- Posted by Johanna on April 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel News
Image news from their WonderCon panel: In July, they will put out the first of two collections of The Crusades, a 20-issue series (plus introductory one-shot) originally published by Vertigo in 2001. Writer Steven T. Seagle and artist Kelley Jones created this story of an 11th century knight transported to modern-day San Francisco. The Urban Decree starter and issues #1-9 will be included in Volume 1.
I don’t recall if the story had a satisfying wrapup, but since this interview promises bonus material in the second volume, as well as “new covers by Kelley, new cover and book designs by [Seagle], and new re-mastered pages with some color and text fixes”, I hope that there will, at least, be a piece on what the creators hoped for from the series. The way this came about is fascinating to me, because I didn’t expect to DC to allow this:
Kelley and I have always had a very specific vision for what we wanted this collection to be -– two volumes in hardcover called “Knight & Dei.” But the term “creator owned” only gets you so far when you’re at a major publisher. Out of the blue, DC/Vertigo decided to put out The Crusades collection this year, and it was going to be a softcover of the first story arc only –- which was not what Kelley and I wanted at all.
I really went to the mat with Shelly and Karen and begged them not to do it because it wasn’t what Kelley and I wanted. And worse, if the first volume didn’t do well enough for DC, there wouldn’t be a second volume… ever! Karen expressed our wishes to Paul, and right before he announced his step-down, he reverted the rights to us (which we had been requesting for about five years) so we could do the project the way we saw it. I have to thank them for that.
I’m always interested when a series is able to get out of one of the big superhero comic companies. Most times, it’s because they’re not interested, not because the creator has a different opinion, although one never knows the real details. What other examples are there, where Vertigo series were collected by someone else? I can think of 2020 Visions, which was reprinted by Cyberosia and then Speakeasy.