Wednesday, June 23, 2010
"Like In Odd We Trust and Odd Is On Our Side, the new graphic novels will be original stories set in the time period before the events of Odd Thomas and based on extensive outlines written by Dean Koontz. The first, Odd Is My Co-Pilot, will be scripted by well-known comics writer James Kuhoric and illustrated by Queenie Chan. The second new graphic novel will be scripted by Landry Q. Walker and illustrated by Ikari Studio. Publication is planned for 2011-2012. The projects were acquired by Betsy Mitchell, Del Rey editor in chief."
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I'm backlogged like crazy, and feel a bit bad about posting the reviews for the Mad Hatter book before posting Btamna: The Brave and the Bold or The Incredibles. But if I don't get this out of the way now, I will never get around to it.
Anj over at Supergirl ComicBox Commentary: "Sympathy ... for the Mad Hatter! It is the sign of excellent writing for a reader to feel for a character like this."
Walt Kneeland over at Comxtreme: "Walker pulls off in this issue is giving us a character with more depth than I've seen previously, while conveying the creepy, semi-tragic nature of the guy."
Thehefner posted a review and discussion at Scans_Daily: "Landry Walker understands a little something about whimsy and character depth while still being dark and unsettling"
Matthew Meylikhov reviewing at Multiversity: "Walker shows us the compulsive disorder that the Hatter struggles with on a daily basis and truly gives us the feeling that the compulsions are heavy and overbearing."
Akamuu at iFanboy: "Mad Hatter's tea obsession being treated as though it was a hard drug was fantastic."
MisterShaw at iFanboy: "This issue did a great job of capturing just how dark and disturbing the Hatter is, but also providing a sense of tragedy because of his deep insanity."
SoldierHawk at Weekly Comic Book Review: "Hatter’s delusions and struggles are deliciously creepy, and his frustration at his inability to find “his Alice” is chilling, and not a little poignant."
Rapideyemovment at iFanboy: "Walker gives Jervis just the right balance of lunacy and obsession"
Thenextchampion at iFanboy: "Mad Hatter is actually quite insane and frightening. - The story can be quite disturbing but it gets fairly predictable towards the end."
MTHarmon at ComicVine: "In this issue you'll see how far his obsession goes and how much of a serious threat the Mad Hatter really is."
Baker1Skter at ComicVine: "I loved the writing it was very top notch, very elegant and really conveyed Mad Hatters insanity."
Icarusflies at ComicVine: "If you're a fan, you should pick this up. If not, you might want to just leave it."
Inferiorego at Comicvine: "I do really like the look into the mind of the Mad Hatter, but it wasn't enough."
Saranga at Paiwings: "Far and away the best book of the week, and not something I had expected to be written by the same guy who did Supergirl Cosmic Adventures."
Chad Nevett at CBR: "Walker’s writing, like the art, has a nice balance as it winds between the pathetic qualities of Tetch and the insane qualities."
Martin Gray on his blog Too Dangerous for a Girl: "Landry Walker takes us in one direction but, step by step, swerves into less comfortable territory entirely."
Googum at Random Happenstance: " Landry Quinn Walker delivers a good, disturbing story with a guy I always thought of as a C-list Batman villain"
Chris Murphy at ComicsAlliance: "Walker's stream-of-consciousness narration by the Hatter himself helps the reader gain an appreciation of the hectic, troubled workings of Tetch's mind."
Then there are the Podcasts:
Al and Paul at House to Astonish. The relevant section is at 32:53, though the entire podcast is well worth a listen: From the podcast: "If you like batman, this is a comic you should be picking up..."
Justin and Hunter at Gotham Podcast (They have the best theme song, by the way) enjoyed the book and take special note of the color work of David Baron and overall felt: "Everything about this issue I really really enjoyed". I can't get the file to play at their normal website, so you can listen to the podcast here. The relevant section is about two-thirds in.
ComiXology seemed to feel that the book was the right balance between art and story. "I feel so bad for Mad Hatter in this, and then they turn it right back around and tell you why you shouldn't feel bad for him." Also worth a mention, they interview my former Incredibles co-writer Mark Waid extensively about many things (including the Incredibles) in this same podcast.
