“Joe Keatinge has established himself as the latest new writer I want to undermine and destroy. It’s just top class stuff.”
- Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Civil War, Wanted, Ultimates)

"I think Joe is definitely one to watch."
- Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible)

HELL YEAH debuts POPGUN 2.0 (kind of)

I really like anthologies.

Way back in the year 2006, Mark Andrew Smith and I started an anthology entitled PopGun, published by Image Comics. It did pretty well over its four volumes, winning such acclaim as the much coveted Eisner Award and even a couple of Harveys. To me, that was all icing on a cake filled with some of the most amazing talent in comics, both new and old. We premiered some of the first full-color Image Comics-published work by folks like Brandon Graham, James Stokoe, Angie Wang, Frank Stockton, Alexis Ziritt, JM Ken Niimura, Jim Zubkavich among others as well as featured stories and covers by some of comics best veteran creators like Erik Larsen, Michael Allred, Paul Pope, Rick Remender, Andy Kuhn, Jeffrey Brown and many, many more. At this point it’s on an extended, indefinite (possibly infinite) sabbatical. Everyone involved in our editorial team have gone our separate ways creatively, for the time being.

I got into comics to write, but as I came up through the ranks I got a big bug for other things. Working at Image Comics, I got exposed to a huge amount of amazing new talent. PopGun was born out of wanting to give this talent a place to start. From there, editing and project management became something of an itch I loved to scratch.

As my focused shifted to writing, the opportunities to edit were offered, but I wasn’t able to pursue all of them. Furthermore, the opportunity to anthologize newer talent or established talent wishing for a place to experiment wasn’t there as much. I saw places like Dark Horse Presents cropping up as good alternatives, but even still, it was something I really, really enjoyed.

So, I’ve decided to do something about it.

Beginning in Hell Yeah #3, I’m starting a sort-of POPGUN 2.0. Not officially on in name, but we’re going to start anthologizing comics by creators I’m really excited about, much in the vein of POPGUN. This is an invite-only series of creator-owned shorts by cartoonists, artists and writers I think either are or will someday be a way big deal. I’ve been lucky to have a good amount of success in comics, in good part because of help I’ve had along the way, and I think it’s really, really important and essential to pay that forward.

First up:

To kick things off, we’re running a three-part serial illustrated by one of my favorite artists (and people in general), David Hahn, written by a new collective of writers coming out of Arizona, The Three One Five, entitled Baby Girl. It’s a pretty sweet bit of action comics I first came across at Emerald City Comic Con last year. I’m really stoked to debut it in Hell Yeah.

Baby Girl will run in Hell Yeah #3-5. Here’s a short preview:

In addition, beginning in issue #4, I’m also running one-page strips of my favorite new comic:

Yeah, that’s right. TIGER LAWYER. It’s a comic book about a tiger who is a lawyer. I was sold at the concept alone. Oh, also, he talks.

I got to read the comic and was really impressed by how unique, hilarious and interesting it was. Good times. I immediately asked writer Ryan Ferrier if he was cool with doing one-pagers. I was very happy when he said yes. 

That’s just the beginning. Starting in issue #6, I’m going to be serializing something by a writer I am very, very, very excited about. I hope you will be too.

Here’s to The Future! I’m excited!

A Moebius-t Proposal: An Open Letter to Marvel Comics

UPDATE 03/11/2012: In light of this making the rounds again lately, I did want to clarify a couple things I failed to the first time. None of this is intended to imply I think I can do a better job than anyone over at Marvel. Their collected editions department does a fine job, especially with their impressive amount of output.

Furthermore, no disrespect is meant to Mr. Pollard. His work’s mighty fine. I just think Moebius deserves a solo spotlight.

Dear Marvel Comics,

 For the majority of my life I’ve been a comics fan, regardless of where they’re produced. While I don’t know exactly how my passion for comics started, Marvel Comics were certainly always there since the beginning. Somewhere early along the line I also became completely enamored with the work of Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud. I’ve noticed you are too! From your line of Epic reprints in the 90s, to various collaborations like the series of posters he did and the famed two-issue Silver Surfer: Parable. In fact, I’ve just become aware you’re bringing back Parable into print, which is why I’m writing to you today.

I want to edit your reprint of Silver Surfer: Parable.

I am willing to do this for free.

Why would I waive my normal editorial fee for this project? It’s simple. I just want to see this done right. Giraud is one of the world’s true living comics masters and any work of his deserves a grander release than a reprint focusing on Silver Surfer. There’s a world-wide market for an edition along the lines of what I’m envisioning, melding together the story, art book and historical documentation.

Instead of a monetary fee, I ask for the following:

- Complete final edit, both of art and text, of the project, save for any input from Giraud and his estate. This also includes choosing paper stock for the project, within a reasonable budget.

- Cancellation of the current hardcover, to be resolicited after a proper edit over the whole book and possible art restoration. The date will be agreed upon before hand, but will allow for the proper amount of time to do this book correctly. The project’s focus would shift from being a Silver Surfer-focused book to one including the Parable story, but also overlooking Moebius’ contributions to Marvel.

- The right to remove the non-Moebius material and replace it with a number of other Moebius-produced art Marvel has at their disposal, as well as retrospectives and text pieces offering historical context to the piece.

- Giraud receives first billing on the project ahead of any other collaborators. 

- Marvel Comics will cover a budget to-be-determined for other business expenses involved with the book, such as the possible art restoration. This budget would include related expenses I might incur, such as a per diem for business dinners with agreed upon parties.

- Input on how the book would be promoted, including the final title, ad design, etc.

- 25 complimentary copies of each edition of the hardcover, including reprints and limited editions, if such are produced.

