Devil’s Due Entertainment Comic Convention Tour

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I am a HUGE fan of Devil’s Due Entertainment who has such great books as Mercy Sparxx and the upcoming book, , Squarriors. I was first introduced to Squarriors and Devil’s Due owner/creator Josh Blaylock at SENYC and I was hooked. I’ve been a fan ever since and will do all that I can to assist the Devil’s Due team. So imagine my surprise when I walk onto the floor at Baltimore Comic Con and seeing the devilishly handsome Josh Blaylock.

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I reintroduced myself when I saw Josh at the Devil’s Due Entertainment booth and he said, “I know who you are.” jinkies! Josh thanked me for all the support that VixenVarsity.com has done for the upcoming book Squarriors. It was a no-brainer for me, honestly, warrior squirrels? HELLO! When I asked if Josh was attending NYCC, he said he wasn’t and that currently Devil’s Due Entertainment is currently on a comic convention tour. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Devil’s Due, see the schedule below and hopefully you can make it to one of the Midwest conventions.

9/10: Packrat Comics – Hilliard OH (TODAY) 4PM to 7PM
9/11: Superfly Comics – Springfield OH 4 PM to 7PM
9/19-9/21: Cincinnati Comic Expo ALL WEEKEND w/ Josh Blaylock, K. Lynn Smith, Ashley Marie Witter, & Ash Maczko

I was slightly bummed that Team Ash (Ashley Marie Winter and Ash Mackzo) wasn’t at Baltimore Comic Con, but Josh assured me it was for a good reason, Ashley had a ton of drawing to do for, Squarriors. I’ll allow it. Josh also rubbed it in my face that he read Squarriors and of course it is amazing, but he gifted me with this Tin Kin convention special book…so all is forgiven.

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In other Devil’s Due Entertainment news:

Devil’s Due Creator Update –
“From the get-go the whole TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” decided that we were going to spoil as little as possible about the book itself, aside from saying it’s both a sequel and a prequel to the first TPB collection. That being said, the advance reviews from critics and fans a like have been unanimously positive — and horrified. If you like good, cerebral horror, make sure you pre-order this title or come snag a copy from me on my massive fall convention tour!”
-Dirk Manning

Tales of Mr Rhee Karmageddon

Tales of Mr. Rhee: Karmageddon #1 hits stores September 24th, but YOU CAN GET IT SOONER – Through the DD Webstore, you can get Tales of Mr. Rhee: Karmageddon #1 starting this Friday! We’re also offering TOMR: Karmageddon #1 for FREE if you order the Tales of Mr. Rhee trade paperback through the DD Webstore from 9/12 to 9/17.

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If you haven’t heard of Devil’s Due Entertainment take some time and check them out, I’m pretty sure you’ll like what you see. I have 10 years of Hack/Slash to catch up on, so if the site isn’t updated you know why. I kid. I kid.

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VixenVarsity Interviews Squarriors Creators TeamAsh

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Last week ProfessorBLove and Dean Vixen interviewed the creative team behind the upcoming comic Squarriors, Ash Mackzo (AM) and Ashley Marie Witter (AMW)

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Dean Vixen: Congrats on the success and reaching your kickstarter goal! How in the heck does it feel?

AM: I’m in awe of the support we got for a unproven comic series. I hit the refresh button over 100 times a day/night. It feels good that we cleared the goal. But now I want more. I want to get #2 on track.

DV: I know you probably get tired of answering this question, but sorry I have to go there. What’s with the squirrels? I’m sort of petrified by those critters.

AM: I love squirrels, I think they get a bad wrap actually but, in general, I just love animals. I am fascinated by the epic world they live in.

DV: I had one in my house and I screamed like I was being murdered by Freddy Kruger. Haven’t been a fan…til now. Now they’re getting a different kind of wrap in Squarriors.

AM: Yeah, I wouldn’t necessarily want them running around in my house. I wouldnt mind a pet squirrel… I used to have a raccoon.

AMW: I totally want squirrels in our house…I’m just going to open a window or three and start feeding them…they can model for me.

AM: I think it would be cool if people started looking at squirrels as something cool… “look at that squarrior!” instead of just thinking of them as rodent pests.