Now there's the Youtube links:
And that's basically it. Couple of short notes. While the majority of reviews are positive, there are a couple of medium to negative reviews. That's just inevitable, particularly as this (being closer to DCU continuity) is the highest profile DC work I have done. I posted the reviews because once, during our run of Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures, a friend assumed that I cherry picked the reviews just to highlight the positive. I don't. Opinions, the entire range, are equally valid. So they're all here, as far as I am aware.
Okay. That was less of a short note than I intended. Anyway...
In the next day or so I will post some of Eric's artwork from the Mad Hatter series. He was invited to do the pencils for the book, and went as far as to provide samples. Unfortunately his commitments on Batman: The Brave and the Bold had to come first and he declined teh actual job. There's some neat art that came out of it that i will happily share.
And an extra special thanks needs to go out to Keith Giffen. he came in late in the game and produced amazingly. Alot of he finer points of storytelling here (the post-it notes and the portrayal of the Hatter's scrapbook/storybook and quite a bit more) came from him. He went above and beyond to make me look good. So thanks to him, thanks to David Baron and Bill Sienkiewicz and especially editor Mike Siglain for putting the whole thing together.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
David Baron, colorist on many things, has posted a page from the upcoming issue of Joker's Asylum that I wrote. The page looks just fantastic, a wonderful synthesis of Keith Giffen and Bill Sienkiewicz and the aforementioned David Baron.
Check it out!
Now... it's worth noting to the small assortment of people familiar with my work that this Mad Hatter book is NOT an all-ages comic. I was hired to write something darker, and this is the result.
Funny thing about that, I would argue that Supergirl was a very dark series. It's about a young girl forever separated from her friends and family, met with derision by those her age in her new culture and contempt with those who are meant to teach her about said new culture. She's basically adrift in a world of hate. Even her two closest friends both (on some level) hate her. But it's bright and colorful and she's drawn with big eyes with humorous moments strewn throughout the misery. So therefore it's considered "light".
Well this Mad Hatter story is not "light". So if you're used to buying my books so that you have something to keep your kids entertained... well... just read it yourself first and make the appropriate decision.
I have a few issues of reviews to post. I'm going to try to get to those today or tomorrow. But I've also fallen a bit behind on writing... so it's off to the script making machine for me!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
When I was 16 years old, I worked closely with John while managing the Berkeley Rocky Horror Picture Show cast. The show was in bad shape, the members of the cast outnumbering the very small audience. Together, we built the production into something that defied the expectations of those around us, drawing in audiences that numbered in thousands, managing a production on a 20th Century Sound stage, appearing in US Magazine and on MTV. We planned and plotted every day on what to do to advance our organization, sometimes while sitting around a hot tub in Malibu at some high powered Producers office while being served drinks by a girl named Bunny.
Then there was the time where we found ourselves in charge of a hot oil wrestling team.
It was a very strange time in our lives.
But after 3 years, I felt the best we could accomplish in that limited pool was behind us, and I quit to work in comics, partnering with another former member of the RHPS cast: Eric Jones.
John and I did not part on the best of terms. Though they certainly were not the worst either. In the last few years, we regained contact when he began dropping by my booth at WonderCon. He always suggested we get together some time. I always agreed, but never found the time. I always meant to. I missed some of the madness and friendship he brought to my life. And I wanted to tell him this. I wish I had.
John deserved fame. I don't say this casually. He was somebody that, given the correct circumstances, would have risen incredibly far. But those circumstances never quite found him and he never realized his full potential.
I owe a lot to John. He helped me understand how entertainment can be buisness. How to create something from nothing. How to have confidence in my instincts. Without the time we spent working together onRHPS, I probably would not be writing comics now.
I should have told him these things. He deserved to know. But (as is so often the case) I always imagined there was time.
Anyway, if you are reading this and you are a fan of my work, take a moment to thank John Liddle.
May he rest in peace.