Joshua Williamson writes comics, kids books and lives in Portland OR, home of big trees, rain, Oni Press and Dark Horse. He has been published by DC Comics, Marvel, Oni Press, Image, Dark Horse, Desperado and some others soon to be announced.
His all ages graphic novel "Dear Dracula" was recently turned into an animated special on Cartoon Network. Not much else to say but this website is a "Work in Progress."
Masks and Mobsters was listed as USA Today's Best of 2012 for Digital Comics.
Looking at the list of other winners... I'm in shock.
Humbled to be around such amazing talent and awesome comic books.
"Best digital series:Masks & Mobsters. Part of Chris
Roberson's MonkeyBrain Comics line, Josh Williamson and Mike Henderson's
title is one of the best deals in comics — 99 cents an issue for an
intriguing black-and-white tale about gangsters, snitches and the first
One of the best things to happen this year has been the release of MASKS and MOBSTERS.
To celebrate and say thank you we have put together a special Holiday issue of Masks and Mobsters. It's our own take on a classic holiday story. It's one of my favorite stories of all time and I hope you appreciate our homage to it.
All of the creative team proceeds from this issue will be donated to the Red Cross. We've had a good year when others haven't and wanted to give a gift to those who need it. Every thing that Mike and I make will go directing to the Red Cross.
Mike and I knew that we wanted to do something special with the holiday issue. My original idea was to offer it for free, but Mike knew better and suggested that we donate the money to the Red Cross. I immediately knew Mike was right and started to set things up. This is not a promotional tool. Just our attempt at giving something back.
MASKS AND MOBSTERS is up for IGN's best of 2012 Digital Comic Award.
Please take the time to vote. You don't have to register or sign up for anything just click on Masks and Mobsters and hit vote.
Monday December 17th is the last day to vote!
In a lot of ways we are the underdog here. Up against Batman and Superman. Don't get me wrong... I love those guys but I'd like a fighting chance. Those books have a marketing team behind them, we just me, Mike, and Allison at Monkeybrain. It's a constant struggle to launch anything new, so please give us a vote.
Masks and Mobsters 3 and 4 are available on ComiXology!
I forgot to do a blog post about Masks and Mobsters 3 and 4, so here ya go.
So far the book continues to be a hit critically and in sales. Whenever a new issues launches, not only is it in the top 99 cent books, but the rest of the issues usually jump up as well. We even got nominated for an IGN best of 2012 award! (More on that later) Mike Henderson has been doing an amazing job on the book. I'm lucky to have another artist that I click so well with.
Thank you to everyone that has supported, retweeted, blogged, or took the time to review the book.
Every little bit helps
ISSUE THREE: Where were you the night Doctor Daylight died? Every Mask and Mobster in
Golden City remembers that night. A single bullet and one dead
superhero changed the city forever, and now via some after hours pillow
talk we hear one Mobster's tale about that night and his crazy encounter
with a Mask that proved to be deadly! The critically acclaimed series
that CBR called "easily the best comic for quality/quantity/price
available this week" continues!
Don't forget that you can also send people issues as gifts! Just click on the little gift button on the side while on the ComiXology website.
ISSUE FOUR: The heroes have started to organize and attack the Mob's best joints! So
the Mob has sent their best wise guy to the Mask's bullet proof man,
The Tower, with an offer that the Tower can't refuse and it isn't money!
Special Guest artist: Jason Copland! (Kill All Monsters!! Murder Book.)
One of my current projects that I'm super excited about is Captain Midnight with Dark Horse.
It was recently announced that Dark Horse Comics Free Comic Book Day books will feature a short Captain Midnight adventure! This book has been kick ass to to work on and I'm looking forward to FCBD this year where I can share with you this short story!
MORE INFO ON DARK HORSE'S FCBD!
Don't forget that the first three Captain Midnight adventures are running through Dark Horse Presents 18-20. Issue 18 is already out with an amazing Steve Rude cover!
So far in 2012 I've done my fair share of random projects. I already mentioned the Lego Batman assignment. Instead of doing a bunch of individual posts for these I decided to just wrap them all up in one nice post. Hopefully this doesn't turn into a crazy long post. 2012 was easily the busiest year of my career.
Monsuno- It's a card game and cartoon for kids. I did a
bit or work on the packaging copy. This was a rewarding gig in many ways
that I hope to do more of in the future.
The cartoon is pretty kick ass, so I recommend checking it out.
This was a choose your own adventure with DC Heroes. Mostly Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Honestly, this was one of the hardest projects I've ever worked on. Here is a write up to give you an idea of what DC and Converse did: http://www.unit9.com/project/enter-their-world
Dark Knight Rises prologue
This was a motion comic that was exclusive to Nokia phones. Pretty much it was an adaptation of the opening of to DKR. It was a lot of fun working on it and made me even more excited for the film than I already was. This was eventually collected into a comic form for the Limited Edition Target release of the Blu-Ray. More on that later.
One of the coolest things that I was able to do with DC was go to the
creator Dark Knight Rises screening in LA before it came out in theaters.