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Posted by Jay Magnum
November 12, 2017

Greetings, everyone!

‘Thought I’d write a short post to tell you that the “Astral Genesis Kickstarter Event” was a HUGE success!

We raised over double our funding goal for the printing of “Astral Genesis” physical books!

A big THANKS to all the people who backed us, and/or shared word about the campaign on social media!

We couldn’t have done it without YOU!

The team and I are now hard at work wrapping up work on the book– so I’ll have more news to share about that soon.

Stay tuned right here at Pet Piranha— great things are coming!

Your friend & follow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
September 19, 2017

 

Hey, guys…

The “Astral Genesis Kickstarter Event” just went LIVE!

Play the video below and then visit Kickstarter to read a preview of “Astral Genesis” and pledge for a book!

Your friend & fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
September 4, 2017

Hello Everyone,

I know it’s been awhile since I last posted here– but trust me, it’s because I’ve been so busy working to wrap interior art on Astral Genesis and prepare for the upcoming September “Astral Genesis Kickstarter Event“.

At this point, I am expecting that we’ll be launching the Kickstarter campaign toward the middle of the month– so stay tuned right here to this channel for additional details.

We’ve got some great “swag” items planned for you, such as: Bookmarks, stickers, magnets, posters, trading cards, T-shirts, and more!

I’ll be sure to let you know when the campaign launches!

Thanks again for your continued interest and support!

Your friend & fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
August 23, 2017

Hey guys…

The official Astral Genesis Kickstarter Event launches next month, in September!

Don’t miss this chance to be a part of history!

To get a sneak peek at some of the exclusive Kickstarter rewards and other campaign materials, become an “Astralite” now and get my special fan updates through Astral Connections!

 

 

…then stick around here on my blog for more news!

I’ll be announcing the exact start date for the Astral Genesis Kickstarter Event in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned!!!

Your friend & fellow comics fan,

-Jay

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Posted by Jay Magnum
July 30, 2017

Friends and fans:

HUGE news this morning:

I just received word that Ariel Medel has completed interior-page pencils for Astral Genesis!

Ariel’s artwork is truly AWESOME, and he continues to impress us– and pleasantly surprise us– with his ingenious layouts and designs!

With only inks and colors to go, we expect to be wrapping interior art soon!  Exciting times!

Be sure to subscribe to “Astral Connections” if you’d like to receive my exclusive updates on the graphic novel project!

Thanks for your support!

Your friend & fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
July 17, 2017

Hello, everyone!

BIG news today:

We are at 90% on interior artwork for Astral Genesis!

Thanks to Ariel Medel and the art team, we’ll be wrapping interior art soon!

If you haven’t subscribed to “Astral Connections” to get my exclusive updates on the project, there’s never a better time!

Stay tuned right here in the coming weeks– there’s lot’s more exciting news to come!

Your friend & fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
July 3, 2017

Welcome back, friends!

See below for a “taste” of Astral Genesis in Spanish!

We’re doing a bit of “test marketing” to gauge whether a Spanish-language version of the sci-fi/action graphic novel would be feasible to produce and/or print.

Enjoy this rare and interesting variation on one of our promo ads!

Your friend & fellow comics fan,

-Jay


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Posted by Jay Magnum
June 23, 2017

New promo art below!  Enjoy!

Thanks to Ariel Medel, Victor Ricardo Nava Corona, and Erick Arciniega!

Ah… I LOVE the classics!

Once upon a time…

-Jay


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Posted by Jay Magnum
June 17, 2017

Summer fun!

Lately, I’ve been busy working on some alternate cover designs for Astral Genesis, my friends!  Very cool stuff!

They’ll be offered in limited quantities once the graphic novel goes to press this coming Autumn.

If you’d like to check them out, subscribe to “Astral Connections” — I’ll be showing them off there in my next couple of project updates!

We’re continuing down the “home stretch” on the interior artwork, as well.  I will let you know right here when we reach the next milestone.

