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On Monday, James Tynion IV, the current writer of DC Comics’ The joker and flagship Batman, will soon be completing its assignments with the comic book publisher to publish a new series of comics owned by the creator on Substack. Known for juggling indie projects like The Truth Department and Something is killing the children Tynion starts the newsletter with large DC tentpoles Blue book, a series about real life documented UFO encounters that made him work with artist Michael Avon Oeming (Powers) and letters from Aditya Bidikar (The Truth Department). Tynions Substack will be launched in early September. It’s unclear when the author’s run on the major DC hero books will end.
“When researching The Truth DepartmentI found myself reading more and more of the strange stories in the world, ”Tynion said in a press release. “The stories of people who have come across things they cannot explain and then have to deal with what they may or may not have seen. And when I read these stories I kept thinking: ‘That would be a really good comic.’ with Blue book
Blue book begins by portraying the lives of Betty and Barney Hill, who became legends of UFO mythology when they reported on their abductions in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in September 1961. Tynion states that he will continue his titles in possession of the Creator The Truth Department, The beautiful house by the lake, Something is killing the children, and co-author of the spin-off of this book, House of Slaughter.
“I’ve been obsessed with the ‘what-if’ aspect of UFOs all my life,” said Michael Avon Oeming. “I hope that drawing the true events of BLUE BOOK with James arouses the same curiosity in others.”
Over the past several years, Substack has attracted numerous high profile writers leaving legacy outlets for its creator-controlled subscription platform. In a new report New York Times says Marvel writer Nick Spencer – who is currently completing a long run on the company’s flagship Spider Man title – became a link between great comic book creators and the company hoping to draw talent away from DC and Marvel. Together with Tynion, Saladin Ahmed (Black bolt, Miles Morales: Spider-Man), Jonathan Hickman (House of X / Powers of X) and Molly Ostertag (The girl from the sea) starts subscription projects. A few weeks ago, another Bat writer, Scott Snyder, also published his own Substack newsletter.
Fans of Tynion’s work can subscribe to his newsletter, The Empire of the Tiny Onion, for $ 7 a month or a discounted rate of $ 75 a year. The plan allows subscribers to read Blue box
“I don’t think there has ever been a better comics deal than what Substack does. We have complete creative control, we keep all publishing and other media rights with no restrictions, and we have the money to pay people the kind of prices they would expect from a major corporate publisher, ”Tynion said, pointing to an advance financial guarantee from the Substack Pro program. “If the makers of this deal play their cards right, it means we can rewrite the rules of the entire comic book industry on our terms, not the publishers. I don’t think people will immediately realize how big this can be, but if we get it smart it could be the beginning of a whole new paradigm in comics owned by the Creator. ”
Here is the first glimpse of art from Blue book: