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c2e2 – Talking 27 with Charles Soule

While at c2e2 I had the chance to meet Charles Soule the
writer/creator of 27. You know that book that we reviewed so highly. If you
need a refresher then start here and then move forward. I asked Charles about
the second series which was originally slated for a July release and he was
very open with answers about the next volume in the series. Whereas the covers
for the first series were all members of the 27 club, ie Jim Morrison, Jimi
Hendrix etc. The second series covers will all be one hit wonders covers. The
first and probably the most notable being Vanilla Ice. That’s what the second
series is going to focus on is William Garland not being a one hit wonder. I
asked if he was in deed going to hit the button again and the answer was of
course yes. What Charles said though, was the situation he’s put into to make
him hit the button and what he does with the creative power that is ultimately interesting.

Strong ManDue to Shadowline’s schedule the second series actually has
been pushed back to what’s looking like September instead of its original July
release. But work has already begun on the second series. With the first series
Charles also let me know about the trade paperback coming out in June. The
trade will have an all new back story that is only available in the trade; unless
of course you’re me and you already had a chance to read it. Honestly part of
me wants to spoil the hell out of it and take all about it, but the other half
of me really wants people to pick it up and be surprised. I will say that it
involves a blue musician and crossroads. The story is very, very good and
totally on par and fitting with the main story. Something else that readers may
not know about is the contest running throughout the first series. Hidden on
pages with multiples of nine are music chords. The chords tell you basically
what to do next and let me tell you the prize is cool so figure it out soon or
Charles is going to reveal it in the trade!

Sitting on Charles’ table in artist alley was a trade
paperback for Strong Man and I found
out about that book as well. Again the concept is great as it stars a 70’s
Luchadore wrestler that is over the hill and living in New York. He stills
wears the mask every day though even though he’s washed up. Then one day he
shakes it off and realizes he’s not going to go out like this and decides to
fight crime in his neighborhood. Charles said that the story is full of ups and
downs, but that the ending is really up lifting. You can expect a review once I
swing back around to pick up my copy.

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