TINY UPDATE 4/25: Thank You, Kansas City!
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I’m going to keep this one genuinely short, not the pretend short that I usually end up with when I say I’m going to make this short.
I’m in my hotel room in Kansas City after a great weekend meeting a lot of great fans at Planet Comicon. I had a blast at the show and was thrilled to meet a bunch of Onion Club members in person. I am also fucking exhausted. I forget the genuine stamina you need to function all weekend at one of these shows, and I am OUT OF PRACTICE. I feel like I could sleep for a week if I let myself. But that would make for some very, very grumpy editors.
I’m heading to the airport in a few hours, about to head off to San Francisco for a signing at Comix Experience (information below). Mostly I’m going to be locked in my hotel room catching up on more than a few overdue comic book scripts, and a handful of posts on this here Substack. We’ve got a big month in store for you.
I still owe you a process piece on TOPLOCC, and some more goodies that should be dropping this week, including the final issue of THE CLOSET, and the next WILD FICTION. Next week we’ve got an Onion Drop heading your way, with some great new covers in tow, and some great merch coming your way.
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SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #22
W: James Tynion IV/ A: Werther Dell'Edera/ C: Miquel Muerto/ L: AndWorld Design/ Cover A: Werther Dell'Edera/ E: Ramiro Portnoy & Eric Harburn
Outside London, the shadowy figure on Erica's trail relays information to their enigmatic superior about the rogue agent in the House of Slaughter. Meanwhile, a town finds itself in the clutches of an elusive serial killer, and the only living witness to the crimes is a frightened child. Erica investigates the grisly scene of the most recent murder, ignorant of the hostile forces drawing in around her...
THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH Vol. 3: FREE COUNTRY
W: James Tynion IV/ A: Elsa Charretier, Tyler Boss, John J. Pearson, David Romero, Alison Sampson, Jorge Fornés/ C: Matt Hollingsworth, Roman Titov, Jordie Bellaire/ L: Aditya Bidikar/ Cover: Martin Simmonds/ D: Dylan Todd/ E: Steve Foxe/ P: Image Comics
Six acclaimed guest artists join Eisner winner JAMES TYNION IV (Something is Killing the Children, Batman) and MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy) to uncover the deep, tangled roots of the Department of Truth…and Lee Harvey Oswald’s rise to its top position. From the Phantom Time Hypothesis to Mothman, find out what terrible secrets are waiting in the archives. Collects THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #6-7, 14-17
THE JOKER #14
W: James Tynion IV/ A: Giuseppe Camuncoli & Cam Smith/ C: Arif Prianto/ L: Tom Napolitano/ Punchline by W: Sam Johns/ A: Vasco Georgiev/ C: Rain Beredo/ L: Becca Carey/ E: Ben Abernathy & David Wielgosz/ P: DC Comics
All the hunters converge on the Sampson estate as the brutal conclusion to the first "season" of The Joker is here! Bullets will fly, blood will be shed, and will James Gordon be forced to make the choice he's been dreading since issue #1?
Okay! I’ve got one more stop before I’m allowed to go home.
THE NICE HOUSE ON THE LAKE was selected for Comix Experience’s Graphic Novel Club, and I’m going to be in-store, in San Francisco for a signing, and to participate in a private discussion for GNC members on Wednesday, April 27th! I’m very excited to be heading back to Comix Experience for this event.
So, here’s everything I’ve got coming up for you!
SIGNING - COMIX EXPERIENCE - San Francisco, CA - April 27
CONVENTION - MEGACON - Orlando, FL - May 19-22
More details about my schedule at these conventions to come as we get closer to the date in question.
I have been re-reading the Mike Carey, Peter Gross, and Dean Ormston run on LUCIFER over the last week. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while since it is the gold standard of Sandman spin-offs. Legitimately, I think it might be one of my favorite comic book runs of all time. The first year or so is good, but once all of the pieces are in place, and the series is juggling all of its beautiful threads, and incredible characters it’s really something to behold. Reading it again has my brain supercharged with ideas for Nightmare Country. I ended up rewriting half of the issue I was writing when I figured out a key element that I really think is going to help define the series.
Okay. That’s it. Time to fly to California.
Be good out there.
James Tynion IV
Kansas City, MO