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It's DESTROY ALL MONSTERS order day

Today is the Final Order Cutoff for our next OGN, which means it's the last day to tell your comic shop you want one, and make sure you have a copy waiting on launch day. So if you haven't already put it on your order or told your retailer you want it, give them a call today. 

Orders for the second book were much bigger than the first one, and initial orders for this third book have already been tracking higher than book 2, which is really the most amazing thing I've ever heard. None of us (me, Sean, our publisher) knew how these books would do, and we took a huge gamble in setting really enormous printruns, and so it's been incredible to see the reactions from readers and retailers. There are a bunch of comic shops that literally order hundreds of copies, more than they would for a new issue #1, even. Crazy. 

Anyway, the book is done and heading to the printer. Here's what Sean put up on his twitter the day he wrapped the final page... 

That's the entire book there, and his sketchbook that he did the layouts in. An amazing achievement. Let's all give the man a standing ovation for doing three original graphic novels in a row (four if you count PULP, but it wasn't as long as the Reckless books).

I'm pretty sure we broke the record, with three 144 page GNs released over 10 months, but I'm still waiting for the call from the Guiness book. 

We took a few weeks off to catch our breathe and now we're just starting on the fourth book in the series, which I will reveal the title of right now... 
I'll show the full cover in one of the upcoming newsletters, once I've got more to show you from inside the book. But I can say it takes place about a year after DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, at the very tail end of the '80s, and it's a lot different than the first three books. 

Okay, so that's the hard sell. Please let your comic shop know today if you want the new book, and if you somehow (sadly) do not have a comic shop, then you can find it online
A few words about SLEEPER
SLEEPER was the first major project that Sean Phillips and I did, way back when we started our partnership at Wildstorm/DC Comics (our first collaboration was an Elseworlds book called GOTHAM NOIR). It's the only book we don't own outright, though we do have a pretty decent stake in it, and it helped put us on the map as a team. It's also a book that's been under constant Hollywood interest or development. Sam Raimi and Tom Cruise tried to make it at Sony, WB recently had it set up with Ben Affleck attached to direct... and the various trade and hardback collections of it have been in constant print for about 18 years now. 



Anyway, a month back it was brought to our attention that Jed Mercurio was launching a series of graphic novels entitled Sleeper. I've talked about my enjoyment of Mercurio's TV shows before in these newsletters, so I was really unhappy to hear this. Somehow no one in the entire comics industry had heard about this book of his until it was already at the printer. Needless to say, WB owns the copyright and trademark to Sleeper as a series of graphic novels (and TV and film, I believe) and obviously they were more than concerned. So from what I understand there are a lot of legal things happening with them and the other publisher right now. 

For my part, I'm just pissed about it. When you come up with the title for a series of graphic novels or comics, the very first thing you should do is search Google or Amazon to see if there's already one in existence. Single book titles cannot be trademarked but a series title can be (trademark law is complicated) and so as a creator, you really need to do some due diligence. I not only check when I'm titling a series, but also when I'm doing a one-off book, just because I don't want another GN with the same title as ours, to avoid confusion and because it's the right thing to do. What you never want to have happen is find out right as you're going to press that one of the biggest media companies in the world already has a series with the exact same title.

So to me this is just a sign of some big TV writer who took a movie pitch and turned it into a graphic novel, in hopes of then selling it as a movie or tv series, because everyone loves that 'pre-existing IP' these days. But to name your book the same thing as a popular series from DC Comics just shows a complete lack of knowledge of comics. So, to Jed Mercurio, I say... 


 
CRIME NEWS
Okay, now onto everyone's favorite part of these newsletters, the crime stories... 

First up this time, is a real life Fargo situation... 



And there appears to be a big rash of jewel thefts going on around the world, or at least they're getting more and more news lately. Anyway, this one made me laugh...



As did this one, which the headline says it all... 



And for anyone wondering what to do with their old PS4... 



And finally, this is a fucked up headline, right? 


 

And this isn't crime news, but someone forwarded me this and I thought some of you might enjoy this retrospective on CRIMINAL



Okay, that's it for this time out. Please send in any questions for future newsletters to: criminalcomic@gmail.com and I'll be back soon with more news and stuff. And don't forget to tell your retailer about DESTROY ALL MONSTERS... 
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