This isn't so much an "ask" as it is a "tell". I see all kinds of grief you get over Nova, because of Sam. I've liked Sam since the get-go, but that's not even half of why I'm here. I've been struggling to find comics coming out currently that I can read and share with my 7 year old son. I'm trying to get him to read more, find things that he finds engaging, that we can bond over, and I found that in Nova. Thank you. Those two words aren't enough. But /thank you/.
Hi - Marvel has some storybooks - mostly origins. In addition to Nova, DC had a line of fun all ages books - The Batman Adventures. There’s a Thor book from Samnee that we love too. Boom has some Pixar comics too - thanks for reading Nova.
True Detective has captured my imagination in a way that very few things do. I admit to having a certain built-in interest to anything that examines the darkness inherent in human nature. That interest multiplies exponentially when you add the factors of rural America, religion, philosophy,…
I’m a guest at D.I.C.E. EXPO. I couldn’t be more excited about this trip. There might be a single signing date in London before or after, I’ll update this page if that materializes.
OCTOBER 10-12, 2O14 IN NEW YORK, NY
Assuming I am not fatally pint’ed to death in Dublin with Declan, Jordie and all my new Irish friends, I should be extradited back to the states in time for NYCC. I don’t know in what capacity I’ll be there, but I’ll have some times to sign at the very least.
Not a joke: I’m not doing any conventions in 2015. Next year my son will have baseball and soccer games that I will want to attend, and it’s hard being away from my family so much. It’s probably a delight for them, but it’s hard on me, so fuck this. After New York in the fall, I’m on hiatus. Come see me sometime this year if you want. Thanks again for the support.
A couple of new comics are going to be announced this year including two I’m already working on. Thanks for supporting me, and allowing me to do what I love for a living.
First, funny guy Jeff Loveness loses his Marvel cherry in spectacular fashion in A+X 17. This issue will long be remembered for his arrival and it’s not just the penultimate chapter of my serial, but the second to last issue of the book, ever! I know that big word because I looked it up. Here’s a look at the penultimate issue. It’s such a great word! Congrats Jeff, his story pairs Iron Man with Broo. Fun stuff.
Then, Christopher Yost & Marcus To reintroduce us to New Warriors. I’ve had the pleasure of reading ahead, and this book is fun as hell — it’s worth you dropping a book to make room for it on your pull list. (Just nothing I’m writing, please.) Here’s a preview.
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It’s time to talk about me. Tomorrow Beta Ray Bill arrives in Nova 13, and it kicks off my first big cosmic arc. I’m thrilled that you guys get to finally enjoy it. It’s a perfect place to jump on if you’ve not been reading. My hope is to make you all fans of Sam Alexander. No lie - it’s worth it for the wonderful art. Check it out. Here’s a preview. Of everything I’m currently writing at the moment, I am enjoying writing Nova the most. I hope it shows, and you guys dig it. Bill and Sam start off on the wrong foot (Sam’s bad) and then they share an adventure that will hopefully leave Sam a smidge wiser…if he survives.
Oh, and our award winning Marvel Infinite Comic is out today too. (I hope someone gives it an award someday, or I’m going to feel dumb) Deadpool: The Gauntlet # 7 is live at Comixology and Marvel.com right now.
Just for fun, you can’t buy it or anything, but here’s a picture of me failing my Nova Corps physical.
Thanks for the reading, and I appreciate the support!
PS - Buy Robinson & Kirk’s FF when it comes out too - you’re welcome!
PPS - Later this week I’ll be able to share a couple of short pieces that I directed. Thanks to some wonderful acting and clever editing, my shortcomings as a directer have been completely obscured!
PPPS - Deadpool 24 drops next week, and it’s a doozy. Fair warning. Some big goings on in that one, including some small things that might be missed. Please enjoy! Or don’t, but don’t tweet anything shitty at me, and we’ll call it a day.
Jordan D White and I chat about Deadpool’s wedding in # 27 here.
And Hawthorne and I chat about the wedding with Newsarama.
And next week Nova 12 arrives. Please add Nova to your pull-lists. I’m having a lot of fun, the art team is wickedly talented and the scripts that I just turned in were some of the most pleasing to deliver. I can’t tell you how excited I am about all the fun we’re having with Sam Alexander. Yes, he can fly into space, but he’s also got the problems of a lot of other teenagers today. Here are a few upcoming covers. Thanks again for the support.
