The Slow Return To Normal
Bit by bit
Table of Contents
•The Slow Return To Normal
•Out This Week
•I Know You’re Only Here For Lasagna
• Upcoming Releases
The Slow Return To Normal
Yesterday, I went in with some friends to rent a private theatre to watch Black Widow. It sounds pretty bougie, but ended up costing us each the same as a regular movie ticket and we didn’t have to worry about some jackass being on their phone through the entire thing.
This was our first time in a theatre in about a year (our last film was Train to Busan: Pennisula) and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a little emotional when the credits began to roll. I love going to the movies more than just about anything in the world, and have badly missed the experience. Fingers crossed, we’ll be going again within the next week to see A Quiet Place II.
For those curious, I really loved the movie. Easily in my top 5 Marvel films. Florence Pugh was absolutely amazing and David Harbour was perfect as Red Guardian. I hope we get to see more of both in other Marvel films in the future. My only complaint was the lack of Ursa Major.
Work-life seems to be getting back on track as well. I’ve got a few exciting projects in front of me at the moment. Some confirmed and ready to roll and some that I’m waiting for the final word on. One is an absolute bucket list book that I don’t imagine most of you would be able to guess (well, those close to me probably would fairly easily — though, feel free to take a stab at it in the comments, I’ll send the first person to get it right a signed comic or something, but won’t be able to confirm publicly who got it right or what it is). I’ve also got plenty of creator-owned books percolating, including one that I’ve been itching to do for nearly a decade now, something that combines my love for crime and trash cinema. I’m just on the hunt for the right artist for it, which is always the most exciting and frustrating process of putting a new project together.
Out This Week
Beyond The Breach #1
It’s finally here! After months of me beating the drum about this book, it’s finally ready to hit shops and I could not be more excited. Also, nervous. I’m very nervous in a way I haven’t been in a long time. I’m getting those same sort of stomach pains I used to get everytime I had a new creator-owned title launching which is maybe a good thing? I don’t know. Maybe I should see a doctor.
This is just the first in a slew of planned creator-owned works, and stomach pain, I guess. If you dig this, then know there’s more on the way. If you don’t…well, maybe next time? But, you’re going to dig this one, I guarantee.
I’m just revising the script to #5 right now and it’s got one of the most gur wrenching scenes I think I’ve written in a long, long time. It’s great and it feels right, but it’s gonna be a shocker for a lot of folks, I think.
Carnage: Black, White and Blood #4
Scott Hepburn and I have teamed up for yet another 10-page story. I think that this is our 5th short story together? Love working with him and would kill to do something longer than 10 pages together, but don’t want to seem greedy. He really knocked the pages out of the park and provided one of my favourite thumbnails ever:
Which became this:
Anyway, there story’s a lot of fun and you should probably check it out.
This is what the cover looks like:
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Q: What kind of cat is Lasagna? (Scott C.)
A: I thought you guys would be asking questions about my work or comics, but I guess I was mistaken.
Lasagna is an Exotic Shorthair cat. Also known as a “Lazy Man’s Persian” apparently. Kind of rude, if you ask me. I don’t know enough about the breed to know if his temperament is normal for Exotic Shorthair cats, but he is far and away the most relaxed and chill cat I’ve ever met. He’s never bitten anyone and the only time he’s ever scratched me was when I was trying to brush a mat out of his hair (I get it, that shit hurts).
He came from a trailer park in Kelowna, BC, Canada and his mom is a one-eyed former show cat. I never asked about his dad. I found him after about a year of searching for an Exotic Shorthair and lucked into getting him when the person who the breeder had sold him to backed out of the deal. I ended up driving an 8 hour round trip from Vancouver to Kelowna as the breeder had other buyers lined up and would only hold him for 24 hours. It was an exhausting trip, but well worth it.
How’s that for far more information than you asked for?
I Know You’re Only Here For Lasagna
And I can’t blame you.
Also, here’s Dagger as I found him just now, passed out on my jute rug. He’s an asshole and I have to keep him with me in my office when I’m working, otherwise he’ll either scratch at the door or stand at the living window and bark and absolutely fucking nothing outisde.
Anyway, that’s all from me this week.
July 28, 2021:
• Amazing Spider-Man: Sinister War #2 (With Nick Spencer)
• Carnage: Black, White & Blood #4
• Amazing Spider-Man: Sinister War #3 (With Nick Spencer)
• Amazing Spider-Man: Sinister War #4 (With Nick Spencer)
• Beyond The Breach #2
• Deadpool: Black, White & Blood #1
• Secret Files: Clownhunter #1