In exchange you receive, free of my usual fees:

- an Eisner & Harvey-award winning editorial skillset, which covers directly editing or overseeing thousands of pages of Image Comics’ PopGun and other projects including the Titan Books graphic novel One Model Nation, New Ultimates’ Frank Cho’s 50 Girls 50, and Avenging Spider-Man’s Ferran Daniel’s Turbo Defiant.

- Decades of understanding of not only Moebius’ work, but also the French market as a whole and first hand experience of properly translating such works (such as my involvement in Image Comics best-selling Wonderful Wizard of Oz). 

- an editor who is also more established than most American editors in the French market, having recently signed a multi-book deal with Delcourt and remains a regular writer for the number one French magazine on mainstream American comics, Comic Box. This also includes regular trips to the region, which I will largely incur travel expenses for, assuming Marvel covers expenses business including in-country travel unrelated to non-project business I have there.

Of course, there will be more details and contracts to be nailed out, but I believe this adequately covers what I’m willing to do to see this project done right. I thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Joe Keatinge

TURBO DESAFIANTE

I mentioned a while ago that I’m editing the English-language print edition of the popular web comic, Turbo Defiant Kimecan, now simply called Turbo Defiant.

Anyway, the artist/writer, Ferran Daniel (a name no doubt made more familiar as he’s the colorist on Joe Mad’s AVENGING SPIDER-MAN, due out today), printed up a special edition of the Spanish-language version and Fellow Turbo Defiant Conspirator Mudo Martinez forwarded these pics along. Check ‘em out!

ONE MODEL NATION REVISITED

ONE MODEL NATION, the graphic novel written by Courtney Taylor-Taylor, illustrated by Jim Rugg, co-edited by Michael Allred and myself is coming back to shelves in an oversized, remastered hardcover edition from Titan Books that looks like:

Holy shit, right?

A ton more info and a sweet animatic are available on Titan’s website. Check out the monster for yourself in January 2012!

THESE PRIZES CAN BE YOURS!

LOOK OUT, WORLD! Two books I worked on are out in one day!

FIRST:

Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies is FINALLY COLLECTED and features comics by all sorts of dudes including ERIK LARSEN, MICHEL FIFFE, BRANDON GRAHAM, JIM RUGG, JASEN LEX, ULISES FARINAS, BENJAMIN MARRA, RACHEL FRIERE, GEORGE O’CONNOR, TOM NEELY, MIKE CAVALLARO, SIMON FRASER, ZACK SOTO, DEAN HASPIEL, TOM SCIOLI & MANY more - including yours truly!

This oversized collection features the entire 8-page megacrossover I wrote for Savage Dragon #171! HOLY CRAP THAT’S ENOUGH RIGHT?!

AW HELL NO!

There was a distribution error so some stores are just receiving this fine gem:

50 Girls 50 #2. I didn’t write shit in this, but I sure edited the fuck out of it.

Be sure to buy ‘em both!

LOOK OUT!
50 GIRLS 50 #4 (of 4)story FRANK CHO & DOUG MURRAYart AXEL MEDELLINcover FRANK CHOSEPTEMBER 732 PAGES / FC / T+$2.99THE END IS HERE! FRANK CHO (X-MEN: SCHISM), DOUG MURRAY (THE ‘NAM) and AXEL MEDELLIN (ELEPHANTMEN) bring the first chapter of the of the ESS Savannah saga to its epic conclusion as the crew unknowingly has a traitor within their ranks. Has their entire universe-spanning search for home been planned since the beginning? It’s looking like it and what results isn’t pretty.

LOOK OUT!

50 GIRLS 50 #4 (of 4)
story FRANK CHO & DOUG MURRAY
art AXEL MEDELLIN
cover FRANK CHO
SEPTEMBER 7
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99
THE END IS HERE! 
FRANK CHO (X-MEN: SCHISM), DOUG MURRAY (THE ‘NAM) and AXEL MEDELLIN (ELEPHANTMEN) bring the first chapter of the of the ESS Savannah saga to its epic conclusion as the crew unknowingly has a traitor within their ranks. Has their entire universe-spanning search for home been planned since the beginning? It’s looking like it and what results isn’t pretty.

TURBO DEFIANT KEATINGE


My next editing projects been announced. I’ll let the press release do the talking beyond me confirming I’m stoked.

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Turbo Defiant Kimecan, an online graphic novel since January 2010, is now joined by editor Joe Keatinge as it prepares to make the leap from digital to print later on this year.

Joe Keatinge is best known for his editorial work on the Eisner and Harvey award-winning anthology, PopGun with co-editors Mark Andrew Smith and DJ Kirkbride. In addition, he worked on staff with Image Comics for over half a decade, primarily in marketing, sales and licensing capacities. Most recently he’s shifted his career to work as a writer by collaborating with such creators as Michael Allred, Erik Larsen and soon Frank Cho on their upcoming Image Comics series, BRUTAL. He also still selectively edits titles, such as Cho’s 50 GIRLS 50, making his contribution to Turbo Defiant Kimecan something special.

“We are thrilled to get this high caliber talent into our team. Our main goal is to put the best  most professional comic out there, that’s what sets TDK apart of the run of the mill webcomic, and adding Joe in the mix for the printed version will help us to achieve it in every way possible” says Ferran Daniel, author of Turbo Defiant Kimecan

TDK publishes updates every Tuesday and currently runs its second book online, enjoying an increased growth of audience each month, reaching the top 100 comics in topwebcomics.com steady  for the the past four months. the back catalog has 146 pages worth of comic with the first book being planned for a release late this year.

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