So I'm really interested in Nova and would love learn more about his character but I don't know which Nova to start with. Any recommendations? Same goes for the Almighty Sorcerer supreme I think Doctor Strange is all kinds of cool and would appreciate some direction. Thanks for the help Taco Man
I love the current Nova series, currently being written by Gerry “Loves to be Tickled” Duggan. He’s a new character, and a great way to jump into the Nova mythos. There’s also the Nova series that began in 2007, starring Richard Rider, written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. That series, and all the other work that they did in the cosmic part of the Marvel U, made me a believer. TOP NOTCH.
Is it really so frustrating having people work as editors on your stories as a comic book writer? Many writers talk about it like it was some kind of damnation. I write scientific papers for living, and editors are fundamental....
Editors are essential. any writer that doesn’t see the true function of a really good editor is a narcissist. is every editor made a equally great cloth? No. but there are many great editors working in this business and every one of them has helped me considerably. they are sounding boards, they are a voices of reason, and for those of us who can’t spell or construct a sentence :-) they are essential.
a really good editor is someone who has your back and wants the book to be successful. they want you to put your best foot forward and will do anything they can to make your vision see the light of day.
On Friday Nov 29th I’ll be signing at The Comic Cellar from 3-5 PM with Posehn & Remender. There will be plenty of DEADPOOL comics and collections on hand, as well as all our Marvel work. It would be a pleasure to sign Nova 100 & A+X, both on stands this week. The shop will also be selling the new hardcover of THE LAST CHRISTMAS and copies of Rick’s great new Image comic BLACK SCIENCE.
Comic Cellar: 135 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
Then on Saturday Nov 30th Rick, Dean White and I will be signing at Beach Ball Comics in Anaheim beginning at 2 PM.
3024 W Ball Rd Ste G, Anaheim, California 92804
Here is a Facebook clubhouse email event thing for the latter signing:
Geof Darrow is an extraordinary comics creator who has written and drawn some of the most imaginative comics of the last 25 years. You’re undoubtedly familiar with whether you know it or not from his concept designer gig for The Matrix trilogy.
I’ve loved Geof’s work from the moment I first saw it. Hard Boiled # 1. I still get lost in it. It doesn’t matter how many times I go back and enjoy it, there is always something new on every page. I devoured the story of a robot that doesn’t know what he is. The Big Guy & Rusty The Boy Robot followed — it’s a love letter to robots, monsters, comics and was turned into a cartoon and my son’s favorite toy.
The Marvel NOW! Deadpool audience will recognize Geof as the hyper-detailed cover artist for our first five issues, but that barely scratches the surface of his accomplishments.
The best news of all is that right now at this very moment Geof Darrow is publishing his masterpiece, The Shaolin Cowboy. His art has never looked better with Dave Stewart as his collaborator.
Geof shared the completed story with me, and it is his masterpiece. The art is everything you’d expect: crisp, funny, violent detailed action on a gigapixel scale, but there’s a larger point to this new work, and it’s one I don’t want to spoil, so we’ll have to chat about it after.
And now, on to some important dates: November 13 The Conclusion Of The Good The Bad & The Ugly arrives in stores and at Marvel.com. Preview Declan Shalvey’s finale here.
On November 20th I have a short story in Nova 100 (AKA Nova 10) It’s the hundredth comic published by Marvel with the Nova name on it, and I’m proud that I was asked to contribute. My regular run begins in December. Please do pre-order Nova 10 & 11, and thrill as I try not to embarrass myself following Zeb Wells and Jeph Loeb. Here’s a preview of Nova 100, it’s worth it for the art alone!
Also on the 20th, A+X 15 arrives. It’s got part 2 of my strange trip with Captain America & Cyclops. Max Bemis has a fun story in it and Say Anything fans will cause this to sell out quick.
I hit the trifecta on November 20th because The Last Christmas hardcover is released to comic shops with lots of extra material. You can also pre-order the book at Amazon, but it would be nice if you would support a comic shop, especially at Christmastime. Brian, Remender, Hilary Barta and Michelle Madsen worked hard on that, and we hope you enjoy the sad, funny, true story of Santa after the apocalypse.
On December 5th Deadpool 20 arrives. It’s our third “inventory” issue. This one sees Deadpool on a Wakandan vacation in Marvel’s swingin’ sixties. Scott Koblish & Val Staples accomplished something special with this comic. Here’s an interview about the book with some black and white preview pages.
Later in December Mike Hawthorne will return to Deadpool for # 21, and this arc is the best Mike’s ever been. Deadpool is messed up from North Korea, Preston wants out of his head, and some familiar faces return to the pages of Deadpool. Jordie Bellaire survived her experience with Declan and will be coloring Mike. A+X will continue through the spring too.
