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aka First Newsletter Post!
This is my first pass at a newsletter. It’s trickier than it looks…and it doesn’t help that I subscribe to a bunch of great writers that have great newsletters. I thought that would be inspiring, but instead it’s just intimidating. And I’m not talking about Chip Zdarsky (Except I am. Shhhh. Don’t tell him, his head is already much too big and there are too many good ideas in there, it’s maddening).
So here’s my first shot at this, lower your expectations and then we’ll build from there. Nowhere to go but up blah blah blah.
So first things first! I have my first ever Image book coming out next month, thanks to the generosity of the incredible Michael Walsh who brought me onto his SILVER COIN anthology series. Issue #1 was written by the aforementioned mastermind Chip Zdarsky and drawn/colored by Michael (who draws and colors the entire series). You should pick it up because it’s absolutely awesome - and sold out right away (but if you can’t find it, second printings are on their way, so don’t give up!) This was an amazing project to work on, with a rotating cast of writers each adding to Michael’s mythology - Zdarsky, me, Ed Brisson, Jeff Lemire, and with Michael writing the final installment.
My issue with Michael, SILVER COIN #2 (Girls of Summer) is out MAY 12th. So call your shop before FOC on April 19th - the code is: MAR210226.
We have an incredible main cover by Michael Walsh (above) and also a terrifying “connecting” variant cover by the magnificent Tula Lotay:
And here’s a peek at a never before seen panel from our issue…
Also next week is the first collected trade of BLACK WIDOW by me, Elena Casagrande, Jordie Bellaire, Rafael De Latorre, Cory Petit and stunning covers by Adam Hughes. It collects issues #1-5 and it’s literally one of my favorite books I’ve gotten to do for Marvel…and one of the many reasons for that are these incredible Elena/Jordie action spreads that everyone’s talking about:
Oh, hell, let’s look at another of my favorite DPSes by Elena and Jordie:
Yeah, I think you guys can see how lucky I am on this book! Reader support has been really incredible and it’s entirely thanks to you guys (and my amazing team) that we’re getting to do more. The trade is out next week (4/21).
And Black Widow #6 a standalone story by me and Rafael De Latorre with colors by Jordie and letters by Cory Petit is out 4/28!
Here’s a sneak peek at one of Rafael and Jordie’s interior panels:
ALSO out next week 4/21 is Captain Marvel #28, with art by Jacopo Camagni, colors by Espen Grundetjern, letters by Clayton Cowles, and covers by Marco Checchetto. This kicks off our “Strange Magic” arc, which includes Carol trying to learn magic (lol) and features a fun new costume designed by Marco:
And here’s a sneak peek at a few interior panels from #28:
Is every conversation better with Dr. Strange’s snakes offering color commentary?
That was a rhetorical question, because the answer is yes, of course EVERYTHING is better with Strange’s snakes. A hearty thank you to Jason Aaron for creating them. <3
Okay…I feel like this was about three times as long as I intended it to be…I’ll try to get better at figuring out what you all want to see most, and how I can keep it as fun and short and sneak peek-y as possible, without getting fired. There’s also some STORYKILLER updates in the pipeline soon I hope for those of you die-hards who have been around since the EARLIEST of days! FINGERS CROSSED!
Again, thanks for coming and for bearing with me as we iron out the kinks. Here’s to our weird new adventure. I mean, it won’t be as weird as Chip’s newsletter (I know my limits) but I’ll try my best.
PS - Oh! I’m hitting publish before I know exactly how this is going to look, formatted and everything (there is no preview function? that seems ill advised!)…but until I figure out what this thing actually looks like - I want to make sure to credit the incredible Sophie Campbell with my “header image” of Tessa Battle from my book Storykiller. Also Leo Romero and Jordie Bellaire for my Kate Bishop Hawkeye “avatar.”
Hmm. I'm not seeing the header on my phone. Maybe it's a mobile vs computer issue.
Anyway, great to see this! I miss the drunk cover solicit commentary, lol.
The snakes are great, but so is Jason Aaron, don't you think?
You realize you make me buy far too many books?