Once more, we return. And Fandemonium begins, with… oh, you’ll get the vibe, soon enough. Hop you find it interesting. Good to be back. If you’ve bought THE FAUST ACT TPB, you can jump on here.
Yeah, big week. First up? The new title.
Where I and Marguerite Bennet write and Phil Jiminez and Stephanie Hans draw. This is basically a cheery return to all things Asgard. Angela is Thor’s newly discovered lost sister, and very fond of all things stabby. Structurally for this arc, I write the majority of the story (which is illustrated by Phil) and Marguerite writes the embedded story (which is illustrated by Stephanie). It’s got a very singular tone, I think. Also, it is astoundingly pretty.
I think you’ll find this one interesting. For those who followed JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, it builds off one of the key points Matt and I left in play at the end of EVERYTHING BURNS.
Meanwhile, in the world of ongoing…
Is this the first Allied-Uber-Only main cover we’ve had? It may be.
It’s also deceptive, as while last issue was primarily about the allied efforts to push R&D, this is about Nazi Germany’s attempts to enter the shadow war. Lots more about our Hitler.
Also, off in Soviet Russia, Maria decides she’s ready to go forth.
You can buy it from shops, or digitally here.
(There’s also a preview at Comixology)
For older material…
The Omnibus of our complete run of Young Avengers. The whole thing, hard-backed, over-sized. $50. Not sure about any extras, as I haven’t had a chance to see inside it in the flesh, but it’ll certainly be pretty. It’s my first Marvel Omnibus, actually, so it’s delightful to see it existing.
(Also we had a chance to fix any of our typos. PHEW.)
Clearly, very much a CHRISTMAS PRESENT!?!?!? sort of thing. Should be available from both traditional and comic shops – and there’s two covers on the omnibus, depending. The other is the Bryan Lee O’Malley cover.
At the other end of the financial scale, as part of the IMAGE FIRSTS series, Image have reprinted the first issue of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE for a dollar. No new material in it, but if you have yet to try out, it’s obviously an excellent place to do so.
Hope you find some of the above entertaining.
Out December 3rd. Go see the rest here.
If you like my Asgardian stuff, I suspect you’ll like this.
CBR has the some unlettered preview for WicDiv 6 plus our alternate cover by the lovely David Lafuente.
It’s available for your local shop to order, so you just need to pop in and ask them to get you a copy. If you’ve bought the trade and want to pop on the monthly book, this is obviously a good point to do so.
It’s literally FANDEMONIUM.
And the February Image Solicitations are out. Including…
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #8
story: KIERON GILLEN
art / cover: JAMIE MCKELVIE & MATT WILSON
FEBRUARY 25 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50
Now the eleventh god is here, it’s time to party. You’re invited. Everyone’s invited. We can sleep when we’re dead—but when you’ll be dead within two years, you may as well turn up in your pyjamas. After seven issues of egomaniacs, it’s time for an issue where the crowd is the star.
I’m really looking forward to this one.
At the always Divine Thought bubble, they held the awards ceremony for the British Comic Awards. We were nominated for best comic, and were incredibly surprised to win.
Thanks to everyone. Honestly, overwhelming.
Congrats to all the winners, and I’d urge everyone to look at all the shortlists to see the diversity and breadth of what comics are emerging from the UK in 2014. In our category, I have absolutely no idea how the judges could decide between them they’re that fundamentally different from one another.
And obviously hellos and hugs to everyone we saw at Thought Bubble. It was astounding, once more. I’ll lob up some cosplay shots when I beat this deadline.
You’re coming to Leeds Thought Bubble? You want to find us? YOU ARE THE SWEETNESS. We will be here…
Which is in the fancy new TeePee.
We will have trades and comics and T-shirts. Bring your fine selves. If the queue is big, we’ll limit signings to 5 comics, but you can always re-queue.
Also, we’re on some splendid panels.
10:50 – BEST THING I’VE READ ALL YEAR.
Wherein myself and other folk talk about awesome shit we’ve read.
12 noon – DECOMPRESSED LIVE: THREE
Wherein myself and Professor Stephen Hodkinson get on stage and talk about the process of doing THREE.
2pm – SILENCE: LIVE!
Man, I love the Mindless Ones. It’d be awesome to do a guest thing there briefly.
3:30 – IMAGE WRITER’S PANEL
Wherein Kieron talks some shit with his betters.
4:30 – IMAGE ARTIST PANEL
Wherein Jamie talks some shit with his betters.
And, of course, in the evening there’s the mid-con party wherein Jamie and I are DJing (with assorted of our awesome friends.) It’s astounding. It’s ticketed, but there’s more available tomorrow.
Er… No panels.
Yes, you can see Saturday is very busy. The Con is 10-5. Basically any time that I’m not on a panel, I’ll be at the table.
And the first album, collecting the first five singles, is out today from all good specialist comic retailers. As well as the general handsome packaging and design courtesy of Hannah, there’s a splash of extra material in the back. We basically have a cover gallery collecting the books many covers, plus various Apocrypha (i.e. any other art or stories we’ve released – the teaser, the preview, the mural, and – yes – the pre-order guide). It also has an epigram, which amuses us enormously.
Don’t know anything about the Wicked + the Divine and you’ve somehow found yourself here? Well, here’s a little two page introduction to the concept.
If you don’t have a local comic shop, you can get it from a specialist comic retailer online like TFAW (US), Forbidden Planet International (UK) or Page 45 (UK). Alternatively, there’s always book retailers like Amazon (US/UK).
Oh – we’re also having a little launch party signing tonight at GOSH comics in London from 7pm. Do pop along if you’re in the area.
Some quotes? Here’s the full version of the ones we solicited for the back cover.
Would be easy to say what’s usually said about this team’s work- “Oozes with cool. Brilliant. Full of music and magic—”, but it’s so much more than that. The warm-goth-thin-white-duke-fuzzies this book gives me are joined by memories of both art school nights dancing to Joy Division at The Bank, and the best times roleplaying demi-gods and demons in full vampire-chic with my weirdo friends. Nothing makes me feel the way this book does- necroticallyglamorous.” – Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy, My Chemical Romance)
“Rarely is a book this fun, this inventive, this smart AND this moving. With dazzling art and dizzyingly great storytelling, The W + D, achieves a perfect blend of high style and deep substance. Gillen and McKelvie have made something revelatory in the way ground-breakingly great pop is revelatory. Get ready for your new favorite.” – Scott Snyder (Batman, Wytches)
“Screw these guys with this awesome concept. Temporary pop culture gods, are you kidding me? Bastards. I want to invent a time machine so I can go back, steal it, kill Kieron and write it myself. I’d keep Jamie alive because his art is incredible.” – Lauren Beukes (Broken Monsters, The Shining Girls)
Hope you find it enjoyable. We’re pretty proud of this. Thanks for all the support. We have so much support we feel a little like Venice.