- Posted by Johanna on June 18, 2008 at 6:42 am
- Category: Graphic Novel News
John Byrne is interviewed in a short piece at Publishers Weekly to promote his Compleat Next Men compilations from IDW. The first one is 400+ pages in black and white, collecting twelve issues and a tie-in plus extras.
Byrne calls the project a “big test”, saying “If this collection generates encouraging sales, perhaps I will finally get those last 20 issues out on paper!” In other words, “buy my old unfinished series — and if enough of you do, maybe I’ll finish it.” More definite plans might be more likely to get readers to sign on.
Byrne has a history of attributing poor sales to conspiracy theories. When his Lab Rats crashed and burned, he blamed retailers with a grudge refusing to stock the book. (In my experience, whatever comic shop owners feel about someone, they don’t refuse to sell books that have demand behind them.) I wonder if his expectations for “encouraging sales” might be out of scope with the current market and an honest evaluation of his place in it.
Update: (7/25/10) It was just announced that IDW will publish new Next Men stories beginning in December 2010, 2 1/2 years after this mention.