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4 Seconds Press Roundup!

4 Seconds is my original comics property, published by Mark Waid’s Thrillbent!

Here is a roundup all all the press the series has attracted so far (and this list is kept updated here, let me know if I’ve missed something!)

4 Seconds

4 Seconds is a noir thriller about a petty thief who discovers she can see four seconds into the future. That’s just enough precognition to get into trouble, but not nearly enough time to pull off the heist that will save her sister’s life.

4 Seconds is a digital-native comic story that expands the boundaries of storytelling thanks to Thrillbent’s unique platform.


The 4 Seconds Team

Making Of 4 Seconds

The 2014 Comic-Con open microphone pitch contest where I won the opportunity to create 4 Seconds.

Thrillbent blog about the contest.

Thrillbent’s Mark Waid discusses the pitch contest. Listen for the part where Mark told me “not to get hit by a bus!”

New York Daily News article about the pitch contest.

Interview at Mars Will Send No More (includes concept art!)

Interview with the creators at Diamond Comics Distributing’s Scoop.

4 Seconds Press

Thrillbent Blog announcing publication.

Facebook plug by DC Comics Group Editor Jim Chadwick.

Announcement at Between The Pages (includes cakes!)

Announcement at Comicosity.

Announcement at Bronze Age Babies (bottom)

Announcement at Mars Will Send No More!

Podcast interview with Her Dork World/His Dork World.

Podcast interview at We Talk Comics.

Review at ReGeeken.

4 Seconds


Black Widow #1


Capsule Review

“Cinematic” is an over-used term in comics, but it certainly applies here. How about, “relentlessly visual?” Mark Waid and Chris Samnee share the writer’s credit in Natasha’s latest solo effort, and that credit is well-earned, with every twist-and-turn a visual one, right down to a harrowing escape by the Black Widow that harkens back to one of the greatest visual reveals in Marvel Comics history. Really, the story comes down to this: the Black Widow has done something bad, S.H.I.E.L.D. is out to get here, and everything else is details. But what details! We get tightly-choreographed fist fights, motorcycle chases, skydiving hijinks, spy gadgets, and even the S.H.I.E.L.D. commissary in a breakneck, all-action story where our hero doesn’t utter a word until the very last page. In the text feature, Mark Waid makes much of how everyone wanted to keep the old Daredevil team together, including colorist Matt Wilson and letterer Joe Caramagna — and this is the work of a team that thoroughly understands each other, operating at the peak of their powers. You can read the book in about five minutes … but that just leaves time to go back and read it again. And again! (I will).

Approachability For New Readers

Given her presence in several of the biggest superhero films of all time, I think it is safe to say most fans will know that Black Widow is a super-spy … and you don’t need to know a lot more than that to enjoy this story.

Read #2?


Sales Rank


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Black Widow #1

The Scoop On 4 Seconds!

4 Seconds has scored a high-profile feature over at Diamond Comic Distributors SCOOP!

Diamond Comic Distributors

Scoop is a free, weekly email newsletter from Gemstone Publishing and Diamond International Galleries “produced for the benefit of all who enjoy the hobby of collecting.” Scoop’s article is an interview with Karl Kesel and I about our original comics story, 4 Seconds, which you can read for FREE over at Mark Waid’s THRILLBENT!

4 Seconds

Here’s a quote from Karl on the 4 Seconds “digital difference” —

Digital allows for a level of subtlety and sudden change that you can’t come close to in print. If you show a crowd on a subway car and then digitally flick to the next frame where the only change is one character has turned his head a bit – your eye immediately keys in on that change and is drawn to it. In print, with those two panels next to each other, that small change would be a lot less apparent, if not lost completely … These make digital comics more cinematic than print, yet they remain comics – static images that you move through at your own rate.

Read the full interview HERE, and read 4 Seconds HERE!

Thanks to Scoop and ace interviewer Tom Mason for their coverage of 4 Seconds!

4 Seconds Is Here!

It has been a long and winding road, but my original comics story 4 Seconds has been published at last!

4 Seconds is a noir thriller about a petty thief who discovers she can see four seconds into the future. That’s just enough precognition to get into trouble, but not nearly enough time to pull off the heist that will save her sister’s life.

4 Seconds

4 Seconds is published by Mark Waid’s Thrillbent. It is a digital comic that takes full advantage of the online storytelling medium — it is not a “motion comic” or a conventional comic placed online, but instead a new way of telling comic book stories. It is a complete story and it is 100% FREE to read RIGHT NOW at!

I will have plenty more to say about the production of 4 Seconds in later posts — from the book’s origin as a fifteen second pitch that won Mark Waid’s open story competition at San Diego Comic-Con, through the research I did into the comics storytelling form, to the concept art we developed to show you exactly what it is like to see four seconds into the future … but for now, please mouse on over to Thrillbent and read 4 Seconds!

(And then come back here and tell me what you think!)

My heartfelt thanks go out to publisher Mark Waid, my artistic partner Karl Kesel, visual designer Billy King, and the entire 4 Seconds team for busting their asses bringing this story to life! It has been the “thrill” of a lifetime working on this project … so go read it, already!

The creative team:


All-New All-Different Avengers #1


Capsule Review

With their “Uncanny” and “New” versions failing to impress, I was about ready to put a picture of the Avengers on a milk carton, and writer Mark Waid seems to agree, with Sam Wilson/Falcon/Captain America/FalCap noting, on page eight of this story, that “I don’t think there is an Avengers right now.” And so the cast sets out to fill that void. But the creators take their time, with a third of the characters on the cover not even appearing in this issue. I am not complaining. The villain was a bit of a snooze, but his introduction pointed toward some promising intrigue, and I like this book enough to give it a few issues to deploy all the chess pieces. The characters are distinct, the superheroics are fast-paced, and Adam Kubert’s storytelling and action are first-rate. Plenty of imagination on display, too — after all these years, it is no easy feat to surprise with a new way for Iron Man to get into his armor. Waid’s backup story with artist Mahmud Asrar is also entertaining, with Nova working better here than in his own book, striking sparks with a young Ms. Marvel that I sense will be the heart of this series.

Approachability For New Readers

Fine, as long as you are not expecting the canonical Avengers of ages past (or Jarvis, or the Mansion, or traditional Avengers villains, or …). Greater than the sum-of-its parts, and as this is basically the start of an origin story, I expect it will all prove clear in the end.

Read #2?

Yes. Avengers Assemble!

Sales Rank

#6 November

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All-New All-Different Avengers #1


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