With Summer 2010 having just come to a close, we’re about to look into the future at Summer 2011. See the list of Vertigo highlights below, including books by such great writers as Scott Snyder, Grant Morrison, and Max Allan Collins!
AMERICAN VAMPIRE VOL. 2 HC
Writer: Scotty Snyder
Artists: Rafael Albuquerque and Mateus Santaluoco
Collects: AMERICAN VAMPIRE #6-10
$24.99 US, 160 pages
Scheduled for release in May
Why Rafael Albuquerque is Amazing
(or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hire a Cover Artist)
We weren’t even thinking about him for the covers. We knew we wanted something that said “horror” but could also be literary and elegant too. We wanted a strong design that showcased a cool logo and the creator’s names. A daunting task. I thought about it constantly. We were throwing around a lot of names, some big names, some unknowns. But we certainly weren’t even considering Rafael Albuquerque for the covers—he was too busy kicking ass on the interiors.
Lot’s of great comics and lots of great press coverage this week!
Cycle 2 “Devil in the Sand” (issues 6-9)
In this story…
• We learn the secret history of Las Vegas, before it became the Vegas we know today (hint: vampires are involved).
• We meet the organization of vampire hunters that has been operating behind the scenes of history for centuries.
• We see how the descendents of the “House of Book” continue to seek revenge on Skinner Sweet.
When designing the cover for AMERICAN VAMPIRE #6, we wanted something really bold, to announce the new cycle, but we also wanted to be consistent with the feel of the covers that came before. It was a tough job - but as always, Rafa was an incredible trooper, and produced a number of great sketches and ideas. The first two he did were more abstract, more graphic. The first I loved (but was a little too noir-ish), and the 2nd I loved even more.
Scott Snyder, creator of AMERICAN VAMPIRE took some time to tell us what it was like to write the first page of the last issue of the first arc. Here's what he has to say,
While working on this final issue of the first arc with a big climax, I wanted to get everything just right.