Out Now: The Wicked + the Divine #23 and My New Newsletter

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And we’re back.

It’s odd. We’ve obsessed over this issue so much I’ve almost forgot that as well as everything we do with it, it’s ALSO the start of the next arc of WicDiv, IMPERIAL PHASE I.

The short high concept: the Issue is a magazine. A fashion magazine. Kevin Wada does all the magazine illustrations of the gods. Interviews are written by real world writers (Leigh Alexander, Laurie Penny, Mary HK Choi, Ezekiel Kweku, Dorian Lynskey) who write up an interview transcript as created by me role-playing each of the gods in a slack channel with the journos playing themselves. Plus some extra stuff, as when we commit, we commit.

We’re proud of this one.

More details? Here I am being interviewed about the process over at Comics alliance. Here’s Kevin being interviewed about the experience and fashion generally, also at Comics Alliance.

You can get it from your local comic shop, or digitally either from Comixology or direct from Image. You can read the preview here.

In other notes: I’ve started a newsletter about everything, including WicDiv. You can sub up here.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra

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We can finally pull the badge of STAR WARS: CLASSIFIED and reveal the new ongoing by Kevin Walker and yours truly, out December.

My first, somewhat giddy, interview is here. Lots more as we approach. In short: two-fisted (mostly) morally bankrupt archaeologist’s misadventures across the Star Wars universe.

Kevin’s on art, and looks like this…  

…and he’s interviewed here.

In the script I asked for an awesome hat on this chap, and Kev brought his A+ hat game to the party.

We’re doing a launch signing at Forbidden Planet in London on December 7th. Details in the link.

Out Now: The Wicked + the Divine Volume 4, Darth Vader #25, American Vampire Anthology #2 and Cinema Purgatorio #6

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The fourth collection of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE drops, which is our viscera-as-mascara Bad Blood pop-thrill arc, with Matt and Jamie back in full effect. We briefly return to a scuzzier Young Avengers mode to kiss goodbye, before heading further into the abyss. Hope you like it. Oh – we’ve also announced the unusual issue that opens the next arc, which is the Kevin Wada magazine special. An interview about it over on Comics Alliance – though if you’re a trade reader, don’t click until you’ve read it, as there’s major spoilers.

You should look in your local comic shop, or try an online book retailer. You can also get it digitally from comixology or direct from image.

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Obviously, the big one. We conclude Darth Vader. Who lives, who dies.

It’s been fun. Salva and Edgar have been amazing throughout, and we’re joined by Max Fiumara and Dave Stewart for a little coda. Hope you find it interesting.

It’s available from your local comic shop or digitally. Preview here. 

(Have a nose at the preview link for the alt covers – Jamie did one, which the readers of this Tumblr may especially like.)

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This is something different. I was asked if I wanted to do a piece for  Scott Synder and Rafael Albuquerque’s world, and jumped at the chance. For career watchers, it’s my first work for Vertigo, which also means it’s my first work for DC. Er… don’t take that as me saying there’s any further work planned.

This was fun. Leila Del Duca and I riff on Quadrophrenia and Brighton Rock. Was great to be invited. As you can see from the names on the cover, there’s a mass of talent involved with this. 

It’s available from shops and digitally.

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Six issues into the anthology, and we get to see Fringe and Junior in their first bout. I’m sure it goes fabulously.

You can buy it from your local retailer, or via Comixology or DRM free from Comics Cavalcade.

DECOMPRESSED v2 002: JONATHAN HICKMAN

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I interview Jonathan Hickman in my Comics craft podcast.

Writer Notes: the Wicked + the Divine

Spoilers, obv.

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Out Now: The Wicked + the Divine 1831, Cinema Purgatorio 5 and Mercury Heat 11

And we head back to the 19th century to explore our Romantic pantheon, with Stephanie Hans on art. This one was a lot of work to do, and was punishing for the whole team, but we’re very happy with how it came together. It is very goth, as is only right. I hope you enjoy it.

This is our first special. We’re planning to do more of them – probably one between every arc. We’ll probably collect them in their own trade either after the end of our run, or just before the end. In other words, this is going to be only in single issues for a very long time (as in, multiple years) As such, those who are trade-followers may wish to make an exception for this. It’s a standalone issue and doesn’t spoil anything in the fourth trade, which is out in early October.

Worth nothing that this is slightly more expensive as well – $3.99 versus our usual $3.50. That’s because it’s slightly longer – we normally budget for 20 pages of actual new art per issue, and this one has 26. 

You can get it from your local comic shop, or digitally either from Comixology ordirect from Image. The actual Preview is here.

Also in the last few weeks…
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Cinema Purgatorio 5! Available in shops, from Comixology or Comics Cavalade.

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The penultimate issue. Available from shops or digitally.

DECOMPRESSED V2 001: AL EWING

Uber Kickstarter

Uber returns! Lots more details over here, explaining about the project.

Short version is: if you’ve ever wanted to try Uber, these are the best value ways to do so.

Writer Notes: The Wicked + the Divine #22

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Spoilers, obv.

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Out: The Wicked + the Divine #22

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RISING ACTION reaches its conclusion. KICK! SPLODE! THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT, etc.

Suffice to say it’s one which is worth reading before you risk any spoilers. We’re half-way through the story and it’s another big change of status quo. Hope you enjoy it.

There’s also an excellent Olly Moss Alternate cover.

You can get it from your local comic shop, or digitally either from Comixologyor direct from Image. We didn’t do a preview. That bodes ill.

Also, over on the tumblr, I’m doing the fandom’s 30 day challenge, doing a series of short essays on those topics. Up to Day 22 now, so lots of stuff. Go read.