This Is Jared Axelrod

I am an author, an illustrator, a graphic designer, a sculptor, a costume designer, a podcaster and quite a few other things that I’ve lost track of but will no doubt remember when the situation calls for it.

I am not domestic, I am a luxury, and in that sense, necessary.

It’s nice to meet you, too.

This Is What He’s Done

I’m the author of the graphic novel, THE BATTLE OF BLOOD AND INK, drawn by the inestimable Steve Walker. It’s been published by Tor, and you can buy it now, if you like. I understand the need to try before you buy, and thankfully, Tor has put up the first 2o pages free online. Steve and I have also done some mini-comics. The graphic novel is like them, only more pages. Feel free to snag a copy.

The world of THE BATTLE OF BLOOD AND INK is futher explored in the the 2 prequel podcast novellas over at FABLES OF THE FLYING CITY, ASHE OF THE AIR and MOUTHS OF THE DEAD.  You don’t need to listen to the podcast to understand the graphic novel, but it does provide some background as to why the main character, Ashe is the woman she is.

I write for Philadelphia Weekly, including the column Made New, in which I interviewed archers, fencers, jewelers and other artists and makers who using centuries old techniques in modern times.

The Bar Challenge

Fans of Captain Chubbs, my 3-foot-tall space-bear puppet, will be pleased to know that he is the lead in A Fist Full of Urseminites, a story I wrote for HAVE BLASTER WILL TRAVEL,  Galileo Games‘s BULDOGS! fiction anthology, which is available in ebook and paperback. Here’s a preview.

I’ve also completed a short story called The Trouble With Phoenixes, which is in the steampunk anthology Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurences. Tee & Pip, authors of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, had put a character named after me in their delightful world, so when the offer came to contribute a slice of fiction, I couldn’t resist taking their irascible inventor Agent Axelrod. It’s a screwball comedy of a story, involving a horrendous date, bare-knuckle boxing, and a top hat filled with rocket fuel. You should read it

A while back, I wrote some small story bits based upon Josh Jordan’s RPG Heroine. When Josh sent out a call for fiction about his new RPG, Doll, I couldn’t resist. Lucky and Karate Robot Z can be read in Trust Me: A Doll Anthology, and contain my favorite first line I’ve written yet: “Karate Robot Z was the reason for all the blood.” You should grab a copy.

I started a webcomic about an advice-giving supervillian, ASK COMRADE COCKROACH who offered his thoughts on the inevitable darkness of the future and the murderous appeal of Gordon Ramsay. I wrote a short story about Comrade Cockroach, sand had a wildly successful Kickstarter for an ebook, an audio version, a second short story and a bunch of narrative comics, including Comrade Cockroach’s secret origin and details about his relationship with J.R. Blackwell’s popular supervillian character, Dr. Mercury. If you backed the Kickstarter, you should already have the ebook, and you’ll get the rest in the coming weeks. If you didn’t, you’re gonna have to wait. Should’ve backed, is all I’m saying.

This Is Where He Is Online

Born Of An Atom Bomb is my Tumblr/dumping ground for internet references for various projects.

Flight of the Nevernaut is a Tumblr for all my costume work. It’s an expansive hobby, so I like having a separate place on the internet for it.

These Are Some Blog Posts That May Interest You

What We Talk About When We Talk About Con Harassment
I Am Queer And I Am Married
I’m Not Going To Wear The Tight Gold Dress
Bucking Traditional Business Models
Your Guide To The Nefariverse
Five Questions For Every Lead Character
How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Folk-Literature
Nothing Can Stop You
Have We Lived And Fought In Vain?
Rayguns In The Time Of Slavery
Your Batman Does Not Invalidate My Batman
Appropriate Questions To Ask Oneself While Writing
Further Evidence of My Credentials
The Superhero Films of Raja Loreddex
If I Knew Then What I Know Now…
Rayguns In The Time Of Cholera