LIVE FROM THE DMZ Goes To Print -> DMZ BOOK ONE (Deluxe Edition Hardcover)
Well, the big news is that I’ve been doing some additional freelance work for DC Comics/Vertigo. If you’re reading this, then there’s probably a very good chance you were already aware of our LIVE FROM THE DMZ web-site, which was created as a dedicated venue to analyze Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli’s contemporary classic as it was collected and published in 12 softcover trades. DMZ centered on would-be journalist Matthew Roth and his tumultuous time in war torn New York City during the Second American Civil War. The site itself offered extensive behind-the-scenes interviews with the creators, along with critical analysis, and heaps of never-before-seen concept art, sketches, thumbnails, and raw penciled pages. For the last several months, I’ve been in the process of re-editing and “re-mastering” the web content for a new print venue, and curating the best pieces of art to accompany the new editions of this cornerstone in the Brian Wood library, which ran for an impressive 72 issues from 2005 to 2011.
DMZ: Book One (Deluxe Edition Hardcover) is in stores February 5th. You should buy it. This volume will collect the first 12 issues of the series, house 304+ story pages, feature an original cover designed by Brian Wood, and run only $29.99, which is a steal when you break it down. This comes out to only $2.50 per issue, plus it’s in a swanky oversized hardcover, and you get about 30 pages of definitive bonus content, including an extended conversation between me and Brian Wood via an in-depth interview, character designs, early cover and logo mock-ups, etc. There will be 5 hardcover books in total, and the plan is to publish an additional book every 6 months or so, with the second already scheduled for release in June of 2014. Each book will contain a set of interviews and bonus material from the LIVE FROM THE DMZ web-site. For existing fans, this is the definitive format you’ll want to own the book in. We’re throwing everything we have at it. For curious fans, this is the perfect time to jump in with the benefit of “director’s commentary” and own the ultimate edition.