In January Deadpool Infinite: The Gauntlet arrives. Rather than explain what that is and why you should buy it - read this.
The Infinite Horizon is available at shops (hopefully) at Comixology (definitely) and over at Amazon. Phil Noto and I lost the Eisner for that one. (Deservedly) However, we are proud of it and hope you’ll check it out.
And now, here is where you can get all of the above signed:
Friday November 29: The Comic Cellar (late afternoon)
Address: 135 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
Saturday November 30 Beach Ball In Anaheim
At 2 PM I’ll be at Beach Ball with Remender, Posehn, and Dean White.
First, thanks so much for all the kind remarks, tweets, reviews, and shit that was shouted at me from passing cars about Deadpool 15 and 16. It’s always very appreciated. Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire are the perfect team for this story, and they’re killing it.
Meanwhile Scott Koblish, Mike Hawthorne and Val Staples are working in secret behind the curtain on stories that follow The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. I want to welcome any new readers that jumped on with this arc. Sales are up, so I have some statistical evidence to support the supposition that these new readers exist.
Thanks all around, and if you’re a new reader our first two Deadpool trade paperbacks are available in comic shops and e-stores everywhere.
Volume III guest starring Captain America and Wolverine is called (once again)The Good, The Bad & The Ugly is being rushed to press to arrive the week before Christmas — just in case you want to stuff a stocking with some new, fun Deadpool. Remember, if you’re digging it - please pre-order Deadpool with your retailer. It makes things so much easier.
Now, I wanted to let you know how Nova is going - it’s going very well, thanks for asking!
Nova 100 (10) arrives on stands in November. I have a 10 pager that backs-up Zeb Wells’ big finish. I can’t wait for you to read it.
Then on December 4th — my run begins in Nova 11. Here’s Ed McGuinness’ wonderful cover:
Please ask your retailer to pull the book for you. It will be worth it for Paco Medina’s contribution alone. I’ve been spending a lot of time to try and get this one right. I’m proud of it, and if you’re enjoying Deadpool — I think you’ll dig this too. It’s fun to write an inexperienced, but very powerful young hero. I’m grateful for the chance to write Sam Alexander.
Also this fall — my six issue run on A+X begins. I’ve got 10 pages per issue beginning with # 13 to tell a tale that stars Captain America and Cyclops and will span the globe in less than a day. By the Hoary Hosts Of Hoggoth, there will be some fun, surprising guest stars. I was inspired by MIDNIGHT RUN starring Charles Grodin & Robert DeNiro. Two fellas that don’t care for each other sharing an adventure. Good times.
This fall Image Comics is offering a hardcover edition of THE LAST CHRISTMAS written by Posehn and I, with art from Rick Remender, Hil Barta, and Michelle Madsen. It’s got a glorious Geof Darrow Cover and it’s the true story of Santa Claus after the apocalypse. Please ask your retailer to order it for you. I will use my cut of this book to buy my son food and shoes.
But wait, there’s more!
I will be at New York Comic Con and signing a few times over the course of the show. I’ll also be on a panel for Marvel. All those details are TBD.
On Thursday October 17th from 3-5 PM I’ll be signing at Metro Entertainment from 3-5 PM. Address: 6 W Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Phone:(805) 963-2168
I will also sign at The Comic Cellar on Black Friday with Brian Posehn & Rick Remender. Exact time TBD. We’ll sign anything we’ve ever done together or separately. The Last Christmas HC will be out, and Rick’s new Image book Black Science will have its debut that week as well.
The Comic Cellar
Address: 135 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
Then, the next day on Saturday the 30th at 2 PM I’ll be at Beach Ball Comics in Anaheim to sign Nova 100, Deadpool, The Last Christmas, A+X and whatever else you want. (not really)
Bad news/good news: This is a GIANT-SIZE update, but at least it’s free. In approximate chronological order:
The second Deadpool TPB is in stores this week. It collects Marvel NOW Deadpool 7-13. Then on August 26 The Good, The Bad And The Ugly starring Captain America, Wolverine and Deadpool begins in Deadpool 15. The mystery of Deadpool’s repeated abductions is revealed. Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire are killing it on art.
This arc contains revelations that will reverberate through Deadpool’s story moving forward. It’s also going to be fun. Don’t believe me? Watch this vine! (This is the first time those letters have ever been combined to make that sentence.)
Meanwhile, Scott Koblish and Val Staples are hard at work on the next “Inventory” issue, this one takes place in Marvel’s Swingin’ Sixties. Mike Hawthorne, and Val are busy on the arc that begins in Deadpool 21. in addition, it seems like every Deadpool collection is coming back in time for the holidays.
