Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Quality Companion: Writing and design is complete!

Pre-order now! Final book out in November!
Cover illustrated by the late, great Dick Giordano.
Hi, fans,

I finished the book this week and shipped it off to the publisher, TwoMorrows!

This is exciting, the culmination of a whole year's writing and research and digging for images. I'm really proud of the final product.

There were a few tweaks since the original solicitation. Best of all, the book now features 64 pages of color—10 original Quality Comics stories. They run the gamut of characters and creators, and it looks fantastic.

In addition to Jim Amash's awesome Golden Age interviews, I was able to personally talk to James Robinson, Len Wein, Roy Thomas and John Arcudi about their use of Quality Comics characters at DC.

There's lots of original art, provided courtesy of the owners, most of whom I found at Comic Art Fans.

The largest part of the book is the "Who's Who" style character profiles. Sadly, the two entries that required the most cuts were Blackhawk and the Spirit. I was able to cover Blackhawk's Quality years pretty comprehensively, but had to skim over the DC publications. The profile is still eight pages! Not to worry, though, this blog is meant to bring all that information to you eventually!

For the Spirit, it was simply indefensible to repeat the research that's already been done on this character. This profile in our book is even more brief than Blackhawk (3 pages still!).

Curious? Take a look at the Table of Contents!

1 comment:

  1. I'm very much looking forward to your book, Mike!We've been needing a book on Quality for quite a while, now!Looks great. Nice blog, too! Check out my blog on Jack Cole when you get a chance - Cole's Comics -