Ordinary, the creator-owned book by myself and D’israeli, has been solicited for an April release from Titan Comics It’s a three-issue mini-series, and each of them will be somewhat bumper, with at least 28 pages of story. Issue #3 is 33 pages. So you’re getting your money’s worth.
Here’s the solicit information:
(W) Rob Williams (A/CA) D’Israeli
What if everyone woke up with superpowers – and it was the worst thing in the world? When a strange plague gives every human being on the planet special powers, it’s seen as the next step in human evolution. But hope quickly turns to terror, as every war, terrorist attack, every crime, every simple street argument escalates a truly horrific point. The world is tearing itself apart – every trouble spot becomes a monstrous war zone and nuclear Armageddon looms. The plague must be cured if humankind is to survive. The key lies in the blood of the only human being who didn’t get powers when the plague hit: A downtrodden, recently divorced New York plumber named Michael Fisher. The most ordinary man alive has suddenly become the most extraordinary person on Planet Earth. Giant baseball players, grannies aging in reverse, a talking Grizzly bear. That’s nothing out of the Ordinary!
Item Code: FEB141439
In Shops: 4/23/2014
Creator-ownership is exciting and a bit of a punt. If you’re not one of the major names in the industry sales aren’t guaranteed, and neither is the finances as a result. But we all want to tell our own stories with our own characters, and obviously, if these books are succesful, it allows us the freedom to do more of this sort of thing.
Which is a long-winded way of saying ‘please ask your retailer to order this.’ Creator-owned books like Ordinary need all the support they can get. And the Diamond Order code, listed above, is helpful. Give that to your local comic shop and they’ve got no excuses. Here it is again:
I’m genuinely really proud of Ordinary. And D’israeli has done fantastic work on it, colouring his own work here. It looks stunning, and is filled action, laughs, and some moving moments (I’m told). Here’s a few pages:
Also, for the Titan collection of Ordinary, a bunch of very talented, very kind artist friends have done some pin-ups of characters, scenes from the series. Whatever took their fancy, really. Here’s James Harren’s as a taster:
Going to release these in dribs and drabs, to hopefully encourage lovely, lovely readers to buy the book. I figure, the more added extras you can give to a creator-owned project, the more likely people are to pick it up. Here’s another by Laurence Campbell: