Sunday, June 2, 2019

A Legend Gary Summer Book Release


Some family secrets are shocking.  Gary’s are downright legendary!  At least that’s what comic book scribe S.A. Check poses with the release of his new middle grade novel, Legend Gary.  The story explores some of the lessor known legends and local folklore from our own back yards and towns, as well as the bonds that hold a family together, even when they’re kept worlds apart. 

Gary always thought having a monster hunting family was kind of cool, that was before his dad vanished without a trace, and grandpa went just a little bit cray cray. Five years and lots of questions later and all Gary wants is to survive eighth-grade. But when his missing father sends a living tornado to visit him at school, Gary knew his birthday was in for a weird turn.  The one present he never expected was the Legend Diary, an ancient book passed down by generations to keep the tales of a nation in check. Unfortunately for him, Dastard Black has his own plans to use the book and unleash an army of nightmares into Gary’s world.

This is the author’s third published novel, and his first in the field of middle grade entertainment.  Check has been active writing for all-ages comic book titles like The Three Stooges, Underdog, Pink Panther, Oggy & the Cockroaches, and Laurel & Hardy.  His work in comics has been recognized by multiple entertainment and media-related outlets, and his run with The Three Stooges comics series was on display at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum. 



“Gary is your everyday kid.  It’s everything around him that’s just a little bit larger than life,” explained Check.  “This story is one-part adventure, one-part mystery, a dash of family, a dab of humor, and, of course, a Bigfoot.  You know, the basics.  When Gary’s world is turned upside-down, the last person he expects to help put things right is the legend of one of the wild west’s most notorious gunslingers. To get his father back, Gary has to fight his way through a legend with an inferiority complex, a demon, a satyr, a skinwalker, and a couple more surprises along the way.  Does he have what it takes to become a guardian of legends? Guess you’ll have to pick up a copy to find out!” 

The novel was released in both print and eBook versions on June 3, 2019, and is available through major online literary retailers and direct via the publisher’s website at www.worldcastlepublishing.com. 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Scoop Interview with S.A. Check

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Scoop's Amanda Sheriff and talk about some of my work in comics and some of the projects I have lined up for 2019.

It's going to be an exciting year for me with a number of comics projects coming.  I'm also excited to be releasing not just one, but two new novels this year - a middle grade adventure novel - Legend Gary, and a new sci-fi horror novel out through Necro Publications / Bedlam Press.  Here's a link to the article!  Thanks for reading and all your continued support!

Scoop / Previews Article.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Another Fine Mess I (Happily) Find Myself In

When I started writing comics for American Mythology's new The Three Stooges series over three years ago, I figured I had landed into some kind of comedy writing heaven.  And it has proven to be nothing short of amazing over the course of those years.   Really, how was I ever going to match writing new stories for The Boys? 

And then the unexpected happened, and I found myself on another short list, hoping to contribute to yet another legendary comedy team, one who set the marks for generations of comedians to follow!

And, so, without further ado...here we are again.  I'm humbled and excited to help celebrate the cherished works of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as American Mythology prepares to launch their new Laurel & Hardy series this April.  I'll be contributing stories  to the upcoming books along with a group of amazing writers like Jordan Gershowitz, as we look to shine a spotlight on the duo's stage and screen antics.

Here's some links to some of the press coverage already building excitement for the new books: 

