Entering the ‘omnibus stage’ of my career, it seems.
So here’s the Dark Horse shelf of my “ego library”, where I keep one copy of every edition of all my own books. What’s missing here is one more Conan, two more Star Wars volumes, two more Massives, and the upcoming Demo omnibus.
Not too shabby for just three years time.
Spirit of ‘77, my sister and I.
This is my second year fundraising for Barbells For Boobs. You can see what they are all about in the sidebar, or elsewhere on this page. The basic info is that for every $80 raised, it provides one person with breast cancer detection services. Last year I raised close to $800, thanks to you.
I wrote this essay around that time, about losing my mother to cancer, and actually having lost several women in my life to cancer - my aunt and my mother-in-law, as well as others currently in treatment.
This year, on or around November 8th, I’ll be doing the CrossFit workout “Grace”, as people all over the world will be doing in support of Barbells For Boobs. But unlike last year, I’ll get this one on video and post it when I’m done. My daughter will handle the camera, and I’ll shoot it in my backyard.
If you donated last year, thank you so much. If you can again, that’s amazing. I’m happy with any amount, and just as happy with words of support if you can’t donate.
Thanks so much,
Final issue of The Massive, #30.
You know this omnibus-style edition is out in November, yes?
This is the order code to give your retailer if you want one: JUL140103
It contains both The New York Four and The New York Five as well as a big chunk of extras, some in color. Its a high end softcover very much like the Dark Horse edition of Channel Zero, and its a gorgeous 300 page book for $20.
Here’s some photos of the unbound proof my editor got from the printer recently.
As seen in the upcoming CBLDF Benefit Book, as published by Image, as solicited here and in shops Oct 8th:
Our long-planned project GIRL BAND, co-created. drawn, inked, and colored by Terry and Rachel Dodson, and also-created and written by my daughter Audrey, you’ll see a three-page teaser in this book, and almost certainly a full book in the nearish future.
Order with this number: AUG140568
Props to Clayton Cowles for donating his fine lettering skills for the benefit, and to Lauren Sankovitch for putting it all together.
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.
Last day before Crossfit 718 moves to its new space. 18 months I spent here, making loads of friends, getting in superb shape, and leaving untold gallons of sweat in those mats (yuck)