Since my last post looked back at the past year, I thought now would be a good time to look ahead. I won't be making predictions, of course. Instead, I'll be talking about what I plan and hope to do.
DYNAMO 5: SINS OF THE FATHER will debut this summer. It's a 5-issue mini-series that continues the adventures of everyone's favorite dysfunctional super-hero family. It also features some damned cool guest stars from across the Image universe.
If we're lucky, GEMINI will finally wrap up this year, too. I know Jon and I are certainly trying to make that happen.
That's probably all you'll see from me at Image this year. I've got a couple other Image projects in the works, but they're on very, very slow boils and we won't be soliciting until we have considerable work done on them. So it's possible we might see these projects start by the end of the year, but I wouldn't bet on it. The artists involved all have other priorities, and they're working on these things in their spare time.
I'm also talking with a couple other publishers about various work-for-hire projects, but it's impossible to tell how these things will turn out.
Diversity is the name of the game for me in 2010. I really want to branch out into other mediums. Last year, I wrote a TV pilot and the first draft of a feature spec, and this year I plan to revise them and try to get them sold somewhere.
Another goal of mine is to get a short mystery story published somewhere. I've been a fan of crime and mystery novels since high school, and I spent most of my time in college working on mystery stories with the intention of pursuing it as a career. But shortly after graduation I got bit by the comics bug and comics has been a distraction for me for over a decade. Not an unpleasant distraction, of course. And not something I regret in the least. And as I've said before, I have no plans to leave comics. But it's about time I turned some of my attention back to my love of prose. As fun and rewarding as collaboration is, there's something to be said for prose work. Succeed or fail, it's all up to the writer. I can't pass off a mediocre script to a great artist and have him save me. With prose, there's nothing between the writer and the audience. No one to hide behind. So the idea of jumping back into that pool has me both excited and, frankly, nervous.
This isn't quite related to writing, exactly, but I hope to do some more traveling this year. I'll almost certainly be attending the New York Comicon in October, and I might even do Comicon in San Diego this summer. I'll certainly be at the Emerald City Con in March. There's also a chance I'll be attending the Roanoke Comicon in April, but that depends on some circumstances that are beyond my control. And with any luck I'll be visiting my friends in Los Angeles sometime this spring, as well. I'll be sure to update the blog with my convention appearances as they become confirmed.
Here's hoping all you guys have a great 2010!