Posted by on August 22, 2014
Approximately 1 year ago this week I started my training at the Red Dragon Karate Studio in Via Verde (aka RDK San Dimas). This event, which I know took a lot of friends, family, and fans by surprise — mainly because, up until that point I had been very large (as high as 450 pounds in the distant past, and nearly 380 in more recent times), very out of shape (unless the shape you were thinking of was ROUND), and not very active (unless playing Skyrim for hours on end counts as ‘active’). For me, exercise meant getting up to go to the fridge instead of sending one of the kids for a Klondike Bar.
All of that started to change for me about a year and a half ago. After a ton of really bad health scares and some nasty stomach surgery, I decided it was probably a good time to get healthy…or, at least, healthier. Having 2 kids was a very big factor in wanting to make things better. Kids are a great motivator. As part of that ‘getting healthier’ plan, Athena and I began going to the gym a few nights a week, but I wasn’t satisfied. I wanted to do more and, thanks to Nicholas (my son), I started to formulate exactly what I should do next.
I’d always been interested in martial arts. When I was a kid I studied karate while growing up in Hawaii and had gotten pretty far with it. I’d reached brown belt before I stopped…due to either girls or, more likely, to comic books and Dungeons & Dragons. I’d done better with aikido, where I’d reached black belt in Ki-Aikido by the time I was 19. While I had long since given both up by my early 20s, the idea of going back had found a small area somewhere deep in the back of my brain, where it festered and bubbled. When we signed Nicholas up at Red Dragon Karate in 2011, the itch returned…and grew with each month that passed.
Watching Nicholas learning karate was out and out fun for me. It was awesome to see him grow through being a ‘mini-Dragon’ (students under 6) up through his orange belt. Each week I spent sitting in the stands and observing his class (honed in on studying every new move and every new kata he learned), the urge to join in grew. Of course, being 380 and getting winded from getting up to go to the rest room made the thought a bit…unrealistic for me. If nothing else, I didn’t want to risk embarrassing myself hopelessly in front of the teachers…and other parents.
So, when I started to lose weight and get in (slightly) better shape, I decided to give it a shot. If nothing else, I figured I’d try out a couple of classes and could stop at any point. What could possibly go wrong? Full Story →
Posted by on August 14, 2014
The Kabul Incident: A Weir Codex Novella
by Mat Nastos
The thrilling prequel to the Best Selling SciFi novel, The Cestus Concern.
Release Date: Available NOW!
Order On: Amazon
Synopsis: The action-packed prequel to the #1 Best Selling Sci-Fi Novel, THE CESTUS CONCERN.
Assigned to monitor and maintain the Project Hardwired cyborg warrior, Designate Cestus, Engineer First Class Scott Brazier finds himself deep behind enemy lines when everything goes wrong. Caught between terrorists bent on killing him at any cost and a cybernetic super soldier gone rogue, Brazier is forced to face his foes alone.
All that stands between the world and unleashed chemical warfare is a small computer technician out on his first mission.
Fans of films like “Bourne Identity” or “Smoking Aces,” or the comics of Deadpool and Wolverine, will love the over-the-top science fiction action of “THE KABUL INCIDENT” and the entire WEIR CODEX series by Mat Nastos.
Review: “Nastos continues to show why he is the next great voice in sci-fi. —Rob Liefeld, Creator of Deadpool, Cable, Youngblood and X-force, and founder of Image Comics Full Story →
Posted by on August 11, 2014
On August 17, 2014, the latest addition to the WEIR CODEX series of books, THE KABUL INCIDENT, will be released. The new novella is a prequel that finally reveals what happened in the ill-fate last mission Designate Cestus was assigned to right before the events of THE CESTUS CONCERN. It also leads directly into the events in WEIR CODEX Book 3, THE CESTUS CORRUPTION, which is due out in November 2014, and is a great jumping on place for new readers to enter the high-octane world of Malcolm Weir.
Buy THE CESTUS CONCERN and THE CESTUS CONTRACT on Amazon Now!
(Before you check out the story, you can take a look at a preview of the novella’s cover right HERE!)
So sit back, strap yourself in, and be prepared for the ride of your lifetime as you read the first chapter of THE KABUL INCIDENT. Full Story →
Posted by on August 8, 2014
In preparation for my release of the next installment of the Weir Codex series, THE KABUL INCIDENT novella (available in print and digital formats August 17, 2014!), I wanted to take a couple of minutes and talk about some of the influences behind my writing. As anyone familiar with me knows, I am an action film junkie. Since childhood, I’ve had an insatiable hunger for action, sci-fi and martial arts films. That love — starting with films like “Enter the Dragon,” “Black Belt Jones,” and “Star Wars” in the 70s, to “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Big Trouble in Little China,” “Predator,” and “Terminator” in the 80s, and anything with Jean Claude Van Damme or Brandon Lee in the 90s — has continued to blossom and grow ever since.
