The Skinny...

READING: American Gods by Gaiman

WRITING: Still figuring that out.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Had to add some color to this thing if I am going to be frequenting it as I intend to.

The studio that I helped to create has become kind of sleepy with all but one of the creators I assembled having been spirited away for this reason or that.

Every other project has been completed or fallen through.

So on to new things! I am currently working with an excellent publisher on a few projects. Three really. All are pretty awesome and I'll be expanding on them as each comes to completion. And likely before.

Today I reestablished contact with an indy publisher of cool comics in the vein similar to that which I grew up readin with Marvel comics. Very excited to jump on the art chore there.

So doors close and doors open and the creative mind never rests.

It does stop for a breather once in a while though.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Alive and Kickin'

This here blog has been sitting idle for far too long. It is my intention to change that. What have you missed? Well let's see...

I now have an Author's Page over on Amazon.

Why? Because I have a new book out! For fans of monsters from demonic to mortals obsessed this will deliver the goods!

This is a bit older but still a great set of stories by all involved (of which I am one). This leans towards your masked mystery man genre.

Reviews on EITHER one would be much appreciated. Feel free to snatch anything else that suits your fancy on my authors page as well!

More later.

Until next time!

CWR April 2014

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Bad Tiger Studio returns!

Welcome to The Bad Tiger Studio presents!

THE BAD TIGER STUDIO is proud to present its third monthly release with action, thrills and tales of amazing adventure.

In this month's release we have Operator Zero , The Black Viper and Junior's World:

OPERATOR ZERO by Justin Ditzler and C. William Russette
The fate of the cyborg is revealed. What will Zero do when confronted with the law?
We wrap up this six page mini comic by answering some questions while posing new ones about our hero Zero!

THE BLACK VIPER by Justin Carmona and Steven Wilcox
The local news has collected enough eyewitness accounts on the mysterious Black Viper to string together a TV segment. Not all eyes that see the story are fearful of the vigilante.
JUNIOR'S WORLD by Frank Dawson Jr.
Junior and Uncle Dave go camping!

We promise an interesting ride. Do join us.

Mind the Tiger. He Bites.

Bad Tiger Studio Founders:
Justin Ditzer
C. William Russette

Thursday, March 14, 2013



Written by Percival Constantine

The second book in the Myth Hunter series: Dragon Kings of the Orient does not disappoint. I liked the first one and was quite interested in the idea of Elisa Hill, a myth hunter, and her allies heading east. I dig mythology, I do enjoy my martial arts movies and the like so if one adds a capable writer like Mr. Constantine and characters I'm interested in and familiar with this seemed a safe bet.

We get some interaction with the Masons this time out, specifically, a man named Shroud. In fact with the unusual Asami, a Japanese shapeshifter (introduced in the first Myth Hunter book), and Shroud making up half the cast we only have one person who we're relatively certain is on Elisa's side. Fifty percent solidarity in the pack is not great when having to go up against Chinese gods, dragons and of course Sun Wukong: the Monkey King.

Have I mentioned how much I dig mythology? I don't know a lot bout the Monkey King myth from China but from what I do know Mr. Constantine did a good job on characterization. I really liked Sun Wukong. The fleshing of Hill's mentor Max Finch was cool as well. I found myself wanting to learn more about him from back in his own myth hunting days. Elisa Hill was turned up a notch in the daring and bold category. We got more fights, action and new Asian weapon to help her cut down her foes. She took a more physical role in this book and I liked that quite a bit. She certainly rose to the otherworldly challenges she had no choice but to overcome. She did so in spades, too.

I was impressed with the amount of mythology and far east geography that pops up in this story. It was clear to me that Mr. Constantine didn't just guess. He did the leg work and researched. That counts with me.

I would certainly recommend reading the Myth Hunter series to anyone looking for modern day mythology and action in their literary diet. The epilogue absolutely hooked me and I better not have to wait long to read book three. I am not a patient man.

New Pulp. It Satisfies.


Monday, March 4, 2013


SINBAD THE NEW VOYAGES (Airship27 Productions)

Lets start by quoting a press release from New Pulp:

Writers Nancy Hansen, I.A. Watson and Derrick Ferguson offer up three classic Sinbad tales to rival those of legend while adding a familiar sensibility from the cult favorite Sinbad movies of FX master, Ray Harryhausen.”

