Guild Works at NYCC!

GWP is going to be in small press booth 1257 New York Comic-con with the uber talented inker Alex Rivera and the Master of Mash-ups Hector E Rodriguez! Special Saturday/Sunday guest signing from word smith John Escobales! We have original art, prints, books and as always we are available for all of your commission needs!!!!!!!!

The Ultimate Guide to the New York Comic Con

Part I
By Mark Clay
Owl Intermedia

So, you want to go to the New York Comic Con, and you were able to get ahold of those pricey hot commodities at a previous show, a participating comic shop, or online. Congratulations.  Here is a brief list of suggestions to enhance your calm at The Con and make sure you get to see as much as you would like.


First thing is, of course, the tickets.  Comic conventions can sell out quickly, so get your tickets as early as possible by preordering tickets or buying them as soon as they become available for purchase online.  If you are going to The Con to see or hear certain people/groups and don’t know what days they are presenting, it is a good bet you can skip Sunday.  Even the vendors are ready to leave by Sunday, and the panels (people talking to you about their show/movie/book) are usually done by then.  However, if you like bargain shopping, Sunday may be a great day for you, as most of the sellers want to take back as little stock as possible.  Just remember, if the item you are after is sold in chain stores (e.g., most of the T-shirts) the price will usually be firm, even on Sunday.

Hotel Reservation

OK, you have your tickets, and have gotten them early (as in as soon as possible).  Step two is lodging.  Hotels tend to jack up the price at convention time, the general rule is the closer you are to the convention the more you are going to pay for it.  It’s fun if you can afford it though, just walking next door to the Comic Con was pretty cool the one time I managed it.  Don’t get discouraged if you call in for a quote and get price-shock.  Hotels further from the event will be cheaper and may even offer a shuttle service to and from the event.

Arranging Transportation

Next is transportation, and the main reason to get the first two items in this list as soon as possible.  If you are flying to The Con, the earlier you can get plane tickets, the better—as in cheaper.  Make sure you give yourself enough time to unpack and get in the first of many lines you are sure to be in at The Con: the line for your pass/lanyard (Yes, you will be getting a lanyard).  Depending on which Comic Con you are going to, just getting your pass can take a couple of hours, and getting to your hotel and such can be an hour or more, so make sure you give yourself enough time on the front end.  As for departure date/time (leaving The Con to return home), give yourself a bit of time in case you meet people you want to have dinner with. You will also have to figure out how you are going to get all the freebies and stuff you bought home.


As for packing to go to The Con, that depends on you.  Most of the people you meet will be dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, and quite a few will be in costume (cosplay etiquette can be an editorial in itself).  Dress comfortably, and if you plan to buy a lot of stuff, bring clothing you may not mind leaving to make room for your treasures.  This is an extreme suggestion for extreme shoppers.

Bring a yoga mat or one of those tiny camping chairs you can carry easily.  Standing for hours can be at best boring, but you should avoid sitting on the floor for obvious reasons.  Small blankets will also work here.


You have your Con tickets, lodging, transportation…now it’s time to figure out what you will be doing while you are there.  The Con will publish a schedule of events at some point prior to the first day.  This is subject to change, and by that, I mean lots of panels and speaker times will likely change, but it’s a good place to start planning.  Give yourself two hours if possible to be in line for the events you want to see.  Two hours is a median suggestion of time for you to get a good place in line for a decent seat to your event.  If any of those events involves Marvel, you may want to allot more time. The point here is to give yourself a decent amount of time between your events if you can.  Look up panelists on Twitter in advance; they will often have an idea of when they will be speaking.

The Making of a Vigilante Comic Creator

Inside the Life of John Escobales
By Holly Zynda
Owl Intermedia
John Escobales, author of Martin Chase: Human Weapon and The Keyholders, can trace the roots of his interest in comics to age five, when he discovered his cousin’s small comic book collection. Batman was the first hero to hook him into the superhero genre. Since that time, John was re-exposed to comics on several occasions, and his interest became inextricably linked to his interest in the martial arts, which was originally inspired by his father, a karate instructor.

After his initial interest in comic books was sparked, he began collecting them from wherever he could, flea markets, newsracks, local markets. His dad would also take him on occasional trip to the comic book shop in a nearby town, where he met Crash, who facilitated his obsession. John’s uncle also fed into his preoccupation with comics, providing him with stacks of the comics he delivered as a truck driver. John took a particular interest in the Black Panther, Master of Kung Fu, Ghost Rider, Star Wars, Conan, and other martial arts–inspired comics.
Both comics and martial arts gave John an outlet to express a big part of his subconscious, the desire to create change for the good by defeating the bad guys.

Several years later, John and a friend discovered a comic book shop had opened in their home town, and it was owned by the one and only Crash. The comic addiction grew, and later, John began working at the shop in exchange for additional reading materials.  While working there, he got to meet Mike Zeck, illustrator of The Secret Wars and John’s favorite book Master of Kung Fu, who drew a picture of Shang Chi for him. During this time, he focused his efforts on writing, since he didn’t take naturally to drawing.

