New projects - looking for new people

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Over the next couple of months I'm going to starting a couple of new projects and I'm looking to find some new creators whose work I may not be familiar with.

There's Postcards II, obviously. I think that'll be starting by the end of April. It'll be bigger than Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened, I'm thinking 20 stories, and I already have some great people signing up. In case you don't know - the first volume of Postcards is coming June 26 from Villard Books, a division of Random House. It features 16 stories inspired by used postcards, told by 30 creators including Harvey Pekar & Joyce Brabner, Phil Hester, and Tom Beland. A full list of creators can be found on the website (linked above). The second volume will focus solely on pre-1920 California-based postcards. We have a history editor on board, Christina Rice, who specializes in early California history (she works at the history department at LA County Library).

I'm going to be taking on the editing chores for a real fun sci-fi project. It's sort of Bladerunner meets Brave New World. Full-color, I want to start pitching it around this con season. I read the draft and realized that this piece needs to be out there.

I'm thinking of kicking up my baseball project again. I've been getting a little interest in it so maybe I should revisit it while I still have Postcards Juice.

I'm sort of taking a more active interest in James W. Powell's anthology he's putting together. James is my assistant editor on Postcards and he seems to be getting some good people interested in his book and the stories are looking pretty good. It's a mixture of cartoonists and essays with spot-illustrations entitled "Dear Santa, Let Me Explain..." I'm writing an essay for it, but I'm putting this out there in case anyone wants to talk to James.

I'm 95% ready to start the Sam Cooke book but I think we have that one stitched up.

So - I'm just looking to say "hi" to folks who are looking to say "hi" to me. So, hi.


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