Friday, October 14, 2016


The Adventures of Augusta Wind: The Last Story has turned into one of the most creatively satisfying, and joyful, projects of my career.  It's hard to break through the wall of Big Two Superheroes with personal projects like this, so I hope folks that have enjoyed my work (especially books like Moonshadow and Abadazad) will give Augusta a chance.  Second issue is on sale now, so it's a good time to jump on.  And you can find a preview of the third issue right here.  (And, yes, I realize I hyped this a couple of posts back, but this series really mean a lot to me.)

Update:  If you prefer digital to print, the fine folks at Comixology are having a 50% off sale on all IDW books, including Augusta.


  1. I actually had issue 2 and three of Augusta waiting for me in my pull box yesterday. I will be reading them tonight. More thoughts to come.

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    1. Any comparison to Steve Gerber is fine with me, Douglas. That said, I wasn't thinking of Gerber's work while working on this issue, just following the character where she (and Mr. Giffen) lead me and the result was, I think, our best issue so far.

      Very glad you're enjoying SCOOBY-DOO. We are, too!

    2. Ididn't seem that many parallels with GFerber myself, maybe if Velma had been fat and killed or psychologically scared by it. Seriously, am I the only one that noticed that pattern in Gerber's work?

      The best part of Scoobs Apocs (the now official nickname)? Words. Lots and lots of words. You could ruin the series into the ground and make it unreadable, and I would still buy it to encourage the use of words.

      If you guys do a 'nuff said issue (weirdest event, ever)I will be incredibly sad.


    3. SCOOB APOCS? I like it, Jack!

      Lots of words? In one of my scripts? Really?! : )

    4. Scoobs Apocs... making the world safe for words.

      It may be annoying that DC didn't drop all its books to $2.99, but at least the one at $3.99 takes more than 2 minutes to read.

      I meant it to that there is a lot more leeway on the book for me, just to promote more words in comics. So you guys can start coasting any time. I would prefer ou didn't, but you can.


  3. Hopefully my last one made it through, or I'll come off as a babbling jackass.

    I don't think it is entirely possible for Dematteis to truly capture a Steve Gerber feel, unless he really tries. IN the end, the wold view (or at least as shown in their writing are polar opposites. Gerber as comic's ultimate cynic and Dematteis as one who likes to stress the goodness and punishes redemption.

    Yes they both like exploring how the past shapes people and the psychology behind characters, but once they get to that fork in the road, they go far and beyond in opposite directions.

    It is sort of like the relationship in art between Frank Miller and Will Eisner.


    1. There was a cynical strain in Gerber's work to be sure, Jack. And it was magnified the more time went by. But, in the days when I was devouring Gerber's work (the 70's), I felt that the cynicism was balanced by genuine compassion and a very big heart.

      And I think you're right about the overlap being "exploration of the past and the psychology behind characters." Gerber's work pointed the way for me, showed me that you could do stories like that in mainstream comics.

      I assume that was a typo when you wrote "punishes redemption." I assume you meant "promises redemption."

    2. Well, there was that time you locked Kaine up and threw away the key after SPIDER-MAN: REDEMPTION...

      Hope to get around to reading latest AUGUST WIND soon. Has a great PETER PAN/ ALICE IN WONDERLAND vibe, but definitely its own thing.


    3. That was Kaine's choice and his first step TOWARD redemption, (But you knew that, didn't you?)

      The AUGSTA story really breaks out, and defines itself, with the third issue (now on sale, he said repeatedly). And it just gets bigger and stranger from there. Enjoy!

    4. Ha! Yeah, I knew. Just a play on words. Loved the backup story.

      As luck would have it, I like my cosmic adventures bigger and stranger.


    5. One of the things I've loved about writing this new AUGUSTA series is that it's allowed me to fill it with my thoughts and feelings about life, the universe and everything. I really think it's one of the best things I've ever done and I hope that, down the line, we can collect the first and second series together in a big omnibus.

    6. Actually, I'm pretty sure the typo was to b e "pushes redemption." You know, like a drug dealer.

      An d of course I'm right about you and Gerber. That shouldn't really be a shock at this point. OF course, while it is always the goal to give antagonists (and protagonists) good motivation, I'm pretty sure the whole trend started with Lee's origin of Dr. Doom back in FF annual #whatever.

      As for Gerber and compassion... No. Not even a little bit rarely if ever do I see that in his work. His weird contempt for fat kids (and yes, that is very real) put the kibosh on that.

      The most I can give in that area is sympathy, sympathy for all the people dealing with the world.

      Here's the good news, as we've already covered I am certainly not wrong, but teh good new i that you are not necessarily either.

      Tehre is a literary theory that a creator's say on their work is no more valid than the audience. That as long as you can make a logical argument the opinion is valid.

      One example we can take is from a comic called Spectacular Spider-man #200, the death of Harry Osborn.

      The comic ends with a panel of Peter and Harry from the past. What does that supposed to mean? That the good old days are still as valid as ever? That they never were, and that they were only ever really posing? That Peter's memory will always preserve it? That what was has been forever destroyed?

      It doesn't matter. All of those things can be inferred fairly from Spider-man's past and teh book itself. There are many right answers, but few wrong ones.

      With characters that have lasted over decades in continuous print, it is only natural they would have multiple interpretations. Of course that can cause issues.

      For instance,my view on Dan Slott. I genuinely liked his Thing series and Doc Samson one as well. However his Peter Parker rarely works for me, and I am no fan of his Silver Surfer. This is NOT because he is a bad writer.

      I just don't like seeing Silver Surer so Dr Who inspired. At the same time I can't say it is out of character or done poorly, it just isn't what I want to read.

      His view on Spider-man is fundamentally different from mine. He likes to have Peter being best buds with HArry, I always viewed Peter as a loner who's only real friend was MJ. He likes to think Peter id o longer angry at the world, I always sensed it was still there. Even our views on hoe Spidey's sense of humor should be is different.

      That doesn't mean either of us is wrong. I can absolutely see where his ideas come from, I just don't think they are true to my ideas of the character. I wouldn't say that he's wrong, and he sure as Hell shouldn't say I am.

      I won't lie and say that I don't have issues with the guy, but I can't say he doesn't get the characters. Only that he doesn't always get MY view of them.

      Speaking of Spider-Man...

      That video you put up of the panel got me thinking of something. Gerry Conway was only 19 when he started writing Spider-Man. I know he wasn't on teh panel. Stern was just shy of 30, Peter David just past it. When you started on MTU, you were around that age.

      The Spider-MArriage was undone because they said he seemed old. Now, I never thought of Peter as old, remember that. But maybe, if he does to some people, its because Marvel hasn't had anyone start writing him that is within spitting distance of hi age since Todd McFarlane in 1990.

      Just a thought,

    7. It's amazing, in retrospect, just how young Conway was when he was writing Spidey. And he was so damn good at it, too.

      Yes, art is ultimately in the eye of the beholder. Once a story is out in the world, the reader can take from it whatever he or she needs/ There are, of course, rare exceptions: there will always be crazy people who will project their insanity onto whatever art they imbibe and use those interpretations as an excuse for destructive behavior.

      Dan Slott is a hell of a writer and I'm glad you can disagree with his interpretation of a character and still respect his enormous talent.