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    ...or so one of the posters at the comic comments section has said.

    Hi, I'm Neil Kleid. Some of you might know me from my time at the old Ellis Forum, some from the Engine. Maybe you've even read some of my comics/graphic novel work. I mostly lurk around here, unfortunatelly, but with Warren and the moderators' permission, I was hoping I might step out from the shadows and ask for your help.

    This month, Paul Salvi and I present "Action, Ohio", a tale of heroes, villains, deception, murder and comic books, at, DC Comics' online webcomic competition. Each month, Zuda's editors select ten comics to compete against each other. Readers vote for their favorite and the comics which receives the most votes at the end of the month wins a DC Comics publishing contract. The only way to see your favorite comic continue is to vote for it, the only way to vote is to head over and register.

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    Action, Ohio is the story a detective that discovers a secret town of superheroes, riddled with the fallout of the post-WW II atomic age, hidden by the men responsible for the Silver Age comic books by creating fictional characters based on its residents to divert the world from their existence. If America thought super heroes were fictional beings, it wouldn't go looking for them. Supported by an aging group of heroes, our detective digs into the underbelly of a town that's imprisoned itself to save the world and wonders: if Action, Ohio is a town of comic book heroes, then where are the villains? An outsider with no use for heroes, she must choose between solving her case and opening a Pandora's Box of evil closed forty years ago, or putting aside her vendetta to ensure that a sleepy little town hiding from the citizens of the world doesn't reach out, ignite and destroy them.

    How can you help?

    1) Click. Read. Register. Vote for Action, Ohio before May 30th. All it costs is a moment of
    your time.

    2) Head to the production blog or friend the MySpace page where you can find early sketches, behind the scenes commentary and web banners, web flyers and promotional materials you can use in spreading the word.

    3) Once you've voted, make us your favorite then leave a comment and let the team know what you thought!

    You *do* have to be a registered Zuda user to vote, comment, and favorite (it's an easy process), so head on over today and put the democratic process to good use this month.

    Thanks again,

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    ACTION, OHIO is in first place! Come celebrate at the Comic Book Club on May 13th!

    Thanks to your vote and support, after the first ranking, ACTION, OHIO is in first place!

    But this contest isn't over and we're going to have to fight to stay there... so please continue to ask friends to register, favorite and vote for us all throughout May at

    To promote the comic, I'm taking ACTION, OHIO on the road - I'll be appearing as a guest of the Comic Book Club, New York's only improvised comic book talk show, this Tuesday night at 8pm! Please come and celebrate with me, Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler and Pete LePage as we talk comics, Zuda and the wonder that is beer. Oh, we'll go get beer after. Yes, we will:

    Also, 'dig' us at Digg:

    Friend us at MySpace:

    And watch this space for upcoming interviews, contests and ACTION EXCITEMENT!
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2008
    I didn't get to vote before the winner was declared, but I would have anyway! An interesting concept for sure - would definitely read more.
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    Hey - you can vote all through the month of May! Voting is on until May 30 so please go over and vote for us... and thanks for the kind words!
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2008
    Just did - turns out the win was a false alarm. Silly me for not reading further!
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    Heh... at first, I thought you'd misspelled Acton, Ohio.

    I like the premise.
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    Okay. So, the first bit of PR just went up - There's a group interview up at Wizard today for all the Zuda comics:

    Each Zuda comic is discussed and here's what they have to say about ACTION, OHIO: "What We Think: Written with an authentic 1960s narrative and visuals that pop off the screen, Action, Ohio sets up a mysterious world that we can't wait to explore."

    And explore they will after you (and they) vote for us and get your friends to vote for us so that we can win and continue telling our story at Zuda! More interviews, contests and fun to come next week!
    • CommentAuthorNeil Kleid
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2008
    So, ACTION, OHIO begins the week slipping into the number two spot behind CELADORE - but just because we're down, doesn't mean we're out!

    Now is the time to get the word out - please vote for us if you haven't yet:

    If you've already voted, please send the link on to friends, family and co-workers and make sure they (and you) add us as your favorite comic, rate us with 5 stars and leave us some nice words on the comment thread - all these things are taken into account in the final analysis.

    Also, feel free to check out this great interview I did with Graeme McMillan at sci-fi website

    And if you're around the NYC area, please swing by the People's Improv Theatre at 8pm to see me talk comics with fellow webcomickers, Kevin (FISHTOWN, TODT HILL) Colden, Molly (BACKSTAGE) Crabapple and John (BACKSTAGE) Leavitt.

    Come visit Action, Ohio - and let's retake our rightful spot at the top!
    • CommentAuthorNeil Kleid
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2008 edited
    CONTEST! Action, Ohio's writer wants to give YOU a present on HIS birthday!

