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Archive for April, 2010

It’s Wednesday, and That Means…

…comic books!

In particular, the last issue of my and Eric Trautmann‘s run on Action Comics is in stores, wrapping up the Nightwing and Flamebird storyline, and folding into the upcoming events as helmed by Sterling and James. Pere did some beautiful art this issue, and the cover – which you can see on the frontpage here – is truly stunning.

And if that wasn’t enough, after a long delay, Stumptown #3 will be in stores, the third part of the “Girl who Left her Mini but Took her Shampoo.” Matthew Southworth art! Dex in trouble! A funny bit with not one, but two cars! Snappy dialogue! Menace! A minor concussion! What more could you want from a book about a down-at-her-luck knight-errant of a private investigator!?!

And as for me, I venture to the land of Los Angeles tomorrow afternoon, to pursue…various other pursuits.

Starting next week, I’ll be posting the first excerpt from The Last Run, as well as – possibly – some more of Rick Burchett’s art.

Preview Greg’s last issue of Action

Art by Alex Garner

Art by Alex Garner

The Source, the official DC Comics blog, has a preview of Greg’s last issue of Action Comics, #889, out this Wednesday:

Writers Greg Rucka and Eric Trautmann close out their run on ACTION with a doozy, featuring art by Pere Perez. With the fate of both New Krypton and Earth weighing on their young shoulders, are Nightwing and Flamebird prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice? Check out the pages below for a clue or two.

Friday, already?

Well, making it C2E2 didn’t happen, and my sincere apologies to everyone attending who hoped to see me; I was looking forward to the show, but mass quantities of stomach bug had other ideas. There has been some talk of arranging a signing for the Batwoman: Elegy trade release in Chicago for early July; if it comes to pass, I hope to make up for my current absence then.

Feeling better today, at least, good enough to get back to work. And, as promised, here’s an image from the most current of the “new” projects, the design sheet for the book’s protagonist, as drawn by Mystery Artist. Figured we could have some fun with this, so:

The first person to correctly identify the artist of the piece wins a Stumptown t-shirt, as well as a signed copy of Stumptown issue 1!

Ready?

On your marks…

…get set…

…go!
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Greg at C2E2 this weekend

C2E2 LogoGreg will be appearing at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo in Chicago this weekend! He writes that he’ll be at the Oni Booth, and – perhaps – signing at DC.

For more information, see our appearances page.

Quite the Week

And the thing was, I told myself I was taking the last week off. I really did tell myself that.

Silly, silly me.

Started the Great Big Project in earnest last week. Research mostly, looking to script some pages for the Mystery Artist this week so he can start to drawing. Will spend today in fictional Portland as well as the real-rain-soaked-one to get the next issue of Stumptown finished for Matthew. For those of you who’ve been dialing in to hear Dex’s duclet tones on voicemail, look for a new message to coincide with the release of issue #3. And yes, I’ll be announcing its release as soon as I have a hard date from Oni.

The kerfuffle seems to be dying down a bit, now, which I suspect is for the best. I must admit, I’m feeling a bit anxious, as one might expect with the start of any new venture. DC has been a very comfortable, very stable safety blanket, one that I have sincere mixed emotions about leaving behind. It isn’t easy to walk away from a passion, and I truly believe that one cannot write well if one isn’t passionate: about story, about characters, about what one is creating.

Still, there is much ahead to be passionate about. So this week…it’s time to write.

For Q&C and novel fans out there, I’ll be posting the “Pre-Operational Briefing” (also known as “the prologue”) from The Last Run here later this week, so stay tuned!

And now…Audio!

The audio version of the spotlight panel from this past Friday is available at ComicsAlliance, as well.

So you can hear my strange voice and awkward pauses in all their limited glory.

What I Really Said

Laura Hudson, who interviewed me at the Spotlight panel this Friday last at Wondercon, has posted a (mostly) complete transcript at the ComicsAlliance website.

For those of you who are interested in the horse’s mouth, you can get it straight here.

I understand that there were a few folks recording the proceedings, as well, so look for links to the audio-slash-podcast versions when they become available.

Greg brings blog to GregRucka.com

As of today, Greg will be resuming blogging here at the site. We’ve got the posts from Greg’s LiveJournal blog (and comments) archived here on the site as well, though the old posts are also still available in their full LJ glory.

Greg kicks things off with a post called “Nothing More, Nothing Less,” that may answer questions some of you have post-Wondercon.

UPDATE (10:30pm EST): We had a little coding snafu that prevented comments from being posted. Should be all better now. If you run into any additional troubles, don’t hesitate to contact the webmaster.

Nothing More, Nothing Less

Welcome to the new blog, same as the old blog.

Except, y’know, with (hopefully) more frequent updates.

So, if you’re a fan of my work in the field of comics, you’ve most likely heard the news that I’m no longer doing work for DC. I’m told that speculation is flying fast and furious as to why this is, and apparently, even despite my on-the-record comments, it continues.

There is no drama here, folks. It is as it appears. I’m stepping away from DC to pursue different opportunities. Nothing more nefarious than that. Nothing less sinister. Time is a commodity that is as precious to me as it is rare, and there’s simply not enough of it.

I’ve been at Wondercon this weekend, doing the convention thing, and today, on a panel, the question came up – and I paraphrase – How did you come to write comics? Was that always your intention, your plan? Answers varied, but – and there is a point to this – here’s mine:

I didn’t set out to write comics, per se. Nor did I didn’t set out to write novels. Or short-stories. Or stage-plays, or screenplays, or teleplays, or haiku.

What I did, see, was set out to tell stories. And somewhere along the line, I acquired the skill-set that allowed me to have the luxury of picking and choosing the medium to serve the tale. Some stories are better served by the collaboration an artist and I can bring to the table. Others are best realized by myself, working alone with words that bend and sway and sometimes – sometimes! – do what I ask of them to do.

I write comics – note the tense, please – because I love the medium, and I love the stories I can tell within the form.  I love novels for the same reason, and am rapidly falling in love with television and screen for the exact same reasons. I’m flirting with video games, because, more than ever, I feel that the medium is on the verge of wedding entertainment with art to create a truly interactive catharsis.

I tell stories. That’s what I do. Sometimes I’m blessed, and I get it right; the story resonates and sings, and the recipient is moved by it, and he or she carries it forth and shares it with the world around them, and it is greater than the sum of its parts. Sometimes I fail, the tale falters, my execution flounders, and even my best intentions leave nothing but the taste of ashes in your mouth.

But it’s what I do. I’m not going to stop. I’m not sure I could even if I wanted to.

All I’m doing in stepping away from DC is carving time to tell the stories that have been whispering in the back of my mind for years. The last Carrie Stetko story. The next case for Dex Parios. The story of a family’s service to their country, told over two hundred years. The woman in blue. The other one, looking for a soul. The kids who take what they’re told. The killer who guards a park. The soldiers forever at war. The spy with one wound too many.

Now, you’ll excuse me…I’m going to get to work.

Hope you’ll stick around to hear the tales.

News from Wondercon

For those unable to attend Wondercon in San Francisco who are still curious as to the content of the spotlight panel with Greg moderated by Laura Hudson of Comic Alliance, Chris Evans at Comic Book Resources has a nice partial-transcript summation of the event.