INSIDE VIRGIN COMICS: Trading UpAugust 1, 2007
Storytelling is a tricky business. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an awesome business—I’m happy to work the long hours, take the endless meetings, and run myself ragged with all the other stuff, because it means I get to do things like decide how heroes live and die, create worlds and burn them down, and turn women into snakes and boys into zombies. I will be real with you, because, by virtue of picking up this book, I think you’re pretty cool: this job rocks.
But that still doesn’t mean there aren’t difficulties and nuances in the work—even the cool work. When you write a comic book (as when TV writers write an episode) you have to think about two stories at once: the issue story, which is a scant 22-pages long, and the overarching series story, and, on some level, have them both work. The problem is, while, when you’re finished with an issue you can look at it and say “that’s a nice issue,” you have to wait until you finish a whole arc before you can see if it all came together.
Fortunately for us, it has. We’ve just put out our first six collected volumes, and we’re all pretty stoked about the stories they tell. It’s a wide range of stories, moving from myth to mystery to metamorphoses, and typifies who we are not only as a company, but as storytellers. And, while all of these stories will live beyond these first stories, these are our building blocks, the foundation upon which we plan to build a universe upon.
I invite you to check them out, enjoy the births of our worlds, and get to know our characters from the very beginning, and then stick around: all of our series are continuing their journey as monthlies in comic book shops now. It’s going to be a wild ride, and I hope you guys will join us.
See you on the inside,
and the Virgin Comics Editorial Team