Until then, here’s a pre-colors illustration to whet your appetite for the book!

Artwork by Ariel Medel!  Inks by Victor Ricardo Nava Corona!

Keep on enjoying your summer– and I’ll see you down at the local comics shop!

Your friend and fellow comics fan,

-Jay

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Posted by Jay Magnum
May 28, 2017

We’ve got merch!

‘Just got a brand-new shipment of posters, bookmarks and T-shirts in (see pix below)!

Click here to check ’em out on eBay!

Your friend and fellow comics fan,

-Jay


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Posted by Jay Magnum
May 28, 2017

Happy Memorial Day weekend, folks!

Just a quick update before we all take a break for the holiday on Monday:

Wow– Ariel Medel is quickly closing in on the 90% mark for interior pencils of Astral Genesis!

We are getting there, folks– it won’t be long now!

As we approach the end of interior artwork, I’m already gearing-up for post-production and pre-press.  After that, YOU can be part of the action by helping us get Astral Genesis into print and grab some awesome “goodies” along the way during our September Kickstarter event!

If you haven’t already subscribed to “Astral Connections” to get my detailed updates, it’s not too late!  I’ll share with you some exclusive behind-the-scenes art and a closer look at some of our other special features (such as alternate covers) along the way!

In the meantime, my fellow project team members and I wish you a fun and safe holiday weekend!

I’ll be back again with more updates soon!

Your friend and fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
May 8, 2017

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a busy week!

Not only did we have a string of special days (Star Wars Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Free Comic Book Day) all in a row, but I’ve also been working tirelessly on Astral Genesis.

‘Hope you were able to get down to your local comic book shop to celebrate FCBD and get your freebies.  I picked up 2000 A.D., Star Trek, and Underdog, myself!

Work on the graphic novel continues, and at this point I’m excited to tell you that our fantastic artist, Ariel Medel, has less than twenty pages to go to finish-out the pencils!

Victor and Erick will finish close behind on the inks and colors within weeks after that, and then we’ll move into post-production when I can start putting the book together.

If you’d like to follow all of the action as it happens and get exclusive updates and behind-the-scenes news on the production, be sure to subscribe to “Astral Connections”.

I’ll be back with more news before we into the extended Memorial day holiday weekend at the end of this month.

Until then, happy reading!

Your friend and fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
April 24, 2017

Thanks for a wonderful and engaging Daytona Beach Comic Con, everyone!

In-between hanging out with my favorite comic-book shop owner, Cliff Weikel, I also had time to chat with the legendary DC and Marvel inker, John Beatty, as well as local north Florida anime artist, Jade Woodruff.

In Astral Genesis project news, interior-art penciler, Ariel Medel, crossed the 75% mark on page count (92 out of 120)!

The sci-fi/action graphic novel will be complete before you know it!

And, make sure you subscribe to “Astral Connections” so that you can get behind-the-scenes project updates and view exclusive artwork from Astral Genesis!

Your friend and fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
April 12, 2017

Who’s up for T-shirts?

‘Just got a new batch of both “Astral” and “Pet Piranha” logoed T-shirts in the mail!

“Astral” shown in black and navy blue (white and lilac also available).

“Pet Piranha” shown in white (black also available).

I’ve have some of these shirts at my upcoming comic cons, but if you can’t make it and still would like to get a shirt please send me an email with your desired size and color at:

jaymagnum@petpiranhaentertainment.com

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay


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Posted by Jay Magnum
April 3, 2017

Hi, everybody.

Still cranking away at producing interior art for our sci-fi/action-adventure graphic novel, Astral Genesis.

We’re making great progress, and will be passing the 75% milestone very soon.

Next up, I will be at Daytona Beach Comic Con on Sunday, April 23rd.

‘Hope to see you there!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
March 27, 2017

Thanks for a wonderful Collective Con, everyone!

I had a great time seeing y’all!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
March 25, 2017

Hey, guys!