“That’s a pretty big November” you’re saying to yourself, but you’re wrong. That’s November in just mid-transformation. Its loafers are just splitting in half, its purple pants shredding. November is going to get even bigger:
Nova # 100drops this month, and I have a short story in this special anniversary issue that supplants issue 10 before I take over the series full-time in December. I have the honor of following Jeff Loeb and Zeb Wells, who did a wonderful job quickly building Sam Alexander up with big time action and heart.
They left me some big shoes to fill, but can promise a couple of things: Paco Medina, and the whole Nova team is producing some really wonderful comic books:
I’m lucky to be asked to contribute. We’re going to have fun telling stories about an inexperienced, but very powerful hero. If you’re enjoying Deadpool, I suspect you’ll also enjoy Nova. Please check it out, and while you’re waiting here’s a Nova interview at Comic Book Resources.
Also in November from Marvel: the first of a six part run begins in A+X 13. Cyclops and Captain America have no choice but to work together, and they can’t stand each other! They’ll remind each other they’re not friends for almost the full 60 pages. There will be plenty of guest stars from both the Avengers & X-Men.
November is huge. How huge? The oversized hardcover edition of Marvel NOW! Deadpool Vol 1 arrives, presenting issues 1-12. I have the same format book of the Mark Waid/Paolo Rivera/Chris Samnee Daredevil. It’s fantastic.
Lastly in November a hardcover reprinting of The Last Christmas arrives with a cover from Geof Darrow. Rick Remender, Hil Barta & Michelle Madsen did a wonderful job illustrating the true story of Santa Claus after the apocalypse.
At some point this fall What Now?! will show up with an untold tale of Doc Ock’s early days with some great Pat Oliffe art. This issue also has stories from: The Daily Show’sWyatt Cenac, 30 Rock’sScott Adsit, Nicki & Sara Live’sSara Schaefer.
By now you’re probably thinking to yourself “Just SHUT UP" Well, believe it or not there’s actually some stuff I can’t talk about yet, so if you wanted me to shut up, I’m even giving you some of that.
This November 1-3 I’m a guest of Stan Lee Comikaze at the LA Convention Center. Come get your comic signed and unfollow me in person.
If you miss me in Los Angeles, I’ll be signing at New York Comic Con, October 10-13 2013. Dates and times are TBD.
Are you a retailer that might be interested in hosting me for a signing at the end of the year? Get in touch with me on Twitter, maybe we can work something out.
If you’re still reading — Why?
Is it because you’re a person that enjoys comic books in French or Italian? Congratulations, The Infinite Horizon is now being printed in Europe by Panini.
Here’s a recent Deadpool interview with Ben Morse at Marvel.com, and I’m also on Brian Posehn’s D&D podcast here.
I know this is a lot to digest. Look at the bright side, at least I’m not Kickstarting something. Thanks again for the support.
I wanted to give you a heads-up about some comics that are coming your way the next few months. I hope you’ll pre-order all these comics with your comic retailer.
First, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly begins in August with Deadpool 14 and 15. Then the story continues in #16 & 17 — double-shipping in September. Declan Shalvey & Jordie Belliare are a perfect team for this, and they’re working their asses off. This story reveals the grim purpose behind Deadpool’s abductions. Luckily Deadpool will get some help from the super-soldier VFW. Captain America and Wolverine guest star this arc, and if they can’t neutralize this threat it will spell major trouble for the Marvel Universe.
October will bring Deadpool 18, and then The Good, The Bad & The Ugly concludes our first year on Deadpool with issue 19 in November. Hard to believe it’s only been a year. After this arc we’ll have another “inventory issue” from Scott Koblish & Val Staples in issue 20, and welcome the return of Mike Hawthorne & Val Staples back in Deadpool #21. Brian and I are lucky to have the best rotation in the business…
Also hitting in October is A+X 13. You need to order this because it has a story by Howard Chaykin featuring a team-up with Emma Frost and Black Widow.
That’s going to be worth the price of admission alone, but as an added bonus I’m writing a story that is an experiment in the format of A+X. I’ll be writing a story that will run through the next half dozen issues.
The very talented David Yardin is providing all the art. Our story stars Captain America & Cyclops. It’s an action adventure through some of the mysterious corners of the Marvel Universe. It takes place on the road in the style of MIDNIGHT RUN, one of my favorite movies. After Charles Xavier’s death, Rogers and Summers can’t stand each other making this a ton of fun to write. If you’re not reading A+X, please give #13 a try — our story runs through issue 18.
