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.
IGN announced AMERICAN VAMPIRE: Survival of the Fittest as the Best Mini Series of 2011 and Scott Snyder as Best Writer of 2011. THE TORONTO STAR includes JOE THE BARBARIAN in their list of Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2011 and they ran a rave review of MARZI calling it “a series of elegant vignettes that beautifully blend many familiar childhood moments with scenes of a maturing nation. Author Marzena Sowa, along with her partner, artist Sylvain Savoia, perfectly captures the emotion of this pivotal time in world history through the eyes of a child in a story that is deeply affecting.” VILLAGE VOICE picked SPACEMAN as one of 2011’s Best Comics and Graphic Novels. LARGEHEARTED BOY posted artist Rebecca Guay’s Book Notes playlist for A FLIGHT OF ANGELS. And CBR/Robot 6, EATER.com and FOODBEAST picked up the cover of GET JIRO! by Langdon Foss, which you can see below.
"Intelligent, honest and beautifully illustrated."-io9
Joe is an imaginative eleven-year-old boy. He can't fit in at school. He's the victim of bullies. His dad died overseas in the Iraq war. He also suffers from Type 1 diabetes. One fateful day, his condition causes him to believe he has entered a vivid fantasy world in which he is the lost savior — a fantastic land based on the layout and contents of his home. His desperate attempts to make it out of his bedroom transform into an incredible, epic adventure through a bizarre landscape of submarine pirate dwarves, evil Hell Hounds, Lightning Lords and besieged castles. But is his quest really just an insulin deprived delirium — from which he can die if he doesn't take his meds — or something much bigger? [gallery]
In the final issue of the mini-series AMERICAN VAMPIRE SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, Vampire hunter Felicia Book must make a horrible choice. The reverberations of her choice will impact the ongoing series AMERICAN VAMPIRE, changing her life and the world of vampires forever.
Read the conclusion in issue #5 this Wednesday! But in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek inside:
Written by super star Grant Morrison with art and cover by Sean Murphy (American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest) JOE THE BARBARIAN is an action adventure story about a young imaginative boy who doesn’t fit in at school.
Joe lost his dad overseas in the Iraq war and suffers from Type 1 diabetes. One fateful day, his condition causes him to believe he has entered a vivid fantasy world in which he is the lost savior — a fantastic land based on the layout and contents of his home. But is his quest really just an insulin deprived delirium — from which he can die if he doesn't take his meds — or something much bigger?
JOE THE BARBARIAN Deluxe Edition is available now.
A groundbreaking discovery from the Theban Hills in Egypt in 1915 leads Dr. Pavel to travel the world in the hopes of finding more to aid in his research. Now in Romania, vampire hunters Felicia Book and Cash McCogan meet up with Dr. Pavel and escape the catacombs beneath the Nazi castle with the rumored vampire cure, but will it work?
AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST #4 by Scott Snyder and artist Sean Murphy hits stores Wednesday.
Felicia Book and Cash McCogan infiltrate the catacombs beneath the castle and come face to face with the 77th Brigade of the Third Reich and their shocking secret!
Read the excerpt below from AMERICAN VAMPIRE Survival of the Fittest #3 on sale today. And be sure to take notice of all the elements on the cover as they just may be hints…
And now to reveal the cover of AMERICAN VAMPIRE #21.
Pages from AMERICAN VAMPIRE issue #17 (also note the joining covers from issues 13-17 by Rafael Albuquerque ) and AMERICAN VAMPIRE SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST #3.
AMERICAN VAMPIRE Vol. 2, hit the New York Times bestseller list at #1 and the spin-off miniseries AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST began last week. I took some time to have a quick chat with writer Scott Snyder and artist Sean Murphy about their highly praised new miniseries.
PM: Scott and Sean, SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST follows some of the characters from AMERICAN VAMPIRE Vol. 2. What’s it like to begin a spin-off of a bestselling series? Tell us a bit about what’s in store for readers.
SS: Well I can say that things really ramp up in issue 2, when Cash and Felicia actually reach their destination - a Nazi occupied castle in the Romanian mountains that's home to a scientist who may (or may not) have developed a cure for vampirism... The whole series has been a blast so far - Sean's a good friend at this point, and there's nothing better than working with a friend on a story you love. (Especially when your friend is a monster talent of an artist:))
SM: I'm thrilled to be aboard. There's a motorcycle escape/battle scene coming up that I'm really looking forward to drawing.
PM: Scott, you’re writing two epic WWII storylines right now. What is it about this time period that inspires you?
SS: I've always been fascinated by all aspects of the war. My grandfather, who's still alive, was actually in the Navy for the duration of WWII. He was physically at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked... So I grew up on his stories about what it was like to be a part of the effort. Obviously, when I was a kid, the stories were less about the war than his friends on the ship, the strangeness of being so far away from home... As I got older, the stories got darker, though always inspiring. So stories about the war, about that time period, really are a part of my writer's DNA. The heroism, the terror, the ordinary men placed in extraordinary circumstances... What isn't inspiring about it, as a writer?
PM: Sean, I know you’re a history and science buff, so though this is a fictional story, is that partly what attracted you to this project? Your rendition of the Museum of Natural History from issue #1 is incredible. With the book being set in the 1940s during WWII in Eastern Europe, what kind of research have you done?
SM: There's a TON of Nazi research to do. Patches, pins, guns, cars--way more than I'll ever be able to fit into the drawings. Still, I'm trying my best. With hundreds of Nazi vampires to deal with it gets a little overwhelming but I'm loving the challenge. I found a model of this half-track Mercedes that Rommel drove in northern Africa (supposedly). Whether or not it was real doesn't matter--it's too cool not to have in the mountains of Romania. Assuming I find a way to stick it in there.
The other bit of research I found interesting is that the vampire myth actually started in America--not in Europe. "The consumption" was a disease running rampant in 19th century New England villages, and many of the symptoms are similar to what you find in vampire myths (paleness, sensitivity to light, etc). Today we call the disease tuberculosis. They found New England newspaper clippings in Bram Stoker's records after he died.
I passed this info onto Scott hoping he'd find a way to work it into the plot one day.
PM: Scott and Sean, if you were a vampire or part vampire would you search for a cure or embrace your vampirism?
SS: Wow. That's tough... I think I would take the cure. The idea of losing everyone around you, everyone you care about, watching them get old while you stay the same... And just the dark pull of the blood. Yeah, I'd choose warm-blooded :)
SM: I'd embrace it for sure. Maybe even grow a flat-top and walk around like Blade.