NYCC, Day 1: Looking Ahead At Vertigo

  • "Northlanders," an ongoing Viking series written by "DMZ" writer Brian Wood, who spoke briefly about the project, citing a childhood love of Vikings as the inspiration and grownup observations about the parallels between the current world situation and the era the Vikings lived through. Wood did extensive research for the project, which debuts late this year, going through the sagas and even traveling to Iceland.

  • "God Save The Queen," a two issue series by Mike Carey about punk faeries living in England, featuring Titania, a major figure in "Sandman" as well as the "Books of Magic." The series will debut in April.

  • "Silverfish," an original graphic novel by Stray Bullets creator David Lapham, will come out in July. The book is a hitchcockian noir about four teenagers in a sleepy town who have to contend with a psychopath.

  • "UnMen" takes up where the nineties miniseries "American Freak" left off, with the Swamp Thing villains the UnMen living in a small city of their own.

  • "Sentences," an original graphic autobiography by Percey Carey, better know as MC Grimm. Carey was modest about his life, saying that writing about it wasn't 'boring'.

    Berger responded that he's lived "A hell of a life.""Now," joked Carey " Now that I've worked with Vertigo, life is beautiful."

  • "The Alcoholic," a semi autobiographical GN written by Jonathan Ames and illustrated by Dean Haspiel, who was pressed by Berger into getting up onto the stage to talk about the book.

    "This is perfect for him," said Dino, referring to Ames "The Alcoholic" as "one of the best autobiographical memoirs to date."

  • "Faker," by writer Mike Carey and artist Jock, who took the mic to describe the series as being about four students who party hard, only to wake up and find that there are five of them. This seems normal to them, but the rest of the world disagrees. Jock promised sex, drugs and melting people although he was "not allowed to draw front bums."

  • "Cairo," an original graphic novel that Berger compared to movies like "Babel" or "Crash" or a Robert Altman film, where a number of separate characters and plotlines weave together to tell a larger more complex tale.

  • "Army@love," a new monthly series by comics legend Rick Veitch, who described it as taking place five years in the future where a unwinnable war has led the army "rebrand the way using modern marketing techniques." Karen Berger described the book as "'Desperate Housewives' meets 'MASH' meets 'Six Feet Under' five years in the future".

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