Finally, I’ll leave you all with the threat of yet even more comic books with my name on the cover. I’m almost positive one gig will be solicited by Marvel next month. I’m thrilled to be co-writing Deadpool and picking up some very exciting new assignments. Thanks for the support.
I will be in San Diego for Comic Con beginning on Thursday. I’ll be signing at the Image & Marvel:
THURSDAY 4-5 at Image #2729
FRIDAY 1-2 at Marvel #2329
FRIDAY 5:30-7 at Image #2729
SATURDAY 2-3 at Image #2729
SUNDAY - X-Men Panel 12:30p in room 6DE
Last signing: 1-2 at Marvel #2329
Regarding signings & the panel:
Image will have plenty of Last Christmas and Infinite Horizon softcovers. If you think you might want one of the out of print Emerald City Comic-Con exclusive hardcovers of the latter, let me know. I only have a few left, and will only be bringing enough for everyone that lets me know they want one by tweeting @GerryDuggan
I will sign whatever you like at Image including any Deadpool you might have. (I can’t do piles of books to be slabbed, get in touch me if you want and I’ll make time somewhere else)
Marvel will not be selling any Deadpools, so bring what you want signed. Brian Posehn will join me during my Marvel times.
Please swing by Marvel’s X-Men panel on Sunday July 21, 2013 at 12:30pm in room 6DE Join Editor Jeanine Schaefer, senior editor Nick Lowe, and writers Brian Michael Bendis (All-New X-Men), Paul Cornell (Wolverine), Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), Sam Humphries (Uncanny X-Force), and Brian Posehn (Deadpool) bring you your definitive one-stop shop for all things X-Men! We will mostly discuss the new Marvel Now! Deadpool run, I’m guessing. It’s Bendis’ first panel at SDCC since Elrond left Middle Earth so if you want to be there, maybe get there early.
Hello. This will be a boring, joke-free post because I’m under a couple of hard deadlines. Here is where to have my sweet, black sharpie make love to the front of your Deadpool & Infinite Horizon comics:
1) I’ll be signing with Brian Posehn at Wondercon on Saturday March 30th at Beach Ball Comics’ booth 125. We’re going to start signing at 1PM for at least a couple of hours.
3) I’m signing with Scott Koblish, the wonderful artist of Deadpool # 7 in Manhattan Beach at The Comic Bug on April 3rd from 5 to 8 PM. That’s the date that issue 7 drops. It’s a really fun issue, and Scott CRUSHED the art. Their address is: 1807 1/2 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, California 90266
My Weekend Trip To Seattle Where I Don't Even Go Outside
This weekend at Emerald City Comic Con I’ll be with Brian Posehn at table Y-06 next to Tony Moore who will be at Y-07 AND he’ll have all his Deadpool originals. Get them while the gettin’ is good.
I will have a VERY small amount of Deadpool # 1 to sell courtesy of retailer buddy. If you to have us sign Deadpool - please plan to bring the comic with you or buy it at the show. I think I have less than 20 copies.
Brian and I will sign all your Deadpool, and we’ll have some copies of Last Christmas for everyone that needs it. Brian’s also selling compact discs of him talking about his penis and the unfortunate things his body does.
I will also have softcover Infinite Horizon, and a very small quantity of the limited hardcover that was exclusive to last year’s Emerald City.
On Saturday morning at 11:05 Brian & I are guests on CB Cebulski’s Marvel panel in HALL B (608-610) We’ll probably say something stupid.
We’ll be back at our table for the rest of the day before heading to our own panel on Comedy Writing Saturday night at 7:30 in HALL A (611-614) I KNOW we’ll say some dumb things at this panel.
On Sunday I’m signing at Infinite Horizon at Image Comics (booth #1100) from 1 to 1:45 PM.
Here are a few thoughts on the next few months of Deadpool comics.
Issue 6 of Deadpool hits on March 20th. You’re going to buy it. Tony Moore leaves us temporarily and he’s going out with a bang. It’s his best work. Period. Things started to get a little heavy for Deadpool in issue 5, and that trend will continue.
Two weeks later, issue # 7 hits on April 3rd. It’s a flashback back to one of our favorite stories in our favorite eras of Marvel Comics. As you can see from the legendary Kevin Maguire’s cover below — we’re telling a Deadpool story that takes place back in the classic “Demon In A Bottle”. It will be fun for everyone! Except Tony Stark - who’s having a hell of a time. The idea behind this issue, one written & drawn in the 80’s but not published until now came from our editor, Jordan D White. This issue has a lot of guest stars & surprises we don’t want to spoil. We had so much fun we’re thinking of going back and playing in some different eras as stand-alone issues between arcs moving forward.
