Well, it's time for an all-too-infrequent
update on what's going on at the International House of Pérez. I've
read quite a number of posts on various message boards asking such
things as"When will George be starting on THE BRAVE & THE BOLD?",
"Will GAMES: THE TITANS GRAPHIC NOVEL ever come out?", "Is he working
on the DC character turn-arounds for DC's official bible?" "Will that
art be made available to the buying public?"
THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #1
DC BIBLE (Unofficial Name)
NEW TEEN TITANS: GAMES
INFINITE CRISIS #5 (Perez Cover)
RED SONJA (Dynamic Forces)
Well here are some answers, a few unfortunately vague because, quite truthfully, I'm not sure of the answers myself.
DC's big event books have really put a
major monkey wrench in the production of the monthly books (not to
mention some of the event books themselves). Because of my involvement
in INFINITE CRISIS, which seems to grow with every issue, I've not been
available to start anything on B & B except for the first issue's
cover, which was done months ago in anticipation of my starting the
actual title in November of 2005. That cover was supposed to appear in
the WIZARD issue announcing DC's 2006 schedule of new titles. It was
yanked when it became obvious that I could not start the book until
after my return from vacation in late January so the release schedule
was still undetermined. That vacation, planned over a year ago as a
partial celebration of Carol's and my 25th Wedding Anniversary, also
explains why I will have no interior art in IC #5. Upon my return I
learned that Mark Waid, now heavily immersed in writing his share of
52, had not been able to work on B &B during my absence and will
likely not be able to do so for a couple of months. I'm not hurting for
work, however, as there are plenty of pages to draw for IC 6 & 7,
far more than I had imagined when I agreed to help out on the project.
INFINITE CRISIS' schedule overrules all others for the next two months.
That includes B &B and any art for the DC Bible.
As for the character art for the DC
Bible (not its official name, by the way), I really have no idea
whether it will appear in a published format, although I think it would
be cool if I do a good enough job to warrant such a publication. Lord
knows the royalties would be nice. But, until I can actually start on
drawing them the subject's rather moot.
The official status of GAMES is a bit
more tricky. With all the post-IC work I have lined up, I don't see how
I will have the time to get back on the graphic novel. Quite honestly,
and honesty can be quite brutal, I wouldn't hold my breath on it ever
being released. I know that my wonderful friend and co-creator Marv
Wolfman is still guardedly optimistic on the resurrection of this
project (a lot of that positive thinking having been fueled by me two
years ago when I stated my intent to complete the art), but my
subsequent exclusive contract with DC has prompted the company to
utilize my talents on more current projects aimed at forming DC's
future rather than just basking in the nostalgia of its past. The
completed art in GAMES is over 15 years old, although it does hold up
pretty damn well, in my opinion. I guess it could conceivably be
restarted yet again, but it seems to become more unlikely with each new
DC assignment in each passing new year. For that, I am sincerely
sorry-- For Marv, for inker Mike Perkins who signed a Marvel exclusive
since inking ten of the un-inked pages, for Al Vey, who had inked the
earlier pages over a decade ago, for color artist Tom Smith, for the
fans who have waited so long and whose hopes may be dashed yet again--
and, finally, for me. It would have been nice to put closure to the
project. Oh, and for those who suggested that some other artist or
artists finish the project, I suggested the same thing years ago.
Unfortunately, DC only wanted this as a Wolfman/Pérez Titans story; so,
without me, it's not getting done. An unfortunate Catch-22, I'm afraid.
Still, there is always that small glimmer of hope. After all, what if
I'm done with all my IC stuff and there's still no B & B work
ready? You never know.
I do have some non-IC work down the
pipe, mostly covers. I still have two more JSA covers to draw and I've
drawn a RED SONJA cover for Dynamite Comics (part of an agreement that
pre-dated my DC exclusive) and still have a few covers to draw for that
company. There's also the cover for the final collection of my WONDER
WOMAN work. I've been approached by Wildstorm for a cover, but I
haven't followed up on that yet.
I am grateful that there are so many
fans out there for which my continuing output seems to actually matter.
Thanks for the support, the kind words, and even the critiques. Despite
illnesses and setbacks, I'm thankful for the loyalty and affection of
my fans. Along with the love and support of my wife, family and
friends, it's what gives me the drive to get up in the morning and face
that drawing board and peer into the snow-white blankness of the page--
and make my mark.