John continued to pursue karate under his father’s instruction, gaining the moniker Dynamo as his skills advanced beyond his age. He also ran into Crash again, who got him a job at Capital City Distribution, a major comic book distributor. While working there, he got early access to each new issue and continued to add titles to the list of comics under his belt.
After a hiatus from comics to pursue the rock and roll lifestyle, martial arts pulled him back into the scene, when he saw an edition of X-Men with the Master of Kung Fu on the cover. After that, he was hooked on comics again, and his involvement in martial arts was renewed by the opening of a Kung Fu school in close proximity to his work.

The birth of his son fueled John’s passion for justice, making the world a better place for his children. He also had a chance encounter with Brian Bendis, a Marvel writer, where he was advised to publish his comics on his own, rather than trying to get in with one of the major comic book companies. He then began developing realistic characters addressing current world issues in phenomenal ways. His passion for writing comic books was set in stone, and he began pursuing it more heartily.

Today, John Escobales still pursues karate, kung fu, Krav Maga, and MMA fighting passionately and employs his interest in and knowledge of martial arts in creating Martin Chase: Human Weapon and The Keyholders, choreographing battle scenes and imbuing the comics with Eastern ideology.

Guild Works Releases its Show Dates for 2015: Offering Limited Edition Prints, Commissions, and Exclusive First-Edition Comics

Moodus CT, January 14, 2015:   Creators of the HELL’S BLOOD series, Guild Works’ team of passionate graphic novelists has released the listings of its 2015 show appearances, giving fans and other interested parties plenty of opportunities to check out their latest releases and classic offerings. Readers can discover REALM: EDGE OF OBLIVION, WORST CASE SCENARIO:OUTBREAK, and the BEST SHOTS: BULLETS AND BABES pinup book at events around the Northeastern U.S.

The following is a tentative list of the events Guild Works will be attending in 2015 (shows and appearances are subject to change):

03/07 New York, NY Big Apple Convention
03/27 Pennsauken, NJ EXPO 9
04/17–04/19 Marlborough, MA New England Super Megafest Comic-Con
05/TBA Location TBA Free Comic Book Day
6/15 Hartford, CT Hartford Comic con
07/31–08/02 Boston, MA Boston Comic Con
08/14–08/15 Uncasville, CT ComicCONN
09/25–09/27 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Comic-Con
10/17 New York, New York New York City Comic Con
11/TBA Rhode Island, TBA Rhode Island Comic Con

Writer John Escobales will be available at these appearances to sign exclusive copies of MARTIN CHASE #1 and limited edition MARTIN CHASE prints. Artists Hector Rodriguez and Keith Murphey will also be available for original commissions and will be selling limited edition prints. Attendees can meet the HELL’S BLOOD creators and purchase Guild Works comics at any of the events listed above.

Guild Works Publications, the revitalized creative partnership of Keith Murphey and Hector Rodriguez, is the current publisher for the popular horror series, HELL’S BLOOD, WORST CASE SCENARIO, and BEST SHOTS. The studio is dedicated to creating comics for the mature reader. To find out more about Guild Works and its graphic products, visit, and to stay up to date on the group’s latest events, check out the Guild Works Publications Facebook page.





BCC 2014: August 8, 9 & 10, 2014.  The Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA

 THE 2014 BOSTON COMIC CON IS ONLY ONE WEEK AWAY! Come meet your favorite comic book creators like Adam Kubert, Jeff Smith, Amanda Conner, Greg Capullo, Mark Waid, Scott Snyder, Carlos Pacheco, Jimmy Palmiotti, and so many more.We’ve got a star studded line up of celebrities from your favorite TV shows and movies including John Barrowman (Arrow), Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones),  Sean Astin (Lord of The Rings), Jewel Staite (Firefly), Eve Myles (Torchwood), James Marsters (Buffy), Sam Witwer (Being Human), Katie Cassidy (Arrow), and DMC (yep, of Run DMC).

About Boston Comic Con: The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 8th, Saturday August 9th, and Sunday August 10th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website: Boston Comic Con


Come see GWP and creator/writer John Escobales at #SpEditionNYC at Artist Alley table L5a on June 14-15. For more info & to buy your tickets visit

Guild Works Publications Announces Hells Blood Collected Edition And Their Newest Endeavor REALM: EDGE OF OBLIVION!

Moodus CT, October 11th, 2013:  Guild Works Publications is pleased to announce the collected edition of Hells Blood will make its debut at NYCC! Creator and artist Hector Rodriguez will be available at artists alley table T8 for a limited book signing. The book includes cover art by KJ Murphey. In addition Hector has also begun the writing responsibilities starting with Hell’s Blood book 5.  According to Hector he is taking the book in a darker direction and will be introducing several new characters.

In other exciting GWP news their newest publication Realm: Edge of Oblivion Issue One will present the debut of the talent of Byrne Negron (creator/artist) and Talya Goodman (writer). The new fantasy/horror book plans to be a collected edition as well. REALM will be GWP’s first full color comic book. Byrne Negron will also be on hand for a limited edition signing of the book details to be announced shortly.

