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 NEW YORK FIVE, collecting the four-issue miniseries by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly, exposes the underbelly of college life in the Big Apple! Riley's sister Angie is making a name with her new band, while Riley is the black sheep of the family. Plus: Lona's murky past seems to include stalkerism, and Merissa and Ren must deal with situations involving older men. But who’s the “five” in THE NEW YORK FIVE?
This gorgeous volume, on sale now, also includes bonus material!
While second semester is in full swing, Riley, Lona, Merissa, Ren . . . and Olive, are all dealing with their own struggles. But when tragedy strikes, they realize what a small world the big city can be and discover the strength sticking together gives them.
The final chapter of THE NEW YORK FIVE by Brian Wood and artist Ryan Kelly is on sale today.
THE UNWRITTEN is an incredibly unique book. There "real" world scenes and scenes from the Tommy Taylor novels, there are TV news broadcasts and online chats, and so much more. All of these moments, which can be very complicated, are depicted seamlessly both in prose and visually, so I asked ongoing series artist Peter Gross what the secret is. And here's what Peter had to say:
I’m going to use the occasion of the release of Dead Man’s Knock: Volume 3 of The Unwritten to talk a bit about how we work on The Unwritten, and what an unusual sort of comic experience it is for all of us involved.
From reading reviews online and talking to readers at conventions I’ve heard a lot of questions about how Mike and I work on the book--partly because readers assume the writer comes up with the ideas, and partly because we are intentionally vague in the credits--usually listing Mike Carey and Peter Gross, script-story-art. We thought that might do the trick but the reality is that the Unwritten is a very unique series and hard to pin down. So here’s my take on The Unwritten method...
Mike and I create the story together on a pretty much 50/50 basis. It’s a fluid process filled with lots of discussion, straying off into interesting territory and filled with lots of trans-Atlantic “Eureka!” moments——many that don’t make the final cut (you wouldn’t believe some of those ideas!). But when we’re satisfied, Mike goes off and writes a first draft of the script, then we have even more discussions, change some things, nail down everything we want to be there, and discuss it with our editors (Pornsak Pichetshote until issue 24 and now Karen Berger and Joe Hughes). After that, Mike writes a 2nd and generally final draft, and I’ll go to layouts. I make notes and change some things as I go, usually emailing Mike all along that process. When the layouts are done we finalize all my questions and then get the inks done. After it’s lettered, we have another discussion to make sure it all flows, Mike tweaks the script, revisions are made while the book is being colored, and then we’re done (except for all the last minute errors we all missed but someone seems to find just before the book goes to press). And by that time were knee-deep in the process for the next issue.
So Mike does write every word--but Mike and I plot the book together--and the editorial department tries to keep us in check.
And while I’m revealing our working methods, I have a confession to make——I don’t draw the book completely by myself! When I do the inks on an issue, I have help. Barb Guttman and Brittney Sabo are the two fine artists who assist me. They help draw backgrounds and finish inks, and generally go hunting for the copious amount of reference we need each day. Kudos to them for helping The Unwritten to arrive on time!
On the issues I don’t ink (like the Choose Your Own Adventure type story in Volume 3) we get a finisher to do the inks on the book. What that means is I do really loose pencils and then I get a great artist/inker to “finish” those pages. We’re trying to do this in a way that adds dimension to the book and we want the look to be wildly different and reflect each artist and story. In V2 we had Jimmy Broxton on the Nazi arc, and Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon do the wildly different Willowbanks Tales, featuring the now famous foul-mouthed bunny, Pauly Bruckner. In Volume 3 we have the great Ryan Kelly, and in the next trade we’ll have Vince Locke and Al Davison. I love seeing these different artistic styles over the skeleton I give them and it works out fabulously for the subject matter of the Unwritten.
And the rest of the team can’t be spared from these creative revelations...
Todd Klein doesn’t do every bit of lettering! I feel guilty over all the work involved in the media type pages we do so I don’t make Todd letter them. Instead we do them in my studio, and poor Barb spends hours and hours on them. And in the crazy acid trip section of V3 where letters are swirling about in the foreground and background I did them on my ipad with a great little program called TypeDrawing. So don’t blame Todd if you don’t like those pages!
Chris Chuckry doesn’t color the book completely by himself! My wife, and great artist, Jeanne McGee does the watercolors for the Tommy Taylor world pages and some of the other “fictional world” pages early in the series--although we’ve gotten a bit away from the Tommy Taylor pages as we go. So, of late, it’s been all Chris, all the time...
Yuko Shimizu does do the covers all by herself! The only person on The Unwritten who seems to be completely self-reliant is Yuko——though I don't know how she manages it on a regular basis. One of my great happy Unwritten moments each month is seeing her cover sketch ideas, and always having a hard time deciding which one is the best, since they all look so good! So the only revelation I can give you is that despite what some of you seem to believe, our Yuko is not the Yuko Shimizu who invented Hello Kitty!
