Pardon Our Virtual Dust

Hey Visionary fans! You may have noticed our site just underwent a major overhaul! The revamp is to add functionality and feature content that is all part of our Next Stage Evolution we’ll be rolling out all through 2014. We’ll be in the process of reformatting all our main site content over the next few days, so don’t be surprised if things seem a little ‘off’ for the time being.

However, that being said, the new format will allow our site to render optimally for computers and devices, including your phone or tablet.

And the new theme will also be allowing us to launch our…

Oh, wait, I can’t mention details yet, but yeah, the new site is in part to launch our next BIG thing!

Meet Visionary’s 2014 Interns!

Cathy Dougherty In 2012 Visionary launched its first, official internship program in conjunction with its Comic Creation Course at Anne Arundel Community College. Two classes of interns joined, for a total of six interns, and together the group had nearly a full year of down and dirty comic creation experience!

The program was part of our Digital Publishing Initiative and gave aspiring professionals an opportunity to work on actual comic book publishing, submissions review, project management and development. They also received one-on-one supervision and training in creative skills, managing freelance work, and developing their own projects.

SarahWhen Visionary scaled back the Digital Publishing Initiative at the end of that year, the program was closed down as part of the re-organization.

However, Visionary is proud to announce that it has resumed its internship program as of 2014 with a slightly different focus. The new program will be a little more lean and mean, with fewer slots, and an increased focus on developing hard skills and active work on actual projects. Two candidates have already joined the program, and are already working on paid, professional projects, doing writing, color flatting, and editing work, all under CCO supervision. Meet Cathy Dougherty (actually returning from the 2012 class) and Sarah Louise Patterson, who is introducing Visionary to the world of cosplay!

We here at Visionary Central think you’ll be hearing a lot from these ladies as time goes by, and we’re very excited to have them on board. Check out all the details on our Staff Page.

A Warm Welcome to the Newest Member of the Visionary Family!

Our Ace Production Chief, Jacob Bascle, has produced something more than our latest comics! He and Katie Bardo have produced a son, Xander Grayson Bascle, born early this morning, February 9th! Mommy and baby are doing well, we assume Jacob is hanging in there as well. We here at Visionary extend a warm welcome to the world! With a middle name like Grayson, and a first name starting with an “X” this kid HAS to have a future in comics, right?

Happy New Year!

2014 New Year

From all of us at the Visionary Comics’ family to all of you and your families, we wish you a happy and prosperous new year! May it truly be a VISIONARY year for all of us, one filled with great times and new beginnings!

We can’t wait to show you what’s coming from us this year! It just may be our best year ever!

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Deadlands Sale 25% OFF! This Weekend ONLY!

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If you haven’t checked out the fantastic world of Deadlands Comics yet, this is the perfect weekend to start! We’re running a special 25% off sale at Drive-Thru Comics this weekend only! Each issue is just $1.50! Get the whole classic run of one-shots from superstar creators like Ron Marz, David Gallaher, Steve Ellis, Bart Sears, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Lee Moder, Jeff Mariotte and others! Check out our Deadlands Comics page for more details on each hit issue!

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Deadlands Raven by MoonlightGet caught up on anything you missed, because early 2014 will see the weekly release of the latest Deadlands series: RAVEN!
Written by C. Edward Sellner and Deadlands Brand Manager Matthew Cutter, with art by Greg LaRocque and Sellner, this series is an epic western dark fantasy that will reveal the ultimate origins of the Deadlands Universe! Here’s a sneak peek at the cover art to issue #1! That’s five issues, weekly, early 2014, from Visionary Comics and Pinnacle Entertainment! Check back here for details!

First Tease of the New

While we are busy behind the scenes, laying the groundwork to begin rolling out a ton of new content in the new year, we thought you might like a very quick glimpse of things to come! With the able help of our fantastic new Web Guru Christiaan Conover, we put together a brand new intro for our feature videos. This will become our trademark opening from here on, and we could not be more thrilled!

Visionary Imprints

Visionary_SelectVisionary debuted its two publishing imprints after it launched its digital-publishing initiative in 2011. The imprints were to help define the two very different focal points for the company.

“The whole point of the digital publishing initiative was to both celebrate the diversity of comics, and to show the world what Visionary could do, the level of quality we could achieve.” Chief Creative Officer C. Edward Sellner shared in an interview. “We wanted to celebrate and help support the independent comics market, but we also wanted to show we could produce quality, both in production and publishing that could stand proud next to anything else on the stands of the mainstream market.” With that, Indi-Visions, and Visionary Select were born.

IndieVisionsIndi-Visions are those titles published by Visionary with a fiercely independent flavor. Some of these books might be diamonds still in the rough, sometimes with art, sometimes with story, but something about them still shines through.

Visionary Select represents those highest quality titles Visionary has published, and those produced in-house by the studio itself. “The Select brand is Visionary through and through.” Sellner added.

Visionary celebrates our current imprints and will be running a number of spotlights on various published titles as we ramp up to launch a new imprint in 2014. “We’re laying the ground work now for a new imprint that will be the imprint Visionary was created for. We can’t wait for folks to start seeing the first teasers for these titles, as we shift our focus to developing this exciting new line.”

Check out our Imprints page for more.

 

The Next Stage

Studio_2012_AdYou may have noticed we went silent for a while again, and those who have been with us for a long time probably also know that we do that from time to time. But unlike a lot of other companies who go silent, and then disappear, Visionary usually ends its silence with something bigger and better as we move ever onward in our growth and development.

