I LOVE THIS PAGE. Will did a GREAT job on the bloodied Cardinal, he looks truly frightening. I like the layout a lot, too. Jacob’s choice for the Cardinal’s curse is awesome; that middle panel really sells that some bad magic is going down. I mean, I probably shouldn’t gush so much about my own comic, but these guys are killing it. The keys to a great collaboration lie in elevating the work of the guy before you, and these guys are carrying me on their shoulders, no doubt.
I mean it, too…and that’s not meant to be self-deprecating. You guys know that I’ve been dealing with a lot of upheaval: moving, a herniated disc, extra work at the night job. I’ve also been dropping some cryptic hints about A LOT of other writing work that has been on my plate, and I’m finally at liberty to discuss some of it.
My old agency, Space Goat Productions, has launched Space Goat Publishing. There are very few things in the world more daunting than the idea of a “start up comic book publisher,” but the guys at Space Goat have the chops to make this happen. They’re boasting a front office team consisting of people who’ve done yeoman’s work at DC, Dark Horse, and Malibu. They have TONS of experience wrangling artists, which is not unlike trying to herd proverbial cats. And they jumped into the deep end with one hell of a life-preserver: the publishing license for Evil Dead 2.
I’ve been in on the ground floor with them; I consulted with them on which license to acquire (there some other interesting options out there, but I think the upcoming Evil Dead TV series on Starz! made this the most attractive option in the immediate term…I won’t mention the others, just in case we go after them down the road) and I was one of the louder voices in the conversation about how to tell the continuing story of Ash without contradicting the material in Army of Darkness, for which we do NOT have the license (and someone else does). Beyond Dead By Dawn is written by Frank Hannah, but it was grown in a bottle with more than a bit of my DNA. The second title is called Tales of the Ex-Mortis, an anthology centered around the Evil Dead version of the Necronomicon, and I’m writing a serial that runs through the entire mini. Later in the year, we’re adding a third miniseries (these are all miniseries), the title of which I won’t reveal until Space Goat does, and that will be written by yours truly too.
In addition, Space Goat is taking over the publication of Rocket Queen and The Wrench, which is available from them on Comixology RIGHT NOW. By the year’s end, however, Rocket Queen and The Wrench will be available IN PRINT, which is super exciting for me.
Lastly, they’re going to be publishing a superhero-ish title that I created for them called The Family Secret. TFS debuted in the SGP Presents Anthology hardcover, but you can buy TFS on its own digitally as well. The Family Secret is a very personal piece of work for me, I drew on a lot of my own experiences, as well as those of other people in my family, my wife most especially, to produce something that is very near and dear to my heart. Like Rocket Queen, The Family Secret has kids at its center, but this is more a story for people who used to be kids, rather than for people who are kids right now.
Superhero “families” and legacies have always fascinated me, which is probably a big part of why I’ve always been more a DC kid than a Marvel kid, and I get to explore that fascination in detail with these two comics, both of which I take a great deal of pride in.
Space Goat Publishing still only occupies one corner of my writing world; I hope to have more interesting announcements for you guys in the not-too distant future!