Monday, December 24, 2007

Another Interview, and Warm Christmas Wishes.

Christmas is upon us, "Lawless" is out in stores, and we're just over a month away from the relaunch of Criminal. Ed Brubaker conducted another lengthy interview this month, this time with IGN. In the interview, published last week and available here, Ed elaborates on the reasons for the relaunch and its expanded format, and he talks about his process for writing the book. He discusses the genre of noir and its appeal as serious literature. And, most interestingly, Ed not only confirms what may be coming immediately after the three one-shot issues, he also gives us a peek at the big picture:

"Part of the problem I'm having right now is figuring out what to do after these three standalone stories, because I have three different stories all sort of fighting for dominance and each one wants to be the next story. They're all stories I totally want to tell. It's either Leo's next story, Tracy's next story, or Jake – the guy who was in 'Lawless' - his story. He's the guy who made Tracy's ID and walks around in crutches. He has a couple of stories mapped out for him. Eventually, I'm building towards the story that is partially about their parents, and it'll be this multigenerational thing where a lot of it will be about this little crew that their parents were a part of and the teenage kids who wanted to be like their parents."

It's a lot to look forward to.

For now, we'd like to wish everyone a good Christmas. We hope that you have a chance to spend some time with your loved ones, and we hope that your family isn't nearly as dysfunctional as the Lawless bunch.

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Excerpt of "Lawless" at New York Magazine.

Over at his blog, Sean Phillips pointed out that New York Magazine's website is featuring a lengthy excerpt, here, of "Lawless," Criminal's second trade paperback collection.

Images of the ten pages from issue #6 are displayed down the webpage in a single column. Criminal's standard layout of three columns per page not only makes this preview easy to read online, it really gives the impression that we're seeing one continuous page. Still, Sean's sense of page composition remains intact: transitions from one scene to another almost always occur between pages, rather than within a single page.

It's definitely worth checking out if you're new to Criminal, but even fans might get a kick seeing this excerpt presented so seamlessly.

"Lawless" will be available in stores this Wednesday, December 12th.

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