Archive for May, 2012

SEVEN PRINCES has been out now for nearly six months. Here’s what some of my favorite critics had to say about the book, all combined into a single post:


“Fultz’s debut novel is flawless …
SEVEN PRINCES is as good as it gets.” 

–Paul Goat Allen


“An unabashed, over-the-top fantasy epic…There’s a determined rejection of the epic fantasy ethos of deferred gratification. The whole book contains about 10 books’ worth of story ideas and plot twists, in under 500 pages…You sort of wish Frazetta was still alive, just so he could illustrate
some scenes from this book.”

–Charlie Jane Anders, io9


 “A richly detailed background history filled with the legends of many cultures lends depth to a stand-out fantasy series from an author with an exceptional talent for characterization and world building.”

–The Library Journal 


“When I was a kid, I read fantasy novels because the men were heroes, the villains were the most vile, despicable creatures possible, and the battles were epic. The stories were magical to my young mind, and I couldn’t wait to immerse myself in the realms of dragons and wizards each day after school. Thanks to John R. Fultz’s debut novel, SEVEN PRINCES, that magic is back in a big way.”

–James W. Powell
The Debut Review


     ‎”Here is a fantasy novel that manages to be as dark and gritty as an Abercrombie or Martin creation yet also sits comfortably within the realm of fairy tale, folklore, and myth, with its emotional verisimilitude never threatening to rob the series of magic or heroism, and its classic fantasy tropes never undermining its
emotional complexity and heft.”  

–Robert William Berg


    “This is fantasy of the Dunsany, Smith and Vance school, where breathless wonders spill off the page in spendthrift profusion. I can imagine a reader familiar only with the more prosaic, predictable and ‘realistic’ approaches to fantasy finding this novel to be the equivalent of a powerful dose of Black Lotus—dizzying, spellbinding,
maybe even hallucinatory.”

–John Hocking 


“Here magic is the force than binds every single element and every single character. Without magic this book cannot exist. This is what draws you in, for in this world there are no limits, and, honestly, Fultz just runs with this amazing display of imagination in every single page.”

–Cristian Caroli 


“SEVEN PRINCES is bold, brash, and big. This is a novel written with bright strokes of character and setting, bursting with world-shaking adventure, intrigue, and conflict.
It reads big, and feels big, and it’s unrepentantly so.”

— Brian Murphy, 


“John goes beyond the tropes and conventions of big fantasy; he makes them his own with original twists, and he always, always tells a human tale, the story of characters that engage us.”

— Frederic S. Durbin


“… exciting and delightful … thoroughly entertaining …
characters you want to read more about…”



Earlier this evening I heard the sad news that one of comics’ great legends, Ernie Chan, has passed away.

Ernie was set to appear at the BigWow Comicfest in San Jose this weekend, so his death comes as a real surprise to those of us who expected to see him there.

I’ll say a few words, but I wanted to post a tribute in the form of my favorite Chan images. Some of these he painted, some he penciled and inked, and some he only inked—but Ernie’s inks were some of the most powerful in the world of comics.

When I was a kid I couldn’t get enough of CONAN THE BARBARIAN and its black-and-white companion magazine THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN. But I was incredibly picky about the art in my comics—if the art didn’t blow me away, I wouldn’t buy the comic. Plus, I had the seriously limited budget of a child, so I had to be impressed by the art or I left the book sitting on the rack.

Whenever I found a CONAN book that was drawn (or inked) by Ernie Chan, my money hit the counter immediately.

The great John Buscema was my favorite CONAN artist, but it was the Buscema/Chan team-ups (Ernie inking John’s pencils) that were my all-time favorites. Ernie also teamed with the great Gil Kane to ink an adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s “Valley of the Worm” in SUPERNATURAL THRILLERS #3. This is my favorite Howard story, and one of my favorite single-issue comics EVER. Chan’s inks melded with the pencils of Buscema and Kane in a way that no other artist could even approach.

Below, you’ll see the cover CONAN THE BARBARIAN #71, just one example of the amazing Kane/Chan chemistry. Most of the others are Buscema/Chan collaborations, including the immortal CONAN THE BARBARIAN #100, featuring the Death of Belit. I believe the CLAW cover was all Ernie, as are the painted pieces.

Thanks to Dark Horse Comics almost all of Ernie’s CONAN work has been collected in their CHRONICLES OF CONAN color editions and SAVAGE SWORD black-and-white collections. Ernie’s stories still stand out as the work of a true original. The images you see here are simply a few of my favorites. There are many, many more…

Rest in Peace, Ernie. You will be missed.