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Timothy Truman to take over writing “Conan the Barbarian” ongoing series

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Timothy Truman to take over writing “Conan the Barbarian” ongoing series

Official Press Release



Dark Horse Comics

is pleased to announce that after a short stint with
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola writing the monthly Conan series, Timothy
Truman takes over as the regular writer on the series, as of issue #33.


Current Conan writer Kurt Busiek has decided to amicably move on from
the title to pursue other ventures after an award-winning run of over
two years on the title.


Mignola’s short run on the title came about when editor Scott Allie was
seeking out Busiek’s replacement. Mignola suggested a bizarre and
haunting adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s “The Hall of the Dead”-as
well as encouraging Dark Horse to hire Truman as the permanent
replacement.


“Truman really has the same sensibilities as Howard,” commented
Mignola. “His stuff has that gritty, tough, action-adventure feel, but
he also knows the bigger-than-life pulp-era monster stuff that comes
from the old-fashioned supernatural literature. You can tell he learned
that from reading writers like Howard as opposed to from reading
superheroes.”


Busiek agrees. “I’m absolutely thrilled that Dark Horse got Tim Truman
for Conan,” said the former Conan scribe. “And I’m not just saying that
because I suggested him. I’ve been a fan of Tim’s work since he did
Scout, way back in the Pleistocene Era, and I think he’s terrific at
rough heroics in a brutal, corrupt, decadent world, which suits Conan
beautifully. Heck, if it had been a choice between Tim and me, back
when Dark Horse started the series, I’d have picked Tim.”


Cary Nord will continue as the artist for the series. “It was great to
work with a writer of Kurt’s caliber”, enthused Nord. “It gave me an
amazing opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business. I
look forward to working with Tim Truman. I guarantee we’ll keep up the
excitement and intensity in the next chapter of Conan’s life.”


“Being asked to write Conan was a real surprise-quite literally, the
fulfillment of a childhood dream,” commented Tim Truman. “Conan is one
of the very few characters that I’ve ever been fannish about. I’m an
unrepentant, unreconstructed Robert E. Howard fanboy and have been
since I was twelve years old. Howard’s Conan marked every important
character that I’ve ever done-Grimjack, Scout, Hawkman, Jonah Hex.”


Regarding his plans for the series Truman commented, “I want to
maintain the level of wonderful literacy and humanity that Kurt Busiek
brought to the character and series, while adding my own naturally
darker and more intense spin on things. I want to keep the humanity and
character interactions, while at the same time injecting even more of
Howard’s poetic, dime-novel darkness into the mix. Luckily, we’re
entering a phase of Conan’s career, chronologically, where it will fit
really well.”


After Mignola’s chilling adaptation of “The Hall of the Dead,” Truman
and Nord pick up plot threads laid out by Busiek, Mignola, and Howard
himself, building up to one of Howard’s most famous tales, “Rogues in
the House.”


Award winning Ex Machina artist Tony Harris will be the exclusive cover
artist on the regular monthly beginning January 2006.


Check darkhorse.com and the Conan zone for more information from editor
Scott Allie on what’s in store for the Conan books in 2006.