I was over at Collective Con yesterday (Friday) and I’m going to be there most of the day Saturday.

‘Hope to see you there!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
March 16, 2017

Welcome everyone!

I’ve succumbed to the social media game that’s going around right now to pick your favorite movie for every year in which you’ve been alive.

I must admit, this task was more difficult than I originally thought!

…and, my list “dates” me!  LOL

1982 was– by far– the hardest!  I mean, Blade Runner, E.T., Star Trek II, Poltergeist, The Thing… I ultimately went with “Blade Runner”– but how do you pick?

Check my list below…

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay

1972 – Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
1973 – Soylent Green
1974 – Young Frankenstein
1975 – Jaws
1976 – Rocky
1977 – Star Wars
1978 – Superman
1979 – Alien
1980 – The Empire Strikes Back
1981 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982 – Blade Runner
1983 – Return of the Jedi
1984 – Ghostbusters
1985 – Back to the Future
1986 – Aliens
1987 – RoboCop
1988 – Die Hard
1989 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1990 – Total Recall
1991 – Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1992 – Unforgiven
1993 – Jurassic Park
1994 – True Lies
1995 – Die Hard with a Vengeance
1996 – Independence Day
1997 – Men in Black
1998 – Armageddon
1999 – The Matrix
2000 – X-Men
2001 – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2002 – Minority Report
2003 – X2
2004 – The Day After Tomorrow
2005 – Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
2006 – Casino Royale
2007 – Transformers
2008 – The Dark Knight
2009 – Avatar
2010 – Inception
2011 – Super 8
2012 – Skyfall
2013 – Pacific Rim
2014 – Guardians of the Galaxy
2015 – Mad Max: Fury Road
2016 – Star Trek Beyond
2017.25 – Logan (*subject to change)
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Posted by Jay Magnum
March 5, 2017

Big news, today, folks!

The team and I over here at Pet Piranha are officially announcing a crowdfunding campaign for the printing of our sci-fi/action-adventure graphic novel, Astral Genesis, via Kickstarter!

Although an exact start date for the Kickstarter campaign has yet to be set, I expect it to coincide with the book’s release around six months from now, in September or October of this year (if anything happens in the meantime which changes that timeframe, I’ll let you know).

This is major, guys– because it means those of you who pledge our campaign via Kickstarter will be eligible to receive some awesome rewards, including some exclusive ones that will only be offered to backers through Kickstarter!

To get a sneak peek at some of the exclusive Kickstarter rewards and other campaign materials, become an “Astralite” and get my special fan updates through Astral Connections!

 

 

Then stick around here on my blog for more news!

Thanks for visiting– and, as always, we appreciate your support!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
February 26, 2017

Hello, everyone.  Sad day, today…

Devastated by the recent loss of Bill Paxton.

He’ll forever be “Hudson” (in Aliens) to me!

“We’re on an express elevator to hell, go-in’ DOWN!”

Damn!  I miss you already, Bill…  Thanks for all the laughs!

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
February 13, 2017

Hey, guys!

There are some more exciting things going on this week over here at Pet Piranha!

A cool new promotional item for the upcoming graphic novel is here!

Astral Genesis bookmarks have arrived!

The character design on the bookmark (“Lila“) is by Ariel Medel, and colors are by Ander Zarate.

I think these came out looking pretty awesome!

You can get one here!

We also have a new 11″ x 17″ promotional poster design.  Take a look at it in the News Bites section here:

“Astral Genesis” New Promotional Poster Design

More to come!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
January 29, 2017

Hey, guys!

New Astral Genesis interior art has been posted on the projects page today!

Pencils are by Ariel Medel, inked by Victor Ricardo Nava Corona, and colored by Ander Zarate.

Awesome work by those guys!

Check it out!!!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
January 22, 2017

Hello, folks!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while– but it’s been pretty busy over here at Pet Piranha in these first few weeks of the new year.

We’ve been making great progress!

