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Wizard World Philadelphia 2013 Sketch Round-up

Just got in from Wizard World Philadelphia and boy is my brain fried. My hand hurts too from all the sketches. But who's complaining? Here is a round-up of some of the sketches done this weekend! Guy Gardner Micro Flash Spidey Lightray (No, Really) Superman (Warmup Sketch) Wolverine

June 1st, 2013|

The Sire #8 available for purchase, review or retailer incentive!

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, [...]

May 1st, 2013|

News, Reviews & More

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 [...]

December 11th, 2012|

The Sire WebComic Officially Launches!

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 [...]

March 1st, 2012|

Sire #7 Available for Digital Download on Graphicly.com

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 [...]

February 2nd, 2012|

Secrets of the Sire #11: Sire #7 Off To The Presses!

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 [...]

January 11th, 2012|

Blogging while drunk

It's not quite as dangerous as driving...but it's close... No but seriously, I'm watching this god awful Thursday night game (f'real why is Jacksonville on national TV again???) And I'm thinking and blogging and tweeting. The comic book industry is changing much like the music industry has already. I can't help but remember the convention where a fan came up, saw one of my books and said: "Oh yeah, i downloaded this. It's pretty good." After taking the requisite ego [...]

December 15th, 2011|

Using References in Comics

For those of us not blessed with the artistic prowess of Jim Lee, we need to resort to little tricks of the trade to make our stuff look...well, professional. Namely: reference. I can spot a million miles away an artist that is either not using reference or using other comic books art AS reference. It stinks. Seriously. Even the pros, no matter how pro-y they are can't do it alone. That being said, I still think i stink, lol. Below [...]

November 17th, 2011|

Image Comics’ Hack/Slash Trending Upwards; Former Sire Artist Dan Leister at the Artistic Helm

Former Sire artist Dan Leister handles art chores on Image Comics' Hack/Slash. As BleedingCool.com reports, the series has actually risen in sales as the series has progressed, following its move to Image this year. We wish Dan nothing but the best here at Mikebooks.com! You can read the full article here: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/03/12/hackslash-trending-upwards

September 26th, 2011|

Image Comics’ Hack/Slash Trending Upwards; Former Sire Artist Dan Leister at the Artistic Helm

Former Sire artist Dan Leister handles art chores on Image Comics' Hack/Slash. As BleedingCool.com reports, the series has actually risen in sales as the series has progressed, following its move to Image this year. We wish Dan nothing but the best here at Mikebooks.com! You can read the full article here: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/03/12/hackslash-trending-upwards

March 12th, 2011|

The Pipeline: Brand New Bubba Pin-Up

This is a Bubba: The Redneck Werewolf pin-up I colored over Dan Leister artwork. The piece itself is about 5 years old so be kind to Dan. I, on the other hand, took 5 years to color it. I'm worse than Joe Mad!

January 30th, 2011|

Dissecting “Hack/Slash” With Tim Seeley via ComicBookResources.com

More good stuff surrounding former Sire artist Daniel Leister's new book Hack/Slash. Tim Seely comments on Dan's work and the future of the title. From Comic Book Resources: In his continued effort to keep the story moving forward, Seeley teamed up with former Grimm Fairy Tales artist Daniel William Leister to pencil "My First Maniac" before moving on as the regular artist of the ongoing "Hack/Slash" title. Seeley summed Leister's contributions to the book in one simple word. "Cheesecake. Dan [...]

January 29th, 2011|

Secrets of the Sire Blog: issue Seven, Page 2

I will be showing you start to finish page 2 of the upcoming Sire #7 drawn by yours truly! It's the first Sire art I've personally worked on in 4 years (besides sketches) Hope you like what you see. The empty panels will be filled with artwork from previous issues as the story opens with a recap, which you will see of course. Also, I'll be digitally rendering the studio background behind the two characters. As for what the page [...]

January 24th, 2011|

Secrets of the Sire Blog: New Updates

We're getting closer and closer to the Sire's return. As it stands I want to get this right before launching anything and July 1st is closing fast. Will we get this launched in time? Can't say for sure. What I can say is a whole crew of talented artists are working on bringing this to life. Including yours truly. Below I've got some drawings from the opener of Sire #7 that I've done. I'll be tackling the first three pages [...]

