write to Tokyopop and tell them you want more UNDERTOWN. Even better ... please spread the word to your friends. Buy an extra copy and give it to someone you like. Ask your local bookstore to order more copies. If your newspaper doesn't have Undertown in the Sunday comics section, write them and tell them to add it (it's available from Universal Press Syndicate). The more we continue to sell, the sooner you will see all three books.
Apparently, Amazon has put up a notification page for book 2. Please sign up to show your support -- it's not a preorder, so it doesn't cost ANYTHING.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Wow, where the heck did I go? Well, a lot of thing have happened recently ... maybe I can find the time to tell everyone about a few bits. Hang in, my friends!
Monday, July 07, 2008
Hard to believe that Undertown has been running in the Sunday comics section of major newspapers for over 6 months now, and we appear to be just starting! This past Sunday we welcomed another paper to the fold -- the Concord Monitor from Concord, NH.
To celebrate, the paper ran an article on manga, for which I was interviewed. You can check it out here.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
A review like this makes all the struggle of being a writer worthwhile. From Tokyopop.com comes this fan review:
Undertown is an amazing book. And I didn't even know about it until recently! I was reading the comics in the newspaper because I particularly enjoyed the tokyopop manga section. Then, as usual, the manga changed, and it happened to be Undertown. Now, it didn't catch my attention quite at first, but by the second or third time it appeared I was interested. So as I was heading to Borders, I thought I'd check it out, even though I planned on buying another novel. It wasn't there, and I didn't have much money for anything else, so I left, but the next time I went, I bought Undertown. Up until this point, I was interested by undertown, but not extremely excited...Well that changed. When I finished reading Undertown, I was thrilled by it and I'm proud to say that it is one of my favorite manga now.
What makes Undertown so great is not only the artwork and appealing cover, but also the story. I think it is a very exciting plot line, and no part is too slow. The characters are also very well developed and you don't figure everything out in the first book, that is some things are still left unsolved, and that makes me even more excited for the second book! My favorite character is Sama, because he is not your average hero. He is an ordianry boy thrown into difficult situations and has room to develop further in the future books of Undertown. Overall, if it weren't for that newspaper, I'd be missing out on something truly special.
-- by Sassysapphire20
Thanks, Sassy. Book 2 is for you and all the other fans like you!
Friday, June 06, 2008
Given my interest in discussing the process of writing (see my Writers Tips posts on this site), I thought it would be interesting to share the complete script for my recent manga book, UNDERTOWN. So I'm serializing it on Tokyopop.com -- a new page every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, along with "creator commentary" that either explains some of my crazy ways or offers some kind of behind-the-scenes insight.
Today is the end of week one, so there are already three pages up. Because I have over 1400 members of my online fan club, The Undertown Explorers, and because many of them are aspiring manga writers, I'm hoping that we can start a discussion not just about Undertown the story, but about the nuts and bolts of writing comics.
Also of interest is the fact that this is the "shooting script," which is to say that it's the version that Jake Myler used to draw the book. After the whole thing was written and the book was drawn in pencil, I went back and polished all of the dialog. So adventurous writers-in-training can compare this version with what was published and try to figure out why I made the changes I did.
The script serialization located here. I hope you get something out of this peek behind the curtain.
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