Here’s the latest status on Astral Genesis interior art phase:

  • Out of a total of 120 interior pages, artist Ariel Medel is quickly approaching the 3/4 (75%) mark on pencils.
  • Victor Ricardo Nava Corona is nearing the halfway point with inks.
  • Colors are well underway, as I just received a new batch of colored pages from Ander Zarate.
  • Jacob Bascle’s lettering can start once I receive around a dozen (or so) more colored pages.

Thus far, the project is still tracking well to an Autumn 2017 release date, which I should be able to narrow down further in a few months.

In the meantime, get all of the insider information on the graphic novel project by signing up to receive exclusive project updates from me on Astral Connections!

Subscribe to Astral Connections here

We’ll have some more Astral Genesis interior art posted here on the website soon.

The art team under our art director, Michael Munshaw, is doing an awesome job– I can’t wait to show you our latest stuff!

I’ll be back here with more news and updates later!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
January 1, 2017

Happy New Year, everyone!

Jay here, wishing you a safe and prosperous 2017.

Personally, I’m excited– because this is the year we launch Astral Genesis!

The launch of the graphic novel– scheduled for Autumn– represents the culmination of nearly five years’ worth of diligent development effort and dedicated production work.

I’m happy to have you along for this journey, as well. I’m the kind of guys who enjoys a personal connection with his audience and fans, so if you haven’t yet signed up to receive exclusive project updates from me, please feel free to do so here:

Subscribe to Astral Connections

I hope 2017 turns out to be a wonderful year for you, and I thank you again for your support– we couldn’t do this without YOU!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
December 27, 2016

Very sorry to receive word today of Carrie Fisher’s passing.

I– along with my fellow creators in the sci-fi community– were all at some point, in some way, touched and inspired by Star Wars.

Carrie, you will be missed…

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
December 19, 2016

Hello Everybody!

Big news today: We’re 50% complete with interior pencils on Astral Genesis!

This is an important milestone, and I can’t thank our art team over at Visionary Comics enough– especially Astral Genesis artist, Ariel Medel, who has brought immense enthusiasm to the project, and has worked tirelessly to produce such wonderful artwork for us. It is truly a privilege to be working with him!

I’m excited that 2017 will be here soon, because in that year we’ll complete the artwork and launch the graphic novel– allowing everyone to see and appreciate all of the hard work that has been done. 2017 will truly be a landmark year for Pet Piranha Entertainment and the entire Astral Genesis team!

Last, with the holidays rapidly approaching, I’d like to take a moment to wish you and your families and friends a safe and joyous season filled with cheer!

I’ll be right back here again soon with more project news and updates!

To enjoy exclusive project content, subscribe here!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
December 4, 2016

Greetings, everyone!

The entire Pet Piranha Team hopes your holiday season is coming along swimmingly!

Great news:

With the release of the first “official” Astral Genesis teaser promo poster promo poster (below), I’m also going to be releasing some additional details about the characters and story of the action/sci-fi graphic novel soon.

The general public will get these new details next year, in 2017– but if you subscribe to our Astral Genesis project updates, you’ll begin receiving it this month, and be ahead of everyone else!

SUBSCRIBE HERE!

I’ll be back here on my blog with a few more juicy tidbits before we break for the holidays.

In the meantime, be sure to check out my FREE guide on creating your own comics!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
November 30, 2016

Hi Guys,

Just got the artwork in for the first Astral Genesis 11×17 teaser promo poster.

It’s so awesome I’m just going to let the art speak for itself! Enjoy!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay

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Posted by Jay Magnum
November 8, 2016

Hello, everyone!

Great news!

Thanks to the art team, I have awesome new Astral Genesis art posted today on the projects page. Check it out!

If you like what you see, subscribe to “Astral Connections” and receive behind-the-scenes project updates and exclusive artwork from the upcoming graphic novel.

Astral Genesis is really coming together now– and I can’t wait to share some of this great new material with you!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
October 29, 2016

Hi, folks!