Hollywood Reporter
Newsrama
Bleeding Cool
First Comic News

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Three Times a Stooge

Sometimes, time just has a way of slipping by.  What you could swear was only a few weeks ago was actually months, and months have a way of turning into years.  It happens to us all at times, but every once in a while, we’re still caught by surprise.  Need an example?  Glad you asked!
It was just another day at the American Mythology HQ.  I parked in the “supplemental” parking lot, as usual, and had to take two buses, a subway, rickshaw, and zip line to make it over to the offices.  The closer parking lot is reserved for what editor-in-chief, Mike Wolfer, likes to call employees who actually “do” things.  Whatever that means.  
Anyway, I showed up extra early, say around ten thirty, and made my way into the lobby, passed the bronze statue of comic scribe, the notorious J.C. Vaughn.  (It looks so life-like! The statue – not the person.)  I jumped on the special ser-vice elevator, which I was told was French for really important people, and I headed on up.
Stepping out of the elevator, I made a beeline for my corner office (known by some as stall #3).  It was there I heard the almost angelic voice of the unfairly expelled American Idol hopeful, James I-never-agreed-to-be-in-this-bit Kuhoric, who gave me a friendly reminder.  “Hey, Check, you better get those Stooges stories in for the Halloween issue.  Blah!”  Halloween issue?  Didn’t we already do a couple of those?  And that’s when it hit me like a 3 a.m. burrito!  Three years!  We’ve been churning out Three Stooges comics for a whole three years! 
Impossible you say?  I say thee nay, yon knuckleheads.  Our first Three Stooges comic, “The Boys are Back” came out waayyyy back in early twenty-odd sixteen.  I don’t even think there was internet back then.  The even better part is that I’ve had a hand in just about every one of those issues.  Getting to contribute to just one book was a writer’s dream for me, but to keep coming back and creating new adventures for The Boys is something I’ll always be proud of. 
This third Halloween issue, Monsters & Mayhem, takes up back for one last romp around Castle Frankenstooge to finish out our little trilogy of terror.  If you haven’t already – make sure to pick up the first two Frankenstooge comics, Curse of Frankenstooge, and Return to Castle Frankenstooge,  over at the American Mythology shop online.  And If you liked our homage to Edgar Allan Poe in this issue, you need to check out The Island of Dr. Moron back in the 2017 Halloween comic.  It’s a howl.  Yeah, pun totally intended.

Along the way, we’ve also elected Curly president, sent the boys back in time to the local Renaissance Fair, watched them work as window washers, fast food workers, and even save Christmas – sort of.  To say there’s a lot of talented contributors involved in each book is a major understatement.  I also really want to thank each and every reader who continues to support the books!  You folks are the best, and it’s always appreciated! 
American Mythology still has big plans for the Three Stooges in the coming months leading into 2019, so stick around and enjoy the show.  Maybe they’ll even let me scribble out a few more stories before they come to their senses. Remember.  Be a Stooge!  Read Comics!  Three Nyuks Always Make a Right!

 S.A. Check
Make sure you stop over at the AM SHOP and check out all The Three Stooges comics available there!  We always try to give extra nyuk for your buck!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Casper and Halloween ComicFest

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So, it's that time of year again.  Halloween is soon upon us, and with that comes another year of Halloween ComicFest!!  I ran across the interview I did last year, where I had the opportunity to talk to the fine folks who run HCF about American Mythology's current run on Casper The Friendly Ghost, which was also last years HCF contribution from AM.  I had a lot of fun talking about everyone's favorite spookster, and I figured I'd repost the article here, since I don't think I did last year.  We talk about why Casper appeals to so many fans, the direction AM took with the character, and my affinity for potting soil.  Kind of. Just check out the article I've linked here if you want to read the whole thing.  

Halloween ComicFest - Casper The Friendly Ghost / S.A. Check

AND...…..definitely check out what American Mythology has in store for fans for this year's HCF!  You won't be disappointed, especially if your a fan of ERB, or dinosaurs, or lost worlds, or space, or adventure, or cool heroes and villains, or good stories, or....you get the idea.

HCF 2018 Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe Genesis

Monday, May 28, 2018

Bad Comic Review - Volcanosaurus 2

Here's a video review of Volcanosaurus #2 from the folks over at Bad Comic Review!  I think they enjoyed it...




Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Three Stooges - Slaptastic Special!

It's a busy month for The Boys!  Hot off the

heels of the release of 

the second volume of collected comics from

American Mythology, 

comes the newest regular issue release, with

two new stories 

written by me.  Check it out!


The original funnymen of Vaudeville are

back and this time they

are trapped in virtual reality! Enjoy a

wonderful mix of classic and

modern Three Stooges storytelling in the Slaptastic Special! The

Three Stooges Slaptastic Special comes with three covers - Main

by Brendon & Brian Fraim, Color Photo, and a special Limited

Edition B&W Photo cover!

Check out the site at American Mythology Comics and get your own copy!  American Mythology Comics