For close to twenty years, Vertigo has been home to some of the most imaginative and original comic book storytelling in print. It’s quite a legacy, but with ongoing titles like Fables, American Vampire and The Unwritten and new favorites like Fairest and Punk Rock Jesus, Vertigo’s current stable of writers and artists seem more than up to the task. Whether you’re a relatively new Vertigo fan, or have been with the publisher since the very first issue of Sandman, you’re not going to want to miss this look at where Vertigo will be taking us over the months ahead.
Hollywood has the Academy Awards. Football has the Super Bowl. But if you’re a comic book fan, one event towers above all others: San Diego Comic-Con. For four days and five nights, some of the biggest names in entertainment gather together to celebrate comic books, movies, TV, games and pop culture. DC Entertainment will be there in force with a large team of creators, a full slate of panels, a new booth, some great giveaways and much, much more.
San Diego Comic-Con is a great place to see some of your favorite writers, artists, pencillers, and colorists. For those of you who couldn’t make it to the convention or missed these moments, here are a few photographs from my time there.
Pictured below: Eisner Award winning writer Scott Snyder and artist Rafael Albuquerque on the AMERICAN VAMPIRE panel. Notice Jeff Lemire hiding in the background?
Best Limited Series
Daytripper, by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (Vertigo/DC)
Best New Series
American Vampire, by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, and Rafael Albuquerque (Vertigo/DC)
Dave Stewart, Neil Young's Greendale, Daytripper, Joe the Barbarian (Vertigo/DC), Detective Comics (DC)
Todd Klein, Fables, The Unwritten, Joe the Barbarian, iZombie (Vertigo/DC); Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom (WildStorm/DC)
In Spring 2012, Vertigo will publish a BLACK ORCHID Deluxe Edition from The New York Times Bestselling author Neil Gaiman (Sandman) and innovative artist Dave McKean.
Created by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, THE UNWRITTEN has been called “a roller-coaster ride through a library, weaving famous authors and characters into a tale of mystery that is, at once, oddly familiar yet highly original,” by USA TODAY.
Some of the most talked about issues have been the fabulous one-offs—from the Willowbank Tales of Mr. Bun to the Pick-A-Story origin of Lizzie Hexam. In the vein of those amazing issues, Vertigo will publish a series of 5 interconnected issues that will enhance the reading experience of the ongoing series.
HELLBLAZER editor Shelly Bond has some interesting information to share about tonight’s Vertigo panel and a certain piece of missing clothing. So read up and we’ll see you there!
Elvis Presley had his Aloha Special jumpsuit Ziggy Stardust had his moon boots.
If you’re heading to San Diego for Comic Con International you want to be prepared, right? So take a moment to mark your paper or electronic calendar and get ready to attend some of the most exciting Vertigo panels ever! And don't forget to check out our sister blogs to get the DC Universe and Wildstorm schedules.
Then, stop by the DC Booth, pick up some swag, meet some of your favorite writers and artists and have a great time!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
There will be no post today, as the DC offices are closed and I’m heading to Saratoga for the races! Be back on Monday.
While you’re waiting, here’s a photo I took of a few Fables fans at the San Diego Comic Convention.
Amanda (Rose Red), Matt (Bigby) and Chris (Flycatcher)