Saturday, January 4, 2014

Entry 212: S.H.I.E.L.D. Update #6


That's right. We are finally underway on the final issue of S.H.I.E.L.D.



If you haven't been keeping up with my updates, you can get the whole story by going back and reading those.

After completing my Avengers commitment I emailed Jonathan, and all the editors involved with both SHIELD and Avengers saying that all that I wanted to do was finish SHIELD and could we do that. I was told that everyone wanted to finish it and that we would, but that Jonathan was hard at work on Infinity and SHIELD just wouldn't be happening till after that. So, I agreed to work on Infinity with the idea that SHIELD would come after that.

On October first, after completing my commitment to Infinity I sent this email to Jonathan and S.H.I.E.L.D. editor, Nick Lowe.

Once again I was reassured that we would be finishing it, but once again, there was no script. Also, they needed help with finishing Infinity #6 on time, so I jumped on that. Then they needed some help finishing Inhumanity #1, so, begrudgingly, jumped on that. Then I did variant covers for Avengers 25,26,&27, which was my idea, but at this point I wasn't sure I wanted to do it. (That's a whole other story:) You guys will like this.) Then Marvel offered me a gig that would have been a substantial and important one, but I turned it down. Which wasn't easy to do. I also turned down a cover job. Then they offered me another arc of Avengers. At this point, I emailed Jonathan. I needed to know if I should take the Avengers job or if we could do SHIELD. And then, after some back and forth, on December twenty third, Jonathan responded to me with this email.
 ...and yeah. That's how I responded.

And then Jonathan tweeted this image.

So, there you go!

Stay tuned for more updates!

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29 comments:

  1. Great (great!) news, indeed. Alreadly looking for that (and that story about the avengers covers, by the way). Thanks a lot for the detailed update!!!

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    1. No problem. And the Avengers cover thing is cool. You'll see.

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  2. Awesome, best news of the year so far! I know you're going to draw the motherfuck out of it!

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    1. It will actually be cool to return to finnish it after all this time. There will virtually be no deadline hanging over my head. Not that I'll take forever, but I'll be able to do it exactly how I want it without the pressure of a deadline… I'll do my very best on it.

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  3. Ha! I wasdoubting this would ever happen. Good for you to stick with it and make it so. I look forward to sitting down and reading them all.

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    1. I am a man of my word… Actually, if Marvel had told me we weren't going to finish it, I would have been so bummed.

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  4. Thank you for pushing to make this happen, man. Your commitment to this project is impressive.

    And I'm sure it'll look great, too.

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  5. I can't help but thinking I helped make this happen. ;-) you made my year already with this announcement! I'm so excited I can barely sit still! :-)

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    1. HA! Yeah, In some way, everyone who has continued to ask about SHIELD has helped. If we just stopped making it and it seemed like none cared, it might have been a little heart breaking… I don't know that that would have stopped me from wanting to finish it, but knowing that peopled did care was helpful. I'll keep you posted on the progress.

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  6. In some ways, this series has made me much smarter. Buuuut I think I'll buy the 2nd TPB and the collection, redundancy be damned!

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    1. Oh, man. I'm really looking forward to putting together the collection. I'm hoping we can do something real nice. And thanks!

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  7. This would be the perfect place to bust out that groundbreaking "Left-Handed Crayon Technique" you invented yesterday, and finally achieve your dream of surpassing Dark Knight Strikes Again's artistic excellence.

    "Fortune favors the bold, dude." ~Dr. Newton Geiszler

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    1. Crayons are an underrated art media. And the nice part about that new "left-handed crayon technique" is that I can use Lucy (my 4 year old) as an assistant. Our styles are seamless… Yeah, you know what, you're right. I'm going to do it. People probably won't get it at first, but years from now everyone will recognize it as a masterpiece. Just like they do with DKSA.

      I've also been working on a newer technique where I draw a comic blindfolded… It's not ready yet.

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  8. Oh heck yeah!! Great news..although I think this needs to go direct to hardcover as a completed series. Give it the Suit and Tie it deserves. Congrats!

