I’m sitting here, working on a very short, company-owned project that is one of the biggest names out there, something with huge, global awareness, and its more fun than I would have thought.
2010 sucked for me. Hardly anyone on the outside could tell that, but aside from obvious things like the birth of my son Ian, there’s been too much stress, fear, and disappointments on the creative side. But I did get a lot done. Here’s what I wrote in 2010 (not what was necessarily published during that time):
Northlanders 26-37, 40
The New York Five 1-4
Thirty-six scripts, roughly 800 pages of comics.
Despite that, or rather not counting that, it was rough. A lot of pitches were written and rejected, always for reasons beyond my control. I’m determined to take better control over this in 2011. One of the side effects of being exclusive while working on long-running monthly books is the lack of time or room to launch new projects. I have proposals for a half-dozen monthly series, and several mini-series that I’ve been sitting on for years, and I feel I need to get some of these moving while they’re still relevant.
It’s hard to make any kind of comment on the state of the comics industry without it sounding cliche or bitter. I’m not the sort of writer who seeks shelter in the Big Two properties, although who knows, maybe I should? For 14 years I’ve strived to carve out a place for myself where I can have an actual career, a lucrative one, writing creator-owned books, but can that last forever? At what point can I say: there, look, I did it.
What I do know is everyone is taking a hit, in one way or another.
Writing comics is a dream job, but its also work, and my 3 scripts a month during 2010 often made comics feel like a grind, and in the new year I want to do something about that. I love working hard, but I hate the grind, and before this past year the last time I felt the grind was when I was sitting in a cubicle at Rockstar Games. For me, the joy is in creating something new, and 2011 needs to see a lot of new stuff from me.
I have 42 pages of script to write before the end of this year, then its off to spend New Year’s Eve in a quiet place in Upstate New York. Thanks, everyone, for buying and reading. My ability to do what I have done in my career is solely down to the strength and power of my readership, and that’s you guys.