That's right, 13 year-old me. You did it. You have now drawn an Uncanny X-Men comic. You're a winner, dude. A winner. Start shitting your pants with happiness now, bro. You earned it.
Actually, everyone, I have to get something off my chest. 13 year-old me isn't with us anymore. He's dead. I killed him about a year ago. That dummy just had some stupid ideas and he had to go. There is no 13 year-old Dustin anymore. THERE IS ONLY 33 YEAR-OLD DUSTIN NOW! LAHAHAHAHAHAUGH LAHAHAHAUGH! (THAT'S HOW I--I mean--That's how I laugh now-- by saying "lahahahaugh.")
The issue comes out on 6/20/2012. If you are reading this the day I post it, that's next week it's coming out! Mark it on your calendars.
I think, even if you are not an X-Men fan you could enjoy this issue. In fact, if you are a reader of this blog, and you like my work at all, you should definitely check this issue out.
After S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 it was decided that we would take a hiatus till Johnathan could find the time to focus on the scripts for issues 5 and 6. So the editors at Marvel were cool enough to keep me working by giving me things like the Astonishing X-Men covers and that Castle cover and also this Uncanny X-Men issue.
At first I was a little bummed. I was so pumped to be wrapping up Shield. When I finished issue 4 I was ready to charge into issues 5 and 6. I've really enjoyed the series, but reaching that finish line was so exciting. I want to have that compete collected Shield book in my hands. So finding out that I wasn't going to be reaching that finish line for a while was a real bummer. Switching gears and mustering up the enthusiasm for a different project seemed impossible.
Kieron Gillen's script for this Uncanny X-Men issue was good, but it was also a story that was going to require a lot of hard work. There was a lot of world building, designing, and period reference to be done. (Like Shield actually. Maybe that's why they gave me this script.) Luckily, it had a pretty far out deadline. So I had the time to put the work in. It also presented an opportunity for me to try something different artistically.
Here is a page that I like with colors by Jim Charalampidis.
You can see a preview of the first 3 pages with color and text here.
And I will be giving you some S.H.I.E.L.D. news soon! People keep asking me about it. It's not cancelled. It will be coming back.
Thanks for reading all of this... RIP 13 year-old Dustin. You meant a lot to 30 year-old Dustin, but you had to make way for 33 year-old Dustin. Don't worry, 45 year-old Dustin will be Frankensteining you back to life... I'm going to see if 22 year-old Dustin wants to get a drink. He could use it.
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