Part of being a writer in comics is pitching. Pitching, pitching, pitching. Sometimes that’s for your creator-owned stuff, sometimes it’s at the request of a publisher for a particular property, and sometimes it’s just a passion project that you pitch to a publisher that you have a relationship with.
In this instance, it’s the latter — my co-creator on CAPTAIN ULTIMATE, Ben Bailey, and I wrote a Sonic the Hedgehog back-up in 2014 for Archie Comics. After the success of AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE and an impending ARCHIE revamp on the horizon, we took it upon ourselves to craft a new take on what is, I think, the best Archie property: JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS.
So obviously nothing ever came of this — we tinkered with the idea of revising it into a creator-owned project, but in the time since we wrote this, “punk rock takes” on things have become all the rage and by the time our book would come out, it’ll most definitely be old hat.
So instead, we thought it’d be fun to just show off the pitch!
At the very least, you can enjoy this awesome playlist we made to accompany your reading.
I’m so pleased to say that Pawn Shop, by me and Sean Von Gorman, is being published by Z2 Comics this fall, as announced by Publishers Weekly earlier today.
The book is currently available for pre-order on Amazon and at your local book and comic stores. If you were a Kickstarter backer or purchased one of the self-published editions from us at some point, your support means the world! If you enjoyed it, we’d love if you could continue spreading the word and get your local shops to order a copy or just tell a friend!
Spoilers for Game of Thrones. And early ’90s Superman comics, I guess.
Death in stories is important. Or at least, it should be.
Coming from comics, we’re used to death being a revolving door. Heroes and villains die frequently and eventually return. It’s part of the tapestry that makes superhero comics what they are. The impact of these deaths, when done well, is a source of great drama and character exploration. Their purpose is to reinvigorate the ongoing stories with a new status quo and open up new paths of storytelling. Likewise when the same characters return.
The most well-known example — and the best, I would argue — would be the death of Superman. By 1992 Superman had become sort of passe, an optimistic character in a pessimistic world. In an era of things like Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, Superman had become almost anachronistic. The public’s wants seemed to be shifting, and this was reflected in Hollywood as much as in comics. 1987 delivered the ill-conceived and repugnant Superman IV: The Quest for Peace — an abysmal flop — while the grittier Dark Knight found smashing success in Tim Burton’s Batman only two years later. The era of the morally upstanding hero was done, it seemed, and the ’90s ushered in the era of the anti-heroes and grim avengers. More brooding, more bullets, more blood.
Recently, I was on the most excellent Wayne’s Comics podcast over at Major Spoilers, talking mostly about Pawn Shop. But Wayne has been one of the most vocal and supportive readers of Captain Ultimate, the all-ages superhero comic by myself, Ben Bailey, Boy Akkerman, Ed Ryzowski, and Adam Pruett, published by Monkeybrain Comics. As such, we talked a little bit about the book and where it’s headed.
The question was raised of when Captain Ultimate would be coming out in print. It’s a question we get asked a lot by fans of the series or by people that simply prefer print to digital comics. As usual, I had no real answer to give him. And since doing that interview, I’ve thought about it a lot, and decided that I’m kind of sick of beating around the bush in terms of what’s happening with the print version of Captain Ultimate. For a while now we’ve been telling everyone that we’re still “working out the details.”
Which is true, but the more honest answer is: we’re having a hard time working out said details. Do we want to bring it to print? Absolutely. We want the book in libraries, in schools, at book fairs — we think it will do incredibly well in that environment, and have been told as much by educators and librarians.
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