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It Begins: ALABASTER: "Wolves"

So, one hour ago, the first news of my Dark Horse Comics project, Alabaster, went up at Comic Book Resources. The "Twitterverse" (I shudder violently at that portmanteau) and Facebook have been awash in the announcement. First, here are relevant links:

1) The first announcement, plus an exclusive (and informative) interview at Comic Book Resources.

2) A large, full-colour version of the cover for #1, by the amazing Greg Ruth.

3) The official Dark Horse press release.

Here's a secret I've carried since late last year. If you guys think it was hard waiting a week to hear the news, imagine my having to wait the better part six months to see the announcement! Actually, my first meeting with Dark Horse was in Portland last year, during the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival. Since then, I knew I would be doing something with Dark Horse, but many possible projects were tossed about.

Then it was decided last November that I would do an illustrated Dancy Flammarion prose story for Dark Horse Presents #9. I wrote the prose story, "Bus Fare," (delivered on April 12th). And then, in late May, it was decided that the prose story would become a comic, but would still appear in DHP #9, and would still be titled "Bus Fare." And then things...took off. By July, I knew there would be an actual Alabaster comic series, beginning in 2012, and that the eight-page "Bus Fare" would become the first eight-pages of the first issue. Except, those eight pages grew into twenty-four pages, and I finished the first issue in September. The second was written in October. "Wolves" became the title for the first mini-series, which will, later, be collected in hardback format, and then in trade paperback. The first issue will be released in April 2012. The Eisner-Award nominated Steve Lieber is the series' artist, and he's making wonderful things from my scripts. My editor is the vivacious Rachel Edidin.

I'm not sure if this question was answered in the interview, but I'll answer it again here. It is no secret that I was pretty much never happy at DC/Vertigo, at least not after 1997 (though, yes, there were two attempts to return to work with them after The Sandman Presents – Bast: Eternity Game [2003]. Longtime blog readers will recall the work I did trying to get two titles*, first The Chain [2004, with Ted Naifeh] and then Bullet Girl [2005, with Peter Gross, which was, by the way, an utter and protracted nightmare, insuring I would never again even speak with anyone at DC**]). After 2005, I declared I would never again work in comics, unless, perhaps, certain criteria were met. The first of these was that the project would be 100% creator-owned. Suffice to say, Dark Horse was agreeable. Dancy Flammarion remains my own. The stories I will write for Dark Horse remain my own. All of it. Had Dark Horse not agreed to this particular point, this wouldn't be happening.

Gods, I'm probably leaving out a lot. But there are still things I'm not at liberty to discuss, and this is already a lot – what I've said here – and I'm haggard. I'll probably think of more stuff by tomorrow. Feel free to ask questions. I just can't promise I can answer them (questions I cannot answer, I'll simply not answer). Meanwhile, as they say, "Happy, happy, joy, joy."

Wearily Glad to Have That Out,
Aunt Beast

* Well, there's a future Sirenia Digest story, with art.
** That both projects went south was not the fault of the artists. They both rocked through the bullshit, and continue to do so.


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Nov. 9th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! Rachel is a vivacious, and COURAGEOUS, editor!
Nov. 9th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)

Indeed, she is.

Edited at 2011-11-09 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Nov. 9th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
I have no questions. I'm just excited as hell!

Congratulations, once again.
Nov. 9th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Happy, happy, joy, joy, indeed
I've read the release news and the interview and will be ordering DHP #9 and the miniseries tomorrow from my friendly neighbourhood comic shop. Ren and Stimpy are indeed delirious with joy.
Nov. 9th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
So for clarification's sake, this will start out as a guest appearance in DHP #9, then a five-issue mini-series, then become an ongoing (not mini) series after that? At least one of the announcements mentioned the mini-series but beyond that.
Nov. 9th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, and I'm looking forward to this.
Nov. 9th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
This is SO exciting! I cannot wait to experience more Dancy. This is going to be very, very cool.
Nov. 9th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Excellent news. This must be quite an amazing period of time for you, with the interview and announcement coming on the heels of The Drowning Girl shoot and Two Worlds and In Between's burgeoning success. Congratulations!
Nov. 9th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
This is all kinds of amazing. And you've already answered my questions about the hardcover collection. Any info on variant covers? Also (last question today, I promise!), will the prose version of "Bus Fare" ever see the light of day? Thank you, and major congrats on this awesomeness.
Nov. 9th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. I'm so excited, more Dancy and a slightly older Dancy is going to be a fun adventure. And promoting your comic will truly be a source of joy.

The cover is beautiful.

The CBR interview was very nicely done.

I hope you get a chance to catch your breath.
Nov. 9th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)

The box.
Nov. 9th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Completely fucking awesome. Sorry to work you over about the secret (which I swear was unintentional), but wow, it was way better than I had thought might be the case.
Nov. 9th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)

Sorry to work you over about the secret

No problem. Actually, it was kind of funny.
Nov. 9th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Oh my God! That is Incredible!
Nov. 9th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
I totally have chills and butterflies at the same time!
Nov. 9th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)

Nov. 9th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to this already
Really pleased to hear this news, congratulations.
Nov. 9th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Oh! This is so exciting! :D

I've had a rather crappy day and this just perked it straight up!
Nov. 9th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)

I've had a rather crappy day and this just perked it straight up!

Glad I could do that.
Nov. 9th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Excellent. Looking forward to this.
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