Here's a listing of things I'm working on now — subject to change, of course. Some of these may not be announced yet, and information on them is purposely vague.
CURRENT ONGOING SERIES
Familiar characters from fables, folk tales and myth, but each with a modern twist. Written by Bill Willingham with art usually by Mark Buckingham, but for issue 113, above, three other artists. Here, panels from a story by P. Craig Russell.
Spun off from FABLES, this new monthly will feature arcs focused on some of the women of fairy tales, fables and legends. The first arc features art by Phil Jimenez and is written by Bill Willingham. Sleeping Beauty is the lady of the moment.
Written by Mike Carey, art by Peter Gross. Tom Taylor's father was the writer of a hugely successful series of books about a boy wizard, but he disappeared suddenly, leaving Tom with an uneasy career as the "boy from the books," something he'd rather not be. Suddenly, though, characters and situations from the fictional series begin coming to life, prompting Tom to go on a quest to find out the truth behind his father's disappearance and the magic now manifest all around him. Currently running on two arcs at the same time, with the regular cast, including Tom Taylor in the main series, and important tales from the past in the .5 series. Above, an extremely harrowing and moving tale of child abuse in 1700s Europe that reveals much about Madame Rausch in issue 33.5.
Written and illustrated by J.H. Williams III, this series continues the stunning art by Williams from his run with the character in DETECTIVE COMICS, and the writing is just as good! From issue 5. The next arc will have the same writers, but art by Amy Reeder and Richard Friend.
Written by Chris Roberson, art by Michael Allred, this series is great fun. The main character is, as you might expect, a zombie, but a very attractive and sympathetic one. Other main characters are a ghost, a werewolf, a vampire, a Frankenstein monster and a mummy, but none are what you might expect. This is a fun new take on the classic horror characters, and both the story and art are top notch. Above, a panel of pencils from issue 22.
Written by James Robinson, a return to the fan-favorite world of his STARMAN, once again focusing on the apparently immortal villain with a heart of gold. The first story arc had art by Cully Hamner. Issue 4, above, features great art by Darwyn Cooke.
LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: CENTURY
The third and final issue of this epic by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill is being lettered now. 62 pages lettered, about half have been colored by Ben Dimagmaliw, leaving ten story pages to go. I'll still need to do the design work on the text story backup, other design pages and covers, but we're projecting the book will be ready to send to the printer some time in February, barring unforeseen delays.
A six issue series written by David Lapham, art by Leonardo Manco, is a tough, realistic police story featuring two brothers who have a dark secret. One has long been a favorite in the San Francisco organized crime unit, but is now retiring. His brother, a former cop missing for decades, has returned as a cold-blooded killer bent on vengeance against the SF mobs that ruined his own life and career. Above, from issue 5.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Volume 2
A second six-issue series written by Jonathan Hickman, beautiful art by Dustin Weaver. It's pretty cool, essentially pushing the origin of the Marvel organization back to ancient times and far into the future, featuring characters like Leonardo da Vinci, Nikola Tesla and the father of Tony Stark. Above from issue 4.
UPCOMING GRAPHIC NOVELS and ONE-SHOTS
Written by Lovern Kindzierski, fabulous painted art by John Bolton, this fantasy/allegory has apparently been in the works for years. The first issue is out, and John is working on the second, though I haven't seen any of it yet.
Not sure what the final title of this will be, it's a script from the 1990s, I believe, by Steve Gerber, with terrific art by Kevin Nowlan, who started it a long time ago, and is now finally wrapping it up. Wild stuff, wonderful art! After some signs of life this past summer, when I finished the lettering and did corrections, the project seems to have gone dormant again. Don't know when it might come out.
Written by Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose with great art by Langdon Foss. Bourdain is a well-known chef, and this story takes a satiric look at the foodie scene in a futuristic Los Angeles where chefs are in charge. Jiro is a talented sushi chef with a bit of a short fuse, as seen above. Good stuff.
Written by Alan Grant with fine art by Claude St. Aubin, the story of the war from a Canadian perspective, with a number of surprises for Americans. Well done historical comics.
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