DC's celebrated, long-standing mature readers imprint, Vertigo, has been a very newsworthy place as of late, with several new titles recently announced, and Neil Gaiman's return to Sandman — Sandman: Overture, illustrated by J.H. Williams III — scheduled to debut in October.
Trillium writer Jeff Lemire, The Wake writer Scott Snyder and Fables artist Mark Buckingham are among the creator's scheduled to be in attendance at the "Vertigo: Defy" panel, happening early Thursday evening at Comic-Con International in San Diego. It's got a scheduled start time of 5:45 p.m. Pacific time, and we're here live — keep refreshing this page for the latest details.
Panel starts with a few updates of DC's ongoing "We Can Be Heroes" charitable initiative.
On the panel: Vertigo executive editor Shelly Bond, group editor Will Dennis, editor Mark Doyle, Fables artist Mark Buckingham, Fairest writers Marc Andreyko and writer Sean E. Williams, Trillium (and Green Arrow and Animal Man) writer Jeff Lemire, Collider writer Simon Oliver and The Wake (and Batman and Superman Unchained) writer Scott Snyder.
Sandman: Overture is briefly discussed, with Bond and DC marketing's John Cunningham praising the artwork of Wiliams, and pointing to Saturday's Sandman panel — with Gaiman in attendance — for more.
August's American Vampire Anthology is up next. "It was a huge thrill to get to ask some of my best friends and the people I admire the most in comics to be a part of the world of American Vampire," Snyder says. "They really brought their A-game. Everyone was allowed to go anywhere they wanted in the mythology." Jason Aaron has a story in it, Snyder reveals.
Snyder on The Wake: "It has a cope and breadth that I've never tried before... the second half is a totally different story." "It means a lot to me, personally, and to Sean [Murphy], too," Snyder adds, saying that it deals with big issues, like isolation.
Lemire discusses Trillium, and the unique format of its debut. "The first issue is double-sized. It's a flipbook, with two stories that sort of meet in the middle." Lemire describes it as a "sci-fi love story."
Turning to Fables, Bond reads a short message from Bill Willingham, who is not in attendance, showing appreciation for fans. Buckingham says that October's issue #134 with Bigby Wolf and Boy Blue, is not an imaginary tale, but in continuity with the series.
Buckingham talks about Dead Boy Detectives, a series starring the Sandman characters starting in November. "This is an opportunity for us to really explore these characters." Bond says there will be a young girl detectives who will "definitely kick things up a few notches for the dead boys. Turning to the Fables/Unwritten story, Buckingham says he and Mike Carey brainstormed it over an evening.
The Fables encyclopedia comes out in October, with entries provided by Jess Nevins.
Williams on Fairest: "I think somebody dies in every single issue of this [current] arc."
Andreyko on his Fairest arc, featuring Cinderella and drawn by Shawn McManus: "I think this is the first Fairest arc that's going to tie into events going on concurrently in the main Fables book."
Oliver on Collider: "We follow the exploits of a team from the FBP — federal bureau of physics — as they go about their work there." Doyle calls artist Robbi Rodriguez "phenomenal."
Snyder, who says he's read the first few issues, calls Collider "brilliant," and describes it as "what if the laws of physics began to deteriorate?"
Bond says that Vertigo likes to "take a chance on new people," in discussing the anthology The Witching Hour — which also has established talents like Gail Simone. Dennis says it's imperative to find new voices. "We feel like we have set the bar really high, and we're constantly looking for new voices, and new art styles," Bond continues.
Also coming up: Coffin Hill, debuting in October. "It's provocative, it's dark, it's twisted," Bond says, calling it what she thinks "Vertigo horror is all about."
Speaking of the October-debuting Hinterkind, Dennis says that it's not a book he'd normally be interested in, but the more he read of writer Ian Edginton's material on the series, he was convinced. It's about mythical creatures resurfacing (and warring) after the human race has nearly died out.
Another new series is The Discipline, starting in December, written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Leo Fernandez. "It's an adventure, kind of thriller story, with the context of exploring very interesting and dark sexual themes."
Also in December is Suiciders, written and drawn by Lee Bermejo. It takes place in a Los Angeles that's been devastated by an earthquake. "They created this game that's essentially a mixed martial arts-meets-gladiator game, called Suiciders... It's big, open, and energetic and violent."
Dennis says Brother Lono shows the title character in a way that hasn't been seen before. "We're going to see what happens. It's the whole team from 100 Bullets," Dennis says, but they're looking to take things to the "next level," rather than replicating what worked for them before.
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