Would you buy a book featuring a star-studded line-up including Arthur Adams, Sergio Aragones, J. Bone, Ed Brubaker, J. Scott Campbell, Darwyn Cooke, Garth Ennis, Mark Evanier, John Paul Leon, Mike Mignola, Mark Millar, Sean Phillips, Darick Robertson and Rick Veitch? It's called Liberty Comics #1, and as an added bonus the proceeds go directly to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
This comic book is headed up by editor Scott Dunbier, who collected this book of all-new material featuring a new stories from Brubaker & Phillips' Criminal and Ennis & Robertson's The Boys, as well as Millar & Leon's take on Dracula and new work from Cooke, Evanier, Aragones, Adams, Bone and Veitch. Everyone involved with the book from the creators to the publisher have donated their time to
For more, we talked with the editor Scott Dunbier to see how it came together.
Newsarama: Getting all these talent under one roof must have been something. How did you wrangle the talent you have together for this Liberty Comics #1?
Scott Dunbier: I know where all the bodies are buried, baby! Just kidding, that’s just at DC.
Really, it wasn’t difficult to get any of the creators to sign on, all it took were some phone calls. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is one of those causes that pretty much everyone responds to and will rally around.
NRAMA: Do you have any special stories from your end on putting this book together, such as finagling the work from some of the creators?
SD: Sorry, I don’t edit and tell.
NRAMA: Not even for … oh wait, I don't have any money on me. Maybe next time.
Is there anybody that you hoped to get in this issue but for some reason didn't?
SD: Sure, several. Brian K. Vaughan was really torn; he wanted to write something but couldn’t swing the deadline, same thing with Matt Wagner. It should be noted that both Brian and Matt are committed supporters of the CBLDF, they wanted to be involved but it just didn’t work out. Hopefully next time.
NRAMA: Liberty Comics #2? I can see it.
This is your first big project after leaving Wildstorm. Why'd you decide to jump in to head up Liberty Comics?
SD: Again, the CBLDF is a very worthy cause. And, as I’ve said before, I found myself with some free time for a while last year and thought it would be a fun and productive way to keep my hand in the editorial pool. So I called Chris Staros who put me in touch with Charles Brownstein. Simple as that.
NRAMA: Any plans for future issues of Liberty Comics at this time?
SD: I wouldn’t mind doing one of these a year. I’ve got some folks who have agreed to do stories already so it probably is inevitable that there will be others. I might actually do one for Hero Initiative next time and then go back and forth between the two. Both are great causes that can use all the continued support they get.
NRAMA:. Just so people know where their money's going – could you say how much of the cover price is going towards the CBLDF?
SD: Well, it’s a bit deceptive to talk about cover price. Stores buy the book wholesale from Diamond. But, that said, each dollar collected by Diamond will go straight to the fund. And, it can’t be mentioned enough that every writer, artist, colorist, letterer, designer, etc., donated their valuable time and considerable talents without being paid one thin dime.Liberty Comics is currnetly in stores - and we apologize - this interview was originally conducted this summer and misplaced.