Hey all. I wish I had time to keep up with the writer commentaries I was doing last year, but with the amount of titles I’m writing, my editorial duties, and my other job, I’m barely finding the time to blog here at all.
I did, however, want to issue a blanket trigger warning for ASCENSION #2, which came out today. The issue features a would-be school shooting and, later, one instance of attempted suicide and another of fairly extreme violence. When writing these kinds of scenes, figuring out the best and most honest way to tell the story, I always strive to be respectful while also being true to the idea. I think ASCENSION #2 does that, and I hope you do, too. I do, however, know how devastating even reading about this kind of thing can be, so I did want to give a bit of a warning before moving on with it. (SPOILERS: the shooter does not get more than two yards past the doors before he is dealt with),
That said, this issue is of great personal importance to me. If the impact of reading it has a fraction of the power than writing it did on me, I’ve done my job.
There’s not much I can show without spoilers, but here are a few panels. It’s truly one of the highlights of my career thus far, so I can’t help but show a little.
I think geek culture spends too often talking about what it hates. I’m guilty of it too. But I can’t help but be annoyed when I see people in this industry post primarily about how much the things they’re seeing sucks. This movie sucks, corporate comics suck, this thing sucks… I think the good in this industry, and maybe even this world, outweighs the good. So maybe we should stop getting off to how bad the things we don’t like are and focus on the good. I mean, just a few months ago at NYCC, I was behind this guy who was walking with his program open, reading the panels aloud… and going, “Meh” after every single one. Why are you even here? This is about love and enthusiasm. If you’re going to be a bag of dicks, then go dick around elsewhere. Let’s start loving and enjoying and not dick bagging.