To see the creators of HELLSBLOOD and REALM: EDGE OF OBLIVION at NYCC stop by T8 in Artists Alley

For more detailed submission guidelines, please visit the company’s website at, or the Guild Works Facebook group.

Guild Works Publications, the revitalized creative partnership of Keith Murphey and Hector Rodriguez, is the current publisher for the popular horror series, Hell’s Blood, Worst Case Scenario, and Best Shots. The studio is dedicated to creating comics for the mature reader.

Guild Works Is Proud To Announce Hells Blood 4 And Their Newest Endeavor GWP Presents issue 1!

Guild Works Is Proud To Announce Hells Blood 4 And Their Newest Endeavor GWP Presents issue 1!

Moodus CT, October 11th, 2012: Guild Works Publications is pleased to announce the long awaited thrilling conclusion to Hells Blood Chapter 4 which will make its debut at NYCC! Creator and artist Hector Rodriguez reports that he will be focusing his artistic energies on several new creator projects in 2013. The writing responsibilities will continue to be shouldered by GWP Editor in Chief Chris Buchner. A new story arc will begin with issue 5 and a new artistic team will be announced at the start of the new year.

GWP Presents #1

In other exciting GWP news their newest publication GWP Presents Issue One will present the debut of two new characters in their own unique origin stories in a limited edition flip book. The new publication will feature original cover art by JM DeSantis and Keith Murphey. The preview book will feature JM DeSantis’s Indian female warrior CHADHIYANA in two self contained short stories. In addition, Keith Murphey’s wendigo TORN will make his debut in the preview book. Both creators will also be on hand for a limited edition signing of the book details to be announced shortly.

To see the creators of HELLSBLOOD at NYCC stop by AA11 in Artists Alley. To see the creator of CHADHIYANNA: stop by the show floor at booth 2350!

The studio is also still seeking submissions for its second volume of BEST SHOTS: FANGS AND CLAWS and WORST CASE SCENARIO series. Submissions should be sent to [email protected].
For more detailed submission guidelines, please visit the company’s website at, or the Guild Works Facebook group.
Guild Works Publications, the revitalized creative partnership of Keith Murphey and Hector Rodriguez, is the current publisher for the popular horror series, Hell’s Blood, Worst Case Scenario, and Best Shots. The studio is dedicated to creating comics for the mature reader.


APRIL 2012:

Hope to see some of you at BOSTON COMIC-CON! Make sure to look for us in Artists Alley!

BCC 2012:April 21st &22nd.  Hynes Convention Center,Boston,MA
Only 1 WEEK until the 2012 BOSTON COMIC CON!
The guest list if off the hook!  Check out just some of the big guns appearing at this year’s show…
Kevin Eastman,Simon Bisely,Tim Sale,Steve Epting,Ed McGuinness,Francis Manapul,Joe Sinnott,Bernie Wrightson,Jill Thompson,Ivan Reis,Jim Cheung,Skottie Young,Arthur Suydam,Joe Benitez,Bill Sienkiewicz,Michael Golden,Geof Darrow,Ben Templesmith,Herb Trimpe,Kevin Maguire,Bob Layton,Stephane Roux,Cliff Chiang,David Petersen,Peter Bagge,and many more!!
Also,for the first time in a long time and most likely the last time,appearing in one room together are the LEGENDS OF MAD MAGAZINE –Al Feldstein,Al Jaffee,and Paul Coker.
Marvel Comics will be in the house conducting artist portfolio revues searching for that next young gun artist!
Also,who could forget the official,exclusive,Marvel Comics approved Avengers Boston Comic Con T-Shirt!!!




Greetings talented creators! GWP is looking for your hand in our next exciting adult pin up book. In this second volume its all about the beauty and the beasts! We want awesome looking monsters with gorgeous women,sexy female monsters,hot babes being protected by any kind of monsters,classic monsters attacking sexy girls,yeah well you get the idea. Remember these are pieces that are meant for an adult pin up book so topless art is on the table. We cannot use any artwork that shows any kind of penetration. So hot females and some kind of monster element is what we are looking for in this book. Monsters include anything from vampires,werewolves,undead,aliens,mythological creatures,etc.

To be clear this is a portfolio piece to help get your names out their as illustrators so there is no financial compensation but you will get one comp copy upon printing of book.

Finished artwork needs to be 300 DPI and we are looking for full color for the book. All files should be sent TIFF format. pages should be 8×11 size. Please send all finished artwork to GWP art director Hector Rodriquez by no later than May 30th. Please include the name of the piece in the subject of the email. Hector’s email:[email protected]

If you wish to have your biography included in the book you must submit a minimum of three original pieces of art. Send your biography to GWP editor Chris Buchner. Chris’s email:[email protected]


Come See Us at New York Comic Con!

Meet the creators of Hellsblood and
Martin Chase: Human Weapon
in Small Press Booth 1257!

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