Matthew Rosenberg, writer of Task Force Z, DC vs. Vampires and most recently, the newly-launched WildC.A.T.S series, came down from NYC (with Black Mask Studios co-founder Matt Pizzolo) for a one-hour signing at the Ultimate Comics store in Cary, NC. And I attended it!
Yeah, I had a fun time of it! Again, it was brief but Matt was nothing short of lovely for that time we interacted.
So, if you’ve had the chance to read the new WildC.A.T.S #1 (not gonna spoil it here, don’t worry), you might have noticed on the cover that there is a ‘limited series’ tag on it.
That’s not supposed to be there…for the most part.
Matt had noticed it was there as well when he got the comps for it. He (like I assume a lot of readers did) thought they had announced WildC.A.T.S with the intention of it being an ongoing series. In fact, he was already scripting the 7th issue when he called DC up to talk about that.
DC editorial’s response was something to the effect of: “Oh. Whoops!”
So anyway, the series is still ‘technically’ an ongoing but as Matt explained to me, DC nowadays likes to plan their books and events in rough six-month outlines (think ‘seasons’, basically).
If I remember correctly, Matt does have at least 12 or so issues outlined, obviously with plans beyond that. He does have a contingency plan in case he actually doesn’t get beyond six issues. He understandably couldn’t elaborate any further beyond that there are…certain other ways in which his WildC.A.T.S stories might unfurl if the sales don’t support an ongoing in the long-term.
TLDR: that ‘limited series’ tag on the cover of the first issue is a mistake…but we’ll see what happens!
I have! As an ardent WildStorm fan, I enjoyed it (and created this thread for discussion of it).
I did notice that!
Like you said, WildC.A.T.S was announced as an ongoing, so when I saw the LS branding, I sat back and thought “So…something changed, then?”
Mistakes happen of course, but that’s a pretty big one and really should have been caught beforehand. I suggest they hire an additional proofreader, of which, I can start immediately if you’re reading, DC.
I’m hoping for the best. Hopefully, the mag will bring new fans into the good ship WildStorm.
There is the Galaxy Con though. I’ve been to it and done some volunteer work with GC before various places including there. It’s a little too loose with keeping it nerdy most of the time (wrestlers and Barney the Dinosaur show up) but there are still lots of comic book stuff. Want to say there’s another one somewhere out there too but I’m already outside my jurisdiction.
I’ve been aware of GalaxyCon for sometime, actually! I almost seized upon an opportunity to attend this year but timing and other personal things kinda scuttled it.
From what I know of it, it’s definitely more slanted towards TV/movies. A lot of their headliners this year were TV stars, VO actors and wrestlers, so you kinda had to sift through that on the website to find the comics talent that were going.
But yeah, It still looks like fun. I’ll definitely go next year if the planned NC Comicon return doesn’t materialize.
As far as others, I know about HeroesCon in Charlotte. That one has to be a good time, cause they get a frankly absurd number of talents to come there every year. Would totally go if Charlotte weren’t a three-hour field trip from where I live