Seriously LOOK AT THIS COVER.
Scott Koblish does some genius work on the inside of this book. We’re proud of the shenanigans, and it’s not just a one-off comedy. The events of this 80’s issue lead right into the next arc. Don’t let it sell out on you - please pre-order it.
Two weeks after that, the second arc begins with issue 8, and some damn fine work from Mike Hawthorne. This issue keeps things personal for Deadpool…and opens up a mystery. I don’t want to say any more than that. So please — PLEASE pre-order these books with your comics retailer. And now — a cover by ART ADAMS!
Tony Moore drew his damn face off. His first arc is our favorite thing he’s ever done. Of course, we’re not objective… We’re grateful for the response to the first six issues, and especially to Tony for getting Brian and I underway on Deadpool with the absolute best art possible for that story. You’ll see more of Tony & Deadpool later on…
We also want to thank Val Staples & Joe Sabino for their excellent work. Please pre-order the books if you want to read them this spring. Thanks again to everybody that’s been reading — the best is yet to come.
On March 1 & 2 I’ll be appearing with Brian Posehn at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. We’re signing all weekend long next to Tony Moore and we have two panels on Saturday: a Marvel panel at 11 AM (room TBD) and a Comedy Writing Panel at 7 PM that evening in Room A. You will learn nothing, and leave the rooms much dumber than you entered, but by all means please join us.
I will have softcovers of Infinite Horizon to sell, and a VERY limited quantity of hardcovers at both these shows since the printer found a couple of boxes. If you’re interested — tweet at me @gerryduggan to give me a heads-up and I’ll know how many to bring. I might buy some Deadpool from a retailer pal to sell for cover if I can get them, but I probably won’t have much stock, so bring your own Deadpool if you’re interested in signatures.
I’ll be signing at Image & Marvel during San Diego Comic Con.
Some of you might only know me from my dickery on Twitter, while others are readers of Marvel’s Deadpool. So just in case you didn’t know, or needed a reminder, Phil Noto and I made a comic called The Infinite Horizon. We were nominated for an Eisner, and hope you check it out. It’s in comic shops, book stores on Amazon & available to download digitally.
And this summer it will be translated into French & Italian by Panini Comics.
Don’t believe me? Check out this gibberish tweet that says something to that effect.
I’m a writer, husband and father. It’s for my young son that I write this short essay. I hope it finds readers on both sides of the gun issue.
I wanted to begin by pointing out that there is nothing worse than the heinous murders of children that occurred at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
But that’s not true, is it? American mass murders are getting worse. What’s next? Kindergartners?
There are 40 parents sitting in quiet homes during what should be the happiest time of the year. Their closets stuffed with presents that will never make it under a Christmas tree. They will never hug their kids again.
America, your guns are not that important.
I’d like to counter a few of the more popular arguments I’ve been encountering lately.
“You’re politicizing dead kids. It’s too early to discuss gun control.”
No, it can’t be too early, because it’s already too late.
“The second amendment guarantees me the right to carry these weapons.”
Untrue. The second amendment to our constitution is very clear:
A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.
Firearms in this country are currently not well regulated. The laws vary state to state, and that is a big problem. Federal firearms laws must be tightened. Assault weapons and items like high capacity magazines are incompatible with Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness. They never were, and this is a mistake that needs to be corrected now. If our founding fathers could see what has been allowed to transpire they would surely shoot us dead. First, by pouring powder from a horn into a measure, and then dropping it down the barrel of their musket. Then they would shove a patched lead ball inside the weapon and finally try to aim and hit us with it. Likely they would have missed and needed to repeat this process.
“I need powerful assault weapons because I am a hunter.”
No, you don’t. Are you the world’s worst hunter? No, you’re not, but I’d like to introduce you to that person. There’s a video of a blind man shooting an elk dead. He’s the worst hunter. Be a sport about your sport. I’m willing to concede the definition of the weapons I want made illegal will be tough to nail down, but we all know what they are — they’re the weapons used to slaughter innocent people.
“I need these guns to defend my family and home.”
Do you live in the third act of a John Carpenter film? No, you don’t. You do not need assault weapons to protect your home and family. A handgun or shotgun is sufficient. How do I know this? I live in Southern California, our state bird is a bullet. Guns are everywhere. My friend sent an intruder back out of his apartment simply by cocking his revolver. Owning a firearm is something that you’re entitled to do. I don’t feel comfortable having a gun in a home with a young boy. Our society simply do not need the kind of immense firepower that is available today. Nobody likes hearing the term “government regulation” but that’s a more attractive phrase than “school massacre”.