Those films, and a steady diet of Chinese Kung-Fu movies and action-Anime from Japan, are the core, the essence, and the inspiration for the hardcore action-adventure stories I write. Full Story →
Posted by on August 2, 2014
At the end of August I’ll be appearing at the Amazing Houston Comic Book Convention at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. One of the most exciting parts of the show for me (outside of getting to meet and talk to fans) is that I’ll be premiering an all new, con-exclusive print limited to 100 signed & numbered copies! Check it out below!
The print features an over-flowing cast filled with some of my favorite comic, cartoon, and pop culture characters. It was colored by the ultra-talented, ultra-stylish Shelby Robertson. The print will be available for $20 at the show. Don’t miss it!
Un-numbered versions of the print are available in my ONLINE STORE.
-Mat Nastos, Super Genius
Posted by on July 10, 2014
Blurb: At thirty-one, Garrett Willigins has finally earned his private investigator’s badge. Unfortunately, the bills haven’t stopped coming and building a solid reputation won’t happen overnight. Forced to take employment wherever they can, Garrett and his miniature dragon partner Merle, must dirty their hands any way possible to make a buck. Shoveling manure, chasing cats, and dock duty seem to be the order of the day.
Working off back rent for a notorious gangster isn’t the safest of jobs on a good day, but when the other workers start turning up dead, Garrett finds himself elbow deep in a mystery that could spell a quick end to his short P.I. career.
Bio: Grant Reed has a background in business management, computer programming, and computer networking. He would much rather be out fishing though, so he spends his time writing and working contract jobs. He lives in Lively Ontario, Canada with his wife Robin, and their two children Aidan and Megan.
You can find out more on Grant’s website at: www.reedboys.ca
Where to buy:
Quick note: Right now you can save 30% on the book over on Smashwords with the coupon code: WX98N . Don’t miss out on this cool book!
-Mat Nastos, Super Genius
Posted by on July 7, 2014
Hot off the drawing board. Here is the black and white line art for the exclusive print I’m doing for the 2014 Amazing Houston Comic Con. The full color version will be available for pick-up at the show at the end of August 2014.
This piece was a ton of fun for me — and a huge challenge. This is a new style for me and a format that I haven’t done before. It is very much inspired by Capcom/anime super-deformed pin-ups. Hope you guys like it!
-Mat Nastos, Super Genius
Posted by on June 30, 2014
THE ACTUAL ROGER – the kooky ongoing saga of low-flying, nine-year-old superhero sidekick Roger Beaman – continues!
With his first superhero battle ending with him totally humiliating his new superhero boss, losing the guy’s irreplaceable heirloom pen and spontaneously contracting into something the size, shape and disposition of a golf-ball just when Magnanimo needed him most, the future of their partnership does not look pretty…
Now a virtual prisoner in the superhero’s “Fortress of Fraternity”, Roger tries to resign himself to his fate. But before he can even settle in for his first night he gets word that the big plan to protect his family from super-villains by removing him from home may have already backfired! He’s gotta get back there! But wait! He’s rooming with a superhero! Magnanimo can help! OR CAN he…especially when they find a new, totally destructive and really annoying menace zeroing in on BOTH of them at that very moment….!
BIO FOR HANK TUCKER: Hank has been in animation for over three decades both as a story artist (most recently the new Road Runner Theatrical Shorts for Warners and Planes for Disney) and as a producer/director on several series including two of the three seasons of The Tick animated series for Fox. He’s currently storyboarding on a feature called “Wish”, being written and directed by Cory Edwards (“Hoodwinked”)…
Posted by on June 27, 2014
This just arrived in my email inbox: rough layout for the cover to the upcoming Weir Codex novella, THE KABUL INCIDENT. The short novel takes place before the events in THE CESTUS CONCERN and lead into the third novel in the series, THE CESTUS CORRUPTION, due out later this year. The art is by Cesar Madarro.
Posted by on May 23, 2014
I will be releasing the first few chapters of my upcoming novel, MAN WITH THE IRON HEART, for my readers and loyal fans to preview over on WattPad. I’m excited for the new book because it heads off into a new area for me — World War 2. If you’re a fan of things like Hellboy, Supernatural, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Dresden Files, Angel, or Highlander, then I think you’re going to love “Man With The Iron Heart.”
Chapter 1 is available for free viewing right now, so get on over and check it out!
-Mat Nastos, Super Genius