Wednesday, October 24, 2007



so, a couple of months ago, a friend e-mailed me with a link to a newsarama article/interview with the creators of a new book coming out from image called "proof". actually, a couple of friends pointed it out. these friends, very loyal and caring people, and doing nothing more than looking out for craig and me, commented that this book looked a little something like the perhapanauts and that maybe we should check it out.

so craig and i told our friends over at image that we were concerned.

they told us that they were concerned that we were concerned.

and THEN we got an e-mail from alex and riley saying that THEY were concerned that we were concerned.

see, alex grecian and riley rossmo, the writer and artist of proof, respectively, are a couple of, not only talented, but sincerely nice guys. they were quick to send us early copies of proof to show us what the book was all about and where they were going, wanting to make sure that WE didn't feel that they were stepping on our perhapa-toes.

but let me say right here, right now, that, while proof and the perhapanauts play around in the same creepy, cryptid, paranormal playground, they are definitely not alike. we play with the same toys, but we tell totally different stories with them. proof is a horror book, set in a world tinged with darkness and evil.

if the perhapanauts could be likened to the incredibles, proof would be more like se7en.

we've both got bigfoots; ours is called big, theirs is named john "proof" prufrock.
proof is an fbi agent working for a special branch that investigates cryptozoological occurances or cryptid-centric crimes. they are horrific, terrifying, and, in some cases, quite graphic. there are also moments of grim humor and well-characterized humanity. i really dig this book! i've read the first three issues and i can't wait for alex to send me #4!! proof is a chilling, compelling tale that you won't want to put down. hell, i don't feel that i'm doing it justice, so here are a couple pages for you to see for yourself.

alex and riley were smart enough to get a bunch of issues in the can before debuting their book, so you can be sure that it's not gonna go a few issues and then drop (like so many comics tend to do...). and they were fortunate enough have their premiere happen TODAY--a week before our favorite creepy holiday!! good job, guys!

so go creep yourself out and hook onto this new book! you'll be glad you did!
i guarantee that if you pick up this first issue, you won't want to miss the 2nd!!

that's it for today!
got a great ghost stor from our own mcgill on friday!
plus a few questions...
smell ya later!


Scott Weinstein said...

I'm glad things worked out with proof. It's great that Alex and Riley were concerned with stepping on your toes. And it's great that Image was concerned about it as well.

Honestly, I hadn't looked too far past the cover and basic concept. But, it looks good, and I will pick up a copy today.

Matt Wieringo said...

Very cool of you to post this, Todd. And very nice of Alex and Riley to get in touch. Why can't everything in comics (and life) be worked out like this? A little communication goes a long way. I'll definitely check this out. Just because everyone's handling of the situation has put a smile on my face.

Anonymous said...

I've been waiting patiently for that one to come out.
It is cool to see that kind of commentary between creative forces...if the world ran like this, gas might be cheaper!

Unknown said...

Todd, you're a mensch. It's one thing to be such a nice guy privately, but to post this glowing blog about Proof is above and beyond. This makes a charming story, but as stressful as it was to experience it all, I feel I've made a friend out of the deal. Thanks a lot, man.


Christian D. Leaf said...

I remember seeing that article and thinking the same thing. "Kinda sounds like the 'Nauts without the big cast." After reading the article I saw the diffference and figured they were just fellow cryptos.

Wish I'd've seen the preview pages before I ran to my comic shop at lunch. Hopefully they'll have a copy left over I can snag.

Adam Hutch said...

Proof looks good based on those pages, and the creators seem top notch based on your story. I'll check this out when I pick up my comics this weekend.

Bill Nolan said...

Definitely picking this one up now.

Brian said...

I'll be picking it up today as well because you just cannot get enough cryptid goodness in comics.

Heywood Jablomie said...

Hey Todd-

I remember you mentioning this at the Baltimore Con and how you were concerned about it. Glad you guys were all able to get this to work out for all parties involved, as well as for us fans so we can enjoy all kinds of cryptid fun from all of you! My comic shop didn't get this in though so I might have to look elsewhere to get it! Looks pretty good.

craig rousseau said...

ditto what todd said... and after seeing the next few issues already, i gotta say it gets even better!


Matt Wieringo said...

My friends Marvin and Marsha didn't order this one (or, if they did, it didn't arrive) but they've promised to order a copy for me with their re-orders. So, hopefully, I'll be able to check it out soon.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with what's beeing said here. You guys are too cool working it all out. The world would definitely be a whole lot better if everyone followed your example.
Will check out "Proof" on your recommendation.

Stay cool.