I thought it would be fun to get to know some of the editorial group behind your favorite comics and graphic novels a bit better, so I started asking questions. First up, Mark Doyle. PM: What was the first Vertigo book you read? MD: Sandman. I blame that book for my current occupation.
DEMO is back! Following the success of the Eisner nominated and critically acclaimed short story collection, Brian Wood and artist Becky Cloonan (American Virgin, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) reconnect with DEMO Volume 2, a compelling 6 issue mini-series of self-contained stories that are extremely powerful and emotionally charged.
"This issue changes everything..." "After this nothing will be the same..." "Everything you thought you knew about the DMZ changes now..." You hear these kind of buzz statements all the time. But seriously? We mean it this time. It's not just buzz. I remember when Brian first pitched this idea to us a year ago. He said, "okay, this story arc 'Hearts and Minds' is going to put Matty through the ringer and just when he hits rock bottom we're going to drop a bomb on him..." I didn't realize he meant literally. Check out that cover.
The NORTHLANDER'S arc THE PLAGUE WIDOW continues this Wednesday in issue #23. Brian Wood sets up the preview below. Check it out! "As the cold descends on the settlement, citizens like Hilda here are forced to butcher their livestock early in an effort to keep valuable food from the roving bands of thieves and home invaders. It's this desperation, still so early in the winter, that will make the arrival of the Death Ships so important."
So the great part of being an editor is that you never know what will pop up in your inbox on any given day. the below are just a few of the super cool surprises that I received in the past few days. I won’t pick a favorite...but don’t let that stop you! peace & hair grease, will dennis -- greek street goes greek? anyone reading GREEK STREET knows it’s a modern re-telling of Greek dramas...but this pencil page by DAVIDE GIANFELICE from issue #8 looks like the past has become the present. what!?
February 2010 brings much to be excited for by Brian Wood. DMZ and NORTHLANDERS will be reaching significant milestones and DEMO Vol. 2 begins! DMZ will be celebrating 50 with an oversized collection of short stories gathered by rookie journalist Matty Roth and illustrated by numerous, and may I say fantastic, artists, while NORTHLANDERS will be celebrating 25 with part 5 of the timely and compelling new 8 issue arc 'The Plague Widow.' Check out the covers:
Problem: How do you entice readers to start reading a monthly comic with issue #21? Solution: Make it look like #1. Brian gets a lot of well-deserved praise for being a great writer. From the damaged streets of the DMZ to the frigid wastelands of Northlanders, Brian brings heart, drama and truth to all of his stories.
Maldon-summertime, 991AD, a large force of Viking raiders landed on what is now Northey Island, Essex, England, and waited for the tide to recede in order to launch a full scale invasion of the mainland. Opposing the Vikings was a much, much smaller party of Saxons. When the tide receded, the Vikings were horrified to see that there was only a narrow causeway for them to advance over, a strip of land that could handle no more than three men abreast. The Saxons were easily able to hold them off.