how much time did you spend working on the central core concept of 8house before presenting it the rest of the already announced collaborators?
I think initially I started writing a thing with my pal Marley Zarcone. called Nona. The idea was to do something that felt like what we wanted Vertigo books to be like— dark magic and fashionable ladies.
There were all these houses of magic in that story with the main character Nona being a magic user who escaped from her coven cutting runes into shadows.
and at the same time there was talk about an Image relaunch of Top cow in the same way we reworked the Extreme stuff. I was talking about doing my version of Pitt ( I wanted Mike Vega to draw it and I was talking to Sarah Horrocks about co-writing) and Marian was going to do an old lady witch version of Witchblade. Joe Keatinge was gonna do Cyberforce and we wanted Adam Warren on it too. (I don’t remember on what book)
Anyway, none of those things came to be but in some way through talking to Image they turned into 8house. (I’m still hoping the Nona book happens but Muggles has some other new exciting work on the way)
I talk to Emma Rios a lot (we are manga blood bruthers)and the idea of bringing her onto anything I’m involved with in an exciting one.—she brought in Hwei (whose work I think is amazing)
Sloane is an artists whose work I’ve admired for years so I introduced her to Marian, and Claire is an old friend whose writing has impressed me for years. (I’ve been hoping she would do an Image book for a long time)
I met Xurxo through finding his art on Deviantart and being amazed by it.The idea for 8house Kiem was something that I think started as Simon Roy’s ideas.
Fil is a comic book hero of mine whose work I first read when I was 10— and bringing him into anything I’m involved with is a little too exciting.
but in answer to the question. I tend to jump into things when they’re still a mess. I don’t know if this is an ideal way to work but it seems to be the way I do. like in Prophet I had no plans for multiple artists until we were into it. That is one of the joys I think of ongoing comics. It feels like a version of how Moebius did his Airtight garage— well a little more planning than that— but still just hoping that it all works out in the end.