Personal blog - and temporary home page until new website is finished - of writer, editor and graphic artist Christopher Mills


Saturday, November 29, 2008

It Couldn't Happen Here...

Well, it looks like I will be returning to the world of Carl Kolchak, The Night Stalker.

We're still working out the details, but apparently the high muckety-mucks at Moonstone Books were pleased with the way the Night Stalker of the Living Dead miniseries worked out, and have asked me to write a new, relaunched Kolchak ongoing series.

The final title is yet to be determined, as is the schedule, so I can't even guess when the book will premiere. I won't even start writing scripts until January. I can tell you that my plan is to shake up Carl's world a bit, with a new job, a new base of operations, a new supporting cast (although I won't be cutting Vincenzo out entirely), and maybe even a new suit. But Kolchak will still be Kolchak, and if you read my miniseries, you already have an idea of the way I handle the character. The plan is to do mostly one and two-issue stories with some ongoing subplots and character arcs, and to take the intrepid reporter to some places he's never been before.

The book is intended as a jumping-on point for new readers; while I'll do my best not to contradict anything in the Moonstone Kolchak continuity, you won't have to be intimately familiar with the previous comics in order to follow the new series.

Now, the publisher has not made a formal announcement of this, and probably won't for some time. But we have come to an agreement, and I'm hopeful that everything will go smoothly. I'm a big fan of the character and had a great time writing the miniseries (despite it being written during probably the worst period of my life), and I'm looking forward to charting his course in a new regular series.

I'll keep you all posted.

9 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Wow. Cool. I'm glad to hear that. You must be excited. I've still got to pick up that miniseries.

bish8 said...

VERY Cool! I'm real happy for you! A great way to end 2008 and start 2009!

Craig Zablo said...

Congrats Chris!

Ian Sokoliwski said...

Excellent news!

ARCHAVIST said...

Keep us informed on the progress - I want to get these books.

Bill Spangler said...

Wow. Wow. Wow. And wow. Congratulations!

Paul D. Storrie said...

Don't think Kolchak could be in better hands!

John Platt said...

SOLD!

Congrats! This'll be awesome for you.

2009 is really going to be your year!

Laurent said...

Great news! I think you deserve a regular gig, and I hope it will be as great as I hope...