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.
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.