Let’s face it, this book is just too demanding for the usual methods and everyone involved has been a great sport at being flexible and giving their best work and I think it really shows in the end product. I know we’ve asked a lot of our team and they’ve all come through time and time again, and this wouldn’t be such a great book without them.
I know that for Mike and I, The Unwritten is a labor of love for storytelling and the comics medium, and there’s great stuff coming down The Unwritten road.
Everyone has secrets, and Riley's are well documented! But what about the other girls in THE NEW YORK FIVE? In this second issue, Merissa and Lona deal with ghosts both at home in Queens and coming into JFK on the red-eye…
Written by BRIAN WOOD with cover by JP Leon DMZ Volume 9: M.I.A. takes Matty to a remote and desolate section of the city. Self-exile forces him to take a good, hard look at himself and his conduct since he entered the DMZ, and he doesn't like what he's seeing. His discovery presents him with an opportunity that he's tempted to take, but is the price too high?
This volume collects the awesome issue #50 with short stories with art by Rebekah Isaacs, Jim Lee, Fabio Moon, Ryan Kelly, Lee Bermejo, Riccardo Burchielli, Philip Bond, John Paul Leon, Eduardo Risso and Dave Gibbons as well as issues 51-54 with art by Riccardo Burchielli.
Riley, Lona, Merissa and Ren are about to start their second semester of college in the Big Apple with a fresh start, or so they think….
Pick up issue #1 this Wednesday.
But before we get to that, let’s talk DMZ with series writer, Brian Wood. “We just passed the five year mark on the series, a milestone in itself, and we're going full speed into the final year of the series. You'll see, at long last, the resolution to the war that's plagued the world of DMZ for so many years, and well as the story of Matty, Matty + Zee, and the supporting characters (something we've begun in the "Collective Punishment" arc). "FREE STATES RISING," the current storyline, will take us through to #64, and it kicks off not only the final battle for Manhattan, but explains exactly why the Free States Army has been so quiet in recent times. DMZ's been an incredible series to write, and it's nothing without the superhuman efforts of artist Riccardo Burchielli, all the guests artists we've had over the years, John Paul Leon, and editors Will Dennis, Mark Doyle, Casey Seijas, and of course Karen Berger. At 72 issues, DMZ will stand as one of Vertigo's longest-running series.”
Now, onto everyone's favorite cold weather series NORTHLANDERS. “This is a busy time for the series," says Wood. "Next issue will conclude the story Becky Cloonan is drawing, "The Girl In The Ice," then Simon Gane comes in to draw "The Siege Of Paris," followed by Matthew Woodson on "The Hunt." Matthew's an illustrator with almost superhuman talent - google him - and his story will be a high point in the series. Beyond that, I have notes for a short story called "Thor's Daughter" that'll continue NORTHLANDERS' run of powerful one-shot stories. This is the book I increasingly feel I was born to write, and is so completely tied into my identity as a creator. And based solely on the incredible range and diversity of the artists we've had on the series, there is nothing else like it out there.”
Exclusive first look inside #37 with art by Simon Gane (Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story):
So, what’s this about heading back to college? As second semester begins, so does THE NEW YORK FIVE. This four issue miniseries is not only a unique peek inside college life in New York City, but it’s stunning to look at as well. Brian, take it away.“Artist Ryan Kelly and I are good friends and even better collaborators - with Local, then The New York Four, and runs on both DMZ and NORTHLANDERS. THE NEW YORK FIVE is both a sequel to The New York Four and its own thing, and at 32 pages of story (in each 32 page issue), it’s a satisfying chunk.”
Oh, and did I mention it’s stunning? Take a look inside at Riley and the gang:
You may have heard that Brian Wood was working on a new project. Well, at Saturday’s Vertigo panel at the New York Comic Convention we announced all the details.
Originally announced as a Minx project, THE NEW YORK FIVE reunites Brian Wood (DEMO, DMZ, NORTHLANDERS) and Ryan Kelly (LUCIFER, LOCAL) in a 4-issue miniseries that will be a full 32 pages with no ads. The black and white drawings are absolutely stunning—capturing the city and NYU freshmen Riley, Lona, Merissa and Ren (The New York Four) as second semester begins.
There's nothing more exciting than college life in the big city, but you never know what’s around the next corner. In THE NEW YORK FIVE, Riley's sister Angie is making a name in the Lower East Side with her new band, and now Riley is the black sheep of the family. Lona's murky past appears to have been hiding an alarming proficiency for stalkerism, and Merissa and Ren are about to confront uncomfortable situations involving older men. But who is the "five" in THE NEW YORK FIVE?
Find out when THE NEW YORK FIVE begins in JANUARY 2011!