Me at Comicon


I’ll be at Comicon International at San Diego (I think that’s the official name of the show, these days) next week—I’ll be arriving Friday morning and leaving Sunday afternoon, but at least at present I’m not scheduled for anything Sunday other than having breakfast with Scott and Ivy McLoud and their family, which is always one of the high points of the trip. So other than catching up with friends and an editor or three, I may not be doing anything “official” on Sunday.
Friday and Saturday, though? Glad you asked!
• Fri 430-530, Wednesday Comics – “Wednesday Comics gives a fresh twist to a grand comics tradition by reinventing the classic newspaper comics section with today’s top talent and characters. Learn all you need to know about DC’s innovative weekly series from the title’s mastermind, DCU editorial art director Mark Chiarello, and an all-star list of panelists.” Room 5AB
• Sat 330-430, This is WildStorm – Get the inside scoop on what’s coming up at DC’s wildest imprint, from Wildstorm VP Hank Kanalz, Senior Editor Ben Abernathy, Fiona Staples (North 40, Trick ‘r Treat), Kurt Busiek (Astro City), Adam Beechen (Killapalooza), Christos Gage (Wildcats, Dante’s Inferno), Darrick Robertson (Prototype), David Tischman (Red Herring), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), Jason Craig (Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash), Brian Wood, Rebecca Isaacs, and more. Room 4
• Fri 11am-noon, Wednesday Comics signing, DC booth*
• Sat 12-1pm, Astro City signing, Wildstorm booth
This kind of information should always be available in the Find section as well, but whenever a convention’s actually approaching, I’ll do my best to put something up here, too.
Hope to see many of you there!
* I may be a little late for this one; I’ve got less than two hours from wheels-down at the airport to the start of the signing. Let’s see if I can get checked in at the hotel and at the con by then!

Through the Mail Slot


Some of the mail that’s come in since launched…
From Chris Wiedrich:

Will you be attending SDCC this month? If so, will you be doing any signings? I will only be attending on Friday but hope you might make an appearance that day.
Thanks for the time.
You can always see my upcoming con appearances and such by checking Find over on the left to see where I’ll be. I will indeed be at the San Diego Con, Friday and Saturday at least. My schedule’s listed there, but I’ll put it up in a blog post as well.
From Paul Marrack:

I just wanted to point out that on your awards page you left out the Eisner for Best Single that Conan #0 won, or rather shared with an issue of The Goon, in 2004.
Really happy you finally have a website like this. Am looking forward to the announcements of your new projects.
Thanks, Paul. Fixed that award entry; much appreciated.
And there’ll be at least one new project announcement (plus a welcome announcement about another project) at San Diego, at least, and more in time…
From Karen Beilharz

So glad to see you’ve got a website! Friends introduced me to Astro City a couple of years ago and I’ve been enjoying it muchly. Also, I thought ‘Secret Identity’ was one of the best things I read last year.
P.S. Would love to see how you write comic scripts!
Getting some script samples up in the Read section is very much on the things-to-do list. I was going to put up a page of my incomprehensible plot outlining, as well, but I’d just cleared out all the old stuff about a week before the blog launched, and the current outlines I have lying around are for as-yet unpublished work. So I’ll have to do that, but after something’s come out and before I’ve thrown the notes in the recycling bin…
From Crow Truett:

I don’t normally write these things, and you probably don’t read each of these silly fan letters. However, I felt compelled after reading your work on Marvels: Eye of the Camera (I just finished issue 5) to tell you directly (sort-of) that it is without a doubt the most beautiful and touching this I’ve read all year. Thank you for returning to Phil Sheldon. Your portrayal of Phil’s decline is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. When I was younger and read Marvels for the first time I was captivated, and I wondered what could happen next; what would Phil Sheldon think of the “marvels” as the stories told during the eighties and nineties unfolded? Thank you for addressing that, and thank you for making it so human.
Very glad you’ve liked it, Crow!
And on that note, I’ll mention that Marvels: Eye of the Camera #6 is still progressing—and as soon as it’s all drawn, I’m sure Marvel will have the issue and the subsequent collections out post-haste. I’d have preferred it if they’d waited until all six issues could come out on time, but for one reason or another, they chose to get the first five out when they did and the sixth when it’s done.
I do have to say, if there was going to be a delay between any two issues of Eye of the Camera, between #5 and #6 is the best spot for it. So I’m glad of that, at least.

The Viscera Ladle!


My one San Diego Con panel, Saturday afternoon, as described by the site
3:30-4:30 Wildstorm: This is WildStorm!
Get the viscera ladle on what’s upcoming from DC’s wildest imprint from WS-VP Hank Kanalz, Senior Editor Ben Abernathy, Fiona Staples (North 40, Trick ‘r Treat), Kurt Busiek (Astro City), Adam Beechen (Killapalooza), Christos Gage (Wildcats, Dante’s Inferno), Darrick Robertson (Prototype), David Tischman (Red Herring), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), Jason Craig (Freddy vs. Come determine unserviceable from the truly of the freshest artists in the biz! Room 4

I can understand why they translated it into French, but I’m not sure why they auto-translated it back into English rather than use the original. But by all means, come and determine unservicable!