So I’m still writing, and reviewing, and now social media managing! I’ve been lucky enough to land a position with Red Stylo Media as their Social Media Manager (I really wanted to be called the Social Media Czar but it got shot down.)
So now I have another reason to never leave my keyboard! And we all know you should never leave the comfort and security of one’s keyboard unless completely necessary, yes?
So, another transition and hopefully something that will grow. It’s also a learning experience, which I love, so don’t be surprised if you see me reading marketing books. Gotta keep moving forward right?
Hmmm never get out of the boat… just keep swimming… Am I mixing metaphors? Eh, no matter. Keep your eyes open for me and if you can be sure to check out Red Stylo’s feeds.
And if you happen to be at Five Points Festival in NYC on May 20th and 21st stop by the Red Stylo Media booth (D7 ) and say Hi! Tickets are still available.
The Five Points Festival is a collision of toys, comics, and counterculture curated by Clutter Magazine and presented by Midtown Comics. A designer toy and comic convention in New York’s Lower East Side, Five Points is two days and nights of comic artists and writers, vinyl and plastic toys, original art, resin, plush, blind boxes, graphic novels, indie comics, blanks, minis, kaiju, Japanese vinyl, posters, prints, apparel, food trucks, and craft breweries – capped off by the 2017 Designer Toy Awards.
In October of 2015 Red Stylo Media released a rock anthology like no other. The 27 Club Anthology brought 54 creators together to bring you 27 stories inspired by the music of some of the shooting stars of Rock N Roll.
“Stars burn hot, bright and then go out forever, but their light shines on for ages after. Members of the “27 Club” reached musical stardom early in life and died too young– specifically, the tender age of 27.”
Creators took songs by Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Jim Morrison (The Doors), Janis Joplin, Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones), Alexander Levy (composer), Robert Johnson, Rudy Lewis (The Drifters), Dave Alexander (The Stooges), Richey Edwards (Manic Street Preachers), Kristen Pfaff (Hole), Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeremy Michael Ward (Mars Volta), Helmut Kollen (Triumvirat), Mia Zapata (The Gits), Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson (Canned Heat), and others and brought original , thought provoking, fun, freaky, and down right amazing tales.
This was the first project I, or Dan Charles I guess, had a story in. SHE WAITS FOR ME is the story of Jim Morrison and the vampire who stalked him. They shared a connection from Jim’s youth all the way to that fateful night in Paris where she finally found him, alone in his hotel but more prepared then she expected. Was it love? Fear? Hatred? Why would a creature of such immense power spend years trying to kill a music legend?
Of course mine wasn’t the only story of course, there were contributions by some truly amazing creators. Jennie Wood, Jeremy Whitely, Enrica Jang, Alex Cormack, Erica Schultz, Chuck Harrison, Ashley Leckwold, Mario Candelaria, Jarrod Perez, and many more. Check out all the contributors over at the Red Stylo page.
And when you decide that you want to order it click the link and get yours!
I was so stoked to be involved in this anthology. Taking a song and creating a story inspired by it is a lot of fun. And Lana Del Ray has some interesting music to work with. But the writing isn’t the best part, it’s when you start to see the art roll in!
Having Ashley St. Lawrence illustrate Summertime Sadness was so cool! I was already a fan of her work. Both Comare and Épilogue (which is available on Comixology) were fantastic and I couldn’t wait to see her take on the characters in my story.
The story I proposed was a James Bond opening style sequence, lots of action, some drama, and a cool twist. Ashley crafted a suave, swarthy pseudo-Bond and a gorgeous and possibly dangerous lady in red.
It was also my first project where I had direct contact with a letterer, Scott Ewen is a total pro, both he and Ashley were more than willing to discuss the visualizations and the back and forth was so amazing, believe me when I say it comics can be a really great collaborative process.
So I love the story we contributed to this rockin’ anthology, and the more things I see from the rest of the book reinforces that this is a book you want to read.
And feel free to let me know what you think!
This blog served as the original whatchareading.com and for years its url redirected there, just in case any of my old business cards were floating around.
Well that changes now.
While I love reviewing comics, and will continue to do so, I’ve also been pitching scripts. Some of them have actually been published, some are waiting to be, and some are still drafts waiting for polishing before the next step.
I’ve had two published works under my pen name, Dan Charles, and after speaking to a few comic creators I respect I think it’s time to hang that up and just pitch as Chuck Suffel.
There are companies that will pass immediately simply because they know me as a reviewer and fear the appearance of impropriety. I get that. But if you know me, or have followed my work, then you know that I do not take money or any compensation for favorable reviews. Nor will I. Ever.
So here we go, the next chapter. Time to get writing, as me. This space will be for talking about writing, testing out ideas, showcasing upcoming projects, and networking with artists, writers, and publishers.