“Criminals will always find a way to get these guns, you’re removing guns from a law-abiding citizen’s hands.”
To do nothing about our gun problem is once again, simply immoral. Americans will always have access to guns, but we need to set some limits. The laws we have on the books do not work. This point is no longer up for debate. Guns can be lost, stolen or sold. I’m willing to concede that I might trust you, the gun-owner, but what about your angry, misguided and ill son?
“Owning these guns makes me safer.”
False. If that were true Nancy Lanza would be alive today and her murderously insane son would be dead or in jail.
“If more people were armed we would all be safer.”
Also untrue. There are plenty of statistic to refute this argument, and it’s particularly invalid and loathsome when discussing schools. The teachers I had growing up needed help setting up their overhead projectors, so I’ll say no thank you to the notion of arming them. Let’s throw as much cold water on this as possible right now. Teachers don’t want to have the power of life and death strapped to their hip, and children don’t want to learn from someone that is armed.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly this country needs to address how it treats mental health. In America it’s much easier to buy a gun than it is to receive mental health treatment. That must change. It’s going to be a lot cheaper, easier and less heartbreaking to pay for preventive mental health than it is to clean up these bloody messes. Want to own a gun? Fine, first pass a mental health screening and gun safety course. Whatever it costs, it will still be a great bargain.
We need Washington’s help on this, but I’m afraid we’re going to be sorely disappointed by the quality of person we’ve elected to serve us. Washington is a joke. The NRA elects 4 of the 5 politicians that it throws money at. The people we need to influence were bought before they even went to Congress. The leadership that will birth strict new gun control laws is going to have to come from we, the people.
Laws are seldom perfect. Will these new laws and reforms stop every slaughter? Unfortunately not.
Will they help mitigate the consequences of armed and deranged people?
Of course they will.
To do nothing in the wake of Newtown makes us all accomplices to future mass murders. Direct action is now required to secure the safety and security of our society. That is not an overstatement. We cannot continue to let a powerful gun lobby tell us how this country is going to work, nor can we continue to ignore the mental health crisis that is spilling into our streets.
If you supported civilian ownership of these weapons when you arrived here I hope I’ve changed your mind because we need your voice too. It’s time for people to be accountable on this issue. Every person must take a stand for what’s right, or what’s profitable. We especially need to hear from gun owners who have changed their minds and realize that we must have tighter restrictions on guns.
I believe if we can have a constructive, rational conversation that there will be overwhelming support to change.
Every American must be vocal on this.
If this dialogue is successful, gun owners will not be waiting in fear for the day that the police to come and take away their assault weapons and high powered rounds because they will turn them in voluntarily. Because it’s the right thing to do. Because we, as a nation, will have decided that 20 first graders, and their teachers is enough.
Public pressure must be applied to politicians. If meaningful reforms are not enacted soon we may have to throw out the congressional leaders that stand in our way. That would mean waiting for the 2014 midterm elections if we wanted to get these desperately needed laws in front of President Obama, who is sure to sign them.
Are we really going to have to wait that long? I sincerely hope not.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. It’s undoubtedly the most important issue facing our country. I’m going to be learning more about the http://www.bradycampaign.org and I encourage you to do the same.
My first Marvel Comic is in stores today. I wrote it with Brian Posehn for Tony Moore to draw, and it’s been a real dream project. We’ve been at this for a long time, and today we finally get to see what you think.
We’re lifelong fans of Marvel Comics, and have a special place in our heart for Deadpool. We’re counting on Deadpool’s fans to have our back and try us, but we’re hoping to pick up readers that don’t usually buy comics or buy the character.
There were certainly safer candidates that Marvel could have turned to write the book, but they went with Posehn & I. I’m hopeful that we can bring some of the folks that know us from TV, or Twitter and get you into comic shops.
If you don’t know where to find a comic shop near you call 1-888-Comic-Book or visit:
The comic is just 2.99 and I can promise without hyperbole that it’s worth every cent just for Tony Moore’s art. Comic book readers know who Tony is, and should require no further enticement. You should stop reading and go by the book. I’m biased, but his Deadpool run is unquestionably his finest work. If you’re not familiar with the name Tony Moore, you’re undoubtedly familiar with his work — on The Walking Dead.
Tony is joined by color artist Val Staples, who arrives from Criminal and is similarly at the top of his game. The legendary Geof Darrow is the regular cover artist. His work always demands repeat reading. If you’ve not checked out Shaolin Cowboy, do so immediately, and pick up Hard Boiled & The Big Guy & Rusty The Boy Robot. Geof, like Tony has already left an indelible mark on pop culture. He was the talent that helped draw The Matrix into existence. He’s on loan from the Wachowski Starship, and we’re damn lucky to have him. They’ll call him back to his home planet someday, so enjoy him while you can.
