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.
You can find a comic shop here.
And buy The Shaolin Cowboy digitally right here.
This volume of Shaolin Cowboy deserves your attention, and every Eisner it can be nominated for.
Go try it, you’ll love it.
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)
Thanks for reading -
What Now!? is out this week. Brian and I have a short Doc Ock story that was illustrated by Pat Oliffe & Livesay. Lots of other fun stories in that from very funny people. Hope you dig it.
A+X 13 is out now, and part two of Captain America & Cyclops is in A+X 14 in November. That issue also has a story from Max Bemis. Check it out.
Deadpool 19 is on sale 11-13 It’s Declan & Jordie’s send off. The Good The Bad & The Ugly concludes.
Nova 10 is on sale 11-20 It’s the 100th issue of Nova, and I have a back-up story in this issue before inheriting the book in December with Nova 11.
Deadpool 20 is on sale 12-4. It’s our loving tribute to 60s Marvel. Here’s an interview with me about Deadpool 20:
Also in December - Volume 3 of our Deadpool is collected. “The Good The Bad & The Ugly, collecting issues 13-19.
Thanks again for the support. Hope you dig it, and visit me on Friday and Saturday at Stan Lee Comikaze at the LA Convention Center.
New York Comic Con Programming Note:
On Thursday October 10, 2013 at 2 PM Brian Posehn, Declan Shalvey and maybe a couple of other folks on the Marvel NOW! Deadpool run will be signing at http://www.lansdowneroadnyc.com
599 10th Ave
(between 43rd St & 44th St)
New York, NY 10036
It’s located around the corner from the Javits. We’ll be there for at least an hour having a pint, taking a break from the show and signing whatever you want us to.
If you’re under 18 during the signing tweet us gerryduggan and we’ll come outside.
I have one other official Marvel signing, but Posehn is only in town on Thursday, so we’re doing this guerrilla style.
Hope to see you there.
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.
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 # 100 drops 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’s Wyatt Cenac, 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit, Nicki & Sara Live’s Sara 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?
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.