Dynamite Entertainment has announced that with the success of its fairy tale based Damsels series, it is spinning off the series into something all new, and the company is bringing Matthew Sturges into to pen the story.
EDITOR’S NOTE: If you’ve never read any of the stories from the original Clockwork Storybook project, check out this short story from the Clockwork Storybook Archives by Matthew Sturges.
There are rich people and then there are rich people. Baron Johan von Freunden fell decidedly in the latter camp.
Matthew Sturges is participating in the Clockwork Storybook 30 Day Writing Challenge, and today we find out about his young adult story, Labor Day.
In the distant past a group of four writers calling themselves Clockwork Storybook used to publish their prose stories online, most of those tales set in an urban fantasy shared world called San Cibola.
That site and those stories have long been absent from the internet, but the writers didn’t disappear. The original writing group grew from four members to ten and have been published all across the spectrum of fantasy fiction, including comic books, novels, TV and more.
Back then, the four Tick Tock Men would often publish what they called 30 day stories – novel length fantasy stories written in the course of the 30 allowed days, added to daily. These events predated the similar NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) by years.
five eight of the Clockwork writers have decided to do it again, starting right now.
I’ve really been enjoying JSA All-Stars for a while now: it may not be about to revolutionise the comic book medium, but it’s been a source of fun and exciting super hero action, and is a good read for it. I decided, thus, to take a look at the latest issue of the series, and see how it stands up under the reviewer’s microscope.
This issue: Matthew Sturges, writer of JSA All-Stars, Blue Beetle, House of Mystery, Jack of Fables, and many more DC books, stops by to chat about the writing process.
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Well it was fun while it lasted
Has it really been three years?Â Three years since Infinite Crisis introduced readers to Jaime Reyes, a teenager who picked up a scarab and became the new Blue Beetle?Â In three years weâ€™ve seen Jaime learn to use his powers to fight crime, defeat an alien invasion, land a super hot girlfriend, and build an extended family of those willing to go the distance to help him in his battle against those that would do evil.Â Itâ€™s too bad everything comes crashing down on Jaimeâ€™s head in this final issue. Well, Ted Kord does make an appearance, so thatâ€™s a plus…
Sometimes Actions Have Repercussions
One of the best stories to come out of the most recent Blue Beetle series featured Jaime Reyes and friends kicking the butts of the alien Reach who were invading the Earth.Â That battle ended when Jaime and his scarab (the Khaji-Da) severed the connection between the Blue Beetle alien technology and the invaders.Â With one issue to go after this one, one might think the tale being told would settle down a bit.
Written by Matthew Sturges, writer of the Eisner-nominated JACK OF FABLES, and his JACK co-writer, FABLES creator Bill Willingham, HOUSE OF MYSTERY: Room and Boredom Vol. 1 (Vertigo | January 14, 2009 | 128pg. | Color | Softcover | $9.99 US | ISBN: 9781401220792), collecting issues #1-5, takes a classic DC Comics concept into the twenty-first century.
Everyone is a prisoner in one way or another, and Fig Keeleâ€”a feisty young architect who just happens to be running for her lifeâ€”is no exception. Unfortunately for Fig, she’s ended up in the House of Mystery, a strange place like something out of her nightmares.
Fig is one of five unfortunate characters trapped at the House, trying to solve the mystery of how and why they’re imprisoned there. Each one has a terrible past they’d like to forget, and with no books, newspapers or TV allowed, they face an eternity of boredom. However, the House contains a supernatural bar where an eclectic mix of visitors eat, drink, and repent for their sins. To cover their tabs, stories become the new currency, and amazingly enough, the House attracts only the finest storytellers.
In his U.S. debut, artist Luca Rossi has illustrated HOUSE OF MYSTERY in the classic Vertigo horror tradition. Each issue in the first storyline also includes a second featureâ€”a story told by one of the patronsâ€”written by Willingham and illustrated by a myriad of guest artists, including two-time Eisner Award nominee Ross Campbell (WATERBABY), SANDMAN fan favorite and multiple Eisner winner Jill Thompson and, Mike Allred, best known for his Harvey Award nominated MADMAN. This collection is enclosed in an ethereal cover from Sam Weber (The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time Magazine).
â€œMagicâ€”properly understoodâ€”is metaphor. When it comes to magic, you see not what is, but who you are.â€ Come on in to the HOUSE OF MYSTERY.
Wham! Bam! A Dead Blue Beetle?
This title canâ€™t come out often enough, but sadly, the faster the issues come, the sooner the series ends (thanks DC). With two issues to go, the big showdown between the new Doctor Polaris and Blue Beetle comes to a head. Only… Blue Beetle died last issue.
Over at his blog, Matthew Sturges has officially announced a sequel to his novel Midwinter, something he alluded to on his appearance on the Major Spoilers Podcast.
Since it’s been announced elsewhere, I guess it’s safe for me to announce that I’ve sold a sequel to Midwinter, which is tentatively titled The Office of Shadow. I pitched it as “a spy thriller set in Faerie” and I think that’s actually one of the most accurate elevator pitches I’ve ever come up with. It follows directly from the events of Midwinter, and will hopefully be released sometime around early 2010.