Giant-Size Comic-Thing

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So, yesterday I got my comp copies of the upcoming Wednesday Comics hardcover. And since I mentioned it (on my Facebook page, on Twitter), people keep asking how big it is. See the picture? That’s how big it is.
Note: That’s not me, that’s the book’s editor, Mark Chiarello.
Note #2: That’s not the actual book, it’s a mockup—the actual book has real art inside, not that blank page you can glimpse part of. But that’s how big it is, at least.
Note #3: That’s not really a window on the left, just a mostly-convincing poster on Mark’s wall. No, seriously.
Note #4: The book is freakin’ gorgeous. Even the endpapers are stunning. [And if you’ve never been stunned by endpapers, you didn’t get the new edition of The Wizard’s Tale. Shame on you!] The whole book is packed from cover to cover with gorgeous art, parinted nice and huge, printed crisply and beautifully. It’s got two whole new extra strips—pages Mark had done just in case one of us stalwart creative teams blew a deadline, and I bet it came close—a very funny Plastic Man strip by Evan Dorkin and Stephen DeStefano, and a moody, chilling Creeper strip by Keith Giffen and Eric Canete. Plus cool sketchbook stuff, an intro by Mark, those gorgeous endpapers, stuff like that.
I’m proud to be a part of it. I love the way Joe Quinones’s art on our Green Lantern feature printed. I think the story works well all in one wodge, instead of being broken up into chapters. And every time I look at it, I want to thank Pat Brosseau for going with borderless word balloons; it looks great.
And it’s big. That big. See?
[But hey, Chi, about that sketchbook section—Kamandi is a 70s strip, not a 60s strip! Dude! What is wrong with you?! Ruined, I tell you! Book is ruined!]

Out Today

I should remember to do this on Mondays or Tuesdays, I think…

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ASTRO CITY: THE DARK AGE Book Three #4

A week or so back, I said this issue would be late, due to last-minute production problems. But it seems the problems got smoothed out, because I’m hearing from people that it’s out and they bought it. So all of Book Three shipped monthly and on time. Woo-hoo!

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WEDNESDAY COMICS #5

This week, the Green Lantern strip flashes back to look at Hal Jordan’s NASA days—yes, that’s right, NASA days—and his rivalry with fellow astronaut-candidate Joe Dillon. More gorgeous artwork by Joe Quiñones!

A Wednesday Review

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“Kurt Busiek and Joe Quiñones serve up a beautiful retro Green Lantern, which looks so slick and stylish that I found myself wanting to put down the book to find out what else Quiñones has worked on. Even the logo for Green Lantern gets the retro touch, here, and it looks marvelous.”

—Greg McElhatton, CBR Reviews

Above: Not from Wednesday Comics, but something else Joe Quiñones has worked on. See larger.
[More extensive blogging to come once I can sit up for longer periods; I threw my back out a couple of days ago and am still recovering.]

WEDNESDAY This Wednesday!

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This Wednesday, DC’s new weekly debuts. As they describe it:
“DC Comics gives a fresh twist to a grand comics tradition with Wednesday Comics, a new, weekly 12-issue series by some of the greatest names in comics today!
Wednesday Comics is unique in modern comics history: Reinventing the classic weekly newspaper comics section, it is a 16-page weekly that unfolds to a sprawling 28″ x 20″ tabloid-sized reading experience bursting with mind-blowing color, action and excitement, with each feature on its own 14″ x 20″ page.”
It’s got Batman by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, Metamorpho by Neil Gaiman and Mike Allred, Kamandi by Dave Gibbons and Ryan Sook, and lots more, including a Green Lantern strip written by me with art by the astounding Joe Quiñones.
Don’t miss an issue! Hey, where else can you get the Metal Men, as drawn by the great José Luis García-López—every week?

Jumpin’ Jets!

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I don’t think I’m speaking out of school by showing off this gorgeous Joe Quinones page from an upcoming issue of Wednesday Comics, the new weekly DC project that kicks off next Wednesday and runs for 12 weeks. I won’t even tell you which chapter it is in the Green Lantern serial Joe and I are contributing to the project—and while not all of the dialogue has been suppressed, I’m going to guess that RUHH! and ARRARAHHH won’t give away too much of the plot.
I will note, though, that you can see a larger version by clicking here.