I’m super stoked to have a short story—”The Nearest Far-Away Place”—in the new issue of Planet Scumm. This is my third time publishing in the magazine, which has been a really nice experience each time. Tyler and the other folks at Planet Scumm continue to impress as each issue pushes their creative boundaries a little further. I’m honored to be invited along.
The cover illustration, which I am in love with, was created by Erika Schnatz, a production artist at Image Comics. The spot illustrations in this issue were all completed in a single, unbroken line by Planet Scumm’s creative director, Alyssa Alarcón Santo. The book is worth picking up for the illustrations alone. Seriously.
I hadn’t realized that I had a pull quote on the back cover until I was looking at the digital file. By the time I have a story either in print or digital, I kinda can only squint at it and just hope it all turned out all right. My wife read this story in an advance copy of the magazine and liked it. So there you go. It’s also a little more emotional than my usual goofball stuff. Other stories include:
- Zone 59 by Rebecca Gransden
- Dance Dance Apocalypse by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
- Reptile by Hailey Piper
- The Perpetual Empire by Aaron Emmel
- The Nearest Far-Away Place by Frank Smith
- At the Border Post by Noah Lemelson
- Original artwork by Erika Schnatz and Alyssa Alarcón Santo
Pre-orders are available now. Books will ship September 10.