This year, I…
-Got engaged to an amazing woman.
-Wrote my first comic.
-Received my first editor credit in comics.
-Got promoted to associate editor.
San Diego, CA
-Ran over 100 miles.
-Read over 70 books and graphic novels.
-Gave the acceptance speech at the Eisner Awards when Dark Horse Presents, on which I work, won its second Best Anthology award. It also won it’s second Harvey Award in the same category this year.
-Attended my third consecutive Lollapalooza.
-Participated in my fifth consecutive Movember fundraiser as part of a network that raised nearly $30,000.
-Drank Bourbon on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
-Saw my sister graduate from college.
-Moved in with my best friend.
-Edited my first book (The Black Beetle Vol. 1: No Way Out) that ended up on a ton of year end “Best of” lists.
-Worked on 69 different comics and books published/released in 2013.
-Lived with a cat for the first time.
If you’ve been following me on twitter or tumblr recently, you’ve probably seen a few posts about Francesco Francavilla’s noir superhero masterpiece The Black Beetle. BB‘s the first comic that I’ve edited solo from the get go and it’s been a distinct pleasure working with someone as passionate and enthusiastic as Francesco. Dude’s pretty damn talented too. Pretty crazy to think that I own one of the lucky sets of eyeballs that gets to see his best work to date on a regular basis.
Francesco and I, as well as Dark Horse Publisher Mike Richardson, had high hopes for what originally felt like a niche comic. BB had oodles of potential, but truly great books get canceled all the time, so you never know. Thankfully, all the hard work FF poured into this baby paid off. It’s been extremely gratifying to see this little book live up to its greatest potential. And it’s still going!
So, for the sake of enjoying the moment and remembering this when I get old and gray, here’s some of the link journey that led us to this week, when we announced the sell out of issue #1.
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