Another snow storm in Boston today but lucky for me I can get most of comics without leaving the house. Here’s somethings you might want to take a look at this week. As usual I am starting with a first and, very very sadly, a last issue this week.
Let’s say goodbye first.
Today’s issue is the last for FF and I am very sad. This was a fun book, a lovable book, really, and it never failed to me smile.
This is dark, daaaark story (i.e. violence and suicide) by Rick Remender but also exhilarating in places. A street kid in the 80s find himself taken in by a mysterious group. The utter dank of the Reagan airs is on full display although they are much prettier due to the art of Wes Craig and colorist Lee Loughridge. This first issue is all set up and I’m looking forward to the next issue to learn more about this group of kids.
Annie Wu + Kate Bishop + Fraction = My Money Gone.
Phil Noto’s art went a long way towards me loving the first issue. To be fair Nathanson had a lot to do in the issue - both reintroduce the character and drive a first adventure. With that out of the way I’m looking forward to seeing him strut his stuff in this issue.
I’ve got a bit of variant fatique with DC but this cover is adorable (and a 180 degree from the regular Capullo cover. I’m going to try and pick this one up in a shop whenever the snow lets me. Looking forward to continuing Snyder’s take on Batman’s first year. I do hope Bruce grows his hair out soon.
What are you thinking about this book? I adore Rios’ art and I’m constantly surprised with what DeConnick has up her sleeve.
Looking forward to reading this - preview here.
The book Harley Quinn deserves.
I wish DC would make it easier to find their previews especially for a book on the bubble like this one. I had to search around the web to see anything about this issue. The art on this actually looks good. Still despise Condor.
You can tell Gail Simone is having fun with this book where she teams female writers with various artists to tell out of continuity tales about Red Sonja. Nicola Scott is one of the writers here and I hope its the start of a new aspect of the artist’s career.
The Lone Gunmen meet the Ghostbusters. For some folks that all that needs to be said. You know who you are.
Also as you are in money spending mode please make sure to check out the Kickstarter for my pal Kelly Thompson newest book. If you one of the many, many people who bought The Girl Who Would Be King you’re going to like Storykiller. The line-up of artist is amazing - Dustin Nguyen, Ross Campbell and Ming Doyle to name a few. She’s blew through over 50% of her goal in just 7 hours so get in on this now!
Holy crap. AWESOME. A new Tessa Battle Print, this one by Meredith McClaren is available on the Storykiller Kickstarter. Limited edition 11x17 print, signed and numbered by artist. Less than 10 available, so run, don’t walk.
Also available is the crazy huge 18x24 original pencils/line work (microns and red pencil). Gorgeous.
STORYKILLER “Original Itties” by the fantastic Meredith McClaren! Originals available for sale (in pairs as pictured above - Tessa & Robin, Brand & Micah, and Snow & Fenris) - only one available of each, of course!
So, 2016 was a really weird year for me, because, let’s be real, it was a fucking nightmare. Except, for me, my career finally took off in a really big way…and so it was this weird combo of worst ever and best ever.
I also moved to Portland from NYC, which was huge. I’d wanted to leave after NYC for a very long time and get back to the West Coast…so that was huge in so many ways.
Anyway, here’s my annual writing run down. I really wish I’d been able to finish Storykiller 2 and run the Kickstarter for it, but I’m optimistic about it for early 2017. And other than that failure, this year was a huge success as far as writing goes.
And that’s largely thanks to all of you. So thank you to all you amazing readers. I hope I made you happy (and also sometimes sad) and I hope I can continue to do that for you. I really appreciate all your support!
And to ALL my amazing collaborators - I was so very very lucky this year when it came to comics collaborators, huge thanks to all of you: Sophie Campbell, M. Victoria Robado, Meredith McClaren, Jen Bartel, Leonardo Romero, Jordie Bellaire, Ben Caldwell, Ian Herring, Scott Hanna, Brianne Drouhard, Emilio Laiso, Rachelle Rosenberg, G. Willow Wilson, Jorge Molina, Laura Martin, Matt Milla, Paulo Siqueira, Brenden Fletcher, Daniele Di Nicuolo, Sarah Stern, Nelson Daniel, Savanna Ganucheu, Gisele Lagace, MJ Barros, Kasia Witerscheim, Paul Reinwand, Nicoletta Baldari, Shawn Lee, Warren Montgomery, Joe Sabino, Cory Petit, Manny Mederos, Joe Caramagna, Corey Breen, Neil Uyetake, Joie Brown, and Matthew Levine.
And my amazing editors: John Barber, Sarah Gaydos, Sana Amanat, Charles Beacham, Jordan D. White, Heather Antos, Alanna Smith, Katie Kubert, Tom Breevort, Tom Waltz, Dafna Pleban, Alex Galer, Matthew Levine, Sierra Hahn, Whitney Leopard, and Shannon Watters!
PAGES PUBLISHED IN 2016: 28 Issues & 3 Shorts (a total of 604 pages of content!)
PAGES WRITTEN IN 2016: 38 Issues & 3 Shorts (a total of 828 pages of content!)
ADDITIONAL WORDCOUNT: About 13,000 words spread out over three different projects. :)
GOALS FOR 2017: 50 comic issues (or 1,000 pages!) + 100,000 words for novels/short fiction/non-comic scripts/etc.
I’ll be doing an AMA on the YA Writers Reddit on Monday October 19th. You can come by anytime that day and post questions. I’ll
be answering them off and on all day. All sorts of questions are fair
game - questions about comics, novels, kickstarters, getting
representation, process, etc!
UPDATE: Reddit AMA is now live! C’mon over and ask some questions!
Hope some of you will come out and ask some good questions. Thanks! <3
From Top Left: The Girl Who Would Be King (Stephanie Hans Cover), Storykiller (Stephanie Hans Cover), Heart In A Box (Meredith McClaren Cover), Jem & The Holograms Vol 1: Showtime (Sophie Campbell Cover), Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps #2 (David Lopez Cover), Creepy #20 (Matthew Southworth Cover), Jem & The Holograms #3 (Sophie Campbell Cover), and Jem & The Holograms #4 (Sophie Campbell Cover).