Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Today I want to talk about a couple of talented friends of mine. One a struggling Sci Fi writer and the other an amazingly talented artist and writer, currently employed by DC's Vertigo Comics. Don DeBrandt is a local Vancouver writer that I have been acquaintances with for quite some time. Being that he seems to STILL be a 'starving artist,' shows that even being a published author does not make you a HUGE success. His first published work, The QuickSilver Screen was a William Gibson inspired cyberpunk novel. And while we enjoyed it it was nothing compared to the next two books, which I do urge you to check out. TimberJack and SteelDriver take place in the same universe and his cast of characters are well developed and his aliens are a lot of fun. When my husband first started his movie website, he came in contact with a local artist/writer and she gamely jumped into doing the artwork for a story that he wrote and self published in an anthology comic book. We were very impressed. Pia Guerra has doggedly fought and struggled to have her work appreciated and taken seriously by the Comic Giants DC and Marvel. She endured years of rejection letters and so on. She did make a good living doing artwork for various role playing games though. Pia finally made it big when she teamed up with Brian K. Vaughn and created Y: The Last Man, published by DC's Vertigo Comics. It is an amazingly fun series around a bleak premise in which one day all the males of the world...all male mammals of the world...drop dead. All except for one young man and his pet monkey. The ensuing journey of the young man in his search for his fiance and a cure to this mysterious 'event' is harrowing and crazy at the same time. I would recommend checking out the trade paperback of Y, as those are collections of a few issues at a time and good way for non comic readers to venture into the world of comic books. Have fun!