The big news today is that there’s more cool Astral Genesis art posted on the projects page. Take a look!

We have more colored pages now, and we’re approaching the halfway mark on pencils.

Exciting times– stay tuned right here for more!

You can also subscribe to receive exclusive project updates.

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
October 16, 2016

Greetings, everybody!

I just added lots more great Astral Genesis design and development materials for our VIP friends and fans to explore!

To see all of the great new stuff, subscribe to “Astral Connections” by clicking on the link below. The subscription is FREE!

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SUBSCRIBE NOW!

Thanks, and I look forward to showing you even more exclusive behind-the-scenes production items in the coming weeks!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
October 12, 2016

Hello, friends and fans!

I promised you more comics-related news this week, and I’m back here today to deliver!

But first, I have a little confession to make:

As things have been going very smoothly on the Astral Genesis graphic novel production over the past couple of months, I broke away from the project for a little while to write a book!

This is a book that I’ve been wanting to write for quite some time now, and with everything going so smoothly on Astral Genesis and not requiring a lot of my time (which is a real testament to the excellent job that Visionary Comics and Ariel Medel are doing on the production), it seemed an opportune time to jump in and do it.

The book I’ve written is intended for comic book fans who want to get started making their own comic books— although I think seasoned creators could benefit from some of the reference material that is included, as well.

The best part about the whole thing is that I’m going to give YOU a copy of my book for FREE!

I’ll tell you how in just a minute…

In other news, I’m now offering exclusive updates and VIP access to the production and development of Astral Genesis through subscriptions to “Astral Connections”, our brand-new information channel for fans of Pet Piranha and the Astral series of graphic novels!

When you subscribe, you’ll receive informative behind-the-scenes reports, VIP access to exclusive project materials, private invitations to promotional events– and even tips and pointers for creating your own comics, if you’re a creator.

Subscriptions to “Astral Connections” are also FREE!

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SUBSCRIBE NOW!

Thanks for your support!

Comics creators, I said you I’d tell you how to get my new book FREE, so here it is:

Just click on the image or the link below, follow the instructions and within a few minutes you’ll be reading about how to make your own comic book!

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To get Jay’s book “Make YOUR Comic NOW!” click this link!

Please note that the electronic delivery service we’re using for the book is new, so please email me at the address below if you have any trouble, and can’t get the book. Thanks!

jaymagnum@petpiranhaentertainment.com

Enjoy, and please do let me know what you think of my book. Comments, questions, and suggestions for improvement are welcome!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
October 8, 2016

Thanks to all of those wishing us well!

Hurricane Matthew has now passed Jacksonville leaving mostly just debris and minor damage though we do have a few trees down and a couple of cars crushed throughout town.

No reports of any storm-related deaths in this area, thankfully– however, millions of Florida residents are still without power and cell service. Utility crews are working around the clock to restore the infrastructure, though!

I’ll have some more comics-related news for you early next week. Promise!

Thank you for your support through this tough time!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
October 7, 2016

Hello, and thanks for visiting!

For those who may not be following the weather news, Hurricane Matthew is forecast to swoop in close to my hometown of Jacksonville, Florida in a few hours.

We’re already experiencing some hurricane-force wind gusts– and I’m not sure how long the power will stay on, so that’s why I’m posting now. LOL!

I’ve got my hurricane supplies and I’m in a safe place right now, so I’ll probably be OK.

In comics-related news, I’m working on a couple of things for those of you who are (or want to be) creators of comic books and/or graphic novels– based on some of my experiences developing the Astral Genesis graphic novel over the past several years.

I’ve been slightly delayed getting that stuff ready due to preparing for the hurricane, but I should have it posted here on the Pet Piranha website sometime this coming week– so please do check back for that.

In the meantime, stay safe!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
September 28, 2016

Greetings, everyone!

Quick Astral Genesis progress update today:

Ariel Medel and Victor Nava are back from La Mole ComicCon in Mexico City, and they’re hard at work cranking out more interior pages for the graphic novel.

