Thursday, September 30, 2010
Sorry I haven't been around much, people, but MAN, have I been busy. Too busy, really, to go to a con-- but courtesy of those fine folks at DC Entertainment, I'll be appearing at New York Comic Con 2010. Who am I to argue? And I'm hoping that, unlike my otherworldly experience this past San Diego Comicon, I can actually have a somewhat normal con this time.
In Artists Alley, I'll be at Table P-5. If you swing by and I'm not there, chances are I'm doing one of these things:
FRIDAY, OCT 8
12:30-1:30pm: SIGNING @ Hero Initiative booth
2:30-3:30pm: SIGNING @ DC booth
SATURDAY, OCT 9
12-1pm: SIGNING @ DC booth
1:15-2:15: PANEL – RED and other Astounding Tales (Room 1A24)
SUNDAY, OCT 10
1:30pm-2:30pm: SIGNING @ DC booth
I'll be doing my normal list of sketches (my list fills up fast, folks, so get there early-- if you e-mail me, I might even open up a few spots early!), plus I'll have some prints and such.
***Edit 10/6: My pre-show commission list is now closed! If I took any more, then walk-ups at the show would be out of luck, so... sorry!***
I'll be leaving just a little early on Sunday to catch a plane to the West Coast-- for the premiere of RED at Grauman's Chinese Theater. :)
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
In the wake of the announcement yesterday of DC Entertainment's "realignment" plan that leaves its primary publishing in New York, it was also revealed that Wildstorm would cease to function as a publishing imprint, and most of its other operations (and staff, presumably) would be absorbed into DC's new Burbank digs on the Warner lot.
I have to admit that the full weight of what was happening took a day to really sink in, and multiple comment requests from comics news sources has caused me to fully consider just how much of my career has been associated with the place. The answer turned out to be more than I had really ever thought about, and I guess I also didn't realize that I'm somewhat identified as a Wildstorm guy. Not as much as some, obviously, but it's there. And you know what? I'm definitely cool with that.
Anyway, I don't know that I can do much better than my comment over on Comics Beat:
My history with Wildstorm goes back a ways—a LOT of memories are coming to me. I remember first visiting Homage Studios a couple of times back in the early ‘90s when I was still fresh to the business. I remember being asked by Jim Lee to do my first Wildstorm work, which was a pinup in one of the Swimsuit Specials (the first of many). I remember Fax Wars between Homage and Gaijin Studios, where I worked; late into the night, we’d send funny and offensive pictures to each other long before any of us had e-mail. I remember doing the STORMWATCH SPECIAL with Ron Marz for editor Bill Kaplan. I remember being on the phone what seemed like every day with my pal Sarah Becker, just making each other laugh. I remember Scott Dunbier honoring us Gaijinners by allowing us to celebrate by publishing a tenth anniversary book, the WILDSTORM SUMMER SPECIAL. It was the first time we’d packaged anything, and as I recall, I flew out to San Diego several days before the con to help John Layman put it to bed. I got to do a Jack Hawksmoor story with Warren Ellis, which had been a dream of mine. Did a bit of AUTHORITY stuff—those characters were so cool to draw. I remember drawing a giant Hawksmoor with a dying Sharpie on the wall of John Nee’s office, later inherited and preserved by my good friend Hank Kanalz. I remember being so happy for Hank when I found out that he’d been hired to run the place.
And RED, last but not least. Warren, Layman, and I got to work together again, and this was when I met Ben Abernathy, who picked up where Layman left off. I got a signature work out of the deal, something that is now always next to my name. And now, my prequel to it will be one of the last Wildstorm comics, I guess, just as the film version of the original book hits theaters. Weird.
This is the second big door closing this year for me, as Gaijin Studios also decided call it a day a few months ago, and even there, one of my final Gaijin studiomates was Laura Martin—a noted Wildstorm alum if there ever was one. I didn’t really put it together until this announcement, but really… the whole of my career is tied to that place in one way or another. But you know, some doors close, while others open. The name looks to be at an end, but Wildstorm was always made up of people, and people go on. So much history, so many friends– I thank them for my career and wish them all the best of luck.
I have to admit to a little trepidation, if only because I hope everyone gets to keep his or her job (or at least leave with a smile), but as the cliche goes, all good things must come to an end.
Wildstorm, by and large, was a very good thing.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
...is this weekend, folks. If you've ever been, then you know what it's all about; if you haven't... trust me, you have no idea. It's the weirdest, most unique, most interesting con out there, and part of that is comics. It's not often thought of as much, but check out the comics guests this year: Neal Adams, Mark Bagley, Mark Brooks, J. Scott Campbell, Olivier Coipel, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Peter David, Paul Dini, Georges Jeanty, Paul Jenkins, Kelley Jones, Stan Lee, Joseph Michael Linsner, David Mack, Laura Martin, Mike McKone, Mike Mignola, Ted Naifeh, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jason Pearson, George Perez, Tim Sale, Brian Stelfreeze, Karl Story, William Stout, Koi Turnbull, Ethan Van Sciver, Dexter Vines... oh, yeah, and I'll be there, too! How many comics conventions would KILL for that guest list?
In any case, the Artists Formerly Known As Gaijin Studios will be trying something a little different at our booth this year. Given the work schedules we all have right now, we opted for less table space and an appearance schedule. Here it is:
Friday: Karl Story and Laura Martin
Saturday: Cully Hamner and Brian Stelfreeze
Sunday: Brian Stelfreeze and Karl Story
Monday: Cully Hamner and Laura Martin
Also, I'll be doing a couple of panels:
Comics2Film & Back2Comics Again
Time: Sat 10:00 am in Hanover F - Hyatt (60 min)
Description: What makes a hit and what makes a miss? Is there any way to take the box office success of some films and use it to broaden the audience for comics? Guests: Cully Hamner, Scott Allie, Mike Mignola, Darwyn Cooke, Jimmy Palmiotti
Sun 04:00 pm in Hanover F - Hyatt (60 min)
Get the skinny on the new Red movie adapted from the hit comic book. Spend some time with co-creator Cully Hamner for previews and a few surprises.
So, come on down, and say hey, will ya?