Tuesday, October 11, 2011

All Pulp Interview from March 2011

Just a quickie post: to those that missed it and want to read it, here's an interview I did with All Pulp earlier this year.  My first interview... I think I'll bronze it and put it on my mantle.  First I have to get a mantle, though...

Who is Challenger Storm?

Name: Clifton Storm

Alias: "Challenger" Storm

Birth: 07:53 AM EST, March 21, 1906

Zodiac sign: Aries

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 185 lbs.

Eyes: slate grey/blue

Hair: black/dark brown highlights

Distinguishing Marks: three long scars on left side of face: longest extends down jaw and onto throat

Nationality: citizen of the United States of America

Occupation: independently wealthy troubleshooter, engineer, scientist, adventurer, aviator

Group Affiliation: the Miami Aerodrome Research & Development Laboratories (MARDL); The Eye

Place of Birth: Jackson, Michigan, United States

Base of Operations: Miami, Florida, United States

Marital Status: single

Known Relatives: Gerald Storm (father; deceased), Margaret Storm (mother; deceased)

Preferred Weapon of Choice: The C96 “Broom-handled” Mauser pistol (customized, magazine-fed, extended clip)

Additional Gear/Equipment Info: Utility harness- besides housing the Mauser's holster, this harness also contains extra ammo-clips, small tool kit, various small utility items, and a combat/throwing knife.  Additional gadgets of note include smoke-bombs, specialized goggles, and acidic "tangler bolos".

Skills: Besides being an accomplished scientific and engineering whiz, Storm is a highly-skilled pilot and dabbles in numerous other sciences and fields of knowledge.  Clifton Storm is adept at the more martial-skills as well: marksmanship, archery, fencing, martial arts (including some training in the mysterious discipline of Jiu-Kudo), etc.

Known allies: MARDL scientists and troubleshooters including (but not limited to) Willy Avis, "Skids" Gerard, Brock Thurman, Diana St. Clair, Peter Horne.  Has allied with secret US government group The Eye (further info classified).  Various team ups with other heroes (information forthcoming...)

Known enemies: Count Zodiac, Simon Crowe and the Black Brigands, the Villalobos Brothers, Poseidon, Professor Elias Coltrane, the Black Kirin, the Scarlet Owl, Dieter Von Holle.

First Appearance: "Challenger Storm: The Isle of Blood", written by Don Gates and illustrated by Michael Wm. Kaluta. Coming soon from Airship 27 Productions...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Deja Vu All Over Again...

For those who came in late...

This is actually the second blog I've used to discuss my writing projects.  I took the first down after I realized there was a lot of information regarding my creations on it that I didn't want out there yet (spoilers, etc).  Plus, much of the details on that blog were outdated and certain aspects of the characters and ideas have since been revised, dropped, or enhanced.

A short history: in 2007 (roughly... the original date has been lost), I decided to finally take friends' and family's advice and actually try to write some of my ideas and concepts.  A longtime fascination with pulp magazines and the adventure of the pulp-era led me to conceive several ideas for characters that I believed could actually fit in with the new pulp-movement.  With the help and feedback of my friends Luis Gabriel Leal, Tom Floyd, Dave Flora, and "The Retropolitan" (and later Manny DeJesus), I was able to streamline the concepts into workable ideas, and thus began working on the first of them: the adventures of Challenger Storm (more info about Storm to come in a later post).

Between work, my continued schooling, and family obligations it took me about 2 years to write the first (of hopefully many more) Challenger Storm novel, "The Isle of Blood".  A few days before Christmas of 2009, I submitted the book to publishers and shortly thereafter it was picked up for publication by Airship 27 Productions, a company whose pulp-works I had been enjoying for some time.  This was the first lifelong dream-come-true that I experienced.

The second came sometime months later, when comic art legend (and my personal favorite artist of all time) Michael Wm. Kaluta signed on to produce the interior and exterior artwork.

The book's release seems to be looming ahead.  I cannot comment on the exact date yet, but I can say it looks like it'll be before the end of the year.  In the meantime, and from that point on, I'm going to try to make this Challenger Storm's home on the internet.  Not sure exactly what will be posted here but I'm open to suggestions, comments, etc.  For those folks new to Challenger Storm, the next post should be a little bit of an introduction to my adventurer.

And to fans new and old: I thank you for your interest.  And welcome aboard The Adventures of Challenger Storm.

PS: The site is still under construction, so you may notice more links added, design changes, etc.  Make sure you wear your hardhat while this period is under way.