The quality of the work they’re producing is truly outstanding, and I think you’ll really love it!

I’ll have more Astral Genesis artwork and some other news posted here soon, so check back in a bit!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
September 16, 2016

Happy Friday, folks!

As promised, new Astral Genesis interior art is UP today on the project page and the home page scrollers.

The new page is a great space-exterior shot by Ariel Medel, Victor Nava, and Ander Zarate, showing us a little more of the doomed Venture mission.

Enjoy!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
September 14, 2016

Hello everybody!

Jay here. I’m pleased to report that we’re nearly one third of the way complete with interior-art illustrations!

To that end, I’ll be sharing some more Astral Genesis art with you right here on the website this coming Friday, September 16th.

Stay tuned!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
September 2, 2016

Hey guys!

We were fortunate enough to be able to get Bill Walko and C.B. Zane to do some Astral Genesis promo art for us to use in the upcoming marketing campaign!

See the official Pet Piranha press release in the News Bites section of the website for additional details!

More news and further Astral Genesis interior art to come!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
August 25, 2016

Hello, everyone!

I’m super-excited to tell you that our project artist, Ariel Medel, has now completed pencils for 30 pages of Astral Genesis — that’s fully 25% of the 120-page total!

See the “official” Pet Piranha press release for this important milestone in our News Bites section.

More to come!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
August 22, 2016

Hi, Everybody!

More Astral Genesis interior art is up today on the project page!

This new art is from the timeframe in which most of the story takes place, ten years after disaster struck the final mission of the space shuttle Venture, commanded by Jonahan DeVane.

Now retired from NASA, having suffered permanent injuries during the mission, bad-boy DeVane is in trouble again!

Enjoy!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
August 7, 2016

Hello there, folks!

Just a quick update today:

Things over here at Pet Piranha have been very busy in the last month, since we released the first interior art of Astral Genesis.

Now, as summer begins drawing to a close Ariel Medel is still working hard, cranking out more pencils for the interior pages.

We’re also inked on nearly all of the penciled pages, thanks to Victor Nava— and of the inked pages we’re about halfway done with colors by Ander Zarate.

Lettering hasn’t yet started, mainly because I’m still working out the finer points of the Astral language. The “Astroglyph” symbols have been designed, but the vocabulary and syntax of the language remain to be completed. What’s cool is that when I’m done, the Astral language will not only be writable, but also speakable! How’s that for realism?

More good news is that if we can keep up this pace, all artwork for the graphic novel should be complete by sometime next summer– which means the book could be in your hands perhaps as soon as the end of next summer, if not before.

Stay tuned right here on the Pet Piranha website, where we’ll be tracking the milestones on our way to the completed book– and I’ll also be releasing some additional interior-page artwork as we progress, to whet your appetite for the book’s official launch next year in 2017!

Exciting times!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
July 22, 2016

We’ve been featured by the Visionary Comics team!

Read about Astral Genesis and other great upcoming projects at Visionary Comics in Weekly Visions 7.21.16!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
July 21, 2016

Commemorating the very day that Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon in 1969, it’s my great pleasure to share with you the first Astral Genesis artwork and story details. Enjoy!

Special thanks to Ariel Medel and the entire Visionary Creative Services art team for their truly spectacular work!

Much more to come, as we continue counting down to the release of the original sci-fi/action-adventure graphic novel next summer!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
July 20, 2016

Greetings, everyone!

On the eve of our first Astral Genesis artwork unveiling, I can’t say enough good things about our wonderfully-talented artist, Ariel Medel, without whom this project simply would not have been possible.

From designs to covers to the interior artwork, itself, Ariel has been instrumental in providing magnificent, striking, eye-catching imagery for the action-packed sci-fi graphic novel.

Perfectly complementing Ariel’s awesome pencil work, Juan Velasco has provided superb inks for the covers and Victor Ricardo Nava is doing a terrific job inking the interior pages.

