INTERVIEW: Gail Simone Guides 'Blockbuster Update' of Red Sonja, Vampirella and Dejah Thoris
Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore, who were the creative team on the final arc of DC Comics’ Secret Six, are back at work on Leaving Megalopolis, a standalone graphic novel they’re funding funding Kickstarter. Here’s the tease:
IGN.COM called the final issue of Secret Six, “the best single comic issue of 2011,” and in this dark ride of a story, we go even wilder! LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS is a journey, by two professional creators, with no holds barred and no limits imposed. Our groundbreaking work on SECRET SIX was only the beginning. If you thought that was dark…
The finished graphic novel will include an introduction by Mark Waid and an extra prose story by Simone.
While some creators are using Kickstarter to fund work that will be distributed by a traditional publisher, Simone and Calafiore intend to make Leaving Megalopolis available exclusively via Kickstarter, at least at the outset. That gives the on-the-fence reader more incentive to pledge, although there is also a retailer reward (limited to 10 copies, per Kickstarter’s rules), so eventually some folks should be able to buy the book in stores.
While Leaving Megalopolis isn’t a Secret Six book, Simone and Calafiore are clearly not messing with success; they hope to bring Secret Six colorist Jason Wright on board, and they will be using the same printer as well. It seems to be working: The Kickstarter campaign launched Tuesday, and as of this morning they already had almost $10,000 in pledges toward their funding goal of $34,000.