I have to thank Carol Peligian, one of my instructors at Parsons School of Design. She taught a class that, while the title escapes me, was about making books. Literally, making the object, inside and out, the binding and the content. I took this class twice, and while the physical construction aspect was fascinating, what she truly taught me was all about pacing, sequence, and narrative flow. The power of the turn of the page. Everything I do now can be traced back to that class, circa 1995. She was the best teacher I ever had.
I’ve been asked this a lot, about if our Star Wars stories we did at Dark Horse “count” or are canon and so on. This interview at CA seems to answer that:
CA: Between the original Marvel run, books like Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, and the most recent “adjectiveless” Star Wars book at Dark Horse, this time period between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back has been heavily excavated. Lucasfilm’s canon cops have pretty much wiped the slate clean when it comes to these previous looks at the time period, but how much does this (now non-canon) stuff feed into the types of stories you’ll be telling? Do you lean on it, do you avoid it entirely?
Jordan D White: We’re no strangers to parallel continuities, here at Marvel, given our core universe, the Ultimate Universe, the Cinematic Universe. That said, as you pointed out, we’re joining with Lucasfilm at an exciting time. Unlike the previous “extended universe”, the promise going forward is that any Star Wars stories we put out are part of the core canon, right along with the films and television series. To that end, we’ve been working closely with the Lucasfilm Story Group to make sure everything we do is in lock-step with their larger plans.
So while there’s still no comment on the current Star Wars book we’re doing specifically, it seems like its stories are destined for the canon dustbin. I’m also pretty sure that come the end of December, our books will no longer be able to be distributed and sold, and will be out of print. So get them while you can. The third and fourth (final) volumes come out in October. This applies to the other SW books Dark Horse is publishing now.
How do I feel? Well, I don’t own Star Wars, so there’s a certain amount of shrugging involved, because what can be done? Nothing. This happens. What I am mystified about is more to do with the fact these three Marvel Star Wars books, by all available appearances, are supposed to do the same thing as our one original trilogy book, and that seems like a terribly uncreative thing to do to three top notch creative teams. Maybe in execution it’ll be different. But I understand the impluse on a business level… the still-green Luke, Leia struggling with her loss, Vader and the Empire post-Yavin, its all very logical to follow these story threads, its what people respond to, as is evident by the nearly 100k copies we sold of Star Wars #1. Now there will be a Marvel version of that.
I wish everyone the best, and will always value my time on Star Wars, and working with so many amazing people.
There’s a long article up on Nerdist with quotes from myself and the team, but the basics: new monthly from Dark Horse starting in the late winter/early spring, Andrea Mutti drawing, Jordie Bellaire coloring, Tula Lotay on covers.
Another teaser. There’s a very obvious clue here that only a few will get, and if you are one of them, please keep it to yourself for now! edited: actually, the first person to email the right clue to: northernboy at gmail wins a care package.
I always figured I would revisit Northlanders in a new form, do another series on Vikings, make use of the unused stories. I had made it something of a priority, actually, and have been telling people about it.
Now, I don’t know. Maybe that’s lazy of me. Also, perhaps dangerous to try and capture…
Sometime late last summer I was asked to pitch for that Magneto solo book, a pitch that was accepted but then I declined for financial and scheduling reasons. It was sort of a bummer, as I thought I had a decent idea. It was a Magneto story written like a Jack Reacher novel, but with a complex, emotional side narrative dealing with his adult daughter Polaris. It was that side narrative I was most interested in writing*. Sometimes I regret turning it down.
(*Justin Giampaoli’s said that he views The Plague Widow as me adjusting to fatherhood, and I’ve written infants and children a few times since, reflecting my own experiences and emotions related to raising two little ones. The father/adult daughter relationship is something about which I have things to say.)
A short time ago a longtime collaborator of mine emailed to say he was up to starting something new, and did I have any ideas kicking around. I have lots, so I sent them all over and what came back was something from 2009, called STARVE, that had, pretty much, the exact same father/daughter story I has pitched for Magneto. But better, obviously, as this is creator-owned and therefore not tied to system that requires X amount of people-punching per 20 pages.
I wrote half an issue of STARVE yesterday. STARVE has a funny history, now that I recall, as it was original devised as my DMZ follow-up, before being rejected by DC, then rejected by Oni, then by Dark Horse, all for various reasons. My agent looks at it then looks at me like I’m crazy. But fuck it, we’re pressing ahead. More on this soon.