Lucius Fogg: Mystery of the Nine by Dan Wickline.
“Leave them alone, Jimmy.” Fogg said to me as I saw the nine keys sitting in the glass case. But my curiosity was too strong.
“But what are they for? There must be nine locks somewhere.” I gazed at each golden key as they lay upon the crushed red velvet.
“Only one door, but each key opens it into a different world.” Fogg leaned back in his chair. “Eight worlds of torture and one of paradise.”
“How do you know which goes to which?” I had noticed that each key was identical down to the tiniest imperfection.
“You don’t.” Fogg gently tapped the glass case. “Once you use the key, you are sucked into the other world while the key returns to its kind. And you return hours later forever scarred by the experience.”
I snickered a little and responded, “I’ve had a few dates like that.”
“I don’t understand. If one is paradise wouldn’t you return happy?” Now it was Fogg’s turn to smile. “If you found paradise and then lost it…” He pushed the case toward me. “How much torture would you go through trying to get back to it?”
I put the case back into the safe and closed the door. I was content with the world I lived in and would leave paradise to the dreamers.
I have been asked by a few people of late if I’ll be attending different conventions this year. I figured it would be easier to make a blanket statement. I am at this point not planning on attending any conventions this year. That may change this summer if necessity dictates my attendance at Comic-Con, etc… but the plan is to take this year off.
I’ve always been pretty open so I won’t change that now. The decision to take the year off comes from a few things. First is the fact I’ve spent the last year or so working on the Lucius Fogg novels, so I don’t have as much new comic material to promote. That is changing now as I have taken on a few new projects at Zenescope and started a couple creator-owned ones as well. Second, and in this economy I think you’ll understand, with my wife currently unemployed the financial demands of conventions are hard to justify. And third, I have a minor health issue I am dealing with. Nothing to concern anyone, but it is something I am focused on at the moment.
It saddens me to miss the shows. Phoenix Comic-con, Emerald City Con and Long Beach Comic-con are three of the best, hands down. And I’ve done San Diego for sixteen years straight, so I didn’t make this decision easily. I greatly enjoy going to these shows and visiting with all of you and it is my intent to return to all of these shows in 2013 and hopefully a few more. In the mean time, please keep an eye out for my new comics from Zenescope “Call of Wonderland” and “Grimm Fairy Tales: Angel” as well as my e-novel Lucius Fogg: Deadly Creatures.
All the best,