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Talking Comics with Tim | Mark Sable & Paul Azaceta

Graveyard of Empire 1

I rarely get a chance to interview two collaborators for a project, but welcome to my latest fortunate rarity. Writer Mark Sable is back at Image Comics, collaborating with Grounded co-creator and Amazing Spider-Man artist Paul Azaceta. The two creators were kind enough to contact me for a joint email interview. As noted when this project was first announced: “In Graveyard of Empires, when a young lieutenant arrives at Combat Outpost Alamo, a remote outpost in Afghanistan, he learns a new kind of insurgent math. It’s said that in war, when you kill one insurgent, you create ten more by angering his family and friends. In this story, when you kill one, he comes back from the dead to infect ten of your fellow Marines . . . Graveyard of Empires #1 (APR110400), a 32-page full color horror/survival comic that will appeal to fans of The Hurt Locker and THE WALKING DEAD, will be available for sale in a comic shop near you on June 15, 2011.” Sable and Azaceta also provided Robot 6 with a six-page preview from the first installment of the three-issue miniseries. Frequent readers of Talking Comics with Tim may notice that as of late, I have given the interview subjects a chance to ask Robot 6 readers a question. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Sable took this opportunity to invite folks to ask him questions in the comments section. He has committed to answering any and all questions, as his schedule permits, so by all means ask him all that you want.

Tim O’Shea: You two clearly went with an eye-catching, iconic first issue cover. Care to discuss how you arrived at that cover?

Paul Azaceta: Thanks. I knew right off the bat that I didn’t want a complicated cover. I wanted something that stood out and going with something simple and graphic was the way to go. I can’t say where exactly I got the idea for the skull with the poppy flower but when it hit me I knew I had it. I drew a quick little sketch for Mark and he suggested adding the helmet. Actually, the harder part was carrying that idea on with the other covers. But that was my inspiration, simple graphic covers.

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Infestation: Outbreak | Meet Leticia and Archibald

Leticia and Archibald

Wrapping up the teasers for the upcoming Infestation: Outbreak, IDW sent over one last image, this time featuring two characters — Leticia and Archibald. The comic is co-written by Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz, with art by David Messina … Ryall previously collaborated with Ben Templesmith on Groom Lake, which is where I believe these two characters are from.

They will join with Bools, Yumiko, Britt, Cross, Isaac and Nikodemus to fight the infestation, starting in June. You can find the other six teaser images after the jump.

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Infestation: Outbreak | Meet Bools

Bools

Today Bools joins Yumiko, Britt, Cross, Isaac and Nikodemus in IDW’s upcoming series Infestation: Outbreak, which kicks off in June. The comic is co-written by Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz, with art by David Messina.

One last teaser wraps these up tomorrow, so be sure to check back.

Infestation: Outbreak | Meet Yumiko

Yumiko

Today Yumiko joins Britt, Cross, Isaac and Nikodemus in IDW’s upcoming series Infestation: Outbreak, which kicks off in June. The comic is co-written by Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz, with art by David Messina.

And we’re not done yet. We have two more that’ll pop up here over the weekend next week, so stay tuned.


Infestation: Outbreak | Meet Isaac

Isaac

Isaac joins Britt, Cross and Nikodemus in IDW’s upcoming series Infestation: Outbreak, which kicks off in June.

The comic series is co-written by Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz, with art by David Messina. The series will feature covers by Messina and Davide Furno, with a special retailer incentive cover for issue #1 by Ben Templesmith.

Infestation: Outbreak | Meet Britt

Britt

And here we are with the third teaser image from IDW for Infestation: Outbreak, the follow-up to the recent Infestation crossover series. Britt joins Cross and Nikodemus on the team.

The book, due in June, is co-written by Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz, with art by David Messina. The series will feature covers by Messina and Davide Furno, with a special retailer incentive cover for issue #1 by Ben Templesmith.

Infestation: Outbreak | Meet Nikodemus

Nikodemus

IDW has released the second teaser image for Infestation: Outbreak, the follow-up to the recent Infestation crossover series; yesterday’s teaser featured Cross. The book is co-written by Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz, with art by David Messina. The series will feature covers by Messina and Davide Furno, with a special retailer incentive cover for issue #1 by Ben Templesmith. Look for it in June.


Infestation: Outbreak | Meet Cross

Cross

IDW has released the first of several teaser images for Infestation: Outbreak, the follow-up to the recent Infestation crossover series. The book is co-written by Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz, with art by David Messina. The series will feature covers by Messina and Davide Furno, with a special retailer incentive cover for issue #1 by Ben Templesmith. Look for it in June.

Lansdales and Wachter jump aboard That Hellbound Train

Dave Wachter's cover for That Hellbound Train #1

Chris Ryall has a preview up at his blog of That Hellbound Train, a three-part miniseries based on Robert Bloch’s Hugo-winning short story “That Hell Bound Train.” (Bloch is best known as the author of Psycho, the novel on which the Alfred Hitchcock movie was based.) The story is a classic deal-with-the-devil tale with a nice twist at the end, and it should make a great coimc.

Writers Joe and John Lansdale are doing the adaptation; you may remember that Joe is also the writer for IDW’s latest iteration of 30 Days of Night. David Wachter, who was nominated for an Eisner for his work on The Guns of Shadow Valley, is the artist for the project. On his blog, David shows how he developed the first cover.

Incidentally, Googling “That Hellbound Train” (I was looking for folk sources) turns up some unrelated but very tasty music videos, which doubtless will make a good soundtrack for reading the comic.

Creed set to return to print?

Creed

Creed

And by Creed, of course, I don’t mean the 90s band of the same name … I mean the comic by Trent Kaniuga that started back in the 1990s and went through a variety of publishers. You might also know it as “CreeD.”

The book starred Mark Fraley, who fought supernatural villains in a dream world while coping with the reality of high school.

Kaniuga posted the entire thing online in the Creed Omnichronos, which includes comics that were published by Hall of Heroes, Lightning Comics, Image and Avatar over the years. It also includes crossovers with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ethan Van Sciver’s Cyberfrog.

And it sounds like the series may be returning to print. Kaniuga, who created the comic when he was just 17, noted on Twitter recently that “new developments are happening with the Creed series! Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement soon.”

And who might be making that announcement? Based on this post from IDW’s Chris Ryall, it sounds like it might be his company. “We’ll have another nice surprise regarding Trent’s book CREED soon, too,” he posted.

So is this new Creed comic, or are they printing the collection? I’m guessing we should keep our eyes peeled in San Diego in a couple of weeks to find out.

Quote of the day | Chris Ryall on ‘political zeitgeist’

batboy

“If only I’d known, I never would’ve changed the Teabagging reference in one of the protestors’ signs to a mention of Batman. Somehow I thought a nod to a DC character would garner more attention for the book. So much for Bat Boy and I having our finger on the political zeitgeist.”

–Chris Ryall, writer of IDW’s Weekly World News comic, in response to the Captain America/Tea Party “controversy”


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