Well, I’m very excited to say we’re not breaking that mold, so yes, good news is coming!

First, I would like to post a very public thank you to all the folks who were part of our last great experiment, our digital publishing initiative. We set out to really build the Visionary name as a top quality, digital exclusive publisher. Our goal was taking a new model of bringing the strength of publisher support to the digital market place, for those indy creators who wanted to tap into that new frontier but did not have the tools to really do it well. Like most ventures by young upstarts, we had our “bright-shining” moments and our “fall-on-our-face” moments. But I think in the end, we can call what we accomplished a success. We maintained an aggressive and solid publishing schedule, representing a diverse group of books, by new talent, in a focused effort to distribute books through multiple venues and get them comparable attention in the news media. And we did it with an excellent deal for creators, something very important to us.

We built a library of over 70 titles, helped break down the walls for a lot of media sites who had never focused on digital books, but featured our new releases, did interviews and pod-casts focused on our efforts and generally embraced the digital comic market at least in part because Visionary was there. We also showed a collective effort can bring a real presence in the digital market that will get attention. Along the way, we assembled a great team of staff for publishing, marketing, and a thrilling year journey for a group of interns who got their first real exposure to the comics industry.

But then something odd happened… and I like to think we helped get it there. Competition sprang up, competition backed by established names in the industry, with more resources than us, and who now seemed to collectively realize that there was some merit to this approach. Imagine that? Suddenly, our experiment in building our name and showing what could be done in digital comics was going to have to either become our main identity and focus in order to compete, or be set aside.

We chose the latter. It was a hard choice, but in the end, the right one for us. See, we’ve always been much more about making comics than just publishing them. So, we pulled in to rethink things and ultimately returned to our roots. Yes, we are still a digital publisher, but we are first and foremost a production studio, developing a great set of books that hit the highest marks in terms of quality. That, ultimately, is who we are.

So what’s coming? In August we announced our new deal to launch Deadlands prose through one of the top publishing houses in the United States! Early in 2014 we will be releasing our next major mini-series successfully funded through Kickstarter and now ready for the world-at-large. Coinciding with that debut, we will be returning to Kickstarter with another licensed book, and a whole new approach. And then, through the rest of the year, you will see more and more glimpses into our next stage of evolution. Beyond that? Wow. I can’t wait for us to show you what’s in the wings. I haven’t been this excited since… well, since we launched!

Thanks to all of you for sticking by us, and stay tuned. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Deadlands Comes to Tor Books

Deadlands_LowPinnacle Entertainment Group and Visionary Comics have reached agreement with Tor Books for the publication of all-new, original prose novels set in the world of the popular roleplaying game Deadlands. The deal calls for three novels, with an initial lineup of authors that includes New York Times bestselling, award-winning Jonathan Maberry and Jeff Mariotte.

The novel line is an exciting step in the expansion of the Deadlands world. Visionary Comics has already successfully launched the property as comics, and C. Edward Sellner, chief creative officer for Visionary, said, “We’re very excited to be bringing Deadlands to such a publishing powerhouse. It’s our first move into non-comics media, and the people at Tor have been fantastic to work with. I have no doubt the fans will enjoy the results.”

As a consulting editor, Jeff Mariotte made the deal with Tor and will be spearheading the novels for Visionary. The author of Season of the Wolf and other novels and writer/creator of the longrunning horror western comic book Desperadoes, Mariotte added, “Deadlands is a terrific universe, rich with story possibilities and right up my alley. Getting to write short fiction and comics based on Deadlands was a treat; getting to be part of the process of bringing that world to life in novels for the first time–as a writer, and behind the scenes–is an honor and a fantastic pleasure.”

Shane Hensley, the creator of Deadlands and president of Pinnacle Entertainment Group, said, “It’s been such a joy watching Visionary play in our sandbox. We truly consider them partners in growing and expanding the Deadlands universe. Now Jonathan Maberry and Jeff Mariotte get to really dig deep and explore the world in the kind of depth you only get with full-length novels, and we’re as excited as anyone else to see what they do.”

Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker award-winning author of the Joe Ledger series and many more novels and comics, said, “I’m really excited about writing Deadlands: Ghostwalkers, a balls-to-the-walls alt-history steampunk supernatural shoot-‘em-up action western. With zombies. I think I was genetically designed to write this kind of book.”

Deadlands was created by Shane Lacy Hensley. Deadlands, as well as the Weird West, the Pinnacle logo, and the Weird West logo are all trademarks of the Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Inc.

About Visionary Comics Studio: Since their debut in 2006, Visionary Comics Studio has carved a name for itself in the comics industry. One of the first and largest digital exclusive publishers, and a full-service packaging and production studio, Visionary has come to be a name known for its quality. With their expansion into licensed material in 2011, and now a move into the prose market, Visionary continues to show itself a vital part of the industry. www.visionarycomics.com

About Tor Books: Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books. Founded in 1980, Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher. In 2002, Tor launched Starscape, an imprint dedicated to publishing quality science fiction and fantasy for young readers, including books by critically acclaimed and award winning authors such as Cory Doctorow, Orson Scott Card, and David Lubar. Between an extensive hardcover and trade-softcover line, an Orb backlist program, and a stronghold in mass-market paperbacks, books from Tor have won every major award in the SF and fantasy fields. In addition, Tor Books has been named Best Publisher 26 years in a row in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in SF.

 

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