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    1. I'm kind of wondering if Marvel will want to put out the individual issues or not… I think I'd like to see the issues come out before the collections. But yeah, hopefully will see a complete hardcover collection.

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  9. The only thing I'm sad for is that you turned down the offer for another Avengers arc. But finally we'll see how S.H.I.E.L.D. ends!

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    1. There will always be another Avengers arc.

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  10. Like, I told you. Editors. There's a reason they're not actual writers, and they have a tendency to distract actual writers. Explore far beyond the Marvel publishing ecosystem when you finish this series. Can't wait to finish that motherfucker.

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    1. With these "updates" my intention isn't to illustrate how editors have gotten in the way of anything. Individually, I think every editor I've worked with at Marvel has been really great. They strive to give creators as much freedom as they can and help create books they can be proud of. It was editors who got SHIELD going to begin with. They want to make cool stuff. The problem is that Marvel is a corporate machine with a will of it's own. The editors, people in marketing, the writers, us artists, we are all cogs in the machine. It's goal is to make money. Avengers makes money. SHIELD, not as much. It's just a fact, no ones fault.

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  11. You're a really interesting guy, Weaver. Very accessible. And you rightly scapegoat the corporate whole over the human components. But why do I get the feeling from your missives that Hickman's script is just his favor to you? Always thought he was a fellow completist, yet there's a begrudging tone to the entire affair. Time constraints, yada yada. Couldn't Mr. Flagship have cashed in a few chips over there if he really wanted to finish this? I'm sure no one wants him slapping a few loose ends together to get us off your back.

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    1. Thanks for the comment and for noticing that I'm interesting. I've been giving this some thought. The thing is, I don't know what Jonathan is thinking and feeling about this-- not really. I don't really know what Jonathan or anyone at Marvel is feeling. What I do know is that, Shield is something Jonathan was, and likely still is, totally invested in. I would imagine that finally completing it will feel as good to him as it will me. I also know that time constraints are no joke. I got the sense that the work load on Jonathan during Infinity was possibly a little soul crushing. I know that Shield is happening now because Jonathan wants it to happen. It could have been forgotten and left by the wayside but it hasn't been. The fact that we are finishing it now after this long is pretty crazy.
      But talking about any of this is me speaking for Jonathan, or speaking to things I don't really know for sure.This blog is all me, it's all my perspective. I'm telling you what is going on from where I sit. I try to be fare to the people involved, but maybe I'm not doing as good a job as I should be.
      Ether this is a case of Jonathan, the editors at Marvel, and all of Marvel for that matter, saying fine we'll make these comics because Dustin really wants to and he won't shut up about it. Or I'm not the only one who wants to finish this comic.

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  12. Dustin,

    I have to say that I read this (after googling to determine the status of this series) and I gained a ton of respect for you. I appreciate it when a creator shares in the mutual agony with the fans. I'm curious, how long after the work being completed does it take for it to be solicited? Is this highly variable or can we look for it around a certain time period?

    P.S. - Your art is effing awesome. Keep up the incredible work.

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  13. AT LAST MOTHER FU/(%/$&%#" AT LAST!!!

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  14. It's now almost September; will it be out soon? Looking forward to it!

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  15. I got this series last week, because I heart only praise about it. Although I want to point out that I knew that the last two issues aren't published (yet). (I have to confess that your art made it to a real must-buy!) I finished the (more or less) whole series today and it's freaking awesome. Great concepts, great art, great story and you, Sir, penciled two freaking great Celestials and an outstanding Nostradamus!
    I guess it will take some time again with Time Runs Out (great art by the way ;) ) and now Secret Wars in the making or whatever Marvel is planning with their uncanny cryptic announcements.

    I don't want to complain -as I'm following Hickman's work for two years now and I'm a novelist by myself, so I really know how time consuming writing can be (I can only imagine how difficult it is for artists)-, but I honestly hope that it gets out before Secret Wars next May(?). Nevertheless I loved Hickman's and your work at this series and keep on, please!

    Jay L.

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    1. Jay, Thank you for the comment and thank you for giving the series a shot. I'm going to do a new update on this series very soon… I think we'll be getting these last two issues out within a few months.
      Keep checking back here.
      Thanks again.

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