December 2010


Well, holy shit.

It’s hard to figure out what to write about 27’s success.  I wanted the book to do well, and I worked very hard on it (as did the other people on the creative team – that’s Renzo Podesta on interior art, Scott Forbes on covers and Shawn DePasquale on letters, not to mention John Rubio on logo design, Jim Valentino, Kris Simon, Jade Dodge and all the other good folks at Image/Shadowline, guys in the press who got behind the book, friends I’ve met (and some I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting in person yet) who actually took time to talk up the book… it’s amazing.)  My point is, that a lot of people had to put in their time and focus to make this happen, and so, to all of them, and to anyone who decided to pick up the book, THANK YOU.

I didn’t expect anything like what’s happened, from the speculator frenzy to the almost uniformly excellent reviews… it’s more than any writer could hope for.

Lots of good things to come on 27, which I’ll provide more detail about when I can.  Let’s just say that there are more stories to be told in that little pocket universe.

Next post will probably have more updates on what’s been going on, plus some additional information about the infamous 27 “puzzle.”  I want to make sure people know what they’re looking for – I want it solved, after all!

I wanted to post a quick update as to where things are with 27.  It’s pretty simple, really:

1. 27 #1 will be out December 8.  There are many reasons as to why it wasn’t out November 10, and then wasn’t out December 1, or December 2, but really, all that matters is that it will be out December 8.

2. People who have gotten to read it seem to really like it.  For example, Aintitcool.com writes in their review (in partial part), which came out today:

“So chalk this up, for now of course, as another Image success. Great premise with really solid execution in setup and building tension, lots of open ended potential for development with a character that you can feel for but that still can and should be fleshed out beyond the “obsessed artist” outline, and it’s got a great set of a rather unique style of pencils courtesy of Renzo Podesta that really matches its atmosphere. That is the winning recipe for a quality book–the Vertigo recipe that Image has adapted for its own means so well. Hopefully 27 lives up to the success that its main character enjoyed, without the disheartening crash back down to Earth.”

3. A lot of people are writing about the book, whether it’s through interviews with me or just articles in general.  In just the past week, the following have all popped up -

4. A 9-page (ha!) preview of #1 was posted by Comicbookresources today as well.  Good stuff.

The rush of coverage this book has received has been totally mind-blowing for me – from Bleedingcool to Mapcidy, people have really been getting behind it, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.  I hope the book lives up to the hype.

In other news, I made a deal for what looks like it’s going to be my next creator-owned thing to get out there.  Not necessarily the one I would have thought would be next out of the gate, but I’m not complaining.  As long as I’m writing stories that people are reading, I am very literally living the dream.

 

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