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Is anyone interested in the graphic novel form?
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Newport RI
About Me:
Okay, my name is Mark Ellis, AKA James Axler.

Rather than delve into the irrelevancies about working as a journalist, a newspaper columnist and a white-collar copywriter and all the other yadda-yadda of a full-time writing career that began over 20 years ago, let's get down to the grue.

I’m the author of 46 suspense and science-fiction novels (with more in the offing) as well as being a comics creator. Under my pen name of James Axler, I created and write the long-running Outlanders series, published by Harlequin Enterprises’s Gold Eagle imprint, now in its 12th year of consecutive publication.

I make my living as a creator. I was formerly a comics scripter for various independent publishers and the main writer, conceptulizer and editor of the late (and somewhat unlamented) Millennium Publications.

My credentials in the comic book field include critically acclaimed stints on Doc Savage, The Wild, Wild West, Star Rangers, The Justice Machine and many others.

I’ve worked with comic legends such as Jim Mooney, Don Heck, Darryl Banks, Adam Hughes and Doug Wildey. I also gave the great (and tragically late) Mike Wieringo his first comics assignment (Doc Savage: Doom Dynasty) in my capacity of editor of Millennium.

Melissa, my wife of 28 years, and I live in Newport, Rhode Island--a friendly seaside community (despite what tourists who've been arrested for public drunkeness might claim) on the rocky New England coast.

We have one child, our daughter Deirdre DeLay who lives in Florida with her husband John Pierpoint, both of whom are very successful web-designers.

Melissa and I moderate two writer's groups--one at The Writer's Circle In Warwick, RI and the other at the Empire Tea and Coffee House here in Newport, on picturesque Broadway.

Melissa is a professional photographer and writer. We co-wrote the Everything Guide To Writing Graphic Novels and she is authored The Everything Guide to Photography (2nd Ed.) and The Everything Ghost-Hunting Book.
We also teach writing workshops in our area.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
Richard Prather, Edward S. Aarons, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammet, Rex Stout, Stephen Marlowe, John D. MacDonald, Donald Hamilton, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harlan Ellison, James Robbins, Douglas Clegg, RE Howard, HP Lovecraft, Lester Dent, Philip Atlee, Ian Fleming, Robert Culp, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Leigh Brackett, Edmond forth and so on.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Movies...too many to list.

TV shows: Stargate Atlantis, Lost, My Name Is Earl, The Office, Breaking Bad, Heroes, Ghost Hunters, Destination Truth, The Naked Archeologist, History's Mysteries, UFO Hunters, Torchwood, Dr. Who, Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares, Boston Legal, Smallville, The Simpsons, King of The HIll and Family Guy, as ashamed as I am to admit it.

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Lovecraft Lore!


(July 29, 2008). Artist Don Heck, best known for co-creating Marvel's Iron Man, delves into Lovecraftian horror in The Miskatonic Project: H.P. Lovecraft's The Whisperer in Darkness, scheduled for an October 2008 release from Transfuzion/Millennial Concepts.

The 128 page graphic novel presents an adaptation of and a sequel to a pivotal story in H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, "The Whisperer in Darkness", with a… Continue

Posted on August 5, 2008 at 12:28am

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Transfuzion Publishing and Millennial Concepts Join Forces

(July 9, 2008). Gary Reed, founder of Caliber, a seminal independent comics publisher in the 1990s and currently co-publisher with Rafael Nieves of Transfuzion Publishing have joined forces in a joint graphic novel publishing venture with Mark Ellis and Melissa Martin Ellis, founders of Millennium Publications,

Gary was owner of Caliber Comics, an independent publisher which centered on creator owned titles and… Continue

Posted on August 5, 2008 at 12:28am

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At 2:12pm on January 7, 2010, Dawn M. Kravagna said…
Hi, Mark. Happy Moo Year! Anything new going on with cartoons? Have a great year.
At 3:44am on July 19, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Mark, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 1:44pm on June 14, 2008, Dawn M. Kravagna said…
Sorry, Mark, to take so long to get back to your response on my page. I'm still trying to get the hang of how this site works.

Very sorry to hear you had broken your ankle: That really sucks. I attended the San Diego ComiCon several years ago to check it out: was one of the most fun vacations I've had. However, I don't have your long experience so you may not find it as exciting. I then had a booth three years ago in Artists Alley to promote my comic novel. Sold some, but we didn't get much traffic in that area. Made a new friend, though. Sorry to hear your last experience was negative. Do you go to SciFi conventions then to promote your work? I just purchased The Everything Guide to Writing Graphic Novels.
At 5:43am on May 11, 2008, Mark Ellis said…
Hi, Conrad

Probably your best bet in finding an artist willing to work "on spec" to work up some sample pages for a proposal package can be found here:

You can skim through members pages and contact them.

Hope it helps!
At 5:13am on May 11, 2008, Conrad Lawrence said…
Mark --

I found my way here through your comment on the forum about interest in Graphic Novels. I am interested. I am a published novelist and shorts (Including EQMM). I currently have an SF screenplay which I am currently writing as a novel, but would also like to make it into a graphic novel. It's something I see as being a mix of "Sin City " and Neil Gaimon's "Sandman". I am looking for an artist who would be willing to do a few sample panels until we can get a commitment for publication, or an editor who would like to consider the project. Can you point me in any direction?
At 10:32am on April 21, 2008, Dawn M. Kravagna said…
So, Mark, what comics convention is your favorite, please? I've been to the San Diego ComiCon (once as fan, once as exhibitor in Artist's Alley) and a few local in the Seattle/Puget Sound area. Glad there's another cartoonist in the group. Take care. Dawn
At 2:33pm on April 4, 2008, Michelle Gagnon said…
Thanks, Mark, it was a great place to grow up! Very safe, I can't ever remember locking our front door at night. Wonder if that's still the case.
At 4:30am on April 4, 2008, Michelle Gagnon said…
I grew up in East Greenwich, but my folks live in Bristol now and I return home frequently to visit.
At 8:35am on March 20, 2008, Mark Ellis said…
Hi, Dave! Congrats on achieving your belt.
At 7:33am on March 20, 2008, Dave Zeltserman said…
Hi Mark, thanks for the invite. We're sort of neighbors--Newport, Boston...


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