Last– but certainly not least– the colors of Ander Zarate are bringing the “Astral Universe” to life in a gorgeous array of deep, rich and beautiful tones.

And I would be remiss if I did not also recognize the dedication of C. Edward Sellner, Michael Munshaw, and Brian Augustyn, the leadership team over at our studio partner Visionary Creative Services LLC, for their devoted and highly-professional efforts in coordinating this massive project.

Tune in tomorrow to the Pet Piranha Entertainment website… as the adventure begins!

T-minus 01 day to LIFTOFF!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
July 15, 2016

Hello, folks!

Quick sidebar before the first art for Astral Genesis drops next week:

As some of you who have been coming here for a while already know, I occasionally share my opinions on the great sci-fi and action franchises in film, comics, etc. That’s because, even though I’m the creator of a sci-fi/action franchise, I’m also a fan– just like you!

If anything, the least one can say about this new entry in the venerable Ghostbusters franchise (which opens tonight) is that it has been… divisive. So much so, that at this year’s MegaCon, I asked one of the uber-fan Ghostbusters (who was dressed in a very-well-done Ghostbusters uniform complete with proton pack) what he thought of the upcoming new movie. His response echoed what I’d been hearing from Ghostbusters fans all that weekend: “Meh.” Consequently, many of you have no doubt been asking yourselves what you should do about it. How does it fit in with the other films in the series? Does it fit in with the other films in the series, at all? I have some thoughts on that. Read on!

First, a little background about my own Ghostbusters viewing history: I was old enough to have seen both the megahit Ghostbusters in 1984, and it’s 1989 sequel, Ghostbusters 2, in theatres during their original runs. For me, Ghostbusters in 1984 was a groundbreaking, genre-redefining experience of awesomeness. I wouldn’t change a thing! Ghostbusters 2 was essentially “Ghostbusters lite”, which recycled the plot points of the original film, didn’t break any new ground, and dragged in some spots with anemic pacing– but consistently offered the same style of humor from the original, and ended up a very enjoyable package, overall. Ghostbusters 2 wasn’t perfect, and personally I think if some of the scenes with the kid were edited down or removed entirely it would make for a much-improved viewing experience.

Anyway, the new Ghostbusters hits multiplexes everywhere in America today, and while I’m a fan of the 1984 original and the 1989 sequel I won’t be heading out to watch this one– at least, not in theatres, anyway.

The main reason is that– based on the multiple trailers and critic/audience reviews that have come in thus far– it appears that the brand of humor fueling this new one isn’t the same as the 1980s versions, and assuming the style of humor on display in the trailers is used throughout the movie then it’s simply not for me.

Mind you, this has nothing to do with the four leads being women. I’ve seen that they’ve each been successful elsewhere in other venues, and I’ve seen other movies in which they’ve starred, to varying degrees of my personal amusement. I do not dislike any of the actresses, though I must admit that I have found Melissa McCarthy’s performances in one or two other instances to be a bit grating. Still, they’ve clearly been successful elsewhere– so kudos to them. I wish them well for their new Ghostbusters.

I will state that I think a racially-diverse ensemble (with both males and females) would have been a better choice, and drawn more audience. I enjoy diversity in my entertainment vehicles, and the ensemble cast of characters in “Astral Genesis” (the graphic novel I created and am working on right now) reflects that. But, I digress…

Regarding this new Ghostbusters film, the formula is pretty simple for me. The trailers haven’t displayed the kind of humor I like, and the critics and other reviewers who are mostly aligned with my same interests (who have seen the new movie) haven’t liked it. That, and $20 ticket prices at the local Cineplex are enough for me to pass. If anything, then, this one’s a Redbox for me.

That being the case, what to do about the whole Ghostbusters franchise debacle? Should this new movie be part of your Ghostbusters 1 and Ghostbusters 2 viewing rotation?

