Saturday, January 03, 2015

Fisk was framed!

A page from FISK issue amazing gift from Shawn!

Monday, November 17, 2014


Here's a Kickstarter from "It's Like That Studios" for you to check out. It's called TWISTED CHRISTMAS VOLUME 2. Paul Houston (my creative partner on COURAGE) and I have contributed a short story to the madness.

Don Pankievicz, captain of this merry band of creators, says...

Twisted Christmas Volume 2 is even bigger than last year, over 50 pages! We have more stories, wonderful pinups and this year we're going to get a look into some of our Twisted Creator's favorite holiday pastimes.
So, if you like your Christmas with a Twist, stop in and grab a copy. If you're one a them Bah-Humbug sorts, this will be right up your alley!
We'll have updates often and if there's an incentive you'd like to see, just send me a message and I'll see what I can do!

Monday, November 10, 2014

People Making Comics ... episode 13

Here's a chat I had with Jesse Dubin, from 8th Wonder Press.
The fine folks at 8th Wonder Press have put out two amazing anthologies thus far, and I've been privileged to have stories appear in both of them. 

DC: Tell me a bit about the origins of 8th Wonder Press.

JD: 8th Wonder Press began when I realized I wasn't seeing as many of the types of comics I wanted at my local comic shop on Wednesdays.  I'm a firm believer in the power of words and pictures, but for a while comics were becoming darker and grimmer while getting more and more expensive.  What I wanted to do was put out stories that were fun, could have a sense of humor and be all-ages (without being kiddie), while keeping a reasonable price point.  I also wanted the chance to discover talented new comic creators and help them get their voices out there.  It's a tall order, but so far I think we're on track for all of those things.

DC: Your first anthology, Uncanny Adventures, had a wide range of amazing stories and styles. How did you find the process of coordinating and putting together such an ambitious project?

JD: We cast a wide net!  The first anthology was literally our first book, so we were asking a lot of people to put their faith in us.  We're based in Denver, Colorado, which has a pretty cool comics scene, so we reached out to some local creators first.  Once Dan Conner and Mister V signed on, I knew we had something. It's been a great deal of fun, though.  We had a terrific response, which led to the 21 stories we have in the book.  Fortunately, all the creators involved were really invested and were able to hit their deadlines with no problem.

Uncanny Adventures - Science vs Mad Science Front Cover

DC: This time around, for Science VS. Mad Science, you've gone with a themed anthology. What led to that decision?

JD: I'm a sucker for old Silver Age comics, with their rockets, ray guns, monsters, and aliens.  It was such a fun time for comics and I wanted to see if we could recapture some of that magic.  We did, but we also got much more interesting stories than I planned for.  Mister V's look at Feral Children is a well-researched piece of non-fiction, and Jay Sternitzky and Mateo Cantu turned in a great story about the perils of holistic medicine.  Which isn't to say we don't have strange planets, dimensional portals, and Frankenstein monsters, because we do.  Wait, did I give too much away?

DC: Tell us about some of the creators and stories in this second volume.

JD: We have some incredibly talented creators in the book this year.  Of course, you're back with us this year, with a very cool take on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein story.  Mister V has a great, well-researched piece on the Feral Child phenomenon.  "The Hound of Mons," by Paul Bradford and Allen Byrnes, is based on a real World War I legend of a German soldier who's brain has been implanted in a wolf!  Dan Conner has a new "My Gal, The Zombie" story that you can't find anyone else, and "Exponential," by Jeremy Shepherd with astounding artwork by Mac Cooper, is a great head-trip of a time travel story.  

There are 17 stories in the book, and I could go on for days about each one!

DC: Both covers for your anthology have been really impressive. In your opinion, what goes into a good cover and how do you go about choosing the artists for the covers?

JD: Thank you very much.  A good cover is going to be eye-catching, first and foremost.  It should represent the contents of the book and make someone interested in the rest of the book.  We've been very fortunate to work with Ethan Nicolle (from Axe Cop) and Ryan Dunlavey (of Comic Book Comics and Action Philosophers) on our first couple anthologies. What I like most about their work here is that it evokes a Silver Age Feel while maintaining a sense of humor.  There's also a clear story moment happening in each of them, which adds to the appeal.  

Uncanny Adventures Front Cover

DC: I know that convention presence is very important for 8th Wonder Press. How have the books been received at cons, and do you have any interesting stories about your convention experiences?

JD: Cons have been great to us so far!  The books have been very well-received, the comics community is great about supporting new talent.  I don't think we've had any ridiculous con experiences so far, everyone has been wonderful, but I did get a great response from our Draw Your Own Comics ( book.  It's full of blank strips so you can make your own comic strips.  I got a great email from a woman who bought it for her son at Salt Lake Comic Con, and he made up his own characters and filled up the entire book with an epic story.  She scanned it, typed in all the dialogue and sent it in to us, and it's incredible. It's by far the most rewarding thing that's happened since we started up, helping kids get into comics.


DC: Can you give us a hint about what's coming up in the future for 8th Wonder Press?

JD: Absolutely!  The Science vs Mad Science anthology is still brand new, so we're throwing ourselves behind it right now.  It's available online at Amazon ( and at finer comic shops everywhere.  We'll be at the Cowtown Comic Fest in Denver in November, and are looking for more places to meet readers and introduce ourselves.  Toward the end of the year we'll open up for submissions for next year's anthology, and hopefully we'll be bringing out some new single-issue comics soon!

DC: Where can people find you online?

JD: We're everywhere!
On Twitter at @8thWonderPress or

We try to spread news to our online fans first, and we've even been known to give out free comics from time to time!

DC: Lastly, most importantly, which do you prefer...Oreos or Chocolate Chip Cookies?

If we're talking store-bought I've got to go with Oreos, but my wife's chocolate chip cookies can take all challengers.

Thanks Dino!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Fisk's Underbelly

Big news!
Shawn Richison and I bringing back FISK!

We've got an all-new storyline and an all-new publisher. Check out the amazing comic-y goodness over at Underbelly Comics. They've got a Kickstarter currently going on. Check it out here.

We've got boatloads of amazing information coming soon about FISK. We're both really excited to be working on this project once again. Check this space or Underbelly's website for more details. 

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Letters In The Sand

Things have been quiet on the blog lately, but business is booming at the Caruso Comics Headquarters. I've got a bunch of things cooking with some amazingly cool collaborators, but that'll have to wait for future posts.

For now, please check out this page for lots and lots of details on my story in the Killer Queen Compilation that Red Stylo Productions is putting together.

Letters in the Sand digital
The artist of the above piece and the story in the anthology is the amazing Matt Walters. Check him out at

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Some recent happenings

Here are a couple of things from Daniel Panero.

First up is a page from (TITLE STILL A SECRET). I'm co-writing this with Shawn Richison, and we're having a blast with it. Daniel's knocking it out of the park!'s a cover for a separate project I'm working on with Daniel. It's called (TITLE STILL A SECRET). This one is tons of fun!