Wow. I can’t believe the response I got to this.
Basically, the artist I had in mind ended up re-upping with one of the Big 2. Even though Millarworld pays more money the health-care benefits in some deals are really good and this was something the artist wanted to continue, which is absolutely fair enough.
We have a big announcement week after next and I wanted to make sure our artist was in place for the end of the year launch of the book, but sadly so many people are locked up in exclusives or just long-term commitments. This year we have Greg Capullo, Frank Quitely and Stuart Immonen drawing the current batch of titles so you know the standard has to be high. I’ve long maintained I’d rather not do a project than have an artist who was someone I’m obsessed with. So I’d used up all my own contacts and that I’d just put out a tweet in the hope someone great was available and might see it.
I cannot believe the response.
Freelancers past and present got in touch. International artists I’d never heard of. Ridiculously talented newcomers. This is a big launch and at 10K an issue a good page-rate so I expected someone who had a lot of experience, but there were some really brilliant new people there and I’ve started relationships with some of them for being doing something further down the line. But I have my artist now and it’s someone I AM INDEED OBSESSED WITH, which is a relief. I’ve had the honour of working with this person before and the book worked out really well. Getting this artist for the Hit-Girl on-going is both a surprise and very good news indeed. I’m really, really happy with how this has worked out and they’re at work on the cover right now. Will share with our book announcement in 2 weeks time.
A PS: Another great thing to come out of this was a firm plan to work with Amy Reeder. As Twitter followers will know, I’m long been into her stuff and for about 10 seconds it looked like she was a possibility here. Sadly the dates just didn’t work out, but we’ve both agreed to do something soon with a virtual handshake across the Atlantic. Again, stay tuned because she’s awesome and I’m very excited about this. A double-win!