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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Jason: Working with an Icon

Just printed out my “thank you” letter to one of the writers involved with POSTCARDS. His story has been finished and he mailed out to the artist today.

I’m not going to lie; there are a lot of great guys and gals involved with this book. But this guy, opportunities like these don’t come around too often. Being able to work with one of your all-time favorite comic writers is the kind of thing that makes you glow whenever you think about it.

I was so nervous the first time I called him. Hell, I still get nervous and we’ve talked several times. I try to take care of business without gushing too much and get off the phone before I make a fool of myself. He probably thinks I’m a boring dude in return but hopefully I’ll be able to slip into a more casual mode now that his story is completed.

Besides being a favorite he’s also a great addition to the book from a sales perspective. Not to say his name alone will sell the book, I still need to work hard, but his name being on the book guarantees that there’s one person in the book that 95% of the people who read comics will recognize. Hell – everyone in my family recognized his name – it took some of them a minute to place it but they got it eventually. And these guys don’t even read comics.

I don’t know – seems like a better move than a full-page Previews ad from a marketing perspective and, at the same time, I get to say I’ve worked with a comic book legend in every sense of the word. A Guest of Honor at major conventions. Award winning and highly celebrated. A man who’s worked with some of the greatest American illustrators of our generation.

I’m working on a getting a feature out that’ll announce him along with two other creators involved in the book (you know, in case you haven’t figured out who he is from this post). I’ll be sure to link it up when it drops.


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