DV: Ashley you are amazing, it’s definitely what drew me in. It’s so hypnotizing. This huge squirrel who is striking fear into me. I was sold. You have these two tribes, Tin Kin vs Maw. So dangerous so bloody.

AMW: I wanted to challenge myself artistically with Squarriors (cause it’s personal to me) But a lot of it was about capturing Ash’s story.

AM: The animals in Squarriors are just normal sized… not man-sized. They are still small little creatures, living in a post-human world. living among massive artifacts left behind by man.

ProfessorBLove: Everything is done from our perspective.

AM: Exactly. think of what a cat really is to a little field mouse…. this massive, unstoppable monster. a blood thirsty predator… scary. Imagine the possibilities of a commune of small animals living in a decaying skyscraper. Just that one building would be an entire universe to explore.

PBL: Does the condition we leave the world in play a part in the story?

AM: Yes. Not so much as a ecological problem, but a technological mystery.

PBL: So what we left behind isn’t something the animals really understand.

AM: Exactly. Where Squarriors starts is just 10 years after humans left, so there is a decade of animal history, but its the start of a new civilization. Imagine if man just appeared on a planet… as primitive beings, but in a world of dead futuristic technology. They are developing fast… animals have shorter generational gaps (in general) so we are using that. I wanted to have my story arcs in place for the first year of stories (their year, 4 seasons – 4 issues per season = 16 issues). They aren’t finished in terms of dialog or anything… but the acts are there. the changes… the problems.. the epic battles. Issue #1 is 32 pages. The rest of the issues for that series will be around 26 pages each.

As far as their writing and artistic style influences, Ash Mackzo says he has some favorite books that might be influential, whereas artistically, Ashley Marie Witter wanted to see interior art in comics that look like classical paintings. She credits her art college teachers, Chris Gargan, Ed Binkley, John Ribble, and Mark A. Nelson for showing her this vast world of art. Oh and “Divinci is my dude!”

Ash tells us briefly how they hooked up with Devil’s Due. Apparently Josh from Devil’s Due started emailing them 2 years ago wanting Squarriors. It took Ash a while to be convinced they were the right publisher, turns out they were.

We fired a few random questions to Team Ash: Any comic books holding your attention? What’s on your music playlist and which comic con will we be seeing you at next?

AMW: Squarriors and Bloodthirsty.

AM: I’ll be honest,.. I don’t read comic books. I’ve always loved the idea of what comic books could do/be. but I never find anything that I truly love. The last series that I LOVED was The Crow by James O’Barr. Playlist: Lana Del Rey, Local H, Cracker, MGMT, and Stryper. We’d love to be at NYCC, maybe that’ll be the stretch goal!!

Ash tells us that he did the soundtrack for the Squarriors video, but unfortunately they didn’t use much of it. He always pictured over-the-top Squarriors movie intros set to The Way by Stryper. “Ridiculously epic.” He sent us a mp3 of the soundtrack, SO AWESOME! TEAMASH #1!!!

If you haven’t pledged to this awesome Squarriors kickstarter project click the link and check it out! Hello..WARRIOR SQUIRRELS!!!

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Google Hangout with Team Ash of SQUARRIORS and One Fantastic Week

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We have a new Squarriors image sneak peek coming soon! Meanwhile, you are invite you all to a Google Hangout featuring Team Ash & SQUARRIORS: Teeth & Nails hosted byPeter Morhbacher from One Fantastic Week, tonight at (8/11/14) at 8 PM Central Time. Hear the latest about SQUARRIORS from the creators live-streamed right at home!

With 17 days to go, SQUARRIORS is 77% funded! Everyone: thank you so much for your pledges and sharing this project across all platforms of the internet! We couldn’t have done it without you. We just ask everyone to keep the buzz going and to keep on sharing the badassery of SQUARRIORS to exceed our funding goal!

Here’s a little sumpin’ sumpin’ from Team Ash:

“I want to thank all of our friends who have shared and liked our project, all of the writers who have taken time to mention our book on their websites, and most of all, all of our more than two-hundred backers who put Squarriors in a great early position to reach it’s goal. I am truly grateful for all of your support. Thank you for believing in SQUARRIORS!”

Tune in to the Squarriors Google Hangout tonight at 9/8PM Central.

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IF you haven’t yet hop on over to the Squarriors Kicstarter and donate!