I sincerely hope you’ve stopped reading because now I just have a few people to thank: my writing partner, Brian. Here’s to many more. Our editor Jordan D White who is smarter, funnier and more mustachioed than people can imagine. Thanks also to Joe Sabino, Nick Lowe, Arune Singh, James Viscardi, Jeanine Schaefer, Ryan Penagos, Rick Remender, Jason Aaron, Bendis, Fraction, many more I’m forgetting — and to everyone that buys the comic.
I want to give an especially big thank-you to Axel Alonso. I hope none of these wonderful, talented, hard-working people lose their jobs because of MarvelNow’s Deadpool.
If you’re still reading this, you’re either my wife or my parents. To my wife, I want to say sorry I’ve been working so many nights and weekends. It has been worth it! I love you and the boy so much. And to my parents: thanks for buying me comic books. Growing up in Marvel’s Universe made me a more fun and imaginative person in this one.
If you were following coverage of Sandy last night, you may have seen photos of nurses and firemen transporting babies from the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at NYU’s hospital. If you didn’t, you might consider looking them up. They’re very moving. They show courageous emergency and medical…
On January 1, 2013, I’ll be without a full-time job for the first time in more than half a decade. As the sole breadwinner for my family I should be terrified, but truth be told, I’m very excited.
I was hired by Gavin Purcell to write sketches for two weeks on Attack Of The Show. That was more than five years ago. I racked up over a thousand hours of live TV experience at AOTS, which is not easy to get anymore. Gavin went on to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and even our show hosts changed but the show endured…until now. I got to work with the hardest working staff in Hollywood, made some friends for life and met some of my heroes along the way.
All good things come to and end. I’ll be helping to write and produce the show to the end, I hope. I’m ready for my next adventure. In addition to comedy, I also write comic books like The Simpsons, the Eisner nominated Image comic The Infinite Horizon and on November 7th I’m co-writing the new Deadpool series for Marvel with Brian Posehn.
If you’re staffing a show, or looking for a writer for TV, film, comics, or video games, please think of me. If you want to talk to me about a writing opportunity drop me a note at jobs(at)gerryduggan.com
I’ve threatened you with Deadpool for months now, but we’re fast approaching the moment when it’s time for you to take action. Deadpool # 1 ships on November 7th, issue # 2 is in stores on November 28th. We hope you all try the new book, and to celebrate we’re signing at a bunch of stores. Here’s what we have lined up so far in chronological order:
1) Brian Posehn & I will be signing November 7th at 5PM at Earth 2 Comics 15017 Ventura Boulevard Sherman Oaks (818) 386-9590
2) I’ll be flying to Baltimore to sign at Third Eye Comics in Baltimore on Saturday November 17th at 11 AM. This event will feature a hard-to-find store exclusive variant cover to DEADPOOL #1 by Tradd Moore. Steve at Third Eye will also have some of the out-of-print Infinite Horizon hardcovers. The shop is at 2027-A West St., Annapolis, Maryland 21401. (410)-897-0322
3) Brian & I will be on at The Comic Cellar on Black Friday November 23rd signing issues 1 & 2 beginning at 6PM. The shop is at 628 South Myrtle Avenue Monrovia, CA 91016 (626) 358-1808
4) Brian and I will be signing at Golden Apple Comics in LA at 10 AM on November 28th. 7018 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90038 (323) 658-6047
5) Later that evening on 11-28, we’ll be signing with Rick Remender in Anaheim at Corner Store Comics 3024 W Ball Road Anaheim, CA 92804 (corner of Beach & Ball) We’ll be there at 5PM.
Come meet The Three Tenors of Assholes! We didn’t even plan to dress like this. True story!
6) Then Brian is heading to Baltimore to sign at Third Eye Comics in Baltimore on Saturday December 22nd at 11AM-1PM. Steve is also threatening to have some copies of The Last Christmas on hand too. Third Eye is at 2027-A West St., Annapolis, Maryland 21401. (410)-897-0322
Thanks again for trying the book, and we hope to see you at some of the signings.
I don’t want to put out there that Homeland’s opening titles aren’t perfect, but I humbly put forth that I might have improved on them. Sung to the Tune of “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” The Gary Portnoy song that opened Cheers:
Bomb making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.
Dropping some weight to fit in your vest, sure would help a lot.