I continue to be amazed at the synchronicity of life’s moments, especially when it comes to being an editor in this wonderfully weird world of Vertigo, where strange connections just seem to happen.
One of the first biographies I remember reading that really made an impression on me was about Amelia Earhart. Going back to my ten-year old mind, it wasn’t her bravery, daringness, or pioneering aviation feats that left its mark on me, it was the mystery of her disappearance in the open sea of the South Pacific that resonated most. Was she eaten alive by cannibals, left to wander alone on a deserted island, did she have amnesia and was living as a tribal shaman in the jungles of Africa? I never thought she was dead. She had to still be alive. Whenever I thought of Amelia the same haunted feeling crept over me. How could someone just disappear, without a trace, with nothing left behind?
“We are running North and South.” —the last recorded words of Amelia Earhart. Decades later, sitting at my desk, reading the first line of the pitch for AIR from G. Willow Wilson, and I’m immediately enthralled. In this new series about an acrophobic, insecure stewardess with an incredible untapped and unique power to explore the magic and mystery of flight—who does her mentor turn out to be? None other than the great Earhart herself... Willow describes her Amelia as being in her early sixties, having aged slowly (she would really be over 100 years old today) while stuck between the real and unreal world she’s inhabited. Her first appearance from issues #6-7 is collected in FLYING MACHINE, on sale this coming month. And even more of Amelia’s life is revealed in issue #15 in November. “At once earthy and otherworldly” the Amelia who Willow has given life to, is at once everything and nothing like I could’ve imagined. And the fourth grader in me is obsessed again.