New Year’s resolutions. Everybody makes them. By now, if you’re like me, you’ve already broken them. So yeah, I’ll be getting fatter this year, I’ll continue to read the comments on message boards and my personal finances will remain a mess. Oh well. So let’s change it up...A THURSDAY’S resolution. I’ll be here every Thursday to show you a little behind-the-scenes at VERTIGO. Something cool that came across my desk, into my inbox or over the transom (Does anyone really have a transom anymore?) Thursday. It’s the new Friday. peace & hair grease, Will Dennis P.S. Let’s get it started...SAUCER COUNTRY #1 variant by SEAN MURPHY! Colors by David Stewart. It’s a rocket, man!
And over on PaulCornell.com, Paul posted The 12 Blogs of Christmas and in the Twelfth post entitled Looking Forward he included a “trailer” of teaser images from his upcoming Vertigo series SAUCER COUNTRY drawn by Ryan Kelly. Check it out.
Sci-Fi and modern politics collide in Vertigo’s new ongoing series SAUCER COUNTRY written by Paul Cornell with art by the extremely talented Ryan Kelly. Cornell is best known for his contributions to Dr. Who, and is currently writing DC Comics-The New 52 ongoing comic book series Stormwatch and Demon Knights. Kelly’s, most recent work can be seen in The New York Times Bestseller The New York Five written by Brian Wood.
When the Latina governor of New Mexico is abducted by aliens in the midst of her campaign for President of the United States, she learns that the people of Earth are in imminent danger of invasion. But proving that what she's seen is true will be next to impossible in a world where "mainstream media" has a major agenda and every politician wants their fifteen minutes of fame.
With the help of her dedicated staff and a rag-tag collection of UFO "experts", she'll do what's necessary to save the human race -- which will mean digging deep into the American mythology of alien abduction, UFO sightings, shadow government agencies and conspiracy theory. But first she's got to convince the world she's not crazy...
Make way for SAUCER COUNTRY launching in February 2012. And get an exclusive first look at some inked interior pages over at BLASTR.
The sci-fi collection STRANGE ADVENTURES went on sale this week with exclusive previews appearing at:
The LA TIMES/Hero Complex previewed of ULTRA THE MULTI ALIEN, written and illustrated by Jeff Lemire.
GAWKER/I09 previewed A “TRUE TALE” FROM SAUCER COUNTRY, written by Paul Cornell and with art by Goran Sudzuka.
WIRED/Underwire previewed POST-MODERN PROMETHEUS, written and illustrated by Kevin Colden.
AOL/Comics Alliance previewed PARTNERS, written by Peter Milligan and with art by Sylvain Savoia.
MTV GEEK previewed CASE 21, written by Selwyn Hinds and with art by Denys Cowan.
And COMIC BOOK RESOURCES previewed of this fall’s new limited series SPACEMAN, by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso.
This May, Vertigo will publish STRANGE ADVENTURES #1, a collection of science fiction short stories as only Vertigo can do them.
Written and drawn by some of the comic industries most sought after talents, STRANGE ADVENTURES also features some exciting new talents making their Vertigo debut!
This volume also includes, the first chapter of SPACEMAN, a new series by the Eisner award-winning team of 100 BULLETS, Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso debuting this Fall.
Check out the issue’s Table of Contents below and here’s a first look at the cover by Paul Pope:
Table of Contents:
“All The Pretty Ponies”
Writer Lauren Beukes
Artist Inaki Miranda
“The White Room”
Writer Talia Hershewe
Artist Juan Bobillo
Writer Selwyn Hinds
Artist Denys Cowan
Writer and Artist Kevin Colden
“Ultra The Multi-Alien”
Writer and Artist Jeff Lemire
Writer and Artist Ross Campbell
Writer Peter Milligan
Artist Sylvain Savoia
“A ‘True Tale’ From Saucer Country”
Writer Paul Cornell
Artist Goran Sudzuka
Writer Brian Azzarello
Artist Eduardo Risso
Seven, they say, is a magic number. And this morning, we can't disagree.
Because DC and Vertigo have put on an impressive showing, combining to win seven, yes seven of IGN's thirteen awards for the Best of 2010.
Here's the rundown...
Here's IGN on Grant's many accomplishments in 2010:
"The writer wrapped up his run on Batman and Robin in grand fashion. He brought Bruce Wayne back to the present where he belongs. He celebrated the legacy of Batman as a whole in Batman #700. And luckily, Morrison did find time to weave his own original stories with Joe the Barbarian. Any of these projects numbered among the most unique and memorable of the year. Taken together, it's clear Morrison is still at the top of his game."
Congratulations to everyone on IGN's list.
Hey Everyone! There’s a big announcement on THE SOURCE blog today and I bet you’re wondering why I’m writing about it. Well, let’s just say, it has to do with a fan favorite character from SANDMAN, British writer Paul Cornell, best known for Doctor Who, and I think you’re really gonna like it.
My colleague Alex Segura says it best:
There are some characters that connect so strongly with readers that they take on a life of their own, becoming more than just ink on a page. Like modern fables and folklore, comics create strange and exciting worlds and landscapes for readers to visit and experience, and they populate these worlds with characters so well-defined, it’s as if we’d known them forever.
Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN is one such work. An epic, 75-issue opus that was both genre-bending and trend-setting during its original release and to this day, it, like WATCHMEN and a number of series, is what many point to when discussing comics as high art. It’s not a stretch to call it a masterpiece.
But why are we talking about SANDMAN on the DCU blog, you ask?
For those unfamiliar with the character at the center of the cover – and shame on you if you don’t know who that is – that’s Death, sister to Dream of the Endless and one of the most enduring characters introduced during Gaiman’s 75-issue SANDMAN series. Beautifully presented by ACTION COMICS cover artist David Finch, the cover begs the question – what is Death doing in ACTION COMICS?
Though the worlds of the Sandman and the DC superheroes have bled into one another from time to time, ACTION COMICS #894 marks a unique moment for not only Death, but the star of ACTION – Lex Luthor. Luthor, as fans of the series know, is in the midst of a storyline that takes him on a winding and dangerous quest for power – a quest that will bring the megalomaniacal villain into close proximity with characters in and beyond the far reaches of the DC Universe.
We touched base with writer Paul Cornell who, along with artist Pete Woods, are the team entrusted with the task of chronicling this special issue. Take it away, Paul:
“Death appearing in Action Comics was my own mad idea, the extreme case of putting Luthor up against characters he's not used to dealing with.
“I'm very pleased that, after I ran the idea by him, Neil Gaiman approved me using Death in this issue. He's been very supportive. It's so interesting to see her back in the DC Universe. Though Vertigo readers can rest assured that the character, and the way she's used, will be true to the spirit of what has gone before.”
ACTION COMICS #894 hits in October.