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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!

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