January 21st, 2011|

Secrets of the Sire Blog: Sire 7 New Page

Just a little tease on a Sunday night. Fresh off the hard drive, Sire #7, page #4. Drawn by Michael Bencic w/colors by yours truly. Who's the mystery villain? Well come back here this Wednesday to sink your teeth into the new issue of The Sire! Featuring a kick ass cover drawn by an industry genius (you'll see it released tomorrow) The Sire returns in grand fashion!

January 17th, 2011|

Secrets of the Sire: Sire #7 Blog Entry 2.0

So with the return of The Sire less than 2 months away I can't help but talk about how excited at how it's coming together... I recently picked up two trades from my local comic store (comicswarehouse.com) that were instrumental in the development of my early inspirations in comics: The Todd McFarlane Spider-Man Legends Trades. These trades collected McFarlane's historic run on Amazing Spider-Man, which coincidentally mirror my initial entry into the Marvel Universe. And while McFarlane's art still holds [...]

January 11th, 2011|

The Sire Returns June 1st, 2011

Mark down the date in your calendar, The Sire will be returning June 1st, 2011 with an all-new installment on the web. Just figured I'd let everyone know now. Stay tuned for the press releases and what not to come.

January 1st, 2011|

War of the Independents #1 (featuring The Sire) in Diamond NOW

War of the Independents - featuring The Sire - is in Diamond now! Originally announced by David Ryan of Red Anvil Comics in January of 2007, War of the Independents is a 6 issue full color crossover series bringing independents creators together from all spectrums of comics by writer and artist Dave Ryan. Planned to be a huge crossover between many different independent comic characters, the format of the series has changed multiple times over the years, but the final [...]

January 1st, 2011|

Descendant #2 hits Previews now!

Descendant #2 hits Previews now! After liberating her people from Dr. Alexis Bane's biomechanical mutants, Rayne Santiago is forced to embrace the pyrokinetic powers she's spurned her entire life if she hopes to rescue her two brothers from horrific experimentation at Bane's hands. But Rayne's worst fears are realized when she storms Bane's jungle compound and is forced to do battle with her own genetically altered kin. Want more information? The creators of Descendant have been interviewed on sites like [...]

July 15th, 2009|

Superpowers and espionage descend together this July!

May 15 2009 (Berkeley, CA) - This July, indie superhero favorite writers Michael Dolce and Marcus Perry join illustrator Mariano Navarro and cover artist Tyler Kirkham for their three issue mini-series exploring the dangerous side of superpowers, DESCENDANT. "It's very hard to find a new spin on superpowers, but I think Mike, Marcus and Mariano have done it," Image Comics Vice-President Jim Valentino said. "DESCENDANT is completely different than any other book on the stands, but will be a big [...]

May 15th, 2009|

SIRE TPB and Grimm’s Fairy Tales #28 debut at Wizard World Chicago

Two knockout debuts from creator Michael Dolce all in one place! The SIRE TPB and Zenescope's Grimm's Fairy Tales #28 will be on sale this weekend at Wizard World Chicago. The SIRE TP, a 160-page epic written by Dolce, with art by Dan Leister (Return to Wonderland), Jose Holder and more features the groundbreaking SIRE and SIRE: Revelations mini-series' as well as two all-new never before seen adventures! Swing by artist alley table #3602 to get yours first! Meanwhile Grimm's [...]

August 1st, 2008|

SIRE TPB in Diamond Previews NOW

Collected for the first time! The SIRE TP, featuring the groundbreaking SIRE and SIRE: Revelations mini-series well as three all-new never before seen adventures, is available to order in the March Volume of Diamond Previews - in stores now! Flip over to page 203 and check out the awesome cover by Jim Califiore and place your order using order code #MAR083388. The SIRE TP is jampacked with artwork by industry pros Talent Caldwell, Tyler Kirkham, Daniel Leister and more! When [...]

February 27th, 2008|

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