Hello and welcome to What Are You Reading? This week our special guest is artist Ivan Anaya, one of the winners of the winner of the Skullkickers Tavern Tales Contest. He’ll join the other winner, writer Aubrey Sitterson, on a story for Skullkickers #18.
To see what Ivan and the Robot 6 crew have been reading, click below.
Even as the ax falls on three more DC Universe titles — Captain Atom, Resurrection Man and Voodoo — Vertigo’s September solicitations reveal the DC Comics imprint is canceling Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child with Issue 7.
Announced in October at New York Comic Con, the series by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds and Denys Cowan followed Dominique Laveau, heir to the voodoo queenship of New Orleans and the prime suspect in the murder of the previous 1ueen.
“I’d call it a dark fantasy that engages real world pathologies, crime being just one,” Hinds, former editor-in-chief of The Source magazine, told Comic Book Resources last fall. “I’m just as interested in the character, quirks and travails of the very real city of New Orleans and the people who call it, and have called it, home as I am in the supernatural elements that we’ve constructed in our story world.”
The title premiered in March with sales of only about 12,800 copies, a figure that fell to about 8,300 by the second issue — only slightly more than the recently canceled iZombie. The only Vertigo comics to appear lower than those two on April’s sales chart were the final issue of Northlanders and the 32nd issue of Sweet Tooth, which ends in December.
Rumors of Vertigo’s demise, it seems, were greatly exaggerated. Following the major announcement this morning that it will adapt Stieg Larsson’s bestselling Millennium trilogy, the DC Comics imprint has unveiled plans for a new ongoing series from author/journalist Selwyn Seyfu Hinds and legendary artist Denys Cowan.
Debuting in February, Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child follows on Dominique Laveau, half-breed, outcast and heir to the Voodoo Queenship of New Orleans … who’s the prime suspect in the murder of the previous Queen. Here’s the official description:
The cover, above, is by Paul Pope, and as previously reported, the first issue will include a chapter of Spaceman by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, which will get its own series from Vertigo in the fall. Other contributors include Jeff Lemire, Ross Campbell, Kevin Colden, Peter Milligan, Paul Cornell, Denys Cowan and many others. You can find the complete table of contents after the jump.
Cully Hamner is an artist who never disappoints me. So I was immensely pleased that he and I were able to finalize this email interview in the chaos of the holiday season just in time for our one-year anniversary at Robot 6. We start the interview discussing his current collaboration with Greg Rucka on The Question co-feature in Detective Comics. From there, due to the film that is currently in production and the trade paperback collection that was released in mid-2009, we discussed his 2003/2004 Homage/Wildstorm collaboration with writer Warren Ellis, RED. There’s so many projects I could have discussed with Hamner, but I’m grateful he was willing to discuss RED to the degree he did. Hamner is clearly an artist who looks forward, not back–which makes me appreciate his indulging my RED interest in this discussion.
Tim O’Shea: How hard is it to convey emotion with the Question, the face is taken out of the dynamics, but you do still give a hint of her facial dynamics in certain scenes?
Cully Hamner: It’s a matter of considering that, even though you see no specific facial features, the planes of the face are still there and will react to light and shadow. It’s not a total blank, you know, Renee’s real face is under there, along with a range of expressions. So, when I look at it like that, it becomes a much simpler thing than you might think. So, what I do is just go ahead and draw an outline of the modeling on the face, and Dave McCaig (and before him Laura Martin) colors over that, and then drops my linework into a color. It’s not a full range of emotion like a detailed face would have, but I’ve been able to get across a few things well enough. Seems to work.