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c2e2 – Avatar Press Q&A

At the panel they talked about Caligula #1 premiering
at c2e2, which is written by David Lapham. The art is all painted and very
different looking from a typical Avatar book. They equated it to Rome or
Deadwood, but way more hardcore. Lapham (absent from the panel) just finished
up work on Crossed Psychopath which just launched a few weeks ago. Crossed as a
whole has been an insane success for Avatar. The first volume is their bestselling
trade ever. After Psychopath wraps up the Crossed ongoing series will be
launching called Crossed: Badlands. It will reunite the original team of
Crossed and then will move on to a different creative team. Crossed: New
York or Crossed 3D will be out on April 20th. It’s been delayed due to the 3D
effects. They promised they’ll be the best 3D effects ever seen in
comics. 

They moved on to talk about the new Night of the
Living dead series Death Valley written by Mike Wolfer (who they joking said
writes most of their stuff). They don’t want to flood the market with zombie
stuff, but they will always have something zombie in the works. The trade for
the series before Death Valley will be out in time for Halloween.

Caligula coverBoundless their other imprint was brought up. Currently its only Lady Death,
but they are going to use the imprint to bring back 90’s bad girl characters
and modernize them. The second series they’ll be doing is War Goddess written
also by Mike Wolfer. War Goddess is actually the character Pandora and the book
will also feature Widow and Helena as well. They plan to keep Boundless small
and make the right decisions for the imprint rather than pumping out a ton of
crap.

They continued with talking about how their business has been and that they
really haven’t been affected by the recession. The addressed the issue of
Warren Ellis’ books and when they were coming out, saying that Warren is Warren
and they’re going to wait for him to have it done. He does have new books
already in the works and they even have some of the issues done, but that they
need to wait till other series are wrapped up. Warren’s Freak Angels won an
Eagle award last year and was nominated again this year. On the digital side
they have three big creators they’re working with to release more original web
content for free, but they won’t be announcing it until the projects are
properly lined up.

There will be a new Gravel ongoing series titled Gravel Combat Magician. The
first 18 issues are already plotted by Mike Wolfer and the goal is to be more
kick ass combat magic. The talked a little about the movie rights to both
Gravel and Crossed. Gravel was licensed by Legendary Pictures and Crossed was
picked up by Kevin Spacey’s company which produced The Social Network. Ennis
actually wrote the screenplay for Crossed.

Crossed Psycho 1 c2e2 coverThey talked about working with Alan Moore and that Neonomicon will
be collected into trade latter in the year. The artist for the series Jacen
Burrows said that he listened to the entire Lovecraft catalog on tape while
drawing the series. He also said that Alan had very specific elements to draw,
but that mostly trusted him from previous collaborations to be creative with
the rest of it. Jacen (pronounced Jason by the way) said that he set out to
make a book for Alan Moore and that Alan loved the fourth issue which made him
happy. On the project Alan asked what no editor limits meant and the publisher
said that he could do anything as long as he didn’t end up in jail, which made
Alan happy.

Fan Questions 

Doctor Sleepless, when is it coming back out?  No
fucking idea. Would like to finish it, but it won’t be this year. Warren will
get back to it. Scripts aren’t lost; he just never fucking wrote them.

When are they going to tone down on the variants? The
variants keep them in business and the collectors keep them doing them. At
least the variant covers aren’t crap. The variants go out of the box in a way
you couldn’t on the standard comics. Buy the one you like the best. The sales
are used to get the talent and the variants make it happen.

There were more questions but I integrated their
answer into the paragraph.

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