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Charest on Wildcats: “I Made A Mistake”

by  in Comic News Comment

DC/Wildstorm’s flagship title is about to have
a changing of the guard.

As first reported by the Comic Wire in
September, writer Scott Lobdell and Travis
Charest are leaving their writing and art
chores on “Wildcats,” to be replaced by Joe
Casey and Sean Phillips respectively,
although Charest will continue to do covers
for the now-monthly book.

The reasons for the change haven’t exactly
been a secret: The book had been plagued
with delays, often lain at Charest’s feet, along
with some much-publicized creative disagreements between Lobdell
and Charest.

Casey, Lobdell and editor Scott Dunbier have all spoken about the
book’s present and future incarnations, but the man at the eye of the
storm has remained silent. Until now.

“Obviously, everybody knows now that I am off the ‘Wildcats’ book,”
Charest wrote to the Official Unofficial Charest Art Gallery
on Wednesday. “I am just writing to
say that I made a mistake in thinking that I could handle the deadlines
on the book, and in the process, the book suffered. You probably
never got to see the stories as they should have been because as a
by-product of my lateness, shortcuts were constantly being made, and
compromises in the narrative and setting were the order of the day.
Everyone tried to do their best to make this book the best it could be
and I undermined all their efforts by not trying hard enough to make a
deadline. This should have been one the best comics out there and now
Sean and Joe are going to ensure that it will be. I have seen the first
Sean pages and they are incredible, and after reading Joe’s first solo
script I wish that I was still drawing the book, the pacing, dialogue, and
atmosphere are perfect for the characters in this book. It’s rather
embarrassing to fall on one’s ass like I’ve done, and it’s taught me a
valuable lesson, to not let my reach exceed my grasp.

“Thanks for listening and supporting the book.”

“Wildcats” #8, the first with Casey and Phillips, is scheduled for a
February 2000 release.