The answer is “no” for me, because the new movie is too different and doesn’t flow together smoothly with the 1984 and 1989 films (it doesn’t help matters that the original Ghostbusters cast play different characters in the new film– that, alone, is jarring enough to ruin a 3-movie Ghostbusters viewing rotation). So, what to do, then, since we never got a proper Ghostbusters 3 starring the original cast, and providing us with the same flavor of humor? I have some ideas…

In lieu of an “official” Ghostbusters 3 with the original cast, I’m going to instead substitute TWO movies in its place to make Ghostbusters 1 and Ghostbusters 2 into a FOUR-movie rotation. I’ll share with you the films I’ve picked, and the reasons why. The movies I’ve selected to round out the Ghostbusters movie rotation are:

  • Groundhog Day (1993)
  • Evolution (2001)

The reason I’ve picked these is because, between both of the movies listed above, you have nearly all of the original Ghostbusters main cast, the director, and other stars whose performances evoke those of the original Ghostbusters actors who aren’t in these films. In addition, the humor in each of these films is much more similar to the first two Ghostbusters movies.

Groundhog Day, if you haven’t seen it already, has been called the “crowing achievement” in the directorial career of Harold Ramis, and one of the best (if not the best) comedic performance by Bill Murray. It’s also a Columbia picture, and like Ghostbusters, there is a supernatural element to it. I like to think of the film as what it would be like if Dr. Venkman were trapped in a time warp. The movie also stars Harold Ramis, himself (bless his soul), in one scene, looking borderline too fat to play Dr. Spengler. When Groundhog Day debuted in 1993 it was probably the last time these two actors looked (appearance-wise) enough like their old Ghostbusters characters to effectively play them. It is perhaps not widely known that for reasons not entirely clear Murray and Ramis had a “falling out” during the making of Groundhog Day, and would never work together again, rendering the movie significant in the regard that it was their last artistic collaboration. Maybe it’s yet another reason why a Ghostbusters 3 never got made.

The often overlooked and forgotten Evolution “plays” much like Ghostbusters, was directed by Ivan Reitman, and some have even suspected was Reitman’s attempt at a “back door” spin on the Ghostbusters property when a third Ghostbusters franchise film never came together. David Duchovny does well as a combined Venkman/Spengler character, Julianne Moore is the Dana stand-in, and Orlando Jones channels Ernie Hudson, while Seann William Scott goes completely over the top to replace the wackiness of Stantz. The movie’s comedic beats and overall plot are similar to Ghostbusters— naturally, since the film was directed by Ivan Reitman. Dan Aykroyd even makes an appearance looking (if not sounding) a lot like his Ghostbusters counterpart.

So, bottom line here is that– if you’re like me and enjoy the cast, director, and overall “brand” of humor on display in 1984’s Ghostbusters— you now have a FOUR-movie rotation to enjoy in your “Ghostbusters-themed” film experience:

  1. Ghostbusters (1984)
  2. Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
  3. Groundhog Day (1993) – Continues with Murray and Ramis; supernatural themes and elements
  4. Evolution (2001) – Continues with Aykroyd and Reitman (Jones channels Hudson); “plays” similar to Ghostbusters with an ensemble cast

Also, don’t forget the excellent “Real Ghostbusters” animated series, which has been released on DVD in its entirety. While it’s not exactly the kind of thing to work into a movie rotation, it is certainly enjoyable in its own right.

I hope this helps you Ghostbusters fans who may not be totally sold on the new movie– and with that, I’ll wish you happy viewing!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay
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Posted by Jay Magnum
July 6, 2016

Hi, guys!

The countdown to the big reveal of Astral Genesis artwork has begun!

The first of Ariel Medel’s absolutely fantastic art for the science-fiction/action tale will be revealed here on this website this coming July 21st, the very day (in 1969) when humans first set foot on the moon!

I think you’ll be every bit as excited about it as we, here, at Pet Piranha have been!

Stay tuned!

Your fellow comics fan,

-Jay