At last. The Marvel Summit has moved everything out of order. Worth noting, there’s nothing to say I won’t necessarily skip one in future but I suspect this one was one worth doing, even late. Sorry for the delay.
This post comes to you live from the Marvel Summit…
The start of the second year on the book. IRON METROPOLITAN is the story of the Starks trying to build the city of the future, and what gets in the way. It’s a good place to jump aboard if you wish to join this one, as it’s very much me setting up the Status Quo as well as setting a lot of balls in motion. I’m pretty pleased that thanks to everything else that’s been happening in the book, I haven’t even had to spoil what I’m doing with the villains here, meaning the last two pages should be a genuine surprise.
(Yes, I Haven’t finished notes for 17 yet, I know. I’ll catch up in the next week. I’ve been off at the Marvel Summit, so everything is pretty crazy.)
The second part of our Pacific Theatre arc, and is basically about asymetrical warfare. We’ll come back to the Pacific Theatre in a big way in the second year of Uber.
You can buy the comic digitally here.
Superman. He’s one, I’m pretty sure.
Er… I should have mentioned this before, shouldn’t I? Basically, as part of Comica, I’m involved in a panel and a signing at Foyles and… oh, let’s just cut and paste.
LONDON: Foyles Bookshop
FRI 1ST NOV, 2013 6.15 for 6.30pm till 8.30pm
Supermen and Wonder Women are living amongst us, not only in comics, films, games and television, but as cosplay escapism, alternative personas, communities and lifestyles. Acclaimed British writers for Marvel comics, Kieron Gillen (Iron Man, Young Avengers) and Si Spurrier (Judge Dredd, X-Men) join academics Richard Reynolds (Superheroes: A Modern Mythology) and Will Brooker (Batman Unmasked) to analyse the definitions, appeal and relevance of superheroes today. In association with Oxford University Press. Followed by book signings. Part of comicafestival.com
Tickets are six quid, and available here.
And they let me record it to play to you lot.
We cover everything from their earliest work together, to the hardest scenes in the latest issue, from working with colourists, who really is a tracer, taste, storytelling choices in the Image age versus the grids, adding or removing panels, teasing and more.
Hope you find it interesting.
Or you could use this handy little embed.
We talk widely rather than specifically about scenes. However, there are a few exceptions. Here they are…
Step closer to the fire. I have things to talk about. No, not that close. Oh crap. Now you’re on fire. You’re going to die. I’m sorry. I should have been more specific.
Big week. Whether or not you’ve managed to avoid spoilers on this pair, it’s a big week.
The end of THE SECRET ORIGIN OF TONY STARK and my first year on the book, and the start of the new direction for the second. Very happy I managed to get to this point without accidentally blurting anything out in twitter. While it’s the climax, we’ve tried really hard to make it as self-contained as we can so if you just want to grab this one, you can.
I’m really looking forward to writing the notes on this one. Lots I can finally talk about.
And this one is oddly depressed and also important, all the stage nerves before the next two issues which are… well, fucking enormous. Even if you’ve found bits of the comic leaked, I hope there’s much to entertain you in our cheery mix of Internet flirting and body horror.
I’m really looking forward to writing the notes on this one too.
There’s a few more comics with my fingerprints on coming out I want to mention. Firstly, the Infinite Comic IRON MAN: FATAL FRONTIER continues. It’s up to issue 3 now, and as a whole should give you a good idea of what Al and I are up to. Also, Shockworker For The Win, etc. Get ‘em here.
This baby came out last week. The whole first 6 issues (0-6), which is basically 7 issues of comics. This limited edition hardback includes 160 pages of making-of material (concept art, script pages, pencils, essays, interviews, notes, etc, etc). It’s a pretty handsome package. The paperback won’t be out until April, so this is a good way to jump aboard. While it is $35, considering the price of other hardbacks and the amount of extra stuff, I think that’s a damn good deal.
I need something to make my fingers start moving this afternoon, and finally getting around to this strikes me as a fun thing to do. It’s about a year since the end of JIM, so there’s a little distance on it. Also I’m off to the Thor premier this evening, so have my head in this whole space.
Assorted thoughts about each track and its relation to the comic follows. The JIM playlist was less narrative and more mood than most of the ones I do, but it’s still spoiler heavy, obv.
Photo via David Ferguson. Jordie turned up later, as she was getting an apple.
Decompressed is a sporadic podcast about comics craft. Rather than our usual format, this is a recording from the Dublin Internation Comics Expo. All the paneling was excellent, but we got special permission to run this one, as we were all buzzing about it. Go follow DICE on twitter to get updates about when the rest go live (and follow them on facebook too). It’s the Comics Are For Everyone panel, which is basically us discussing diversity. Who is talking? Jordie Bellaire, Becky Cloonan, Paul Cornell, Emma Vieceli, yours truly and Declan Shavley.
It had so much energy, I had to share.
The topic is enormous. We race to include as much as we can, and fail badly. Ideas come rushing out. People put positions forward that by the chat after the panel they’ve changed their minds about. It’s fluid, but fluid like lava. As I was on this panel, I moved between from red hot anger to complete and utter love for everyone who’s ever lived.
Listen. Hope you find it interesting.
Or you could use this handy little embed.
Our theme tune? Los Campesinos’ We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed.