• A band of survivors struggles to survive after an epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living.

  • Every kid wants superpowers. But not every kid's father is Omni-Man, the greatest superhero the world has ever known. When teenager Mark Grayson finally inherits his dad's abilities, though, he realizes life isn't getting any easier.

  • Thief of Thieves tells the story of Conrad Paulson, the world’s greatest thief, who has set his sights on his own kind. He vows to steal only what’s already been stolen, in an effort to right the great wrongs of his life.

  • Dr. Luke Taylor's perfect life comes to a dramatic halt when an identical, bloodied version of himself arrives at his doorstep with news that he is one of many clones... and they're all after his pregnant wife and their unborn child!

  • Jackson T. Winters is one of the greatest criminal masterminds to ever live...except he's rotting in jail after his last, doomed score. But when a filthy rich collector breaks him out, he's tasked with putting together an elite team of paranormal experts to do the impossible: Steal a ghost from a haunted house of horrors!

  • Manifest Destiny follows Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s historic expedition across America, only things might not be quite like you remember from History class...

  • The bruising story of one man's revenge and the dark road he travels.

  • It's a sick world, and Dr. Vincent Morrow's here to treat it. Headhunted into an exciting new career in the black arts after his excommunication from the medical community, Morrow serves the world with both hands -- one in magic, one in medicine -- as earth's protector. Earth's Witch Doctor.

  • The Guardians of the Globe are BACK in an all-new, all-exciting ongoing series! Your favorite heroes - Brit, Outrun, Invincible, Robot, Yeti, Kaboomerang, and more -face new challenges of epic proportions in stories by the all-star team of Phil Hester & Todd Nauck!

  • The Evil Max Maximus wants to get to Inner-Earth! He wants the dinosaurs that live there! He wants the powerful DynOre mineral that originates there! SUPER DINOSAUR and DEREK DYNAMO are the only ones who can stop him!

  • Fight fire with fire. Fight evil with science! Collecting the never before reprinted Science Dog back-up story from INVINCIBLE #75, as well as the ALL-NEW full-length, never-before-seen conclusion of the story!

  • After the Rapture the sole protector of the sinning masses is BATTLE POPE, and his trusty sidekick, Jesus. They're the last line of defense in a world overrun with demons and depravity.

  • When Gary Hampton, corporate CEO, is mauled and left for dead following an attack by a wolf on a family vacation, his life takes a drastic turn! Gary is cursed -when the moon is full he transforms into a beast of the night - a werewolf!

  • Meet Brit, the government's last line of defense when it comes to the really messy parts of keeping the world safe. When super-powered menaces threaten our home soil, send in this one-man killing machine: He's indestructible, unstoppable, and eligible for a senior citizen's discount.

  • Freedom fighter Bowen has lost everything in the war against The Infinite. His only hope is to travel back in time to prevent their world domination before it starts! Bowen can't do this alone, he must turn to the only ally he knows he can trust: HIMSELF.

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Jun262012

James Asmus Answers 7 Questions with Sina Grace

Hi Skybounders,

The week has once again made its way around to Tuesday, so it’s time for 7 Questions. James Asmus is busy writing the next arc of Thief of Thieves, but he still took the time to answer a few questions for me.

1-  Let’s start things simple: How does a guy go from writing plays to writing comics?

Well, I've always been a huge comics fan.  So once I got into playwrighting (a whole other long story) a lot of my pulpy and genre influences were pretty evident in my scripts - superheroes, horror, mystery, etc.  But when a musical I created (Love Is Dead: A NecRomantic Musical Comedy) went to New York Fringe Festival, I invited Marvel editorial to come out to the show.  In reality, I was just hoping to meet some of the people currently behind the comics I grew up loving. But luckily for my future (and my bucket list) they liked the show enough to let me try my hand at writing for an X-Men anthology.  And now that I've been able to enter the world of actually writing for comics - I don't plan on ever giving it up.

2- Part of the fun of Image’s recent Experience Creativity ad campaign is getting to see where creators get their work done… What does your writing area look like?

It is COVERED in awesome comics and non-fiction research books. I'll throw some photos in to spice this up. I understand my organizational system - but my wife Mara just sees it as chaotic piles. It drives her crazy to look at it. 

And though Robert gets a little weirded out when I mention it - I do have all my Invincible and Walking Dead trades I've been buying for years.  

3- Without spoiling the outcome of Nick’s story arc, what can you tell fans about your run on Thief of Thieves?

The crimes get a little more urgent - and a lot more personal.  Also, now that Nick's set everything us so nicely - I get to start knocking things over and injecting some surprising new complications into everyone's lives. That and some nice character humor. Plus, we've plotted so many good twists and cliff-hangers for my issues that I think the story is really going to keep people amped for what comes next.

4-  Everyone has a different approach for how to make it in this industry… what words of wisdom do you have to America’s next Skybound creator?

There isn't one right answer to how to make comics. Create with your own voice and instinct - because no one gets excited about someone merely imitating some other creator.  BUT - you're not infallible.  Ask for critique from people you respect and actually listen to it.  You can decide later which things you want to listen to and which you don't. 

5-  How has the “writer’s room” approach to Thief of Thieves felt different than what you’ve done at Marvel, or in theatre/ comedy?

It's been awesome!  When I was developing my plays, I absolutely loved kicking around ideas and possibilities with my casts or directors.  I'm much more interested in the best possible final story than I am interested in preserving "my idea".  And the approach on Thief of Thieves has reignited that spark for me. One person's idea sparks something in you that you never would have considered before - but that might be even more exciting, intriguing, and resonant than how you thought of the story before. And it's a seriously rare treat to be able to take the time and really hash through the big questions and concepts in your story.  Most monthly comics get produced in such an unstoppable machine that you rarely get the time to reconsider your micro- and macro-story with your collaborators. I wish I could do this for more projects.

6- Go-to solution for writer’s block- what do you do?!

I pull out a blank sheet, set a timer, and I try to come up with 20 wrong ideas in 10 minutes.  Whether it's for a premise, a location, a solution - whatever.  And generally, one of those wrong ideas ends up being wonderfully right - or at least starts to lead me toward something I can get excited about.  But for me, generally, a writer's block comes out of the pressure to find "THE one, perfect piece."  Taking that pressure off, and asking myself to get it wrong frees my writing and helps me find surprising choices. At the very least, it will help you narrow your path get a different understanding of what needs to be done by considering the inverse.

7-  I ask writers and artists what is on their iPods all the time... let’s try something new: what’s on REDMOND – AKA CONRAD PAULSON’s iPod?

Probably some self-help audio books. And beyond that, I imagine the guy hasn't picked up a new album in 10 or 15 years at least.  I bet he's got a lot of heartbroken Sam Cooke, Al Green, and Otis Redding tracks.  I'm trying to get him into new stuff along those lines like Nick Waterhouse or Charles Bradley - but he refuses to get an iTunes account.

 

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