BRIAN WOOD (W)
OLIVIER COIPEL (A/C)
ARTIST VARIANT Cover by Sara Pichelli
• The X-Men find out what Arkea is capable of, and the phrase “rampaging horde” comes to mind.
• Can Arkea be defeated? Can the X-Men take down one of their own, if that’s what it takes?
• Meanwhile, what’s up with Sublime and Rachel? What’s up with Bling and Cipher? What’s up with Jubilee and Bling?
I have a really interesting question about dmz. When the series started, the war was already 5 years old when matty arrives. My theory goes like this: the war started in 2006 (when dmz debuted) and the story takes place in 2011. Because it still takes place post 9/11 and soldiers are currently in irag when the war starts as seem in later in the series. When the war ends the series progressed 6 years. That means it ended in 2017. That means the war was from 2006-2017. Im really curious!
I’m afraid I don’t have an answer to that question, as I chose to not define a timeframe, not even to myself. Your deduction works, though.
So I’m making a couple more designs, very much like the first but with different “missions”.
The most recent two was something of a success and also a disaster. It was my largest print run yet, but the private, existing customer-only pre-sale burned through about 90% of the stock in a couple hours. Which wasn’t really the sort of thing I was going for.
So for these next two, I’m going to open the store up to existing customers to pre-orders the new shirts, and then I’ll print extras for general sales. This is both fair, will give me hard data on how much to print, and retains the limited edition nature of the whole thing. But I won’t do this for all future shirts, though.
So tomorrow I’ll shut the site down and let this pre-sale run for about 24 hours. Follow my twitter for the fastest updates (@brianwood) and if you want to get on that list, go order something now and be sure to check the “marketing” box during checkout - that’s what adds you to the mailing list.
Seeing if there’s some life in this still.
I won’t have a table, and I’m only there Saturday and Sunday, but:
12-1pm - signing at CBLDF
1-2pm - at Dark Horse booth
4-5pm - signing at Image Comics
10-11am - signing at Dark Horse
12-1pm - Star Wars panel
1-3pm - at Dark Horse
A common thing seems to be people thinking I can or will only sign comics published by whatever company’s booth I’m at, but that’s never the case. Bring it on. And I think Dark Horse is going to have all sorts of free stuff: prints, free comics, etc. More on that later.
(Garry Brown will be signing with me, too)
Fifteen years ago TODAY, Image Comics released Channel Zero #1. I was working at a dot com job and bought a copy for myself at the now-defunct Cosmic Comics on 23rd St. Warren Ellis emailed me to say he liked it (kicking off a long friendship and the long start of him helping me throughout my career). I didn’t own a computer so the above cover was cranked out in the computer lab at the college I had already graduated from. It got about 5000 orders. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing.
1998 seems like a very long time ago, but fifteen years feels quick… it feels as though I’ve been doing this so much longer than that.
So thanks to Jim Valentino at Image, who was the one who “discovered” me, thanks to everyone at Image, AIT, and Dark Horse who have kept this book in print, thanks to Warren Ellis who kept me motivated, and to everyone who bought it, in any edition throughout the years.
I want you to keep this two-page story by Matt Wayne, John Paul Leon, Noelle Giddings, and Dave Sharpe in mind this month. I want you to think of this every time someone — anyone, myself included — invokes Dwayne McDuffie’s name.
I want you to think about what they have to gain when they say the man’s name.
A little something/someone from Ult X-Men, drawn by Mahmud Asrar