Welcome to the fourteenth weekly instalment of Lying In The Gutters, a gossip and rumour column serving the comic book industry by having its wicked way with the comic book industry’s pet rock. The traffic lights on each story are my takes on their reliability. Green lets you know I believe it, Amber let’s you know I reckon there’s something in it somewhere, Red lets you know I think it’s quite possibly bullshit. But then you never know. The lights are just an indication – doesn’t mean a red can’t be true and a green can’t be false. Take everything you read with a dose of gak – and if you do repost information here elsewhere, please include a warning to that effect. And a link. Man does not live by hits alone – but I could do with the attention.
RABBITS UP HIS BUM
When asked “is there any word on the previously mentioned ‘Transoceanic, Transcontinental’ and the-hardcover-prose-book-with-art-by-Tim-Bradstreet spin-offs?”, Warren replied “Forget the latter. May as well forget the former for at least a couple of years, too.”
Steven Grant went on to slyly mention a project called Interplanetary. “Or are we not supposed to talk about that yet?”
Warren Ellis writes on his Bad Signal mailout;
“New project time. Because I’m working in short-form now, I need to generate these pretty regularly. Four new projects is equivalent writing-time to a year’s worth of one ongoing title. Vertigo and Wildstorm have expressed their notional amenability to the formats for two new projects – ‘Take My Hand,’ an original graphic novel, and ‘Max Chill,’ an action serial.”
He describes Max Chill as “massively decompressed, in the mode of the action scenes from ‘The Authority,’ with a superimposed layer of incidental information adapted from ‘American Flagg’ and ‘Luther Arkwright.’ Again, we’ll see if they go for it.”
Ellis then considers another project “I’m currently wondering if I can do something under the Eye Of The Storm mature-readers superhero line banner that isn’t actually a superhero book — take the subgenre and push out the back of it into my own science-fictional concerns. The superman is a valid science fiction trope, and I have a ton of research on aspirational body modification that’s begging to be used somewhere. I have a few half-ideas and a title – ‘Supermodified’ — but it remains to be seen if I can stick them together into something worth reading.”
Everyone go “ooohhh”…
WATCHING THE WATCHMEN
I’ve been handed a credit list for the first 60 page issue.
Redstitch (10 pages): Lee Langford & Klaus Belarski
Armageddon Patrol (6 pages): John A. Short & Simon Ecob
Mort Janus (10 pages): Nigel Kitching & Richard Elson
Occultus (10 pages): Nigel Kitching & David Hankin
Funguys (10 pages): Alan Grant & Alan Burrows
Magpie (10 pages): Nigel Kitching & Nigel Dobbyn
Whether the complex characters and scenarios will have to catch golden rings is as yet unknown.
CARRY ON DOCTOR
This is a good thing.
FUNKY JOHNNY BYRNE
NO TO VETO
I understand that while vetoes do exist for CrossGen (and who knows, maybe even Dreamwave) getting Premier status, from the other Premier publishers, this does not apply to Marvel who joined Diamond’s Premier clique too late, and Dark Horse did not have the clout. Only Image and DC have that power – and both have denied that they will use it, if it even exists.
Paul Levitz denies it, saying on ICV2 last month “Not true with respect to us. We have no control over who’s in the front of the book. ” Jim Valentino when asked if he’s veto another company said “If there is a 5% ‘rule’ and if they meet that plateau according to whatever provisions it entails then my objection to it, if I had one, wouldn’t be relevant. That said, no, I wouldn’t”
So it looks like CrossGen will be taking their pride of place at the front of Preview next month after all.
However, in order to “compensate” the other Premier publishers, look for Diamond giving them extra pages in Previews…
Damn it, I want compensation as well! What for, I’m not sure, but still!!!
NO MORE WAITING
RECRUITING IN THE GUTTERS
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