Hey everyone, I’m still writing for Marvel.com but I’ve been lazy, playing Darksiders 2, working on assistantship, and generally doing other such madness as I prepare for my second year of grad school. If you’ve got Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited I’ve got four treats for you, and if you don’t, go out and get yourself a digital subscription!
Hey everybody, I’ve been keeping an eye open for more Art of War reviews and if you’re looking for something short, sweet, and stellar then David D’Arcy’s review at the San Francisco Chronicle absolutely takes the cake.
“As gestures and grimaces make for ingenious (camera-ready) composition, the novel has the feel of a ballet or an opera, with the added nightmarish specter of cunning Chinese conspirators plotting world domination that sold the alarmism of Fu Manchu potboilers by Sax Rohmer in the 1920s and 1930s. In 2012, sheer overstatement stanches that paranoia.”
This gentleman knows what he’s talking about, but don’t take my word for it, check out Mr. D’Arcy’s review for yourself!
While I was out hanging with Kelly during my trip to NYC he mentioned that the Huffington Post had approached him to write a brief, ~700 word article, on his inspirations for The Art of War. I was absolutely thrilled to see what he might come up with, because while we’ve talked about the book for years, chatting with a friend is a very different thing than seeing him speak candidly for a global audience.
And after reading his article, which hit the interwebs today, I’m still impressed by how much I don’t know about Kelly and Mike’s Art of War. I never realized how personal this journey was for Kelly, though what five year endeavor isn’t? This was the first time I had heard that he got emotional writing the interactions between the protagonist and his father. It’s the little things that continue to surprise me.
“I found myself tearing up while writing scenes in which the protagonist interacts with his father, and depressed and angry when writing scenes between Kelly and his dark mentor, Sun Tzu. These relationships, I realized after writing the script, reflect the light and dark aspects of my relationship with my father in a way I don’t think would have occurred otherwise.”
Head on over to the Huffington Post to check out Kelly’s great article and afterwards be sure to pick up The Art of War from your local bookstore. You’ll be glad you did.
To kick off the long-awaited debut of The Art of War I flew out to NYC to celebrate with Kelly and Mike at the awesome White Box, where the dynamic duo had covered the walls with Mike’s incredibly raw, visceral artwork.
It’s actually been… jeez it’s been almost two years since I’d been back to New York City and it was great to get out there and see Kelly. I’ve been working on the book for almost three years, I started in the summer of 2009 with a brief hiatus in 2010, and being able to see the book in all its glory, it was so satisfying. I can only imagine how it felt for Kelly and Mike.
The gallery opening was a total blast. There was Budweiser and Perrier a plenty, heck the Perrier peeps even sent a person to photograph the entire event. You can check out her pictures here. There were over 350 people at the event, art teachers, comic book nerds, artists, friends, family, it was a pleasure to meet so many fans. Kelly and Mike were signing books all night, talking with fans, and posing for pictures.
So yes, this was honestly an incredible event to celebrate the completion of this awesome book. I’ll leave you with this picture of Kelly and I. Cause it’s awesome.