The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes

In April, 2014 I was asked to contribute to an essay anthology called The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes by my writer/editor friend, Rich Handley.

The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the ApesI accepted the challenge even though I wasn’t familiar with the comics at all, though I had seen most of the films. Rich stated that he would prefer a fresh take from someone not as familiar with the franchise so it seemed like a good fit. My assignment was to discuss the Dark Horse Comics years which all centered around Tim Burton’s 2001 cinematic re-imagining. Dark Horse only held the license for a few years and their ongoing series was canceled when interest in the film waned.

So I did my research, handed in my assignment, went through the normal editing process, and returned a final draft to Rich and his editing partner Joe Berenato (both from the awesome Hasslein Books family.) The book is coming out in a few months they say, but I’ll be sure to update with more information (like the actual release date) as it comes in.

For now, you can check out the Sequart Organization’s page, follow the book on Facebook (they post lots of great Apes stuff there), and enjoy this great cover by Pat Carbajal. If you’re into the Planet of the Apes universe, especially the comic books, you’re going to want a copy of this book. You’ll also want it because I’m going to be published in it, right? Right!?

To sweeten the deal, allow me to share the book’s roster: Editors Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato ; foreword by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman; afterword by Dafna Pleban; essays by Samuel Agro, Joseph F. Berenato, Stephen R. Bissette (Swamp Thing), Jim Beard, Joe Bongiorno, Joseph Dilworth Jr., Dan Greenfield, Ed Gross, Rich Handley, Zaki Hasan, Terry Hoknes, John Roche, Lou Tambone, and Dayton Ward (Star Trek); cover by Patricio Carbajal.

More writing gigs have been coming in so expect more news like this in 2015 and beyond.


The book is out now! You can grab a copy at




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