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Jem Issue 1 Cover w Logos- IDWI hope you don’t get your “Kelly Thompson” news from this blog which I have become just terrible at updating…if so you’re getting this COMPLETELY AWESOME news nearly a month late. But better late than never, yes?

So, I am indeed writing the new IDW comic book JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, that launches in March (March 18th specifically).

Even better news, the absolutely phenomenal Ross Campbell (and also my good friend) will be doing the book with me – covers and interiors. This is an ongoing book and Ross will be with  me for the first arc. And if the book is the big success we expect it to be, he’ll be back for the 3rd arc as well. So buy buy buy so we can do more more more!

The above image is the first cover to the first issue by Ross Campbell. Here we also have art for the four “classic Jem” covers by Amy Mebberson and the subscription cover by Sara Richard – all for issue #1

Jem MebbersonAnd THIS is the sparkly PREVIEWS cover that has Ross’s cover art on the back cover (and includes SPARKLY TEXT…it’s amazing) which is out this week. Previews has all the details on the special variants (you can even get a box set) and the necessary codes to give to your shop.

Jem Previews for March

You can’t really see the sparkles in my crappy photo, but I assure you they are there, and they are magnificent.

IMG_1395We’ve also had some great interviews and articles go up: two pieces on io9, and at The Extraordinary League of Cosplay, as well as our first (of several forthcoming) podcast interviews – on my very own 3 Chicks Review Comics, Comics Alliance, The Mary Sue, Comics Alliance, The Mary Sue, CBR, Newsarama, The Nerdist, Bleeding Cool, and of course IDW Publishing.

And THIS is your look at cover #2 featuring Ross Campbell’s redesigned MISFITS. So cool.

JEM-02-cover art - misfitsAlso, if you’ve been missing out on all this awesomeness…your best options are to follow me on twitter (@79Semifinalist) and/or on my tumblr (1979 Semi-Finalist) which are more regularly updated these days than the blog!

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Sorry for the absence, kids. I’ve been down with the monster flu that’s been devouring the east coast. While I was down however, a new 3 Chicks Review Comics went up, which included our Best and Worsts of 2012 as well as an interview with Batman writer Scott Snyder. Also, my piece about “10 Comics to Read in 2013” went up on Lit Reactor. You can read that piece here.

All that said, if the official announcement had been out on Brian Wood and Oliver Coipel’s all ladies “X-Men” debuting in April 2013, it would have been #1 on the list, guaranteed.

Brian Wood and Oliver Coipel’s all ladies X-Men


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So it’s pretty much ALWAYS awesome to be friends with Ross, but sometimes he really pulls out ALL the goddamn stops.

Some of you that frequent the blog regularly may remember this post, in which I talked a bit about some projects I was working on and wanted to work on, and one in particular that I conceived as a television show, but realizing nobody was going to let little ole me do a TV show, turned it into a novel. It’s the novel I wrote for this NaNo last November (you may remember my daily posts on that as well).

Tessa Battle and her axe The Black Dove by Kelly Thompson

Anyway, the sketch above was a quick little sketch that I did of the main character Tessa a long ways back.

Ross, who read the novel a few months back, for my birthday did the MOST GORGEOUS DRAWING EVER of Tessa.

Tessa Battle and her axe The Black Dove by Ross Campbell (and Kelly Thompson)

I am just in heaven over this. I have to tell you guys, ever since I started wanting to do comics as a teenager I always used to want to write and draw my own comics and graphic novels, but over the last six months, working with Stephanie, Ross, and Meredith (as well as a few other wonderful artists here and there) has made me realize how much I would rather have someone else fall in love with something of mine and breath their own life into it. It’s so damn rewarding I can barely describe it. Especially when I’ve been lucky enough to work with these insanely talented people.


(Even Tessa says so).


Adam’s anniversary present.

The good news is, I get to look at it too and it’s AWESOME.


I bitch and moan (fairly regularly) during Drunk Cover Solicits about being tired of “split face” covers where a comic character’s face is split down the middle. I think I even said recently that I was officially over those kind of covers.

Well, sometimes it’s damn good to be wrong.  Check out this dynamic completely badass Ross Campbell Glory #24 cover (which is issue #2 since its “re-start”).  “Split face” and all, it’s awesome.