I’ve been helping the team from BOOM! studios put together the Americanization of this French Star Wars parody for their kid’s line. It’s been an interesting process, to say the least, what with cultural differences and the genuine desire on my editor’s part to do something other than a dry translation that doesn’t hit the mark with kids. Anyway, it’s available in the April Previews and has the order code APR110907. It should be out in July. Here’s the first ten pages.
So, there’s this comic coming out by Mark Sable called Unthinkable and it’s about a top-secret thinktank and conspiracies and military actions and all of that stuff. It sounds like the sort of high-quality, high-concept thing that BOOM! is known for, and they’ve done something pretty notable this time around, creating an Altered Reality Game for the book where you can be assigned missions and inform the backstory of the comic before it even comes out. You can read more on their site about the title and the game.
(As much as I hate to admit it, this is a pretty clever thing Ian Brill, Chip Mosher and the gang came up with. I’m not the sort of person who goes for ARGs (as I spend most of my gaming time in Liberty City, enjoying the fine murder simulator that is Grand Theft Auto 4, but I know there’s a whole audience that eats this sort of thing up. Hell, if Nine Inch Nails can get a bunch of fans to dedicate themselves to cryptography and geocaching, then comic book readers are an easy-as-hell mark.)
Michael Alan Nelson talks to Shaun Manning at CBR about his new series, Hexed, coming out through BOOM! in the next few months. There’s also 8 pages of art from Emma Rios and Chris Peter. I’ve read the entire first issue and very much enjoyed it. Nelson’s one of the exceptions to my “No Horror” rule because he really gets what makes things tick. He’s a really interesting guy to talk about process with because it’s so intuitive to him that he’ll say something brilliant but obvious to him, pause, and go “Oh, wow, that’s kind of smart, isn’t it?” The book’s in the current Previews, and I think you can still order the first issue.
“If You’re So Smart” is really, really clever and made me laugh out loud. It should also be noted that it’s supremely easy to navigate and doesn’t require a special reader or Flash or any of that junk. I like that.
(I think one of my Cthulhu Tales stories will be online soon-ish. Maybe.)