Sunday, October 7, 2018


Thursday at New York Comic Con was Berger Books day, the main focus of which was a great panel, hosted by my old friend, and legendary editor, Karen Berger and featuring (among others) Ann Nocenti, Dean Haspiel, Christopher Cantwell and Corin Howell.  And speaking of Corin...

The reason we were on the panel was to announce our new, four issue mini-series The Girl in the Bay.  Here's a description from the Berger Books press release:

In 1969, seventeen-year-old Kathy Sartori was brutally attacked, her body hurled into Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay. Miraculously, she survives, fights her way back to the surface, only to discover that 50 years have passed, and an eerie doppelganger has lived out an entire life in her place. Kathy soon confronts not just this strange double, but the madman who "murdered" her five decades earlier. Will he, and the dark entity that lives inside him, hold the key to Kathy's missing years? Or will Kathy become a ghost of herself and be forced to live out what remains of her life on the edge of the world that she desperately wants to be a part of?

Karen and I have been friends for many years (how many?  She was seventeen and I was twenty-one when we met).  We've worked together on multiple DC and Vertigo projects and it's a true joy to be collaborating with her again.  And having an artist as talented as Corin Howell (that's her in the picture above) along for the ride is the icing on the cake.

The Girl in the Bay will be out in February.  Hope you all come along for the ride, too.


  1. You also told the world about the time she unsuccessfully tried to get a date with Captain America.

    Bad friend. Then again, she did ask at a public forum.

    Maybe that embarrassment is why so few superheroes occupied Vertigo.

    That plot of yours sounds very Twilight Zone like... which I will go out on a limb ad say was intended (even if you didn't know it).

    After this, you should really talk to IDW about restarting the Twilight Zone series. I think they still have the rights, and some of those stories were pretty good.. however brief the publication was.

    Still, Berger Books will answer a question.

    It has been abundantly clear for a while now, that Vertigo was Karen Berger. It can't exist without her.

    This became clear... well an accepted theory proven... when Astro City became a Vertigo book. I love Astro City, have every issue save one, but it is not Vertigo.

    The question is, how important was DC. From what I have read from Berger Books, it is very much a classic Vertigo vibe. No question.

    Now, we'll see just how much the company mattered.

    Still, I am now interested in an upcoming comic. Not something I feel very often.

    In fact, come the new year, it looks like there will be only one Marvel and Scoobs Apocs as the only DC.

    I suppose it is nce to feel excited again.

    But, if you ever talk to Ms. Berger or Ms. Nocenti, try and find out when Seeds 3 and 4 are coming out. I really enjoyed issue 1 and 2. It was classic Nocenti "gorgeous insanity."

    But three should be out this month, and is no longer solicited and four never was.

    I get wanting to tease teh audience, but is it so wrong to want to finsih a good series?

    oh well


    P.S. AS the writer of the Hal Jordan Spectre, do you think it should be kept with the res of the Spectre comics, or the Green Lantern comics... since Hal was a lantern?

  2. I wasn't thinking of TWILIGHT ZONE when I was putting this together, Jack, but since Rod Serling has a permanent place in my consciousness, it's not surprising.

    DC's importance to Vertigo came down to Paul Levitz, who was always extremely supportive of what Karen was doing and the kind of work she was publishing. I remember when we were doing FAREWELL, MOONSHADOW, Paul said (not in these exact works): "It may not make much money, but it's a worthy project and we should publish it." Having a publisher who could look at art as well as commerce was very important with a line like Vertigo, where books didn't always make money right out of the gate.

    As for SEEDS: From what I heard at the panel, the next issue is coming, but not till next year. Forget what the reason is, but it's on the way...eventually.

    I see SPECTRE as a Spectre comic with a sprinking of Green Lantern.

    1. Well, we have already started a tradition of saying you may be responsible for any potential problems with Berger Books, so why mess with success.

      Why would you delay Seeds?

      As for the connection between this at the Twilight Zone, I believe I summed it up when I wrote, " intended (even if you didn't know it)."

      And there is no Paul Levitz, you are thinking of Harry Truman. And he didn't work for DC Comics, he was President.

      Of course, it probably didn't hurt that Vertigo's first books were connected to the DC Universe.

      Brought folks in.


    2. Actually, I think Truman and Levitz are the same person. Have you ever seen them together?

  3. That's a fascinating premise, JMD!