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Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors #2

It’s rare that a new ongoing comic book series launches and successfully sells out the first issue, but that’s exactly what Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors (Image) accomplished last month. This Wednesday, June 15, Gladstone’s will release the second issue. In anticipation of the next issue, I caught up with the series writer/co-creator Mark Andrew Smith to discuss the educational institution “for the children of the world’s greatest super villains to learn the trade“. Once you’ve read the interview, be sure to visit  fellow Robot 6’s (and very busy multi-site pundit) Brigid Alverson’s preview of issue 2 at School Library Journal’s Good Comics for Kids. My thanks to Smith for the interview.

Tim O’Shea: Everyone hopes to sell out the first issue of a project, but you all actually did. How great did that feel?

Mark Andrew Smith: I felt fortunate, and happy for both [artist] Armand [Villavert] and myself. . There are so many factors that have to come together for a book to sell out. Yes, we put an enormous amount of work into it. But without the support of Image, the retailers, media, and most importantly, everyone who bought the book, it never would have happened.

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