East Coast Dispatches: August 4, 2021
It's Me Again
Table of Contents
•Eating Peanut Butter Cookies, Trying To Think of What to Write
•DCAF 2021! My First Con Appearance in 17 Months!
•Out This Week
•Beyond The Breach #2 Preview!
•I Know You’re Only Here For Lasagna
Eating Peanut Butter Cookies, Trying To Think of What to Write
My wife made Peanut Butter cookies last night and, like the weak-willed bastard I am, I’m munching on them, getting crumbs on my keyboard as I try to think of what to write here. I think there are too many commas in that sentence. One day, I’ll figure out how they work. Commas, I mean. Not Peanut Butter cookies. Those things just go in your mouth and you chew and swallow. It’s pretty easy.
I’m in a weird spot with work right now. I’ve managed to eke out a couple of weeks with no work-for-hire gigs, so that I can dedicate all of my focus to building creator-owned work. None of it has a home or artist attached, nor is any of it in a state where it’s ready to pitch. Mostly, at this point, I’m doing research reading and taking the time to soak in these worlds I’m trying to build.
Some of these projects are books that I’ve been wanting to do for nearly a decade. One of them had previously been picked up by a publisher, but I’d taken it back from the them because I needed a guarantee that some of my, admittedly over-ambitious, plans could be met and they weren’t able to promise anything beyond five issues. That’s not a knock against the publisher, business is what it is. But, this project has a very specific trajectory and scope and I’d rather sit on it until I can do it properly rather than risk having it cut short.
That said, there’s a glimmer of hope that I may be able to bring this project to life and so I’m making the time to make sure that we can do the project the justice it deserves.
How’s that for being super vague about things? Kinda bullshit, eh? Sorry.
All I can really say at this point is that his project marries my love of comic books, trash cinema and crime.
Here’s the research pile so far (more books on the way):
On August 15th, I’ll be venturing out of the dungeons to attend my first convention since March 2020. Though, I’m not venturing too far, as the convention is only a 10 minute drive.
For those unfamiliar, DCAF is an annual, free comic show that takes place in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. You can find all the juicy details here.
I don’t have details on other guests just yet, though keep an eye on the DCAF site for that.
I will be bringing along stacks of trades and single issues. I’ll try to have a nice variety for everyone. If you’re going to be there and there’s something specific you’re after, drop a note (just respond to this email) to let me know and I’ll do my best to accommodate.
Since we’re not fully out of the pandemic, masks will be mandatory and I won’t be doing any handshaking. I will be signing books at no charge
I haven’t confirmed any other shows going forward, so am not sure of where I’ll be popping up next. I’m keeping US shows off the table until travel is safer, but with any luck, I’ll be attending one or two by the end of the year.
Out This Week
Deadpool: Black, White & Blood #1
LIKE A CLASSIC BLACK & WHITE MOVIE, BUT WITH WAY MORE BLOOD! What's black, white, and red all over? Three blood-drenched tales of violence and mayhem led by Marvel's Mirthful Mercenary himself, Deadpool! You want to see today's top talent take it to the hilt to bring you the wildest Wade Wilson adventures yet?! This is the book for you! It's as plain as black and white. And red.
This is my first time writing Deadpool and it was a fucking blast. Got to work out some of my aggression about streaming and the death of video stores through the Merc with a Mouth. And, the icing on the cake, I got to work with legend While Portacio! This is the kind of thing I only dreamed about doing when I was a teenager.
The book also features stories from James Stoko, Tom Taylor and Phil Noto.
Wolverine: Black, White & Blood Treasury Edition
Logan. Patch. Weapon X. Wolverine. The mysterious mutant has gone by many names and lived many different lives. Now, experience all-new, untold tales of the best there is through the lens of an all-star cast of creators, in the unadulterated black-and-white format (with a healthy splash of blood red all over)!
Marvel loves the Black, White and Blood theme.
Beyond The Breach #2 Preview!
The Breach has hit California. Thousands of interdimensional creatures now trapped in our world have begun to wreak havoc, leaving a trail of bodies up and down the coast. Vanessa is fighting to save those in her care when she encounters a strange man and his traveling com-panion. A man who may hold the secret to what the Breach is and how it can be stopped. But is he a friend or foe? Is he here to help her...or kill her?
Written by me, illustrated by Damian Couceiro, coloured by Patricio Delpeche and lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.
This one isn’t out for a couple of weeks (August 18th), but I figured I’d give you folks a little sneak peek.
Skipping questions this week (this thing is already too long), but you can send questions by responding to this email or by clicking on the word balloon icon at the top and bottom of this email/newsletter.
Lasagna’s natural habitat is roughly half a foot from wherever I’m working, laying atop of my work tracking forms.
• Amazing Spider-Man: Sinister War #2 (With Nick Spencer)
• Amazing Spider-Man: Sinister War #3 (With Nick Spencer)
• Amazing Spider-Man: Sinister War #4 (With Nick Spencer)
• Beyond The Breach #2
• Secret Files: Clownhunter #1
Okay, that’s all from me. I should probably go eat something healthy.
August 4, 2021
Halifax, Nova Scotia