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You can take the guy out of the anthology, but you can’t take the anthology out of the guy … or something like that.
Before writing Hell Yeah and Glory, Joe Keatinge not only worked for Image Comics as their PR guy, but also co-edited (with Mark Andrew Smith) the anthology series PopGun.
“Working at Image Comics, I got exposed to a huge amount of amazing new talent,” Keatinge said on his blog. “PopGun was born out of wanting to give this talent a place to start. From there, editing and project management became something of an itch I loved to scratch.”
In order to keep scratching that itch, Keatinge is adding back-up features to Hell Yeah, starting with a comic called “Baby Girl” by artist David Hahn and written by The ThreeOneFive collective. “This is an invite-only series of creator-owned shorts by cartoonists, artists and writers I think either are or will someday be a way big deal,” Keatinge said. “I’ve been lucky to have a good amount of success in comics, in good part because of help I’ve had along the way, and I think it’s really, really important and essential to pay that forward.”
In addition, Keatinge says he’ll start running one-page “Tiger Lawyer” comics by Ryan Ferrier. “I got to read the comic and was really impressed by how unique, hilarious and interesting it was. Good times. I immediately asked writer Ryan Ferrier if he was cool with doing one-pagers. I was very happy when he said yes,” Keatinge said.
“Baby Girl” will run through Hell Yeah #3-5, while the Tiger Lawyer one-pagers debut in Hell Yeah #4.
I’ve been friendly with Joe Keatinge dating back to his days managing PR & marketing for Image Comics. When it was revealed back in October that Extreme Studios was relaunching the line–with Keatinge writing Glory (with Ross Campbell on art), I started generating questions for an interview. In addition to discussing Glory (which relaunches with Glory #23 on February 15, 2012), Keatinge opens up about Hell Yeah (Image), his creator-owned collaboration with artist/co-creator Andre Szymanowicz that premieres on March 7, 2012, as well as another upcoming 2012 project, Brutal, in collaboration with artist Frank Cho. My thanks to Keatinge for this email interview. After reading this piece, be sure to check out CBR’s Joe Keatinge coverage for more insight into the busy writer’s upcoming work.
Tim O’Shea: Did Rob Liefeld approach you to work on the Glory relaunch? Was Ross Campbell already committed to the project when you joined?
Joe Keatinge: While Rob was certainly involved with the process, I was actually approached by Image Comics Publisher and Extreme Editor, Eric Stephenson, almost a year ago now. At the time they had nailed down the idea of the line and I believe a couple of the other books may have had writers, but it was still in the very early stages. After that was the process of giving a quick pitch, which was virtually instantaneous to Eric asking if I wanted to do it, to developing a longer pitch, to Eric and I bringing Brandon Graham on board for Prophet, to discussing Glory with Brandon, to Brandon suggesting Ross Campbell, to seeing Ross’ amazing work and me asking him if he wanted to come on board. He did a few samples which blew away both Eric and Rob. We’ve been working on it ever since.
Popgun Volume 3 (Image)–the latest installment in an anthology series often referred to as a graphic mixtape–is set to be released this Wednesday, April 8. This edition features another great bevy of talent and was co-edited by Mark Andrew Smith and D.J. Kirkbride. Editorially, this particular volume is a transition of sorts, as Smith will be moving on and Kirkbride will be stepping to the forefront editing Popgun Volume 4. We talked about working on this latest installment, the editorial process in general and a variety of other topics.
Tim O’Shea: How did the Tara McPherson cover come about?
D.J. Kirkbride: Mark and (Popgun co-creator) Joe Keatinge rocked that. So glad they did. Beautiful cover.
O’Shea: How did the two of you divvy up editorial responsibilities on Volume 3?
Kirkbride: Mark has this tower with a giant $ on the front of it. Inside is a sea of gold coins. He swims in them as if they make up a body of water, only coming for air to check his email and make Popgun demands and order Chinese takeout. Wait — what? You know, it’s been a pretty natural flow, with the divvying. He’s been at this longer than me, so I come to him for advice while trying to keep everyone rocking and rolling in an organized fashion. The book got done, so, uh, I guess it worked out.
Mark Andrew Smith: I think we’ve got a really good support team of editors and assistants and production editors that help out with everything and make sure that things get done. D.J. is taking over with volume 4, so here I was making sure that his Jedi training was complete. He’s graduated into a Master Editor, and the future of POPGUN is in good hands.
The third Popgun anthology from Image Comics is due in March, but you can check out previews of some of the stories at the Popgun site … including the full 30-page story “Japanese Wasp” by Mark Andrew Smith and Johann Leroux.
(Via Jamie Rich)