It was almost a year ago when Bryce Carlson from Boom took me to get a cup of coffee in the middle of ECCC.
A few weeks later he called me, after asking me to pitch them some ideas, and said they really liked that last one I had on there, the one about the guy in that place. It wasn’t called DEAD LETTERS back then, it was just a little baby of an idea. The last 12 months has been a whirlwind, working with editors to get the story into shape, writing and rewriting outlines and issues, that first time that Chris Visions’ pages from previous projects came over via email, when he magically said yes to working on the book, all the variant covers from Ron Wimberly, getting Ibrahim Moustafa from HIGH CRIMES to do a variant, to this past weekend when I finally held copies of it in my hands at ECCC. Comics are weird and comics take forever sometimes, but when you finally hold that book, all that time falls away and all you have is this, and if you’re lucky, what you have is DEAD LETTERS #1, a book and an issue I’m crazy proud of.
That little baby idea I had a year ago has turned into something else entirely, thanks to my partner in crime, Chris Visions. Comics are collaboration, down the line, you can’t do them any other way, and I lucked the hell out to have Chris as my collaborator on this. He breathed life into Sam, Here and everyone in it. And then Ruth Redmond showed up to color it, and then Steve Wands showed up to letter it and somehow we’d assembled this magic voltron of comics, with our editors, Eric Harburn and Chris Rosa, keeping us all on course, and it was good.
DEAD LETTERS is out today in all your finest comic shops. If you like books I’ve done before, if you like great art, if you like it when a plan comes together, pick up one or a dozen and let us know what you think. If this issue is crazy and frenetic, the next three are going to double down each time, and by the time we start arc 2? Look out, we’re all gonna be firing on every cylinder we can get our hands on.
Comics are weird, comics are hard, but sometimes, everything is worth it to have a book like this, a book you can’t believe you even had anything to do with.