Through the Mail Slot


I just finished a difficult script, so let me catch up on some e-mail that’s stacked up.
First, a question from Brian Cunningham:

Sorry if you get asked this a lot, but I had a look on your website and I couldn’t find the answer. My question is, will you be writing any more Conan tales for Dark Horse? And if so, will Cary Nord return to do the artwork? I certainly hope so!
Glad you liked our tenure on Conan, sir.
There’s at least one more Conan project I’d like to do. When we started out, all that framing-sequence business with the Prince and the Wazir was setting something up, a big end-of-epic story we thought of as “Conan the Legend.” And at times, we’ve talked about doing a big mini-series called (wait for it) Conan the Legend to wrap it all up.
I’d like to do it someday, Cary’s expressed an interest, Scott Allie’s brought it up a time or two…
So it’s certainly possible. If and when it happens, I sure hope Cary will be available, along with Dave Stewart and Richard Starkings, so we can do it with the original team.
And I say “at least one more” because there are times I’d like to do a Janissa mini-series, to do the character arc I had planned for her, a Conan and the Bone Woman mini-series, maybe an adaptation of “The Scarlet Citadel” and/or Queen of the Black Coast”…
Nathan Thomas asks:

Any news on the final issue of Marvels: Eye of the Camera? Or did I miss it? (But I don’t think I did…)
Hope all is going well with you, miss you on the Avengers. (But then, I miss the Avengers…)
No, you didn’t miss Eye of the Camera #6. The good news is, we’re only waiting on three more pages of art before it can go off to the printer and become a reality. The pages we do have are being lettered and colored, so once those last few come in, the fine folks at Marvel can turn it around fast and get it off to press.
So it looks like we’re almost there. And thanks for the kind words on Avengers.
And to wrap up, Nick Stroffolino:

I was just writing to thank you for your column “Breaking in Without Rules.” That was equal parts depressing and enlightening. I really appreciate your frankness, everyone else I’ve read seems more interested in sugar coating things. Really it was like Steven King’s On Writing for comic books.
I haven’t read much else of what you’ve written on the site yet but a friend passed me the link to your article and he was right I think I really needed to read it. After running submissions for over a year to various indy companies it was very enlightening. I don’t know if reading it will get me close to being published or even if it really points me in the right direction but at least I know not to just spin my wheels aimlessly watching the mail box so I’m really glad you decided to write it all the same.
Also I love Marvels (I’m sure you get that a lot) and I’m an on again, off again fan of Astro City. I kind of felt like Astro City is the modern version of Wild Cards (yes, I know they started that up again lately but the books are not the same as they once were) and I really enjoyed your run on GL in Wednesday Comics (which my friends liked to call the hot sheets). I haven’t read much of your other work but after reading your article I’ll be keeping my eye out for your name on things. With the amount of mediocrity in comics right now it seems like you get a lot more bang for your buck to follow writers these days instead of characters.
Good luck in your future endeavors, thanks again for putting “Breaking in Without Rules” online and keep up the good work.
Thanks, Nick. I’ll do my best. And good luck with your writing endeavors.
I can’t wait to see the Wednesday Comics collection, myself—just seeing a photo of it here makes me all itchy to have one myself. And I’m told that a fresh-from-the-printer copy of The Wizard’s Tale is on the way to me and should arrive Tuesday. I’ll have to figure out my iPhone’s camera, so I can put some pictures of it up here.
But for now, back to work.

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