My Life In The Gutters

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Musings on the comic book life from writer Frank J. Barbiere.

October 8, 2014 at 1:56pm
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Alright, it’s that time again.  Lots of crazy things going on this year!

First and foremost, I’ll be tabling for the WHOLE SHOW with Five Ghosts artist CHRIS MOONEYHAM at table R6 in the Artists’ Alley.  This will be our main base of operations with lots of stuff to sell, sketching, and fun.


Dynamite Panel - 2-3 P.M. with Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Cory Smith, Gail Simone, Tim Seely and more! Talking Solar.

White Suits Signing - Dark Horse Booth - 3-3:50 P.M.

Nerdist Writer’s Panel - Housing Works Bookstore in SoHo - 7-8 P.M. with Ales Kot and others.  Talking writing!


Gold Key Signing - Dynamite Booth - 11-12 P.M.

Reinventing Horror Panel -Room A105 - 12:15-1:00 P.M. 

For seven years at NYCC, Mark L. Miller (Ain’t It Cool News, Pirouette) has gathered a ghoulish ensemble of creative minds to discuss and dissect how they create nightmares and what (if anything) scares them. This year, Mark gathers a talented Panel of Filmmakers, Writers and Artists to discuss how to reinvent and revitalize the horror genre; pushing new limits, twisting new concepts and crafting new terrors to keep you up at night!

Panel Speakers: Mark L. Miller (Ain’t It Cool News, PIROUETTE),  Jeremy Gardner (director/writer of THE BATTERY), Justin Jordan (writer SPREAD, THE STRANGE TALENTS OF LUTHER STRODE), Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS, SOLAR: MAN OF THE ATOM), Matt Pizzolo (co-publisher Black Mask Studios, YOUNG TERRORISTS)
Comixology Comics: Where to begin? Panel - 6PM – 6:45PM
 Room: 1A21

Just getting into comics but not sure where to start? We’re here to help! Join some of the industry’s biggest professionals as they dig into their vast comic knowledge to personally recommend series just right for you! Join comiXology co-founder & CEO David Steinberger as well as Bill Jemas(Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.), Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly Senior News Editor), Jen Vaughn (Fantagraphics Books Marketing Manager), Shannon Watters (BOOM! Box Editor and Lumberjanes co-creator), Frank J. Barbiere (Five Ghosts co-creator), with moderating byChip Mosher (comiXology), as they guide you through the awesome world of comics!
Multiversity Party - At the bar STITCH - All night, baby!
At the booth all day!
Image Comics Signing - 12-12:45 P.M. - Signing with Chris Mooneyham at the Image Comics booth.
Kickstarter Panel - 1-1:45 P.M. - Talking about how using Kickstarter helped bring Five Ghosts to life with other cool guests.
Black Mask Panel -4:15-5:00 P.M. - Talking about working with the lovely folks at Black Mask about bringing Five Ghosts to TV with some of my peers.

September 26, 2014 at 2:34pm
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I’ll be here along with a bunch of awesome people!

I’ll be here along with a bunch of awesome people!

September 25, 2014 at 3:32pm
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An unlettered preview of FIVE GHOSTS #13, the start of our brand new arc MONSTERS & MEN.  Final orders are due THIS MONDAY (9/29) so get to your local comics retailer and tell them you want it!  You can also order blank SKETCH COVERS.

The two variants above are by JAMIE JONES w/ LAUREN AFFE and KYLE STRAHM (Spread) w/ FELIPE SOBREIRO.  You can order them from HEROES’ HAVEN and THIRD EYE COMICS exclusively.

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New comic book guests for Emerald City Comicon 2015!

  • Frank J. Barbiere (Writer of Solar: Man of the Atom, Superboy: Futures End, Supergirl, New Avengers, Black Market, Five Ghosts, The White Suits, and Blackout) fjbarb
  • Aaron Conley (Co-creator/artist of Sabertooth Swordsman, artist of Eerie, Cankor, and cover artist of Prophet, Undertow, and It Girl and the Atomics) sabertoothswordsman
  • Matt Haley (Cover artist on Judge Dredd: Anderson, PSI-Division. Artist of Defenders: Strange Heroes, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope movie, Stan Lee’s The Guardian Project, and the BADASS book series)
  • Mico Suayan (Artist of Unity, Wolverine, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Catacylsm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand, What If? Age of Ultron, Harbinger: Bleeding Monk as well as cover artist of Miracleman, Armor Hunters, Rai, Archer and Armstrong)
  • Brett Weldele (Co-creator/artist of The Surrogates (which was turned in to a major motion picture starring Bruce Willis). Artist of Aron Warner’s Pariah, Wasteland, Spontaneous, The Light, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)

For more information on all our special guests visit our website.

Here I come, Seattle!

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Batman Forever is my Batman 66

Amen, ramonvillalobos!



Batman Forever is my Batman 66

Amen, ramonvillalobos!

September 24, 2014 at 6:07pm
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Pro Tip - People read what you say on social media →


As a writer, you are your brand. How you behave, how you speak, how you joke, it’s all seen by your fans, by your friends, and by your prospective employers. I’ve suggested a few people for jobs I couldn’t take recently who’ve been rejected for said jobs because of their social media presence….

September 13, 2014 at 5:35pm
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youngjustice-ravager said: Hello! I have to say that, given how bleak some of the future's end stuff has been, I was expecting the worst going into Superboy, but I really enjoyed it. In particular, it was nice to see Rose Wilson--whose portrayal as a NOWHERE flunkie since the New 52 started has been painful--acting heroically and interacting with a team of friends. I know it was just a one shot, but is there any chance you might write her again in the near future? I'd love to see her start developing towards this future.

Thanks for checking it out and the kind words! I currently am not writing anything with Rose, but she’s a great character and I hope to see her used more in the DCU!

September 8, 2014 at 2:38pm
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I had a chance to write an issue of SUPERBOY with one of my favorite artists, BED CALDWELL.  It’s a fun done-in-one story about Superboy and a team of heroes 5 years from now in the future.  Ben did truly amazing work and I can’t wait for you all to check it out!

Check out Ben’s tumblr:

August 29, 2014 at 12:11pm
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The word is out: we’re making Winter Soldier and these are Marco Rudy’s pages from the first issue.

Two big interviews with me have dropped in the past two days. The first is an interview with Abraham Riesman at We talk about ghosts, inequality, Winter Soldier…lots of things. The second one, at CBR, also includes Marco Rudy’s answers. The Vulture interview is where we float around — the CBR interview is more focused on Winter Soldier. 

So it’s, in some ways, a metaphor about trying to be a new kind of American in the world? One who doesn’t see the rest of the world as a threat, but more as an opportunity to learn?
You’re entirely correct. I never wanted to glorify war in the first place, and I believe I never did in anything I wrote. But now I’m getting from a place about war to places that are about much more. So, yeah, I’m doing that with Zero, and doing that with a completely different scale — an intergalactic scale — with Winter Soldier.

So, talking about Zero: Has Zero gone the way you planned, or has it—

You laughed, so I don’t think I even need to finish the question.

How much of a plan did you have going into Zero, and how much have you deviated from it?
How much of my life went as I planned it? Zero. [Laughs.]


WInter Solider is going to be tremendous.