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Author: Michael Dolce

Hey folks, long time no chat. Just got a sugarload of PSD pages from our penciler. And happy to start trickling new Sire info your way. So here’s the low down. I’m hard at work on Sire #9 as we speak (script AND art duties mind you) The target date is October to release it (at NYCC, which btw, I’m still working on getting a table to that show). Then early next year there will be a Sire related War of the Independents crossover special…and it will look GOOD.

Can’t say more than that, so in the meantime, go check out my interview on Comic Addiction here: http://comicaddiction.net/2013/07/29/talking-about-our-issues-episode-16-mike-dolce-interview/ See you soon -with a brand new web site to boot!

Hey folks, So i posted pencils of a panel I was working on (i’ve since colored it but i’ll show you that later) but damn if i didn’t eff the chick (whose character’s name is Shatter) up. So i redrew it on a separate sheet of board and thru the magic of photoshop will enter it in. Let me know what you think – new version is on the bottom! -Mike

Brace yourselves folks. I’ve got a new Blog Site coming devoted strictly to pretty much everything I’m doing. In the meantime, as a follow up from last week, check out the finished colors to the panel i drew. I’m going to redraw the female character (Shatter) though. Wasn’t overall pleased with how she turned out. So stay tuned for that too.

Attention bloggers/reviewers/retailers! We’re looking for folks who want to review a copy of the latest issue of The Sire #8. Also, any retailer out there that wants to order copies AT COST please contact us at sire@mikebooks.com. Featuring a cover by Talent Caldwell, art by Kris Carter & Steve Hoveke and written by Michael Dolce, The Sire #8 is available now! Donald Wright has seen some tough times, but when a vacation to California to clear his head goes wrong, it goes really wrong. Enter an old foe, a new foe and – if he survives – a powerful new ally.

Taking a moment to dish on some of the comics out there keeping me warm this holiday season while I’m hard at work on new issues of The Sire, the Sire App, and our daily web comic stream that’s coming soon!

Amazing Spider-Man

Dan Slott is making me jealous. No really, for years I lay dormant waiting for my chance to fix Marvel’s flagship title. Obviously, with The Sire there are nods to Superman, but my real bread n’ butter fave has always been ASM. And here comes Dan Slott pumping out bi-monthly the kind of comic I’d not only want to read, but the kind I would WRITE too. Yeah, kind of jealous. I dig Guiseppe Camuncoli (moreso I’d say than Humberto Ramos whose best work was Crimson a few years back anyway) but not so much with Klaus Janson’s inks on top. Don’t get me wrong, big fan of Janson, but his work is a little too gritty on top of Camuncoli’s smooth line work for my liking. Still, not enough to distract any attention away from the storyline involving one of Spidey’s old time foes The Vulture. It was buzz that got me into the book and buzz that I happily pass along to anyone reading.

X-Factor

The only consistently good X-book out there. Don’t get me wrong, there have been parts of Guillen’s Uncanny run recently that felt like X-men, but not since Morrison or Whedon has someone hit what makes a good mutant team book as much as Peter David. And he’s been doing it for a long time.



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The Sire

No, I’m not reviewing my own book, just dropping some knowledge on why the darn thing has been so late! So, way back in 2008 I had a Sire Annual commissioned and drawn. But by the time I was going to release it in late 2008, I’d already started work on Image Comics’s M-Theory as colorist. That stint was followed by my own creator owned comic Descendant. Then 2010 came and i was BURNT out (my secret identity is as a web designer as well and business had boomed) So by the time I was ready to relaunch the Sire in 2011 I felt I needed to beef up the story. So the annual became issue #8 and a new #7 needed to be written. I was working toward completing it in the fall of this year when, once again I took stock and realized the story wasn’t set up right. The opening battle sequence (drawn beautifully by Michael Bencic) revealed a plot point that I didn’t want to OPEN the new arc. (Catch it now because those pages are coming down soon.) I invariably had to go BACK to the drawing board yet again. Which is where I’m at now. 6 pages shy of finishing. Simultaneously, our books have been up at Graphicly.com for some time now and getting a great response. We’ve also been working on The Sire app as well which promises some cool features. Plus working on a few new pitches as well that will blow you away. Soooooo, i’ve got some excuses, lol. But seriously, hang tight. The best is yet to come. Viva la 2012! -Mike

The Sire returns! Hot off the heels of the brand new release of The Sire #7 (available for digital download through Graphicly, Mikebooks is proud to present the brand new Sire WebComic. Beginning with the very first panel from issue #1, the Sire WebComic is a great way for new fans to jump aboard this critically acclaimed indie while long time readers can enjoy the experience in a completely new format. “This isn’t just me posting the pages from the original series,” creator Michael Dolce mentioned. “This is me painstakingly converting each and every panel, on each and every page into the proper webcomic format. It’s a totally different method of reading this character.” Each issue will be broken into chapters, with each installment constituting a scene. The webcomic will span the entire series to date and lead directly into new adventures down the road. Before they hit the web however, print and digital download loyalists will get first crack at purchasing new issues, with each format offering extras and bonus material not found in the webcomic version. “Digital is an exciting new frontier and there are proven formulas that keep consumers coming back. Because at the end of the day, I have a lot of cool stories I want to tell with this character and I’d like to keep it going as long as possible.” Click here to launch the Sire WebComic. Follow creator Michael Dolce on Twitter: @Michael_Dolce Like us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/SireComic

The Sire returns and is available for digital download at Graphicly! Featuring a stunning cover by renowned artist Dave Johnson! Fast forwarding a few weeks after the last issue ended, the Sire is back in full force, tracking down all those who have been transformed by the same alien energy that gives his costume its power. But when a new threat emerges, it places his personal life at odds with his super powered alter ego and a choice must be made that will change his life forever! Click here to download today. Catch up with the first two issues FREE – Click Here

Happy New Year Everyone! As I write this, I’m putting the final touches on the all-new Sire #7 before I send it off to the printer. To say this is a long time coming is an understatement, and I appreciate everyone’s patience and support in getting this new issue completed. (Subsequently, all pre-orders will be filled within the week!) But enough about the past, there’s plenty to look forward to in 2012! First, the release of the new Sire issue will give way to a brand new weekly web comic version of the series. Broken into panels and running each week for free on mikebooks.com, we’re moving ahead into the new digital age of comics. Once we’ve tallied enough material, we’ll package it up and make it available on our web site as the newest issue of the series for anyone jones’ing for a print copy (with a few extras thrown in as well). This will also ensure we don’t release anything before it’s ready so you print loyalists don’t have to wait so darn long for your copy. Announcements on when all that will happen are forthcoming. Simultaneous with the print copy, we’ll have each new packaged issue released on GRAPHICLY.com in super deluxe digital format, where you can use their app to toggle between the finished pages, the artwork underneath, the pencils and even the script! (There may even be some audio commentary as well, but we shall see.) All this will be available on their site for just 99 cents a download per issue. And if that’s not enough, right now, you can read the first two issues absolutely FREE as well as catch up on any issue you may have missed. Just visit: http://graphicly.com/mbd-studios/sire for more! A lot of excitement coming down the pipeline! While you’re at it, be sure to like The Sire on Facebook: http://facebook.com/SireComic And follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Michael_Dolce