There is an important distinction there. Master Harryhausen's films are a big source of the tomes inspiration. I freakin' loved those films as a lad. To my pleasant surprise they still hold up today. I've never read Arabian Nights (1001 Nights) so this distinction was all I needed to know. I wanted to check out this book.

Admittedly I was reluctant to accept the idea of a supporting cast that had been cooked up to travel along with Sinbad: a female samurai, a viking berserker and an archer from Gaul. I think it must be the purist that bubbles up out of me periodically. I thought it was a horrible idea. I also thought Teenage Ninja Turtles was ridiculous and wouldn't go anywhere when it first broke. Even I can be wrong once or twice.

There are three tales woven in this book from names that are far from unknown to New Pulp audiences: Nancy Hansen, I.A. Watson and Derrick Ferguson. Each bring their 'A' game. I greatly enjoyed each and every story. I certainly wanted more after finishing the book. It was devoured, this collection! There is action a plenty, drama, the expected fantasy element with monsters to fight and magic deal with including a particularly wretched witch. I thought it was interesting that each writer told a different tale, but each had a voice that was unique and all were definitively Sinbad tales worthy to stand next to the Harryhausen films. Those three characters that joined Sinbad in all the tales were deftly handled and to me at least seemed to belong there. (I'd like a crack at writing solo tales for all three, frankly) It all worked quite well together and made for a wondrous read for this fantasy-adventure lover.

Not to be outdone by the tales is the impressive interior artwork handled by Ralf van der Hoeven with Bryan Fowler throwing down some cool cover art.

Props must go out to Ron Fortier for coming up with and organizing this idea into the finely polished treasure that pleased me to no end. I really can't wait for future volumes.

This is a Must-Have New Pulp Read!

C. William Russette



Sunday, September 9, 2012

I'm Still Here

Geez, how long has it been since I updated this thing.

Let's see, the good news, I guess, is that I have stopped taking on new writing projects. Why because I have a freakin grocery list of things to write and they ain't writing themselves.

Doing a little fan fiction for my guilty pleasure writing. Check out Nightwing at Faux DC for all that goodness. Nightwing at FDC!

I'm half a scene away from finishing some High Fantasy that I hope to find a buyer for. It has already grown past what I wanted far as length goes. Once that is done I have a hefty 15k short story to start hammering out.

I've stopped drawing for the PUMMEL league over at Penciljack because I wasn't putting enough energy into it, got stomped every month and it was a stress point where no money could be made. So why do it? Right, boot.

Still part of DRAW OFF! on Facebook.

Been reading a ton of Star Wars novels and all of them are good. Shatterpoint is a Mace Windu book and just rocked. I do need to get at a review for the new Lazarus Gray novel soon...

Currently rereading The Bloody Crown of Conan by the amazing Robert E Howard. Ohhh... just cause. Maybe...

It's late and you have just been updated.

More later.

CWR 9.10.2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY by Barry Reese delivers everything that I was hoping it would. There is plenty of action, occult, happenings, a quartet of interesting characters and even a guest star from Mr. Reese’s other, likely better known character, The Rook.

I have read elsewhere that this is a character that is a sort of homage to the classic pulp character The Avenger. I’ve never read anything of said character so I went in blind save for the knowledge that Mr. Reese knows how to spin a yarn.

There are seven stories to be found within this collection. Some have seen print before elsewhere but they were all new to me. I won’t say that I liked them all equally (or disliked ANY) but that is only because we all have preferences. I lean towards the supernatural side of things and those tales Mr. Reese wrote involving Mr. Gray and Assistance Unlimited were great fun and interesting to read.

The pacing in every story is breakneck and frankly it makes the book rather hard to put down. I won’t give away anything as far as the plot goes. Pertaining to the characters of Gray’s team I will say that I find each every bit as interesting as the lead in the tales. I particularly thing that Samantha could hold a story or two all by her lonesome.

As far as being worthy to be included among the great tales coming forth from the New Pulp movement, Lazarus Gray and his crew have their place of honor cemented.

C. William Russette