    Hey, folks!

    If you've been paying attention, ACTION OHIO is in the middle of it's second week of the Zuda competition, and to help get votes, favorite and page views, we're starting a contest to coincide with something happening during our third week: the writer's birthday!

    On May 21st, Neil turns 33 and to celebrate, we're going to offer you, our supporters, a chance to get a present too. All you have to do is get as many people as you can to favorite our comic and post on the comments thread that "(Your Name) told me to visit Action, Ohio" by May 21st. The person who sends the most visitors to the thread will win an Action, Ohio prize pack including:

    - Signed copies of NINETY CANDLES, Neil's Xeric-winning graphic novella; Puffin Graphics' adapted version of Jack London's CALL OF THE WILD by Neil and Alex Nino; and X-MEN UNLIMITED #14, featuring an 11 page Colossus story by Neil and Mike Oeming.

    - More importantly, a signed, original page of ACTION, OHIO art by illustrator Paul Salvi!

    Just have your friends, family and pals visit by the end of May 21st, favorite our comic and post that they visited because of you - we'd love for them to vote for us too, but that's not necessary for you to win the contest.

    And, heck - because we're generous souls, anyone who gets 33 people by the 21st will get a signed and sketched copy of NINETY CANDLES, too!

    Remember - Neil is turning another year older, but YOU'RE the one who'll get the goods! What're you waiting for?
    • CommentAuthorNeil Kleid
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2008
    Hey, all - hope that you had a great weekend!

    ACTION, OHIO is entering it's third week of competition at and I wanted to thank everyone who voted for us and added us as their favorite comic. If you haven't had a chance, please click to before May 30 and vote for/favorite us when you have a chance - we're in second place now but need a big push to win this month.

    As I've been telling my friends and family, this whole thing works like a big pyramid scheme to me... so I was hoping to take advantage of the "tell two friends and have them tell two friends" thing by asking you to pass along the info to as many people you know as possible. To make it easier for you, simply paste this pre-written copy into an email and send it along:

    'Hi - sorry to bother you but I was hoping you might help me out with a quick favor. My friend Neil is a competitor this May in DC Comics' webcomic competition - if his comic, ACTION OHIO, gets more votes than everyone else, he gets a year contract from DC to continue the comic. If you could, please click over to, register and vote before May 30 (it takes a moment), add the comic as your favorite, and then copy and forward this email to at least two or three friends. It would mean a lot to Neil and it would mean a lot to me. Thanks!'

    Two more weeks to go and there are interviews coming and more great posts at the production blog. Thanks again for your support and outreach!
    • CommentAuthorNeil Kleid
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2008
    Hey all!

    Just checking in to remind you that the ACTION, OHIO contest ends tomorrow night. All you have to do is get as many people as you can to favorite our comic at and post on the comments thread that "(Your Name) told me to visit Action, Ohio" by end of day tomorrow (my birthday!). The person who sends the most visitors to the thread will win an Action, Ohio prize pack including an original page and several signed comics.

    Also, I was interviewed by Marc Mason at the Comics Waiting Room:

    And feel free to check out the podcast from last week's Comic Book Club event:

    Thanks again and don't forget to vote for us before May 30!
    • CommentAuthorNeil Kleid
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2008
    Just to clarify - the contest that ends tomorrow is the one we're running at the comic thread to win free swag. The Zuda competition ends on May 30.
    • CommentAuthorNeil Kleid
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2008
    Hey, we're heading into the final week of the May Zuda competition and as Paul and I gear up for one last hurrah, feel free to check out some great bits around the internet about our comic, ACTION, OHIO!

    Here's a nice interview I did with Matt Price of the Daily Oklahoman and a follow up at the paper's blog:

    And there are a bunch of great Zuda reviews up at where they're quite supportive of our comic:

    Enjoy reading those this holiday weekend and don't forget to get the vote out! We're in second and need to pull into the top spot by May 30:
    • CommentAuthorNeil Kleid
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2008
    action ohio

    ACTION, OHIO continues this Fall thanks to Image Comics/Shadowline. Starting September 1st, the original eight page strip will rerun in increments at, followed by all new material as we continue our tale of a little town in Ohio hiding a very big secret.

    Action, Ohio - written by Neil Kleid and illustrated by Paul Salvi - asks what might happen if the Silver Age of comic books had been created to hide the existence of a town of superheroes living in the heart of Ohio. For more on the comic, check out the Newsarama interview. There's a Facebook group set up for the strip and a production blog.
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    Very nice! Any plans for a print edition? I like the concept behind this one so it's good to see more on the way.
    • CommentAuthorNeil Kleid
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008
    The plan is to hopefully do a collection through Shadowline when the storyline finishes, should readers demand it.